Ruru Bhairava


I salute the Bhairava with the deer,
Who is like pure crystal and a destroyer,
Who has three eyes, blesses, and is peaceful, young and nude,
Who holds a hatchet, a deer, a drinking goblet and a sword in his hands,
Who has the armed Mahesvari by his side who is smiling and rides on a bull.

Ruru Bhairava is the Bhairava who is a Teacher. He is the Divine Educator and can make people strong, helping them to overcome enemies and hold sway over others. His colour is pure white and he is adorned with ornaments set with rubies. He carries an akshamala, an elephant goad, a book and a veena. He rules the South East, rides an Ox and is associated with the Sun and the Nakshatras Krittika, Uttaraphalguni and Uttarashadha, which begin at 26º 20 of the three Fire signs in the Sidereal Zodiac. His mantra should be repeated 9, 21, 108 or 1008 times, and is as follows:

“Om Hreem Shreem Kleem Shreem Shreem Kleem Shreem Sarvaraja
Vasheekaraya Sarva Jana Mohanaya Sarva Vashyam Sheeghram
Sheeghram Shreem Kleem Shreem Swaaha”

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

Ruru – A dog, deer or other wild creature
Kroḍadaṃṣṭra – The Tusk of a Hog
Jaṭādhara – An Ascetic with Matted Hair
Viśvarūpa – One who Exists in All Forms
Virūpākṣa – Deformed or unusual number of Eyes
Nānārūpadhara – In the form of Gnosis
Vajrahasta – Impenetrable Hand
Mahākāya – Large-bodied

His consort is the Matrika Mahesvari, a manifestation of Parvati and the shakti of Shiva. She helps one overcome the forces of Degeneration and Dissipation, is depicted seated on the Bull, Nandi, having two or four hands and three eyes and holds a trident and a drum in two of her hands, while the other two are held in the Abhaya and Varada mudras. She is adorned with serpent bracelets, the crescent moon, a headdress formed of piled, matted hair with a serpent on it and wears a serpent around her neck. Her mantra is:

“Om Sri Siddha-linga Prasanna Subhamastu Durni mantra-vu Beem Namo Bhagavatey Maha Pra-laya-kaala Durgi Shakini Brahmhi Maheshvari Sarva Maarita Sarva Duurita Nivaarini Bheem Hraam Hreem Hruum Hrtem Hrom Hroum Hram Hrah Mama Raksha Raksha Huum Huum Hum Hum Mama Shallamya-siddhi Beem Patuu Svahaa”


Asitanga Bhairava


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.”


The Thousand Names of Shiva


1. Siva – The Auspicious.
2. Hara – The Destroyer.
3. Mrida – Giver of Happiness.
4. Rudra – Trouble Shooter, Evil Demolisher.
5. Pushkar – Provider of Good Health.
6. Pushpalochana – Lotus-Eyed.
7. Arthagamya – Target / Fulfiller of Desires.
8. Sadachar – Sustainer of Virtue.
9. Sharva – Terminator of Humanity.
10. Shambhu – Giver of Goodness.
11. Maheswar – The Supreme.
12. Chandrapida – Head worn by Moon.
13. Chandramouli – Moon Ornamented.
13. Viswam – Universe in Totality.
14. Viswam Bhareswar – Full Occupier of Universe.
15. Vedanta Sarva Sandoha – Essence of Vedas and Sciptures.
16. Kapali – Wearer of Skulls.
17. Nilalohita – Blue and Red Haired.
18. Dhyanadhar – Rooted in Meditation.
19. Aparicchhinna – Indestructible.
20. Gauri bharta – Husband of Gauri.
21. Ganeswara – Chief of ‘Pramathaganas’.
22. Ashtamurthi – Lord of Eight Representations of Universe, like Sky, Air, Fire and so on.
23. Vishwamurthi – Manifestation of the entire Universe.
24. Trivarga Swarga Sadhanah – Facilitator of Dharma, Artha and Moksha or Virtue-Wealth-Salvation combine.
25. Jnana Gamya – Final Destination of Vedic Knowledge.
26. Dhritha Prajna – Strong Willed.
27. Deva Devaha – The Supreme God of Gods.
28. Trilochana – The Three Eyed or of Three Gunas qualities., Trilokas, Tri Vedas, Triaksharas of Bimba- Akara, Vukara, Makara and Om.
29. Vamadeva – Suppressor of Evil minds and handsome personality.
30. Mahadeva – Super God .
31. Patu – Remover of Sorrows of Devotees.
32. Parivridh – Lord of the Universe.
33. Vridha – Advanced.
34. Virupaksha Vicious-Eyed to the Evil.
35. Vaaneesh – Master of Veda Vani/Sarasvathi.
36. Suchi Sattama – Uncontaminated by Three Gunas and hence Spotless.
37. Sarvapramana Samvaadi – Guarantor of  Vedas and Holy Scriptures.
38. Vrishanka – Bearer of Bull’s Sign denoting War against Evil.
39. Vrishvahan – He whose Carrier as Nandi Bull.
40. Esha – Master of the Whole Universe.
41. Pinaki – He who carries Pinaki named bow/arrow.
42. Khatvanga – User of a self-limb as a weapon.
43. Chitra vesha – Dressed as per needs of occasions.
44. Chirantana – Oldest unaffected by time and changes.
45. Tamohara – Demolisher of Darkness / Ignorance.
46. Mahayogi – Most versatile in Ashtanga Yoga or all kinds of yogas.
47. Gopta – Protector by means of various illuminations.
48. Brahma – Omni Creater and Omni featured.
49. Dhurjati – Wearer of Ganga by His matted Hairs.
50. Kalakala – He keeps a track of ‘Mrityu  and ‘Yama’or Death and Devastation.
51. Krittivasa – Wearer of Tiger Skin.
52. Shubhaga – Most attractive and prosperous.
53. Pranavatmaka – Surfeit with the Soul of Omkara.
54. Unnadhra – Controller of human beings.
55. Purusha – Supreme Being Present all over and all times.
56. Jushya – The Most deserved by Three Means of Speech, Thought and Action.
57. Durvasa – Dressed in coarse yarn clothing or as a Sage of same name.
58. Purashasana – Destroyer of Demon Tripura.
59. Divyaudha – Possessor of most potent weapons.
60. Skandaguru – Father and Teacher of Kartikeya.
61. Parameshthi – The Ultimate.
62. Paratpara – The Supreme, Unknown and Timeless.
63. Anadi Madhya Nidhana – He who has no origin, middle or end.
64. Girisha – Lord of Mountains.
65. Girijadhava – Parvathi’s husband.
66. Kuberabandhu – Relative of Yakshadhi pati-Kubera.
67. Srikantha – Possessor of Vedas in His Throat.
68. Loka- varnottama The Greatest among Brahmaloka and other lokas.
69. Mridu – Soft natured to devotees.
70. Samadhivedya – Who has the knowledge of Samadhi in Yoga.
71. Dhanurdhari – Carrier of Bow and arrows.
72. Nilakantha – Blue Throated retaining Poisonous Flames.
73. Parasvadhi – Promoter of virtue among devotees to inculcate of happiness to others.
74. Visalaksha – The Broad Eyed.
75. Mrigavyaghra – Who is ready to assume tiger form to save deer.
76. Suresha – Supreme Lord of Devas.
77. Suryatapana – Provider of the Heat of Sun to the Wicked  or Provider of Heat to the Sun God Himself.
78. Dharmadhyaksha – Chief Preserver of Virtue.
79. Kshama Kshetra – Origin of Tolerance.
80. Bhagavan – Possessor/ Yielder of Six kinds of Wealth; viz. Dhana or Money, Dhanya or Granary, Dhairya or Courage, Santana or Progeny, Jaya or Victory and Vidya or Knowledge.
81. Bhaganetrabhida – Remover of eyes of Bhaga at Daksha Prajapati’s Yagna
82. Ugra – Ferocious.
83. Pasupati – Chief of Beings.
84. Tarksha – Siva in Kasyap’s form.
85. Priya Bhakta – Beloved of Devotees.
86. Parandapa – Generator of High heat.
87. Daata – Giver of Boons.
88. Dayakara – Merciful.
89. Daksha – Highly Capable.
90. Kapardi – Provider of Gyan.
91. Kamashasan – Controller of Love and Destroyer of Kamadeva.
92. Smashananilaya – Resides of Burial Ground.
93. Sukshmah – infinitesimal.
94. Smashanastha – Graveywar Resider.
95. Maheswara – Foremost Commander of Universe.
96. Loka Kartha – Creator of the Universe.
97. Mrigapathi – Protector of Animals.
98. Mahakartha – Creator of Five Elements.
99. Poshak – Sustainer.
100. Visvaasakartha – Granter of Confidence.
101. Mahoushadhi – Huge Source of Medicines for Physical Well-being or Smasher of Worldly Bondages.
101. Somapaha – Giver of Soma or Nectar to Devas.
102. Amritaha Self-sprung Nectar for immortality.
102. Soumyaha – Serene looking to devotees.
103. Mahateja – Unparalleled Radiance.
104. Mahadyutih – Great Illumination.
105. Tejomaya – All Pervading Light.
106. Amritamaya – Replete with Nectar.
107. Annamaya – Food is God; ‘Anna’ is Brahma.
108. Sudhapati – Chief Protector of Nectar.
109. Uttara – Paramatma descends to uplift humanity.
110. Gopati – Master of Earth, Heaven, Humanity, Goddess of Learning Sarasvathi, Illumination and Water.
111. Gopta – Chief Administrator of All Species.
112. Jnana Gamya – Final Goal of  Vedic Knowledge.
113. Pracheen – Siva is Unaffected by Time and hence Ageless.
114. Niti – Dispenser of Morals to those who need.
115. Suniti – Clean Hearted.
116. Soma – Source of Medicines as He made available to Moon.
117. Soma rathah – Happy to enjoy and give Soma rasa.
118. Sukhi – Happy by Himself and makes others Happy too.
119. Ajatashatru – He has no Challenger.
120. Alok – Self Illuminated and  Illuminating.
121. Sambhavya – Esteemed by all-Devas or Danavas.
122. Havyavahan – Reaches Havi or Oblations to Devas in the form of Fire or Agni.
123. Lokakara – Creator of the Worlds.
124. Vedakara – Populariser of Vedas like Rig, Yaju and Sama Vedas.
125. Sutrakara – Creator of Maharshis like Veda Vyasa who scripted Principles or Sutras.
126. Sanatanah – Ageless and Permanent.
127. Maharshi Kapilacharya – Siva in the form of Kapilacharya who was the Exponent of Sankhya Shastra
128. Viswadipti – The Luminosity of the Whole Universe.
129. Trilochanah – The Three Eyed or the Spring of Three Gunas of Satva, Rajas and Tamas.
130. Pinakidharanka – The Holder of Pinaki Bow.
131. Bhudeva – The Supreme in the form of readily cognizable Earth
132. Swastidah – Provider of Righteousness and Contentment.
133. Sudhih – Bestower of Supreme Enlightentment.
134. Dhatrudhama – Possessor of Superior Energy.
135. Dhamakarah – The Cause of Son’s Exraordinary Brightness and Heat.
136. Sarvah – The All-Pervading.
137. Sarva Gocharah – The All-Perceiver.
138. Brahma srikah – Generator of Brahma and Vedas.
139. Viswasrikah – The Builder of the Worlds.
140. Sargah – Reflection of Self-Creation.
141. Kavih – Self-scripted or Self- Composer
142. Priyah – The Loved One.
143. Shakha – In the appearance of Rishi named Shakha.
144. Vishaka – In the Form of Kartikeya.
145. Gosakha – The Materialization of the Various Branches of Vedas.
146. Siva – The Foundation of the Entire Cosmos.
147. Bhishak – He in the Form of Dhavantari or Physician providing well being to all.
148. Anuttama – Incomparably righteous.
149. Gangaplavodak – The eternal flow of Great Ganges is  poor in comparison to Him.
150. Jana tarakah – Uplifter of humanity.
151. Bhavya – Fully Propitious.
152. Pushkala – Abundant.
153. Sthapti – Architect of all the Worlds.
154. Sthira – Stable and Steady.
155. Vijitatma – A Triumphant Super Soul.
156. Vishyatma – A Marvelous Soul of the Universal Happenings.
157. Vidheyatma – Excellent Soul of Submissive Worlds.
158. Bhuta Vahana Sarathy – The Driving Force to Brahma the Controller of Humanity.
159. Saganaah – He who has Pramatha Ganas always.
160. Ganakaya – Indestructible along with Pramathaganas.
161. Sakirthi – Highly Reputed.
162. Chhinnasamsayah – He whose doubts are destroyed.
163. Kamadeva – The Lord of Desires like ‘Dharmarthas’.
164. Kamapalah – Bestower of Fulfillments.
165. Bhasmoddhuulitha Vigrah – Of Ash laden Physique.
166. Bhasmapriyo – An Enthusiast of Ash.
167. Bhasma saayi – Fond of lying in ash.
168. Kami – Endower of Desires.
169. Kantha – Highly Attractive.
170. Kritagama – Executor of Agamas /Vedas.
171. Samavartha – Executor of Life Cycles.
172. Anirvyuktatma – All encompassed Soul.
173. Dharma Punjah – Consummated Virtue.
174. Sadasiva Always Propitious.
175. Akalmashah – Never Tarnished.
176. Chaturbahu – Four Armed.
177. Duravasah – Who Cannnot be kept in mind for long 178. Durasadhaha- Attainable with rigorous Tapasya or Commitment.
179. Durlabha – Achieve only with highest devotion.
180. Durgama – Reach Him only with enormous difficulty.
181. Durga – Realise with Enduring Trauma.
182. Sarva ayudha Visarada – Versatile in the art of weaponry like Sastra or physically applied and ‘Astra’or Mantra Enabled ones.
183. Adhyatmika Yoga Nilayah – Expert in Yoga Practice to destroy miseries of body and mind.
184. Suthanthu – He who keeps with Him the wide World.
185. Thanthu Vardhanah – He who broadens the world.
186. Subhangah – Possessor and Provider of Propitious Body Parts.
187. Loka SarangaAssimilator of the essence of Lokas or the Pranava/Omkara .
188. Jagadish Controller of the ‘Jagat’or the Lokas
189. Janardrana – Demolisher of the sorrows of Humans.
190. Bhasma Suddhikara – He who cleans up with Ash.
191. Meru – Who Stays at Meru Mountain.
192. Ojasvi Full of Ojas or Vigour / Essential Energy.
193. Suddha Vigraha – Pure Physique.
194. Asaadhyah – Not easy to realise.
195. Sadhu Sadhyah Possible of realisation only by the Virtuous.
196. Bhritya Markata Rupa Dhrit – He who assumes the Profile of Hanuman-the Monkey God.
197. Hiranya Retha – He who is like Agni or Fire-like heat and light.
198. Paurana – He who is worthy of Brahma’s proposal in Puranas to extol.
199. Ripu Jeeva Harah – He who obliterates Enemies.
200. Balah He who enjoys Supreme Strength.
201. Maha Hrida – He whose heart is full of eternal happiness.
202. Mahagartah – The Lord of Great Illusions.
203. Siddha Vrindara Vanditah – Saluted by Siddhas and Devas at His Threshold.
204. Vyaghra Charmambarah – Dressed by Tiger skin.
205. Vyali – Ornamented by poisonous snakes on His Body.
206. Maha Bhutah ‘Virat Purusha’ – or Collosal Formation of imperishable nature.
207. Maha Nidhih – Mammoth Source of Wealth of all kinds.
208. Amrithasah – Eternal Enjoyer of Nectar.
209. Amrita Vapuh – Of Indestructible Physique.
210. Ajaroparah – Immortal.
211. Panchajanyah Siva as Agni in Five Forms as manifested in Yajnas.
212. Prabhanjanah Siva as ‘Vayu’ surrounded by Illusions among mortals.
213. Panchavimsati Tatvasthah Siva as *Twenty five Tatvas viz. Pancha Bhutas, Pancha Tanmatras, Pancha Karmendriyas, Pancha Jnanendrias and Pancha Anthakaranas.
214. Parijata Siva as ‘Kalpavriksha’ – or Fulfiller of desires of devotees.
215. Paratparah – Supreme Soul.
216. Sulabha – Easy to please with sincerity of devotion.
217. Suvratah – He who guides devotees to perform simple and easy Vrathas.
218. Surah – Champion.
219. Bramha Veda Nidhi Siva – as the Sourcer of Brahma Vedas.
220. Vaangmaika Nidhi – Origin and Endower of Speech.,
