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Sakti Pitha's Bhairav Who is he?

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The show on Sakti Pith  Ke Bhairav made by Nikhil Sinha is being telecast on big magic. Ofcourse the topic itself generates curiosity and interest since all of us know how Sakti Pithas originated under the protection of Bhairav.


The show makers as usual will take resort to creative Liberty despite sticking to source version. It is inevitable for them to do so but it is always advisable to know what exactly is given in our scriptures..so that we will have the satisfaction of being aware of the basic story. Enjoy the show but get the facts right.


I would like to present whatever I know about Bhairav and Sakti Pithas as per the scriptures.


Who is Kala Bhairav?


kala bhairava was a mendicant(beggar) with a begging bowl in hand. the begging bowl was not just any vessel. it was the skull of brahma's fifth head. lord shiva cut it off to humble brahma and vishnu.


So here goes the story:

Brahma and Vishnu were disputing with each other for the status of supreme God and appealed to the testimony of the four Vedas, which unanimously proclaimed Rudra-Shiva as the Ultimate Truth of the Universe. But the disputants were unable to accept that Rudra, endowed with so many revolting symbols of impurity and degradation, could be identical with the Absolute Reality of Brahman.


 Brahma laughed scornfully: "How could the Brahman, free of all attachment, lustily sport with his wife in the company of his  pramathas?" However, Rudra's supremacy was finally reconfirmed by the  ultimate sound-syllable, Omkra, quintessence of the Veda and most condensed symbol of Brahman, who pointed out that Shiva's wife mbodies his own blissful essence.


 Just then an immense pillar of flame manifested itself in their midst, within which was recognized the towering figure of the three-eyed Rudra bearing his trident, serpents and crescent moon. But the fifth head of Brahm taunted him: "I know who you are, Rudra, whom I created from my forehead. Take refuge with me and I will protect you, my son!"

Overflowing with anger, Shiva created a blazing Bhairava in human form, addressing this Kalabhairava as "Lord of Time-Death" (kala) for he shone like the god of Death: "You are called Bhairava because you are of terrifying features and are capable of supporting the universe. You are called Kala-Bhairava, for even Time-Death is terrified of you." 


He ordered him to chastise Brahma, promising him in return eternal authority over his city of Kashi  the cremation-ground of the Hindu universe, where final emancipation is assured. In a trice, Bhairava ripped off Brahm's guilty head with the nail of his left thumb. 

Seeing this, the terrified Vishnu praised Shiva and devotedly recited his sacred hymns, followed in this by the repentant Brahma Thereby they gained his protection by realizing and acknowledging the supreme reality of Shiva. The severed head immediately stuck to Bhairava's hand, where it remained in the form of the skull, destined to serve as his insatiable begging-bowl


Shiva then directed Bhairava to roam the world in this beggarly condition to atone for the sin of Brahmahatya."Show to the world the rite of expiation for removing the sin of Brahmahatya. Beg for alms taking up the  rite of the skull (kapalavrata)." Creating a maiden renowned as '(Brahmahatya Shiva instructed her to relentlessly follow Bhairava everywhere until he reached the holy city of Kashi to which she would have no access.


Observing the Kapalika rite with skull in hand and pursued by the terrible Brahmahatya Bhairava sported freely, laughing, singing and dancing with his pramathas Stealing more than the hearts of all women, even the chaste wives of the Seven Vedic Sages (sapta-rshi) as he passed through the Daru forest, the erotic ascetic arrived at Vishnu's door to seek redemption only to find his entry barred by the guard, Vishvaksena


But Bhairav suppressed him and approached Vishnu. Then  he stood before Vishnu with outstretched begging-bowl the skull. Vishnu split his own forehead-vein  but the out-flowing blood, the only suitable offering, could not fill the skull though it flowed over


. Vishnu then tried to dissuade Brahmahatya from tormenting Bhairava in vain. Vishnu venerated Bhairava as the Supreme Being, untainted by sins like Brahmahatya and acknowledged that he is above these.


On arriving at Kashi  Brahmahatya sank into the nether-world, and the holy ground on which the skull fell, freeing Bhairava from his Sin  came to be known as Kapalamochana


. It was on the eighth day (ashtami) in the dark (waning moon) half of the month of Margasirsha that Lord Shiva manifested himself as Bhairava. Ever since, by performing worship  at Kapalamochana one can get rid of even the worst sin of Brahmahatya.and whosoever fasts on this day that is on Bhairavashtami in front of Kalabhairava in Kashi and stays awake at night is freed from great sins.


The original Kala Bhairava temple was located on the banks of the Kapalamochana Trtha itself, in the Omkareshvara area north of Varanasi where Bhairava remained as the 'Sin-Eater' to remove the accumulated sins of devotees and pilgrims. 



To be continued


Note: There are other versions that differ a bit reg the way the story unfolds.


Lakshmi



Edited by ltelidevara - 01 December 2017 at 9:39pm

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Kalabhairava  functions as a protector deity and as a temple guardian. In fact, there is a popular belief that the city of Varanasi (also known as Kashi) is a temple in and of itself, and Bhairava in his form as Kalabhairava is the gatekeeper

. Entering the city of Varanasi is considered to be very difficult, so those pilgrims who do enter the city offer flowers, oil, and food to Lord Kalabhairava as a token of appreciation. Kala means both time as well as the color black. In many popular folktales, Kalabhairava roams the city of Varanasi as a black dog. 

