|| Kalabhairava ||

by | Jan 23, 2021 | Science in Hinduism, Shaivavite

I repeat “Untold Unsung now Unearthed”

Go through entire thread carefully. It contain
mesmerizing story.

|| Kalabhairava ||

Glimpse of the entire thread.

कपालं ब्रह्मणः सद्यो भैरवस्य करांबुजात् |
पपात भुवि तत्तिर्थमभूत्कापालमोचनम् ||

Brahma’s skull then fell to the ground from the lotus
like hand of Bhairava. That tirtha (place of pilgrimage)
became Kapalamochanam, in Varanasi.
Starting the thread

|| Kalabhairava ||

Many years ago, Brahma lost his head slightly. He
began to imagine that he was superior to Shiva and
Vishnu. He told all the sages, “I am the supreme
godhead. There is no one else but me.”

|| Kalabhairava ||

While Brahma was thus instructing the sages, Vishnu
arrived and was enraged at Brahma’s behaviour. “You
are indeed ignorant,” he told Brahma. “I am the
supreme godhead. You are only the creator. But I am,
after all, the preserver.”

|| Kalabhairava ||

While Vishnu and Brahma were thus arguing the four
Vedas adopted animate forms and appeared before
them. Each of the Vedas tried to persuade Brahma and
Vishnu that Shiva was superior to both of them. Vishnu
was persuaded by this reasoning, but Brahma was not.

|| Kalabhairava ||

He told the Vedas, “You must be joking. How can Shiva
be superior to the two of us? He is always wandering
around with ghosts and demons for companions.”

|| Kalabhairava ||

While all this was going on, who should arrive but
Shiva? Brahma promptly proceeded to insult Shiva.
Shiva then created a being named Kalabhairava from
his own body and Kalabhairava started to fight with
Brahma.

|| Kalabhairava ||

In those days, Brahma used to have five heads. In
course of the fighting, Kalabhairava chopped off one of
Brahma’s heads. Ever since that day, Brahma has had
four heads and four faces.

In many other Puranas, there is no mention of
Kalabhairava. Shiva performed the chopping off himself

Brahma died as soon as his head had been cut off.
Shiva did manage to revive him. But Shiva had killed
Brahma, meant that Shiva committed the sin of killing
Brahma, a brahmana. As a result of this sin, Brahma’s
severed head got stuck to Kalabhairava’s palm &
wouldn’t be dislodged

In accounts where Shiva was himself responsible for the
Killing, the severed head adhered to Shiva’s palm.

Kalabhairava roamed around the world and the head
accompanied him on his travels. for a thousand years of
the gods, Kalabhairava continued to travel. Eventually,
Vishnu advised Kalabhairava to go to the sacred city of
Varanasi.

|| Kalabhairava ||

As soon as Kalabhairava arrived at the city of Varanasi,
the head (kapala) got dislodged (mochana). A tirtha is a
place of pilgrimage. The exact spot where this
wonderful happening took place is accordingly known
as Kapalamochana tirtha.

|| Kalabhairava ||

There are many other tirthas that the Kurma Purana
describes, Among these are Prayaga, Kurukshetra, Gaya
and Madhuvana (Mathura), The glories of the river
Narmada are also described.

Waters of the river Sarasvati purify a sinner after three
days of bathing, while the waters of the river Yamuna
takes an entire week. The mere touch of a drop of water
from the river Ganga purifies a sinner. But as for the
river Narmada, the sight of the waters alone is enough.

|| Kalabhairava ||