221. Varnashrama Guru – Master of Four Varnas of Brahmana, Vyasya, Kshatriya and Sudras as also Four Ashramas viz. Brahmacharya, Garhasthya, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa.
222. Varni Siva as Brahmachari or Vidyarthi.
223. Shatrujit – Conquerer of Enemies.
224. Shatru tapanah – Tormentor of Enemies.
225. Ashramah – Provider of respite to those engaged in the worldly affairs.
226. Kshapanah – Mitigate the sins of devotees.
227. Kshama – Terminator at the End.
228. Jnanavan- Full of Knowledge.
229. Achaleswar – Chief of Stable beings like Earth and Mountains.
230. Pramanika Bhutah- Creator of Godly Evidences like Sun, Moon, Stars and Air.
231. Durjeyah – He who knows any thing instantly.
232. Suparnah – Like a Tree with branches as Vedas.
233. Vayu Vahanah – He who makes airflow to move.
234. Dhanurdharah – Possessor of Pinaki.
235. Dhanur Veda – The Originator of  the Science of Bow and Arrows.
236. Guna Rasih – Totality of Gunas.
237. Guna Kara – He who applies various Gunas.
238. Satyah – Embodiment of Truth.
239. Satya Parah – Practioner of Truth.
240. Dinah – Ordinary, non-complaining and always satisfied.
241. Dharmanga – Dharma’s various Limbs like Feet as Vedas, Hands like Varaha Murthi, Brahma like Face, Agni like Tongue, Hairs like Kusha Grass, Eyes like Day and Night, Ornaments like Vedanth & Srithis, Soma like Blood, and so on..
241. Dharma Sadhanah – Practice of Dharma.
242. Anantha Drishthi – His Vision is Infinite.
243. Ananda – Blissful.
244. Dando Damayita – Punisher of the Punishers.
245. Damaha – Controller of Devas, Beings, Tatvas – like Maha Bhutas, Indriyas, Tanmatras- and so on.
246. Abhivadyo Mahamayah – Saluted by Devas, Danavas and Mahamaya too.
247. Visvakarma – Greeted by Celestial Architect Visvakarma.
247. Visarada – Revered by Devi Sarasvathi.
248. Veeta ragah – Destroyer of Desire or Hatred
249. Vinitatma Siva softens the personality of His devotees.
250. Tapasvi Meditator par Excellence.
251. Bhuta Bhavanah – He provides mental development of His Devotees.
252.  Uttama Vesha Dhari Pracchannah – Siva’s best dress- nudity- is half closed.
253. Jita Kamah Kama Devah – Siva overwhelms desires and Kama Deva / Manmadha.
254. Ajit Priyah – Siva is affectionate to Lord Vishnu.
255. Kalyana Prakrithi – Gracious featured.
256. Kalpa – Root cause of entire Creation.
257. Sarvaloka Prajapathi – Sovereign of All Lokas .
258. Tapasvi – He concentrates to fulfill the wishes of His devotees.
259. Taraka – His is the Ship to let the devotees cross the rough seas of ‘Samsara’.
260. Sriman – Surfeit with Benevolence .
261. Pradhana Prabhu – Chief  Protector.
261. Alyapah – Destructionless.
262. Loka palah – Principal Administor of Lokas.
263. Antarhita atma Hideout of His Real Self due to Illusion.
264. Kalpadih – The Very Beginning of  Kalpas .
265. Kamalekshan – His Lotus Vision seeks Goddess Lakshmi always.
266. Veda Shastrastha Tattvajnayana  – Best Comprehender of Tatva Jnana of Vedas and Shastras
267. Animaya – He is Knowledge by Himself and excels in imparting it to others.
268. Chandra – Siva as Moon sourcing pleasantness to one and all .
269. Surya – Siva as the origin of Surya provides untold falicities to all Creations of the Supreme Power.
270. Sani – Siva as Saturn controlling fortunes as per His directions.
271. Ketu Siva as Dhuma Kethu as the latter fulfills His Instructions to humanity
272. Varanga – Having perfect shaped limbs.
273. Vidruma –chhavi – Siva as Mangal or Mars with the red colour of corals.
274. Bhakti Vasya – in the control of Devotees.
275. ParaBrahma – Siva as Lord Brahma the Creator.
276. Mriga banapurna Siva searches His devotees like an arrow of His mind searches deers.
277. Anagha Free from all kinds of sins.
278. Adri – In the form of a Mountain.
279. Adrivasa – Resident of Kailasa Mountain.
280. Kantha – Brahma as His Charioteer.
281. Paramatma – Super Soul.
282. Jagadguru – Universal Teacher for their own Good.
283. Sarva Karmalaya – Target God for daily devotional activities of common people.
284. Tushti – Highly self-contented.
285. Mangalya – Auspicious for His devotees.
286. Mangalakritah – Of auspicious nature.
287. Maha Tapah – He who performs the Greatest Meditation to Create the Mega Universe.
288. Deergha Tapah – He executes long time meditation for Sustenance of Universe.
289. Sthavishtha – He is Gross.
290. Sthavirah – He is Ancient.
291. Dhruvah – He is most Stable.
292. Ahaha – He embodies Great Radiance.
293. Samvatsarah – He is regular like the rainy seasons of each year.
294. Pramanah – Siva’s existence is self-evident.
295. Paramam – Supreme.
296. Tapah Truthful meditation.
297. Krita Tapah Executed action of Tapasya.
298. Samvatsara Karah Siva the player of cyclical movement of years.
299. Mantra Atyayah He who transcends Himself through recitals of Veda Mantras.
300. Sarva Darshan – He who reveals the whole world as real.
301. Sarveswarah – Eswara to all.
302. Siddhah – Present Constantly.
303. Maha Retha – Super Virile.
304. Mahabala – Super Strong.
305. Yogi Yogya – Ideally deserving Yoga practitioner.
306. Tejo – Sourcer of High Radiance.
307. Siddhi – Ultimate Achiever.
308. Sarvaadih – Origin of Everything.
309. Agrahya – He never accepts the sinful.
310. Vasoh – He keeps All Existing beings within Self.
311. Vasumanah – His heart is unaffected by preferences of liking or hatred.
312. Satyah – Truth as in ‘Satya jnanam anantham Brahma’.
313. Sarva Papa Haroharah – Obliterator of all kinds of sins.
314. Sukirthi – Full of elegant reputation.
315. Sobhana – Enriched by various attractions.
316. Sragvih – Garlanded.
317. Vedangah – He constitutes the branches of Vedas.
317. Vedavinmunih – The Sage who is an adept in Vedas.
318. Bhrajishnu – The Radiant.
319. Bhojanam – Food or Consuming Maya.
320. Bhokta – The One who enjoys the Food.
321. Lokanatha – The Lord of the Universe.
322. Dhurandarah – Connoisseur.
323. Amritah – Undecaying.
324. Sasvatha – Everlasing.
325. Shantah – Tranquil.
326. Banahastah – Arrow handed.
327. Pratapavan – Audacious.
328. Kamandalu dhara Kamandalu – Holy vessel carried by Gods with Amrit or Elixir.
329. Dhanvi – Carrier of Dhanush or Bow/Arrow.
330. Avanmanasa Gocharah Impossible to comprehend by Physical or mental faculties.
331. Atindriyah – Far beyond the reach of Physical or Mental features.
332. Maha Mayah – The Great Illusion.
333. Sarvavasa – Resident of any or every abode.
334. Chatushpathah – He who prompts to four paths to His Devotees.
335. Kalayogi – Siva as Kala Yogi cautions devotees about the the end of their lives.
336. Mahanadah – His Great Sound.
337. Mahotsaha – His enormous Enthusiasm.
338. Mahabala – His mighty strength and bravery.
339. Maha Buddhi – The Store of Great of Intelligence.
340. Maha Virya – The Unique Producer of the Worlds.
341. Bhutachari – He whose company consists of Extra Territorial Beings like Goblins.
342. Purandarah – The Executioner of Tripurasura.
343. Nisachar – The Active Trekker in dead of nights.
344. Pretachari – Moves along with Groups of ‘Pretas’ or the Dead Bodies.
345. Maha Shaktih – He who has Immense Might.
346. Maha Duytih – He who has unrivalled luminosity.
347. Anirdesya Vapuh He possesses an outstanding Physique.
348. Sriman – He who has a glow of Prosperity.
349. Sarvacharya Manogatih – He guides Various Teachers in imparting Knowledge.
350. Bahu Shrutah – Origin of several Holy Scriptures.
351. Maha Maya – The Inventor of the Great Illusion.
352. Niyatatma Dhruvah – Most controlled and disciplined Soul.
353. Ajas Tejo Dyuti Dharah – He carries Life, Might, Light and such other fantasic features.
354. Nartakah – The Illustrious ‘Nata Raja’ who dances and makes others dance.
355. Nritya Priyo Nithya Nrityah – He revels in dance and dances always.
356. Prakashatma – Epitome of  Brilliance.
357. Prakashakah – He who distributes illumination.
358. Spasht akasharah – Distinct Word like OM.
359. Buddhah –  Basis of Intellect and its  instructor.
360. Samanah – Balanced.
361. Sara Samplavah – ‘Sadhana’ or Means with which to attain Essence of Life.
362. Yugadi krithyugavartha – Siva Himself rotates the Yugas .
363. Gambhiro – Serious and Complex due to knowledge and experience.
364. Vrisha Vahanah – Nandi Bull His carrier.
365. Ishtah – The Most sought after.
366. Visishtah The Most Distinguished.
366. Sreshtah – The Best who is worshipped by one and all .
367. Sulabha – He who is easy of achievement.
368. Sharmah – Avatar of Sharabha.
369. Dhanuh – The Bearer of Pinakini .
370. Tirtha rupah – He assumes the forms of Vidyas or Disciplines.
371. Thirtha nama – He has the various names of Holy places.
372. Thirtha drishya – Blesses or enables of viewing various Thirthas like ‘Bhagirathi’.
373. Stutah – Prayed by entire World from Brahama downward.
374. Arthavah – Bestower of the Four Purusharthas viz. Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.
375. Apanidhi – He in the form of Oceans.
376. Adhishtana – He is the King pin or Adhara of the Srishti /Creation.
377. Vijaya – Provider of Success in life by means of devotion, ‘Jnana’ and ‘Vairagya’.
378. Durjato Jayakalavit – He who knows the timings of Daityas losing battles and the winnings of Devas.
379. Pratishthithah – His magnitude and might are well established.
380. Pramanajnah – He has the full awareness of Pramanas or Proofs, -both direct or subtle.
381. Hiranya Kavachah – His shield is golden; Vedas describe Him as ‘Namo Hiranya baahavey, Hiranya varnaya, Hiranya Rupaya’ and so on.
382. Harih – He is the demolisher of all kinds of sins.
383. Vimochanah – He is the reliever of the three kinds of Tapatrayas or tribulations viz. of Adi bhautika, Adhyatmika and Adi Daivika nature.
384. Sura Ganah – He assumes the traits and strengths of all the Devas
385. Vidyeshah – He is the root of all ‘Vidyas’ and also the bestower of the deserved ones.
386. Bindu Samsrayah – Pranava or Omkara is His own manifestation.
387. Bala Swarupah – Rudra,  a child born of Brahma’s fore- head .
388. Balotmattah –  From His Shakti or Power were annihilated the Evil from time to time.
389. Vatarupah – Siva in the form of Vata Tree.
390. Amalonmayi- Of Clean and Pure Form.
391. Vikartha – Creator of variegated designs and forms.
392. Gahanah – The Unknowable; none could comprehend the Lord’s ways of thought or action.
393. Guhah – The Concealed; none could fathom the Maya created by the Lord.
394. Karanam – The Action.
395. Kaaranam – The Cause.
396. Kartha The Doer.
397. Sarvabandha Vimochanah – The Liberator of all hindrances.
398. Vyavasayah – Determined to be in Sat-Chit- Ananda Position.
399. Vyavasthanah – Sets up the ‘Varnashrama’ format.
400. Sthanadah – Decides individual positions and duties
401. Jagdadijah – He who exists at be very beginning of the Universe.
402. Guruda – The constant destroyer of Enemies.
403. Lalithah – The most attractive and soft personality.
404. Abhedah – He cannot assume more than one Singular Identity.
405. Bhavatatmani Samsthitha – He exists as the Innermost Soul of the bodies made by Pancha Bhutas or Five Elements.
406. Vireswarah – The Lord of the Valiant.
407. Virabhadrah – As one of the Principal ‘Ganas’ or Army of Lord Siva.
408. Virasana Vidhih Guru – The Master of  Valiant’s Posture of Seating.
409. Vira Chudamani Sirobhusha – Head-Ornament of  Heroic Warrior.
410. Vettha – He is Omniscient.
411. Chidanandah – Heartily Happy.
412. Nandiswarah – Nandivahan’s Lord.
413. Ajnadhara Trisuli – He whose orders are obeyed by Trisula Weapon at once.
414. Tripivishthah- In Yajnas He manifests Himself as Lord Vishnu
415. Sivalayah – He resides at all Places that are propitious .
416. Valakhilyah – He presents Himself as Rishi Valakhilya.
417. Mahachaapah – In the form of the Grand Bow gifted to King Janaka by Siva.
418. Trigmanshu – Siva as Sun God.
419. Badhirah – Chooses to be hard of hearing sometimes.
420. Khagah – He who thinks of Skies.