There are various forms of Bhairava, 64 to be exact. Of these 64 Bhairavas, there are eight distinct forms and eight Bhairava who fall under each of these categories. The popular formula for meditation of Bhairava form describes this deity as red in complexion with scattered, matted red dreadlocks. He has three eyes and carries a skull cap, trident, drum, and noose.

 In a temple, this form of Bhairava would be placed in a niche on the outer wall, surrounded by carvings of different forms of Shiva's attendants. This form of the god is nude and his vehicle is a dog. While many people believe that Bhairava is a violent form of Shiva, he is indeed a benevolent form to the sincere devotee. 

The noose in his upper left hand signifies the bonds we have in the world. Family, wealth, desires, and material objects are all things that bind a man to the world. As such, men and all other creatures bound to these objects and relationships are known as "pashu or literally those bound by the noose.



Being unclad, and having no possessions, Bhairava is known as "Pashupathi or the Lord of those bound by the noose. Devotees who invoke Bhairava in their lives are blessed by him and receive his protection.In some households across India, a statue of either a dog or of Bhairava is installed in the garden or near the front door. Just as he protects the temple, he also protects the house from evil spirits and bad energy.

 


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IThere are 8 types of Kaal Bhairavas and they are known as Ashta Bhairavas. They are the Asithanga Bhairava Chanda Bhairava, Kapala Bhairava Krodha Bhairava Unmatta Bhairava Bhishana Bhairava Ruru Bhairava and Samhara Bhairava

Apart from these 8 forms or Ashta Bhairavas, there is an important form of Kaal Bhairav knowns as the Swarna Akarshana Bhairava. 

As per puranas, it is said that there are 64 forms of Kaal Bhairavas and they are grouped under 8 main forms. And each of these 8 forms signifies a different Shakti that grants boons to devotees. 



1. The Asidanga Bhairava bestows one with creative ability
2. The Ruru Bhairava acts as the divine educator
3. Chanda Bhairava bestows one with incredible energy to overcome adversaries and rivals
4. Kroda Bhairava grants one the power to take initiatives
5. Unmatta Bhairava helps an individual control their ego and arrogance, narcissism
6. Kapala Bhairava puts an end to all thankless work and action
7. Bhishana Bhairava nullifies the evil influences, spirits and all negativity
8. Samhara Bhairava helps to achieve complete dissolution of negative karmas of the past

The Swarna Akarshana Bhairava is a benevolent form whose name means Gold attracting Bhairava, i.e. when appeased this form of Lord Bhairava he will grant the devotees gold. This form of Bhairava is red complexioned and depicted wearing a gold coloured robe. He has a moon placed on his head, has four hands and carries a golden vessel. He is known to grant boons of wealth and prosperity. 

Swarna Akarshana Bhairava is also known as Dhanakarshana Bhairava. 


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Wow Lakshmi
This Is A Very Informative Thread On Lord Bhairava.

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Thanks Lakshmi for info on different forms of Bhairav.
One of the strongest form is Swachchanda Bhairav, who is Lord Shiva himself. 

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Originally posted by SilverBell

Wow Lakshmi
This Is A Very Informative Thread On Lord Bhairava.
Thanks a lot.Even I feel great knowing and writing about him..


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Originally posted by mnx12

Thanks Lakshmi for info on different forms of Bhairav.
One of the strongest form is Swachchanda Bhairav, who is Lord Shiva himself. 
Yes . He is the all powerful and Siva himself.Thanks for sharing Minakshi.



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Swarnakarshana Bhairav

In times of crisis he averts all kinds of dangers. The one who worships Swarna akarshana Bhairava gets everything. He gets all the wealth and richness in his life and also is constantly protected from all the perils in his life. Above all, because Swarna akarshana Bhairava is the one of the Bhairava The manifestation of Siva he liberates us from all the patterns and karmas causing the cycle of birth and death.

Offering Dhan akarshana Bhairava Homa not only makes us successful in our efforts to gain in  abundance, but also makes us fulfilled in life, which ultimately leads to Enlightenment.

Swarna akarshana Bhairava Tantra depicts Him to be seated under the wish-fulfilling Kalpavriksha on a gem-studded golden throne in Sripuram the city of Devi Maha Tripurasundari. Mahalakshmi is stationed there to serve Him. The Swarna akarshana Bhairava Tantra says that once due to the curse of the sage Durvasa, Mahalakshmi lost her powers. Then Mahalakshmi had to worship Swarna akarshana Bhairava to regain her powers.

In the Dhan akarshana Bhairava Homa, the moola mantra that is chanted awakens the wealth consciousness' in us.By chanting Swarna akarshana or Dhan akarshana Bhairava mantra 108 times or writing mantra for 1008 or 10,008 times we will be blessed with well enough of assets and wealth.

There is also the benevolent form called Swarna Akarshana Bhairava (Gold Attracting Bhairava) who will bring gold from heaven instantly. The Swarna akarshana Bhairava has red complexion and clothed in golden dress. He has moon on  his head. He has four hands. In one of the hand he carries a golden vessel. With that he gives wealth and prosperity.

Dhan akarshana Bhairava Homa is the Homa performed to earn the grace of Sri Swarna akarshana Bhairava.

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