Respect Time

One can cherish and value one's time by connecting to Kala Bhairava in different ways.

Pray to Bhairava Forms

It is understood that there are 64 forms of Kala Bhairava that can be worshipped; these are grouped into 8 each. They are:

  1. Asidanga Bhairava: Gives creative ability
  2. Guru Bhairava: Divine educator
  3. Chanda Bhairava: Gives incredible energy, cuts competition and rivals
  4. Kroda Bhairava: Gives you the power to take massive action
  5. Unmatta Bhairava: Controls negative ego and harmful self talk
  6. Kapala Bhairava: Ends all unrewarding work and action
  7. Bhishana Bhairava: Obliterates evil spirits and negativity
  8. Samhara Bhairava: Complete dissolution of old negative karmas

Kala Bhairava can embody a wrathful side of the deity, and he can be invoked for destroying negative energies and for protecting us as well. These tremendous energies emphasize why it is important to honor Kala Bhairava, the Lord of Time.
There is also the benevolent form called Swarna Akarshana Bhairava (Golden Attracting Bhairava) who will bring gold from heaven instantly.

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Chant Mantra

a) Dr. Baskaran Pillai advises everyone to use the following Mantra 108 times during Kala Bhairava Ashtami - 'Om Hram Kala Bhairavaya Namah'.

b) Chant the Kala Bhairava Gayatri Mantra
Swarnat Vijaya Vidmahe
Sula Hastaya Dhimahi
Tanno Kala Bhairavaya Prachodayat

Summary of meaning:

One with the dog and flag, I think about you
holding the trident
Come and enlighten me!
c) The Shiva Sutra 'Udyamo Bhairava' denotes an instant upsurge in consciousness. Our fixation with our perception of reality makes us miss instantaneous manifestation opportunities, which is the purpose of the chant. When we repeat this sound, we become established in an ability to change things in an unusual way.

‘Bhai’ will give you material wealth; ‘Ra’ will dissolve negativity and limited consciousness; and ‘Va’ will keep creating things. Keep chanting the syllables. Say the sounds 8 times a day of 1 minute each, anytime of the day or evening. This sacred sound will serve as a reminder that every second counts, and enable you to focus and utilize time effectively.

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Light Lamps

We should light joti lamps in Kala Bhairava's honor and request his protection during our travel. We should make a garland of cashew nuts and decorate Kala Bhairava with it. Since, Kala Bhairava is the guardian of travelers, Siddhas say that doing so will guard us during our journey, especially one that involves travel during the night.

Kala Bhairava is also known as Kshetrapalaka, or the guardian of the temple. In honor of this, keys to the temple are ceremonially submitted to him during temple closing time and are received from him at the temple opening time.

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Caring for Dogs

Dogs are considered the vahana (vehicle) of Kala Bhairava, and many temple shrines depict Kala Bhairava accompanied by a dog. Feeding dogs can erase your karmas.

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Pray to Kala Bhairava

Recital of Kala Bhairava Ashtakam
brings immense benefits.

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"You should worship every moment. The moment is a being. He is Kala Bhairava. He is activity, not inactivity. If you are goofy, then you are bringing in the anti-Kala Bhairava energy. Keep praying to Kala Bhairava.  Without Him, you won't be able to change time. When time changes, fortune will change."

~ Dr. Baskaran Pillai, Founder, AstroVed