Why we celebrate “Maha Kala Bhairava Ashtami’ and what are all its benefits? Maha Kala Bhairava Ashtami is a famous Hindu festival dedicated to Kala Bhairava. It is also known as Kalashtami and Kala Ashtami. It is celebrated commonly both in the Northern and Southern states of India and observed 12 times in a year according to the Hindu calendar. The most significant Kalashtami is known as Kalabhairav Jayanti, falls in the month of Margashirsha. In 2020, Kalabhairav Jayanti observes on Monday, 7th December. This auspicious Jayanti is also known as Bhairav Ashtami.
According to the Puranas, Kala Bhairava is delineated as “Lord of Time”. He is well-known as- Kshetrapalaka, the protector of the Universe. Kala Bhairava is one of the vehement Manifestations of Lord Shiva. He portrays as a vicious deity humping a Head in one of his hands. Devotees believe that the head which God carries was the 5th head of Lord Brahma, chopped off by Lord Shiva to cut his ego. Black Dog is the Vehicle (Vahan) on which he sits.
Maha Kala Bhairava Ashtami Dates in 2020
As per the Hindu lunar month, it is solemnized on ‘Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi. It is observed basically on the 8th day of the falling phase of the full- moon (Asthami after Purnima). As per the North Indian Purnimant calendar, the illustrious Kalabhairava Jayanti among the famous twelve Kalashtami is observed in the Margashirsha month. Here are all the dates of kalashtami in 2020.
- 17 January (Friday)
- 15 February (Saturday)
- 16 March (Monday)
- 14 April (Tuesday)
- 14 May (Thursday)
- 13 June (Saturday)
- 12 July (Sunday)
- 11 August (Tuesday)
- 10 September (Thursday)
- 09 October (Friday)
- 08 November (Sunday)
- 07 December (Monday) – Kalabhairav Jayanti
Maha Kala Bhairava Ashtami Rituals and Celebrations:
On this auspicious day, Devotees worship Lord Bhairava to overcome the obstacles in life. People also observe a strict fast for the whole day to impress him. In Aditya Purana, it states the importance and the prominence of Kala bhairava. Kaal Bhairava means ‘Time’ and Bhairava is- The incarnation of Lord Shiva. Followers of Lord Shiva worship Lord Bhairava with much devotion and celebrate this festivity with great pomp and show every year. He is a lord of time and grant blessings to the one who values the time. Lord Bhairava is revered especially on Sundays, so it is believed that if Kalasthmi ever falls on Sundays, it is accounted to be the most divine. The fate of idolizing Lord Bhairava on Kalashtami is commemorated with full enthusiasm and fervor almost in every part of the country and outside it. People take a dip to Sacred Rivers on this favorable day. They listen to Shiva Kathas and recite Shlokas and Mantras in the name of Lord Bhairava. The Pooja-Vidhi and the Traditional Rituals of Kaal Bhairava are initiated by offering fruits, flowers and Madira (Wines/Alcohol) to him.
Rituals concatenated with KalaBhairava. Worshippers also visit nearby Kaalbhairava Temples to seek blessings and to pay homage to him. People also prefer to feed Food such as- Milk, Prashad’s and Bhogs to Black Dogs. Priests/Pandits conduct various Pooja inside the temple premises with umpteen set of rituals. Peeps awake whole night to please Lord Kala bhairava.
Benefits of Kala Bhairava Ashtami:
- This distinguished religious day is adored by ardent devotees of Kala Bhairava to remove obstacles and hurdles from their lives.
- Practitioners venerate this noteworthy festival for getting success, wealth, health and prosperity. Lord Bhairava grants the protections and shower blessings to their beloved followers.
- As per the Hindu Mythology, Kala Bhairava is the God of the ‘Nivaran’ of endeavors. He also rescues his worshipers from bad health and always liberates them from accidents and mishaps.
- It is said that Lord Bhairava is a guardian of the temple and travelers. He is always being submitted the keys of the temple (in which he resides) while the priest leaves for the day. Also, the travelers and tourists venerate Lord, the time they go and visit any pilgrimage or temple.
- Being the lord of the time, Godhead always advises using the time effectively and efficiently on the spiritual path.
The temples of Kala Bhairava such as- Sri Maha Kala Bairavar Temple, Dhombaram bedu village (Tamilnadu), Kal Bahairav Temple, Barhara, Rampatti, (Madhubani,Bihar) , Pracheen Shri Kaal Bhairav Mandir, near Dohla railway crossing, DHURI, (Punjab), Swayambho Sri Sri Sri Bhairava Swamy Temple in Bhimavaram, West Godavari Dist, (Andhra Pradesh) and many more have mesmerizing idols of Kala Bhairava, made of black marbles, positioned in a sanctum-sanctorum of the vicinity. Devotees pay a visit during Saturdays and Kala Bhairava Asthami to witness his adorning veneration and magnetism.