|Kaal Bhairav, Varanasi|
I am very proud and happy to say here that I was very fortunate to have darshan of Kaal Bhairav during my religious visit to Prayag/Varanasi/Gaya ,in the month of September/October,2009. For more info on Kashi, you may visit my website: http://punithayatra.blogspot.com
Situated in Visheswarganj, Kaal Bhairav, is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are nine other Bhairav temples in the city. Kaal Bhairav, the "Black Terror," is widely known as the Kotwal, the "police chief," of Kashi, and the section of the city in which his temple stands is known as Kotwalpuri. Bhairav is considered a fearsome manifestation of Shiva. He wears a garland of skulls and carries a club of peacock feathers. Kaal Bhairav, whose name, Kaal means both Death and Fate, in addition to meaning Black. He is the black one who has also assumed the duties of the God of Death in Kashi. Even Death, it is said, is afraid of Kaal Bhairava.
|Devotees at Kaal Bhairav Temple,Varanasi|
|The Inspector of Kashi - Kaal Bhairav|
Important Days for Worship:
Ashtami day [eighth day after Poornima] in the month of Margashirsha is an important day for worshipping Kaal Bhairav. Besides sundays, tuesdays, Ashtami and Chaturdasi days are very important for worshipping Kaal Bhairav. A person who circumabulates Lord Kaal Bhairav 8 times will be absolved of all the sins committed by him. It is also believed that a devotee who worships Kaal Bhairav for 6 months will attain all types of Siddhi [ as mentioned in Kashi Khand Chapter 31].
Old timers in Kashi believe whenever residents of Kashi leave the city for short journeys, they worship Kaal Bhairav[taking his permission] and on return back to Kashi, they again worship Kaal Bhairav. It is said that those living in or visiting Kashi, must worship Kaal Bhairav and he in turn, grants protection/shelter to all his devotees.
|Selling of Kasi Thread to Devotees|
The temple remains open from 5.00 am to 1.30 pm and from 4.30 pm to 9.30pm. There is heavy rush of devotees on sundays and tuesdays.
|Inner Sanctum of the Temple|
How to get to the Temple:
Kaal Bhairav temple is located at K-32/22, Bhaironath. People can approach this place by rickshaw either through Bisheshwarganj cross roads or through Golghar. This is a very famous temple and all the devotees wishing to have darshan of Kaal Bhairav will be guided well by the local residents.
|Local Transport- Hand Rickshws of Varanasi|
How to Reach Varanasi
By Air :
Varanasi is well connected and accessible by flights. It is well connected to major Indian cities and tourist spots like Delhi, Agra, Khajuraho, Jaipur, etc.
By Rail :
Varanasi is well connected by rail to all the major cities of India.
By Road :
Varanasi is well connected to all the major cities of Uttar Pradesh and India like Patna, Agra, Allahabad, Bodhgaya, Kanpur, Bhopal, Lucknow, Khajuraho, Sarnath, Lumbini (now in Nepal), Kushi Nagar, Gorakhpur, etc.