Kal Bhairava Temple


The worship of the eight Bhairavas is a part of Shaivite tradition and the chief among them is Kal Bhairava, believed to have been built by King Bhadresen, on the banks of the Kshipra. There is mention of a Kal-Bhairva temple in the Avanti Khanda of the Skanda Purana. Worship of Kal Bhairava is believed to have been a part of the Kapalika and Aghora sects. Ujjain was a prominent centre of the set of two sects. Even today, liquor is offered as a part of the ritual to KalBhairava. Beautiful paintings in the Malwa style once decorated the temple walls, only traces of which are visible.