Kalabhairav Jayanti

Kala means time and Bhairav means fearful or fearsome. Kalabhairav is an avatar of Lord Shiva who controls and rules the Kala- great time. He is also called as the Maha Kaaleshwar. According to the Trika order, Lord Bhairav is the Para Brahma who is omnipresent and from whom time and space begins.

Kalabhairav Jayanti Date 2023

Tue , 5th Dec 2023

Legend of Great KalaBhairava 

According to Shiva Purana, Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu were arguing about who is preeminent among them. During that argument, Lord Brahma’s fifth head teasingly laughed at Lord Shiva, this annoyed Him. Shiva created Bhairava from his third eye to severe the fifth head of Brahma.

Another Shaiva Scripture (agama) identifies Kalabhairava as Warrior Chief Veerabhadra’s companion who severed the head of Sathi Devi’s Father King Daksha, in the Yagna ceremony when he insulted Lord Shiva. The word Bhairava is translated to Bha(i)- Creation, ra means Sustenance and va means Dissolution. MahaBhairava is the one who creates, sustains, and dissolves. Mahabhairava has 64 forms in total; they are grouped into 8 primary forms based on the attributes. Ashta Bhairava represents the five elements and three major Nadis- Ida, Pingala and Sushunna. 

He is depicted as Shiva in raging anger. He is often seen in digambara (naked) form with sharp canine teeth, four armed holding a drum, a noose, trishul and skull. Sometimes he seen wearing tiger skin and an apron composed of human bones. His ornaments are serpants worn as bracelets, necklaces, anklets, armlets and yagnopavita (sacred thread). His vehicle is Dog. His consort is Bhairavi. His primary purpose is annihilation of sins, evil forces. He protects his devotees from sins like enemies, voodoo, greed, lust and anger.

Similar forms are found in different cultures, like Esoteric Buddhism, Chinese traditions. In yogic world, Bhairava is the supreme ruler of the Universe, and He is the ultimate form of manifestation or pure “I” consciousness.

Key Rituals to receive blessings of Lord Kalabhairav

ॐ एआईएम ह्रीं क्लीं श्री बटुक भैरव

‘Om aim hraam kleem shri batukbhairavaya’

Chant and meditate on this mantra 108 times in the Sandhya or other powertimes. 

Chant or meditate on the vibrant ‘Kalabhairav Ashtakam’ written by Sri Adi Shankaracharya.

Lord Kalabhairav is known to greatly aid in eliminating negativity from our lives, so Kalabhairav Jayanti is an ideal day to get rid of negative patterns and habits of lower emotions. 

Declutter or discard stuff that is not in use or things that are broken, worn out like crockery, accessories, and footwear.

Managing time efficiently is also a best way to be receptive to Lord Kala Bhairava’s blessings.


  • Worshipping Lord Bhairava is proven very effective in natives with poor or week sixth house.
  • He protects his sincere devotees from enemies and lower emotions like greed, jealousy, lust, anger, delusion.
  • Offering sincere prayers to Lord Kalabhairav is one of the powerful remedies to mitigate adverse effects from poorly placed planets - Shani and Rahu.
  • Performing Shiva pooja develops a strong personality and builds good character in an individual

Kalabhairav Jayanti festival dates between 2019 & 2029




Tuesday, 19th of November


Monday, 7th of December


Saturday, 27th of November


Wednesday, 16th of November


Tuesday, 5th of December


Friday, 22nd of November


Wednesday, 12th of November


Tuesday, 1st of December


Saturday, 20th of November


Thursday, 9th of November


Wednesday, 28th of November