Batuk Bhairav Mandir is renowned for having the idol of child incarnation of Lord Shiva. Hidden in the crowded lanes of Varanasi, this little temple is frequented by religious sects of Tantriks and Aghoris and gives you a chance to acquaint yourself with the austere life they choose for their devotion. As you walk towards the temple, you will spot many dogs loitering near the place.
As a dog is the Vahan, or mythological carrier, of Batuk Bhairav, these dogs are also treated as sacred. Inside the temple, you will spot devotees chanting hymns as they offer flowers and sweets to the idol. As the god is worshipped in his child form, some people present toys and candies as offerings to the Lord. An eternal flame, or Akhand Jyoti, burns inside the shrine, which is said to have healing powers.
Distance from Varanasi: 4.4 km
Best Time to Visit: Summer season but should be avoided during rainy weather