Vyaghreshwar Temple, Varanasi
Once a learned Brahmin devotee of Lord Shiva was performing pooja of a Shiv Ling near Jyeshteshwar on the day of Shivratri. The devotee was so immersed in his prayers that he did not know what was happening in the nearby places. Dundubhi soon approached the site, assumed the form of a tiger and was about to attack the brahmin, that Lord Shiva came out of the Ling and faced Dundhubi. In the fight that ensued. Lord Shiva took hold of the tiger and crushed him to death. Before dying, the tiger let out a deafening roar which was heard by the entire world (Kashi Khand, Chapter 65).
All the devotees nearby rushed to the site and they were glad to behold the death of the tiger. The devotees prayed to Lord Shiva and requested him to be always present in the Ling, which came to be known as Vyaghreshwar. Lord Shiva granted accordingly and stated that a devotee who worships Vyaghreshwar will find all his obstacles in life removed and he will be successful in all his ventures.
If a warrior devotee, after worshipping the Vyaghreshwar Ling, proceeds to battle ground, he will emerge victorious. Saying this, Lord Shiva disappeared into the Ling.
Legend / Local stories
How to Reach:
Vyaghreshwar is located at K.63/16, Bhoot Bhairav Mohalla. (Reference Book by Pt. Kedarnath Vyas). Devotees can reach this place by travelling upto Kashi Devi temple/Bula Nala/Lohatia by rickshaw and walk on foot upto Jyeshta Gauri/Bhoot Bhairav.