Bhairon Mandir, Pragati Maidan
Bhairon Mandir, Pragati Maidan:
Bhairon Temple or Kilkaari Baba Bhairav Naath Mandir is a Hindu Temple
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.