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About Kal Bhairav Temple

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Also known as Kala Bhairava, Bhairava is the manifestation of Lord Shiva...
Temple, Ujjain

 

Kal Bhairav Temple is a famous Hindu Temple located in the Ujjain city, Madhya Pradesh on the banks of Shipra River.  The temple is dedicated to the fearsome manifestation of Lord Shiva, Kal Bhairav, regarded as the Guardian deity of Ujjain.  

 

Origin

The Kal Bhairav Temple is dedicated to Lord ShivaShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
and is considered to be the fearsome manifestation of Shiva. The temple is also popularly known as the ‘Kotwal of SatiSatiSati
The name Sati means true and justifying her name...
Pind’ and states that no one can even touch the Sati Pind without his approval. It is believed that there were total eight Bhairavas who belonged to the Shaivite tradition, and thus, worshipped by thousands of people. The chief Bhairva is Kal Bhairav, and therefore, holds a significant place, regarded as the Guardian Deity of the city. He is also popularly known as the ‘Black Terror’ for he assumed the duties of Death God in Ujjain long time ago, therefore, it is said even death is afraid of Kal Bhairav. 

 

History

The popular Kal Bhairav Temple is erected over the remains of an older temple where the idols of Shiva, ParvatiParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva...
, VishnuVishnuVishnu
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and GaneshaGaneshaGanesha
The guardian deity of Hindus, also known as the Ganapati (The God of all groups) is the son of Lord Shiva ...
were recovered from the ruins, belonging to the ancient Parmara period. According to the Avanti Khanda, the Temple was built by the King Bhadrasen. The threshold of the traditional Temple is majorly influenced by the Maratha tradition. The story goes like this, The Maratha general, Mahadaji Shinde, after the defeat of Battle of Panipat, offered his pagri to the Kal Bhairav and prayed for his victory intending to restore his rule in the Northern India. His victorious comeback resulted in the restoration of the temple, and the replica has also been built in Gujarat.

 

Luscious Liquor

Interestingly, there are five ritual offerings made to the deity that includes: madya (Liquor), maansa (Flesh or meat), meena (fish), mudra (gesture), and maithuna (sexual intercourse). But nowadays, only madya or alcohol is offered along with coconuts, and flowers. It is unbelievable, but the priest keeps the saucer filled with liquor to the deity’s lips and slowly, the liquor disappears from the saucer with a slit. The remaining one-third of the liquor is then offered to the devotee as a Prasad. It is the sacred food that is distributed after an auspicious event or day after offering it to the Gods  There is no scientific reason to this, and the miraculous disappearance of liquor remains a mystery for hundreds of years. 

 

Architecture

The temple looks like a fortress with a magnificent yet subtle outlook. The Temple was built by the Marathas. The temple is adorned with exquisite paintings in the Malwa style inside, and in any case, nobody at the temple seems inclined to divert attention towards them. All eyes are on the deity, and they are astonished with the disappearance of liquor in a miraculous way!

 

Location:

The Kal Bhairav Temple is located at Ujjain on the banks of Shipra River. 

 

Built In:

The Temple was built by the King Bhadrasen. The Temple has a Maratha outlook as it is highly influenced by the Maratha culture.

 

Dedicated To;

The Kal Bhairav Temple is dedicated to the chiefs of Bhairavs belonging to Shaivite clan, Lord Kal Bhairav.

 

Alternate Names:

The Temple is popularly known as ‘Kotwal of the Sati Pind’ 

 

Temple Parking: No

 

Places of Interest around Kal Bhairav Temple: There are numerous temples of significance in Ujjain around Kal Bhairav Temple like Bhartrihari Caves, Chintaman Ganesha Temple, Dewas, Gopal Temple, Harsiddhi Temple, Iskon, Mahakal Temple,  Mahakaleshwar, Mangal Nath Temple. 

 



 


 
 

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