Translated by P. Ramachander Kalabhairava, the fearsome aspect of Lord Shiva , is the God who is the protector of Benares. But the sin of beheading Lord Brahma followed Kalabhairava everywhere . Also the head of Brahma stuck to him. To keep away the sin and punishment which were chasing him, Kalabhairava entered the city of Benares.
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Often terrifying, Kala Bhairava carries a trident, a drum and the severed fifth head of Brahma. The deity is blue throated from swallowing poison to save the world.
Hence, he is considered to be the vanquisher of death. Lord Kala Bhairava is widely worshipped by tantriks and yogis to gain various siddhis. Bhairava is r Bhairava is regarded as the protector and the kotwal. In astrology Lord Bhairava is the Lord of star graha Rahu so to attain the maximum benefits of rahu, people worships Lord Bhairava. Bhairava is a fierce form of Shiva.
It is believed that Bhairava is connected to the Mahavidya goddess named Bhairavi who gives Lagna shuddhi purification of the follower. This purifies and protects the body, chracter, personality and other qualities associated with the follower.
Worship of Lord Bhairava is very useful to win over your enemies, success and all materialistic comforts. It is very easy to please lord Bhairav by doing normal worship daily. Lord Brahma proclaimed himself to be that superior person. On hearing this, Lord Vishnu chided Lord Brahma for his hasty and overconfident words. After the debate they decided to seek the answer from the four Vedas.
Rig Veda designated Lord Rudra Shiva as supreme as He is the omnipotent deity who controls all living beings. Yajur Veda replied that He, whom we worship through various Yagnas Yagam and other such rigorous rituals, is none other than Shiva, who is supreme.
Sam Veda stated that the respected figure who is worshipped by various Yogis and that Person who controls the entire world is none other than Triambakam Shiva. Finally, Atharva Veda said, all human beings can see the Lord through Bhakti Marg and such a deity who can remove all the worries of human beings is indeed Shankar Shiva. But both Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu started laughing in disbelief. Then Lord Shiva appeared as a powerful divine light.
Lord Brahma stared at Him furiously with his fifth head. Lord Shiva immediately created one living being and stated that he will be King of Kaal and will be known as Kala Death Bhairava.
Lord Shiva directed Bhairav to go around various holy places teerths to get rid of Brahma Hatya. He could not get rid of that affliction.
Then onwards Kaal Bhairav stationed himself permanently in Kashi, giving shelter to all his devotees. Those living in or visiting Kashi, must worship Kaal Bhairav and he grants protection to all his devotees. Ashtami day eighth day after Poornima in the month of Margashirsha is an important day for worshipping Kala Bhairav. A person who circumabulates Lord Kaal Bhairav eight times will be absolved of all the sins committed by him.
A devotee who worships Kala Bhairav for six months will attain all types of Siddhi. Kashi Khand, Chapter Another story of the origin of Bhairava is the tale of Shiva and Shakti.
Shakti, the daughter of the king of gods, Daksha chosen Shiva for marriage. Her father disapproved the marriage because he alleged that Shiva resides in jungales with animals and ghosts and hence has no equality whith him.
But Shakti decides otherwise and marry Shiva. After some time King Daksha held a Yagana and invited all the gods, but not Shiva. Shakti came to the yagna alone, where Daksha publicly spoke in a belittling manner about Shiva.
Shakti could not bear to hear her husband insult and jumpted in the holy fire of Yagna and sacrificed her. On hearing this Lord destroyed the yagna and killed Daksha by beheading him. In the form of the frightful Bhairava, Shiva is said to be guarding each of these Shaktipeeths. Each Shaktipeeth temple is accompanied by a temple dedicated to Bhairava.
Bhairava is the ultimate form of manifestation or pure "I" consciousness. He has a red complexion and is clothed in golden dress. He has the moon over his head. He has four hands, one of which he holds a golden vessel. He gives wealth and prosperity.
In some of the ancient texts he is said to have thirty two hands, the shape of a bird, golden complexion, terrible teeth, and a human form above the hip. Worshiping him destroys enemies.
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Often terrifying, Kala Bhairava carries a trident, a drum and the severed fifth head of Brahma. The deity is blue throated from swallowing poison to save the world. Hence, he is considered to be the vanquisher of death. Lord Kala Bhairava is widely worshipped by tantriks and yogis to gain various siddhis.
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Bhairava with his consort, Bhairavi Aakash Bhairab in Kathmandu. Bhairava means "terribly fearful form". It is also known as one who destroys fear or one who is beyond fear. One interpretation is that he protects his devotees from dreadful enemies, greed , lust and anger. Bhairava protects his devotees from these enemies. These enemies are dangerous as they never allow humans to seek God within.
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