Chinnamasta (Candanayika) with Her Two Attendants

Chinnamasta, the "Self-Decapitating Goddess, is mentioned in the Mahabhagavata Purana and Svatantra-Tantra, the symbolism of this story has various interpretations, including the concept of self-sacrifice, the awakening of the kundalini, and self-control of sexual desire, as well as ida, pingala and sushumna.

Image of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
The holy vel is our release from ignorance into knowledge, our release from vanity into modesty, our release from sinfulness into purity through tapas.
—Gurudeva