[Advaita-l] Dog Headed God

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 20 21:30:13 CST 2011

Pranams Sri Sriram

Dhanyavada your explanation is helpful.

Bhairava Rupa of Siva is  riding a dog. There are many Bhairava forms
like Asitanga Bhairava, Kala Bhairava.  There is one form Ruru
Bhairava. This is a dog. Ruru means dog.   One name of Bhairava is
also Svasva meaning his horse Asva is a dog Sva. He rides a dog.



On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 5:06 PM, Venkata sriram P
<venkatasriramp at yahoo.in> wrote:
> Namaste Dear Venkatesh Murthy,
> In tantra, the vAhanA of deities have special significance for appeasing the deities.  The sunaka is the vAhana of Bhairava and if properly appeased, the Bhairava is pleased.   That is the reason, at the time of kAsi samAradhana, the Dog is worshipped at homes by chanting Kalabhairava Ashtaka and naivedya of vadai is offered.
> In Kali Upasana, the appeasing of Dog is taken to be an aspect of omen (good / bad).  For instance, for testing whether Goddess Kali is pleased with mantra anushtana, Siva Bali is offered at the cross-roads in the midnight or at graveyard.  If the Dog comes howling and accepts the Siva Bali, it implies that Kali is pleased; if the Dog doesn't take the Bali, there are certain prayaschitta karmas for that.  Even the colour of the Dog  is also the deciding factor.
> The Bhairava Upasana is generally done with vAmAchAra mode with madhya offerings.  But Sri Abhinava Vidya Tirtha Mahaswamigal of Sringeri adviced some of his devotees that Bhairava can be appeased with sattvika mode of worship without any inhibitions and that is what is being carried out in Sringeri.
> Now, as you pointed the place called Ujjain, there is a wonderful temple for Bhairava and even today the worship is done with vamachara rituals and naivedya of madya is offered there and some portion of the same is offered to devotees as tirtha.  But we are free to say a diplomatic no to that.
> Sri Kalidasa in his work "Chidgagana Chandrika" explains the esoteric essence of the Bhairava Tattva and the sunaka aspect and obviously the esoteric science is Tantra.  Afterall, it is tanyate vistAryate jnAnam iti tantraH ie., that which widens the horizons of knowledge is tantra.  The punaH srushti or the Creation is accompanied with a Formidable Howl by Bhairava which is depicted with the Howling of Dog [bhai ...bhai ...rava] or [bhayankara rava].   Mahamaheshwara Abhinava Gupta Pada also mentions some of the esoteric aspect in the sutra "udyamO bhairavaH".
> namaH svabhyaH svapatibhyascha namaH...
> regs,
> sriram

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