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Kaal Bhairav Temple

काशि का पुराधिनाथ कालभैरवं भजे

Kaal Bhairav Temnple

Kaal Bhairav Temple Basic Details

  • Temple Name: Kaal Bhairav Temple
  • Temple Phone Number: +91-8953733792
  • Temple Address: Pandeypur Rd, Golghar, Naibasti, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221002
  • Temple Timing: 05:30 AM – 01 PM & 03 PM -10:30 PM
  • Mangala Aarti Timing: 04:00AM
  • Bhog/Aarti Timing: 01:00 PM
  • Sandhya Aarti Timing: 08:00 PM to 08:30 PM
  • Shayan Aarti Timing: 12:00 AM

Kaal Bhairav Temple

‘Kaal Bhairav’ means’ the one who fulfills and satisfies’. In other words, the God who meets all the wishes of the Bhaktas and who benefit all the material and spiritual quest of the person is Kaal Bhairav.

Legend Associated with the Origin of Kaal Bhairav Temple :

अष्टम्यां च चतुर्दश्यां रविभूमिजवासरे
यात्रा च भैरवीं कृत्वा कृतैः पापैः प्रमुच्यते
Kashi Khand, Chapter 31, Shlok 47
The above Shloka has been taken from the Skanda Purana where Lord Shiva is saying that devotees will worship Kaal Bhairav Bhagwan in Kashi on the tithi of Ashtami, Chaturdashi. Or on days Sunday and Tuesday will get freed from all sins and all their wishes will be fulfilled.
When Lord Shiva was leaving Kashi he handed over all the administrative responsibilities of the city of Kashi to Lord Kaal Bhairav hence it is mandatory to obtain his permission as soon as you enter Varanasi.
In Hindu Dharma, Lord Brahma governs the life of an individual from Birth to Death but those who take birth in Kashi or even have a darshan of Lord Kaal Bhairav in Kashi their life till death is governed by lord Kaal Bhairav himself.
Lord Kaal Bhairav is the Guru of all Chaya Graha including ‘Rahu, Ketu, Mangal, and Shani’ hence devotees who worship Lord Kaal Bhairav get freed from the negative impacts of these Graha and their Maha Dasha.
Lord Kaal Bhairav protects the ‘Sati Pind’ and no one can obtain Devi’s bhakti without worshiping Lord Kaal Bhairav. Most of the time Mahadev is in Dhyana and it is Lord Kaal Bhairav who guards and protects all the Shiv Bhaktas.

Why is Kaal Bhairav called the Kotwal (Guardian or Supreme Devta) of Kashi ?

वाराणस्यां भैरवः देव संसार भयं नासंनम!
जनम जन्मस्यः कृताम्पाप दर्शनेन विनश्यति!
Shri Shiv Maha Purana
The above Shloka has been taken from the Shri Shiv Maha Purana which means ‘Lord Kaal Bhairav who is the Kshetra Devta of Kashi wipes off the fears and sins of all devotees who have his Darshan’.
Any officer who takes charge of a Gazetted post in the city has to come and first seek permission from Lord Kaal Bhairav. In all the police stations of Varanasi, it is Lord Kaal Bhairav’s picture is kept on the seat of the Police Superintendent.
And the Police Superintendent sat next to him because it is believed that Lord Kaal Bhairav is the real Guardian of Kashi responsible for the peace and tranquility here and all the police officers act on his behalf as his agents.
The Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi before filling his nominations as a Member of Parliament from Varanasi first paid his respects in Shri Kaal Bhairav Temple and sought his permission.

Puja in Kaal Bhairav Temple Varanasi :

Kaal Bhairav is considered the ‘Jagrit Devta of Kalyug’ i.e the one who very quickly obliges his devotee’s aspirations and wishes.
There are various Pujas and Sevas performed in the Kaal Bhairav Temple of Varanasi. Some of these are :

Legend Associated with the Origin of Kaal Bhairav Temple :

