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Rudra Abhishek Pooja
About Rudra Abhishek Pooja
Rudra is a famous name of Lord Shiva. Rudrabhishek is the famous puja and worship performed to Shivling by giving a holy bath. This is one of the most powerful forms of worships in Hinduism and is believed to bless the devotees with prosperity and peace and remove the sins of many births.
Rudrabhishek is performed on Shivratris month after month. However, any day of Shravan (July – August) is ideally suited for Rudrabhishek. The essence of this puja is the holy chant of Sri Rudam from the Yajur Veda and giving a holy bath to Shivling with many materials including Panchmrit or fruit salad soaked in honey.
Rudra Abhishek Preparation & Procedure
Before the beginning of Rudrabhishek elaborate preparations need to go. Asanas or seats are prepared for Lord Shiva, Mother Parvati, other gods and goddesses and Navagrahas. The blessings of the Lord are sought before commencing the puja along with worship of Ganesh for the successful completion of the puja. The devotee also chants the sankalp or the determination mentioning why the puja is performed.
The pujas performed to different gods and universal energies include Mother Earth, Ganga Mata, Ganesh, Lord Surya, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Agni, Lord Brahma and the nine planets in this order. Once the puja and offerings are made to all these deities, the Shivling to be worshipped is placed on the altar with arrangements to collect the water flowing from the image during abhishek
Besides lamps, oil or ghee, flowers, sandal paste, vermilion, incense, camphor, special dishes, kheer, fruits, betel leaves and nuts, coconuts and others, the materials gathered for the abhishek include holy ash, fresh milk, curds, honey, rose water, panchamrit (fruit salad with honey), sugarcane juice, tender coconut water, sandal water, Gangal Jal and other fragrant substances you might like to offer.
The elaborate version of the Rudrabhishek is done after doing a homa or sacrificial offering in fire. This is done by accomplished priests. Following that the Shivling is set up facing the north direction. The devotee sits facing the east direction near the Shivling. The abhishek is done with Ganga Jal to start with and all the materials meant for abhishek are poured on the shivling one after the other washing the Shivling in between every kind of abhishek with Ganga Jal.
At the end, special dishes are offered to the lord and arati is performed. The Ganga Jal collected from the abhishek is sprinkled on the devotees and also given for drinking, which is believed to remove all the sins and diseases. Rudram or ‘Om Namashivaya’ is chanted all through during