Rishikesh Writings

Bhairava Ashtami worshipped today in Rishikesh

 Bhairava Ashtami worshipped today in Rishikesh


Kaal Bhairav Jayanti is a Hindu festival celebrated on the Ashtami day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Kartik. It is the birthday of Lord Kalabhairav, a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva. The festival is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm in different parts of India.

In Rishikesh, the Kaal Bhairav Jayanti is celebrated with great fervor. People gather at the Bhairav Temple situated on National Highway 58 in Dehradun district. The temple is decorated with flowers and lights, and a special puja is performed. Devotees offer prayers and offerings to Lord Kalabhairav, and seek his blessings for good health, prosperity, and protection from evil.

The Kaal Bhairav Jayanti is a time for Hindus to reflect on the power and importance of Lord Kalabhairav. It is a reminder that even in the face of adversity, we can always turn to Lord Shiva for guidance and protection.


The benefits of Kalabhairav Jayanti fast and puja are numerous. Lord Bhairav is a benevolent deity who is known for his power and protection. He is the remover of obstacles and the giver of all round success. Worshipping Lord Kalabhairav on his Jayanti day is believed to bring the following benefits:

  • All round success and fulfillment of desires
  • Good health and well-being
  • Help and benefits in court matters
  • Pacification of Shani and Rahu
  • Protection from all evils, including ghosts
  • Victory and success in all endeavors
  • Resolution of family issues
  • Overcoming of enemies
  • Protection from negative energy

Specifically, the mantras listed above are said to have the following benefits:

  • Hrim vatukaya apadudharanaya kuru kuru batukaya hrim. This mantra is said to remove obstacles and difficulties.
  • Om hreem vam vatukaaya Aapaduddharanaya vatukaaya hreem. This mantra is also said to remove obstacles and difficulties.
  • Om Hraam Hreem Hroom Hrime Hroum Ksham Kshetrapaalaaya Kaala Bhairavaaya Namaha. This mantra is said to protect the devotee from all evils.

The mantra to recite while offering special puja to dead ancestors is said to help the ancestors attain Moksha. The mantra to chant while awakening Lord Shiva is said to increase the power of the puja. The mantra to chant while offering water to Kalabhairava after puja is said to increase the prosperity of the household.

It is important to note that the benefits of Kalabhairav Jayanti fast and puja will vary depending on the individual’s devotion and sincerity. However, by following the rituals and chanting the mantras with a pure heart, devotees can gain the blessings of Lord Kalabhairav.

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