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    About Bhairav

    Bhairava - Lord of Time

    Also known as Kala Bhairava, Bhairava is the manifestation of Lord Shiva. Bhairava himself further has eight manifestations named Asithaanga, Ruru, Chanda, Krodha, Unmatta, Kapaala, Bheeshana and Sanhaara. The name ‘Bhairava’ is the compound of two words, i.e., ‘Bhaya’ which means fear and ‘ravayati’ which means one who pervades the entire universe. Therefore Bhairava is a fierce deity associated with annihilation.

    He is also the Lord of time who oversees every second of the day. It is because of him that march of time is inexorable. His consort is the fierce manifestation of Shakti and is named BhairaviBhairaviBhairavi
    Bhairavi is a fierce incarnation of Shakti who is often associated with destruction...
    . He is also the teacher of the planetary deity named ShaniShaniShani
    Shani, literally means the one who moves very...  
    . Also number thirteen is often associated with him.

    Legend

    Once a conversation took place between BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
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    and VishnuVishnuVishnu
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    for deciding who the supreme creator of the universe was. Brahma tried to convince Vishnu of his supremacy and said that Vishnu should start worshipping him. Brahma soon turned egoistic and claimed that like Shiva, he also had five heads and can take care of all the parts of the universe. Brahma started forging the works of ShivaShivaShiva
    Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
    and also interfered in his arts.

    Shiva became furious and threw one of his nail on the ground from which Bhairava came into existence. He soon cut the fifth head of Brahma which got stuck to his arm and came to be known as Brahma Kapala. As Bhairava smashed the superficial ego of Brahma, Brahma gained clarity of mind and soul. He became enlightened and was now able to help Gods and humans with utmost dedication.

    Depiction

    Justifying his name, Bhairava is depicted with fierce and frowning eyes and sharp animal-like teeth. He wears a garland of skulls and his hair are flaming. Earlier he was depicted stark naked but with the passage of time he is presented wearing a red cloth around his waist or a cloth made of tiger-skin. Just like Shiva, he also wears a coiled snake around his neck. Sometimes snakes also take the role of his ornaments like waistband, bracelets etc. His mount is a dog. He is a four-armed God who carries a noose in one hand which signifies captivating of the sinners, trident in another representing the punishments sinners receive. He also carries a drum and a skull.

    Benefits of Worshipping Bhairava

    Though people from various castes are the followers of this deity, Aghora sect worships him as their main deity. They smear their foreheads with the ashes of the burnt dead bodies and pray to Bhairava with utmost dedication and devotion. Worshipping Bhairava can bestow success and all kinds of materialistic pleasures. Winning over enemies can also be done by praying to this deity. He is regarded as the protector and thus saves his devotees from all kinds of troubles and problems. He cleanses their soul of all the negativity and ego and help them turn in a better human being. Devotees celebrate a festival named Bhairava Ashtami in his honor commemorating the day Bhairava came on earth.

    There are various Shaktipeeths in India and they are guided by Shiva. Therefore each temple of Shakti Peeth is accompanied by a Bhairava temple.

    Mantra

    Om Kaalakaalaaya Vidhmahey Kaalaatheethaaya Dheemahi Thanno Kaala Bhairava Prachodhayaath

    This Mantra, A group of sacred words chanted in order to gain something, be it materialistic pleasures or peaceful mind if chanted, 108 times during sunrise can help one manage his time and all the issues related to it effectively. It is also believed that wasting time or disrespecting its value means disrespecting the deity himself.

    Temples

    Some of the most famous temples dedicated to Bhairava are Kaal BhairavBhairavBhairav
    Also known as Kala Bhairava, Bhairava is the manifestation of Lord Shiva...
    temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, Sri Kala Bhairava Swamy temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh and Sri Bhairava Moorthy temple in Thazhathu Kulakkada, Kerala.


     



     
     

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