Kshetrapala in Hindu Temples

Kshetrapala is a protective or tutelary deity worshipped in Shiva Temples. The deity is one who guards and protects the fields. He is mentioned in the Vedas – praised in the Rig Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. The Kshetrapala in Shiva Temples is usually Bhairava.

He stands atop a lotus on the doorway and possess a number of attributes. He has three eyes. He is with a shining knot of braided hair. His complexion is black. He holds a mace and a skull in his two hands. Red garland, red-scented materials and red clothes are offered to him.

In Panchayatana Temples, Kshetrapala is consecrated in the southwest corner of the temple for protecting the villages and towns.

Before starting rituals, worship should be offered to Kshetrapala. Otherwise, all deeds will be fruitless. Pujas, mantras and how to worship Kshetrapala is given in detail in the scripture Mantradevaprakashini.