Chanda Bhairava


I salute the Fierce Bhairava who is blue in colour,
Who has three eyes, blesses, is peaceful, young and nude,
Who holds rope, Vajrayudha, Sword and Drinking Goblet,
Who has with him Kaumari Shakthi and rides on a peacock.

Chanda Bhairava is the Fierce Bhairava. He is blue in colour and improves self-confidence, destroys the envy of others, gives energy, cuts the competition of rivals, helps with the performance of duties and prevents one falling prey to illicit influences. He holds fire, a spear, a mace, and a kunda flower in his hands. He is the guardian of the South and is associated with the Nakshatras Mrigshisha, Chitra and Dhanishtha, which are situated at 23º 20’ of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn in the Sidereal Zodiac. His mantra is:

“Om Hreem Chanda Bhairava Sarva Chatru Naasaya Sthaabhaya Uchchaadhaaya Hoom Phat Swaahaa.”

This should be chanted a minimum of nine times, but ideally 108 or 1,008 times. Repeating it 1,008 times for 22 days grants one its Siddhis.

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

Chanda – Fierce
Pralayāntaka – Cataclysm, Deluge.
Bhūmikampa – Earthquake
Nīlakaṇṭha – Blue-throated
Viṣṇu – All-Prevailing Lord
Kulapālaka – Clan Guardian
Muṇḍapāla – Tribe Protector
Kāmapāla – Fulfiller of Desires

His consort is the warrior goddess Kaumari, who rides a peacock and has four or twelve arms. Her colour is red and she holds a spear, axe, scimitar, trident, bow, arrow, sword, shield, mace, lotus, longsword, discus and conch shell. She represents overcoming the ego’s urge towards callow enjoyment and can assist in the pacification of bad temper. Her mantra is:

“Om Sikid Vajaaya Vidmahe Vajra Hasthaya Dhimahe Tanno Kaumari Prachodayat.”



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