421. Abhiramah – A resting place of Yogis.
422. Susharanah – Provider of security and refuge
423. Subrahmanya – Ideal Explainer of Vedic knowledge and its interpreters.
424. Sudha Swami – Amrit’s Chief Custodian.
425. Maghavan Kaushikah – Siva as Indra.
426. Goman – As the Chief of Cows and cowherds.
427. Avasan – ‘Adhar’ or Support of Beings who are on death bed.
428. Sarva Sadhanak – He who makes any thing posible.
429. Lalatakshah – He who keeps His Third Eye on His Forehead.
430. Viswadehah – The entire Universe is His Body.
431. Sarah – Exists even in the most trying times or at the time of annihilation of the Universe.
432. Samsara Chakra bhrit – The Holder of the Cycle of Life.
433. Amogha Danda – Giver of irretrievable punishement.
434. Madhyasthaha – Neutral.
435. Hiranah – Epitome of Radiance.
436. Brahma Varchasvi – As the sheen of Brahma.
437. Paramarthah – He who grants Salvation.
438. Paromayi – He is the origin of Outstanding Maya .
439. Shambharah – Awards propitiousness.
440. Vyaghra Lochanah – Has the frightening look of a Tiger.
441. Ruchih – Brightness.
442. Virinchih – Siva in the form of Brahma.
443. Svandhyuh – Provider of boons to Devas
444. Vachaspathi – Bestower of all kinds of ‘Vidyas’ in the Form of Brahma.
445. Ishanah – Granter of all branches of ‘Vidyas”; Sritis declare Him as ‘Isanah Sarva  Vidyanam’.
445. Ahirpathih – Siva in the form of Surya or Sun.
446. Ravih – Siva as the distributor of Nava Rasas of the nine Emotions drawn from the Sun, being Karuna or Kindness, Bhayanak or Fright, Krodha or anger, Shringara or Attractiveness, Hasya or Comedy, Raudra or Fury, Vira or heroism, Bhibhatsa or disgust and Shanta or Peace.
447. Virochanah – Siva as Agni or Fire.
448. Shastha – He who orders or is the Maker of Rules.
449. Vaivaswa Munih – Siva in the form of Sage Vaivaswa.
450. Yamah – Yama the of Son of Sun and God of Death.
451. Yukthirunnathi Kirthih – Nyayamurthi, the Famed Ashtanga Yogi Siva.
452. Sanuragah – Affectionate to Devotees.
453. Paranjayah – Victorious of Enemies.
454. Kailasapathi – The Lord of Kailasa Mountain.
455. Kranthah – Most attractive.
456. Savitha – The Creator of all Beings.
457. Ravi Lochanah – He who takes over the Eyes of Sun
458. Visvottham –  Of the most Virtuous of the Universe.
459. Veetha Bhayaha – Devoid of any Fright.
460. Anivaritha – Unstoppable.
461. Nithya – Timeless irrespective of the Beginning or End of the Universe.
462. Niyat Kalyanah – Decidedly auspicious.
463. Punya Sravana Kirthanah – The listener of Worthy Hymns about Siva Doorasravah Who could hear from any distance.
465. Visvasaha – Who could the be the World’s best tolerant.
466. Dhyeah – He who is the World’s best target of dedication.
467. Dussapna Nashanah – Destroyer of bad dreams.
468. Uttaranah – Who could safely ship through the Ocean of ‘Sansar’or Worldly life.
469. Dushkriti nasanah – The Terminator of Evil Deeds .
470. Vikshepyah – Could be viewed only through special Vision.
471. Dussah – Cannot tolerate the Evil Forces even regretfully.
472. Abhavah – He who is Birthless.
473. Anaadi – Who has no beginning.
474. Bhurbhuva Lakshmih – He who has the knowledge of Bhur Bhuva lokas and their Lakshmis .
474. Kiriti – He as Arjun wearing the formal Crown.
475. Tridasadhipa – He as the Chieftain of Devas.
476. Viswagopta – Protector of the World.
477. Vishvakartha – The Creator of the World.
478. Suvirah – The Gallant.
479. Ruchirangadah – Gorgeously limbed.
480. Jananah – He who creates all the Beings.
481. Jana janmadih – The essential cause of Creation
482. Pritiman – The Affectionate .
483. Nitiman – The Ethical.
484. Dhruvah – The Topmost.
485. Vasishthah – The Sole Surviver at the time of ‘Pralay’ or The Great Devastation.
486. Kashyapah – Siva as in the Form of Kashyap.
487. Bhanuh – The Dazzling.
488. Bhimah – Looks frightening to the Opponent.
489. Bhima Parakramah – As a Demolisher of ‘Asuras’ who were adepts for the Illusions created .
500. Pranavah – Originator of the word ‘Om.’
501. Satdyatacharah – Observer of Truthfulness and Virtuosity.
502. Mahakoshah – He who has control over the Five Koshas or sheaths/layers, being  Annamaya, Pranamaya, Manonmaya, Vijnanamaya and Anandamaya.
503. Mahadhanah – He has the greatest prosperity.
504. Janmadhipah – The Leader of Births.
505. Mahadevah – He who surpasses all Emotions or Feelings and the manifestation of Atma Gyan or the Knowledge of the Eternal Soul.
506. Sakalagama paragah – The outstanding Expert of all Vedas .,
507. Tatvam – Tat or That-Am – you, Asi – are is the literal meanings; or Aham – I , Brahma- The Super Soul, Asmi -am; or Deep-seated in Brahma’s position .
508. Tatvam Brahma – Siva is as Brahma.
509. Tatvavit – He who realises the Essence of Tatva.
510. Ekatma – The Supreme Soul is unique.
511. Vibhuh – All pervading.
512. Visva bhushan – Ornament of the World.
513. Rishih The Knower of the Unknown; ‘Vishvadhipo Rudro Maharshih’ is Veda.
514. Ishvarya Janma Mrityu Jarathigah – Siva owing to His opulence is far beyond birth,  death and old age.
515. Pancha Yagna samutpatthih – Generator of Five kinds of Yagnas on daily basis viz. Deva Yagna or worship to family deity; Brahma Yagna  or Practice of Vedas and other Sciptures; Pitri Yagnas to enhance family values; Bhuta Yagna or the spirit of caring and sharing with others including animals and birds; and Nara Yagna providing hospitality to colleagues, neighbours, friends or any body else .
516. Visvasah – Siva the superlative of the Universe.
517. Vimalodaya – The Maker of all  movable and immovable objects.
518. Anadyantha – He has no beginning nor end.
519. Vatsalah – Affectionate to one and all.
520. Bhaktaloka dhrit – The bearer of the enirety of Devotees.
521. Gayatri Vallabha – The better half of Gayatri .
522. Pranshuh – Double-brightened by sunbeams.
523. Prabhakarah – Siva as the most prominent form of early morning Sun
524. Sishu – Likened to an infant.
525. Giriratha Who likes to stay on Kailasha Mount.
526. Samrat – Highest Emperor.
527. Sushenah – A huge army of ‘Ganas’.
528. Surashatru – Deva’s Enemy.
528. Amogha – Sinless.
529. Arishtanemi – Provides boons to the Virtuous.
530. Kumudah – Who lightens the burden of Earth by removing the undesirable.
531. Vigatajvarah – He who is devoid of various kinds of physical ailments.
532. Svayamjyotirstanurjyothih – Self illuminated subtle luminosity; ‘Nivarasuka vartanvi Peetabhavatyanupama tasyaassikhaya madhye cha Paramatma vyavasthithah’ says ‘Mantra Pushpam’.
533. Atmajyothih – The Ever radiant Soul.
534. Achalanchalah Steady and stable.
534. Pingalah – He wears the Tiger skin and hence of Reddish Yellow colour of Sun rays.
535. Kapilasmashruh – He has the moustache and beard of Pingal colour.
536. Phala netrah – Third Eye on His forehead.
537. Thrayi thanuh – His body is full of Vedas.
538. Jnana Skandhah Maha Nidhih – Giver of a Storage of  Jnana to His devotees to enable them to achieve Salvation.
539. Viswa pathih – The Lord of the Universe.
540. Upaplavah – The Tormentor of the Evil.
541. Bhago Vivasvan adityah – Siva in the three forms of Bhagah, Visasvah and Adityah.
542. Yogaparah – As a Great Guide to Yogis.
543. Yogadharah – The Fountain head of Yogas.
544. Divaspathi – The Chief of Heavens.
545. Kalyana Guna namah – He has the names of auspiciousness.
546. Papah – demolisher of the sins of devotees.
547. Punya Darshanah – The Vision of Virtue’s personification.
548. Udara kirthih – Of esteemed personality.
549. Udyogi – Highly industrious in the context of Creating the Universe.
550. Sadyogi – always busy in providing the means of fulfillment.
551. Sada sanmayah – Always engaged in looking after the welfare of everybody.
552. Nakshatramali – In the form of Sky adorable with strings of Stars.
553. Nakeshah – Head of the Skies.
554. Lokeshah – Master of the Worlds.
555. Swadhishtana Shadasrayah – Siva who is at the Seat of Vital Force.
556. Pavithrah – The Personification of Purity .
557. Papaanashascha – The Annihilator of Sins.
558. Manipurah – Fulfiller of desires including gains of riches including jewellery.
559. Nabhogatih – Freely moves around the Skies.
560. Hrithpundarikamaseenah – Comfortably Seated on the lotus like hearts of Yogis.
561. Shakrah – In the Form of Lord Indra.
562. Shanthah – Blissfully Peaceful.
563. Vrishakapih – The root cause of sustaining Virtue.
564. Ushnah – Scorching due to swallowing poison the most sizzling ‘Halahal’ into His Throat
565. Grahapati – The Administer of Nava Grahas, ‘The Nine Planets.’
566. Krishnah – His blue throat is visible to Krishna.
567. Samarth – Capable of doing anything.
568. Anartha Nashanah – wipe out any complexity.
569. Adharma Shatru – The Opponent of Vice.
570. Ajneya – Unknowable and Unreachable.
571. Puruhutah Purushthithah – Commended and devoted by multitude of devotees.
572. Brahma Garbhah – Retainer of Vedas in His Belly.
573. Brihad Garbhah – He holds the entire Brahmanda in His abdomen.
574. Dharma Dhenuh – He is likened to the Sacred Cow Dharma Devatha.
575. Dhanagamah – Who ushers in Opulence.
576. Jagadishtuh – Well-wisher of the whole World.
577. Sugatah – Immersed in noble thoughts and actions.
578. Kumarah – Siva in the shape of Lord Senapathi.
579. Kushkagam – Provider of Happiness and Satisfaction.
580. Hiranya Varnah – of Golden Colour.
581. Nana bhuta ratha – He takes fancy to Bhutas and Piscachas.
582. Dhwanih – Assumes the form of Dwani or Sound
583. Araagah – without any Sound bytes or desires.
584. Nayanadhyakshah – The Presider of Eyes and Eyesight.
585. Viswamithah – In the Profile of Viswamitra the Great Sage.
586. Atmabhuh – Self illumitaed.
587. Aniruddhah – Uncontrollable.
588. Atrih – Siva in the form of Sage Atri .
589. Jnana murthi – Vedic knowledge personified.
590. Maha Yashah – His fame is Boundless.
591. Loka Veeragrani – The Head of the Valiant.
592. Chanda – Very angry with the Evil Minded.
593. Sathya Parakrama – Truthfully Valiant.
594. Vyala Kalpa – Siva in the company of poisonous Snakes.
594. Maha Kalpa – He is Extraordinarily Capable.
595. Kalpa Vriksha – Siva as the Tree of Kalpavriksha granting desires.
596. Kaladhara – He keeps Moon as His head ornament.
597. Alankrishnah – Ornamented and illuminated.
598. Achalah – Firm and Stable.
599. Rochishnu – Brightness incarnate.
600. Vikramonnathah – Bravery of the Highest order.
601. Ayuh – Regulator of Age.
602. Shabdapathi – The Ruler of Vedas.
603. Vagmi plavanah – Instant grantor of desires.
604. Sikhi saarathih – Facilitator of the tasks of Agni or Fire.
605. Asaprashtah – Confused by various illusions.
606. Athidhih – Guest.
607. Shatru pramathi – Expert in devastating adversaries.
608. Padapasanah – Settled near a tree comfortably.
609. Brihadasvaha – He is in custody of huge Horses.
610. Nabhi yonih – He as the Sky is the cause of causes.
611. Suprateek – He with attractive limbs and features.
612. Tamishrah – He saves devotees from dark ignorance.
613. Nidagasthapanah – He is the saver of Sun and heat.
614. Megha Svakshah – The Viewer of beautiful rainbows and the clouds.
615. Para Puranjayah – The Victor of Enemy holds.
616. Sukhaanilah – The Provider of Cool air comfort.
617. Sunishpannah – The Creator of this charming World.
618. Surabhit – The endower of great happiness.
619. Sishiratmakah – In the Sishira Rithu or the cool Season between Winter and Summer.
620. Vasantho Madhavah – Spring Season.
621. Greeshmah – The Hot Season of Juices and Scorching Summer.
622. Nabhasyo – Sharat Ritu of Rains.
623. Bija Vahanah – Sharat or Autumn.
624. Hemantha – Winter.
625. Angirah – Siva as Angira Rishi.
626. Gururathreya – As Dattathreya.
627. Vimalah – Figure of Purity.
628. Visva Vahanah – He as the carrier of the burden of the whole World.
629. Pavanah – Singularly Clean.
630. Sumati – Fair minded.
