Laat Bhairav Temple in Varanasi (Kapal Bhairav Temple) is one of the oldest temples in the ancient city of religion, culture and heritage of India. The temple is located at Alaipur, in the outskirts of Varanasi city.
Kapal Bhairava (in Puranas, Laat Bhairava is mentioned as Kapal Bhairava) is one of the fierce manifestations of Lord Shiva. This image of Bhairava is a pillar, encased in copper and s,eared with vermilion. Thus it has the name Laat, the staff of Bhairav.
The deity of Laat Bhairav once stood in a Hindu temple complex but when Aurangzed attacked the temple he destroyed the temple complex and changed it to a Muslim tomb site.
The deity was once much taller than today. A French traveler Tavernier saw the Laat Bhairava in 1665, during the reign of Aurangzeb, and described it as being 32-35 feet high.
In 19th century during the communal clashes, the deity of Laat Bhairava was toppled and thrashed into pieces by the mob.
Mahashivratri, Kalabhairav Jayanti (Kalabhairavashtami), Laat Bhairon Barat, Shravan Maas, Kartik Maas, Magha Maas, etc.. are the grand festivals celebrated at Laat Bhairav Temple, Varanasi.
Timings of Laat Bhairav Temple
6 AM to 11 AM
Evening / Night
6 PM to 9 PM