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Chinnamasta is associated with the concept of self-sacrifice as well as the awakening of the kundalini – spiritual energy. She is considered both as a symbol of self-control on sexual desire as well as an embodiment of sexual energy, depending upon interpretation. She symbolizes both aspects of Devi: a life-giver and a life-taker. Her legends emphasize her sacrifice – sometimes with a maternal element, her sexual dominance and her self-destructive fury. Though she enjoys patronage as part of the Mahavidyas, her individual temples – mostly found in Northern India and Nepal – and individual public worship is rare, due to her ferocious nature and her reputation of being dangerous to approach and worship. Her individual worship is restricted to heroic, Tantric worship by Tantrikas, yogis and world renouncers.

Chinnamasta is described as being as red as the hibiscus flower or as bright as a million suns. She is depicted mostly nude and with dishevelled hair. She is described to be a sixteen-year-old girl with full breasts, having a blue lotus near her heart. Chhinnamasta is depicted wearing a serpent as a sacred thread and a garland of skulls/severed heads and bones, along with other ornaments around her neck. She carries her own severed head – sometimes in a platter or a skull-bowl – in her left hand and holding a khatri, a scimitar or knife or scissor-like object, in her right hand, by which she decapitated herself. A crown on the severed head and bangles, waist-belt ornaments may be also depicted. Three streams of blood string from her neck, one enters her own mouth, while the others are drunk by her female yogini companions, who flank her.

At least 180 dead in monsoon flooding in Nepal, India

AP: The death toll from three days of flooding and torrential rain in Nepal and India has increased to more than 180 people, local officials said Monday.

Western Nepal and northern India are the worst-hit regions where floodwaters brought on by monsoon season have submerged hundreds of villages.

Photo: This Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 aerial photo shows houses in a residential area partially submerged by monsoon floods at Nalanda district of Bihar, India. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India)

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Astronaut Terry Virts took this video from the International Space Station as it flew over northern India, Nepal, and Tibet. The area hit by the earthquake is in this video at the lower left early in the clip, surrounded by clouds and just to the south of the snow-covered high himalayas.

Note how folded and mountainous the region is.

anonymous asked:

zanab, is it true 26 surrogate babies had been removed from Nepal to their same sex parents in Israel? what happen to the surrogate mothers? can you check if there's truth in this?

This did happen, yes. Immediately after the earthquake, Israel sent forces ONLY to rescue the Israeli babies and their Israeli parents. No one else was helped or rescued in the aftermath of the earthquake. They were flown out of Nepal in groups of 15 and then 11, the surrogate mothers were not allowed to come back to Israel. They’re all still in Nepal. In Israel, surrogacy is only allowed for heterosexual parents, so Israeli gay couples find surrogates in other places–Northern India and Nepal is a favourite for its proximity and the low cost. After the earthquake, the 26 infants were evacuated from Nepal and back to their Israeli parents, but the surrogate mothers were left behind without refuge. Keep in mind that 6000 people have been killed because of this earthquake, and that Israeli forces arrived only for their own citizens. 

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