Lord Bhairav is a manifestation of Lord Shiva. Bhairava in Sanskrit means terrible, frightful. A Hindu deity, he is the fierce manifestation of Shiva associated with annihilation. Bhairava originated in Hindu legends and is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains alike. Bhairava is the wandering form of Lord Shiva and they guard the cardinal points. There are altogether 64 Bhairavas. These 64 Bhairavas are grouped under eight categories and each category is headed by one major Bhairava. The major eight Bhairava's are called Aṣṭaṅga Bhairavas. Each Bhairava has eight sub Bhairavas under them, totaling 64 Bhairava's. All of the Bhairavas are ruled and controlled by Maha Swarna Kala Bhairava otherwise known as Kala Bhairava, who is the supreme ruler of time of this universe as per Hindu scriptures. Bhairava is also described as the protector of women. He is described as the protector of the timid and in general women who are timid in nature.