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Linga Bhairavi
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Linga Bhairavi
AffiliationDevi
MantraLinga Bhairavi Stuti
FestivalsThaipusam, Navratri, Dussehra

Linga Bhairavi is a form of the mother goddess, associated with Dhyanalinga, with temples at the Velliangiri Mountains near Coimbatore, and in Salem, Tamil Nadu. The Linga Bhairavi yantra and Linga Bhairavi Avighna yantra are associated with her.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The Sanskrit word "Bhairavi" means "fierce one" and is the feminine counterpart of "Bhairava", a fierce manifestation of Shiva.[1] The word "linga" refers to the Devi, who is in the form of a linga.

Temples[edit | edit source]

The primary Linga Bhairavi temples are at the Velliangiri foothills and at Salem in Tamil Nadu. The temple at Velliangiri was built in January 2010 by Sadhguru. The consecration was completed on the day of Thaipusam on January 30.[2] The temple was visited by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on Maha Shivaratri, 2017.[3] The temple at Salem, also built by Sadhguru, was completed in 2014. Two kinds of Linga Bhairavi yantras are present.[4] They are designed as a copper plate, square in shape, upon which the yantra's geometry is inscribed. A stone linga of the Devi is placed on top of the yantra.[5]

Rituals[edit | edit source]

Several rituals are practiced at Linga Bhairavi temples, primarily related to health, marriage, children and relationships.[6] Rituals such as Śrāddha for the recently deceased and for ancestors are also practiced at the temple, as well as at crematoriums in nearby areas.[7] These rituals are called Kala Bhairava Karma, and invoke Kalabhairava, a form of Shiva.

Sudha Ragunathan released a music album in 2011 titled Linga Bhairavi, in honour of Linga Bhairavi. The album was released by Amutham Music and includes songs such as the ashtakam, Sindhu Bhairavi, and a ragamalika in the ragas Bhairavi, Anandabhairavi and Sindhu Bhairavi. The album's last song is titled Arathi, which seeks the goddess' blessings.[8]

Festivals[edit | edit source]

The festivals celebrated at the Linga Bhairavi temple include Maha Shivaratri,[9] Navratri,[10] and Thaipusam.[11] A few days before Maha Shivaratri, the music festival Yaksha is celebrated at the Velliangiri temple, featuring Indian classical music and dance performances. Performers have included Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Alarmel Valli and Amjad Ali Khan.[12][13] Navratri celebrations at the temple also include performing arts and Indian classical music and dance. Local folk arts are also featured at the ten-day festival, which ends on Vijayadashami.[14] A special Navratri procession of the Devi is taken from the temple, till Dhyanalinga. This procession takes place every Purnima or full moon as well.[15]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dictionary of Hinduism – Oxford Reference. doi:10.1093/acref/9780198610250.001.0001.
  2. "The Two-Year Anniversary of Devi – The Isha Blog". The Isha Blog. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  3. "Important to preserve the essence of yoga: PM Modi". moneycontrol.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  4. "Does Traditional Hindu Geometric form "Yantra" help one to Focus and achieve their Goals? Find out!". NewsGram. 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  5. Waghorne, Joanne Punzo (2016-08-02). Place/No-Place in Urban Asian Religiosity. Springer. ISBN 9789811003851.
  6. "Rituals & Offerings". Linga Bhairavi. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  7. "Why Cant Our Crematoriums Be Grand And Clean? Coimbatore Shows The Way". Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  8. PVK. "For a calming effect". The Hindu. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  9. "Galaxy of leaders attends Mahashivaratri event". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  10. "Navarathri celebrations with folk arts". Deccan Chronicle. 2014-09-30. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  11. Reporter, Staff. "Thai Poosam celebrated with fervour". The Hindu. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  12. GANAPATHY, T.K. "Myriad shades of devotion". The Hindu. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  13. Ganapathy, T. K. "Spirited show by veterans". The Hindu. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  14. "Navarathri celebrations with folk arts". Deccan Chronicle. 2014-09-30. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  15. "Navarathri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre". The Hindu. Retrieved 2017-04-10.

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