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How to perform or observe Kalashtami Vrat?

Kalashtami is observed on the eighth day during the waning phase of moon (Krishna Paksha Ashtami) in a lunar month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar. The day is dedicated to the Kala Bhairav form of Shiva. Here are the rules that should be followed while performing or observing Kalashtami Vrat.
Apart from the Kalbhairav form of Shiva, the Ishana form of Shiva is also worshipped on the day.
The pujas and rituals begin at midnight when there is Ashtami Tithi. An arati is performed first at midnight to Kalbhairav.
People observing the vrat should keep all night vigil. Prayers dedicated to Kalbhairav are chanted on the night. Prayers and puja end just before sunrise.
The vehicle of Kalbhairav is a black dog. Food is offered to black dog on the day.
The importance of Kalashtami Vrat is mentioned in the Aditya Puran.
There is also a popular belief that during the afternoon period of Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi, Bhairavnath, an important Shiva Gan, was also born.

Jinanand Sagar Punyatithi

Jinanand Sagar Punyatithi is observed annually on Paush Shukla Paksha Dasami (10th day during the waxing phase of moon in Pausha month) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Jinanand Sagar Punyatithi 2017 date is December 28.

Jinanand Sagar’s teachings extol the need for making use the rare birth as human for attaining moksha. He states that going through 8400000 yonis – births – one gets to be human. And this rare human birth is due to the punya that we perform in previous births.
The aim of human birth should be to attain moksha and escape from the cycle of birth and deaths.
Jinanand Sagarji asks us to shed all temptations and desires and make one-pointed attempt to attain Moksha.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 1, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 1, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi the full day and till 12:57 AM on January 2, 2012. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Uttarabhadra or Uthirttathi Nakshatra till 12:40 PM on January 1, 2012. Then onwards it is Revathi.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Banadashtami
Poush Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the light phase of moon in Poush month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Paush Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
16th day of MargazhiMasam in Tamil Calendar followe…

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