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Bhairavnath Jayanti

Bhairavnath Jayanti is one of the highly auspicious days dedicated to Hindu God Bhairavnath or Kalabhairava – a manifestation of Lord Shiva. Bhairavnath Jayanti 2023 date is December 5. It is believed that Shiva appeared as Bhairavnath on this day.

The Ashtami, the eighth day, during the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in the month of Margashirsha as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India is considered the ideal day to propitiate Kala Bhairav. The corresponding period in other calendars is the Kartik Krishna Paksha.

Legend has it that it Lord Shiva in the form of Bhairavnath chopped off the fifth head of Brahma and performed penance on this day.

There are several legends regarding the reason for chopping of the fifth head of Brahma. Once legend has it that the Trimurti – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva once had an argument over who is the most powerful. During the argument, Brahma uttered a remark which enraged Shiva. Suddenly, he produced Bhairavnath from his body and ordered to chop the head of Brahma.

This terrified the demigods (Devas) and humans and this form of Shiva is believed to punish sinners and he carries a ‘Danda’ – a rod to punish.

Bhairavnath's vehicle is a black dog and in some places dogs are fed on the day.

Shiva devotees take morning bath and perform pujas. Special pujas are also offered to dead ancestors in the morning.

Staunch devotees keep vigil at night and narrate stories of Bhairavnath.