Kaal Bhairav Ashtami will be celebrated on Saturday
Mahakal Bhairav Ashtami is celebrated on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha of the month of Aghan. This year Mahakal Bhairav Ashtami will be celebrated on Saturday, November 27. Tantracharyas believe that the Supreme Person who was depicted in the Vedas in Rudra, that form has been described in the texts of Tantra Shastra as ‘Bhairava’. Due to which the sun and fire themselves burn. Indra-Vayu and the gods of death are ready in their respective works, they are the supreme power ‘Bhairava’. Bhairav has a special significance among the incarnations of Lord Shankar.
The Nirukti of the word Bhairav in the Tantric system reflects his vast form. In the Yogini Hridaya Deepika commentary of Vamkeshwar Tantra, Amritananda Nath says- ‘Vishvsya Bharanad Ramanad Vamanat creation-status-destroyer Parashivo Bhairav’.
Lord Shiva’s Bhairav form is said to be the operator of the universe.
Bha- to fill the world, Ra- to Ramash, V- to Vaman means no one else but Shiva i.e. Bhairav is the one who maintains and destroys the creation of the universe. In the Vivek-Commentary of Tantralok, the Bhairav form of Lord Shankar has been described as the conductor of the universe.
Shri Tatvnidhi Naam Tantra-Mantra gives a clear introduction to his threefold nature of meditation of the three letters of the word Bhairav, because these three powers are included in him. The Bhairav idol with the letter ‘B’ is brunette, seated on Bhadrasan, and the vermilion of the rising sun is its radiance. The one-faced Deity is holding a bow, arrows and abhay in all his four hands.
Bhairav idol with letter ‘R’ is of black color. His clothes are red. The Panchmukhi Devi, mounted on a lion, is holding Khadga, Khet (pestle), Ankush, Gada, Pash, Shool, Vara and Abhaya in her eight hands. The ornaments of Bhairavi Shakti with the letter ‘V’ and the items of the Narwar Gate are white. That goddess is the only refuge of all the worlds. The grown lotus flower is his seat. She holds two lotuses, Vara and Abhay respectively in all four hands.
Bhairavnath was freed after coming to Kashi
There is a story of his appearance in the 31st chapter of Kashi-Khand of Skanda Purana. After proudly cutting off the fifth head of the frenzied Brahmaji with the nakhagra (nail) of his left hand, when Bhairav became the part of Brahma’s murder, since then Lord Shiva’s beloved puri came to ‘Kashi’ and was freed from the blame.
Under the Prakriti section of the Brahmavaivat Purana, eight venerables are specified in the Durga Pakhyana – Mahabhairav, Sanhar Bhairav, Asitang Bhairav, Ruru Bhairav, Kaal Bhairav, Krodha Bhairav, Tamrachud Bhairav, Chandrachud Bhairav. But in the 41st chapter of Ganapati-khand of this Purana, names of Ashtbhairav are found in the names of Kapalbhairav and Rudra Bhairav at number seven and eight respectively.
The eight Bhairavas mentioned in the Tantrasara are named Asitanga, Ruru, Chand, Krodha, Mananta, Kapali, and the horrific annihilation. Bhairav is the awakened deity of Kali Yuga. In Shiva Purana, Bhairav has been described as the full form of Mahadev Shankar. There is no law of strict rules in their worship. By taking refuge in Bhairavnath, such a most merciful and quick giver of fruits, the soul is definitely saved.
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