Monday, 20 April 2020

The God Who Drinks Alcohol - Kal Bhairav Temple - Bhairav Garh - Ujjain

The Kal Bhairav temple is a Hindu temple located in the Ujjain city of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is dedicated to Kal Bhairav, the guardian deity of the city. Located on the banks of the Shipra River, it is one of the most active temples in the city, visited by hundreds of devotees daily. Liquor is one of the offerings made to the temple deity. The present-day temple structure was built over the remains of an older temple. The original temple is believed to have been built by an obscure king named Bhadrasen. It has been mentioned in the Avanti Khanda of the Skanda Purana. Images of Shiva, Parvati, Vishnu and Ganesha belonging to the Paramara period (9th-13th century CE) have been recovered from the place. The temple walls were once decorated with Malwa paintings. However, only traces of these paintings are visible now.

Main Entrance Of Kal Bhairav Temple
Main Entrance Of Kal Bhairav Temple
As soon as you enter inside the main gate of the Kaal Bhairav ​​temple, walking to the left is the place of Patal Bhairavi. There is a wall around it. The way to get inside it is very narrow. After coming down about 10-12 steps comes the basement. The statue of Patala Bhairavi is inscribed on the basement wall. It is believed that in the old times' yogis used to sit and meditate in this basement. The temple of Vikrant Bhairav ​​is located at some distance from the Kaal Bhairav ​​temple. This temple is very special for the tantrikas. It is believed that the mechanism performed at this place never fails. This temple is situated on the banks of the Kshipra River. There is also a cremation ground near Vikrant Bhairav. Due to the cremation and riverbank, tantrikas from various regions come here to attain perfections.

Tower Of Lamps & Path Leading To Kaal Bhairav Shrine
Tower Of Lamps & Path Leading To Kaal Bhairav Shrine
The idol of Lord Kaal Bhairav ​​is seen wearing a Scindia turban in the Kal Bhairav Temple Ujjain. This turban comes from the Scindia family of Lord Gwalior. This practice has been going on for hundreds of years. It is believed in this connection that Mahad Ji Scindia, king of the Scindia family, was defeated by enemy kings about 400 years ago. At that time, when he reached the Kaal Bhairav ​​temple, his turban had fallen here. Then Mahad Ji Scindia offered his turban to Lord Kaal Bhairav and prayed to God to conquer the enemies. After this, the king conquered all the enemies and ruled efficiently for a long time. He never lost any war in his lifetime with the blessings of Lord Kaal Bhairav. After this incident, the turban for Kaal Bhairav ​​comes from the royal house of Gwalior even today.

Kal Bhairav Temple
Kal Bhairav Temple
A human being can drink a limited amount of Liquor/Wine in a day but what would you call of a Stone Idol of Indian God, which drinks several & some times hundreds of bottles of liquor in a single day. You may find it amazing & weird, Yes it is amazing & weird but absolutely true. This is one of the most active and happening temple in the Ujjain city. Daily, hundreds of people come over here with faith, reverence to offer Liquor to the God. Interesting thing about the offering is that, when people offer Liquor to the God, he accepts the offer of Liquor lively.

Lord Ganesha At Kal Bhairav Temple
Lord Ganesha At Kal Bhairav Temple
As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to Kal Bhairav (or Kala Bhairava). The deity's image is a face in form of a rock layered with kumkuma or vermilion. The deity's silver head is adorned with a Maratha-style pagri, a tradition dating back to the days of Mahadaji Shinde. The worship of Ashta Bhairava ("eight Bhairavas") is a part of the Saivite tradition, and the Kal Bhairav is considered their chief. The worship of Kal Bhairav was traditionally popular among the Kapalika and Aghora sects, and Ujjain was a prominent centre of these sects. Kal Bhairav is the guardian deity of Ujjain: he is considered Senapati (Commander-in-Chief or Chief General) of the town.

Kal Bhairav Temple Sanctum Sanctorum
Kal Bhairav Temple Sanctum Sanctorum
What happens is that the Temple Priest keeps the Dish Plate filled with liquor near the mouth of the Deity and the stone image of Deity starts sucking slowly the Liquor from the plate & slowly Liquor starts decreasing in the Plate and the Temple Priest takes back the plate only when all the Liquor is finished. It may sound unbelievable, but its true. It is seen with your own eyes and it does not happen once or twice, this happens everyday & many times in a day. The Deity sucks in hundreds of bottles in a day on festive seasons. No one knows where does this hundreds of bottles of liquor goes but it has been happening since ages, as this temple is hundreds of years old.

Liquor Offering To Lord Kal Bhairav
Liquor Offered To Lord Kal Bhairav
Liquor is offered to the temple deity as one of the five tantric ritual offerings known as panchamakara: madya (alcohol), maansa (meat), meena or matsya (fish), mudra (gesture or parched grain) and maithuna (sexual intercourse). In older times, all five offerings were made to the deity, but now only alcohol is offered; the other four offerings are in form of symbolic rituals. Outside the temple, vendors sell baskets of offerings, containing coconuts, flowers and a bottle of liquor. In 2015, the State Government set up liquor counters outside the temple to ensure that the devotees are not swindled by unlicensed vendors of alcohol. The counters sell both country liquor and foreign liquor.

Offering Basket Containing Liquor
Offering Basket Containing Liquor
Every day, hundreds of devotees offer liquor to the deity. The devotees hand over the liquor bottles to the priest, who pours the liquor in a saucer. He then offers prayers and takes the saucer near the deity's lips, which have a slit. He tilts the plate a bit, and the liquor starts disappearing. About one-third of the bottle is returned to the devotee as prasad. The temple priests, as well as several devotees, claim that the slit doesn't have any cavity, and that the deity miraculously swallows the liquor offered to him.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Evening Timings : 03:00 PM to 09:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Ujjain (Ujjayini) is a major city of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, which is situated on the banks of river Shipra. This is a very ancient city. It was the capital of the state of Vikramaditya. It is also known as the city of Kalidas. Every 12 years there is a Simhastha Kumbh Mela organised here. One of the jyotirling among the 12 is also situated here with the name "Mahakal". About 8 km from Ujjain city of Madhya Pradesh Kala Bhairav ​​Temple is situated on the banks of the river Shipra, and is about five kilometers away from Mahakal temple. This temple of Kalbhairav ​​is believed to be about six thousand years old, this place is slightly apart from the main city. This is a Tantric temple, in such temples meat, liquor, sacrifice, and currency are offered. The bus stand is located only 6 km from the temple and the nearest railway station is Ujjain which is located at a distance of 7 km.

Vendors Outside The Temple Sell Offering Baskets & Liquor
Vendors Outside The Temple Sell Offering Baskets & Liquor

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Kal Bhairav Temple,
Bhairav Garh,
Ujjain,
Pin Code : 456 003.
Madhya Pradesh.

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