Kaal Bhairav Jayanti, also known as Maha Kala Bhairava Jayanthi or Kala Bhairava Ashtami, is believed to be the appearance day of Lord Kaal Bhairav, the fierce form of Lord Shiva. In 2016, Kaal Bhairav Jayanti date is November 21.
It is celebrated on eighth day after Kartik Purnima. Kalabhairava Ashtami falls in Margashirsha month as per North Indian Hindi calendar and in Kartik month as per Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, and Gujarati calendars.
Kaal Bhairav Katha or the story of Kala Bhairava incarnation of Lord Shiva is mentioned in the Shiva Purana. The main objective of Kalabhairava avatar was to behead head-strong Brahma. Kalbhairon appears with a dog as his vehicle.
In 2015, Kaal Bhairav Jayanti date was December 3.
In 2014, Kaal Bhairav Jayanti date was November 14.
In 2013, Kaal Bhairav Jayanti date was December 25.
Kaal Bhairav Jayanti 2012 date was December 6.