Bhairavi is the fifth of the ten Mahavidya Goddesses. Bhairavi is a fierce and terrifying aspect of the Goddess and in nature hardly indistinguishable from Kali. Goddess Bhairavi is the consort of the Bhairava which is the fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva associated with the annihilation.
Bhairavi is seen mainly as the Chandi in the Durga Saptashati who slays Chanda and Munda.
Goddess Bhairavi is portrait with two strikingly different iconographies. In one Goddess Bhairavi resembles with Goddess Kali. She is shown sitting in the cremation ground on top of a headless corpse. She has four arms in which she holds a sword, a Trishul and the demon’s severed head and her fourth arm is in the Abhaya Mudra, urging devotees to have no fear.
In the other iconography, Goddess Bhairavi resembles with Goddess Parvati. In this representation Goddess Bhairavi shines with the effulgence of ten thousand rising suns. Goddess Bhairavi has four arms and she holds a book and rosary in two arms. She makes fear-dispelling and boon-conferring gestures with remaining two arms and these gestures are known as Abhaya and Varada Mudra respectively. She sits over a lotus flower.
Bhairavi Sadhana is done to get rid of bad spirits and physical weaknesses. She is also worshipped for getting a beautiful spouse, for a successful love marriage and early marriage.
ॐ ह्रीं भैरवी कलौं ह्रीं स्वाहा॥
Om Hreem Bhairavi Kalaum Hreem Svaha॥