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Kalashtami 2020: Dates, Timing, Kalabhairava Pooja Vidhi Benefits:

Kalashtami aka Kala Ashtami is a festival dedicated to Lord Bhairava, a fierce form of Lord Shiva associated with destruction. He punishes the sinners appropriately and protects the surrendered devotees. Kala Ashtami is observed every month during Ashtami Tithi of Krishna Paksha as per the Hindu calendar. On this day, people observe fast and offer prayers to Lord Bhairava. Interestingly, the most significant Kalashtami, Kalabhairav Jayanti, is celebrated in North India in the month of Margashirsha (Dec-Jan) whereas the South Indians celebrate it in the month of Kartik (Nov-Dec). However, it is to be noted that both calendars celebrate Kalabhairav Jayanti on the same day. Devotees of Shiva maintain that that Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Bhairava on this very day.

‘Ashta’ means ‘eight’ and ‘Ashtami’ means ‘eighth’. Thus Ashtami, the eighth day after the Full Moon day is highly auspicious to worship Lord Bhairava. There are twelve Kalashtamis in a year. Of these, the one falling on a Sunday or Tuesday is best for the worship of Lord Bhairava.

It is said that Lord Shiva took the form of Kaal Bhairava to behead one of the five heads of Lord Brahma. The fifth head was full of arrogance that did not let Brahma focus on his tapasya and austerity. It is the mercy of Shiva who in the form of Bhairava liberated Brahma from the clutches of his fifth head. Since then, Lord Brahma has been singing the glories of the Four Vedas through his four mouths.

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Dates and Tithi timings of Kala Bhairava:

Date And Month Day Tithi Start Time, Date Tithi End Time, Date
January 17, 2020 Friday 07:28 AM, Jan 17 05:33 AM, Jan 18
February 15, 2020 Saturday 04:29 PM, Feb 15 03:13 PM, Feb 16
March 16, 2020 Monday 03:19 AM, Mar 16 02:59 AM, Mar 17
April 14, 2020 Tuesday 04:11 PM, Apr 14 04:51 PM, Apr 15
May 14, 2020 Thursday 06:51 AM, May 14 08:21 AM, May 15
June 13, 2020 Saturday 10:52 PM, Jun 13 12:58 AM, Jun 14
July 12, 2020 Sunday 03:47 PM, Jul 12 06:09 PM, Jul 13
August 11, 2020 Tuesday 09:06 AM, Aug 11 11:16 AM, Aug 12
September 10, 2020 Thursday 02:05 AM, Sep 10 03:34 AM, Sep 11
October 9, 2020 Friday 05:49 PM, Oct 09 06:16 PM, Oct 10
November 8, 2020 Sunday 07:29 AM, Nov 08 06:50 AM, Nov 09
December 7, 2020 Monday 06:47 PM, Dec 07 05:17 PM, Dec 08

What to do on Kalashtami? How to celebrate Kalashtami?

  • Devotees on this day take early bath in the morning and offer prayers to Lord Shiva. They perform a special puja dedicated to Kaal Bhairav for His blessings and protection.
  • In the evening, people also visit the temple of Lord Kala Bhairava and ask for forgiveness.
  • On this day, Kalashtami special puja and rituals are also performed for the divine grace of Lord Shiva in His fierce Kaal Bhairava form.
  • Devotees also install an idol of Lord Kaal Bhairava in their home for worship.
  • Devotees also observe fast throughout the day. Some also stay awake the whole night (jagran or night vigil), reading scriptures and listening to the mantras and stories of Lord Shiva.
  • It is the best time to recite the Kaal Bhairav Katha and chant mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • Devotees also feed dogs because Lord Bhairava has a black dog as His divine carrier.
  • It is the most auspicious day to feed Brahmins at places like Kashi and Nasik.

Benefits of Worshiping Lord Bhairava:

Puja of Kaal Bhairava includes Kalash Sthapana, Panchang Sthapana, 64 yogini Pujan, Shetrapal Pujan, Swasti Vachan, Sankalpa, Ganesh Pujan and Abhishek, Navgraha Pujan and 108 Japa of each planetary mantra, Invocation of major Gods and Goddesses in Kalash, Abhishek and Pujan of Bhairav Idol and Yantra, Bhairav Mantra Japa, Homa, Aarti and Pushpanjali.

  • Grace and blessings of Lord Bhairava
  • Protection against the negative energies, illness and diseases
  • Wish fulfilment and good fortune
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