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Lord Bhairava is the ferocious form of Lord Shiva. He’s also known as Kala Bhairava, the controller and God of Time. He is also known as Kshetrapalaka, the guardian of the temple. In most of the temple, keys are submitted to Lord Kala Bhairava at the time of closing and taken from him at opening time. He manifested as Bhairaveswarar along with other 64 forms in the temple of Cholapuram. He is the protecting guardian who energizes a devotee to overcome any challenges and difficulties. The dog is the vahana (vehicle) of Lord Kala Bhairava. Cholapuram is located in the holy town of Thanjavur. Also known as Aadi Peetham, this historic shrine is considered the Moola sthanam or birthplace of all the 64 forms of Bhairava and hence it was also called Bhairavapuram. The Shiva linga in this temple is self-manifested and invisible siddhas and yogis visit the temple on Ashtami star to perform pujas to the deities.
The presiding deity is Bhairaveswarar or Lord Shiva and his consort Bhairaveswari. The unique aspect of this temple is that the 64 Bhairavas worshipped the main deity Bhairaveswarar in 64 directions. Taking care of dogs and feeding is one of the ways to show devotion to Lord Bhairaveswarar. He’s also considered as the guardian of travellers. It is advised that before undertaking a long journey or night travel, It is beneficial to worship Lord Bhairava by lighting ghee lamps in his glory and asking him for protection during the journey.
Bhairaveswarar and Bhairaveswari Homam will be performed on Kalashtami which is dedicated to Lord Kala Bhairava. It is observed on Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi, the eighth day after full moon. Devotees fast on the day and perform pujas and ritual to satiate the God of Time. There are about 12 Kalashtami observances in a year. Devoting the day to Lord Bhairaveswarar, who is none other than Kala Bhairava, and Bhairaveswari nullify your bad karma and fetch prosperity, success and happiness.
Om Hraam Hreem Hroom Hrime Hroum Ksham
Kshetrapaalaaya Kaala Bhairavaaya Namaha
Bhairaveswarar and Bhairaveswari is none other than Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati. He is also the guardian of temples and associated with Shakti peetha temples. The Lord relieves devotees of negative karma, protects form all forms of negativity and evil. Business people who want to accomplish and achieve success in all ventures can perform this ritual. This homa is best suited for seeking divine guidance in order to lead a life adhering to great discipline and time management. For those who have to deal with unforeseen incidents that cause distress this ritual is a blessing. It also ensures vitality and gives a sense of achievement and enhances your budgetary requirements.
Lord Bhairaveswarar and Bhairaveswari Homam safeguards from all pitru dosham, Brahmahatya dosha, untimely deaths due to accidents, enemy threats and dangers arising out of black magic, sorcery, necromancy, voodoo and witchcraft. The god and goddess also remove all types of dosha especially that of Saturn or Shani dosha since Lord Bhairaveswarar is the guru of the planet. The Lord and Mother also ensure that one is blessed with a disease-free life, remove ignorance and aversions. The ritual to the lord of time also makes your time favourable, removes poverty, diseases and adversaries. It relieves one of debts, wins legal suits, and solves marriage and progeny issues. With this ritual, also devotees can live a life of immense prosperity and happiness forever.
Situated near Kumbakonam town, the Bhairaveswarar temple located in Cholapuram is considered as the moola sthanam or birth place of different forms of Bhairavas. The place was called Bhairavapuram once. It’s the place where the 64 Bhairavas originated and there are 64 peethas where all of the Shiva forms sit and meditate and perform pujas. They worshipped Bhairaveswarar of Cholapuram in 64 directions. Lord Saturn or Shaneeswaran prayed to Lord Shiva to relieve him from Ravana’s torture. It is believed that siddhars, Adi Shankaracharya, rishi and yogis visit the temple during ashtami star days to conduct puja in an invisible state. Dwarakapalakas guard the main sanctum. The consort of Bhairaveswarar is Bhairaveswari whose shrine faces south. A puja in this temple protects from pitru dosha, untimely deaths, and evil effects of black magic, voodoo, necromancy, wizardry and witchcraft. All types of doshas are removed by worshipping the lord here. The lord and the mother bless devotees with a happy married life, child blessings and prosperity.
The energies of Lord Bhairaveswarar are very intense for protection. The Energised Bhairaveswarar Kavacham (Locket) has the power to eliminate planetary imperfections, shields you against accidents and injury, protects from evil and negative energies or spirits, wins legal matters and improves financial blockages. It has the power to destroy wicked energies that try to harm you like black magic, witchcraft and all other menaces caused by enemies. The powerful amulet helps to attain success from all directions, protection, siddhi, luck and prosperity. It increases positivity and balances energy flow. The energized Bhairaveswarar Locket will be sent to all members of the family whose names are included in the sankalpa.