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Nyasa means to purify, and Mahanyasam means to do the same with more austerity. Purvaka is complete – complete purification of the self. It’s a ritual that manifests Lord Shiva in every part of the body from head to foot. Mahanyasa Purvaka Rudrabhishekam has found reference in Bruhath Parasara Smruthi which says that only after Mahanyasam can Rudrabhishekam be performed. Also, the revered saint Ved Vyas has said that, “Naa Rudro Rudramarchayet,” which means unless a person becomes Rudra himself, he cannot perform Rudrabhishekam. The unique ritual invokes the Eka Dasa Rudra or 11 Rudra forms, therefore the ritual is called Mahanyasa Purvaka Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam Homam. It will be performed to 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 Adyatmaka Sri Rudra (one who lives in the soul).
The Dwadasha (12) Sarpa forms that will be worshipped in this ritual are Anantha, Kulika, Vasuki, Shankhapal, Padma, Mahapadma, Takshak, Karkotaka, Shankachood, Ghatak, Vishadhara and Sheshnag. The invocation brings major relief to unending problems that cause unbearable miseries in a person’s life.
Mahanyasa Purvaka Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam and Dwadasha Sarpa homam will be performed on the auspicious day of Nagula Chavithi which is the fourth day of the lunar month that falls in the month of Karthika during Shukla Paksha. On this day, Nag Devatas or snake gods are worshipped mainly by women for the wellbeing of their family. Also invoking Lord Shiva, who is known as Naga Bhushan, on this day is considered very propitious. Ceremonies and devotion to snakes on this day are carried out to show gratitude towards serpents. When pleased, they shower their powerful blessings on devotees.
Mahanyasa Purvaka Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam Homam is performed to the eleven forms of Rudra by doing Rudra Parayanam followed by Ekadasa Rudra Parayanam which is chanting of Sri Rudram 11 times. All the 11 sections of namakam are recited followed by the first 11 sections of chamakam. This process is repeated 11 times with each of the other 11 sections of chamakam.
Rudrabhishekam to Rudra forms can be performed when complicated situations arise for the country like inevitable wars, economic crisis, during lethal epidemics and also when calamity strikes an individual. The benefits of rudrabhishekam are vast and anyone who performs or even gets a glimpse of the ritual will be blessed with long life, good health, wealth and also attain the ultimate goal of life – moksha.
Dwadasha Sarpa Homam invokes the planets Rahu and Ketu by chanting mantras to please the graha. The homam can help to alleviate the terrible effects of Kala Sarpa dosha. All types of snake curses and sins can be removed by performing this powerful ritual to the 12 snake forms.
Rudrabhishekam is the ultimate puja performed for Lord Shiva as Rudra. It also gives ultimate blessings of the lord. The Ekadasa Rudrabhiskekam rituals to the 11 forms of Rudra remove negative effects of the nakshatras or the constellations that rule your horoscope. It helps to wash away all sins and bad karma from the life of a person. The ritual wipes off all negativities and gives a strong protective shield which keeps all lower energies and evil at bay, thereby providing overall safety. The ritual displaces pain, sorrow, unhappiness and replaces it with peace, joy and harmony. If a person is suffering from negative effects of Moon and Saturn in the chart, then this ritual not only removes the afflictions but also grants a strong mind, good health, wealth and harmony. Eka Dasa rudrabhishekam ushers name, glory, fortune and power. All the wishes of devotees are fulfilled with this ritual.
Dwadasha Sarpa are twelve forms of snake gods that are worshiped to remove snake dosha or sins and other snake-related negative impacts in life. One such is Kalasarpa dosha which is mostly hereditary and its effects are seen only during Vimshottari dasas which is the most accurate and logical method to predict the exact time of past, present and future events. Vedic astrology foretells many reasons for Naga dosha or Sarpa dosha. Occult or black magic practices of ancestors, killing an unborn child, slaying serpents, injustice to spiritually influenced women, destroying temples or idols due to prejudice or hate etc., can cause the dosha.
Dwadasha Sarpa Homam normalises the malefic effects of Rahu and Ketu to a large extent. If a person is facing untimely obstacles or hurdles then it can be prevented with this homam. It also removes untimely incidents, obstacles, or hurdles in the life of a person. The ritual removes hurdles in education, it averts career and business-related problems that may arise out of negative impacts of Kala Sarpa yoga. The person will be bestowed with good fortune, prosperity and harmony. If there’s a delay in marriage, then the homa resolves it and also solves all problems in marital life. It solves financial problems and gives liquid cash in plenty. Property and health related problems can be settled.
Thirunageswaram Temple is famous for worship of shadow planet Rahu. Lord Shiva is worshipped here as Naganathaswamy in the form of Shiva linga. The serpents of the divine world, Adisesha, Takshaka and Karkotaga worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple hence the name Tirunageswaram. This is a miracle temple due to the fact that when milk is poured on the idol of Rahu for abhishekam, it turns blue. The temple is considered as one of the Navagraha temples for Rahu, the serpent god who is responsible for a person’s status, good position, business, winning over opposition, travel abroad, and spiritual power. Naganathaswamy temple is among the rarest of the rare temples where devotees make a beehive to get relief from Sarpa or serpent dosha. Rahu signifies karma bondage that is inherited from previous births. A puja in this powerful temple allays Puthra dosha, kalathra dosha, Sarpa dosha, mental disorders, marriage delays, childlessness, communicable diseases, problems in married life and downfalls of life. It is said that a dip in the holy tank cures diseases and also ensures prosperity and well-being.
Kala Sarpa Yantra is a mystic drawing embossed on a copper plate that’s square in shape. A Kalasarpa Dosha is a formation of unfavorable planets combinations in the horoscope. This involves the presence of Rahu and Ketu along with planets such as Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter or Saturn. The ill-effects can lead to a person facing death-like situations or facing hurdles, problems in day-to day-life. Naga Panchami is also an auspicious day to install the yantra in your house. Performing puja to Kala Sarpa Yantra daily gives protection from evil effects of Rahu and Ketu or during their Maha Dasha period. The yantra’s powers are such that it channelizes the energy from the universe and works in appeasing the deity for your well-being. It minimizes the force of the dosha and neutralizes the bad influences in your life. The yantra enhances positivity and helps a person achieve success, overcome obstacles and problems in career and ensures conjugal bliss.