Avahana: This ritual consists of inviting goddess Chinnamastika along with her two attendants, Varnini and Dakini. They are welcomed to appear and settle on top of the prostate of Rati and Kama who are placed in the centre of the lotus. The goddess is welcomed to establish herself, maintain fast and remain face to face with the practitioner.
Pranapratistha: This ritual consists of instilling of life and breath in the idol of Chinnamasta. This ritual is performed by chanting of specified manta. Through this ritual speech, mind, ears, eyes, nose, breath and feet is instilled.
Six Limbed Nyasa: This ritual consists of touching of the six major body parts of Goddess Chinnamasta. This ritual is performed by reciting particular mantras. Here the formless goddess assumes a form that is worshipped by the devotee.
Shakti Worship of Goddess: The ritual consists of revering the main parts of the goddess that have been hypostasized as individual Shaktis. These consist of the heart, the upper part of the head, tuft of hair, shoulders, eye and the weapons of the goddess. In Nityarcana the devotees pays his homage to the six vowels that denote the six key vidyas.
Sacrificial Offerings: This ritual also known as Bali forms a major part of the ritual worship of the goddess. The purpose of this puja is to present offerings to the goddess. It is also known as Upacara. The numeral amount of these offerings varies with the minimum being five and extending upto sixteen offerings. Devotees can also offer ten, thirty eight, sixty four or even upto thousand items. According to Nityarcana the practitioner should give sixteen offerings along with chanting of mantras. These sixteen offerings consist of water for washing the feet of the goddess known as padya, water for drinking known as arghya, water for washing hands and face known as acamana, some light food like a mixture of yogurt, butter and honey known as madhuparka, some water for rinsing the mouth known as punar acamana. Apart from the other offerings are a bath known as snana, clothes called vastra, jewelleries called bhusana, scent known as gandha, flowers termed as puspa, incense known dhupa, light called dipa, food called as naivedya, some more water to rinse the mouth and hands of the goddess also known as punar acamana, betel nut called tanbula and finally peace offerings and greeting known as tarpana and namaskara.
Worship of Eight Petelled Lotus Deities: This ritual engages in worshipping the close attendants of goddess Chinnamasta.
Flower Offerings: The ritual also known Pushpanjali consists of offering five handful of flower to the goddess. It is believed that by offering these flowers or puspa one gains purity of mind. These signify non deception known as amaya, non delusion also called amoha, non hostility known as advesa, absence of egoism called anahankara, humility known as amada, detachment called araga, non-deceit known as adambha, non envy known as amatsarya, non- violence termed as ahimsa, generosity meaning daya, forgiveness known as ksama and wisdom known as jnana.
Worship of the Goddess Attendants: Here the avarana puja is performed to honour all the attendants of goddess Chinnamasta who dwell within her. These include the ones residing outside the enclosure and who live in innermost sanctum.
Valediction to Chinnamasta: This ceremony starts with offering of the incense and light to Goddess Chinnamasta. The worshipper begs pardon from the goddess for any faults committed and offers everything at her feet. He then takes water from the conch shell and sprinkles on everyone. The devotee worships her and finally bids her farewell.
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