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Bhairava Avatar of Lord Shiva
The Bhairava Avatar of Lord Shiva is also known as Kaal Bhairava. He is recognized as the fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva that is often associated with annihilation. The origin of Bhairava has been recounted in the Shiva Maha Purana.

It is said that Lord Vishnu asked Brahma, who is the supreme creator of the Universe. Brahma was arrogant and told Lord Vishnu that he should worship him as he (Brahma) is the supreme creator.

This behavior of Brahma angered Lord Shiva, who then incarnated in the form of Bhairava to punish Brahma.

Bhairava beheaded the head of Brahma (one of Brahma’s five heads), who since then has only four heads. In fact, Bhairava has been depicted carrying the severed head of Brahma.

However, he felt guilty of the crime of committing a Brahma Hatya Paap. He carried the disembodied skull of Brahma for twelve years. He went on to roam as Bhikshatana (a mendicant) until he was absolved of the sin.

It is said that in the frightful form of Bhairava, Lord Shiva is guarding each of the 52 Shaktipeethas across India. Each Shaktipeethas has a temple that is dedicated to Bhairava.


Bhairav Avatar
Lord Bhairav is an avatar of Lord Shiva. He had to take this avatar when there was a fight between Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. In form of Bhairava Lord Shiva cut off Lord Brahma’s fifth head and carried it for the next twelve years. People worship Lord Bhairon to achieve victory over their enemies, attain all material comforts in their life and be successful in all their tasks.

Bhairava Avatar
One of the fiercest of the 19 avatars of Lord Shiva, the Bhairava avatar came into existence when Lord Brahma lied with regards to his mission for superiority, Lord Shiva Avatar of Bhirava beheaded Lord Brahma’s fifth head. Brahma Hatya was a serious offense and the Bhairava Avatar of Lord Shiva had committed it, and consequently, Shiva had to carry the skull of Brahma and wander as a Bhikshatana for 12 years.


Kaala Bhairava – The Dark, Terrible Aspect of Shiva

“Om Kaalakaalaaya Vidhmahey Kaalaatheethaaya Dheemahi Thanno Kaala Bhairava Prachodhayaath”

The above is the Gayatri Mantra of Lord Bhairava, also commonly referred to as Kaala Bhairava, who is a frightful aspect of Maheshwara (Shiva).

The Trinity of Hindu Gods, that is, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, are associated with Creation, Preservation and Destruction, respectively. Bhairava, the rather fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva, is commonly associated with this aspect of annihilation. Originating in ancient Hindu legends, the much-feared form of Bhairava is revered by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists alike. He is also worshipped in this form throughout India and Nepal.

Bhairava is a wandering form of Shiva. There are 64 Bhairavas in all. These Bhairavas come under 8 categories. Each of these categories is headed by one major Bhairava in that particular group. The leader Bhairavas are referred to as Ashtanga Bhairavas. These 8 Bhairavas, who guard and control the 8 directions of the universe, are as follows:

Asithaanga Bhairava
Ruru Bhairava
Chanda Bhairava
Krodha Bhairava
Unmattha Bhairava
Kapaala Bhairava
Bheeshana Bhairava
Samhaara Bhairava
All these Bhairavas are controlled by Maha Swarna Kala Bhairava, also known as Kaala Bhairava. He is the Supreme Godhead and the ruler of the rest of the Bhairavas. Kaala Bhairava’s consort is Bhairavi, the terrible aspect of Parvati, or Kali.
This frightful aspect of the Lord is predominantly worshipped by the Aghora sect. Residents of Kashmir, who have their origin from Gorat, worship Bhairava during the festival of Shivaratri.

Origin of the Name Bhairava
While the name itself may translate into “terrible” and “fearful”, the actual interpretation is quite different. It means he is the Lord who protects his devotees from external enemies; as also from internal enemies such as greed, lust, anger and all other negative emotions.

There is yet another interpretation of the name “Bhairava”. “Bha” stands for creation, “Ra” for preservation and “Va” for destruction. Bhairava, thus, is believed to be the Ultimate Godhead, combines all of these forces of the Universe.

Legends Surrounding Bhairava
There are several legends surrounding Bhairava, the Dark and Frightful Aspect of Shiva. According to the most popular legend, which features in the Shiva Mahapurana, there was once a debate between Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Vishnu asked Brahma who the Supreme Creator of the Universe was. Brahma became a little egoistic, as he was always celebrated as the Creator. Furthermore, he thought that since he too had 5 heads like Shiva, he could achieve anything that Shiva could. He then began to forge the work of Shiva and started interfering with Shiva’s daily duties.
Shiva observed all this patiently for some time. Later, when he could take it no more, he removed a small nail from his finger and threw it. This nail assumed the form of Kaala Bhairava. The manifestation headed straight for Brahma and chopped one of his heads off. Bhairava is always shown holding the skull of Brahma in his hands.

Bhairava’s action completely subdued and humbled Brahma; destroying his ego and bestowing instant enlightenment upon him. He was deeply grateful to Bhairava and, prostrating before him, promised to work only for the benefit of the Universe, from then on.
According to another legend, Shiva himself created Bhairava. There was a terrible demon named Dahurasuran. After severe penance, he got a boon that he could be killed only by a woman. Parvati then took the form of Kali to slay him. After fulfilling her mission, her wrath took the form of a child. Kali fed her child with her milk. Seeing all this, Shiva emerged there and made both Kali and the child to merge into him. From this form of Bhairava, Shiva appeared in all his eight manifestations of Ashtanga Bhairavas. Since Shiva gave rise to Bhairava, the latter is sometimes referred to as his son.

