Rudra is one of the many names of Lord Shiva. Performing a Puja for the Rudra avatar of Lord Shiv with all proper rites and rituals is known as Rudrabhishek Puja. It is one of the most ancient practices followed by Hindus worldwide. This Puja is aimed to appease the Rudra form of Shiva so as to attain inner peace and fulfillment.
Many Vedic scriptures have stressed upon the Rudrabhishek Puja as the remover of all evils. All planets affecting people’s horoscopes have been born from the rage of Lord Shiva. So if one wishes to do away with the ill effects i.e. Doshas of the planetary positions, one can definitely do a Rudrabhishek Puja. Two kinds of energies exist in our world – positive and negative. Positive energies exist in the form of good health, happiness, love, joy and prosperity whereas negative energies exist in the form of ill health, depression and poverty. The Rudrabhishek Puja helps in transforming these negative energies into positive ones.
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Legends and Vedic Scriptures have claimed that this Puja is being done since the Treta Yug. This Yug belonged to Lord Rama who was the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. Lord Rama was known to be a Bhakt i.e. devotee of Lord Shiva. For this Rama did a Sthapna of a Shiv Lingam as an expression of his devotion. Since then people offer flowers, milk, belpatra etc. to the Shiv Linga as a method of doing the Rudrabhishek Puja.
The month of Shravan is considered to be one of the holiest months in the Hindu calendar for the devotees of Lord Shiva. The Mondays i.e. the Somvaar of Shravan are considered even more auspicious as Monday is the day of Lord Shiva. The name Somvaar comes from one of the names of Shiva i.e. Somnath. Many people observe fasts on these Mondays. The month of Shravan also marks the onset of the Chatur Maas or the Four Holy Months. Rudrabhishek Puja can be done on any day suggested by the Pandit but doing it in the month of Shravan and especially on a Monday in that Holy month is known to give manifold benefits.
In the year 2016, for the North Indians who follow the Purnimant calendar, as per Hindu Tithis, Shravan shall commence on Wednesday, 20th July 2016 and conclude on Thursday, 18th August 2016. This period shall see four Mondays – 25th July, 1st August, 8th August and 15th August. In the year 2016, for the West and South Indians who follow the Amavasyant calendar, as per Hindu Tithis, Shravan shall commence on Wednesday, 3rd August 2016 and conclude on Thursday, 1st September 2016. This period shall see four Mondays – 8th August, 15th August, 22nd August and 29th August.
There are many mantras and hymns chanted during the course of a Rudrabhishek Puja. The key mantra is known as the Shree Rudram which is chanted along with the 108 names of Lord Shiva. The easiest and most common mantra to associate yourself with Him is “Om Namaha Shivayaha”. The other hymns include the Shivopasana Mantra and the Shree Rudram mantra.
A famous mantra that people chant during a Rudrabhishek Puja goes like:
|| Om Vamdevaya Namaha, Jyeshthaaya Namaha , Shreshthay Namaha , Rudraay Namaha , Kaalay Namaha ,Kala Vikarannaay Namaha, Bal Vikaranaay Namaha, Balaay Namaha Bala Pramathanaay Namaha, Sarva Bhoot Damanaay Namaha, Manomanaay Namaha||
|| While offering the diyas, agarbattis and camphor, people chant: Karpur Gaurm, Karunavataram, Sansaar Saaram, Bhujagendrahaaram, Sada Vasantam, Hridaya Aravinde, Bhavam Bhavani Sahitam Namaami ||
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