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Image of Bhairava Shiva set into a niche in a gali in Benares
Shri Bhairava Deva
Bhairava holds within Himself the entire universe by reducing all the shaktis to sameness with Himself and inasmuch as He
The rajasik dhyana says he resembles the rising sun. a sword. Jaideva Singh Bhairava means "terrifying" and it is an adjective applied to Shiva in his fearful aspect. he is described as being like pure crystal. a noose and a trident. Yet in Kashmir Shaivism. in his four hands showing the sign bestowing boons. The Rudrayamala Tantra. Although the ascription to Rudrayamala is commonly found in the colophons of tantrik texts. In one of his left hands he holds a trident and with the other
. beautiful and handsome face. of a flaming appearance. In his right hands he holds a staff with a skull on the top (khatvanga). The sattvik dhyana describes Vatuka Bhairava as resembling crystal.Shiva Sutras. these passages do not appear in the modern work now available. and as white as the kunda flower. effulgent as the rays from 1. maintenance. quoted in a puja manual Bhairava Upasana. a skull. He is the princelord (Kumaresha). the same work gives dhyanas. He is digambara (naked as space). with red limbs. However. In his form as the three gunas. or Bhairava as a small boy. creation of the universe. having a bright. rajasik and tamasik guises. withdrawal and va means vamana. the three letters of this name are taken in a different manner. he shows the mudra bestowing boons and holds a snake in the last. with three eyes. Bha means bharana. one of which wields a trident (shula). wearing celestial clothing and nine gems.000 suns. ra means ravana. He has two hands. four arms and two arms. eight arms.completely devours within Himself the entire mass of ideation (which is responsible for sense of difference) . His left hands hold the hourglassshaped damaru drum. and holding a skull. shining like a sapphire thundercloud and wearing sapphire coloured clothing. fearsome gaping mouth. with three eyes. adorned with anklets of bells. and is very powerful. depending on the preponderance of the guna. and also separately as Vatuka in his sattvik. or meditation images of Vatuka Bhairava as comprising the entire three gunas. and a girdle and anklets of live serpents. has a fanged. He has three eyes. describes the worship of Vatuka Bhairava. and gives his mantra as hrim vatukaya apadudharanaya kuru kuru batukaya hrim.
ornamented with white pearls. but never made plain . After worshipping Bhairava. in all his different forms. because he represents pure consciousness. the protectress of the fortress. wearing a rosary of skulls. resembling 10. bearing a cleaver and a goad.000. white as snow. the dispeller of anxiety. effulgent. adorned with vicious fangs. large in body. like the pearly effulgence of the Moon .  With a great belly and with five faces. adorned with a rosary of skulls. in various setbacks. equivalent to 10. evils and so on. resembling a mass of fragments of collyrium. red as the China rose. my essence is by no means clear and is hard to attain. very powerful. on his forehead is a fragment (kala) of the crescent moon and he wears clothes red as the banduka flower. Effulgent as a red lotus or like yellow orpiment .  A Devi with arms like Bhairava who carries Bhairava's weapons. for cowns and for brahmins one should worship (Bhairava Yamala). anklets of jingling bells. The Devi resembling cow's milk. In ailments. Resembling a himakunda flower. with the Moon as a diadem.  Similar to the fire causing dissolution. bejewelled throat. with ten arms. flower. blue in colour. The following chapter from the Netra Tantra reveals more of the mysteries of Bhairava. one should meditate on she who is on his lap. Spoken of in all tantras. One should meditate on him as red or blackish in hue. if an individual applies the Bhairava Mudra. with reddened hair. he or she looks both outwards and inwards at the same time and is one with Shiva-Shakti. who of her own free will goes lovingly on Bhairava's lap. pure as camphor. in protection. Bhairava is terrible. dreadful and truly terrific. the final peal of thunder.shows the mudra (hand gesture) dispelling fear. each of which is adorned with three eyes. and with eight arms. three eyes. like the fire at the end of an aeon. effulgent as a necklace of pearls  like beautiful pure crystal. incense and distilled liquor abundantly. Shri Netra Tantra 10 Bhagavan said: Now I speak of the characteristics of the Bhairava Agama. seated on a corpse. the deva bestowing the fruit of Icchasiddha. holding a vajra and a battle-axe. thus is declared Iccha Shakti. with four arms and one face adorned with three eyes. wearing a garment of
. like the clearest crystal. terrifying.  Five faced. resembling a host of night flowers. has Vatuka Bhairava as stark naked.  The Devi wearing white garments. tamasik dhyana. with dishevelled hair and a mighty body. for desires.
