Kala Bhairava Temples

Bhairava (Sanskrit: भैरव, "Terrible" or "Frightful", sometimes known as Bhairo or Bhairon or Bhairadya, is the fierce manifestation of Shiva associated with annihilation. Bhairava himself has eight manifestations, Kala Bhairava, Asitanga Bhairava, Samhara Bhairava, Ruru Bhairava, Krodha Bhairava, Kapala Bhairava, Rudra Bhirava and Unmatta Bhairava. The origin of Bhairava can be traced to the conversation between Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu recounted in "Shiv Maha-Purana" where Lord Vishnu asks Lord Brahma who is the supreme creator of the Universe. Arrogantly, Brahma tells Vishnu to worship him because he (Brahma) is the supreme creator. This angered Shiva who in reality is the creator of all. Shiva then incarnated in the form of Bhairava to punish Brahma. Bhairava beheaded one of Brahma's five heads and since then Brahma has only four heads. When depicted as Kala Bhairava, Bhairava is shown carrying the amputated head of Brahma. Cutting off Brahma's fifth head made him guilty of Brahmanicide, and as a result, he was forced to carry around the head for years until he had been absolved of the sin.
On the entreaties of Lord Vishnu, Shiva pardoned Lord Brahma. But the sin of beheading Lord Brahma followed Kala bhairava everywhere. Also the head of Brahma stuck to him. To keep away the sin and punishment which were chasing him, Kala bhairava entered the city of Benares. The sin could not enter the city. Kala bhairava was made as the Kotwal (Inspector general) of the city of Benares. Kala bhairava rides on a dog. A pilgrimage to Kasi (Benares) is not supposed to be complete without visiting the temple of Kala bhairava.
Another story identifies Kala bhairava with Veerabhadra who cut off the head of Daksha the father of Sathi Devi, when he insulted lord Shiva. Sathi’s body was cut into pieces and strewn all over India giving rise to Shakthi Peetas. Outside every Shakthi Peeta is the temple for Bhairava.
There is also another interpretation. He is the form of Shiva who controls the growth and management of time. (Kala means time). Whoever wants to spend, manage or ration their time in a proper manner should pray him.
He is also considered as the guardian of temples of Lord Shiva. After locking the doors of the temple of Lord Shiva, the keys are ceremonially offered to Bhairava and taken back in most of the Shiva temples.
Thus there's a shrine for Lord Kala Bhairava in each Siva temple. The Bhairava shrine in the Arunachala temple is very special. The Kala Bhairava temple in Kasi (Benares) is a must see for Bhairava devotees.
Kala Bhairava stotra ' Kalabhairavashtakam' was written by Adhi Sankara Bhagawt Pada.

1.Sri Kalabhairava Swamy Temple at Ramareddy, Nizamabad district, Andhra Pradesh
2.Bhairava Kona, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh