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Kaal Bhairav Temple


To go towards Kaalbhairav temple, one has to come out of Kashi Vishwanath lane at Chowk Godowlia road and then via cycle rickshaw or auto rickshaw can go towards Kaalbhairava Temple which is 1 KM away. It is said that unless you visit Kaalbhairav Temple, Kashi Yatra is incomplete. In Kashi Vishwanath legend, when Lord Shiva gets angry with Lord Brahma, he creates a dangerous form called Kaal Bhairava. Bhairava beheaded one of Brahma’s five heads and since then Brahma has only four heads. When depicted as Kala Bhairava, Bhairava is shown carrying the decapitated head of Brahma. Cutting off Brahma’s fifth head made him guilty of the crime of killing, and as a result, he was forced to carry around the head for years and roam as Bhikshatana, a mendicant, until he had been absolved of the sin. His head was released when he reached the city of Kashi. From there on he lived in the city of Kashi and started guarding it. Hence he is called The Kotwal of Kashi. No one can enter Kashi without the permission of Bhairava. The full temple is painted in orange color. One has to take black threads and offer them to Kaalbhairav and take them an tie them on the hand for his protection. The whole atmosphere in the Kaal Bhairav Temple is mesmerizing with immense power and mantra chanting. When one looks at the idol he is allured by his emission of powerful rays, such is the beauty of the temple. Its a must visit and not be missed.

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