आलस्येनापि यो यायाद् गृहाद्विश्वेश्वरालायम
 अश्वमेधाधिको धर्मस्तस्य स्याच्च पदे पदे ॥ ८६ ॥
Kashi Khand, Chapter 03, Shlok 86
The above Shloka has been taken from the ‘Skanda Purana’ where lord Shiva is saying that if a person leaves his home and goes to the Kaal Bhairav Temple, every step he takes in reaching the temple will yield more Punya than performing Ashwa Medh Yagya.
Once there was a confrontation between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma as to who is superior to them. At the same time, Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a divine pillar which was Lighted up both in the downward direction and also in the upward direction.
Lord Shiva asked both Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu that the one who finds an end to this divine light will be declared the most Supreme.
Lord Vishnu sat on a ‘Varaha’ (wild boar) and went downwards where as Lord Brahma sat on a ‘Swan’ and went upwards. Both of them tried very hard but could not find an end to the divine light after which they returned back to Lord Shiva.
Lord Vishnu accepted that he could not find an end to the lighted pillar whereas Lord Brahma who was one of the heads used to tell lies told that he did to find an end and hence he should be declared superior.
Hearing the lie from Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva got very angry and he took the Rudra Avatar (fierce form) of Lord Kaal Bhairav. And only with one of his fingers Lord Kaal Bhairav took off the head of Lord Brahma.
As a result, the head of Lord Brahma got stuck in the hands of Kaal Bhairav and he attained the ‘Brahma Hatya Dosha‘. Lord Kaal Bhairav went to many places but could not get rid of the Brahma Hatya Dosha.
When lord Kaal Bhairav went to ‘Vaikunth Dham‘ bhagwan Vishnu guided him to go to Kashi to get rid of the Brahma Hatya Dosha. When Lord Kaal Bhairav entered Kashi the head which was stuck in his finger fell down on the ground and he got freed from the Brahma Hatya dosha.
The place where the head of Lord Brahma fell was known as the ‘Kapal Mochan Teerth‘. From that day Lord Kashi Vishwanath appointed Kaal Bhairav as the guardian of the city of Kashi. And gave a blessing that all the devotees who will worship Lord Kaal Bhairav in Kashi all their wishes will be fulfilled and they will attain Shiva Bhakti.

Darshan and Aarti Timings in Shri Kaal Bhairav Temple :

The Kaal Bhairav Temple remains open for the devotees 365 days in a year with fixed temple Timings. The Kaal Bhairav Temple opens up for the devotees at 5:30 AM in the morning after performing the Mangala Aarti.
The Mangala Aarti in the Kaal Bhairav Temple takes place at 4:00 AM in the morning. During this time only the devotees who perform the Abhisek Sewa are allowed entry into the Kaal Bhairav Temple and the temple opens for the general devotees at around 5:30 AM after the Mangala Aarti Sewa.
In the Afternoon the Kaal Bhairav Temple closes at 1:00 PM for the Bhog Aarti Sewa. During the Bhog Aarti Sewa in the Kaal Bhairav Temple, only the devotees who perform the Abhisek Sewa are allowed entry to the Kaal Bhairav Temple and the temple opens for the general devotees at around 2:30 PM.
The Sandhya Aarti in the Kaal Bhairav Temple takes place at 8:00 PM in the evening and goes up to 8:30 PM.
The Sayan Aarti in the Kaal Bhairav Temple starts at 12:00 AM in the Mid Night time. During this time only the devotees who perform the Abhisek Sewa are allowed entry into the Kaal Bhairav Temple and the temple then closes for the general devotees at 1:30 AM.

Things to know before visiting the Kaal Bhairav Temple ?

  1. It is a famous activity to buy sesame oil and flowers for the deity but not mandatory. There are shops outside the Kaal Bhairav temple to buy flowers and other items.
  2. Alcohol is offered to God, and Khappar Seva is the highest Seva in the Kaal Bhairav Temple.
  3. The entry to the inner sanctum of the temple is on the backside of the temple and only priests can enter.
  4. The ferocious God is seen with his celestial vehicle, a dog.
  5. As you walk around the Kaal Bhairav Temple, you will find holy men seated with a fan made with peacock feathers. They will wave it on the pilgrims to wade off sins and bless them.
  6. There is no entry fee or requirement of prior booking for darshans in the temple.

Accomodation facilities and fooding centers near Kaal Bhairav Temple

  • Hotels, restaurants, and Dharamshala are easily available close to the temple and can be booked by devotees in advance before their visit.
  • The temple has all-weather connectivity both via road, rail and air transport. The Months of March, August, September, November, December and February witness the highest foot fall in the temple.

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    Frequent Asked Questions related to Kaal Bhairav Temple ?

    What should I offer to Kaal Bhairav Temple?

    Kaal 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 Kaal Bhairav Puja.

    What should I offer to Kaal Bhairav Temple?

    Kaal 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 Kaal Bhairav Puja.

    What is Kaal Bhairav Temple Address?

    The Kaal Bhairav Temple is located at a distance of 1km from the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in the Visheshwarganj area.

    How Many Types of Aarti Perform in Kaal Bhairav Temple ?

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

    Is There any Dress Code for Darshan in Kaal Bhairav Temple?

    There is no specific dress code for Darshan in Kaal Bhairav Temple

    What are the major functions/festivals of Kaal Bhairav Temple?

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

    Which Pujas are performed in the Kaal Bhairav Temple ?

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