Kaal Bhairav Jayanti: Why Lord Shiva Took Kaal Bhairav’s Avatar?

Kaal Bhairava jayanti mythology
Picture: Internet- This day is also known as Maha Kalashtmi, Kala Bhairava Ashthmi or Kalashthmi.

Kaal Bhairav Jayanti is an auspicious day when devotees celebrate Lord Bhairav’s birthday. This day is dedicated to Lord Kaal Bhairav, the fearsome incarnation of Lord Shiva. Kaal Bhairava is the violent form of God Shiva.

According to the Hindu calendar, this day is observed on the ashthami or eighth day of Krishna paksha in the month of Margashirsha. This day is also known as Maha Kalashtmi, Kala Bhairava Ashthmi or Kalashthmi.

Do you know the reason behind Shiva taking Bhairav’s avatar? Why gods were scared by this violent avatar? Why devotees feed black Dogs on this day? Know every single fact and popular mythology behind this festival.


Kaal Bhairava jayanti mythology
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As per the legend, once Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma had an argument about who among them is more powerful. It angered  Lord Shiva because he felt that this was an insult to him. He took a destructive form and in a fit of rage, Lord Shiva cut and threw a small nail from his finger, which manifested itself as Kala Bhairava, Shiva asked his avatar Bhairav to cut one of Brahma’s five heads.

Gods became very scared after seeing this violent avatar of lord Shiva and apologised to Lord Shiva. They all convinced Lord Shiva to come back in his original form.

However, Kaal Bhairava had to pay for His deeds. He had to take up the vow of a Kapali in order to absolve his sins. He had to roam around the world as a beggar with the skull of Brahma as a begging bowl. His sin got absolved after reaching Varanasi( Uttar Pradesh).

How devotees celebrate this day-

Kaal Bhairava jayanti mythology
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Devotees on this day observe fast and worship the god for a trouble-free life. It is believed that the observer of this Vrat (fast) will be able to remove all troubles from the life to gain success.

Devotees stay awake throughout the night of Kalabhairava Jayanti by reciting prayers and worshipping Shiva, Parvati and Bhairava. Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Bhairava are worshiped with flowers, fruits and sweets.

Devotees performed aarti at midnight.

Why devotees feed black Dogs on this day?

Kaal Bhairava jayanti mythology
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According to a popular belief, Kaal Bhairav rides on a black dog with a truncheon in his hand. That is why, he is also known as ‘Dandadhipati.’

Since the dog is the mount of Lord Kaal Bhairava, devotees feed them with milk, curds, sweets and other food items on this day.

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