The Puranas give yet another version of Bhairava’s origin. According to this legend, there was once a war between Gods and demons. In order to destroy all the demons, Shiva created Kaala Bhairava. The Ashtanga Bhairavas who were created from him eventually went on to marry the Ashta Matrikas. All these manifestations have terrible forms. From the Ashtanga Bhairavas and Ashta Matrikas were created the 64 Bhairavas and 64 Yoginis.
A modified version of the original legend goes as follows. When Brahma insulted Shiva, the latter took the form of the angry Bhairava. He jumped out from Shiva’s Third Eye and severed Brahma’s head. Brahma’s head then got stuck to Bhairava’s left palm. This was Bhairava’s punishment for severing the most sacred and learned Brahmin’s head. In order to atone for the greatest sin of Brahmahatya, Bhairava took a vow to wander around as a naked beggar, with the skull as his begging bowl. He is finally liberated of his sin when he reaches the holy city of Varanasi. There is still a temple dedicated to Bhairava’s worship in this city.

Usually, one can easily find Bhairava idols in all Shiva temples. These idols are located in the north-facing and south-facing directions. Bhairava is generally depicted in a standing position, with four hands. He holds a drum, a paasa (noose), trident and skull. Some forms of Bhairava depict more than four hands. He is normally shown as digambara (without clothing – encompassing the entire space within himself).
Bhairava’s vahana (vehicle) is Shwaswa, the dog. This animal appears terrifying too, with protruding teeth and a menacing expression. Feeding and caring for dogs is considered to be an apt way of showing one’s devotion and dedication to Lord Kaala Bhairava.

He is also portrayed as being ornamented with several twisted serpents, which serve as his earrings, bracelets, necklaces, anklets, armlets and yagnopavita (sacred thread). He wears tiger skin around his waist and a sort of apron, made of human bones.

Bhairava – The Guardian
Shaivites consider Bhairava to be the Protector, as he guards the 8 directions. He is also regarded as the protector of women (especially those who are timid in nature). All Shiva temples have a Bhairava idol. The keys to the temple are placed before this deity, as it is believed that he will protect the premises even when the temple is closed for the day – this is why he is also referred to as Kshetrapalaka or the Guardian of the Temple.

This avatar of the Lord is also venerated as the Guardian of Travelers. He is believed to guard all those who take his name during long-distance travel – he especially protects those who undertake travel at night. To attain his grace, it is prescribed that you should create a garland of cashew nuts and offer it to his idol. You should also light a lamp and sincerely pray to him for protection during your travel.

Kaala Bhairava is considered to be the Guru of Shani (planet Saturn). Also referred to as Bhairavar or Vairavar (in Tamil Nadu), he is often portrayed as a Grama Devata or Village Guardian, who safeguards both the village and its residents from threat that could arise from any of the eight directions. He is also venerated by the residents of Sri Lanka. In Singhalese, he is referred to as Bahirawa. There too, he is venerated as the Guardian of Treasures.

It is believed that worshipping Bhairava gives the devotee peace, prosperity, success and progeny. The powerful God is also believed to protect his devotees from premature death, sadness, tragedy and debt.

Worship of Bhairava
One can find temples or shrines dedicated to Bhairava, near most of the Jyotirlinga temples. These are the twelve most sacred shrines dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. These temples are scattered all over India, including the Kaal Bhairav Temple at Ujjain, the Kasi Vishwanath Temple at Varanasi and the Patal Bhairav and Vikrant Bhairav shrines at Ujjain.

In all Shiva temples, daily puja rituals begin with offering worship to Surya or the Sun God. It then ends with worshipping Bhairava. Bhairava is offered a ghee abhishek (holy bath ritual), ghee lamps, red flowers, whole coconuts, honey, boiled food, fruits and eight types of flowers and leaves.

A Bhairava idol facing west is a good sign. If it is facing south, it is moderate. A Bhairava facing east is not considered to be appropriate. Also, the best time to offer prayers to this Lord is at midnight; especially on Friday night. It is believed that, at this time, he and his consort Bhairavi will shower grace on their devotees and grant them their darshan as well.

It is believed that the five of the eight Bhairavas represent the five elements of air, fire, water, earth and ether. The three others are the sun, moon and the atman (consciousness). Each of these eight manifestations is different in appearance and wields different weapons, have different vahanas (vehicles) and bless their devotees with eight different types of wealth, represent the Ashta Lakshmis. The mantra to invoke each of these manifestations is also different.
Bhairava is considered to be the ultimate form for attaining liberation. He is the One that grants the awareness of pure consciousness. This form is called the Svarpaakarsna Bhairava. He is depicted as a glowing red in complexion and drapes a golden dress around himself. Holding the moon in his head, he has four hands. He is the giver of wealth and prosperity. Followers believe that praying to this form on Tuesdays, grants them immediate and effective results.

Some texts describe him as having thirty-two hands, golden complexion, terrible teeth and the shape of a bird. He is shown having a human form above the hip. It is said that worshipping him helps his devotees destroy their enemies.

Bhairava Ashtami
Bhairava Ashtami, also called Kaalaashtami, Kaala Bhairava Ashtami, Kaala Bhairava Jayanti, Bhairavashtami and Bhairava Jayanti, is a sacred day, commemorating the birth of Lord Bhairava. This event falls on the eight lunar day in the Krishna Paksha (fortnight of the waning moon) of the Hindu month of Kartik (November-December).
During this period, the Lord, in the form of Dandapani, rides on his dog. He is called Dandapani, as he wields a Danda or rod, to punish sinners.

Devotees keep an all-night vigil on the night of Bhairava Ashtami, praying and singing the praises of their Lord. An elaborate midnight arati is performed with devotees blowing conches, playing drums and cymbals. After a bath the next morning, devotees offer obeisance to their deceased kin. Then Bhairava is worshipped along with Bhairavi and his Dog. Followers offer flowers, milk, curds and sweets to the idols. This day is considered even more sacred if it falls on a Sunday or a Tuesday.

This day is celebrated with great fervor at the Bhairav Prasad temple in the Vaishno Devi hills in Kashmir. An idol of the Lord is made in silver or gold and is immersed in a brass metal pot, filled with water. Then priests offer pujas and prayers, before distributing prasad to all gathered there.

In Varanasi, devotees undertake an eight-day pilgrimage to the eight temple of Ashta Bhairava. This journey is undertaken on the first eight days of the fortnight, ending with the Bhairava Ashtami. The deity is generally covered with a cloth (with only the face showing) the whole year round. But on this day, the cloth is removed to reveal the entire idol. His image is decorated with a garland of silver skulls. Devotees throng the temple in order to catch a glimpse of the powerful God.

Bhairava Temples
In the Indian state of Karnataka, Lord Kaalabhairaveshwara is revered as the Kshetrapalaka of the Sri Adichunchanagiri Math. The Gowdas of this region adore him as the Supreme Godhead. Those belonging to the Gangadikara Gowda caste consider him as the caretaker and punisher.

The Sri Kaala Bhairava Nath Swami temple in Madhya Pradesh is yet another famous temple dedicated to the worship of this manifestation of Shiva.

Bhairava is one of the most important deities of the Newars in Nepal. Most settlements there have at least one temple of the Lord. Also, the Bhairava temples in that country are mostly maintained by Newar priests.

Kaala Bhairava and the Shakti Peethas
Temples of Kaala Bhairava can be predominantly found around the Shakti Peethas. It is believed that Shiva allocated each Bhairava to guard one of the 52 Shakti Peethas. The Shakti Peethas are holy places of worship, dedicated to Goddess Shakti, the main female deity of Hinduism and the principal deity of the Shaktya sect. Goddess Shakti is often associated with harmony, peace, prosperity, longevity, strength, marital felicity and destruction of evil.

The 52 Shakti Peethas can be found scattered all over the Indian subcontinent. According to legend, during the Satya Yuga, King Daksha (the son of Lord Brahma) performed a Vrihaspati yagna, with intent to take revenge on Lord Shiva. His most favorite daughter, Sati, had fallen in love with Shiva and had married him against his wishes. He was a staunch Vaishnavite (follower of Vishnu) and detested Shiva. He had tried everything to stop Sati from marrying Shiva, but had failed miserably.

Daksha invited all the deities to the yagna, but decided to ignore Sati and Shiva. Though Sati was upset at not being invited for the event, she wanted to attend it, as it was her family function. When she expressed her desire to Shiva, he tried his best to dissuade her from going there. However, she was insistent that she wanted to attend the yagna. Shiva eventually relented and acceded to her request. Sati left for her parental home, escorted by Shiva’s ganas.

When Sati reached the site of the yagna, Daksha refused to even acknowledge her and insulted her and Shiva. Unable to bear her father’s insulting words against her husband, she committed suicide by jumping into the sacrificial fire. When Shiva came to know about this, he was furious. He, along with his ganas, went to the site of the yagna and completely destroyed it. He then cut off the head of the arrogant Daksha.
Still in a state of uncontrollable grief and fury, Shiva carried the corpse of Sati on his shoulder and performed his terrible Tandava dance. Unable to stand the extent of his fury, the three worlds went into a state of turmoil. The Gods went to Vishnu, beseeching him to somehow control Shiva’s anger.

Vishnu appeared before Shiva, took Sati’s lifeless body and severed it into many pieces, with the help of his Sudarshana Chakra (Discus). The pieces of her body fell at various places throughout India. They then came to be known as the sacred Shakti Peethas.

In each of the Shakti Peethas, both the presiding Goddess and the Bhairava guarding her temple are given a particular name.

Bhairava and Bhairavi in Tantra
Bhairava encompasses the entire universe within himself; all the Shaktis seamlessly merging into him; becoming one with him. In Tantra, Bhairava is both an aspect of Shiva and a supremely divine mantra, capable of transporting the seeker into the highest realms of consciousness.

The Vijnana-Bhairava is one of the most important tantric treatises. Similarly, the Bhairavamudra is one of the most crucial mudras (gestures) in tantra. This mudra, which is complicated and is a difficult state to achieve, is revealed only to a few sadhaks.

When Shiva completely withdraws into himself and immerses himself in his own consciousness, he rises in the awareness of being one with Kali. Thus emerges the form of Bhairava, the masculine aspect of Kali herself, who manifests as Bhairavi. This union of the potent male and female energies in the universe lacks any intrinsic qualities – it is pure, effulgent light.
The thing to note here is that the dark, evil-looking intensity depicted in the forms of Bhairava and Bhairavi do not actually imply evil intent. The very nature of Bhairava is to look inward and not outward.

Shiva, in his state of intense meditation, goes on an inward journey; eventually experiencing his existence within the womb of Kali, who manifests as Bhairavi. From this dark abyss arises the terrible form of Bhairava. Similarly, the Bhairava-Bhairavi union aims to educate the seeker to defy the dark forces of evil, ignorance and violence; journey into himself; understand that he comes from within the womb of the Universal Mother, Kali; then finally transform himself to emerge as powerful pure energy, which can help serve humanity in ways he could otherwise not even imagine possible.

Seen from this perspective, Bhairava or Mahakala is a tantric deity, which symbolizes an internalizing, holistic, healing force, which helps a sadhak towards self-fulfillment and actualization of desires. The energy of Bhairava emerges as a driving force, which overcomes every obstacle to achieve all that it seeks. It is therefore seen as “destructive” – that which destroys everything which comes in the way of its own fulfillment.

Kaalabhairava Ashtakam
Kaalabhairava Ashtakam is a beautiful Sanskrit hymn, composed by Adi Shankara. It comprises eight stanzas; which are typical of any Ashtakam. The hymn depicts the qualities of Kaala Bhairava of Kashi, the God of Death.

This Bhairava is described as being black; without clothing; terrible-looking with protruding fangs; ornamented with entwined snakes and a garland of skulls; holding weapons in each of his four hands; and bells attached to his waist-band.
The Ashtakam further goes on to describe how his frightful laughter shakes the entire creation; how he controls all the ghosts, ghouls and goblins; and how his fierce Tandava dance annihilates the evil; while also bestowing liberation upon devout souls.

Summary of the Kaalabhairava Ashtakam
1. The first stanza of the Kaalabhairava Ashtakam offers salutations to the Supreme Lord. Indra sits at his Lotus feet and serves him. Bhairava, who is venerated by Sage Narada and all the Yogis and Yogins of the world, is the King of the Devas. He adorns himself with snakes and the beautiful moon sits on his head. He appears in the form of a Digambara and is extremely kind and compassionate.
2. The second stanza offers salutations to the Supreme Ruler of Kashi, who is as brilliant as a million Suns. He, who is blue-throated and three-eyed, rescues his devotees from the bhavasagara (the ocean of worldly misery) and showers peace and prosperity upon them. He, the Imperishable One, supports the three worlds, which rotate around him.
3. The third stanza describes Bhairava as the Punisher of Evil. He holds a noose, club and spear in his hands. He is the Primordial Lord, whose body is dark and fearful. He is beyond disease and death.
4. The fourth stanza relates that he is the giver of all prosperity and lovingly liberates his devotees from worldly miseries and sins.
5. The fifth stanza offers salutations to Bhairava, who is ornamented with golden snakes and guards Dharma (righteousness), also leading his devotees toward the right path. He thus frees them from the unending cycle of Karma and eternal rebirth.
6. The sixth stanza relates how his Lotus feet are decked with sandals, studded with precious gems. He is the Eternal One and liberates his devotees from the fear of death.
7. The seventh stanza describes how Bhairava’s terrible laughter makes the whole world tremble in fear. He is All-Powerful and bestows the eight Siddhis (powers) to sincere seekers. He wears a garland of skulls and, along with his consort, Maha Kalika, destroys the darkness of evil and sin.
8. The eighth and final stanza talks about Bhairava, the Lord of the Universe, as the ruler of ghosts and spirits. He showers happiness, peace, prosperity and glory on his devotees; also liberating the residents of Kasi from their sins; ever guiding them along the path of Dharma.



Lord Bhairav or Bhairon is an incarnation (avatar) of Lord Shiva. Lord Bhairav is widely worshipped by tantriks and yogis to gain various siddhis. Bhairon is regarded as the protector and the kotwal. In astrology Lord Bhairav is the Lord of star (graha) Rahu so to attain the maximum benefits of Rahu, people worships Lord Bhairav. Bhairav is a fierce form of Shiva. It is believed that Bhairon is connected to the Mahavidya goddess named Bhairavi who gives Lagna shuddhi (purification of the follower). This purifies and protects the body, character, personality and other qualities associated with the follower. Worship of Lord Bhairon 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. Coconut, Flowers, Sindoor, Mustard oil, black til etc are offered to the God to get God’s Blessings. Bhairava himself has eight manifestations, Kala Bhairava, Asitanga Bhairava, Samhara Bhairava, Guru Bhairava, Krodh Bhairava, Kapala Bhairava, Rudra Bhairava and Unmatta Bhairava.

Origin of Lord Bhairav
Lord Bhairav – Incarnation of Lord Shiva
The origin of Bhairava or Bhairon can be drawn from the conversation between Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu described in “Shiv Maha-Puran” where Lord Vishnu asks Lord Brahma who is the supreme creator of the Universe. 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 Yajnas (Yagna) 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 Kaal (Death) Bhairav. Meanwhile, Lord Brahma’s fifth head was still burning with fury and Kaal Bhairav pulled that head from Brahma. Lord Shiva directed Bhairav to go around various holy places (teerths) to get rid of Brahma Hatya. Kaal Bhairav, with Brahma’s head in his hand, started took bath in various holy places (Teerths), worshipped various Lords, nevertheless saw that Brahma Hatya Dosh was following him all along. He could not get rid of that affliction. Finally, Kaal Bhairav reached the Moksha Puri, Kashi. The moment Kaal Bhairav entered Kashi, Brahma Hatya Dosha disappeared into the netherworld. The head of Brahma, (Kapal) fell at a place which was called Kapal Mochan and there was a Teerth which was later called Kapal Mochan Teerth. 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 Purnima) in the month of Margashirsha is an important day for worshipping Kaal Bhairav. Besides, Sundays, Tuesdays, Ashtami and Chaturdasi days are very important for worshipping Kaal Bhairav. A person who circumambulates Lord Kaal Bhairav eight times will be absolved of all the sins committed by him. A devotee who worships Kaal Bhairav for six months will attain all types of Siddhi. (Kashi Khand, Chapter 31).

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 jungles with animals and ghosts and hence has no equality with him. But Shakti decides otherwise and marry Shiva. After some time King Daksha held a Yagna 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 jumped in the holy fire of Yagna and sacrificed her.

On hearing this Lord destroyed the yagna and killed Daksha by beheading him. Then Shiva carried Shakti’s corpse on his shoulders and ran uncontrollably all around the world for days. Since this would eventually destroy all creation, Vishnu used his Sudarshan Chakra to cut Shakti’s body into pieces, which then fell all around. These spots where Shakti’s body parts fell are now known as Shakti Peethas. In the form of the frightful Bhairava, Shiva is said to be guarding each of these Shakti Peeths. Each Shaktipeeth temple is accompanied by a temple dedicated to Bhairava (Bhairon).

Lord KaalaBhairav is the Lord of Time
Lord Kaalabhairav – Incarnation of Lord Shiva
Kal Ashtami, or Maha kala Bhairav Ashtami, is the most auspicious day dedicated to Lord Kala Bhairava. Lord kala Bhairava is a manifestation of Lord Shiva. Kala Bhairava is the God of Time – Kal means ‘time’ and ‘Bhairava’ the manifestation of Shiva. Ashtami after Purnima, the eighth day after full moon, is considered the ideal day to propitiate Kala Bhairava. Lord Kala Bhairava is also known as Kshetrapalaka, the guardian of the temple. In honor of this, keys to the temple are ceremonially submitted to Lord Kala Bhairava at temple closing time and are received from him at opening time.

There’s a shrine for Lord Kala Bhairava in most Siva temples. The Bhairava shrine in the Arunachala temple (Tiruvannamalai) is very special. The Kala Bhairava temple in Kasi (Benares) is a must see for Bhairava devotees. Lord Bhairav has the knowledge of Tantra-mantra and is himself a Rudra.

To get the protection Shakti that is necessary for a peaceful life amidst the violence, anger and hatred that have become so common, the worship of Lords Kala Bhairava, Sarabeswara and Amruta Mrityunjay is very important. The worship of Kala Bhairava is very important for those living in foreign countries.

The vahana (vehicle) of Lord Kala Bhairava is the dog. Feeding and taking care of dogs is another way of showing our devotion to Lord Kala Bhairava. Lord Kala Bhairava is also the guardian of travelers. The Siddhas advise us that before embarking on a journey, especially one that involves travel during the night, we should make a garland of cashew nuts and decorate Lord Kala Bhairava with it. We should light jothi lamps in His honor and request His protection during our travel.

Swarna Akarshana Bhairavar
There are eight types of Bhairava and they are called ashta Bhairava. They are Asithanga Bhairavar, Ruru Bhairavar, Chanda Bhairavar, Krodh Bhairava, Unmatta Bhairavar, Kapala Bhairavar, Bhishana Bhairavar and Samhara Bhairavar. Apart from these eight forms there is yet another form called Swarna akarshana Bhairavar. Maha Bhairavar is said to be Shiva himself.

He is also the “Aapaduddhaarana murti” – the one who uplifts us 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 terrifying ones – he liberates us from all the patterns and karmas causing the cycle of birth and death.

Offering Dhan akarshana Bhairava Homa not only makes you successful in your efforts to gain abundance, but also makes you fulfilled in life, which is ultimately the living 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 you. By chanting Swarna akarshana or Dhan akarshana Bhairava mantra 108 times or writing mantra for 1008 or 10,008 times will be blessed with well enough of assets and wealth.

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

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

Bhairav Mantras



Kala Bhairav: Legend Of The Mighty Rudra
We all know about Lord Shiva, the destroyer. He is one of the greatest Gods in Hinduism. Along with him, standing tall, are two more Gods – Vishnu and Brahma. Together, these three are referred to as the Trimurti in Hinduism. In Hinduism, Lord Vishnu is very well-known for his avatars. However, did you know that just like Lod Vishnu, Lord Shiva also has many avatars? One of his marvellous avatars is Lord Kala Bhairava. Lord Kala Bhairava is known to be one of the most wrathful and furious incarnations (Avatar) of Lord Shiva. Apart from this, there is an interesting fact about the Kala Bhairava temple in India. In this temple, the offerings are of alcohol.

Yes, you read that right. People from all over the world come to this temple in order to offer the statue of Kala Bhairava liquor or alcohol. It is believed that whoever offers alcohol to the deity, his wishes are fulfilled. If you found this fact interesting, then continue to read the entire blog to learn more amazing facts about Lord Kala Bhairava.

About Kala Bhairav
Kala Bhairava is the wrathful incarnation of Shiva, also known as ‘Rudra’, part of the God Of Destruction. Lord Shiva took this avatar on the Ashtami Tithi, or Kartik (Amavasya calendar), according to the Hindu Calendar. Hence, this day is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the deity Kalabhairav Jayanti.

Kalabhairav is also considered as Para-Brahma or the one that consists of all Supreme Universal Reality. He saves his devotees from negativities like fear, anger, lust and greed. Additionally, the Lord also saves his worshippers from unwanted entities like ghosts and ghouls. This form is the fiercest and deadliest of all the forms of Shiva, and the legendary story behind it is astonishing.

Legend Of Kala Bhairav
The Kala Bhairava story is one that very few people know of. Let us have a look at the legend associated with Kala Bhairava birth. Once upon a time, there was a conference of Gods going on at the Sumeru Mountains. There, they all asked the Trimurti (Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh) who was the most powerful God among the three. Brahma replied that as he was the one responsible for creating everything, he was the strongest. To which Vishnu replied that as he was the one who was the ‘palankarta’ or the protector, he was the strongest.

Mahesh or Shiva replied that he had the ability to destroy all. Hence, he was superior. As the argument got very heated, Brahma, through his 5th head, uttered rude and slighting remarks to Shiva. This angered Shiva, and suddenly, a bright being emerged from his Third Eye.

This incarnation was called Kala Bhairava. Shiva instructed him to severe the disrespectful 5th head of Brahma, which had insulted him. Kala Bhairava severed the head easily with the fingernail of his smallest finger. The head struck the left palm of the avatar. He had to take upon the sin of Brahma-hatya (killing a learned Brahmin). Shiva then instructed his incarnation to get rid of this sin. He has to go to Kashi, where he shall be the gatekeeper of the city.

Kala Bhairav then took the vow of Kapali, where he would roam around the world as a naked beggar and use the skull of Brahma in his left hand as his begging bowl. As he reached Kashi, his sins were eventually forgiven. After this, a temple was built dedicated to the terrifying deity.

Kala Bhairav: Physical Manifestation
The incarnation of Kala Bhairav is stark opposite to that of Shiva. There are multiple significant features of this deity. These are as follows:

He is known as the God of Darkness.
He is said to have 4 hands and 2 feet.
His teeth are always shown protruding outwards.
His 4 hands hold one of each: a sword or a noose (pasha)or a snake, and the skull of Brahma in his two left hands; a damru and a trident (trishul) in the two right hands.
He is scantily dressed.
His vaahan or vehicle is a dog.
He is also known as Dandapani.
Kala Bhairava Ashtami
The puja is performed all night by worshippers with prayers, and tales of Kala Bhairava, Shiva and Parvati are told. The puja is traditionally done at midnight. Aarti includes traditional instruments like conches, bells and drums. Devotees worship Lord Shiva and Bhairava on Kala Bhairava Ashtami to seek forgiveness for any previous sins. Moreover, on this day, people also get up early in the morning and take a bath to perform puja and rituals for their ancestors. Devotees also observe a fast on Kala Bhairav Jayanti.

