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

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Fri Nov 10 21:45:14 EST 2017

There is a Kalabhaivara temple in Sringeri where special worship/utsava is
performed on certain days in a year and the Jagadguru visits, and devout
daily puja is also done. One epithet of Shiv is: kaalakaala which means 'he
is death to the god of death' which means 'there is no samsara for those
who are devoted to him'. There is also the story of Shiva inflicting injury
on the chest of Yama in the Markandeya story.

Kaala-Kaalam-Ambuja-Akssam-Akssa-Shuulam-Akssaram     [a line from the

On Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 9:19 PM, Venkatesh Murthy via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Namaste
> 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 -
> https://youtu.be/Cl4VVjHWW1A
> Stotra and translation -
> http://greenmesg.org/mantras_slokas/sri_shiva-kalabhairava_ashtakam.php
> --
> Regards
> -Venkatesh
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