Goddess Bhairavi

Goddess Bhairavi is almost indistinguishable from the terrible Kali. They are much the same in looks, except for the fact that Bhairavi is depicted as the consort of Bhairava. Bhairavi is also referred to as Shubmkari, who is good to good people and terrible to bad ones. Legend has it that, when Bhairavi entered the battle field, her horrible appearance made the demons weak-kneed and cowered under her gaze.Most of the demons would start panicking the moment they saw her. In Durga Saptashathi, while slaying the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha, Bhairavi is seen as the Mahakali. However, she also slays Chanda and Munda (the Chieftains of asuras) and drinks their blood. Hence, Parvathi gives her the name, Chamundeshwari.Bhairavi in her other forms, is also identified with Durga. In her violent form, she is sometimes shown sitting on a donkey, her body covered with a tiger skin and skeleton, her mouth dripping with the blood of the asuras. She presents the abhaya mudra (gesture which grants the devotee succour) and vara mudhra (bestowing boons on the devotee). Contrarily, she is also shown holding heavy weapons such as a trident, axe, and thunder bolt. Bhairavi is associated with the Mahapralaya (the Great Deluge at the end of each yuga or epoch), during which all creation is dissolved in the formless waters of destruction. Sinceeverything that is ever created is destroyed, destruction exists everywhere. In thatsense, Goddess Bhairavi exists everywhere.Bhairavi in Kundalini Tantra Bhairavi is the name given to a female yogini adept in Kundalini Tantra. A Bhairavi is one who has succeeded in mastering the Kundalini shakti (power) inside her. The name, “Bhairavi”, itself implies terror. It aslo means “awe-inspiring”. Hence, the one who attains the status of Bhairavi, is beyond the fear of death, which is supposedly the greatest fear faced by living beings.

Legend has it that, when Bhairavi entered the battlefield, her horrible appearance made the demons weak-kneed and cowered under her gaze.Most of the demons would start panicking the moment they saw her. In Durga Saptashathi, while slaying the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha, Bhairavi is seen as the Mahakali. However, she also slays Chanda and Munda (the Chieftains of asuras) and drinks their blood. Hence, Parvathi gives her the name, Chamundeshwari.Bhairavi in her other forms is also identified with Durga. In her violent form, she is sometimes shown sitting on a donkey, her body covered with a tiger skin and skeleton, her mouth dripping with the blood of the asuras. She presents the Abhaya mudra ( a gesture which grants the devotee succor) and vara mudhra (bestowing boons on the devotee). Contrarily, she is also shown holding heavy weapons such as a trident, axe, and Thunderbolt. Bhairavi is associated with the Mahapralaya (the Great Deluge at the end of each yuga or epoch), during which all creation is dissolved in the formless waters of destruction. Since everything that is ever created is destroyed, destruction exists everywhere. In that sense, Goddess Bhairavi exists everywhere.Bhairavi in Kundalini Tantra Bhairavi is the name given to a female yogini adept in Kundalini Tantra. A Bhairavi is one who has succeeded in mastering the Kundalini Shakti (power) inside her. The name, “Bhairavi”, itself implies terror. It also means “awe-inspiring”. Hence, the one who attains the status of Bhairavi is beyond the fear of death, which is supposedly the greatest fear faced by living beings.

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