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Kalashtami
 

About 2015 Kalashtami Date in Jharkhand, India

Also known as Bhairava Ashtami, BhairavBhairav
Also known as Kala Bhairava, Bhairava is the manifestation of Lord Shiva...
Jayanti, Kala-Bhairava Ashtami, Kalashtami is celebrated on the eight date of every dark lunar fortnight in the name of Lord Bhairav (manifestation of Shiva, the destroyer). The most auspicious and powerful Kalashtami is the one that falls in the month of Margashirsha (November-December), according to Hindu calendar. It is believed that Kala Bhairav came on the earth on this very day and he was the most destructive form of Shiva. The day is considered very lucky and powerful for those who practice tantra siddhi (kind of spiritual practice and meditation).

Rituals (Pooja Vidhi)

Devotees observe strict fast on this day and offer special Puja It is a prayer ritual performed to make offerings, honoring, evoking or worshipping gods. The ceremony can also be performed to pay homage to the beloved ones who are dead(praying ritual) to the deity. They keep vigil at night and chant the name of Shiva. They also read tales of Shiva, Bhairava and ParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva...
. Midnight Aarti It is a Hindu religious ritual of worship(way of worshipping) is also performed with bells and drums. They take bath early in the morning and remember their dead ancestors. People worship the idols of both ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
and his consort Parvati. Goddess KaliKali
There are several traditions of how Kali came into existence...
is also prayed to on this day to attain peace and amicability. They visit temples to listen to the legend of Kala Bhairava. Kala Bhairava’s mount was a dog and thus feeding dogs with milk, curd and sweets on this day is considered very auspicious. Taking bath in sacred rivers is also considered fortunate.

Mantras (group of sacred words) like Kala Bhairava GayatriGayatri
Goddess Gayatri is an aspect of three Hindu Goddess named Saraswati (Goddess of Knowledge)...
Mantra, i.e., ‘Om Kaalakaalaaya Vidhmahey Kaalaatheethaaya Dheemahi Thanno Kaala Bhairava Prachodhayaath’ and Kala Bhairava Mantra A group of sacred words chanted in order to gain something, be it materialistic pleasures or peaceful mindi.e., ‘Hrim Batukaya Apaduddharaka Kuru Kuru Batukaya Hrim’ can be chanted for a good and successful life.

Vaishno Devi Hills and Varanasi

The day is celebrated with great zeal and zest in the hills of Vaishno Devi, located in Kashmir. An image of the deity is made up of gold and is immersed in water filled in a brass pot. People visit the temple and also give gifts to pandits (scholar who is master of the four Vedic scriptures).

Such grand celebration is also a part of temple of Bhairava located in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) where the deity is adorned with garland of silver skulls.

Significance

People who observe fast on this day get relief from fears of ghosts and evil spirits, thus keeping paranormal activities at bay. They attain a healthy life, free of diseases and other health related issues. It is also believed that fasting on this day can delay untimely or early death, thus providing a long life. The devotee cherishes success in both personal and professional life.

Kala means time, thus Kala Bhairava is also considered the God of time. He affects and controls the concept of time and the planetary movements. Thus praying to him can bring good time in one’s life. By observing the fast, one can alter his bad time period and have a prosperous life by the grace of God. He also helps in getting rid of past sins and reduces suffering in the present times.

Chanting Kalabhairava Ashtakam is also very beneficial. It is a hymn of eight verses which provides knowledge and liberation. It gives strength to walk on the path of righteousness. It also destroys all negative thoughts like lust, anger, greed, jealousy etc. It also takes away grief, misery, depression and attachment of worldly desires from one’s life. Repeating this hymn 108 times a day can make the life of a devotee free from troubles and dangers as it results in enlightenment of one’s soul.

List of Kalashtami in 2015
 
13th January (Tuesday)

12th February (Thursday)

13th March (Friday)

12th April (Sunday)

11th May (Monday)

09th June (Tuesday)

08th July (Wednesday)

06th August (Thursday)

05th September (Saturday)

04th October (Sunday)

03rd November (Tuesday)

03rd December (Thursday)

 




 
 
 
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