Main Rituals To Follow During Kala Bhairav Ashtami
If an individual is observing Kala Bhairava Ashtami, then there are some rituals that an individual should follow. Mentioned below are the main rituals that an individual must keep in mind and follow during Kala Bhairava Ashtami. These are as follows:

Wake up early, take a bath, wear clean clothes and keep fast.
Worshipper should chant Kala Bhairav Mantra 108 times.
Honour your ancestors and pray for their souls and well-being.
Also, light a lamp in front of Shiva.
Worship the Kalabhairav version in the night.
On the evening of Kala Bhairav Jayanti, go to any nearby temple. And place a Chaumukhi (4-faced) diya/lamp in front of Lord Bhairav.
Also, offer flowers, sweets, etc., to the Lord.
Additionally, sit in front of the idol and recite Kalabhairava Chalisa.
Make sure to take aarti after finishing the puja. Additionally, remember to ask penance for any sins that you may have committed unknowingly.
Also, remember to offer milk and food to dogs (the vehicle of Kala Bhairav).
Benefits of Worshipping Kala Bhairav
Bhairava-Mantra, Chalisa or Jaap (chanting) reduces fear of death.
Worshipping the deity on Saturday and Tuesday removes negativity and any unwanted entities from around the worshipper.
Rahu and Ketu effects can also be reduced by this puja.
Additionally, Kala Bhairava is also known to be the defender of women. Thus, it is believed that women who worship Kala Bhairava are protected by the deity himself.
Moreover, Kala Bhairava is the Lord of the Planet Saturn (Shani). This means that individuals who are facing the period of Sade Sati or have a weak Saturn in their Kundli should worship Kala Bhairava. This will help them strengthen the planet.
There you have it, folks! This was all about the ferocious and wrathful God Kala Bhairav. As scary as this God looks, worshipping him has many benefits as well. If an individual is facing issues because of weak Saturn, Rahu or Ketu in their life, then they should worship Lord Kala Bhairava in order to reduce the negative effects of the planet. Moreover, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays are known to be the most auspicious days for worshipping the deity.

1. Who did Kala Bhairava marry?
Kala Bhairav wife is Bharavi. Bhairavi is known to be one of the ten avatars of Goddess Parvati.
2. Which day is best for Kala Bhairava Worship?
One of the best days to worship Kala Bhairav is on Bhairav Ashtami. It is one of the most auspicious days to worship Lord Kala Bhairava.
3. What is Kala Bhairava lucky number?
People consider 13 to be the lucky number of Kala Bhairava.
4. What are some Kala Bhairava pooja benefits?
The benefits of Kala Bhairava include reduced negative effects of malefic planets in an individual’s kundli. Moreover, Kala Bhairav is known to be the protector of women. Thus, he is known to protect his female devotees from all evils.
5. Did Kala Bhairava kill Brahma?
No, Kala Bhairav did not kill Brahma. However, according to legends, Kala Bhairava cut off the 5th head of Lord Brahma. He was further sent to Kashi in order to wash off his sin of Brahm-hatya.
6. Is Kala Bhairava dead?
No, people tend to believe that Kala Bhairav is still alive. This is because he swore to take the form of a naked Brahman and would ask for donations or bheeksha in the cut of head of Brahma.

Bhairava Avatar of Lord Shiva: The Fierce Protector and Destroyer
In Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is one of the principal deities, revered as the Supreme Being and the destroyer in the Holy Trinity, alongside Brahma, the creator, and Vishnu, the preserver. Among his numerous avatars, one of the most fearsome and powerful is Bhairava, also known as Kala Bhairava or Veerabhadra. The Bhairava avatar of Lord Shiva embodies both destructive power and protective grace, showcasing the multifaceted nature of the Divine. As devotees seek his blessings, they are reminded of the transient nature of life and the necessity of seeking spiritual wisdom to attain liberation. The worship of Bhairava continues to be an integral part of Hindu tradition, where his formidable presence serves as a profound reminder of the timeless cycles of creation, preservation, and dissolution.

The origins of Bhairava can be traced back to ancient Puranic texts, where various legends highlight his significance. One such tale revolves around the divine fury of Lord Shiva, who manifested Bhairava from his own wrath after the beheading of Lord Brahma’s fifth head. Bhairava’s appearance is described as awe-inspiring, with a terrifying demeanor, adorned with serpents, skulls, and a garland of bones. Another well-known narrative surrounding Bhairava is his role in avenging the death of his beloved consort, Goddess Sati. When Goddess Sati self-immolated in the fire of her father Daksha’s Yagna (sacrificial fire) due to the humiliation heaped upon Lord Shiva, her sorrow transformed Shiva into the wrathful Veerabhadra. Bhairava was part of this fierce manifestation, assigned with the task of wreaking havoc at the Yagna and exacting revenge. Bhairava is typically depicted with a fierce expression, his eyes glowing red with anger. He is often shown carrying various weapons, such as a trident (trishula), sword, drum (damaru), and a skull-topped staff (kapala). The skull symbolizes the transience of life, while the drum represents the rhythm of creation and destruction. His dreadlocks, matted with the ashes of the cremation ground, add to his fearsome appearance, symbolizing his connection with the cycle of life and death.

Bhairava is venerated not only as a deity of destruction but also as a protector and benefactor of his devotees. His worship is prevalent in several parts of India, particularly in temples dedicated to him. The Bhairavnath Temples in Varanasi and Kathmandu, the Kalabhairav Temple in Ujjain, and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi are among the prominent places of Bhairava worship. The Ashtaami (eighth day) of the lunar calendar holds immense significance for Bhairava devotees, known as “Bhairava Ashtaami.” On this day, special prayers, rituals, and processions are conducted to honor the fierce deity. Bhairava’s symbolism goes beyond the surface ferocity and destruction. He represents the impermanence of the physical world and the inevitability of death. Through this fierce form, Lord Shiva reminds his devotees of the importance of detaching from worldly desires and transcending the cycles of birth and death, ultimately leading to spiritual liberation (moksha).


