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Karthika Masa, one of the most auspicious months of the year, has begun from 25 October 2018. It is said that Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are primarily worshipped during the month. The sacred month is, therefore, mainly dedicated to god worship. Among all the other festivals which add a spiritual significance to the month, Kalashtami is also one, which is to be celebrated on 31 October 2018.
Kalashtami falls on the eighth day of the fortnight during the Krishna Paksha (dark phase) of every month. Though Kalashtami is celebrated every month, the one falling in the auspicius month of Shravana is highly important. SInce Lord Kaal Bhairava is the primary deity for Kalashtami, it is known by the name Bhairav Ashtami as well.
An Argument Between Lord Shiva And Lord Brahma
Once an argument took place between Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma. All the gods came there to resolve their argument. They all agreed that Lord Shiva was more powerful. But this displeased Lord Brahma who showed disrespect to Shiva. It is said that Lord Shiva was so enraged that he took the Rudra form, one of the fiercest forms of Lord Shiva. This day is known as the birth anniversary of Kaal Bhairav.
How Is Kalashtami Celebrated?
The day is observed as a fasting day for Lord Bhairav. One should listen to Kaal Bhairav stories on this day. Narrating the stories of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati brings peace and prosperity to the house. Bhairav Puja wards off evil and other such negative energies from the house.
Since a black dog is the mount of Lord Bhairav, one must offer water to a black dog. One should light a diya (lamp) before Lord Kaal Bhairav in a temple on this day. It is also said that all the problems will vanish from the life of a person if he worships Lord Bhairav on this day. He remains healthy forever and achieves success in all ventures of life.
People offer prayers to Lord Shiva as well as Lord Bhairav on this day. The Rudra form of Shiva is worshipped. It is believed that all kinds of negativities are removed from life by observing a fast on this day. Shiva had taken the Rudra form to destroy the negative energies. Lord Bhairav is just another form of Shiva.
Other Important Details
It will be Ashtami tithi and the Nakshatra will be Kartika, it being the Pushya month. The moon will be in Cancer. The sun will rise at 6:36 am and the sunset will be at 5:33 pm, which are the beginning and ending times of the tithi, respectively.