Kaal Bhairav Mandir is one of the oldest Shiva temples in Varanasi, India. Situated in Bharonath, Vishweshwarganj (Varanasi), this temple has great historical and cultural importance in Hinduism; especially amongst the locals. The temple is dedicated to Bhairava (Kaal Bhairav), a fierce form of Shiva and wears a garland of skulls and carries a club of peacock feathers. The word “Kaal” means both “death” and “fate”. Kaal Bhairav also means the one whom even death Fears It is believed that even death is afraid of Kaal Bhairav.
Housed in the inner sanctum of the temple is a silver-faced idol of Kal Bhairav who is seated on his vahana (vehicle), a dog, and is holding a trident. Only the face of the icon decorated (with garlands) is visible to the visitors through the doorway. The rest of the icon is covered with a piece of cloth. On the rear door of the temple, there is an icon of Kshetrapal Bhairav, another aspect of Bhairava.