The Lord of the March of Time Lord Kaal Bhairava is that manifestation of Lord Siva who oversees the march of time. The inexorable march of time is inexorable only because Lord Kaal Bhairava makes it so. As the saying goes, time lost is lost forever. There's nothing more precious than time. So intelligent humans should use every moment effectively on the spiritual path. And those want to do this have the divine help of Lord Kaal Bhairava if they request it with sincerity. Those who tend to fritter away their time on many a trivial pursuit should pray sincerely to Lord Kaal Bhairava if they want to improve their time management skills and if they want to make sure that they use their time intelligently. Lord Kaal Bhairava is also known as Kshetrapalaka, the guardian of the temple. In honor of this, keys to the temple are ceremonially submitted to Lord Kaal Bhairava at temple closing time and are received from him at opening time. Lord Kaal Bhairava is also the guardian of travelers. The Siddhas advise us that before embarking on a journey, especially one that involves travel during the night, we should make a garland of cashew nuts and decorate Lord Kaal Bhairava with it. We should light jothi lamps in His honor and request His protection during our travel. The vahana (vehicle) of Lord Kaal Bhairava is the dog. Feeding and taking care of dogs is another way of showing our devotion to Lord Kaal Bhairava. Kaal Bhairava Ashtami, which occurs in December/January is an important day for worshipping the Lord.
Introduction to Kal Bhairava Ujjain :
Lord Kal Bhairava 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 Bhairava Temple, Ujjain is the place where Lord Kal Bhairava is being worshipped at Ujjain. This is a must see for the devotees of the Shaivaites.
History of the Kal Bhairava Temple:
Since time cannot be restored the people say that the Kal Bhairava 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 Bhairava temple in order to worship Kal Bhairava, Kal Bhairava is also known as Khetrapala and he is regarded as the guardian of the temple that is why the keys of the Kal Bhairava temple is to be kept at the temple premise at night and no one should carry it elsewhere. Since Kal Bhairava 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 Bhairava. All the offerings to the Kal Bhirava Lord are to be done at the day of Kal Bhairava Ashthami, when the lord is being worshipped with care and dedication.
Description of the Kal Bhairava Temple:
The Shaivites worship eight Bhairavas, and of them the Kal Bhairava is the most important. It is thought that the temple of Kal Bhairava 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 Bhairava. The temple of Kal Bhairava 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 he temple are however only visible in part.