631. Vidwan – An Intellectual par excellence in the know of every thing.
632. Trividyah – The Source of Three Vedas – Rig Yajur Sama Vedas.
633. Naravahanah – Siva as Yaksharaja Kubera.
634. Manobuddhih – The epithet of Mind and Mental Power.
635. Ahamkarah – He takes on the form of Ahamkara Tatva or a feature of Self-esteem.
636. Kshetrajna – He keeps the knowledge of  the place where Linga Rupas  or Raw Forms of the various Beings exist.
637. Kshetra Palak – He who is the Chief of the Kshetra.
638. Jamadagnih – Siva as Rishi Jamagani.
639. Bala nidhih – He is the Storage Point of Energy.
640. Bingalah – He assumes the appearance of ‘Amrith’ or Ambrosia
641. Viswa Gabalah – Siva as Sage Viswa Galabha.
642. Viswa Galesa – Siva as Rishi Galesa.
643. Adhirah Abhyankarah – He is brave but protects the needy.
644. Anuttarah – None is greater than Him.
645. Yagnah – As the Fire Sacrifices like Jyotish stoma.
646. Shreyah – Embodiment of Propitiousness.
647. Nisseyasampathah – All routes leading to auspiciousness.
648. Shilah – River emerging from boulders.
649. Gagan kundabhah – Bright as the flower Gagan kunda.
650. Danavarih – The Arch-rival of Danavas.
651. Arindamah – Slayer of the foes of Devotees.
652. Rajani Janakah – The Creator of Kalaratri Shakti named Rajani.
653. Charu Vishalyah – He has the minute understanding of Inner Beauty.
654. Loka Kalpa Dhrik – He is the preserver of the health and wealth of the Lokas.
655. Loka Shalya Dhrik – Saviour of the decadance of Lokas.
656. Chaturdah – The Originator of the Four Vedas
657. Chaturbhavah – Siva the Expression of  the Four ‘Bhavas’ viz. Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha.
658. Chathurah – Highly Intelligent.
659. Chatura priyah – He who enquires endearingly about the welfare of others with grace.
660. Amnayaha – Veda Swarupa.
661. Samamnayah – He swears by Vedas.
662. Thirtha Deva – The Supreme Deity of ‘Thirthas’ or the Holy Places.
663. Sivalaya – In the Temple of Siva along with other Deities.
664. Bahurupa – Siva with several names and forms.
665. Sarvarupah – Siva in all forms.
666. Characharah – Mobile or immobile beings in the Creation.
667. Nyayah – The Essence of Justice.
668. Nirmayakah – The Upholder of Virtue.
669. Nyayi – The Vindicator of Justice .
670. Yoga Gamya Nirantharah – Always Targetted on Yoga.
671. Sahasra murthah – Of Innumerable Heads.
672. Devendrah – The Leader of Devas.
673. Sarva Shastra Prabhanjanah – The Editor of Shastras in entirety.
674. Mundi – Of netted and folded hair.
675. Virupah – Of highly attractive countenance.
676. Vikranthah – The most energetic and strong.
677. Dandi – The Holder of ‘Kala Danda’ deciding the fates of all.
678. Shantah – Composed and Calm controlling ‘Indriyas’ or Physical and mental faculties.
679. Gunottamah – The Highest Regulator of ‘Gunas’ or modes of material nature viz. Satvik or Goodness, Rajasik or Passion and Tamasic or Ignorance.
680. Pingalaksha – Red-Eyed.
681. Janadhyaksha – The Prime Force of humanity.
682. Nilagrivah – Blue Throated owing to retention of ‘Halahal’ poison in His Throat.
683. Niramaya – Picture of Excellent Health without any physical or mental ailments.
684. Sahasra baahu – Thousand-Handed.
685. Sarvesah – The Ultimate Lord.
686. Sharanyah – The Final Refuge for Protection.
687. Sarva loka dhrik – The fulcrum of all Lokas.
688. Padmasana – Seated in Lotus posture.
689. Param Jyothi – Of the highest possible glitter.
690. Param par – Navigator through muddled waters of ‘Sansar’ or life full of ‘Tapatrayas’
691. Paramam Phalam – Great Faciltator of attaining ‘Moksha’ or Salvation.
692. Padmagarbha – Preserver of Universe in His Lotus-like belly.
693. Mahagarbha – Incorporator of the Totality into Himself.
694. Vichakshana – Analyser and Guide of Vedas and Scriptures.
695. Varadah – Boon provider.
696. Paresaha – Unique in fulfilling wishes.
697. Maha Balah – Possessor of Super Strength.
698. Devasura mahaguruh – He is the Superior Guru or Guide to Devas and Asuras or Demons alike.
699. Devasura Namaskrithah – He is venerated by Devas and Asuras.
700. Devasura Maha Mithrah – Siva is impartial to both Devas and Danavas and is a great friend of both.
701. Devasura Mahashraya – He is the refuge point of Devas and asuras too.
702. Devadidevah – He is the Lord of not only Devas but of Adi Devas like Brahma.
703. Devagnih – He provides radiance and heat to Agni or Fire.
704. Devagni Sukhadah Prabhu – He ensures the well being of Devas by means of oblations through Agni.
705. Devasureswarh – Both Gods and Demons are aware that Siva is their Chief.
706. Divyo – He is of the most celestial form.
707.  Devatmatma Sambhavah – While the Soul of Devas is created by the Creator, the latter’s soul is created by Siva Himself.
708. Sadyonih – He is the very origin of Srishti.
709. Asura Vyaghra – He is likened to a Tiger to Asuras.
710. Deva Simhah – He is like a Lion among the Devas.
711. Divakarah – Siva is like the Sun God Surya producing Days.
712. Vibhudhagravarah – Far Superior to Lord Brahma .
713. Sreshthah – The Highest.
714. Sarva-Devothamothamah – While Devas are themselves are grand, Siva is far more Superior.
715. Sivajnana ratha – He is totally absorbed in Awareness about Himself or Sivajnana.
716. Sriman – He is the Store House of Prosperity.
717. Sikhi – He as Karthikeya .
718. Sri Parvata Priyah – He is fond of Mountains.
719. Vajrahastaya – Siva in the shape of Indra who wields Vajrayudha in his hands.
720. Siddhi Khadgi – He who possesses the Sword into which are incorporated all kinds of Siddhis.
721. Narasimha nipatahanah – As in the form of Salabha pulls down the incarnation of Narasimha.
722. Brahmachari – An expert in Vedas who keeps on reciting Vedas incessantly.
723. Lokachari – He who analyses the happenings of various Lokas.
724. Dharmachari – He is the performer of Virtuous deeds always.
725. Dhanadhipah – The Head of Wealth of varying kinds like Property, Liquidity and material possession .
726. Nandi – Siva in the shape of Nandi or Bull.
727. Nandiswarh – The Chief of Bulls.
728. Ananthah – The boundless verging on into nothingness.
729. Nagna Vrittha Dhrik – Neither He has a form nor wears anything.
730. Suchih – Fully Pure and flawless.
731. Lingadhakshah – Siva in the form of the Presiding Deity of Lingas.
732. Suradhakshaya – The Presiding Chief of Devas.
733. Yogadhakshah – The Presiding Deity of Yoga Practitioners.
734. Yogapaha – He who propounds the Theory and Pratcice of Yogas
735. Swadharmah – He who is absorbed in His own act of Srishti or Creation.
736. Swargataha – He resides in Swarga from where grants boons.
737. Swargi Swara – The Supreme Guide to the Creators or Rishis of Sapta Swaras
738. Swara Maya Swanah Karakah – The Originator of sonorous sounds of Swaras.
739. Banadhakshah – The Controller of Banasasura.
740. Bijakartha – The cause of germinating seeds.
741. Karma krith Dharma Sambhavah – He generates virtuous persons performing good deeds.
742. Dambhah – Siva examines the genuinness of devotees by various forms and acts.
743. Alobhah – He has no Greed but broad vision.
744. Ardha Vicchumbh – He who commends those with knowledge of Vedas and Shastras.
745. Sarva bhuta Maheswarah – He is present in all beings as the Supreme Lord.
746. Smashana Nilayah – He resides in Burial Ground since these are the ultimate terminating points of relieved souls and deceased bodies.
747. Thryakshah – Trinetra (three-eyed) Deva.
748. Sethuh – The bridge to cross the ocean of ‘Samsara’ or Life.
749. Apratimakrithih – The Form of Nothingness from Prakriti or Maya/Illusion.
750. Lokotthara sphutalokah – He could be visioned by mental eye sight alone.
751. Thryambakah – The Three Eyed or of Three Gunas, being the modes of material nature.
752. Naga Bhushana – Ornamented by various Serpents like Sesh Nag.
753. Andhakarih – The destroyer of Andhakasura.
754. Makhadweshi – Siva the demolisher of Daksha Prajapati’s Yagna.
755. Vishnu kandhara pathana – The slasher of Vishnu’s head .
756. Hinadoshah – Devoid of  impurities of mind.
757. Akshaya gunah – An Epitome of endless qualities of high merit.
758. Daksharih – The antagonist of Daksha .
759. Pusha danta bhit – The hacker of Demon Pusha Danti .
760. Purna Sampurna Kala Yukth – He who is comprehensive with sixty four ‘Kalas’ or Arts such as  Shilpa Kala, Natya Kala and Sangeeta Kala.
761. Poorayitha – He helps fulfill desires.
762. Punya – Merits arising out of different kinds of services to Gods, humanity, and other species.
763. Sukumarah – Siva’s Son Skanda.
764. Sulochana – Attractive Eyed.
765. Samageya Priya – The Lover of Sama Veda recital.
766. Akrura – The Merciful.
767. Punya Kirthi – Famous owing to Great Merit and Virtue.
768. Anaamaya – Free from all diseases.
769. Manojavah – Quick in solving problems of devotees.
770. Thirtha karah – Producer of ‘Pramanas’ or Proofs of Shastras.
771. Jatilah – The wearer of Jatajuta or netted hair.
772. Jeevitheswarah – Giver of Life to all .
773. Jeevithantakarah – The Provider of Life and also its End.
774. Vasurethah – Of Gold coloured sperm.
775. Vasu pradah – The Benefactor of Gold and Jewellery.
776. Sadgatih – He provides Good behaviour and pathway.
777. Samskriti – He provides solutions to Life’s tribulations.
778. Siddhis – He grants fruitful results to dedicated endeavours.
779. Sajjathi – He awards good births to those who are noble and devoted.
780. Kalakantak – He is the Tormentor of Tormenters (e.g. Yama).
781. Kaladhari – He bestows expertise and fame of any or all of sixty four Kalas or Arts.
782. Maha Kal – Lord Siva is the Greatest Kal Devatha and is the Supreme Destroyer.
783. Bhuta Satya Parayana – He encourages or inspires Truthfulness among all human beings and is the final refuge to them.
784. Loka Lavanya Karthah – Charming builder of Lokas.
785. Lokottara – He maintains the happiness of the Universe at His command.
786. Chandra – He is as cool as gorgeous.
787. Sanjivanah – He has the innate power of keeping the Worlds ever lasting.
788. Sastha – Law maker and Punishes the Evil Forces.
789. Loka Goodhah – Hides enormous capacity inside the caves of His mind.
790. Mahadhipah – The Highest Level of Superiority over the World.
791. Loka Bandhuh – He treats all the Beings of the World as His own relatives.
792. Kritya – As the epitome of Srutis and Smrities or Vedas and Shastras,  He guides humanity to distinguish the right and the wrong.
793. Lokanathah – He is the unquestioned King of the various Lokas.
794. Kritamjanah – He is indeed cognizant of the wrongdoings and the Virtues of what each and every person does.
795. Kirthi Bhushanah – He is adorned by His reputation.
796. Anapayoksharah – He is imperishable and inexhaustible.
797. Kanthah – He could even terminate Yama the God of Death.
798. Sarva Shastrah – He is the personification of all Shastras.
799. Shritanvarah – He is the Leader.
800. Tejomayah – He is fully resplendent.
801. Dyuthi dharanah – He possesses the capacity of holding and sustaining  Extraordinary radiance .
802. Loka namagrani – He is The World’s best..
803. Anuhu – He is present in the tiniest atom.
804. Suchismithah – He has a charming and pretty smile.
805. Prasannatma – He is the extraordinary Soul with the most tranquil poise.
806. Durjayoh – Invincible even by the most notorious Demons of the World
807. Durathikramah – Unsurpassable.
808. Jyotirmayah – Full of Extraordinary Luminosity.
809. Jagannathah – The Unique Lord of  Cosmos.
810. Nirakarah – He has neither shape nor form.
811. Jaleswarah – He is the Commander of Water in various appearances like Lakes, Rivers or Oceans.
812. Thambu Veenah – The Greatest Expert of Music in playing Veena Instrument made of Thambu Fruit.
813. Mahakopah – The Angriest and the most ferocious while engaged in activities of destruction.
