Kal Bhairav Temple Ujjain is a must visit temple famous for its unique tradition of offering liquor to god. History of this temple at Ujjain is very interesting and the Pagdi (Crown) which Lord wearing is of King of Shinde or Schindia of Gwalior.
Kal Bhairav Temple said to have been built by King Bhadrasen on the banks of Shipra River. This ancient temple is dedicated to Kal Bhairav, the chief among the eight Bhairavs. The worship of Kal Bhairav is a part of Shaivite tradition, mainly by the Kapalika and Aghora sects. The striking feature of the Kal Bhairav Temple is its exquisite paintings in Malwa style, only traces of which are noticeable.
Lord Kal Bhairav is the manifestation of Lord Shiva who is said to oversee the time ahead. It is also said that the "Time lost is lost forever", so one should make a good use of time in Life. The Kal Bhairav Temple is the place where Lord Kal Bhairav is being worshipped. This is a must see for the devotees of the Shaivaites.
Since time cannot be restored the people say that the Kal Bhairav should be worshipped. Time must be spent keeping in view that spiritual progress is necessary in lives of men. So, people go to the Kal Bhairav temple in order to worship Kal Bhairav, Kal Bhairav is also known as Khetrapala and he is regarded as the guardian of the temple that is why the keys of the Kal Bhairav temple is to be kept at the temple premise at night and no one should carry it elsewhere. Since Kal Bhairav is also the protector of the travelers, one should make a garland of Cashew nuts and give it to the God along with lighting a lamp so that he is pleased and save the traveler from any danger. This is to be done especially if the journey is at night. Since dog is the vehicle of the Lord, it is very auspicious to feed dogs which show our respect to Kal Bhairav. All the offerings to the Kal Bhirava Lord are to be done at the day of Kal Bhairav Ashthami, when the lord is being worshipped with care and dedication.
The Shaivites worship eight Bhairavs and the Kal Bhairav is the most important. It is thought that the temple of Kal Bhairav has been erected by the King Bhadrasen. This was done at the banks of the river Shipra, whose iridescent view rejuvenates the traveler and sanctifies him of his sins. The Kapalika and the Aghora sects usually worship Kal Bhairav. The temple of Kal Bhairav is therefore very important to them. Liquor is offered to the lord as a part of the worship and the temple exhibits beautiful Malwa style of architecture. The paintings on the wall of the temple are however only visible in part.
This temple have a unique tradition to offer liquor to god, whole year you will find all types of liquor on the shops outside temple. Temple has a deep stambh also, which is enlighted by the devotees regarding their wishes.