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Kaal Bhairav Temple

As per the sources, this temple is regarded as one of the oldest located in Varanasi, near the VishesharGanj. The Kaal Bhairav temple is situated at K-32/22 Bharonath of Vishweshwarganj in Varanasi. God Kaal Bhairav is believed to be the “Kotwal of Sati pind” and without his permission no individual can even be fortunate enough to touch the Sati pind. Bhairava means terrible or frightful. In Hindu culture, Kala Bhairava is a deity that depicts a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva, which is associated with annihilation. Kaal Bhairava is one of the most vital deities in Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Nepal. It originated in the Hindu mythology and as per the Hindu perceptions of worship of the Divine; it is sacred to Buddhists, Jains and Hindus, alike.


The Kaal Bhairav’s origin can be easily traced from the conversation between Vishnu and Bramha that recounts in Shiv Mahapuran. In this source, Vishnu enquired Bramha about the supreme creator of the Universe. On listening to this Bramha got furious and he arrogantly answered Vishnu, that he is the only one and has to be worshipped. Then later, one day, Bramha thought about he and Vishnu both havng five heads and all the things that both could do. On this though, Lord Bramha turned a little egoistic and started forging Shiva’s work. Interference of Lord Bramha in whatever work Lord Shiva used to do, caused immense anger to Lord Shiva and so with a purpose of cutting Bramh’s head, he threw a small nail from his finger, which is assumed to be the form of Kaal Bhairava. He holds Bramha’s skull in his hands. With the Bramha Kapala in Kaal Bhairava’s hands, Bramha’s ego was completely destroyed and he was enlightened. From then, he became quite useful to his own self as well as to the whole world and was deeply grateful to Shiva. Shiva is said to be guarding every Shakti peeth in the form of the Kaala Bhairava and each Shakti Peeth temple is accompanied by a temple that is dedicated to Bhairava.


The Kaal Bhairava is depicted with a range of twisted serpentines as his ornaments worn as earrings, bracelets, anklets, and sacred thread (yajnopavita). A tiger skin worn on the body and the ritual apron around his neck made of human bones, he has has a dog (Shvan) as his divine vahana (vehicle).

Bhairava has eight manifestations known as Ashta Bhairava:

  • Asithaanga Bhairava
  • Ruru Bhairava
  • Chanda Bhairava
  • Krodha Bhairava
  • Unmattha Bhairava
  • Kapaala Bhairava
  • Bheeshana Bhairava
  • Samhaara Bhairava

The fierceful look of Kaal Bhairava makes him appear as the most serious gods of all. He protects the wealth and is mainly worshiped by the Aghora sect.

How to Reach

By Air

The closes airport to Kaal Bhairav Temple is the Varanasi airport, which is 18 KM away from Kaal Bhairav Temple. Visitors can get taxis, auto-rickshaws from the outside of the airport.

By Rail

The closest railway station to Kaal Bhairav Temple is the Varanasi railway station Junction, which is 1 KM away from Kaal Bhairav Temple. Visitors can hire private cabs, auto-rickshaws or cycle rickshaws from here. The distance being walk able most of the people prefer to walk.

By Road

Roads to this temple are connected properly from the highway. Also the inter-state roads are properly maintained and made worth a drive. The Grand Trunk Road is ideal to reach to this place.

By Self-Transport

Travelers can a book a cab from Varanasi itself. There are many public transport options like buses, auto-rickshaws and postpaid and prepaid cabs taking you to the temple at affordable rates.


The temples and shrines of Kaal Bhairav are present at twelve places and hence the people are in much knowledge of him. Also, as per the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva holds much of importance. So, people from all over the country come here to visit and seek blessings of the Kaal Bhairava. Mant rituals are also performed and during the special festive season the entire temple is decorated with splendor and zest.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours- 5:00 am to 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Entry Fee- NA

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