Lord Kala Bhairava, who is highly revered in India, is a fierce form of Lord Shiva. He is usually depicted with angry eyes resembling lotus blossoms, tiger’s teeth, blazing hair, and a snake around his neck or crown as well as a garland of human skulls. With a terrifying mien, Kala Bhairava’s arms hold a drum, a trident and Lord Brahma’s severed fifth head. His throat is blue from swallowing the halahala poison. Hence, he is regarded as the conqueror of death. His third eye stands for supreme wisdom.

Legend behind Kala Bhairava

Many interesting legends abound on Kala Bhairava. A tale in the Shiv Mahapurana talks about his origin. Once, Lord Brahma told Lord Vishnu to worship him, as he created the universe. This infuriated Lord Shiva, who took the form of Kala Bhairava to punish him. He chopped off one of Brahma’s five heads. Thus Brahma now has only four heads while Bhairava the fifth is carried by Shiva. But by chopping off Brahma’s head, Shiva became guilty of killing a Brahman. For this reason, Bhairava had to carry the head around with him for 12 years. He roamed about like a vagabond, until he was freed of the sin. The idol of Bhairava is often seen in this frightening form.

The word ‘Bhairava’ itself has deep meaning. ‘Bhai’ denotes fear as well as lustrous light. It can give one material wealth. ‘Rava’ denotes echo. While ‘Ra’ eliminates negativity and stifled consciousness, ‘Va’ creates opportunities. To sum up, Bhairava means that we can achieve ‘aseem anand’ or great delight by using fear.

Benefits of Worshipping Kala Bhairava

Bhairava is revered by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. He helps them to achieve success, conquer enemies and attain material comforts. He also helps them to use their time constructively in attaining their goals. This is why he is known as the Lord of Time. Those who waste time in trivial pursuits can become more efficient and productive if they worship Kala Bhairava regularly. He makes our souls pure through his power and brings luck to believers. As if by miracle, one finds oneself at the right place at the right time to avail the best opportunities.

Another name for Lord Bhairava is ‘Kotwal’ or ‘Kshetrapalaka’, meaning ‘guardian of the temple’. Hence, the keys to the temples of Shiva and Shakti are ceremonially given to Bhairava at closing time and taken back from him in the morning. Usually, there is a shrine dedicated to him in such temples. He is also the guardian deity of travellers and blesses pilgrims. According to the Siddhas, before going on a journey, especially during night travel, one should light lamps and put a garland of cashew nut wreaths on Lord Bhairava. This ensures their safety and protection. For those who live abroad too, the worship is equally significant. Though he is one of the most feared gods, he is also one of the most rewarding and protective deities. In Tantrism, he is revered as Batuk Bharav. As he is a Rudra, the Lord is an expert in tantra-mantra.

Kala Bhairava’s vehicle is the dog which is usually seated on one side, eager to taste the blood dripping from the chopped head of Lord Brahma. Hence, one way to honor him is by taking care of and feeding dogs. Kala Bhairava is known to bestow great blessings and the boon of auspicious time to those who worship him. There is a myth that if one feeds ‘halwa puri’ (sweet bread) to hungry dogs, all problems will vanish automatically.

Worship of Kala Bhairava

Kala Bhairava has been worshipped from time immemorial. But sacred texts claim that the 60 years from April 2002 to April 2062, constitute the most important period. The 8th day (Ashtami) after the Full Moon (Poornima) is the best day for pooja. Devotees celebrate Kala Bhairava Jayanthi on the day he appeared on earth in Margashirsha (November-December) month. The 12 Jyotirlinga Shiva shrines in Ujjain, Kasi, Tiruvannamalai and others perform many special ceremonies on this day.

There are 8 forms of Kala Bhairava – Chanda Bhairava, Asithaanga Bhairava, Krodha Bhairava, Ruru Bhairava, Unmattha Bhairava, Bheeshana Bhairava, Kapaala Bhairava and Samhaara Bhairava. As he guards the 52 Shaktipeethas, it is believed that there are 52 forms of Bhairava across the holy sites. It is necessary to protect Shakti for everlasting peace in the midst of increasing wrath, hatred and violence. Praying to Lord Kala Bhairava and Sarabeswara and Amruta Mrityunjaya is necessary for this.

Kala Bhairava is worshipped by the Aghoris, the Kapalika sect, Gorat Kashmiris, Assamese tantric practitioners, the Gowdas of Karnataka, people in Kathmandu and Sri Lanka and many other communities. The Bhairava in Kashi is greatly revered. In rural areas of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, etc., he is regarded as the village protector. Decorative statues of ‘grama devata’ adorn most village entrances.



Kala Bhairava: The Lord of Time
Kala Bhairava is a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva and is highly revered across the Indian subcontinent. He is depicted in an aggressive form with angry eyes shaped like lotus blossoms, blazing hair, tiger’s teeth, snake coiled around his neck or crown, and an eerie garland of human skulls. 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. His third eye represents eternal supreme wisdom.


There are many interesting legends surrounding Kala Bhairava, one of the eight avatars of Lord Shiva. The origin of the mighty god is attributed to a tale in the Shiv Mahapurana, wherein Lord Brahma commands Lord Vishnu to worship him, as he is the creator of the universe. This angers Lord Shiva, who is incarnated as Kala Bhairava to punish him and beheads one of Brahma’s five heads. Since then Brahma has four heads while Bhairava carries the fifth. But chopping off Brahma’s head amounted to the killing of a Brahman. Consequently, Bhairava had to carry the gory head with him for 12 years. He wandered like a vagabond, till he was liberated of the sin. Usually the idol of Bhairava depicts him in this frightful form.