elephant-hide.000 Suns. with terrifying fangs.000 Moons. He has a blue. and fearsome brows and eyes. before which the kleshas (obstacles) and conditioning of an ignorant human being crumble. in pacifying and in nourishing. (Chit Bhairava) is like the fire at the end of the aeon. is similar to that shown below. having horrible talons. The last. seated on a deer with a vajra in her hand. being of the nature of Will (Iccha).000. The yantra of Bhairava.  Having a gaping fanged mouth. making a terrifying roar. punishment. enthroned on a lion-seat. carrying skull-bowl and a skull-staff. the (Siddha Devi).  Thus should one meditate on the renowned Aghoreshi having the above form. 
From the yogic point of view. One should meditate on (these forms) placed in the centre of a lotus and should worship. [3-5] A great hero. according to the ritual injunction  with food. with hands granting boons and dispelling fears. like red lac and vermilion.
skeletal with a deformed face. like great firebrands they shine and they glow. and animal sacrifice of vicious beasts of prey. of deformed appearance and holding a cleaver and a shield. her mouth full of meat and entrails. unhusked rice. is Shushka. adorned with a garland of skulls. with the back of a tortoise and the tail of a fish . 
.000. marked with the vajra symbol.  So in the four directions are situated the Devis of Bhairava. inspiring fear. Kali. ghee and milk. Having drawn it using rochana. with pendulous breasts. is placed in the east of the god of gods.  Dusky like a blue lotus.  A man who meditates on her as one with himself is successful quickly. the south east being first and the north east last. with two arms. Similarly. using all-white ritual accessories. holding a pot in her hand. a mighty-bodied one with dishevelled hair. three eyes and a terrifying mouth. On the outside of the lotus one should draw a very white Moon mandala. wearing a rosary of skulls with a tiger skin around her hips.The Devi carrying a noose and a goad. seated on the back of a lion. in pacifying acts. By the yoga of enveloping in a mantra. one should worship the lord of nectar. O Mother of Hosts!  In the intermediate points are placed the Dutis. Karshana and Gajanana . carrying a cleaver and a shield. In the matter of pacifying acts. adorned with a necklace of teeth. the protectress of the fortress. kumkum or white milk. she (Utpalahasta) is the giver of the desired fruit. placed in the south. with three eyes and a terrifying face. the great light. who is Bhairava. wearing the hide of an elephant. giving suitable food.  With four arms and one face. One should meditate thus. is as effulgent as flaming fire.000 Suns. holding a cleaver. On the outside of this is a bhupura.  Seated on a corpse. pot-bellied. seated on a crocodile. adorned with sapphires. like a heap of vermilion. Karali.  Afterwards. with a large belly and a great body. carrying a knife
and a severed head. with diamond-hard talons like weapons. the form of lightning. the Devis should be worshipped in the petals of the lotus. Mahakali and Bhadrakali are the renowed Devis placed there. sesame oil together with white sugar. Meditated thus. a shield a skull and a skull-staff. legs like a beast of prey and a crocodile. The Devis have two arms and sit on a lotus. dressed in dark clothes the colour of sapphire. mixed with camphor and ash. and carrying a dart in her hand. they are all-white. a great Devi. or in other acts according to their forms.  Dark red. Great peace comes swiftly by worshipping the Mrityunjaya. dear one. One should meditate in this way in the west of the god of gods. Naked.  Now I declare the characteristics of the Rajaraksha. the shoulders of an elephant. resembling the autumnal moon and with three eyes and one face.  Above this. ringing a bell. one should write the name in the centre. one should worship the Dutis and the servants using the root mantra. With one face and four arms.  The wise man should do homa using white sandal. with the throat of a buffalo.  With limbs the tendons of which are like knotted cords.this is the renowned Kumbha. holding a bow and an arrow in preparedness. adorned with a garland of skulls. The attendants of the door are Krodhana. one should worship. very powerful. (Rakta Devi) resembles 10. horse's ears and the face of a ram. Vrintaka.