By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Kalagnirudra, KAlAgnirudra, Kaalaagnirudra
Kālāgnirudra is one of the terrific forms of Rudra or Śiva. Kālāgni denotes the destructive fire or ‘fire of death’. He is shown with four arms holding:
He wears red color garments. Sometimes he is shown among the Bhairavas. When depicted as bhairavas he carries:
- Kuṇḍa - water pot
- Kheṭaka - shield
- Parigha - iron club
- Bhiṇḍipāla - hand javelin
In the works on Śaivasiddhānta, kālāgni represents one of the regions of the earth-element.
- Bhairavas are generally 64 in number.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore