Brahma worships Bhairava with his dog
|Also called||Bhairava Jayanti|
|Observances||Prayers and religious rituals, including puja to the godBhairava|
|Date||Dark Half of the lunar calendarmonth of Kartik/Margashirsha|
|2014 date||14 November (Friday)|
|2015 date||21 November (Monday)|
Bhairava Ashtami, also known as Bhairavashtami, Bhairava Jayanti, Kala-Bhairava Ashtami and Kala-Bhairava Jayanti is a Hindu holy day commemorating the birthday of Bhairava (lit. “terrible”), a fearsome and wrathful manifestation of the god Shiva. It falls on the eighth lunar day (ashtami) in the fortnight of the waning moon (Krishna paksha) in the Hindu month of Kartik (per the South Indian Amavasyant calendar, every month ends with a new moon) or Margashirsha (per the North Indian Purnimant calendar, every month ends with a full moon). By both schemes, Bhairava Ashtami falls on the same day in November–December. The name Kalashtami is sometimes used to refer to this day, but might also refer to any ashtami in Krishna paksha, all of which are sacred days of Bhairava, who is also called also Dandapani (as holds a rod or Danda to punish sinners) and he rides a dog he is also known as Swaswa meaning “whose horse is a dog”.
Bhairava is an manifestation of Shiva’s wrath. According to the legend narrated on the occasion, the Trimurti gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva were talking in a serious mood as to who was superior of them all. In the heated debate, Shiva felt slighted by remarks made by Brahma and instructed his ganor Bhairava to cut of one of Brahma’s five heads. Bhairava followed Shiva’s orders and one head of Brahma was cut off and thus he became four headed. Instilled with fear, all others prayed to Shiva and Bhairava.
Another slightly modified version is that when Brahma insulted Shiva, Bhairava (Kala-Bhairava) appeared from the angry Shiva’s forehead and severed Brahma’s head, leaving him with only four heads. The head of Brahma stuck to Bhairava’s left palm due to the sin of killing Brahma, the most learned Brahmin – Brahmahatya or Brahminicide. To expiate the sin of brahmahatya, Bhairava had to perform the vow of a Kapali: wandering the world as a naked beggar with the skull of the slain as his begging bowl. Bhairava’s sin is finally expiated when he reaches the holy city of Varanasi, where a temple dedicated to him still exists.
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An all-night vigil is observed on Bhairava Ashtami with prayers, worship and tales of Bhairava, Shiva and Parvati being told. In the midnight, an arati of Bhairava should be performed with conches, bells and drums. After taking a bath in the morning, devotees, especially Shiva-worshipping Shaivas offer libations and oblations to their dead ancestors. Then, Bhairava, Shiva, Shiva’s consort Parvati and Bhairava’s vahana (animal vehicle), the dog, is worshipped with flowers and sweets. Dogs are also offered milk, sweets, curds and other food as offerings.
The day is considered holier if Bhairava Ashtami falls on a Sunday or a Tuesday, sacred weekdays dedicated to Bhairava. Bhairava is specifically worshipped for success, wealth, health and obstacle removal. A devotee is said to be freed of sin and the fear of death by observing Bhairava Ashtami.
Bhairava Ashtami is observed in Bhairav Prasad Temple in Vaishno Devi hills in Kashmir. On this day, an image of Kala-Bhairava is made in gold or silver and immersed in a brass metal pot filled with water and worshipped with all scriptural prayers, as is done to Shiva. Then, the priests who do the puja are offered gifts.
In Varanasi, an eight-day pilgrimage of the eight temples dedicated to Ashta Bhairava, eight subsidiary aspects of Bhairava, is undertaken on the first eight days of the fortnight, culminating with Bhairava Ashtami. On Bhairava Ashtami, Kala Bhairava, the city’s guardian deity, is worshipped in his temple. For the rest of a year, a cloth covers the central icon, except his face, however on this day, the cloth is removed to reveal the whole image. The image is adorned with a garland of silver skulls on this day. Several devotees flood the temple to capture the unique opportunity to view the whole image.
Kaal Bhairav Mantra for Protection, Kaal Bhairav Mantra for Vashikaran, Kaal Bhairav Mantra for Happy Life, Kaal Bhairav Mantra for removal of all problems.
Kalashtami 2014 or Kaal Bhairav Jayanti 2014 is on 14th November 2014. Lord Kaal Bhairav is the fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva. Kaal Bhairav Ashtami or Kala Bhairava Jayanti is specifically done for success, wealth, health and obstacle removal.
1. Vatuk Bhairav Mantra
Om Hreem Aapaduddharanaay Kuru Kuru Swaha
2. Swarnakarshan Bhairav Mantra
Om Shreem Hreem Kleem Om Namo Bhagavate Swarnaakarshan
Bhairavaay Hiranyam Daapay Daapay Shreem Hreem Kleem Swaha
3. Mahabhairav Mantra
Om Bram Bhairavaay Namah
4. Pratyaksh Siddhi Vatuk Bhairav Mantra
Om Hreem Vatukaay Aapaduddharanaay Kuru Kuru Vatukaay
5. Bhairav Mantra for Protection
Om Hreem Bhairav Bhayankar Har Maam Raksh Raksh Hum Phat Swaha
6. Bhairav Mantra for Vashikaran
Om Namo Vatuk Bhairavaay Kaamdevaay Yasya Yasya
Drushyo Bhavaami Yashcha Yashcha Mam Sukham Tam Tam Mohayatu Swaha
7. Bhairav Mantra for Happy Life
Om Hraum Hreem Hroom Hleem Hum Om
8. Bhairav Mantra for removal of all problems
Om Kleem Veem Room Dhrum Ghneem Hreem Vatuk Bhairavaay Namah Swaha
9. Dakshinonmukhi Bhairav Mantra
Om Bhram Bhram Bhram Bhairavaay Namah:
10. Bhairav Mantra used by Karna
Om Bhram Bhram Bhram Kreem Bhram Bhram Bhram Phat
11. Krodh Bhairav Mantra
Om Hum Hraum Ram Jwaal Karaalyei Krodhashcha Kaal Bhairavaay Namah
Kalabhairava Pooja—Control Time
Why Kalabhairava Pooja?
Time and tide wait for none goes the saying. Controlling time and maintain punctuality is a lacking birth quality for many. Kala Bhairava blesses you with the power of controlling the factor called time and incidents that take place in your life.
Who is Kalabhairava?
Kala Bhairava also called the keeper of time is the lord who controls the time and incidents that take place in the human’s life. The divine Kala Bhairava stands for Kala—the time period and Bhairava, the keeper of time.
Benefits and Significance
You will attain the sheer power to control the time and the incidents that take place in your life with the blessings of Kala Bhairava. He blesses you with the divine power of predicting things that are to happen and to avoid mishaps by controlling time!
Assistance from Vedic Folks
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Kala Bhairava Mantra (The specified Mantra is to be recited for 108 times as a standard rule; however, changes if any will be mentioned by the priest at the time of the Pooja)
“Swarnat Vijaya Vidmahe
Sula Hastaya Dhimahi
Tanno Kala Bhairavaya Prachodayat”
You can also chant this Mantra:
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