Kalashtami / Mahakaal Bhairavashtami is the term given to the eighth day of the dark half of every lunar month. This day is dedicated to the Kaal God, generally known as Kaal Bhairav. Kal Bhairava is the God of Time – Kal means ‘time’ and ‘Bhairava’ the manifestation of Shiva.
Kalabhairav Ashtami is an important fast celebrated in respect of Lord Kal Bhairav. Kal Bhairav a manifestation of Lord Shiva. Pitru Tharpan and Shraddha rituals are performed on this day. Ancestors are remembered and special poojas are performed for their blessings. Kalbhairav Jayanti is celebrated in all over India. Kala Bhairva Jayanti is also known as Bhairav Ashtami.
Maha Kalashtami or Kal Bhairav Jayanti is observed on the Eighth day of the Dark fortnight. This year Kala Bhairav Ashtami is on the day of Monday 25th November 2013.Story Behind Kaal Bhairava Jayanti
The legend describes the tale of the day when Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma had an argument on the topic that who is the most powerful than each other. The argument rose to such a height that Lord Shiva had to call a meeting including the great scholars, sages and saints to find a solution and reach the conclusion. After the meeting came to a solution. Lord Vishnu agreed with the solution, however Lord Brahma did not accept it. This outraged Lord Shiva, as it was an insult to him and he took a destructive form. Hence, a new Avatar came into existence which was of Kaal Bhairav. In this Avatar, he came riding a black dog with a truncheon in one hand. That is why he also got the name of Dandadhipati. This horrifying form of Lord Shiva scared the demigods. Seeing this situation, Lord Brahma apologized in front of Kaal Bhairav Avatar of Lord Shiva realizing his mistake. After being convinced by all the Gods, saints, sages and Lord Brahma himself, Lord Shiva restored to his original form and calmed down.Pooja Vidhi
It is believed that worshipping Kaal Bhiarav Avatar of Lord Shiva will full faith enchants the Almighty and blesses the devotee with ultimate boon. An all night vigil is observed by the devotees to worship Lord Shiva entire night. This begins from the time when eighth day prevails. The Avatar of Kaal Bhairava is worhshipped along with Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati. Kaalbhairav Katha is the most important thing to recite during the Puja. Devotees should perform Bhairva Aarti at midnight along with musical instruments like drum, conch and gong, nagadas, Khartaals etc.
The day of kal bhairav jayanti therefore feeding a black dog enchants the Almighty because Lord Bairava rides on a black dog. Early morning, take bath in a Holy river abd perform Tarpan followed by the Puja of Lord Bhairo Nath.
Worshipping Lord Bhairav gets free from the troubles related to ghosts as well as evil spirits. The devotee cherishes all round success and a healthy life free from any sort of diseases. This was all on Kaal Bhairav Jayanti and Kalashtami.
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