From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

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:

  1. Khaḍga - sword
  2. Kheṭaka - shield
  3. Dhanuṣ - bow
  4. Bāṇa - arrow

He wears red color garments. Sometimes he is shown among the Bhairavas.[1] When depicted as bhairavas he carries:

  1. Kuṇḍa - water pot
  2. Kheṭaka - shield
  3. Parigha - iron club
  4. Bhiṇḍipāla - hand javelin

In the works on Śaivasiddhānta, kālāgni represents one of the regions of the earth-element.


  1. Bhairavas are generally 64 in number.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore