In Hinduism, there are numerous festivals and rituals that are observed throughout the year. One such important observance is the Kalashtami Vrat, which is observed on the eighth day of the waning phase of the moon, known as Krishna Paksha, in every month. This year, Kalashtami falls on December 5th. On this auspicious day, devotees worship Lord Kalabhairava, who is considered the fierce form of Lord Shiva.
Who is Lord Kalabhairava?
Lord Kalabhairava is one of the most revered deities in Hinduism. He is known as the Lord of Time and is believed to be the guardian of the eight directions. In his fierce form, he is depicted with a dark complexion, adorned with serpents and skulls. Devotees believe that by worshipping Lord Kalabhairava, they can seek protection from negative energies, overcome obstacles, and attain spiritual growth.
How is Kalashtami Vrat Observed?
On the day of Kalashtami, devotees wake up early in the morning and take a holy bath. They then visit a nearby temple or set up a sacred space at home to perform the puja. The puja begins with the chanting of mantras and the offering of flowers, incense, and lamps to Lord Kalabhairava. Devotees also offer special prayers and seek his blessings for the well-being of their families and the removal of any obstacles in their lives.
During the day, devotees observe a fast, abstaining from consuming any food until the evening. Some devotees also choose to observe a waterless fast, where they do not consume even a drop of water. This rigorous fast is believed to purify the body and mind and strengthen one's devotion to Lord Kalabhairava.
In the evening, after sunset, devotees break their fast by consuming a simple meal. It is customary to offer food to the less fortunate and seek their blessings. Many devotees also participate in satsangs or spiritual gatherings, where they sing devotional songs and listen to discourses on Lord Kalabhairava.
Significance of Kalashtami Vrat
Observing the Kalashtami Vrat is believed to bring immense blessings and spiritual benefits. It is said to help devotees overcome their fears and anxieties, improve their mental and physical well-being, and attain spiritual progress. The vrat is also considered auspicious for seeking protection from negative energies and removing obstacles in one's life.
Devotees believe that by observing the Kalashtami Vrat with utmost devotion and sincerity, they can receive the divine grace of Lord Kalabhairava and experience positive transformations in their lives. It is a time for introspection, self-discipline, and deepening one's connection with the divine.
So, on this Kalashtami, immerse yourself in the devotion of Lord Kalabhairava and seek his blessings for a life filled with happiness, prosperity, and spiritual growth.