Bhairon Mandir, Pragati Maidan




Bhairon Mandir, Pragati Maidan:


Bhairon Temple or Kilkaari Baba Bhairav Naath Mandir is a Hindu Temple


Description:


Bhairon Temple or Kilkaari Baba Bhairav Naath Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to diety Bharion. Bhairon Temple is located at outside of the Purna Qila (Old Fort) opposite Pragati Maidan. The temple is one of Delhi's major tourist attractions. It is believed that this shrine was built by the Pandavas and Bheem (One of the Pandavas), worshipped in this temple and attained Siddhis as well. Bhairava is a form of Lord Shiva.
Being so old, it is regarded as one of the important reflections of the city’s ancient heritage. The temple receives a large number of devotees throughout the year. In particular, a large number of devotees visit the temple on every Sunday.
The architecture of this temple is purely North Indian in style. Marble is used extensively in the interiors of this temple, which gives the temple an elegant look and makes it a huge tourist attraction for the international as well as local tourists. All the idols found in this temple are constructed in marble, which gives the temple a very regal look. The main deity of the temple, Lord Bhairav, contains only the face and has very big eyes.
Bhairon Temple is the only temple where devotees offer alcohol to the deity. This alcohol is then distributed to the devotees as the local Prasad.
Bhairava himself has eight manifestations: Kala Bhairava, Asitanga Bhairava, Samhara Bhairava, Ruru Bhairava, Krodha Bhairava, Kapala Bhairava, Rudra Bhirava and Unmatta Bhairava. Kala Bhairava is conceptualized as the Guru of the planetary deity Saturn. Bhairava is known as Vairavar in Tamil where he is often presented as a Grama Devata or folk deity who safeguards the devotee on all eight directions (ettu tikku). Known in Sinhalese as Bahirawa, he protects treasures. Lord Bhairava is the main deity worshipped by the cannibalistic Aghora sect.
 
 
Bhairon Temple, also known as Sri Kilkari Bhairon Temple, is an age-old religious spot located close to Delhi famous Old Fort. Legend has it that the temple was constructed by the Pandavas, the mythological brothers from the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. As per another popular belief, Bheema, the second of the Pandava brothers, attained siddhi in this temple.
Due to its antiquity, the Bhairon Temple in Delhi is regarded as an important part of the national capital’s erstwhile heritage. Thousands of tourists visit the temple every year, more so, on Sundays. It is a belief held close to the hear by the devout Hindus that anyone who performs a special worship of Goddess Durga or any of her divine manifestations, must visit the Bhairon Temple for giving a final touch of completion to the worship. Therefore, people who visit the far-flung shrines of the Goddess, or observe special vows to please her, often visit the Bhairon temple in New Delhi.
The temple has been constructed totally by the standards of North Indian architecture. White marble is used through and through inside the temple to bestow a classic look to it. Even the idols of the holy deities worshipped in the shrine are made of marble. The presiding deity of the shrine, Bhairon Maharaj, is actually a stone image with prominent eyes. It is offered liquor, fruits, sweets, flowers and coconut by the visitors.

Of all the Hindu temples, Bhairon temple is the only place of worship where the devotees offer liquor of different varieties to the deity.

In Hindu scriptures, Bhairon finds a special mention during the episode when Goddess Sati, the divine consort of Lord Shiva, immolated herself by her yogic fire when her father Daksha insulted Shiva out of sheer hatred. Consequently, Shiva resolved to destroy Daksha and his army by manifesting Bhairon out of his own body. Bhairon, the fierce warrior, ruthlessly went about executing the commands of Shiva and vanquished Daksha and his helpmates.

In Tamil, Bhairon or Bhairava is called Vairavar, where is regarded as the Grama Devta or the deity who shields the villagers from evil and other devouts from all directions. Devout Hindus also seek refuge at the feet of Bhairon to avoid the malefic effects of evil spirits and mischievous planets like Saturn, Rahu and Ketu shrine is divided into two parts, the first being the Doodhiya Bhairon Temple (where milk is offered) and the second being the Kilkari Bhairon Temple (where alcohol is offered).
 It is not mandatory, however, to worship Bhairon with liquor. It depends on the of faith of a person whether he/she wishes to offer liquor or milk. Inside the temple, bottles of liquor offered by pilgrims are emptied in large cauldrons.
As the sun sets, the temple wears an esoteric, meditative mood, especially, after the evening worship of the deity. His temple of Bhairon can be reached by taking the Delhi Metro Rail Service to Alternately, tourists can get on board a bus and get down at the Delhi Zoo.

Timings:
5AM to 12 PM
3PM to 9 PM