There is hardly any other religious place like Bhairavnath Temple in Delhi that would amaze you with high sacred significance and unique rituals. Also popular as Kilkari Baba Bhairav Nath Mandir, Bhaironath Temple is one of the highly revered ancient temples in Delhi that was built by Pandavas during the time of Mahabharata. Located right behind Old Fort near Pragati Maidan, this temple devoted to Lord Shiva who is worshipped here as Bhaironath Devta. The temple perfectly reflects the ancient heritage of the capital city, and thus, is counted amongst the top tourist attractions in Delhi. Throughout the year, you can see a large number of pilgrim coming to seek the blessing and offer their prayers to the deity; particularly on every Sunday. The idol of Lord Bhaironath at this temple, which is believed to installed by Bhimsen - one of the five Pandavas, only has the head with blues eyes and a trident in hand. Apart from the Bhaironath, the deities that are also worshipped in the temple are Lord Ganesha and Goddess Durga; the images of which are also installed in the temple.
The temple has two wings - one is Dudhiya Bhairav Temple where milk is offered as a religious ritual and another is Kilkari Bhairav Temple where devotees offer alcohol as a tradition. However, liquor is not sold in the temple, so thus, one must carry it from outside if he/she wish to offer it to the deity. The offered liquor is also distributed as prasad (holy food) amongst devotees. It is said that, in order to get the blessings of the Lord, one must taste the liquor. Along with that, meat offerings are also performed at the temple; sometimes alive chickens are offered to the Lord. Apart from all this, outside the temple, a sight that catches the eyes of many pass byers is the large packs of dogs that are said to be the holy vehicle of Lord Bhaironath. The temple attracts a large number of devotees round the year, however, these numbers increases during the festive days of Shivratri and Navratri.
Undoubtedly, Bhaironath Temple is one of the most visited religious places in Delhi. The architectural design of this beautiful temple is simple, yet, enticing. It is built in rectangular and is perched on a high platform. Besides, the roof of the temple is ornamented with a sikhara. The temple also has multiple arch openings which are adorned with intricately carved columns. Moreover, the roof of the temple also includes various intricate detailing that adds a charm in the magnificent architecture of the temple.
Legend and History
As per the folklore, Bhaironath Temple in Delhi traces its history from the Mahabharata era and it was constructed by Pandavas. Whereas, the legend goes back to the time when Goddess Vaishno went into a cave asking ‘Veer-Langur’ to not to allow anyone to enter the cave. However, Bhaironath tried to break the entrance, upon which, the Devi Vaishno took the form of Goddess Chandi and killed Bhaironath. Even after cutting his head from her sword, Bhaironath asked for mercy to Goddess Chandi. She felt pity for Bhaironath, and thus, showered him a boon of liberation. Since then, Bhaironath is being worshipped at various places; Bhaironath Temple in Delhi being one of them.
Outside Purana Qila (Old Fort), opposite Pragati Maidan Gate No-1, New Delhi-110001
The Bhaironath Temple opens all days from 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
How to Reach?
In order to reach the famous Bhaironath Temple, one has to get down at Pragati Maidan metro station which located at a distance few metres from the temple. The station lies on Blue line metro.
Best Time to Visit
One can visit this temple at any time during the year. However, Saturday receives a considerable number of devotees to the temple making it the best time to visit Bhaironath Temple.
Nearby Tourist Attractions
There are numbers of tourist attractions located in the near proximity to the temple. These are:
- Pragati Maidan
- Millennium Park
- Crafts Museum
- National Science Centre
- Purana Qila
- Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple
- National Handicraft and Handloom Museum
- National Gallery of Modern Art
- National Zoological Park