Bheeshana Bhairava


I salute the fearful Bhairava,
Who is a great God of blood-red colour,
Who has three eyes, blesses, is peaceful, young and nude,
Who holds a sword, trident, skull and pestle in his hand,
Who has with him Chamunda Shakthi who rides on a corpse.

Bheeshana Bhairava is the Fearful Bhairava. He is red in colour, obliterates all evil spirits and negativity, is associated with the North and carries a kunda flower, a bludgeon studded with iron and a javelin. He rides a Lion and is associated with Ketu and the Nakshatras Ashvini, Magha and Mula, which begin at 0º Aries, Leo and Sagittarius in the Sidereal Zodiac, and also Rahu and the Nakshatras Ardra, Swati and Shatbhisha, which begin at 6º 40 Gemini, Libra and Aquarius of the Sidereal Zodiac. His mantra should be repeated 9, 21, 108 or 1008 times, and is as follows:

“Om Hreem Bheeshana Bhairavaya Sarva Saaba Nirvanaya Mam Vasham Kuru Kuru Svaaha.”

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

Bheeshana – Horrible
Bhayahara – Terrible
Sarvajña – Omniscient
Kālāgni – Fire that destroys Time
Mahāraudra – Very Dreadful
Dakṣiṇa – Sacred Fire, An Offering
Mukhara – Noisy, A Conch Shell
Asthira – Fickle.

His consort is the Matrika Chamunda, who is also known as Rakta Kali. She represents the destruction of the ego’s tendency towards doing harm and acting in a depraved manner and appears as a terrifying old woman. She is invoked to destroy evil and is associated with cremation grounds and fig trees and can be offered meat, alcohol and animal or human sacrifices. She is described as wearing a garland of severed heads or skulls. She is described as having four, eight, ten or twelve arms, holding a drum, trident, sword, snake, skull-mace, thunderbolt, a severed head and a skull-cup filled with blood. She stands on the corpse of a man or seated on a defeated demon or corpse. She is adorned by ornaments of bones, skulls, and serpents and also wears a Yajnopavita of skulls and a headdress formed of piled, matted hair tied with snakes or skull ornaments. Sometimes, a crescent moon is seen on her head. Her eye sockets are described as burning the world with flames. She is accompanied by evil spirits. She is also shown to be surrounded by skeletons or ghosts and beasts like jackals, who are shown eating the flesh of the corpse which the goddess sits or stands on. The jackals and her fearsome companions are sometimes depicted as drinking blood from the skull-cup or blood dripping from the severed head, implying that she drinks the blood of the defeated enemies. At times, she is depicted seated on an owl and her banner depicts an eagle. Her  mantra is:

“Om Aim Hreem Kleem Chamundaye Viche.”

This resolves all problems, relaxes the mind, promotes harmonious relationships, eliminates fear and protects from enemies.



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