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Kaal Bhairav Ashtakam, Kalabhairavashtakam, attributed to Adi Sankara

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Kālabhairavāṣṭakam

I adore Kālabhairava, Who is the ruler of City Kāśī, Who is adorned by lotus-feet which is revered and served by Indra (Devarāja), Who has a Yajña thread made up of a snake, Who has the moon on His forehead, Who is the abode of mercy, Who has been adored by Nārada and other celestial singers, and Whose clothes are the directions.[1]

I adore Kālabhairava, Who is the ruler of City Kāśī, Who is resplendent like millions of sun, Who absolves the ocean of metempsychosis, Who is supreme, Who has a blue neck, Who bestows us with our desires, Who has three-eyes, Who is the end of Kāla, Who has lotus-like eyes, Who has the immortal monodent, and Who is immortal.[2]

I adore Kālabhairava, Who is the ruler of City Kāśī, Who has monodent, spade, a cord and punishment in His hands, Who is the cause behind the beginning, Who has a grey (smeared) body, Who is the first One, Who is imperishable, Who is free from illness and health, Who is immensely mighty, Who is the Lord, and Who loves the colorful Tāṇḍava dance.[3]

I adore Kālabhairava, Who is the ruler of City Kāśī, Who is bestows desires and salvation, Who has an enticing appearance form, Who is endears His devotees, Who is static, Who takes various manifestations and forms the world, and Who has a beautiful golden waist-thread with small melodious bells.[4]

I adore Kālabhairava, Who is the ruler of City Kāśī, Who maintains righteousness, Who is the destroyer of unrighteous paths, Who liberates us from the ties of Karma or deeds, Who bestows decent behavior, Who is splendid, and Whose various organs are decorated with a beautiful cord of golden color.[5]

I adore Kālabhairava, Who is the ruler of City Kāśī, Who has feet adorned by two sandals made of gold which is possessing a resplendent shine, Who is eternal, Who is induplicable, Who bestows desires, Who is without desires, Who destroys the pride of death, and Who liberates soul by His fierce teeth.[6]

I adore Kālabhairava, Who is the ruler of City Kāśī, Whose loud roar is destroys all the manifestations created by the lotus-born Brahmā, Whose (merciful) glance is enough to destroy all the sins, Who is the powerful ruler, Who gives the eight siddhi,1 and Who wears a skull-cap garland.[7]

I adore Kālabhairava, Who is the ruler of City Kāśī, Who is the leader of the ghosts and spirits, Who showers immense glory, Who absolves people dwelling in Kāśī from their sins and righteous deeds, Who is splendor, Who has explained the path of righteousness, Who is eternally old, and Who is the controller of the universe.[8]

Those who study these eight verses on Kālabhairava — which is enticing, which is a source of knowledge and liberation, which increases righteousness of a person, and which destroys grief, attachment, depression, greed, anger an heat — surely move towards the proximity of the feet of Śiva (Kālabhairava).[9]

Footnotes:

1 Animā, Mahimā, Laghimā, Garimā, Prāpti, Prakamya, Īśatva, Vāsitva are the eight siddhi

References

Book: Śivastotraratnākaraḥ

Translator: Animesh Kumar

Submitter: Animesh Kumar

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