(‘the terrible goddess’)

One of the several aspects of the Devī or the Śakti (the Mother Goddess, Pārvatī) Bhairavī is the consort of Bhairava (a terrible aspect of Rudra-Śiva). Though sometimes she is identified with Cāmuṇḍā, she is depicted in several forms such as Tripurā-bhairavī, Kāmeśvarī, Annapūrṇā-bhairavī, and so on. She is also the fifth in the series known as ‘Daśamahāvidyās.’

She is described as resplendently red in complexion, wears a silk garment as also a garland of skulls. Her crown is adorned with a crescent moon. She has four arms. She holds a book and a rosary in two hands, the other two exhibiting the abhaya and varada mudrās granting protection from fear and the boons asked for.

See also BHAIRAVA.