Kaal Bhairav Ashtami 2020: Dates, Benefits of Vrat and Puja Vidhi


Why do we observe "Maha Kaal Bhairav Ashtami" and the results are all its benefits?

Maha Kaal Bhairav Ashtami is an acclaimed Hindu celebration devoted to Kaal Bhairava. It is also known as Kaal Ashtami.

It celebrated in both northern and southern states of India and is observed 12 times a year according to the Hindu calendar. The most significant Kaal Ashtami known as Kaal bhairav Jayanti, it falls in the month of Maargsheersha.

In 2020, Kaal Bhairav Jayanti, is to observed on Monday, December 7. This auspicious Jayanti is also known as Kaal Bhairav Ashtami.

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Kaal Bhairav Ashtami Dates in 2020

According to the Hindu lunar calendar, Kaal Bhairav Ashtami falls on Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi. It observed on the eighth day of the dark half of the Moon (Ashtami Tithi after Purnima).

According to the Purnimant calendar of North India, the illustrious Kaal Bhairav Jayanti is among the famous twelve KaalAshtami, observed in the month of Maargsheersha.

Here are all the dates of KaalAshtami in 2020.

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Name of Festival

Kaal Bhairav Jayanti



Date of Festival

7 December 2020

Kaal Bhairav Jayanti’s Time

Ashtami Tithi starts : 18.48 – 7 December 2020

Ashtami Tithi ends : 17.18 – 8 December 2020

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Kaal Bhairav

According to the Puranas, Kaal Bhairav described as “Lord of Time”. He known as KshetraPaalaka, the protector of the Universe.

Kaal Bhairav is one of the intense manifestations of Lord Shiva. He depicts as an awful God bumping a head in one of his hands.

Devotees believe that the head-worn by God was the fifth head of Lord Brahma, cut off by Lord Shiva to cut short His ego. Black dog is the vehicle (Vahan), in which he sits.

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Kaal Bhairav Ashtami Puja Vidhi

On this auspicious day, devotees worship Lord Bhairav to overcome the obstacles in life. People also observe a strict fast throughout the day to impress Him.

In Aditya Purana, declare the importance and prominence of Kaal Bhairav. The word ‘Kaal’ signifies “Time” and ‘Bhairav’ is: The manifestation of Lord Shiva.

The followers of Lord Shiva worship Lord Bhairav with great devotion and celebrate this pious day with great pomp and devotion every year. He is the Lord of Time and grants blessings to those who value time.

Lord Bhairav is especially worshiped on Sundays, so it is believed that if Kaal Ashtami ever falls on Sundays, it is considered to be the most auspicious one.

The destiny of idolising Lord Bhairav in KaalAshtami commemorated with total enthusiasm and fervor almost everywhere in the country and abroad. People take a holy dip in Sacred Rivers on this favourable day.

They listen to Shiva Kathas and recite Shlokas and Mantras in the name of Lord Bhairav.

The Pooja Vidhi and the traditional rituals of Kaal Bhairav started by offering Him fruits, flowers and Madira (wine/alcohol).

Rituals concatenated with Kaal Bhairav. Worshipers also visit nearby Kaal Bhairav Temples to seek blessings and pay homage to Him. People also prefer to feed black dogs foods like milk, Prasad and Bhogs.

The priests/Panditji perform various Pooja within the temple premises with innumerable sets of rituals. Pious people stay awake all night to please Lord Kaal Bhairav.

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Significance and Puja Benefits

  • This distinguished religious day is worship by ardent Kaal Bhairav devotees to remove obstacles and troubles from their lives.
  • Practitioners revere this remarkable festival for their success, wealth, health and prosperity. Lord Bhairav bestows protections and showers blessings on His beloved followers.
  • According to Hindu Mythology, Kaal Bhairav is the God of the “Nivaran” of efforts. He also rescues His faithful followers from ill health and always frees them from accidents and setbacks.
  • Lord Bhairav said to be the guardian of the temple and travellers. Keys of the temple (in which He resides) are always given to Him, while the priest leaves for the day.

Likewise, travellers and tourists venerate Lord Bhairav, the moment they go on pilgrimage or visit any of the temples.

  • Being the Lord of Time, Lord Bhairav always advises us to use our time effectively and efficiently on the spiritual path.

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