- Rudraksha Dharanam
- Bhasma Dharanam in the prescribed manner
- Panchakshara Mantra Japady for those who have been initiated by a Guru and Shiva Nama Japa by those who have not initiated into Mantra
- Performing daily Panchayatana Puja and
- Meditating constantly on Sadashiva.
Sages of ancient times imposed a harsh rules and regulations regarding the use of Vedic Mantras for worship purposes. Among the mantras, SRI RUDRAM of Taitriya Samhita of Sri Krishna Yajurveda is of austere rule. Samhita is a collection of seven ‘cantos’ and 44 chapters of ‘Prasnas’. ‘SRI RUDRAM’ is the fifth chapter in the middle of the 4th canto of the Smhita. The fifth chapter contains 11 ‘Anuvakas’ or paragraphs in which the attributes of the Lord shiva has been praised in the form of prayer. The noticeable and of great importance thing about SRI RUDRAM is that it held in the middle of the Taittiriya Samhita. In the mid of the SRI RUDRAM there is PANCHAKSHARA MANTRA, which is considered to be greatest among mantras. So, SRI RUDRAM is considered as the holiest of holy mantras. The word ‘Namah’ comes several time, therefore it is also known as Namaka Prasnam. It is also popular as Shatharudriyam. This is performed for the sake of washing away ones sins and affliction, for bringing peace, prosperity and happiness. This is not done only for one’s self but also for the betterment of whole nation as well.
Based on the beliefs, the CHAMAKA PRASNAM, which is the seventh chapter of the 4th Cantos of Taittriya is chanted along with Sri Rudram mantras for the attainment of salvation and for the needed materials like food to eat. JAP YAGNA is a term which means the repetition of Rudra Mantras in a perfect manner. To make effective worship to Lord Shiva the Japa Yagna is done with Abhishek, Hawan and Archana
Usually before Anganyasa, Sri Rudram Japam is chanted and is termed as MAHANYASA. At the end Sri Rudram is recited sacredly 11 times followed by one Anuvaka of Chamaka Prasanam. At the same time Abhishekam is also performed with chanting Sri Rudram eleven times and Chamaka one time. The religious beliefs behind the recitation of Sri Rudram mantra eleven times is the eleven forms of Lord Shiva viz; Mahadev, Shiva, Rudra, Shankara, Neelalohita, Eashana, Vijaya, Bhima, Devadeva, Bhayodhbhaya and Aditivatmaka Rudra. During the worshipping process the eleven forms of Lord Shiva is placed in eleven Kalasas and eleven pundits recite Sri Rudram Mantra eleven times followed by the chanting of Chamaka one time. Then Vasordhara is performed. In Vasordhara, cow’s ghee is poured into the fire in one unbroken stream reciting Rudra and Chamaka performimg Hawan. The rituals and worship becomes more glorifying when materials like coconut water, ghee, cow’s milk, curds, rice honey, sugar cane juice, finely ground sugar, water and similar stuff is used as these things are thought to be dearer to Lord Shiva. Holy water in the eleven Kalasas sanctifies the devotees by sprinkling. And after Abhishekam worship is performed. Afterward the bhavya shringar of shivling is done with the Bilva patra and Lotus flowers. Towards the end of this Rudra Puja, the aarti of 108 divas is performed. The whole yagya process is completed by Sadhakas distributing prasadam.
Sri rudra mantra and chamaka mantra is chanted by 11 pandits . Each pandits recite sri rudra mantra 11 times and chamaka mantra one time. Adding all, 11 pandits recite sri rudra mantra 121 times and chamaka mantra 11 times and the whole process is termed as Rudrikadasini. Maha Rudra Yagna is done by performing 11 Rudrikadasini. And for Ati Rudra Maha Yagna 121 continuous Rudrikadasinis is performed. This puja has been found extremely helpful in healing from physical as well as spiritual enemies.
Benefits of Maha Rudrabhishek :
- To minimize the evil effect of afflicted moon
- To minimize the evil effect of Punarvasu, Pushya, Akhlesh nakshatra and make it powerful and beneficial
- For bringing peace, prosperity.
- For removal of negativities, purify the negative karma and give the protection in life.
- Protects devotees from evil forces and possible dangers
- To have a healthy mind and good spirit
Importance Of Rudrabhishek :
Rudrabhisek is particularly performed for the sake of washing away ones sins and afflictions, for bringing peace, prosperity and happiness, along with family togetherness. The worship gives a miracle result to bestow fulfillment, removal of negativities, purify the negative karma and give the protection in life. Rudrabhishek is a tradition of worshipping Lord Shiva, in which a Shivalinga is bathed with water and milk pouring constantly above it. It is a custom of loving Lord Shiva by non-stop droning of Vedic mantra. The custom of worshipping Lord Krishna in which water and milk is poured constantly over Shivalinga with accompaniment of the chanting of Vedic mantra is called the Rudra Sukhtha. Rudra Sukhta puja is considered as the most pious and spiritual worship in which lord Shiva is worshipped with the materials which is dearer to lord, such as- coconut, water Ghee, cow’s milk, curds, sugarcane juice and similar stuff. The Abhishek starts with the Ganesh Lakshmi puja. Shivalinga is washed and brightened with the flowers and Bilva Patra.
On the basis of celestial significance, one conceived under the zodiac indication of Karka get various profits from this puja. It decreases the evil impacts of Chandra grah as well as evil effect of Punarvasu, Pushya, Ashlesha Nakshatras and make it powerful and benefacial. Nine planets are worshipped to achieve success and the maximum power is generated from a particular planet to get it fully energised. Offering puja plays prime importance to seek blessings and good fortune for all family members. To please the Lord Rudra, abhishek is the best solution in Vedic system. Lord shiva is a symbol of demolisher of all negative and bad forces. Lord Shiva defends devotees from the negative forces and probable dangers.