Samhara Bhairava


I meditate on Bhairava the Destroyer, Who is with Chandika Shakthi,
Who has ten hands, three eyes and a snake as a sacred thread,
Who has protruding teeth,
A fearful look and grants eight types of wealth,
Who is nude, a youth and rides on a dog,
Who holds trident, drum, conch, mace and wheel in his hands,
Who holds sword, vessel, Gadwangam, rope and goad.
And who has fearful looks, wears a skull garland and is greatly exuberant.

Samhara Bhairava is Bhairava the Destroyer. He dissolves all negative past karmas, grants wealth and is associated with the Northeast. He is the colour of lightning, rides a dog and is associated with Mercury and the Nakshatras Ashlesa, Jyeshtha and Revati, which begin at 16º 40 Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces in the Sidereal Zodiac. His mantra should be repeated 9, 21, 108 or 1008 times, and is as follows:

“Om Namo Bhagavate Samhara Bhairavaye Bhuta Preta Pisaca Brahma Raksasan Uccataya Samharaya Samharaya Sarva Bhaya Chedanam Kuru Kuru Svaha.”

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

Saṃhāra – Annihilation
Atiriktāṅga – Having Excessive Limbs
Kālāgni – The Fire that Destroys Time
Priyaṅkara – Attracting Love or Regard
Ghoranāda – Bellowing
Viśālākṣa – Large-Eyed
Yogīśa – Lord of Union
Dakṣasaṃsthita – Stilling the Mind

His consort is the Matrika Chandika, a powerful, terrifying goddess who is a form of Durga and represents the manifestation of all divine power. She hates evildoers and becomes wrathful on seeing them. She comes in the form of a woman seated on a lotus with a vermilion and coral complexion and eighteen arms bearing a string of beads, a battle axe, a mace, an arrow, a thunderbolt, a lotus, a bow, a water-pot, a cudgel, a lance, a sword, a shield, a conch, a bell, a wine-cup, a trident, a noose and a discus. She assists with the overcoming of Anger, and 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.


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.



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.”


Unmattha Bhairava


I salute that mad Bhairava who is the power called Varahi,
Who has three eyes, blesses, is peaceful, young and nude,
Who is white in colour, a great God and rides on a swan,
And holds sword, skull, pestle and shield.

Unmattha Bhairava is the Bhairava Who is Mad. He is white in colour and controls the negative ego, helps control speech, rules the West, rides a horse and is associated with Saturn and the Nakshatras Pushya, Anuradha and Uttarabhadrapada. Each of his mansions begin at 3º 20 Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces in the Sidereal Zodiac. His mantra should be repeated 9, 21, 108 or 1008 times, and is as follows:

“Om Hreem Vaaraahi Samethaya Maha Unmattha Bhairavaya Hreem Om Swaaha.”

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

Unmattha – Mad, intoxicated
Vaṭukanāyaka – Lord of Celibates
Śaṅkara – Fearful
Bhūtavetāla – Ghoul, Vampire
Triṇetra – One who guides to Liberation
Tripurāntaka – Destroyer of the Three Cities of the Demons
Varada – Propitious
Parvatāvāsa – Mountain Dweller

His consort is the Matrika Varahi. She helps one overcome Pride and Arrogance, comes in the form of a woman with a pot belly, full breasts and a sow’s face, or as a boar, and wields a discus and a sword. She becomes drunk on the blood of her victims and is worshipped by the left-handed means of meat, wine, fish, alcohol and ritual sex. She resides in the naval and governs the Manipura, Svadisthana and Muladhara chakras. Her Mantra is

“Om Mahishadhwajayai Vidmahe Dandahastayai Dhimahi Tanno Varahi Prachodayat.”

Prayers to her are the Varahi Anugrahashtakam, for her blessing, and Varahi Nigrahashtakam, for the destruction of enemies.

Varahi Nigrahashtakam

O goddess, Who is with a very angry face,
Since I have devotion to your lotus like feet
Anyone who thinks of troubling me, by body, words or mind,
Should become extremely sad, beaten by your very dangerous iron plough,
And should become one from whose body the soul starts to depart.

O goddess because I have lost all sins due to devotion to your lotus like feet,
He who observes dirty behaviour towards me due to cruelty
Should fill your drinking goblet by the blood of his heart,
And also please grant me all my desired objectives.

Because of meditating on you, after the great wonderful
Powers which have dawned in me,
I offer at your feet the souls of my evil enemies, which were stolen by me,
By drinking the alcohol of their constant spurt of blood,
Caused by breaking the hearts of my enemies by your fierce and upturned face
Accompanied by horrifying shouts which,
Due to your zest, emanate from you from time to time.

How can the enemies of those extremely devoted to you.
Who is black, who has lotus like feet and face,
Who wears the crescent of the moon,
Who carries with her a plough and an axe
As well the sign of terrorizing fear,
Who carries blood dripping skulls,
And who has the face of a wild boar,
Live for at least a few seconds?

Victory to you, Mother, who is
The darling of the lord of the universe,
Who controls the lives of all beings,
Who also exists as the killer of all beings,
Who controls the span of life of all men
And who grants suitable rewards for actions performed.
I request you, O Goddess, that the life span of my enemies,
Should be as long as I desire, based on your orders.

