Bhairavi - Consort of Bhairava
Bhairavi is a fierce incarnation of Shakti who is often associated with destruction and decay. But this destruction is not negative. She destroys negativity, ego, unhappiness, pain, troubles and doubts of her devotees. Thus making a new way for creation to take place. She is the consort of Lord Bhairava. She is also the warrior goddess that killed various demons to bring order and peace in the universe.
The name BhairaviBhairavi
Bhairavi is a fierce incarnation of Shakti who is often associated with destruction... has been derived from three words, which are ‘Bharana’ which means to create, ‘ramana’ which means to protect and ‘vamana’ which means to emit. Therefore Bhairavi is the Goddess who has the power to create, maintain and destroy. Her name also means terrifying which represents her terror in all the three worlds. She is also known as Shubhankari which means she is a good mother to people who are good at heart and perform good deeds but she is terrible to those who live a life filled with sins. She is the personification of light which can either bring enlightenment or can burn away imperfections through its heat.
Bhairavi is often depicted with red complexion and has three eyes. When she is in peaceful mood, she is presented wearing smooth clothes but when she is angry, her body is covered in tiger skin and skeleton. She wears a garland of skulls just like her husband. She is also ornamented with earrings, nose-ring, bangles and waistband. She is a four armed Goddess who holds a rosary in one hand representing the cycle of life and death and a book in another representing knowledge. Her front two hands are in fear-dispelling and boon-giving gestures. The most striking feature of her image is that her lips are smeared with blood. She has a mouth full of demon’s blood but at the same time a pleasant smile on her face. Her mount is a donkey on which she sits when she is furious. She is often related with KaliKali
There are several traditions of how Kali came into existence... as there is no much difference in their looks and presentation.
Destroyer of Demons
It is believed that she resides in hell and makes the demons feel feeble and weak just by her appearance. They start panicking as soon as they see her, such are her awe-inspiring features. She killed demons like Shumbha and Nishumbha who wanted to conquer all the three worlds and Chanda and Munda who were the chieftains of demons.
People who are Tantriks They are the people who follow a particular style of mediation called Tantra in which science of cosmic principles and science of mystic sound and vibrations are studiedfollow Bhairavi. They perform severe meditation and once they succeed they attain the state of Bhairavi which means that they become alien to the concept of death and do not fear it anymore. They understand it as a part of life and believe that it is not the end but rather a new beginning.
Various temples dedicated to Bhairavi are Linga Linga is a phallic shaped symbol of Shiva which is considered his source of power and is worshipped by HindusBhairavi temple in Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) and Siddha Bhairavi Temple in Ganjam (Orissa). She is also majorly worshipped in Nepal in a temple at the banks of Bagmati river. It is the Bhairavi Shakti Peeth temple situated in Kathmandu.