Chinnamasta, one of the ten Mahavidyas, is shown standing on the copulating
couple of Kamadeva and Rati. The maithuna figure, with Rati on top, is
consumed by the fire of desire. A double petalled lotus forms their bed. The
dark skinned goddess has snakes coiled around all over her body. Besides the
bejeweled crown and necklaces, human heads are strung together to form a
garland around her neck as a cluster of human hands form her girdle. Her
dark flowing hair gives movement to the otherwise static figure.
Goddess Chinnamasta's position atop the copulating couple defeats what Rati
and Kamadeva represent viz. sexual energy and desire, signifying self
The brilliant colours in the lower half of the painting are cleverly
juxtaposed with dull colours used for the goddess. The background is
intentionally coloured in one colour of two hues, so as not to distract the
This description by Renu Rana.
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