Worshipped by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists alike, daily prayer offerings to Bhairava helps in achieving success, defeating enemies and attaining all materialistic comforts. He helps devotees fruitfully utilize their time in securing their goals. This is the reason why he is known as the Lord of Time. Wasting time in trivial pursuits can be diverted towards a constructive purpose, if one offers prayers and chants the name of Bhairava. He purifies souls with his sheer power and makes odds favorable for believers. Almost miraculously, one is at the right place at the right time for the best of opportunities.

Lord Bhairava is also known as ‘Kotwal’ or ‘Kshetpalaka’, the guardian of the temple. The keys to Shiva and Shakti temples are ceremonially submitted to Bhairava at closing time and received from him at the opening time in the morning. There is generally a shrine dedicated to him in the temple premise itself. He is also a guardian of the travellers and blesses those who visit on pilgrimage. The Siddhas state that before embarking on a journey, especially while travelling at night, one must light diyas (lamps) and garland Lord Bhairava with cashew nut wreaths. This assures protection and safety. For those abroad away from the blessed shores, the worship is equally important.

Despite being one of the most feared deities, he is essentially one of the most rewarding and protective gods. In tantric practices he is sacred as Batuk Bharav. Being a rudra, the Lord is said to be very knowledgeable in tantra-mantra.

Kala Bhairava is also famous for his dog vahana or vehicle. The dog is usually seated on one side, ready to taste the dripping blood from the executed Brahma head. Looking after and feeding dogs is thus considered to be another way of displaying devotion. Bhairava can bestow incredible blessings and the boon of auspicious time to devotees. According to myths, if one feeds hungry dogs with ‘halwa puri’ (sweet bread), then automatically all problems can be overcome.

People have always been worshipping Kala Bhairava from the days of yore. But according to the sacred texts the 60 years from the Chirtabhanu Year i.e. April 2002 to the next Chirtabhanu Year i.e. April 2062, is the most important time. The Ashtami after Poornima (the eighth day after full moon) is said to be the most ideal day for puja rituals. Practitioners celebrate Kala Bhairavashtami or Kala Bhairava Jayanti commemorating the day Kala Bhairava appeared on earth in the Margashirsha month of the Hindu calendar. There are elaborate ceremonies in the 12 Jyotirlinga Shiva shrines in Kasi, Tiruvannamalai, Ujjain and others, which have special rites and sacraments on this day.

Kala Bhairava has 8 manifestations, namely Asithaanga Bhairava, Ruru Bhairava, Chanda Bhairava, Krodha Bhairava, Unmattha Bhairava, Kapaala Bhairava, Bheeshana Bhairava and Samhaara Bhairava. He also guards the 52 Shaktipeethas and hence there are said to be 52 forms of Bhairava across the sacred spots. Protecting Shakti is significant for everlasting peace amidst the scenarios of wrath, violence and animosity. Prayers to Lord Kala Bhairava as well as Sarabeswara and Amruta Mrityunjaya are necessary for this safeguarding.

From the Aghoris and Kapalika sect to Gorat Kashmiris, from Assamese tantric practitioners to the Gowdas of Karnataka, from worshippers in Kathmandu to those in Sri Lanka, across diverse communities Kala Bhairava is venerated. The Kashi (Benares) Bhairava is accorded much reverence. Hindu reformer Adi Sankara once wrote a beautiful hymn titled ‘Kala Bhairav Ashtakam’ in honor of the Kashi deity. In the rural milieu of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and others, he is believed to be the village protector. The villagers erect decorative statues of ‘grama devata’ at the village entrance.

The word Bhairava itself has considerable prominence in invocations. Chanting the three syllables ‘bhai’, ‘ra’ and ‘va’ is said to create a bounty of benefits. The sacred sound is said to be a reminder that each second is precious and that one should not procrastinate and disrespect time. Instead one must polish oneself by chanting and sharpen ones focus by chanting.

According to many gurus devotees must chant the syllables 8 times a day for a 1 minute each, anytime day or night. One can even chant the mantra more than 108 times or by writing 1008 or 10008 times for great outcomes and protection.

Thus, this fearful manifestation of Lord Shiva is believed to be one of the most protective powers blessing for humanity.



Lord Bhairava (Sanskrit for “frightful”) is a Hindu deity, a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva associated with annihilation. Lord Bhairava originated in Hindu legends and is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains alike. He is worshipped throughout India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Lord Bhairava is the wandering form of Lord Shiva and they guard the cardinal points.
There are 64 Bhairavas in total. These 64 Bhairavas are grouped under 8 categories and each category is headed by one major Bhairava called Kala Bhairava, who is the supreme ruler of time of this universe as per Hindu scriptures.
Goddess Bhairavi is the consort of Kala Bhairava.
In all Hindu temples, there will be a Lord Bhairava idol. Bhairava is the protector of temples. In Lord Shiva temples, when the temple is closed, the keys are placed before Lord Bhairava.
Bhairava is also described as the protector of women. He is described as the protector of the timid and in general women who are timid in nature.
Lord Bhairava 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 us to seek God within.
Normally in Lord Shiva temples, idols of Lord Bhairava are situated in the north facing, southern facing direction. He appears in a standing position with four hands.
His weapons are the drum, a noose, trident and skull.
In some forms of Bhairava, there are more than four hands. He appears without a dress and with a dog. His weapons, dog, protruding teeth, terrifying looks, garland with red flowers all these give him a frightening appearance.
Lord Bhairava likes red flowers, ghee lamp, unbroken coconut, honey, boiled food, fibrous fruits etc.
If a Bhairava idol is facing west, it is good; facing south is moderate; facing east is not good.
The right time to pray to Lord Bhairava is midnight. The most appropriate time is Friday midnight.
Worshipping him destroys enemies. It is also generally believed that worshipping Lord Bhairava gives prosperity, success and good progeny prevents premature death and solution to debts and liabilities.
Kala Bhairava is conceptualized as the Guru of the planetary deity, Lord Shani (Saturn).
Lord Bhairava is the main deity worshipped by the Aghora sect / Aghoris.