Bhairava

 

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Bhairava is holding Trishul, noose, battle axe and a cup in his hands, starting from his lower right hand clockwise. He is naked but for his ornaments and skull garland. Lots of skulls.Bhairava (Back)

Behind him is a dog, accompanying animal rather than Vahana (carrier). Different from the other Bhairava in this blog.

Bhairava is standing in samapada on an inverted lotus pedestal, which in turn is supported by a rectangular Bhadrapeetha. The pedestals have incised decoration.

Noteworthy is his Jatamakuta,  shaped like a flame and it is quite large. Larger than his face.

This bronze is about 10 cm in height and probably dates to the Nineteenth century. This may be from Tamil Nadu or South Karnataka.

8 Dec 2020: The photo below is the deity in VeeraBhadra Swamy

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temple in Mylapore, Chennai. It is not often you get to take photos of moola vigrahas without decorations. Photo credit Sankara Subramanian. Among other things, please note the vessel used for Abhisekha (pouring water).

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