What is Ashtami on Waning Moon?
Eighth day of the lunar phase is known as Ashtami. This day on the moon waning period, is known as Krishna Paksha Ashtami.
Significance of Ashtami on Waning Moon
Krishna Paksha Ashtami is the 23rd Tithi (lunar day) and is considered as “conflict or problem creator). This day is also known as “Kala Ashtami” as Kala Bhairava, the forceful form of Lord Shiva is the ruling deity. He is also known as Vairavar in Tamil, who is a manifestation of Shiva's anger. Worshipping Bhairava removes bad karma, negative energies and vibrations in our life. Appeasing the God also ensures confidence and determination in our mind. Generally the day is not considered auspicious to start any new venture, education, marriage, construction or travel. The best activity to be performed on this day is to worship Lord Kala Bhairava and feed stray dogs.
Festivals Associated with Krishna Paksha Ashtami
Many important festivals fall on Ashtami on Waning moon phase.
- Krishna Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna
- Trilochana Ashtami dedicated to worshiping Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati – “Tri” means “Three” and “Lochan” means “Eye”. This festival is exclusively for the three-eyed Supreme God, which also signifies past, present and the future.
- Bhairava Ashtami (Bhairava Jayanthi), the birthday of Lord Kala Bhairava, a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva.
There is also a belief that one should worship God during the waning phase of Moon, only to decrease their problems or remove any hurdle/obstacle. Celebrating these festivals whole-heartedly further gives opportunity to sync with Gods ruling the day and gain abundant blessings and energies from them.
The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.