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Anand Bhairav Temple

Shri Anand Bhairav Temple

Sri Asitang Bhairava Temple Basic Details

  • Temple Name: Shri Anand Bhairav Temple
  • Temple Phone Number: N/A
  • Temple Address: K24, 22 RamGhat Road, Golghar Varanasi
  • Temple Deity: Anand Bhairav Bhagwan
  • Temple Timing: 05:30 AM – 01 PM & 03 PM -10:30 PM
  • Mangala Aarti Timing: 06:00AM
  • Bhog/Aarti Timing: 11:30 AM to 01:30 PM
  • Sandhya Aarti Timing: 07:15 PM
  • Shayan Aarti Timing: 11:00 PM

Legend associated with the origin of Shri Anand Bhairav Temple

Ananda Bhairav Temple is located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. There are 64 Bhairava Temples, who are said to guard the cardinal points and control the different directions of Kashi.
Kaal Bhairav is the chief of the Bhairavas and is considered the supreme ruler of universal time. Black dog is the vahana of Bhairav.

Eight of the 64 Bhairava Temples have special significance and are called Ashta Bhairav of Kashi. They are considered a very important Rudra avatar of Bhagwan Shiva.

These principal 8 Bhairav Temples are together known as Ashta Bhairava, the eight-Bhairava aspects. It is said that he is the guardian of 8 directions. Shri Anand Bhairav is considered to be the second among the Ashta Bhairavas.

Kashi Bhairav Yatra is an important part of the yatra which is part of the three most important Bhairav Yatras of Kashi i.e. Kaal Bhairav, Ashta Bhairav Temple, Ruru Bhairava Temple, Chand Bhairav Temple, Shri Asitanga Bhairav Temple, Krodh Bhairav Temple, Shri Kapal Bhairav Temple, Sanhar Bhairav Temple , Shri Unmat Bhairav Temple, Shri Bhishan Bhairav Temple and Batuk Bhairav.

Ashta Bhairavas (“Eight Bhairavas”) are the eight manifestations of Lord Kala Bhairava, a ferocious aspect of “Lord Shiva”. Who is considered to be the supreme ruler of the time of the universe and the principal form of Lord Kaal Bhairav.

Lord Anand Bhairav is also known as Guru Bhairav among the local people, and is believed to bless his devotees by increasing wisdom to lead a successful life.

Importance of Shri Anand Bhairav Temple

  • Sri Anand Bhairav is a Trinetri (three eyed), peaceful and youthful form of Lord Bhairav.
  • Anand Bhairav popularly is also known as Sri Ruru Bhairav or Guru Bhairav.
  • Shri Anand Bhairav is believed to enhance the wisdom of the devotees so that they can lead a successful life with knowledge and wisdom.
  • The pure white form Anand Bhairav Bhagwan is adorned with ornaments and gems reflecting his divine form of knowledge and the divine light.
  • The swaroop Shringar of Anand Bhairav is one the most pronounced and mesmerizing, devotees who worship him with full devotion always attain happiness in life.
  • Lord Anand Bhairav is considered the protector and guardian of the South-North direction which is the highest in terms of the distance.
    Shri Anand Bhairav is depicted as fair complexioned, in a standing posture and adorned with numerous ornaments, mainly made of rubies. Bhairav swaroop in standing form is rare and is always ready to guard the devotees.
  • Bhagwan Anand Bhairav has 4 arms, holding things like rosary, book, veena, musical instruments and an elephant’s stick. There are also images that show him holding an ax and a stag like Shiva.
  • The Vahana of Bhagwan Anand Bhairav is Rishabh, the bull, while his face is towards the south-east. Goddess Maheshwari is his divine consort.
  • Anand Bhairav is considered a divine teacher or guru. It is believed that his grace can make people strong and influential, thereby overcoming enemies and exerting authority over others.

Darshan and Aarti Timings in Shri Anand Bhairav Temple


  • The Mangala Aarti Darshan goes up to 6:00 AM in the morning after which the Darshan gets opened for the General Devotees.
  • The 2nd Aarti performed in the Anand Bhairav Temple is the Bhog Aarti which starts at 11:30am in the morning which gets over at around 1:00 PM.
  • The 3rd Aarti performed in the Anand Bhairav Temple is the Saptarishi Aarti which starts at 7:15 PM in the evening.
  • The 4th Aarti performed in the Anand Bhairav Temple is the Night Shringar Aarti which starts at 9:00 PM.
  • The Fifth and Final Aarti performed in the Anand Bhairav Temple is Night Sayan Aarti which starts at 11:00 PM in the nighttime.

The Darshan hour for the normal devotees ranges from 6:00 am in the morning to 11:00 pm in night during the course of which 5 Aarti’s are performed in the Anand Bhairav Temple.

Festivals and Auspicious days in Shri Anand Bhairav Temple

Every Monday witnesses massive crowds in the Anand Bhairav Temple. Pradosh Kaal Puja which falls every 13th day of the month is considered very auspicious in the Anand Bhairav Temple.
The 30 days of Shravan Month and especially Shravan Mondays are the most auspicious tithi to perform Puja in the Asitang Bhairav temple and thousands of devotees throng the Anand Bhairav Temple on this day.
On Vaishakh Shukla Chaturdashi, Anand Bhairav is worshiped annually and adorned, the ritual is celebrated as the Annual Shringar Festival in the Temple.
Tuesday, Sunday, Ashtami and Chaturdashi are said to be the days most auspicious for the Puja and Sewa of bhagwan Anand Bhairav.
The monthly Ashtami which falls on the eighth day of Krishna Paksha also known as Kala Ashtami is a popular day in the Anand Bhairav Temple and attracts a large number of devotees in the temple.
The annual Kaal Bhairav Ashtami which is also celebrated as the Janmadivas of bhagwan Kaal Bhairav is the most auspicious and popular festival in the Anand Bhairav Temple.

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    Frequent Asked Questions related to Kaal Bhairav Temple ?

    What should I offer to Shri Anand Bhairav Temple?

    Shri Anand Bhairav Puja is done in the Satwik Vidhi and hence all Fruits, Dry Fruits, Sweets and items included in the 56 Bhog can be included in the Shri Anand Bhairav Puja.

    What is Shri Anand Bhairav Temple Address?

    Shri Anand Bhairav Temple is located at K24, 22 RamGhat Road, Golghar Varanasi

    How Many Types of Aarti Perform in Shri Anand Bhairav Temple?

    Mangala Aarti, Bhog Aarti, Sandhya Aarti and Sayan Aarti are some of the Sewa performed in the Shri Anand Bhairav Temple

    Is There any Dress Code for Darshan in Shri Anand Bhairav Temple?

    There is no specific dress code for Darshan in Shri Anand Bhairav Temple

    What are the major functions/festivals ofShri Anand Bhairav Temple?

    Kaal Bhairav Maha Ashtami, Maha Shivratri, Shravan Monday, and Annakut Festival are some of the major festivals in theShri Anand Bhairav Temple.

    Which Pujas are performed in the Shri Anand Bhairav Temple?

    Abhisek, Homam, Akhand Deepak and Kaal Bhairav Ashtakam are some of the popular Pujas offered in the Shri Anand Bhairav Temple.