There are eight forms of Kala Bhairava – Ashta Bhairava – that are eight avatars of Lord Kala Bhairava. They control the eight directions of the universe and each of them has eight more sub bhairavas under them. The ashta Bhairavas are identified with the Ashta Mathas (Ashta Matrika’s) Brahmani, Maheswari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Kaumari, Indrani, Narasimhi, Chamundi. Lord Kala Bhairava is the God of Time who is also a manifestation of Lord Shiva. Those who propitiate Him devotedly get plenty of blessings who removes all pain and sufferings thereby crushing negative influences from an individual’s life. He also turns your bad time to favour you so that you get the best out of life. The Ashta Bhairavas represents the ‘pancha bhootas’ or the five physical elements namely sky, fire, water, air and earth and also sun, moon and atma (soul).
The Ashta Bhairava forms and characteristics are as follows:-
Asithaanga Bhairava – (Direction East) - Worship this Lord Bhairava who gives creative ability.
Ruru Bhairava – (Direction Southeast) - Divine teacher
Chanda Bhairava – (Direction South) - Curtails competition and rivals and gives incredible energy.
Krodha Bhairava – (Direction Southwest) - This deity gives power to take major decisions.
Unmatha Bhairava – (Direction West) - Controls negative ego and harmful self-talk.
Kapaala Bhairava – (Direction Northwest) - Ends all unproductive work and action.
Bheeshana Bhairava – (Direction North) - Obliterates evil spirits and negativity.
Samhara Bhairava – (Direction Northeast) - Ultimate solution to past negative Karmas