814. Loka naasakarah – He could wipe out Lokas instantly.
815. Trilokesah – The Highest of the Three Worlds.
816. Trilokapah – The Chief Administrator of the Three Lokas.
817. Sarvashuddhih – The Purifier of all the Beings.
818. Adhodyakshah – One could know Him from within or be learnt of Him by one’s inner eye.
819. Avyakta lakshana Deva – His features are unknown.
820. Vyaktaavyaktah – As a Being with a realisable figure He is no doubt definable but at the same time, since He has no Shape nor Form, He is not recognisable.
821. Viswam pathih – The Absolute monarch of the Universe.
822. Varada Sheelah – The Afforder of boons.
823. Vara Gunah – Ornamented with Excellent Gunas or attributes.
824. Sarah – The Essence of Virtues.
825. Maana dhana – He who considers high merit as wealth.
826. Mayah – Embedded in happiness.
827. Brahma – Siva as the incarnation of Brahma.
828. Vishnu – As Vishnu the All Pervading and as the Preserver.
829. Haasah – As the Remover of Ignorance and Bright as Parabrahma.
830. Hamsa Gatih – The Liberator as the traverser of Hamsa or Swan guiding Yogis.
831. Vayah – As the free bird who flies on the Skies of Yoga.
832. Vedha – A famed name of Siva as Creator.
833. Vidhata – The Decider of Fate of each Being as per one’s own Karma.
834. Dhatha – Who assumes infinite Forms.
835. Srishta – The Creator.
836. Hartha – The Devastator.
837. Chaturmukha – As the Four Headed Brahma.
838. Kailasa Sikhara Vasi – The Resident of the Kailasa Mountain Top.
839. Sarva vasi – He who resides as the ‘Antaratma’ or the Inner Soul of every Being.
840. Sadgatih – The Conductor of the Noble Path.
841. Hiranya Garbhah – As Brahma who has the Golden Belly.
842. Druhinah – As Brahma Swarup.
843. Bhutapalah – The Governor of all ‘Pranis’ or Beings.
844. Bhupathih – The Master of Earth.
845. Sadyogi – The Planner of beneficent deeds .
856. Yoga Vid Yogi – The Learned Guide to Yogis.
857. Varada – The Endower of Windfalls.
858. Brahmana Priyah – Affectionate to Brahmanas.
859. Deva Priya – Interested in the well being of Devas.
860. Devanatha – Chief of Deva ganas.
861. Devajna – Encourages Devas to acquire higher knowledge.
862. Deva Chintak – Always engrossed in the welfare of Devas as also to those who pray to Devas.
863. Vishamaaksha – His Third Eye full of Poisonous Fire.
864. Visalaksha – He who has broad and attractive Eyes.
865. Vrishadah – Siva as an Epitome of Dharma or Virtue.
866. Vrisha Vardhanah – Promoter of Dharma.
867. Nirmama – Selfless.
868. Nirahankara – Devoid of ego.
869. Nirmoha – Devoid of obsession.
870. Nirupadrava Devoid of obstacles.
871. Darpaha Darpadah – He subdues the Arrogant.
872. Triptah – Totally contented.
873. Sarvatra Parivarthak – He brings about change all over; He transforms Rithus or Seasons alternatively.
874. Sahasrarchi – He has countless rays of radiance.
875. Sahasrajit – Victorious after slaying thousands of enemies.
876. Bhuti bhushah – Blesses various Beings with boons.
877. Snigdha Prakriti Dakshinah – Very talented and soft-minded owing to natural amicability.
878. Bhuta Bhavya Bhavannadhah – The Discerner of the Past, Present and Future.
879. Prabhavah – The Creator.
880. Bhuti nashanath – He wipes out the wealth of Enemies.
881. Arthah – He encourages the Wealth earned by hard work.
882. Anarthah – He knocks down money earned by foul means.
883. Mahakoshah – The Mine of Wealth.
884. Para karya pundithah – Being self-less He fulfills the objectives of others or His devotees.
885. Nishkantakah – He is devoid of hurdles generated by ‘Arishdvargas’ viz. Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada, Matsara.
886. Kritha Anandaha – He has uninterrupted happiness.
887. Nirvyajah – He is totally free from deceit.
888. Vyaja Mardanah – Punisher of dishonesty.
889. Satvavan – Brave and valiant Hero.
890. Satvikah – Essentially of Satva Guna.
891. Satya Kirthih – He has truthful glory.
892. Sneha Krithagamah – Being friendly and affectionate, He exhorts the Essence of Sciptures to devotees.
893. Akampith – unnerved and unmoved.
894. Gunagrahi – He gracefully accepts even small offerings from devotees.
895. Naikatma – He is Multi Souled.
896. Naika karma krith – performs multiple actions.
897. Supreetha – He is full of Great Happiness.
898. Sookshmah – Of Tiny Form; but capable of expanding endlessly; ‘Sarva gathah Sookshmam’.
899. Su karah – His hands ready to bestow wishes.
900. Dakshinagatih – He is delighted to appear in the form of cool breeze from the Southern side.
901. Nandi skandha dharaha – Seated comfortably on the shoulders of Nandi Deva.
902. Dhuryah – He holds innumerable Beings of Creation.
903. Prakatah – He is visible and felt in various Forms of Sun, Moon, Fire and Wind.
904. Preethi Vardhanah – He enriches the love of devotees both ways.
905. Aparajithah – Invincible.
906. Sarva Sattavah – Creates the entire humanity.
907. Govindah – He is revealed by Vedas and Scriptures.
908. Sattva  Vahanah – He enables forward movement from Virtue to Salvation.
909. Adhritah – None else could hold excepting Him.
910. Swadritha – The devotees feel confident of being supported by the Lord.
911. Siddhah – He is the archetype or Role Model of all Siddhas like Anima, Shrinking form, Mahima, Limitless forms, Garima, heavy form, Laghima, Tight form, Prapti, Fulfillment of desires, Prakasyam, of Irressistible Will, Isithvam, Supremacy and Vasityam, Gain control.
912. Putha – Murthi Of Pure Figure.
913. Yasho dhanah – Wealth of Great Reputation.
914. Varaha Shringa Dhrikchhrungi – Siva as the incarnate of Vishnu who assumed the form of Varaha the mighty Boar with a powerful horn and rescued the sinking Earth and Vedas.
915. Balavan – He is the mightiest Super Power.
916. Eka Nayakah – Singular and Ultimate.
917. Shruti Prakashah – He could be revealed by Vedas only.
918. Shrutiman – He is in the possession of Vedas always.
919. Eka Bandhu – He is the Singular Relative to all.
920. Aneka Krithih – He is a Single Entity but creates a multitude; Bahusyam Prajayethi Thadatmanam Swayam kuruth.
921. Sri Vatsalah Sivarambhah – Siva is the intiator of propitiousness to Vishnu and Lashmi.
922. Shanta Bhadrah – The Guarantor of Security to His devotees engaged in peaceful activities.
923. Samoyashah – Imparts impartial access to Fame with Prosperity.
924. Bhushaya – He rests on Earth.
925. Bhushanah – He provides wealth to all the deserving.
926. Bhutih – Siva is the Well-Wisher to one and all.
927. Bhoota Krit – He is the Generator of All.
929. Bhootavahanah – He faciltitates the movement of all Beings.
930. Bhakti Kayakah – He absorbs all kinds of Worship.
931. Akampith – He is unperturbed by material attractions and stable.
932. Kalah Maha Kal – who spares none for destruction.
933. Nilalohithah – Ratainer of  poisonous flames in His throat turned blue.
934. Satyavratha – Unique Practitioner of Truthfulness.
935. Maha Tyagi – The Greatest Renunciator.
936. Nitya Shanti Parayana – The Eternal  Observer of Peace.
937. Parartha Bhritir Varada – He blessess those who are interested in Parartha or Other Worldliness .
938. Visarada – The Expert in various Disciplines of Learning.
939. Subhadah – Grants auspiciousness.
939. Subha nama Subhadah Swayam – As one of His names is ‘Subha,’ He awards propitiousness.
940. Anarthika – He grants wishes without asking for them.
941. Agunah – He has no ‘Gunas’ or features Himself.
942. Saakshi Akartha – He is the Evidence of Creation executed by Maya or Illusion.
943. Kanaka Prabhuh – Like Gold He is self illuminated.
944. Swabhava Bhadrah – Whatever is desired in the minds of devotees is granted instantly by Him.
945. Seeghrah – Swift Dispenser of the wishes of devotees.
946. Seeghra nashanah – Rapid reliever of the difficulties of Bhaktas.
947. Jata and Mundi – Siva as unique with Jatajuta or thick and twisted hair on His Head; Mundi or Shaven Head
948. Kundalini – He has Snake like Earrings.
949. Sikhandi – as the name of Siva, Kavachi or Body Shielded and Shuli or speared.
950. Amrithyah – He has no demise as He has no Beginning or End.
951. Sarva Dushta Simhah – Exterminator of all the Wicked .
952. Tejo Rasi – Fund of Light.
953. Maha Mani – The Best of Jewels like Kaustubh.
954. Asamkhyeh – He has countless Forms.
955. Aprameyatma – An indestructible Super Soul.
956. Viravan Virya Kovidah – A Master of Bravery and Might.
957. Maheshvasah- The Holder of the World-Reputed  Bow and arrows.
958. Vedyah – It is He whom Yogis seek to learn all about.
959. Viyogatma – He has a distinct yet unknowable Outline.
960. Paaravaar Muniswarah – He is the Supreme Sage whom Humanity and Devas yearn to know all about.
961. Anuttama – ‘Parama Sreshtha Prameswara’.
962. Dhuradarshah – He has such piercing vision that is impossible even to glance.
963. Madhura Priya Darshanah – Of unimaginably stunning and attractive figure.
964. Suresah – Super Lord of Devas.
965. Sharanam – He takes into hold the whole Universe for His care.
966. Parvah – He has a Total view of the World.
967. Sabda Brahma – His Voice is of Vedas from Brahma’s Four Faces.
968. Sataam Gatih – Sadhus and the Virtuous  are in the constant search of His Path.
969. Kaala Paksha – He helps Kaal Deva in the task of Creation.
970. Kaala Kaalah – Superior to Kaala Deva.
971. Sukrithih – The Best of Righteous Deed Makers.
972. Kritha Vasuki – The Creator of the Great Serpent Vasuki .
973. Maheswasaha – The Holder of Great Bow.
974. Mahi Bhartha – He grasps the entire World.
975. Nishkalankah – Blemishless.
976. Visrunkhala – He bestows the power of breaking chains of Maya or Illusion.
977. Dyutimanirstharani – He assumes the form of Surya and swims across the Ocean of ‘Samsara’ or Maya.
978. Dhanyah – He blesses those who do service to humanity.
979. Siddhardhah – He is the Great Siddhi Himself.
980. Siddhi Sadhanah – He enables in guiding those who seek attainment of Siddhis;
981. Viswathah Sarvatah – He is Present all over the Universe with Maya.
982. Samudra Vritthasthu – Surrounded by Oceans.
983. Stulyah – Venerated by all including Devas, Danavas and Humans.
984. Vyudhoraskah – Broad chested.
985. Mahabhujah – Broad shouldered.
986. Sarva yonih – The Grand Originator of the Universe.
987. Niratankah – Devoid of ‘Tapatrayas’ or  Adhi Bhautika or External/Physical problems, Adyatmika or internal diseases and Adi Divika or Natural impediments.
988. Nara Narayana Priyah – Extremely pleased with the Twin Sages of Nara and Narayana .
989. Nirlepah – Uncontaminated.
990. Nishprapanchatmah – The Super Soul without the Worldly features of Panchabhutas.
991. Nirvyangya – The Creator of  Special Physical parts.
992. Vyanga naasanah – The destroyer of distorted Body Parts .
993. Stavah – Highly Desirous of Worshipping Siva.
994. Vyasa Murthi – Siva in the Form of Veda Vyasa.
995. Niramkushah – Fully Independent.
996. Nirvadhya mayopaya – Of Blemishless form.
997. Vidya Rashi – Fund of Vidyas.
997. Nirapaya – Imperishable.
998. Rasa Priyah – He is delighted with ‘Nava Rasas’.
999. Prashantha Buddhih – Of Exceedingly sober and cool disposition.
1000. Akshannah – Ignored.
1001. Sangrah – Amasses Devotees.
1002. Nitya Sundarah – Always Exquisite.
1003. Vyaghra dhuryah – Sportive of Tiger Skin.
1004. Dhatreswarah- Sovereign of entire Earth.
1005. Shakalyah – Siva in the form of Sakalya Muni.
1006. Sharvari Pathih – The Lord of the Nights.
1007. Paramardha Guru – The Supreme Bestoyer of Salvation.
1008. Drishstih – The image of Chakshu Devatha is the Goddess of Vision.
1009. Sharisrayashraya Vatsalah – Fond of ‘Jeevas’ or ‘Linga Shariras’ having Physical Bodies after death.
1010. Somah – Light up with Moon.
1011. Rasojnapakah – He who has the taste of ‘Halahala’ poisonous flame.
1012. Sarva satvavanambanah – Siva the Supreme Power surrounded by one and all.
1013. Viswarup – Universal Figure.

