Batuk Bhairav is the child form of Bhairav – Shiva. In Batuk form, Bhairavnath is childlike and is innocent witness to happenings in the world. Batuk form is used to visualize and symbolically represent the one pure atman. Batuk Bhairav is also known as Gora Bhairava – he is white in complextion – gentle.
This child form of Shiva is sometimes shown as holding a head. This head symbolizes the ego or aham. It is also the fifth head of Brahma that Shiva as Bhairav removed. The head also represents Adharma or those that desire to dominate living beings and the world.
Batuk Bhairav is represented as a child with four arms. One arms holds the head of Brahma. Another holds the damaru. The third hand holds a small mace and the fourth is in blessing posture.
A dog follows him constantly.