Worshiping Kaal Bhairov, A Fierce Manifestation Of Lord Shiva

The temple at Ujjain dates from a hoary past and one great peculiarity is that offerings include wine and whiskey which is supposed to be drunk by the lord
Worshiping Kaal Bhairov, a Fierce Manifestation of Lord Shiva
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Hinduism has a pantheon of Gods. One of the more important Gods is Lord Shiva. This God is also referred to as the creator as well as the destroyer. No Hindu ritual is complete without reference to this God. Shiva has a number of forms attributed to him. One of them is Kaal Bhairava. He is Lord Shiva in a fierce manifestation. Lord Shiva as Kaal Bhairava represents the seamier side of life. As I have already pointed out, Shiva is the creator as well as the destroyer and in the latter form, he is Kaal Bhairava. The appeal of

Shiva as Kaal Bhairava transcends boundaries of nations and he is the national deity of Nepal.
Appearance of Kaal Bhairava
As per Hindu mythology, Kaal Bhairava manifests himself in 8 forms. All these 8 forms have a common thread as far as attire and dress is concerned. In all forms ers of Shiva in this form worship him in the midst of graveyards and cremation grounds. Kaal Bhairava will wear a tiger skin and an apron composed of human bones. In addition, he is also adorned with ornaments made of snakes, reptiles, and serpents. Shiva as Kaal Bhairav is usually depicted with 4 hands and each of his hands carry a noose, a trident, and a skull.
The appearance of Kaal Bhairava is again something unique. He sports long teeth and a red tongue. This gives the God a fearful look. The purpose is to convey his worshippers that Shiva also represents the netherworld and the world of spirits and ghosts. Thus a particular sect of Hinduism called the Aghora sect worship Kaal Bhairava. This sect indulges in Black magic and black arts and carries out their rituals in the graveyards of Hindus. In early days the Aghora sect was also cannibalistic in nature, though now this is on the wane.
Temples of Kaal Bhairava
Kaal Bhairava statues in most cases also depict a dog along with him. The dog is the divine vahana or transport for the God who
travels on his back. In all temples dedicated to Kaal Bhairava, the deity is ensconced in the center of the temple and all worshippers have to enter barefoot to pay their obeisance to the god.
Kaal Bhairava has temples dedicated solely to him and they are spread all over India. The temple at Ujjain about 60 km from Indore has a special significance. It is one of the most important temples dedicated to Kaal Bhairava. A strange ritual is carried out in this temple that is the essence of worshipping Kaal Bhairava.
The Ritual of serving liquor
This temple ritual starts with the devotee buying a bottle of wine or hard liquor like rum or whiskey and presenting to the deity. The priest will accept the bottle and pour the contents into a shallow plate, which is held to the lips of the deity. It is a wonder to see the liquor slowly vanish from the plate. Believers believe that the liquor is drunk by the God. There is no scientific explanation for it except that it does take place and I have been a witness to it.
The power of Kaal Bhairava

In Hinduism worshipping the God, Kaal Bhairava has special significance. He is the benefactor who looks after a believer traveling to distant lands. Most Hindus will offer a garland of cashew nuts to the God before embarking on a voyage. It is also recommended to feed 11 dogs on a Saturday as the dog is the mode of transport of Kaal Bhairava. The great sages and learned Gurus advice feeding the dogs with a typical Indian dish of Halwa and Puri.
Time and eternity is what Kaal Bhairav refers to. The God frowns on idle persons and time wasters. But bear in mind that since Kaal Bhairava is, in reality, Shiva only, worshipping him bestows all the benefits that Lord Shiva showers on his disciples and worshipers.

Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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