"Once you empty yourself, Devi has no choice but to be with you. And if Devi is with you, I also have no choice." - Sadhguru
Bhairavi Sadhana is an opportunity to bring forth devotion from within.
The sadhana starts during early Uttarayana, when the sun’s run shifts to the northern hemisphere, a time conducive for spiritual receptivity.
Initiation is on the same day for both ladies and gents. However, for ladies, the sadhana culminates on Thaipusam (the full moon day in the lunar month of Thai) and for gents on Thai Amavasya (the new moon day in the lunar month of Thai).
Culmination for Ladies: 18 Jan 2022
Culmination for Gents: 31 Jan 2022
Whatever one’s aspirations may be - health, wealth, knowledge or transcendence - Devi is the Ultimate Giver of all that and more.
- Intense process to enhance one’s receptivity
- Receive the grace of Devi through special practices, discipline & offerings
- Online initiation and culmination from the comfort of your home
Step 1: Register for this Sadhana.
Step 2: Watch the Initiation Orientation Video prior to initiation day.
Step 3: Attend the Online Initiation Session on 28 December 2021.
Step 4: Go through the sadhana as per guidelines for the given duration (21 days for ladies, 34 days for gents).
Step 5: Watch the Culmination Orientation Video prior to the culmination day.
Step 6: Ladies - Attend the Online Culmination session on 18 January 2022
Gents - Attend the Online Culmination session on 31 January 2022.
** The timings for the Initiation/Culmination session and the link to join will be shared via email closer to the session dates.
Items needed for your Sadhana:
It is essential to have all these items ready before the initiation day. Details on how to use them will be shared with you on that day.
Bhairavi Sadhana kit:
- Linga Bhairavi Devi Photo
- Linga Bhairavi Abhaya Sutra
- Linga Bhairavi Kumkum
- Linga Bhairavi Stuti
The Bhairavi Sadhana Kit can be purchased online through Isha Life-USA and Isha Life-Canada.
- Devi Pendant
- If you have one already, you do not need to purchase a new one.
- Oil Lamp or Candle preferably beeswax)
- For lighting the oil lamp, sesame oil, ghee or castor oil are preferred. Otherwise you can use any other vegetable oil available.
- Green Gram/Mung Beans (Raw/Uncooked) or Black Sesame for daily offering
- If you wish, you can keep a red cloth (preferably cotton) under the Devi photo.
- Black Peppercorns
- Karpooravalli (Mexican mint/Cuban oregano)
- If unavailable, you can use neem leaves (or powder).
- Green Gram/Mung Bean sprouts
- For the sprouting process - see FAQ for details.
- If unavailable, you can use soaked peanuts.
- White or light-coloured clothing
- Herbal bathing powder or green gram powder.
- You can also prepare it at home - see FAQ for details.
The Bhairavi Sadhana Kit and many of the above additional items can be purchased online from Isha Life-USA and Isha Life-Canada.
Guidelines to follow during the Sadhana period:
Instructions will be given during the initiation session. However, please maintain the below during the sadhana:
- Take a shower/bath twice a day using herbal bathing powder instead of soap.
- Avoid smoking, consuming alcohol and eating non-vegetarian food.
- Consume only 2 meals each day. The first meal should be after 12 noon.
- Wearing white or light-colored clothing is preferable.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Bhairavi Sadhana?
Bhairavi Sadhana is an opportunity to bring forth devotion from within. It is an intense process to enhance one’s receptivity to Devi’s grace through special practices, discipline and offerings.
When does the sadhana start?
The sadhana starts during early Uttarayana, when the sun’s run shifts to the northern hemisphere, a time conducive for spiritual receptivity. The initiation date for both Ladies and Gents is 28 Dec 2021.
When will the Bhairavi Sadhana culmination happen?
The Bhairavi Sadhana Culmination will be facilitated online.
- Culmination Date for Ladies: 18 Jan 2022
- Culmination Date for Gents: 31 Jan 2022
Do I need the Bhairavi Sadhana Kit?
The Bhairavi Sadhana kit is a great support for the Sadhana. If it is not available in your region, you can do the Sadhana with the following:
- Linga Bhairavi Devi photo
- Oil Lamp or Candle
- Linga Bhairavi Stuti
Can Gents also participate in this sadhana?
Yes, gents can also participate in this sadhana.
Can ladies participate in this sadhana during pregnancy?
