Kaal Bahiravashtami. According to the Shivpurana’s Shat-rudra Sanhita, Lord Shiva had taken incarnation of Bhairava on the Ashtami (eighth day) of the Sheersh months’s Krishna paksha.
Why celebrating Kalabhairav Jayanti?
Lord Shiva has two forms, one is as Vishveshvara- who is giving life and protection to the people and other is as Kaal Bhairava- to punish the wicked. Where Lord Shiva’s form of Vishveshvar is extremely quiet and gentle natured, the form of Kaal Bhairava is highly terrible and monstrous. According to the Shivpurana’s Shat-rudra Sanhita, Lord Shiva had taken incarnation of Bhairava on the Ashtami (eighth day) of the Sheersh months’s Krishna paksha.
Bhairavah poornaroopo hi-shankarasya paraatmanah|
Moodhastam vai na jaananti mohitaashishavamaayayaa||
Fasting Method of Kalabhairav Jayanti
The Kaal Bhairava was born at the afternoon and that is why always the ashtami including afternoon should always taken by for the worshipe. On this day after getting up early in the morning, taking the bath, take resolution for the fast. By visiting the temple of Kaal Bhairava worshipe him with his vehicle which is dog. Also, recite the following mantra while worshiping:
Om Bhairavay namah|
By reciting this mantra, worshipe with shodoshopchar. The Kaal Bhairava’s vehicle is dog so on this day dogs should be feed with sweets.
On this day after fasting for the day, awakeing nearby the Kaal Bhairava’s statue or in temple, freeing people from all their sins. It is also said in following mantra:
Maargsheershasitaashtamyaam kaalbhairavasannidhau |
Uposhya jaagaram kurvan sarvapaapai pramuchyate ||
After worshiping the Kaal Bhairava, make water offering to him with following mantra:
Bhairavardhya grihanesh bheemroopaavyayaanagh |
Aneenaardhyapradanen tushto bhav shivapriyaa ||
Sahastraakshishirobaaho sahastrachranajar |
Grihanaardhyam Bhairavedam spushyam parmeshvar ||
Pushpanjalim grihanesh vardo bhava bhirava |
Purardhya grihanedam sapushyapam yaatnaapah ||
The Kaal Bhairava is the inspectore of the Kaashi City and worship of Kaal Bhairava is having special importance for the city of Kaashi. There are many templeas in Kaashi as – Kaal-bhairava, Batukbh-bhairava and Aananda-bhairava etc. If Bhairavashtami falls on Tuesday or Sunday, then it is having more importance. As, this time it is falling on Friday.