Swarna Akarshana Bhairava - The Powerhouse of Wealth, Prosperity
Swarna Akarshana Bhairava is one of the powerful forms of Kala Bhairava. It means gold attracting Bhairava. Swarna Akarshana Bhairava symbolises gold. He grants boons of wealth and prosperity. Also called Dhana Akrashana Bhairava, Swarna Akarshana Bhairava appears to be seated below a kalpavriksha tree on a royal lotus throne. In one hand he holds the trident to signify annihilation of evil. The abhayavaradha gesture indicates he is the ultimate saviour. The golden kumbham or pot in his hand means all wishes will be granted. He holds a beautiful lotus in his upper right hand to suggest ‘Padma nidhi’ which means wealth equalling to the numerical number 10 to the power of 35.
Swarna Akarshana Bhairava has a conch shell in his upper left hand to indicate 'sanga nidhi' that is prosperity equalling to the numerical number 10 to the power of 14.
It is very significant to understand that 'Padma nidhi' and 'Sanga nidhi' are two treasures of Kubera, the treasurer of heaven and the lord of wealth and prosperity.
Bhairavi Devi too is generous with a golden pot in her hand and grants blessings of abundance.
There's a story in Rudrayamala Tantra which says that after hundred years of war between the gods and demons, Kubera was penniless and therefore Goddess Lakshmi was also impoverish. So, the two deities asked Lord Shiva how their wealth can be restored, for which Lord Shiva suggested they pray to Swarna Akarshana Bhairava at the Badrinath Dhaam. After deep penance, the Lord appeared showered gold with his four hands and the Gods became prosperous again.