Yes, but if they are 5 months pregnant, it will not be possible for them to do Devi Dandam. In this case, Devi Dandam can be done mentally (by visualizing Devi Dandam with eyes closed). Also during pregnancy, if they are not able to fast, they can consume fruits and have honey with lime water in between. Pregnant women should not consume neem.
Can ladies do this sadhana during their menstrual period?
Yes, there are no restrictions.
I am having health issues, can I still register for the sadhana?
Yes, you can register for the sadhana.
Is there a sadhana (spiritual practice) that I need to do during the sadhana period?
Yes. The details will be given during sadhana initiation.
I have been initiated into other sadhana/spiritual practices/Yoga, can I also do Bhairavi Sadhana?
Yes, you can do Bhairavi Sadhana along with any other sadhana.
What is the minimum age for doing Bhairavi Sadhana?
The minimum age requirement is 7 years.
Is there a registration fee for Bhairavi Sadhana?
Yes there is a registration fee. Please check the registration page for details.
Is there any other cost involved?
Yes, there is a cost involved to procure the items needed for the sadhana.
I could not complete the payment during registration, what should I do?
Since this is a one-step registration process, if you were unable to complete the payment on the first attempt, you are required to fill up the registration form again. It is preferable to register and make your payment from a desktop or a laptop.
I am unable to register through the given link, what can I do?
If you are not able to register even after a few attempts, It is advisable to use an alternate browser, email ID and also, clear the page history/caches. Please also contact your regional contact for further guidance.
How do I sprout green gram/mung beans?
- Wash the green gram/mung until the water is clear. Soak for 8-10 hrs.
- Drain the water, spread the soaked green gram/mung on trays, cover with damp cloth and place in a slightly warm spot (such as a sunny window or in an oven with just the warmth of the light). A barely warm oven also works wonderfully - keep the oven at 250 degrees for 3-4 minutes and then turn it off, for it to be barely warm.
In the winter, it takes longer to sprout, so you may want to plan for it accordingly.
In the summer, you can just leave it on the counter the night before and it will sprout even without the cloth.
Sprouts should be ¼ inches long only. Refrigerate them to prevent further sprouting. You can remove unsprouted mung beans before consuming.
How to prepare the herbal bath powder at home?
- Spread 1 cup of dry green gram (mung beans) on a tray and sunbake them in direct sunlight for a day, or place in a low temp oven (200 degrees) for 30-40 minutes.
- Let the beans cool and then put the dried beans into a food processor and add 1/4 cup white rice. Grind the beans and rice together in the food processor into a fine powder. (Use a sieve to remove any coarser pieces as necessary.)
- Mix 2 tsp of turmeric powder into the powder and store in a sealed container. This powder can be kept for months if stored in a cool dry place.
To take herbal bath: Mix 1-2 tbsp of fine powder with a little water to make a thin paste. Rub the paste into your skin and let it air-dry for a couple of minutes before rinsing. You can use this right away, there is no need to soak the mixture for long.
1. Make a powder mixture base:
Green gram (mung bean) powder and chickpea flour (besan) are very good to use as bathing powder. Mix both and your powder mixture base is ready. Even if one of these ingredients is available, it is okay️.
2. Based on availability and preferences, you can optionally add any or all of these ingredients to 1 cup of the powder mixture base.
- 1 tsp organic turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp rice flour
- 1 tbsp amla (Indian gooseberry) powder
- 1 tbsp tulsi (holy basil) powder
- 1 tbsp neem powder
- 1 tbsp dry lemon or orange peel powder
3. Mix all of the added ingredients together and put them in an airtight container.
To use: Mix 2 tbsp of the powder with a little water to make a thin paste. Make sure there are no lumps. Rub the paste into your skin and let it air-dry for a couple of minutes before rinsing. You can use this right away, there is no need to soak the mixture for long.
Can organic soap be used instead of herbal bath powder?
What do I use for washing hair?
Organic shampoo or herbal hair powder (see recipe below).
Reetha (soapnut), amla (Indian gooseberry) and shikakai (Senegalia rugata) are considered a good combination for hair cleansing and nourishment. Traditionally, they are cooked together in an iron utensil and kept overnight to apply on the next day. Since the cooked mixture has a short shelf life and the preparation process might not be practical in most of our daily lives, we can buy them in powder form and soak them in water before applying.
For best results, take the desired quantity of each powder and soak for at least an hour (or overnight). Make sure the paste is thick enough that it does not flow easily.
Dampen your hair, gently apply the mixture and wash thoroughly. There is no need to let it rest for a longer period of time.