Kala Bhairava Ashtami 2019 Pooja Date: Bhairav Jayanti Tithi, Puja Vidhi, Significance of the Hindu Festival Commemorating Lord Shiva’s Fearsome Avatar
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Kala Bhairava Ashtami (also spelt as Kaal Bhairav Ashtami) 2019 is celebrated on November 19 (Tuesday). Kala Bhairava Ashtami, is considered to be one of the holiest days for the people of the Hindu religion. The day of Kala-Bhairava Jayanti is observed to commemorate the birthday of Bhairva – the fearsome and angry avatar of Lord Shiva. The Kala-Bhairava is also known as Bhairavashtami, Bhairava Jayanti and Bhairava Ashtami Pooja in different parts of India. The festival is also dedicated to Kala Bhairava – the Hindu God of Time. He is is the supreme ruler of time of this universe as per some Śaiva tantric scriptures (āgamas). In this article, we look at Kala Bhairava Ashtami 2019 pooja date, Bhairav Jayanti tithi, puja vidhi, the significance of the Hindu Festival commemorating Lord Shiva’s most fearsome incarnation. 

When is Kala Bhairva Ashtami 2019 or Kala Bhairva Jayanti 2019?

This year, the festival of Kala-Bhairva Ashtami will be observed on November 19, i.e. Tuesday. Both Tuesdays and Sundays are considered to be auspicious too. The holy day Kala-Bhairva Ashtami falls on the 8th lunar day in the fortnight of Krishna Paksha in the month of Karthik of the Hindu calendar.

What is the story and significance of Kala-Bhairva Ashtami or Kala-Bhairva Jayanti?

As per a legend, it is said that the Trimurti Gods – Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva – were discussing who is the most superior of them all in a serious mood. It was then when Lord Brahma made some remarks which didn’t go down well with Shiva, and it then when Bhairava appeared. Shiva ordered his ganor Bhairava to cut off one of the Brahma’s five heads. The wrathful manifestation followed Shiva’s orders and severed one of the heads, leaving Lord Brahma four-headed. In fear, all others fell in line and prayed to Shiva and Bhairava to keep calm.

What is the Shubh Mahurat for Kala-Bhairva Ashtami or Kala-Bhairva Jayanti Puja 2019?

Kalabhairav Jayanti Date – November 19, 2019, i.e. Tuesday

Kalabhairav Ashtami Tithi Begins –- 03:35 PM on November 19, 2019

Kalabhairav Ashtami Tithi Ends – 01:41 PM on November 20, 2019

How is Kala-Bhairva Ashtami or Kala-Bhairva Jayanti Pooja performed?

On the festive day of Kalabhairav Asthami, the devotees worship God Shiva, Goddess Parvati along with Kala-Bhairav with fruits, flowers, and traditional sweets. Special poojas and rituals are conducted on this day. People also recite Kalabhairav’s story after the pooja is completed.

A lot of devotees wake up early and take a holy ritualistic bath before the sunrise and chant mantras dedicated to Lord Kalabhairav and Lord Shiva. Many devotees also observe strict fasting as it is said that those who fast on this day, also is able to remove all the obstacles in his life ahead.

The day of Kalabhairav Asthami is considered to be very significant for the people who primarily worship Lord Shiva. As November 19 nears, we at LatestLY wish you and your family a very “Happy Kalabhairav Asthami 2019” or “Happy Kalabhairav Jayanti 2019!”