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Kal Bhairava is yet another magnificent temple located on the banks of Kshipra river is said to be built by King Bhadresen, a strong believer of Kal Bhairava. Bhairava is considered as the fiercest manifestation of Lord Shiva associated with annihilation. The temple located at Ujjain is about 50 kms from Indore. You will be surprised to know that Kal Bhairav temples exists at all places where Jyothirling temples are situated. So its presence in Ujjain is no surprising which is home to the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines to the Lord Siva. The interesting thing is that at this temple Alcohol are offered to the Lord. Probably, this is the only God, to whom Alcohol is offered in temple.
Inside the Kal Bhairava Temple
Inside the temple, Lord Shiva rests under the shade of an age old Banyan tree. The statue of Nandi, the holy bull which is known as the loyal Vahana or mount of lord Shiva, can be seen opposite to the statue of Lord Shiva. Kal Bhairava has always been seen as the symbol of rage and power and this is the main reason why the Kapaliks and Aghoras have been the main worshippers of this form. And Ujaain being one of the major hubs of these two sects, you can find a number of other Kal bhairava shrines across the city. Once you reach inside the temple premises you can see a large number of sadhus in long rugged hair covered with ash in their body meditating in their own way.
What makes this temple unique?
Have you ever heard of alcohol inside temple premises? Have you ever seen alcohol being served to any idol? The answer is most probably NO! This is the uniqueness of this temple where Lord Shiva is offered alcohol in large quantities by devotees who flock this temple every day. And strangely enough the idol seems to gulp the offerings in a short time. The priest touches the plate in which the alcohol is kept with the mouth of the idol and the alcohol vanishes soon! Hold science responsible for this or believe in supernatural powers, the fact that an idol drinks alcohol is a miracle in itself. People and Mahadeva devotees from distant lands come here to please their lord with different kind of alcoholic drink. It is considered as a blessing to the devotee if the idol drinks the wine offered by him / her.
The temple attains beautiful look during Shivaratris when devotees in huge numbers come together to seek blessings from the supreme deity. Kapaliks,and other Shaivites assemble here to worship Lord Shiva in their own ways. Various rituals are performed and bhogs are offered to Shiva and Nandi bull. The Aghoras , Kapaliks can be seen to be lost in meditation. Everyone has their own way of connecting themselves to the lord. But whatever may be the way, one thing is common in all of them and that is dedication and love for their lord! So, if you are in Ujjain or planning to visit this city do not miss a chance to see this unusual and one of its kind temple which will sure to leave an impression in your memory lane.
Places near Kal Bhairava Temple
Bhartruhari Caves located at the distance of 5.4 km
Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir located at the distance of 1.9 km
Kalideh Palace located at the distance of 8.8 km
Ved Shala Observatory located at the distance of 1.2 km
Points to Keep in mind while visiting Kal Bhairava Temple
1) Do not mock or make fun of the traditions or pass any insensitive comments that may hurt sentiments of the devotees 2) Dress decently and wear clean clothes 3) Take permission before taking photos or videos 4) During Shivaratris huge crowd assembles in the temple. Take care of children and old persons to avoid accidents or suffocation 5) It is better to keep your mobile phone in silent mode
How to Reach ?
Hired taxi or auto rickshaws are the best medium to
reach the temple from across the corners of the city and nearby areas.
The temple being a famous is quite familiar amongst the auto drivers.Whenever traveling to Ujjain do not miss to visit this very famous
temple to seek blessings from the fiercest manifestation of Lord Shiva
Kal Bhairava. You will be amazed to see the beliefs of the people
associated with this age old temple of Ujjain.