The Ashta Matrikas

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The Eight Matrikas have complete control over every aspect of life-force and their associations with negative manifestations of the ego such as wrath and jealousy represent their abilities of mastering such urges. Their victorious battle against the demons represents the war between the inmost Divine Self and the ego. Victory over ego and destruction of ignorance is the great battle of every sincere soul in their journey to enlightenment. On a macrocosmic level it heralds the ultimate victory of the collective divinity in achieving full awareness of the one limitless and undifferentiated consciousness.

Matrika Bhairava Aspect of the Ego Shakti of
Brahmi Asitanga Desire Brahman
Mahesvari Ruru Degeneration, dissipation Shiva
Kaumari Chanda Urge for enjoyment Murugan
Vaishnavi Krodha Delusion Vishnu
Varahi Unmattha Pride, Arrogance. Varaha
Indrani Kapala Jealousy, Envy. Indra
Chamunda Bheeshana Depravity. Desire to sin or hurt. Identifiable with Kali
Chandi Samhara Wrath Brahman (wrathful aspect)


Ashta Bhairava and the Nakshatras

Ashta Bhairava
Starting with the next Full Moon and continuing daily until the celebration of Bhairava Ashtami, I’ll be posting a nine-part series on the connections between Shiva in his form as Mahakala Bhairava and the Vedic Lunar Mansions or Nakshatras. This series will reveal the forms of the Ashta Bhairavas (the eight major manifestations of Bhairava), the Nakshatras they are associated with, their consorts, their mantras and the seven other Bhairavas that each of the Ashta Bhairavas in turn manifests.

Before that, here’s some details about the Nakshatras themselves that will assist with aligning each of the Ashta Bhairavas to their corresponding Asterisms and Mansions. As most of us westerners tend towards using the Tropical Zodiac, the equivalent Tropical degrees have been included. Note also that the Vedic Mansions are twenty-seven in number and divided into segments of 13º 20′ rather than the twenty-eight mansions of 12º 51′ our own system inherited from the Arabic Manzils. With the Moon’s transit averaging about 13º 12′ each day, each Nakshatra lasts about a day give or take up to around five hours either way depending on the ‘speed’ of the Moon.

Nakshatra Meaning Asterism Sidereal º Tropical º
Ashwini The Heavenly Twins β and γ Arietis (Sheratan) 0º Aries 26º Aries
Bharani The Bearer 35, 39 and 41 Arietis 13º 20′ Aries 9º 20′ Taurus
Krittika Pleiades Alcyone 26º 40′ Aries 22º 40′ Taurus
Rohini The Red One Aldebaran 10º Taurus 6º Gemini
Mrigshirsha The Deer’s Head λ and φ Orionis (Meissa) 23º 20′ Taurus 19º 20′ Gemini
Ardra The Moist One Betelgeuse 6º 40′ Gemini 2º 40′ Cancer
Punarvasu Two Restorers of Goods Castor & Pollux 20º Gemini 16º Cancer
Pushya The Nourisher Asellus Borealis & Asellus Australis 3º 20′ Cancer 29º 20′ Cancer
Ashlesha The Embrace Alphard & Minchur 16º 40′ Cancer 12º 40′ Leo
Magha The Bountiful Regulus 0º Leo 26º Leo
Purvaphalguni First Reddish One Zosma 13º 20′ Leo 9º 20′ Virgo
Uttaraphalguni Second Reddish One Denebola 26º 40′ Leo 22º 40′ Virgo
Hasta The Hand Alchiba, Kraz, Algorab & Minkar 10º Virgo 6º Libra
Chitra The Bright One Spica 23º 20′ Virgo 19º 20′ Libra
Swati Very Good Arcturus 6º 40′ Libra 2º 40′ Scorpio
Vishaka Forked (Radha) Zub’genubi & Zub’schemali 20º Libra 16º Scorpio
Anuradha Following Radha Akrab & Dschubba 3º 20′ Scorpio 29º 20′ Scorpio
Jyeshta The Eldest/Most Excellent Antares & Palhaukale 16º 40′ Scorpio 12º 40′ Sagittarius
Mula The Root Shaula 0º Sagittarius 26º Sagittarius
Purvashadha First of the Invincible Ones Kaus Media & Kaus Australis 13º 20′ Sagittarius 9º 20′ Capricorn
Uttarashadha Second of the Invincible Ones Nunki 26º 40′ Sagittarius 22º 40′ Capricorn
Shravana Hearing Altair 10º Capricorn 6º Aquarius
Dhanishtha Most Benevolent δ Delphinum 23º 20′ Capricorn 19º 20′ Aquarius
Sathabhistha A Hundred Healers γ – λ Aquarii 6º 40′ Aquarius 29º 40′ Aquarius
Poorva Bhadrapada The First with Lucky Feet Markab & Scheat 20º Aquarius 16º Pisces
Uttara Bhadrapada The Second with Lucky Feet Algenib 3º 20′ Pisces 29º 20′ Pisces
Revati Prosperous ζ Piscium 16º 40′ Pisces 12º 40′ Aries

The Ashta Bhairavas each rule over three Nakshatras, with the exception of Bheeshana Bhairava, who rules over six. As well as being necessary for eight Bhairavas to have rulership over twenty-seven Nakshatras, this also occurs due to Bheeshana’s planetary association with both the South (Ketu) and North (Rahu) Lunar Nodes. Details of their Consorts and the directions of their Guardianships are also given below.

Nakshatra Bhairava Planet Consort Direction
Ashwini Bheeshana Ketu Chamundi North
Bharani Kapala Venus Indrani Northwest
Krittika Ruru Sun Mahesvari Southeast
Rohini Krodha Moon Vaishnavi Southwest
Mrigshirsha Chanda Mars Koumari South
Ardra Bheeshana Rahu Chamundi North
Punarvasu Asitanga Jupiter Brahmani East
Pushya Unmattha Saturn Varahi West
Ashlesha Samhara Mercury Chandika Northeast
Magha Bheeshana Ketu Chamundi North
Purvaphalguni Kapala Venus Indrani Northwest
Uttaraphalguni Ruru Sun Mahesvari Southeast
Hasta Krodha Moon Vaishnavi Southwest
Chitra Chanda Mars Koumari South
Swati Bheeshana Rahu Chamundi North
Vishaka Asitanga Jupiter Brahmani East
Anuradha Unmattha Saturn Varahi West
Jyeshta Samhara Mercury Chandika Northeast
Mula Bheeshana Ketu Chamundi North
Purvashadha Kapala Venus Indrani Northwest
Uttarashadha Ruru Sun Mahesvari Southeast
Shravana Krodha Moon Vaishnavi Southwest
Dhanishtha Chanda Mars Koumari South
Sathabhistha Bheeshana Rahu Chamundi North
Poorva Bhadrapada Asitanga Jupiter Brahmani East
Uttara Bhadrapada Unmattha Saturn Varahi West

Here, the Bhairavas are also restored to the order of their directional guardianship, which starts in the East and revolves clockwise.

