Bhairav [भैरव] is that Rudra or fierce Avatar of manifestation of Shiva, the Destroyer, out of the Hindu divine trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh or the Creator, the protector and the destroyer.Bhairav means Bhay [भय] or fear, and fear arises from this manifestation of Shiva, who is seen as being fearsome and terrible.
The worship of Bhairav assumes great importance in this period of Kaliyuga as the Destructive forces out of THE THREE FORCES OF GOD or creation are dominant. Hence it is said that worshipping or praying to the dominant forces, leads one to lead a life free of friction and the almost daily challenges of destruction faced by everyone. It is said that in this Kaliyuga Bhairav can be easy to please as these frequencies are dominant and everywhere.
Bhairav has eight aspects to him which are symbolized with 8 primary aspects of fear. These 8 aspects symbolize Bhairav or fear in totality These 8 aspects are -
Kala Bhairava – Black as time is seen which spares none.
Asitanga Bhairava – Black limbed meaning limbs of terror.
Samhara Bhairava – Destruction and annihilation.
Ruru Bhairava – Wild dogs meaning destruction which chases you.
Krodha Bhairava – Anger or terrible wrath.
Kapala Bhairava – The skull which symbolizes death through destruction.
Rudra Bhirava – The terrible.
Unmatta Bhairava – The raging one.
Bhairav can be worshipped in three ways-
The Creative or the Satvik [सात्विक] way, which means seeing and worshipping Bhairav as Shiva or the Ever-Existent, without any motive for the worship other than to attain bliss and happiness in life.
The protective or Rajsik [राजसिक] way, which means worship for protection of the self and loved ones.
The destructive or Tamsik [तामसिक] way, which means worship for the annihilation of ones foes and enemies and for other destructive purposes.
Bhairav worship is normally done for Satvik or Rajsik purposes by the practice of certain methods some of which are already given by me, you can see them here on these pages-
Batuk Bhairav mantra for protection
Bhairav is also worshipped as Batuk [बटुक] Bhairav.Batuk means small or a small child like or innocent form of Bhairav.These are some important mantras of Batuk Bhairav.
ॐ ऐं ह्रां क्लीं श्री बटुकभैरवाय l
ॐ बटुकभैरवाय नम:ll