Shri Kala Bhairava Nath Swami Temple Adegaon
About Shri Kala Bhairava Nath Swami Temple
Located at Adegaon in Lakhnadon tahsil, Shri Kala Bhairav temple is counted among one of the most religious temples of Madhya Pradesh. The temple is dedicated to a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva also known as Kala Bhairav which is linked with annihilation. The temples that are related to Lord Bhairav can be seen within or near most Jyotirlinga temples. The idol of Shri Kala Bhairav Nath Swami Temple at Adegaon in Madhya Pradesh is often found with a frowning face with angry eyes, sharp teeth, and flaming hair. He wears a garland made of skulls and a coiled snake around his neck. The deity has four hands in which he carries a noose, trident, drum, and skull. Bhairava is often accompanied by a dog. In the form of the frightful Bhairava, Lord Shiva is said to be protecting each of the Shakti peeths. Each of the Shakti peeth temples is accompanied by a shrine which is dedicated to Lord Bhairav.
By Road: The temple is easily accessible by local transport including buses and taxis. The nearest town to reach this place is Amarwara which is located at a distance of 17.9 km from the temple.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Adegaon is Karaboh which is located around 36.8 km from Mamakudi. Some other railway stations include Seoni and Bhoma which is located at a distance of 41.1 km and 44.5 km respectively from Mamakudi.
By Air: The nearest airport to Adegaon is Chhindwara Airport situated at 53.2 km. Jabalpur Airport is only 117.2 km away from the temple.
There is a legend about the evolution of Bhairav. It is said that this can be traced back to a dialogue between Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu in ‘Shiv Maha-Puran’. Once, Vishnu asked Brahma about the supreme creator of the Universe. Lord Brahma considered himself and arrogantly said that since he has created the universe, everybody should worship him. This angered Lord Shiva who then took the form of Bhairav to punish Brahma. It is said that Lord Shiva beheaded one of the five heads of Lord Brahma and since then Lord Brahma has four heads. Kala Bhairava idol is seen holding the severed head of Lord Brahma. Lord Shiva later felt guilty as he has killed a Brahmin and hence he carried the disembodied skull for twelve years. He roamed as Bhikshatana, a mendicant until he got rid of the sin.
In Kala Bhairav temple, the deity is offered Aarti during the morning and the evening.
Lord Bhairav is worshiped by offering or pouring water, milk, honey, curd, ghee, sacred ash and sandalwood paste. The ritual is known as Abhishekam.