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Kal Bhairav temple   Bhairavgarh

About Kal Bhairav temple

The KalBhairav temple is a Hindu temple located in the Ujjain city of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is dedicated to KalBhairav, the guardian deity of the city. Located on the banks of the Shipra River, it is one of the most active temples in the city, visited by hundreds of devotees daily. Liquor is one of the offerings made to the temple deity.

The present-day temple structure was built over the remains of an older temple. Images of Shiva, Parvati, Vishnu and Ganesha belonging to the Parmara period (800–1305 CE) have been recovered from the place. The temple walls were once decorated with Malwa paintings. However, only traces of these paintings are visible now.

The original temple is believed to have been built by an obscure king named Bhadrasen. It has been mentioned in the Avanti Khanda of the SkandaPurana. The present-day temple structure shows Maratha influence.[4] According to the local tradition, after the Maratha defeat in the Third Battle of Panipat (1761 CE), the Maratha general MahadajiShinde offered his pagri (turban) to the deity, praying for victory in his campaign to restore the Maratha rule in North India. After successfully resurrecting Maratha power, he carried out restoration of the temple.

As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to KalBhairav (or Kala Bhairava). The deity's image is a face in form of a rock layered with kumkuma or vermilion. The deity's silver head is adorned with a Maratha-style pagri, a tradition dating back to the days of MahadajiShinde.

The worship of AshtaBhairava ("eight Bhairavas") is a part of the Saivite tradition, and the KalBhairav is considered their chief. The worship of KalBhairav was traditionally popular among the Kapalika and Aghora sects, and Ujjain was a prominent centre of these sects.

KalBhairav is the guardian deity of the Ujjain town:  he is considered Senapati (Commander-in-Chief or Chief General) of the town.

By Air: Instead of Ujjain you can a get flight to Indore Airport on regular basis.

By Rail: There are regular trains from other major cities of the country to Ujjain.

By Road: Ujjain is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses.


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