Kalashtami or Kala Ashtami is observed every Hindu lunar month on the Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi. The occasion is dedicated to Lord Bhairav.
The days are considered to be most suitable for worshipping Lord Kaal Bhairav.
There are a total of 12 Kalashtami observances in a year. The one falling in the Margashirsha month is most significant and is known as Kalabhairav Jayanti.
Kalashtami January 2022 Date: January 25, Tuesday.
Ashtami Tithi Timing: January 25, 7:49 am – January 26, 6:25 am.
Kalashtami Rituals: Kalashtami is a significant day for the devotees of Lord Shiva. Lord Kala Bhairav is known to be the fearful manifestation of Lord Shiva.
Devotees worship Lord Kala Bhairav along with Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. After puja, they also recite the Kalabhairav Katha.
They take bath early in the morning to perform special pujas and rituals for their ancestors.
The devotees stay awake during night and narrate stories of Lord Kala Bhairav and Lord Shiva, besides chanting mantras dedicated to Bhairav.
Arti is also performed at midnight with traditional musical instruments like drums, bells and conches.
Some devotees also observe fasting during the day on Kalabhairav Jayanti.
Dogs are also fed with milk and sweets on this day as Lord Kala Bhairav rides on a dog.
Kalashtami Significance: Devotees worship Lord Shiva and Bhairav on the day to seek forgiveness for their sins. The worshipping also brings good health, prosperity, happiness and success, as per belief.
It is also believed that by worshipping Lord Kala Bhairav, all the ‘Rahu’ and ‘Shani’ doshas can be nullified.
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