From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Bhairavi literally means ‘the terrible goddess’.

Bhairavi is

Bhairavi is also the fifth in the series of vidyās known as ‘Daśamahāvidyās.’ She is described as resplendently red in complexion, wears a silk garment and 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.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore