BHAIRAVA ASHTHAMI - The eighth lunar day of the dark half of
Margashirsha is known as Bhairava Asthami. Bhairava is Shiva's Gan,
or his inferior form of manifestation. Bhairava is terrible in form
and character and is worshipped to obtain success, prosperity and removal
of obstacles and recovery from illness. As a terrible aspect of Shiva,
he punishes the sinners, and for this purpose carries a danda, or a
staff, or a rod. Therefore, he is also called Dadapani. He rides a dog,
therefore, he is called Swaswa, 'whose horse is a dog'.
On Bhairava Asthami, the people after having performed their early
morning ablutions worship Bhairava and his mount (the dog), with sweets,
flowers, etc. The dogs are fed with milk, sweets and such other delicacies.
At night the aspirants keep vigil and spend the time in telling stories
relating to Bhairavanath. Dead ancestors are also offered oblations
and libations in the morning after bath, and then Kal-Bhairava is worshipped.
Kaal Bhairava - The Lord of the March of Time
Lord Kaala Bhairava is that manifestation of Lord Siva who oversees
the march of time. As the saying goes, time lost is lost forever. There's
nothing more precious than time. So intelligent humans should use every
moment effectively on the spiritual path. And those want to do this
have the divine help of Lord Kaal Bhairava if they request it with sincerity.
LEGEND: A myth says that once a controversy arose among the
Trinity - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva that who was the greatest of them.
Every deity pleaded his case, and ultimately the controversy took such
an ugly turn that they started talking ill of one another. A chance
remark of Brahma so enraged Shiva that he at once produced Bhairava
and ordered him to cut off one of the five heads of Brahma. Bhairava
at once did what he was told. Then Brahma lost one head and became four-headed.
It terrified all other gods and they propitiated Shiva and his Gan -