Bhairava

  • bhairava
    bhairav.jpg
    affiliationshiva
    mantraom shri kaal bhairavaya namaha
    weapontrishula, khaṭvāṅga
    number33
    mountdog
    festivalsbhairava ashtami
    consortbhairavi

    bhairava (maha kala bhairava) (sanskrit: भैरव, lit. frightful) is a hindu tantric deity worshiped by hindus. in shaivism, he is a fierce manifestation of shiva associated with annihilation.[1][2][3][4] in trika system bhairava represents supreme reality, synonymous to para brahman.[5][6] generally in hinduism, bhairava is also called dandapani (as he holds a rod or danda to punish sinners) and swaswa meaning "whose horse is a dog".[7] in vajrayana buddhism, he is considered a fierce emanation of boddhisatva mañjuśrī and also called heruka, vajrabhairava and yamantaka.[8][9]

    he is worshiped throughout india, sri lanka and nepal as well as in tibetan buddhism.[10][11]. tamilnadu has the largest number of kala bhairava temples in india.

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Bhairava
Bhairav.JPG
AffiliationShiva
MantraOm Shri Kaal Bhairavaya Namaha
WeaponTrishula, Khaṭvāṅga
Number33
MountDog
FestivalsBhairava Ashtami
ConsortBhairavi

Bhairava (Maha Kala Bhairava) (Sanskrit: भैरव, lit. frightful) is a Hindu Tantric deity worshiped by Hindus. In Shaivism, he is a fierce manifestation of Shiva associated with annihilation.[1][2][3][4] In Trika system Bhairava represents Supreme Reality, synonymous to Para Brahman.[5][6] Generally in Hinduism, Bhairava is also called Dandapani (as he holds a rod or Danda to punish sinners) and Swaswa meaning "whose horse is a dog".[7] In Vajrayana Buddhism, he is considered a fierce emanation of boddhisatva Mañjuśrī and also called Heruka, Vajrabhairava and Yamantaka.[8][9]

He is worshiped throughout India, Sri Lanka and Nepal as well as in Tibetan Buddhism.[10][11]. Tamilnadu has the largest number of Kala Bhairava temples in India.