Mahabhairav Temple is one of the most visited temples in Tezpur. Situated on the northern fringes of the city, the Mahabhairav Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Legend has it that originally Banasura, the demon king had built the temple. Earlier it was a stone temple which was destroyed in the 1897 earthquake. The temple that stands today is made of concrete. The current structure was constructed by a famous monk popularly called Naga Baba. The Shiva Lingam in the temple is very huge.
Standing on top of a small hillock, the Mahabhairav Temple has the idols of Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanuman on both sides of the entrance. The gateway is elaborate with intricately carved out embellishments. Shivaratri, the popular Hindu festival held during February-March is celebrated with gusto in the Mahabhairav Temple. There is a large space all around the temple where devotees often sit and spend their time.