Kalashtami, or Maha kalaBhairavashtami, is the most auspicious day dedicated to Lord Kala Bhairava. Lord Kala Bhairava is a manifestation of Lord Shiva. Kala Bhairava is the God of Time – Kala means ‘time’ and ‘Bhairava’ the manifestation of Shiva. Ashtami after Poornima, the eighth day after full moon, is considered the ideal day to propitiate Kala Bhairava.
Lord Kala Bhairava is also known as Kshetrapalaka, the guardian of the temple. In honor of this, keys to the temple are ceremonially submitted to Lord Kaala Bhairava at temple closing time and are received from him at opening time.
The vahana (vehicle) of Lord Kaala Bhairava is the dog. Feeding and taking care of dogs is another way of showing our devotion to Lord Kaala Bhairava.
1. How Invoking Kala Bhairava Benefit You
Kala Bhairava invoked in the homa is a great protector. Propitiating him in a right way and at the right time will destroy enemies, stop threats, clear up debts and free you from the fear of death. The Archetype of Time, Kala Bhairava, represents timelessness and alters human perceptions of time, by dissolving past, present and future. This will help you manifest your strong desires anytime and anywhere.