Kapala Bhairava


I salute the Bhairava of the Skull, who has a yellow body,
Who has three eyes, blesses, peaceful, young and nude,
Who holds a rope, Vajrayudha, Sword and Drinking Goblet,
Who has with him Indrani Shakthi, who is well-praised
and rides an elephant.

Kapala Bhairava is the Bhairava of the Skull, who ends all unrewarding work and action and is associated with the North West. He is yellow in colour, rides an elephant and is associated with Venus and the Nakshatras Bharani, Purvaphalguni and Purvashadha, which lie at 13º 20 of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius in the Sidereal Zodiac. His mantra should be repeated 9, 21, 108 or 1008 times, and is as follows:

“Om Hreem Kleem Hreem Kleem Sreem Kleem Sreem Kapaala Bhairavaya Namaha.”

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

Kāpāla – Skull
Śaśibhūṣaṇa – Moon Ornament
Hasticarmāmbaradhara – Wearing an Elephant Skin
Yogīśa – Lord of Union
Brahmarākṣasa – Ghost of a Brahman
Sarvajña – Omniscient
Sarvadeveśa – God of All Devas
Sarvabhūtahṛdisthita – He who sees all Spirits

His consort is Indrani, who is also called Shachi, the goddess of beauty, wrath and jealousy. She is extremely beautiful and youthful in appearance, with full breasts, a slender waist, three lotus-like eyes and six arms. With her first pair of right and left hands Indrani holds a skull-cup of blood as she gracefully makes the bindu-kapala-mudra in front her heart. With her second pair of outstretched right and left hands she holds a vajra and a rope noose, and with her third pair of hands she wields a sword and a shield. She helps one overcome Jealousy and Envy and her mantra is “Oṃ Indrāṇyai Namaḥ.”


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