Kala Bhairava is one of the 8 forms of Siva, some of the others
being, Nataraja, Kalyana Sundara, Bhikshtana, and Somaskanda.
Kaila Bhairava is the ferocious form who came out of the plucked
hair of Siva, when Siva wanted to punish Daksha, when the latter
disrespected Dakshayani (Uma) during the famous sacrifice for
which Siva himself was not invited.
This Kala Bhairava went to Daksha's sacrifice hall and left and right,
destroyed and injured the participants. Brahma's one of theheads
was snapped, Saraswati lost her nose, Daksha himself was beheaded.
Only Narayana was spared, since he had earlier dug out one of his
eyes to do puja for Siva, when one lotus was short in the puja
with 1000 lotuses.
The prayers and meditation on Kala Bhairava are said to be good
solutions for solving various disputes in life, including marital
discord. He is prayed with lime fruits garlands and red flowers.
In the month of Chaitra, (Apr-May), such worships are performed
more since the boons will be quicker.
Kala Bhairava image can be seen in any large Siva Temple. This
time when I went to Tiruvannamalai, I climbed the steps of the
shrine inside the Eastern Towers of Big Temple and paryed to
Kala Bhairava. I did not do any special puja but only simple
He is seen with a mace on his hand and in a standing posture.
Saint Manikkavachagar makes reference to this, in his Tiru Undiyar