The Significance of Kalabhairava [With Ashtakam Chant]

Sadhguru explains the importance of Kalabhairava – a fearsome form of Shiva, and speaks of the Bhairavi Yatana in Kashi, an intense process of obliterating lifetimes of karma in a moment.
The Significance of Kalabhairava

Yogi and mystic, Sadhguru, looks at the importance of Kalabhairava – a fearsome form of Shiva. We also look at the significance of Kalabhairava Ashtami – the eighth day after the full moon day in the month of Kartik (November-December), and the Ashtami celebrations at the Isha Yoga Center. The Kalabhairava Ashtakam audio is also included in the post.

The Significance of Kalabhairava


Kalabhairava Ashtami at the Isha Yoga Centre

Every year, the Ashtami is celebrated with the chanting of Nirvana Shatakam – the exquisite chant written by Adi Shankaracharya over a millennium ago. Special Kalabhairava bhajans are also sung at the Nirkaya Sthanam pond at the Isha Yoga Center in the morning. The Nirkaya Sthanam is a special water body prepared by Sadhguru for use while performing the last rites of the deceased. Later in the day, a special arathi is performed and ellu prasadam (sesame seed prasadam) is distributed. The same program is conducted from 4.30pm to 6pm at the Kayantha Sthanam in Coimbatore. The Kayantha Sthanam is a crematorium operated by Isha Foundation where the significant rituals for the deceased are conducted in keeping with their true essence.


The Significance of Death Rituals

In the last century, certain significant rituals pertaining to the journey beyond have lost the essence that lies at their core. Isha offers these rituals which are conducted in the spirit of a service with a powerful energy basis rather than as a commercial venture. The processes are performed with sensitivity and awareness and can ease the hearts of the family of the deceased.

Nirkaya Sthanam at the Isha Yoga Center
The Nirkaya Sthanam and Kayantha Sthanam are a part of these processes. Kayantha Sthanam, the crematorium, belongs to the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation and is operated by Isha Foundation. The crematorium maintains two mortuary vehicles which can operate within a radius of 40 km. It also provides services such as tonsure, 16th day karma ceremony, immediate collection of ashes, and hygienic amenities. Another such process, Kalabhairava Karma is available at the Isha Yoga Center for those who wish to make use of it.

Editor's note: Kayantha Sthanam is Isha’s Cremation Service ​that r​evive​s ancient traditions and death rituals with a powerful energy basis, conducting them in the spirit of service rather than as a commercial venture. ​We request your support and contributions to help us offer​ these services to more people. For more info, visit Kayantha Sthanam – Isha’s Cremation Services.

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6 years 7 months ago

Thanks n Gratitude to Sadhguru to reviving the ancient Glory n spiritual culture of India where even life after death is taken care of....

6 years 7 months ago

Every single day I have been at the Ashram, a strong attraction has always driven me to this Kalabhairava pond where I have spent time meditating or sometimes sitting and just gazing at the lotus in bloom, the cowshed adjacent to the pond and the hills around the Ashram. Watching this video makes me wonder how huge my karma should be that I have already started worshiping Kalabhairava, although I did not know the significance of this Form until now!!

5 years 7 months ago

but Sir, what is the significance of that story/event today? Pardon me, but I simply cannot relate to these religious observations.

5 years 7 months ago

I dont know why,, But after seeing this, I feel kalabhairava is black hole?

5 years 7 months ago

God is love and not someone who is wrathful, fearsome , destructive or angry.
We reflect what we feel inside on the outside world.
Yat Bhavam Tat Bhavathi.
We need to use the mind to remove the mind.
We need to be careful in interpreting forms of god/ nature, as interpretations are subject to one's own fears / experiences and should be careful not to create an alternative reality for the seeker in addition to the seeker's interpretations of himself and nature.
The key is to use the mind to remove it.
Kalabhairava/ God is beyond time. Where there is no mind and body conciousness, there is no time.
Kashi / Kailash/ sacred places are places people come to die or get in touch with reality with the ultimate hope of merging with the divine/ oneself. Kashi/ sacred places are where God is and God is where love is. Where there is unconditional love, there is no mind and one becomes god/ kalabhairava. Everyone is born with the purpose of becoming KalaBhairava or one beyond time.

5 years 7 months ago

Karthik, the problem with the human mind is limited perception and judgements based on these limited perceptions....why do we need to think love as only can also be destructive....sometimes only through destruction beautiful things emerge......out of love god engages in destruction too.....there are many examples, like Shankachuda was killed by Shiva and post death he was liberated with his curse....same with Ravana, kamsa etc, destruction at times becomes the only means.......and destruction could be another face of love........when brahma was born out of vishnu's navel, he could not digest the myraid forms of god.....wrathful, divine, beautiful he seems that he say the world as he wanted....same with us.....

5 years 7 months ago

Kaal Bhairav Ashtami falls on 14 December this year. Wish Bhairav's blessings beautify every being here.

4 years 7 months ago

Pranams Sadhguru i rememer we used to setup time 10 minutes faster to get ready for the daily startoff , could that i mean have impact on the system?