Kaal Bhairav Temple, Varanasi
The temple is dedicated to Lord Kaal Bhairav, who is known as the 'Kotwal of Varanasi' (protector of Varanasi), it is said that without his permission no one can stay in Kashi. Bhairav is considered a fearsome manifestation of Lord Shiva who wears a garland of skulls and carries a club of peacock feathers. The name Kaal Bhairav means both Death and Fate.
Even Death, it is said, is afraid of Kaal Bhairav. The door of the temple is guarded by Bhairav's mount, the dog, through which there is a fine courtyard. In the centre of the courtyard, there is the main shrine of Bhairav. His silver face, garlanded with flowers, can be seen through the doorway of inner sanctum, while the rest of the idol is said to be holding a trident, seated upon a dog, hidden behind a cloth drapery. This temple was a spiritual centre in Kashi for many centuries for the utmost of Shiva ascetics. An important temple of Varanasi.
It is much revered by those who live under its influence in the surrounding Kotwalpuri section of the city. It is believed if Kal Bhairav gets angry on someone, the person cannot leave Varanasi for his entire life. People, who go on pilgrimage visit to Varanasi, never miss to explore the Kaal Bhairava Temple.
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