Kalashtami or Kala Ashtami is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Bhairav and is observed every Hindu lunar month on the ‘Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi’ (8th day during the waning phase of moon).

The ‘Ashtami Tithi’ (8th day) after ‘Purnima’ (full moon) is considered to be most suitable day to propitiate Lord Kaal Bhairav. On this day, Hindu devotees worship Lord Bhairav and keep a fast to please Him. There are a total of 12 Kalashtami observances in a year.

Of these, the one falling in the ‘Margashirsha’ month is most significant and is known as ‘Kalabhairav Jayanti’. Kalashtami is also considered holier when it falls on a Sunday or Tuesday, as these days are dedicated to Lord Bhairav.

The festival of worshipping Lord Bhairav on Kalashtami is celebrated with full enthusiasm and devotion in different parts of the country.

Next Kalashtami Date in 2019 : July 24 Wednesday

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Rituals during Kalashtami:

Kalashtami is an important day for Lord Shiva followers. On this day devotees get up before sunrise and take an early bath. They perform special puja of Kaal Bhairav to seek His divine blessings and seek forgiveness for their sins.

Devotees also visit Lord Kaal Bhairav’s temple in the evening and offer special prayers there. It is beleived that Kalashtami is a fierce form of Lord Shiva. He was born to bring an end to the burning anger and temper of Lord Brahma.

On Kalashtami special puja and rituals are also offered to dead ancestors during the morning.

Devotees also keep a strict fast all day long. Some staunch devotees keep vigil all night and pass their time listening to stories of Mahakaleshwar. The observer of the Kalashtami Vrat is blessed with prosperity and happiness and obtains all success in his/her life.

It is considered auspicious to recite Kaal Bhairav Katha and chant mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva.

There is also a custom to feed dogs on Kalashtami as a black dog is considered to be the vehicle of Lord Bhairav. Dogs are offered milk, curd and sweets.

Offering food to Brahmins at Hindu pilgrim places like Kashi is considered to be highly rewarding.

Important Timings On Kalashtami

Ashtami Tithi Timing July 24, 6:05 PM - July 25, 7:21 PM
Place : Ujjain [ India ]   See More

Significance of Kalashtami:

The greatness of Kalashtami is stated in ‘Aditya Purana’. The main deity of worship on Kalashtami is Lord Kaal Bhairav who is known to be a manifestation of Lord Shiva.

The word ‘kaal’ in Hindi implies ‘time’ while ‘Bhairav’ refers to ‘the manifestation of Shiva’. Hence Kaal Bhairav is also called as the ‘God of Time’ and is worshipped with full devotion by Lord Shiva followers.

According to the Hindu legends, once during an argument between Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, Lord Shiva got infuriated with a remark passed by Brahma. He then took the form of ‘Mahakaleshwar’ and chopped the 5th head of Lord Brahma.

From then onwards, Devas and Humans worship this form of Lord Shiva as ‘Kaal Bhairav’. It is believed that those who worship Lord Shiva on Kalashtami seek generous blessings of Lord Shiva.

It is also a popular belief that by worshipping Lord Bhairav on this day removes all the sufferings, pain and negative influences from one’s life.

All Kalashtami dates in 2019 and Ashtami Tithi Timing

January 27th
Kalashtami Jan 27, 3:02 PM - Jan 28, 2:29 PM
February 26th
Kalashtami Feb 26, 4:47 AM - Feb 27, 5:20 AM
March 28th
Kalashtami Mar 27, 8:55 PM - Mar 28, 10:34 PM
April 26th
Kalashtami Apr 26, 2:40 PM - Apr 27, 5:01 PM
May 26th
Kalashtami May 26, 8:49 AM - May 27, 11:16 AM
June 25th
Kalashtami Jun 25, 2:12 AM - Jun 26, 4:13 AM
July 24th
Kalashtami Jul 24, 6:05 PM - Jul 25, 7:21 PM
August 23rd
Kalashtami Aug 23, 8:09 AM - Aug 24, 8:32 AM
September 22nd
Kalashtami Sep 21, 8:20 PM - Sep 22, 7:50 PM
October 21st
Kalashtami Oct 21, 6:44 AM - Oct 22, 5:25 AM
November 19th
Kalashtami Nov 19, 3:35 PM - Nov 20, 1:41 PM
December 19th
Kalashtami Dec 18, 11:30 PM - Dec 19, 9:23 PM

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