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Maha Rudra Yajnam / Yajna / Rudrabhishek / Rudrabhishekam- Ritual, Significance & Process

      Lord Shiva is also called as Jivaratna or the Jewel of life by the sages. In Vedas jewels of life is mentioned as Shankara, Tryambaka etc., which is the mere refuge for mankind and gives all happiness in life. So, Rudrabhishek is performed for Lord Shiva.

What is the best time to perform Rudrabhishekam?

Generally Rudrabhishek in Kashi Vishwanath Temples is performed at 5:00 AM to 6:00 AM early in the morning.

Why to peform Rudrabhishek in Kashi Vishwanath Temple?

      Kashi Vishwanath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and believed to exist on the Trident of the Lord Shiva. So, it is directly associated with divinity. It is considered, performing Rudrabhishek in Kashi Vishwanath Temple gives utmost satisfaction, peace and material growth as Rudrabhishek is direct offering to the Lord Shiva in the form of materials that enchant him.

How to perform Rudrabhishek in Kashi Vishwanath Temple?

You can perform rudrabhishek in Kashi Vishwanath Temple in simple steps mentioned following:

You can book a Rudrabhishek Ticket for Rudrabhisekh Pooja in Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi.

What is significance of Sri Rudram Mantra in Rudrabhishek?

  • Sages of ancient times derived many methods of worshipping like meditation, chanting and penance. One of the importante chants is SRI RUDRAM of Taitriya Samhita of Sri Krishna Yajurveda.
  • ‘SRI RUDRAM’ have 11 ‘Anuvakas’ or paragraphs in which the attributes of the Lord shiva has been praised in the form of chants
  • 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 Namaha Prasnam and is popular as Shatarudriyam.
  • 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.

What is the process to perform Rudrabhishek Puja?

  • 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.
  • During the worshipping process the 11 forms of Lord Shiva is placed in eleven Kalashas (Pitchers) 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.
  • Materials like coconut water, ghee, cow’s milk, curds, rice honey, sugar cane juice, finely ground sugar, water and similar stuff is also used as these things are thought to be dearer to Lord Shiva.
  • Holy water in the eleven Kalasas sanctifies the devotees by sprinkling.
  • 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 Yajna is done by performing 11 Rudrikadasini. And for Ati Rudra Maha Yajna 121 continuous Rudrikadasinis is performed.

Why Rudram Mantra is chanted 11 times?

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.

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

Which Items required for Rudrabhishek Puja?

Rudra Sukta puja is considered as the most pious and spiritual worship in which lord Shiva is worshipped with the materials which is dearer to lord listed below:

  • Coconut
  • Water
  • Ghee
  • Cow’s milk
  • Curd
  • Sugarcane Juice
  • Dhatura (Harebell / Devil Weed)
  • Bilva Patra
  • Flowers
  • Paan
  • Bhang (Hemp)

How to reach Kashi Vishwanath Temple for Rudrabhishek?

Rudrabhishek starts early at 5:00 AM in morning. So, it would be difficult to get a vehicle especially in winters. So, its better to hire a pre-booked taxi/cab at least 1 day prior to Rudrabhishek Puja. To know more for Tariff for Private Cabs in Varanasi click here .

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