Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online

Get access

(3,173 words)

Bhairava (“Horrific”) is one of the most widely worshipped deities of all of Asia. He has been venerated by Hindus in South Asia since the 5th century CE and was also worshipped by Hindus in Southeast Asia in the medieval period. Under the name of Vajrabhairava, he has been an important tantric Buddhist deity in Tibet and Mongolia since the 14th century, and he figures in medieval Buddhist tantric …

Cite this page
White, David Gordon, “Bhairava”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

▲   Back to top   ▲