Maha Shivaratri: Receive one whole year of blessings with a single night introspection for Lord Shiva
Maha Shivaratri is just not another festival it’s a cosmic definition of how to protect the universe. It makes one aware of the universe, heralds the spring after the cold and dry winter, drives out ignorance, emits the light of knowledge and invokes the auspicious powers of Lord Shiva. An all night vigil, fast and worship on the day gives the equivalent or more benefit for one whole year of meditating on Lord Shiva. It is also equal to performing the Ashwamedha yagya, a ritual carried out by kings of yore to ascertain their supremacy. Vedicfolks is performing the Athi Rudra Maha yagya on the most auspicious day of Maha Shivaratri which is equal to doing Rudra Chamakam parayanam for one yuga.
Athi Rudra Homam On Maha Shivaratri 2018
Most Powerful Worship For Lord Shiva To Gain 11 Times The Power Of Maha Rudram
Scheduled Live on February 13, 2018 @ 6 PM IST
Athi Rudram: The Ultimate Form of Worship of Lord Shiva
Sage Satapatha in his treatise ‘Maharnava Karma Vipaka’ listed four types of abhisheka procedures compatible with Vedic and scriptural lore and abhisheka is the Lord’s favourite form of worship. These are Rudram, Ekadasa Rudram, Maha Rudram and Athi Rudram – each being more potent than the preceding one. Of these, the most potent form of Athi Rudram involves 14641 Rudrams (Rudram is a combination of Namakam and Chamakam given in Rudradhyayam in the fifth Prapathakam of the fourth Kanda of Krishna Yajur Veda Samhita).
Namaka recited once along with recital of Chamaka once constitutes one Rudram.
11 recitations of Namakam + 1 Anuvaka of Chamakam is called Ekadasa Rudram i.e. after chanting the Namakam, the first anuvaka of Chamakam is chanted afterwards, then another round of Namakam is chanted followed by the second Anuvaka of Chamakam, and so on until the 11th chanting of Namakam is followed by the 11th Anuvaka of Chamakam.
11 rounds of Ekadasa Rudram chanting is one Laghu Rudram
11 round of Laghu Rudram chanting is one Maha Rudram
11 rounds of Maha Rudram chanting is one Athi Rudram
So, there are 14,641 Namakams (11×11×11×11) and 1,331 Chamakams (11×11×11) in one Athi Rudram.
Athi Rudram Homam: Dissolves Lifetime Load of Karma
Mere words cannot express the powers and benefit of this great ritual and one is blessed a million times to just see and participate in this divine procedure. The Athi Rudram Yagya is performed for ‘Loka Kalyana’, general prosperity as well as to ensure universal peace and harmony. The day of Maha Shivarathri is the most apt for this ritual as it praises and salutes the lord who is also called Rudra. The Athi Rudram purifies us of all negative energies, relieves us from Karma, and protects from natural calamities. The Athi Rudra Maha Homam destroys sorrows and provides ‘loka kshema’ (peace to the world).
How This Yagya Can Be Useful To You
The entire human race is benefitted as it grants peace and prosperity
Your life time karma gets dissolved quickly
True knowledge and wisdom are gained
All diseases are cured and prevented
It removes obstacles and misfortunes
Wealth and prosperity flourishes in your home
It helps acquire health and longevity
Also, ultimate goal of liberation can be achieved
It leads to realisation of the absolute supreme consiousness
Here are the other special rituals on Maha Shivaratri that add more significance:-
Ekadasa Rudra Puja For a Blessed Family Relationship
Ekadasa Rudra puja invokes the powers of eleven forms of Rudras and their consorts. Mahadeva (the supreme), Shiva (the auspicious), Maha Rudra (destroyer of sorrows), Shankara (destroyer of doubts), Neelalohita (blue throated), Eshana Rudra (ruler of north east), Vijaya Rudra (victorious), Bheema Rudra (the tremendous), Devadeva (lord of lords), Bhavobhava (the origin of existence) and Adityamaka Sri Rudra (one who lives in the soul). It’s easy to please Lord Shiva with this yagya and he ensures a long life, prevents premature death and protects you and loved ones. The puja helps to expand your assets, remove sins, and gain victory over enemies.
Gauri Shankar Puja Bolsters Relationships & Gives Peace of Mind
The deity of Ekadasa Rudra Puja is also Lord Gauri Shankar. The manifestation of Shiva and Shakthi as a couple holds great significance for ordinary mortals like us.
A puja to them gives great miracle blessings like removing obstacles in marriage, for progeny blessings, helps find best possible life partners, and brings peace and harmony in married life.
Dhara Puja Brings ‘Aishwaryam’ and Gets Rid Of ‘Shatru Dosha’
A special pot made of silver or copper is hung above and small drops of water flows out through a small hole. This is called dhara as it drops gradually on the kalasa below. The dhara is a special offering of sanctified, herbal water that’s dropped on the Kalasam. The water cools the Lord who’s invoked in the kalasam and grants the blessings of ‘aishwarya’. It removes ‘shatru dosha’ (afflictions due to enemies) and also ‘drishti dosha’ (evil eye casting).
Neeranjanam Drives Away Gloom From Your Life
It’s a sacred ritual in which ghee is poured into coconut halves that are kept on a bed of raw rice. Cotton wicks are placed inside the coconut in which ghee is poured. The coconut acts as a bright lamp that drives away darkness and spreads positive vibrations around. The black ash obtained by burning the wick can be applied on the forehead to repel inauspiciousness from a devotee’s life and attract positive energies towards you.
Hridyaleeswarar Temple Puja
The Hridayaleeswarar Temple has found a special place in the history of temple architecture. The temple has a remarkable past, & is said to cure ailments related to the heart. It may be interesting to know that a renowned Shiva devotee Poosalar Nayanar was instrumental for the construction of the temple & an idol for him has found a place along with the main deity in the sanctum sanctorum. Poosalar had constructed the temple in his heart & could not build one as he was poor devotee. Since the temple was constructed in the heart of Poosalar, it came to be known as Hridayaleeswarar Temple where hridaya means heart.