Asitanga Bhairava

Asitanga

I meditate on the Dark Bhairava who fulfils all desires,
Who is forever, who has three eyes, who blesses and is peaceful,
Who wears a skull garland, is golden, and is the Lord of Mercy,
Who shines in his ear globes, and holds a mace and skull,
Who is young and nude,
And holds an arrow, vessel, conch, bead chain and ear globes,
Who wears a snake as a sacred thread, and is well-ornamented,
Who is with the Goddess Brahmani,
Who rides on a swan and is good to look at.

Asitanga Bhairava is the Bhairava who has Dark Limbs. He has a golden complexion, gives creative ability, fulfils all desires, removes curses and guards the East. He rides a swan and is associated with the planet Jupiter and the Nakshatras Punarvasu, Vishaka and Poorvabhadrapada which begin at 20º Libra, Aquarius and Gemini in the Sidereal Zodiac. His mantra should be repeated 9, 21, 108 or 1008 times, and is as follows:

“Om Hreem Hraam Hreem Hrum Jam Klaam Kleem Klum Brahmi Devi Samethaya Asithaanga Bhairavaya Sarva Shaapa Nivarthitaya Om Hreem Phat Swaaha.”

The eight manifestations of this aspect of Bhairava, with translations of their names, are:

Asitāṅga – Black-limbed
Viśālākṣa – Large-Eyed
Mārtāṇḍa – The Sun
Modakapriya – Lover of Pleasure
Svacchanda – One’s own will
Vighnasantuṣṭa – Satisfactory Removal of Obstacles
Khecara – Moving in the Ether
Sacarācara – Comprehending Everything

His consort is the Matrika Brahmani, who is the shakti of Brahman. She is an aspect of Sarasvati, is yellow in colour, has four heads, holds a rosary or noose, a water pot, a lotus stalk, a book, a bell and is either seated on a swan, or is shown seated on a lotus with a swan on her banner. She wears various ornaments and is distinguished by her basket-shaped crown called a karaṇḍa mukuṭa. She represents the overcoming of Desire, and her mantra is “Om Brahmayai Namah.”

Brahmani

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