[Advaita-l] ***UNCHECKED*** Kaala Bhairava Ashtakam by Adi Shankaracharya

KAMESWARARAO MULA kamesh_ccmb at yahoo.co.in
Fri Nov 10 22:30:45 EST 2017

Dear Friends,                      Baṭuka Bhairava, the son of the goddess Caṇḍī.  Bhairava presides over the holy city in a group of eight called aṣṭabhairava paired with a group of eight goddesses called aṣṭamātṛkā. However, it is no longer possible to reconstitute the spatial organization of the aṣṭamātṛkā as it has been in the Katmandu Valley. Though Kāla Bhairava is the most important and central among them, he is not counted among the eight traditional Bhairavas in the, roughly speaking, eight different directions of the holy city to whom he has relegated his function of Kotwal. Apart from the above eight classical Bhairavas, there are images of Bhairava scattered all about Banaras, either in the open-air or housed in small temples or in a subsidiary position in the temple of some other divinity. Very often Bhairava is represented merely by an amorphous stone heavily bedecked with vermilion. The embryonic implications of Bhairava’s entry into Banaras are reflected in the relationship between his “child” (Baṭuka) manifestation and one or more forms of the benign goddess. 
Pls find the useful link of bhirava kavach as it says " Sahasrara Mahachakre Karpura dhavale guru patumam Batuko devo Bhiravah Sarva Karmasu
 Dr. M.Kameswara RaoSenior Scientist, P&T Division,Defence Research & Development Establishment, Ministry of Defence, Govt of IndiaJhansi Road, Gwalior-474002,IndiaPh 91-(0)751-2390368(0) Imp Note:The information contained in this electronic message and any attachments to this message are intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s) and may contain proprietary, confidential or privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately and destroy all copies of this message and any attachments if any.

    On Saturday, 11 November 2017 6:48 AM, Venkatesh Murthy via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:


This is a beautiful stotra by Adi Shankara on Kaala Bhairava. Every line
ends in काशिकापुराधिनाथकालभैरवं भजे. Kaala Bhairava is the ruler of Kashi.
People living there must live there with His permission. The most important
Kaala Bhairav temple is in Kashi at a distance of 2 Km from Kashi
Vishwanath temple. The temple is dedicated to the fiercest form of
Shiva and wears a garland of skulls and carries a club of peacock feathers.
The word Kaala means both death and fate. It is believed even death is
afraid of  Kaala Bhairava.

The Vahana of Lord Bhairava is the dog. Even today we can see people
offering nice garlands and food to dogs in the Kaala Bhairava temple.

Listen to the stotra. At the end of the song the story of Kaala Bhairava is
explained in English -


Stotra and translation -



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