Bhairava

Bhairava sometimes known as Kaala Bhairava or Kal Bhairav and also Annadhaani Bhairava is the fierce manifestation of Shiva associated with annihilation. He is one of the most important deities of Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Nepal who originated in Hindu mythology and is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains alike. Kaal Bhairava temples can also be found around Shakti Peethas, as it is said Shiva allocated the job of guarding each of the 52 Shakti Peethas to one Bhairava. As such it is said there are 52 forms of Bhairava, which are in fact considered as manifestation of Shiva himself.   Traditionally Kal Bhairav is the Grama devata in the rural villages of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, where he is referred to as “Bhaivara/Annadhani”Vairavar. In Karnataka, Lord Bhairava is the supreme God for the Vokkaliga community commonly referred as  the “Gowdas”, especially for the Gangadikara Gowda caste he is considered as the care taker and punisher.

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