Bhairava Meaning of Name Direction Colour
Asitanga Black-limbed East Gold
Ruru A Dog or Deer South East Pure White
Chanda Fierce South Blue
Krodha Wrathful South West Smoke
Unmattha Mad, intoxicated West White
Kapala Skull North West Yellow
Bheeshana Dreadful, Horrible North Red
Samhara Annihilation North East Lightning

From what’s been presented above, it’s clear that each Bhairava aligns with a specific celestial body and portion of the Moon’s transit around the Zodiacal signs. With each Bhairava forming a part of the greater whole of Mahakala Bhairava,  all twenty-seven mansions and nine planets (each of which is represented three-times) can be seen as aspects of the greater whole of that great and terrifying form of Shiva that is Lord over Time, Death and the Universe. The rest of this series will look into each of the Ashta Bhairavas in more detail and will conclude, on Bhairava Ashtami, with a summary of That which they constitute a part of.

Yoga and the Great Work

Bhairava Bharavi

Since incorporating regular yogic practices into my routine, I’ve come to learn a lot more of the depth and value of Vedic religion. What I came to realise with great joy is that it is vastly similar in its goals to Gnosticism. In both expressions of spirituality, the purest part of the Self, the Atman, is the permanent, unsullied and unchangeable essence at the core of our being that is in complete harmony with the Divine. Understanding this, the aspirant proceeds to commit themselves to direct knowledge of that innate divinity through works of union such as devotional practices, ritual, meditation, selflessness and intellectual contemplation. With repetition and consistency, such practices lead to a gradual revelation of this internal divinity which reflects that of the outer or cosmic divinity with perfection. In Vedic practices this is termed Samadhi, while in Western Esotericism it is termed many things, but the word Gnosis is the most pervasive and universally understood.

But, being incarnated into matter, our awareness of this divine core becomes lost and forgotten in a mire of bewilderment. In the West, most of us are raised by parents who toe the line of societal expectations regarding work, wealth, leisure, advancement and respectability. Likewise, our media and educational systems advance similar ideas, which, in themselves, are not evil or unreasonable. Yet, when we are conditioned into believing such materialism is the sole purpose of our short lives, we become diverted from the experience of Gnosis by our attachments to our material and emotional desires and fears and seek solace in our what is momentarily distractive or pleasurable.

By understanding that we are all—without exception—innately divine at our core no matter our station of birth, race, gender, sexuality, religion, intellect or physical capacity, the first stage of Gnosis is attained. Once this is realised, the hollowness of a purely materialistic existence begins to make sense and we come to understand why no matter how much money we make, how many lovers we take, how much property we own or how many children we have, there is always a deep sense within us that there is something missing. That ‘something’ is our awareness of what we really are.

With the understanding that the pleasures of the world will never truly satisfy us, we may, through the practice of the works of union described above, come closer to understanding our true identities, or ‘True Wills’ as they are called in Thelema. This process of understanding is universal throughout the religious and esoteric systems of humanity, being called Self-Remembering in the Gurdjieffan system, Individuation in Jungian psychology and both Yoga (pertaining to ‘Union’) and Moksha (pertaining to liberation) in the Vedic religions to name just a few.

What stands in the way of Union, and must therefore be constantly worked through, is the pull of the ego and its attachments. To these our souls are incorrigibly bound by thick chains of ignorance. These binds must be realised and hacked through with persistence, which means that the dark forces of ignorance and delusion generated by the ego and its attachments must be constantly destroyed by the fires of illumination that deities such as Shiva and Parvati—especially in their wrathful aspects like Mahakala, Kali, Bhairava and Bhairavi—can assist us with most auspiciously.

Furthermore, in accordance with the words of the Gnostic Mass—“there is no part of me that is not of the gods”—and the understanding that man and God are One, the deities we may invoke to do this reside within us, physically in our nervous systems and energetically in our subtle bodies in the form of the Kundalini serpent. To activate this serpent and to receive the knowledge it conveys, is the very essence of both the Yogas of the East and the Summum Bonum or Great Work of the West.

Whatever language we use and however we choose to practice the realisation of such things is unique to every individual and has many differing cultural expressions. But the ultimate purpose, no matter how we understand it, is identical and is innately programmed into the heart of every human being who walks the Earth. This being so, realisation of our innate divinity is something we all owe ourselves to aspire towards if we are ever to become what we are truly meant to become.

How Rational is Divination?


“Science describes the least of things. The least of what something is. Religion, magic—Bows to the endless.” – Joseph Solomon, A Dark Song.

According to the below TED Talk, divination primarily acts as a method to unlock the unconscious mind by prompting it with symbols and non-linear connections, so that it lends solutions to problems through the language of symbolism.

On the surface of things there is no falsehood in such statements. I would concur that when a divinatory system such as Tarot, Geomancy or Astrology is learned thoroughly the answers one can provide oneself with are based on what has been learned but can be expressed intuitively, like when you can ride a bike or drive a car so well that many of your actions, which you once struggled to learn, come as second nature.

The video therefore provides an accurate depiction of divination at the most rudimentary and basic level. But those of us deeply entrenched in matters of religion, magic and spirituality desire to understand far more that the mere surface of things. That which is ‘occult’ stands for that which is ‘hidden’ and to understand what is hidden one must delve into depths that lie beyond exoteric or materialist understanding.

It is true that divination, like all magical processes, can assist the conscious mind to channel unconscious forces. But the next question a magician would ask in response to such a statement is ‘what is the unconscious?’ To begin to answer this, one might explore the depth psychology of Carl Jung, in which the unconscious is portrayed as a realm of archetypes that transcends the personal space and touches on an objective reality known as the Collective Unconscious, which in mystical parlance can be understood as the realm of the gods.

Despite the fact that such language can be interpreted either mystically or materially according to one’s beliefs, the most fascinating aspect of Jungian psychology (which overlaps with, but cannot be wholly equated with Magic) is found in the concept of synchronicity as ‘an acausal connecting principle’ through which the events of the inner world are acutely mirrored in the outer world in a striking, meaningful and timely way that is beyond everyday coincidence. Unlike other aspects of the notion of the collective unconsciousness (which some proponents assert can be expressed as a purely biological phenomenon) synchronicity is difficult to quantify materially. The best efforts to do such a thing came from some of the extra-curricular work of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Wolfgang Pauli, who Jung worked with sporadically over the course of multiple decades in order to prove a quantum connection between the interior and exterior worlds. Ultimately though, to the frustration of both, their efforts failed.

With the application of a magical understanding of synchronicity however, the unveiled Self can be understood as a pure reflection of the One described by Hermeticism and Advaitism, as a spark of the Divine in Gnosticism, as God itself in Thelema, as the Kingdom of Heaven that is within you in Christianity, as The Superior Man in Taoism, and so on. What all have in common is the notion that the utmost Self, like the unconscious, can be found within oneself and beyond oneself simultaneously and the realisation of this fact in the form of non-dual awareness enlightens ones views on the fullness of reality in a way that is significantly beyond ‘the least of things.’

“What the superior man seeks, is in himself; what the ordinary man seeks, is in others.” – The Ethics of Confucius.

Then there is the I Ching. This is a form of divination that, having cast used many times, I find difficult to connect to any of the aforementioned ideas that could explain divination as a process that connects the rational mind to the intuitive mind.  Such is the frequency of depth, profundity and synchronicity revealed when consulting this oracle that even with no real understanding of the physical form of the hexagrams whatsoever one can obtain answers to one’s questions that are too solid in their clarity to come from any rational or symbolic prompt impressed upon the intuitive mind.

An excellent summary of the I Ching that I find highly satisfactory comes from Chapter XVIII of Crowley’s Magick in Theory and Practice, which states:

The Yi King is mathematical and philosophical in form… It is in some ways the most perfect hieroglyph ever constructed. It is austere and sublime, yet withal so adaptable to every possible emergency that its figures may be interpreted to suit all classes of questions. One may resolve the most obscure spiritual difficulties no less than the most mundane dilemmas; and the symbol which opens the gates of the most exalted palaces of initiation is equally effective when employed to advise one in the ordinary business of life. The Master Therion has found the Yi King entirely satisfactory in every respect. The intelligences which direct it show no inclination to evade the question or to mislead the querent. A further advantage is that the actual apparatus is simple. Also the system is easy to manipulate, and five minutes is sufficient to obtain a fairly detailed answer to any but the most obscure questions… There is, on the surface, no difficulty at all in getting replies. In fact, the process is mechanical; success is therefore assured, bar a stroke of apoplexy.

The passage continues with an elucidation of divination as a system through which one can obtain clarity in the same way as that postulated in the above TED video. Yet, as one may expect from a Magus as venerable as Crowley, it also provides an explanation of the difference between the use of divination as a means of understanding the divine aspect of oneself rather and the mundane method of obtaining intuitive solutions to one’s problems in the way the speaker in the TED talk suggested.

But, even suppose we are safe from deceit, how can we know that the question has really been put to another mind, understood rightly, and answered from knowledge? It is obviously possible to check one’s operations by clairvoyance, but this is rather like buying a safe to keep a brick in. Experience is the only teacher. One acquires what one may almost call a new sense. One feels in one’s self whether one is right or not. The diviner must develop this sense. It resembles the exquisite sensibility of touch which is found in the great billiard player whose fingers can estimate infinitesimal degrees of force, or the similar phenomenon in the professional taster of tea or wine who can distinguish fantastically subtle differences of flavour. Divination affords excellent practice for those who aspire to that exalted eminence, for the faintest breath of personal preference will deflect the needle from the pole of truth in the answer. Unless the diviner have banished utterly from his mind the minutest atom of interest in the answer to his question, he is almost certain to influence that answer in favour of his personal inclinations.

The psycho-analyst will recall the fact that dreams are phantasmal representations of the unconscious Will of the sleeper, and that not only are they images of that Will instead of representations of objective truth, but the image itself is confused by a thousand cross-currents set in motion by the various complexes and inhibitions of his character. If therefore one consults the oracle, one must take sure that one is not consciously or unconsciously bringing pressure to bear upon it…

To summarise, the importance of rational self-knowledge is a necessary factor in divination, and in accordance with some of the more materialist explanations, divination is an excellent took of self-analysis. Yet, as one becomes accurately exposed to the deepest parts of oneself, one unlocks and illuminates aspects of one’s true nature. As things stand, there are aspects to the Self and to the mind that go beyond what can be summarised materially, and until such time that our scientific knowledge of these things becomes more advanced, tools such as magic, religion, divination and depth-psychology provide some of the best techniques we have to better understand such things.