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How would you feel if you could get a remedy to drive away all the fears, sufferings and all other negativities from your life? The world, in the current scenario, is full of fears and miseries, fear of death, of failure, of competitors and what not. Day and night we see people going through difficulties in life.
However, it is also true that the Almighty has sent us in this world with all the preparations. If his world has problems, he is also ready to help us in every possible way to get through them as well. All we need is a bit of devotion and faith combined with the rituals performed in the right way, in order to please our good Lord.
The Kalashtmi day is one of those days that could provide a solution to all your woes. Now, let us explore what it actually is and how Kalashtami will drive away all the negativities from your life.
Significance Of Kalashtami
Kalashtami is the the eighth day after the Purnima that is the full moon day. So, it falls on the eighth day of the fortnight during the Krishna Paksh. This year, the day falls on October 31, which is a Wednesday. It is observed as the day when Lord Kala Bhairav was born.
So, on this day, Kala Bhairav is worshipped. Hence, it is also known as Kala Bhairav Jayanti and also Kala Bhairav Ashtmi. Kaal means time and it also denotes the lord of death, Yamdev. Yamdev is actually the fierce from of Lord Shiva, the lord of destruction. While some people believe both the deities are the same, others believe both are two different deities. And this is how Kalashtami derives it name.
So, it means that the day is meant for worshipping Lord Shiva in the form of Kala Bhairav. Shiva in this form is seen having a fierce embodiment, sitting on a black dog and having a truncheon in his hand.
Different Pujas Are Performed On Kalashtami
People perform puja before the idol of Lord Kala Bhairav; one may visit the temple and offer the prayers there as well. Devotees chant Kala Bhairav Ashtakam and offer food to a black dog. Generally, milk products are offered to the dogs. Some people even keep a fast on this day.
It is believed that the observer of the fast gets God's blessings and all negativity gets removed from his life. Pujas such as Kaalsarpa Puja, Shakti Puja, Raksha Puja, etc., are also performed by people as per their needs. However, one must consult an astrologer regarding these, as they should be done only after considering the position of various planets in the birth chart of the concerned person.
'Katha' Behind Kalashtami
The importance of this day is mentioned in the Aditya Purana. Hindu scriptures say that once during an argument between Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva regarding who is the most powerful among all the three, Lord Brahma passed some unpleasant remark on Lord Shiva.
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He was not ready to agree upon what the sages and other Gods in the meeting had said. They had said that all the three were equally powerful. So, Lord Shiva got angry due to the remark and thought that Lord Brahma had become arrogant, which is a negative trait. As we know, Lord Shiva is the most peaceful when in meditation and he is equally fierce when in rage.
So now, to remove the arrogance of Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva took the form of Mahakaaleshvar and chopped off one of the heads of Brahma. Seeing his new form, all the Gods present there bowed before Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma also realised his mistake. This is why the day is also known as Mahakaal Ashtami.
So, this Ashtami, let's get rid of the negative vibes around and renew the hearts and minds to radiate positivity in the surroundings by taking blessings from Mahakaal, Kala Bhairav Lord Shiva.