O mother, as I am a fool, I am not capable of
Properly worshipping you at any time,
Still having received the blessings of my guru,
I pray that anyone who wishes bad things for me,
Should go to hell as he is my enemy,
And also pray that all the fame should come to me,
As I am a great devotee of yours.

O Varahi, I who am devoted to you,
Should see my enemy with a sad mind,
Full of disappointment, very feeble and tired,
Made scared by the servants of god of death,
Full of all miseries and liabilities,
Surrounded by crying relatives,
And only contributing blemishes to his family.

O Varahi, Because of the fact that,
By your own power you have spread yourself,
In all beings and you exist as the form,
Of Soul in all beings and make them throb,
I request a favour from you,
If any one wishes any bad things on me,
Who is the devotee of your lotus like feet,
You should not live within him any further.

Varahi Anugrahashtakam

O Mother, even the great God Easwara,
Who is the director of the drama
Of the creation of Earth, is not able to
Understand your true form,
Becoming a non-Easwara,
And how can anyone be capable to writing a poem in praise of you?

O mother whose face is the entire world,
The one who sings your name,
Will never face punishment,
From the stick of the god of death,
For with very little of that song,
Would he have crossed,
The sea of daily life,
And so this is only in remembrance of your names,
And not a song of praise to you.

O goddess, because of the intensity of my thought on you,
I become inexpressibly happy and I salute you,
My hairs standing on end with happiness.
I entreat and beg of you for this wealth,
So please grant it to me and bless me.

She whose black colour is made dazzling,
By the shining gems in the crowns of
Indra, Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu,
Who are worshipping her lotus feet,
May these always be reflected,
In the recesses of my mind.
O Goddess who destroys all sorrows,
I serve you with all my heart.

You who are blessed with all good things,
Has a boar for your Varaha,
Who playfully lifted the earth,
You have your head decorated by the crescent,
And you are the one who occupied the left side of Lord Shiva.

O mother who has the golden
Shining body of woman up to the neck,
Who has the head of a boar with three eyes,
And who holds in her hand the holy wheel,
The feet of those who are meditating on you,
Would be humbly saluted by all the devas.

O mother, for an ordinary man whose sins,
Have been washed away by serving you,
Even getting salvation, is not that important
For his feet would be worshipped by.
Devas, asuras, nagas and kings,
And anything in this world,
Is easily attained by him.

What is not reachable for him, when he has you in his mind?
What is not available to him, when he worships you?
What is beyond him, when you enter his mind?
Where is the defeat for him who offers a prayer to you?


Krodha Bhairava


I salute the Angry Bhairava,
Who is the colour of smoke and a great God,
Who has three eyes, blesses, is peaceful, young and nude,
Who is armed with mace, conch, wheel, rope and vessel,
Who is near Goddess Lakshmi riding on Garuda the eagle.

Krodha Bhairava is the Bhairava who is Angry. He is he colour of smoke and has the power to aid one take huge and decisive action, rules the South West, rides an Eagle and is associated with Luna and the Nakshatras Rohini, Hasta and Shravana, which begin at 10º of the three Earth signs in the Sidereal Zodiac. His mantra should be repeated 9, 21, 108 or 1008 times, and is as follows:

“Om Namah Krodhabhairavaya Om Hreem Namo Bhagavathe Ugraroophaaya Jwala Jwala Hoom Phat Swaahaa.”

This prevents unnecessary arguments, destroys the evil eye, promotes safe journeys and prevents accidents. His Mudra, the Krodhana Mudra, is used to manage emotions and can be practiced with the face contorted in an expression of anger which is then released to loosen the muscles. It is used to manifest raw emotion and manifest it into the self, as seen in the Vajnabhairava Initiation:

“I chortle HA-HA with my tongue curled upwards, my fangs bared, my mouth and brow wrinkled in anger, my eyelashes, eyebrows, moustache and body-hair ablaze like the Eon of Destruction and my orange hair bristling upward. I make threatening mudras at both the worldly and transcendental gods, frightening even the frightful ones, and thunder the sound PHEM like a dragon.”

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

Krodha – Wrathful
Piṅgalekṣaṇa – Red-eyed
Abhrarūpa – Ugly, deformed
Dharāpāla – Guardian of the Earth
Kuṭila – Crooked
Mantranāyaka – Lord of Mantras
Rudra – Dreadful
Pitāmaha – Grandfather

His consort is the Matrika Lakshmi or Vaishnavi. She helps one overcome Delusion and is depicted seated on the Eagle Garuda and also has the power to fascinate and delude. She is seated upon a lotus, under a Raja-vriksha, the great tree. She is dark in complexion.,  has a lovely face, pretty eyes and wears a bright yellow garment. Her head is adorned with a kirita-makuta. She is richly decorated with ornaments generally worn by Vishnu, including the Vanamala garland.  When depicted with four arms, she carries in one of her hands the chakra and in the corresponding left hand the shankha; her two other hands are held in the Abhaya and the Varada mudra. Her mantra is “Oṃ Vaiṣṇavyai Namaha.”


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.”



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.”


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.