Kala Bhairava Ashtami, also known as Mahakal Bhairav Astami or Kalabhairav Jayanti, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Kalabhairav, fierce form of Lord Shiva. In 2016, Kalabhairavashtami (Kalbhairav Jayanti) date is November 21.
It is observed on Krishna Paksha Ashtami in Margashirsh month as per traditional North Indian Hindu calendar. As per the other calendars, it falls on Kartik Krishna Ashtami. Devotees of Lord Shiva observe fast on this day and worship the Lord with utmost fervor.
Kalashtami is observed in every month on the eighth day after Purnima. But the Margashirsh Krishna Ashtami is very auspicious as the day that marks Mahakaal Bhairav Jayanti.
It is believed that on this day, Lord Kala Bhairav appeared on Earth. Mahakaal bhairav, the presiding deity of Varanasi and Ujjain, is incarnated to behead head-strong Brahma. The legend or the story of Kalbhairav and his divine avatar is mentioned in the Shiva Maha Purana.
In 2015, Kalabhairavashtami (Kalbhairav Jayanti) date was December 3.
In 2014, Kalabhairavashtami (Kalbhairav Jayanti) date was November 14.
In 2013, Kalabhairavashtami (Kalbhairav Jayanti) date was November 25.
Kalabhairavashtami 2012 Kalashatami 2012, also known as Kalbhairav Jayanti 2012 date was December 6.