1. KAAL BHAIRAV MANDIR
One of the oldest Shiva temples in Varanasi, the Kaal Bhairav Mandir is dedicated to a fierce form of Lord Shiva wearing garland of skulls and carries a club of peacock feathers. ‘Kaal’ means both ‘fate’ and ‘death’. Legends say that even death is afraid of ‘Kaal Bhairav’. An interesting fact about the temple is that in the inner sanctum of the temple is a silver face of Kaal Bhairav seated on his vehicle, a dog and is holding a trident, a three-pronged spear and rest of the icon is covered with a piece of cloth. On the back door of the temple there is another icon of Bhairav, Kshetrapal Bhairav. Another aspect that attracts the devotees is that Kaal Bhairav is known as the Chief police officer of Creation. Even God(s) have to take permission from Kaal Bhairav to exist. It is also believed that without Kaal Bhairav’s permission, no one can touch the Sati Pind. Because Kaal Bhairav is often referred to as the ‘Kotwal’ of Creation, we start our list with the KAAL BHAIRAV TEMPLE.