Kalashtami, also known as Kala Bhairav Ashtami, is observed on the eighth day after full moon in traditional Hindu calendar. Kalashtami is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is his Kal Bhairava form that is worshipped on the day. The most important Kalbhirav Jayanti, or Mahakaal Bhairavashtami, is observed in Margashirsha month (November - December) in traditional Hindu calendar – the day Kala Bhairav appeared on earth. Staunch Shiva devotees observe special prayers and rituals on all Kalashtamis in a year. Here are the Kalashtami days in 2009.
(Please note that in some regions Kalashtami might start a day early and overlap into the next day).
Kalashtami dates in 2009 based on Indian Standard Time (IST)
January 18, 2009 – Kalashtami
February 16, 2009 – Kala Bhairav Ashtami
March 18, 2009 – Kala Ashtami
April 17, 2009 – Kalashtami
May 17, 2009 – Kaal Bhairavashtami
June 15, 2009 – Kalashtami
July 15, 2009 – Kala Bhairav Ashtami
August 13, 2009 – Kalashtami
September 12, 2009 – Kala Ashtami
October 11, 2009 – Bhairavashtami
November 9, 2009 – Kalbhirav Jayanti - Mahakaal Bhairavashtami
December 8, 2009 – Kalashtami
Shiva devotees take morning bath and perform pujas. Special pujas are also offered to dead ancestors in the morning.