Rudra Abhishekam & Homam
Rudra Abhishekam is a ritual where Panchamrut Pooja is offers to lord Shiva with Sanskrit hymns/mantras are recited to fulfill the wishes of the person who gets it performed.
This Abhishekha bestows prosperity, fulfillment of all desires, it removes negativity, cut off the negative karma and give all round happiness in life.
Panchamrut Pooja contains five ingrediants which are Milk, Curd (yogurt), Ghee, Honey and Sugar. It is done for fulfilling our desires, and for prosperity. This bestows prosperity, fulfillment and give all aground happiness in life Ahishekha is perormed by Chanting the verses of Sanskrit sholakas (‘Suktas’) (Rudra ) and simultaneously offering either holy leaves (Bilva patra), holy water, and Panchamrutas to Lord Shiva.
Verses are pronounced loudly by priests they are written in Sanskrit language which is used by Gods for communication. Priest’s usually can chant in this language. The vibrations generated from this chanting heals the mind of listeners and will give him/her peace of mind.
Following Abhisheka can be performed and verses are written by ancient saints to please God Shiva.
Rudrabhishekam: is done to please Lord Shiva and seek his blessings. Lord Shiva is worshiped in his Rudra form, to remove all evils, to attain all desires and for all round prosperity. The Maha Rudrabhishekam is particularly performed for the sake of washing away ones sins and afflictions, for bringing peace, prospertiy and happiness, along with family togetherness.
Ekadasa (11) Rudrabhishekam: Lord Shiva is worshiped in eleven forms of Rudra. After the aavahan (welcoming of the deity), sthaapna (giving seat to the deity) Laghu-nyasam is recited. Then Rudra Trishati is recited. Abhishekam is done to each of the 11 Rudras with all the 11 dravyas prescribed in the Shiv Puraana. Their 11 consorts are also worshiped . This pooja is performed by reciting Rudram 11 times – i.e. one recital for each of the 11 Rudras. One need to say sankalpam, specific purpose for which the pooja is being performed.
Ekadasa (11) Rudrabhishekam Homa: In this Homa all the 11 Rudras are worshiped. After the sthapana avahana etc., Mahanyasam is recited. Then Rudra Trishati is recited. This homa is performed by 11 pandits each recites Rudram 11 times 11×11 total 121 total 121 times Rudrajapa. Abhishekam is done to each of the 11 Rudras with all the 11 dravyas prescribed. Their 11 consorts are also worshiped . After the pooja Homa is performed with the prescribed ingredients and 1/10 the number of japas done in the pooja are repeated. It ends with Poornaahuti and Shaanti Paath. One need to say sankalpam, specific purpose for which the pooja is being performed.
Maha Rudra Yagna – Maha Rudra Homa : This is done to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and as a remedy for all doshas and for all round success in all areas of life. All other rituals are same as in the above Ekadasa Rudra Homam but in this Yagna 121 pandits recite the Rudram 11 times each in one day – i.e.,121×11 total 1331 recitals of Rudram. Also performed by 33 pandits for 4 days to complete the total 1331 Rudra japas. After that Homa is performed with the prescribed ingredients and 1/10 the number of japas done in the pooja are repeated while performing the Homa – i.e., 133 more Rudra japas. Normally apart from the 121 reciting pandits 10 more extra pundits are included in the homa to look after the continuous process of abhishekam and passing the materials plus in case a pandit takes a break to drink water etc as it a very long Yagna. One must be very lucky indeed to get this Yagya performed as it is said that Lord Shiva and His consort Goddess Parvati bless the performer with all the 8 types of wealth.