Kalabhairav Jayanti, also known as Maha Kala Ashtami, is a joyous celebration that marks the birth of Lord Kalabhairav, a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva.

Kalabhairav Jayanti Timings

This auspicious day falls on the Ashtami Tithi during the Krishna Paksha in the Vedic month of Karthik (Amanta/No Moon Calendar) or Margashira (Purnimanta/Full Moon).

In 2023, it occurs either Dec 4th or 5th, depending on your geographical location. For precise local timings, you can refer to align27 or the Cosmic Insights app.

New York, USA – 4 Dec, 2023
Ashtami Tithi Begins – 11:29 AM on Dec 04, 2023
Ashtami Tithi Ends – 02:07 PM on Dec 05, 2023

Chennai, India – 5 Dec, 2023
Ashtami Tithi Begins – 09:59 PM on Dec 04, 2023
Ashtami Tithi Ends – 12:37 AM on Dec 06, 2023

Significance of Kalabhairav

The name “Kalabhairav” is a fusion of “Kala,” which signifies time, and “Bhairav,” meaning fearful. Hence, Kalabhairav is the divine force that governs the cosmic time, often referred to as Maha Kaal. In the Trika system (Kashmir Shaivism), Bhairav holds the supreme reality, the Para Brahman. Lord Bhairava serves as a protector, shielding his devotees from adversaries such as greed, jealousy, lust, anger, and delusion—issues commonly associated with the 6th house in astrology.

Kalabhairav Jayanti Rituals

Worshipping Kalabhairav is considered one of the most potent remedies for mitigating the malefic influence of Shani and Rahu.

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  • Begin your day by reciting the Kala Bhairav mantra 108 times. This powerful mantra invokes the blessings and protection of Lord Kala Bhairav. Download the Japa108 app for Kalabhairav Mantras.
  • Engage in listening, meditation, or recitation of the Kalabhairav Ashtakam, composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. A beautiful rendition of this can be found on the Sattva app, sung by Bhanumati Narasimhan.
  • Honor your ancestors by remembering and praying for them. This not only strengthens your ancestral connection but also brings their blessings and positive energy into your life.
  • Effectively manage your time on this day, as Bhairav is the ruler of time. Discover your Golden Moments, when cosmic energies align in full support of your endeavors, and your Silence Moments, when it is wise to embrace persistence and refrain from engaging in pivotal activities. Seek these invaluable insights through the align27 app.
  • Write down your desires, fears, and concerns on a piece of paper. This symbolic act represents surrendering these thoughts and emotions to the divine. Later, you can burn this paper as a way of releasing them.
  • This day is particularly auspicious for shedding negative patterns and habits that adversely affect your life.
  • Discard unused items, especially broken electronics, watches, and footwear, as a way to cleanse your surroundings and energies.