Exploring the richness of Kilkari Baba Bhairav Nath Temple

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Lord Bhairav or Bhairon s the fierce manifestation or an angry expression of Lord Shiva. According to the legends, there are eight different manifestations of the Bhairav roop of Lord Shiva. This temple, located at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, is dedicated to Kilkari Baba Bhairav Nath.


You can easily reach this temple from Pragati Maidan metro station which lies on the Blue Line of Delhi Metro. Take an auto from the metro station, the temple lies in the close vicinity of Purana Quila and Delhi Zoo. If you’ve some time in hand, you can also visit these two nearby places.


Once you enter the temple, you’ll see that the temple is divided into two wings- one of them is called ‘Doodhiya Bhairava Temple’ where milk is offered to the idol and the other is the main ‘Kilkari Bhairava Temple’ where alcohol is offered as prasad. Surprisingly, here meat and sometimes, even live chicken is offered as the prasad.


According to the legends, the Kilkari Baba Bhairav Nath Temple is very old. We have even heard some people say that Bheem, one of the Pandavas, used to worship here to get his siddhis from Lord Shiva!


The folklore around this temple goes back to the time when once devi Vaishno entered a cave keeping ‘Veer-Langur’ to guard the entrance refuting whom Bhairav, the then rakshash (devil) entered the cave only to anger the Devi so much so that she took the Chandi roop and killed him. The slit head flew to a place, now called Bhairav Ghati where the temple has been constructed.


It was when he asked for mercy, the goddess forgave gave him and gave him a boon of liberation. Hence, the idol of Bhairav was established by Bhimsen.  Thus, it is said that the place has miraculous powers of fulfilling the wishes of devotees who worship here with complete faith and devotion.


Apart from the idol of Bhairav Nath, the temple also houses idols of Ganesha and Durga maa. You can visit the temple any day of the week as it is open on all days from 5 AM-12 Noon and 3 PM-9 PM. Temple, however, is very crowded on Saturday nights.


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