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Story of Origin of Bhairava

Story of the origin of Bhairava is found in the Linga Purana. Legend has it that Shiva was proud of his creation. But Shiva found suffering all around. When Shiva complained about the suffering, Brahma was haughty and insulted Shiva.

The insult infuriated Shiva and out of the fire of his fury was born Bhairava.

Soon after his birth, Bhairava rushed towards Brahma and pinched of his fifth head, which had insulted in Shiva.

Bhairava is the guardian deity in many villages and temples across India.

There are also exclusive temples dedicated to Bhairava. In majority of such temples, he is a tantric deity.