Kaal Bhairav, the fifth embodiment of Lord Shiva is known to be the fiercest manifestation of Shiva. The meaning of Kaal is “time” or “demise” hence why, he is often considered the “Lord of death or time”. Kaal Bhairav who originated from Hindu mythology is not only an important deity in Newari culture, but also in Buddhism and Jains alike. Everyday, many worshippers join their hands together, bow down and pay their respect.
In appearance, the Kaal Bhairav is 12ft (3.7m) at height, coal-black and is often depicted carrying the decapitated head of Brahma.
The Kaal Bhairav temple has also served as the supreme court of Nepal; According to the legend, if one lied before the statue the suspect would vomit blood and perish; thus, serving justice to the people.
It is believed this stone image was first sculpted in the 5th or 6th century and was later rediscover in the17th century by King Pratap Malla; Upon its discovery, the King enshrined it within the premises of Durbar Square. (hotelroadhouse.com)