Kalashtami is a Hindu festival, which is dedicated to Lord Kaal Bhairav. The auspicious day is seen on the Krishna Paksha Ashtami tithi in the lunar month. The tithi after Purnima is considered the most suitable day to appease the god.

On this day, devotees worship Kaal Bhairav and keep a fast to get his blessings. A total of 12 Kalashtamis can be observed in a year. Out of these 12, the one that falls on Margashirsha month is most symbolic and it is known as Kalabhairav Jayanti. The festival is also considered holier when it falls on Tuesday or Sunday, as these are the days of the Lord.

Today we will talk about the dates, rituals, and significance of yet another festival celebrated with great enthusiasm in our country.

Kalashtami: dates

Our Astrologer Dr. Parmanand S has calculated the dates for the festival, as per his calculations, Kalashtami will fall on these dates. The dates and auspicious times have been listed below.

  1. 3rd May 1:39 PM 4th – May 1:10 PM.
  2. 2nd June 12:46 AM – 3rd June 1:13 AM.
  3. 1st July 2:02 PM – 2nd July 3:29 PM.
  4. 31st July 5:41 AM – 1st August 7:56 AM.
  5. 29th August 11:25 PM – 31st August 2:00 AM.
  6. 28th September 6:17 PM – 29th September 8:30 PM.
  7. 28th October 12:49 PM – 29th October 2:09 PM.
  8. 27th November 5:43 AM – 28th November 6:00 AM.
  9. 26th December 8:08 PM -27th December 7:28 PM.

Rituals on Kalashtami

Kalashtami is a significant day for the Devotees of Lord Shiva, on this day, his followers get up before sunrise and take an early bath; this is followed by a special puja to ask for his blessings and forgiveness for sins. His worshippers visit Kaal Bhairav’s temple in the evening and perform special prayers there. Followers also offer special puja and rituals to dead ancestors in the morning.

We believe that Kalashtami is a fierce form of Lord Shiva who was born to end the anger and burning temper of Lord Brahma.

Devotees keep a strict day-long fast. Some loyal devotees stay awake all night and listen to Mahakaleshwar’s stories. It is believed that if you keep Kalashtami vrat then you will be blessed with prosperity, happiness, and success in your life. Reciting Kaal Bhairav Katha and chanting mantras of Lord Shiva is also considered auspicious.

According to a custom, dogs are offered milk, sweets, and curd as a black dog is considered as the mode of transport for lord Bhairav. You should also offer food to Brahmins at Hindu pilgrim places as this is considered highly rewarding.

Significance of the auspicious festival

The astrological significance of Kalashtami is written in the Aditya Purana. The main deity to be worshipped on this day is Lord Bhairav who is known to be a manifestation of Lord Shiva.

The word Kaal means time and Bhairav refers to Lord Shiva’s manifestation, thus Kaal Bhairav is also called the Lord of time, and is worshipped with complete devotion by Lord Shiva’s followers.

According to one of the Hindu legends, once during an argument between Brahma, Mahesh, and Vishnu, Lord Shiva got angry because of a remark passed by Brahma, he then chopped Brahma’s 5th head in the form of Mahakaleshwar. From that day Devas and humans worship this form of Lord Shiva as Kaal Bhairav.

It is also believed that if you worship Lord Shiva on this day, then he will remove all your pain, negative influences, and sufferings from your life.

Kalashtami is one of our biggest festivals that fall on Krishna Paksha Ashtami tithi. It is the day of Lord Kaal Bhairav that devotees celebrate with enthusiasm to get his blessings and ask forgiveness for sins.