Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sankat Mochan temple and Kalbhairav temple, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

A trip to Varanasi is not complete without a visit to  the  famous temples of Sankat Mochan Hanuman and Kala Bhairava  which are considered to be very sacred by the Hindus.  I have already made a post on  Varanasi Kasi Viswanath temple and Ganga Aarti on My Pilgrimage

Sankat Mochan temple- the presiding deity in this temple  is Aanjaneya, the monkey God who loved  Lord Rama  with his heart and soul . He is considered to be a great devotee of Rama and each breath he dedicates to his Lord.

This temple is situated on  South side of Varanasi and Lord Hanuman here relieves his devotees from all their  problems.
This temple was constructed by Late Sri. Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya who was recently awarded with India's top civilian award Bharat Ratna posthumously.

The deity here appears with Sindur smeared all over the body.
One can also worship Lord Ram along with Seeta and Lakshman in this temple , the shrine is exactly in front of Hanuman's idol  where the devout Hanuman can always feast his eyes on the His Lord.

Temple timings
5 am -10 pm.
cameras all electronic gadgets are not allowed inside the temple . Lockers are available outside the temple for safe keeping.
One can use rickshaws to visit this temple.More details here.

Kalabhairav temple- Vishvesher Ganj
 Lord Kalabhairav is  fierce form of  Shiva . His temple here is of great significance  as he is the one who guards the city of Varanasi, known as Kotwal of Varanasi.  One has to meander through the narrow by lanes of the city to reach this temple.
The Lord sits here with all his silver adornments and one can worship the deity from very close quarters.
The temple timings are
5 AM -1.30 Pm
4.30PM-9.30 pm
The other Bhairavar temples  I have visited are in Tirupathur and  Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. Read here for details under Vairavar Kovil and Tirupathur Koil.


Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Thanks for the beautiful pictures and information about the temple.

chitra said...

Thanks Ramakrishnan. have you visited this temple?
I could not get good image for Sankat Mochan temple as it was dark

KParthasarathi said...

Very useful post.Haven't been there despite living in North India for years.

chitra said...

Thank you Ramakrishnan happy to see your comment.

chitra said...

These are very famous temple there. Have you visited Kasi Viswanathar temple?

chitra said...

These are very famous temple there. Have you visited Kasi Viswanathar temple?

Martina said...

Must be amazing to visit there Chitra, and be in Lord Shivas powerful presence! Have a lovely weekend - we are celebrating easter here - and the first signs of spring!

SG said...

Thanks for introducing these 2 beautiful temples.

chitra said...

Thanks SG

chitra said...

Yes of course it was a nice experience Martina.

Tracy Terry said...

Nice to have you back after what sounds like a busy time with our commitments. Another wonderful post, thank you.

chitra said...

Thank you so much Tracy. Love your comment.