The question I have is about the deity Bhairava.
Lord Sri Kala Bhairava is mentioned in The Shiva Maha Purana as one of the incarnations of Lord Shiva.
But there are many different swarupas of Sri Bhairava in the tradition and literature. What is the origin and background of the Lord Bhairava and His manifestations (other than what Shiva Purana says)? In which text / scripture can one find all the information?
The various swarupas of Bhairava include -
Sri Kala Bhairava, V(b)atuka Bhairava, Swarnakarshana Bhairava, and Marthanda Bhairava (the name occurs in Sri Subrahmanya Trisati).
In addition to this, some Sankara Vijayam texts also allude to Samhara Bhairava, Unmattha Bhairava (ferocious / angry manifestations) invoked by Kalamukhas and Kapalikas.
Despite what the name means, Sri Kala Bhairava, and Swarnakarshana Bhairava, Vatuka Bhairava forms can be taken as peaceful forms.
So what is the story behind different forms of Bhairava?
Is there tantric text that goes deep into the details about Lord Bhairava, and His manifestations? If any one has such information, please share.
Thanks in advance.