Bhairav (tantrik)

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Bhairav or Bhairavnath is a famous tantrik of Hindu mythology. Bhairavnath was a disciple of Gorakhnath, whose guru was the Matsyendranath. He was considered to have control over all tantrik siddhis and had grown arrogant of his power. He went after Vaishno Devi, considering her to be a little girl. It was only when Vaishno Devi took the form of Kali to behead him he realized her true form and asked for forgiveness. In his dying moments, Bhairav pleaded for forgiveness. The Goddess knew that Bhairav's main intention in attacking her was to achieve his salvation. She not only granted Bhairav liberation from the cycle of reincarnation, but also granted him a boon, whereby every devotee, in order to ensure completion of the pilgrimage of Vaishno Devi, shall also have to visit Bhairav Nath's temple near the Holy cave after having the darshan of the Goddess.[1][2]

Temple of Bhairav, near Vaishno Devi shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Holy Himalayas - Page 82. 2007. pp. 82–83. 
  2. ^ Himalaya Today , Volume 2, Issues 1-5. 1989. pp. 90–25.