Kaal Bhairav Temple

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh


Kaal Bhairav is a powerful deity in Hinduism and is considered as the "Kotwal of Varanasi" (the guardian of Varanasi). According to the Kashi Khand, an ancient scripture, Lord Shiva created Kaal Bhairav when Lord Brahma proclaimed himself to be the superior person. Kaal Bhairav is known for his fierce form and is depicted carrying a trident, sword and a bowl for carrying the blood of the sinners. He is believed to be the remover of sins and protector of his devotees.

Kaal Bhairav is highly revered in Varanasi and his temple, located near the Vishweshwara Jyotirlinga temple, is a popular pilgrimage site. As per tradition, devotees first seek his permission before beginning any auspicious work or before entering the city of Varanasi. It is believed that Kaal Bhairav protects the city and his devotees from all kinds of dangers.


The temple is open to the public twice a day, from 05.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 04.30 p.m. to 09.30 p.m. However, on Sundays and Tuesdays, there is a huge influx of devotees which results in long queues and waiting times. 


The Kaal Bhairav temple in Varanasi has a unique architecture and is built in the North-Indian style. The temple has a small entrance, which opens into a large courtyard. The main shrine of Lord Kaal Bhairav is situated in the center of the courtyard, which is surrounded by smaller shrines of other deities. The temple walls are decorated with intricate carvings and sculptures of various Hindu deities.

The temple also has a large bell, which is rung by the devotees after offering their prayers to Lord Kaal Bhairav. The sound of the bell is said to purify the surroundings and ward off evil spirits.

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