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Rudra is Lord Shiva, the destroyer of evil forces and this homam is dedicated to the lord who is said to be mightiest of all. According to religious literature, 12 distinguished energies of Lord Shiva merge in Lord Rudra. He can control the nine planets and thus control time and space. The Rudra Homam cleanses the internal spiritual system of a person and all deep-rooted turmoil by invoking the grace of Rudra who is one of the many forms of energies of Lord Shiva. Sri Rudram mantra is renowned for its healing vibrations. It is chanted to invoke Lord Shiva's energy, intelligence and blessings. In Sri Rudram, the cosmic form of Lord Shiva is described. Rudra Homam & Rudrabhishekam will be performed on Shukra Pradosham day which falls on a Friday. Therefore, it removes all doshas related to Planet Venus (Shukra) and puts an end to sins and curses of life.
The time window after the sun sets when Trayodashi tithi falls during the time of Pradosha Kala, is very auspicious for Lord Shiva prayers. Those who worship Lord Shiva during this time are freed from the shackles of bondage and attain salvation. It helps to mitigate various problems, alleviate bad karma that limit one’s potential, and seek immediate blessings of the lord for overall prosperity. Worship during this time also helps to mitigate sins of ancestors and your own sins too.
Rudra Homam when performed with devotion and care, can directly pierce through your deepest energy layers, energise the nadis or nerve points and flush out the negative forces that influence your health and mental states. People suffering from anxieties, depression and other mental disorders can perform this homam. It also bails the devotee out of debt complications by providing effective solutions to financial problems. The significant aspect of all the Vedic mantras used for traditional rituals is that their constant repetition invokes the cosmic powers to help those engulfed by the negative powers. Thus, the greater the number of repetitions of the mantra, the greater is its effect. According to Vedic scriptures, Lord Krishna is said to have chanted the Sri Rudram during the war of Kurusheshtra.
Rudra Homam also arouses the three major energies of Lord Rudra – these are Pushtivardhanam, Thrayambaka and Sugandhi. The first energy rewards with material wealth, the second instils righteousness, and the third energy fetches spiritual liberation.
Ancient scriptures like Yajur Veda, have glorified Lord Rudra in Vedic hymns called Sri Rudram. It’s a powerful and effective method to please Lord Shiva. The Sri Rudra homam cleanses previous birth defects and deep-rooted disorders. The powerful call of Rudra strikes a balance and order in life by removing trials and tribulations. It regenerates the environments and blesses with a blissful life. It is also performed to acquire fame, financial stability, good health, success, bliss, longevity and a debt-free life. Like the lord himself, the homa also begets courage and chivalry in your mind.
Abhishekam is a sacred Vedic method of pouring libations such as tender coconut, water, milk, ghee, honey etc., on idols or images of deities amidst chanting of mantras. In Rudrabhishekam these religious offerings are slowly decanted on the Shiva linga along with chanting of mantras for seeking Lord Shiva’s blessings.
Eleven ‘dravyams’ or materials are used to perform the ‘abhishekam’ namely sesame oil, abhishekam powder, panchagavyam (a concoction of five products derived from a cow), panchamrutham, clarified butter (ghee), milk, curd, honey, sandal, extract of sweet lime or sugarcane and swarna (gold) abhishekam. Kalasa abhishekam and basma (Holy ash) abhishekam are also included in the later part of the ritual and finally the process of alankaram is done, which is decorating the Shiva linga.
Sri Brahmapureeswarar Temple is located in Sirkazhi, near Chidambaram. The lord of the temple is self-manifested known by names such as Sri Bhrampureeswarar, Sri Thoniappar and Sri Sattainathar. His consort is Sri Periyanayagi. Lord Shiva axed the pride of Brahma who thought He was the most powerful, and hence came to be known as Brahmapureeswarar. An ancient architecture splendour, the temple has a maximum of 71 Thevara hymns sung in praise of the lord by musical saints Sambandar, Sundarar and Manickavasagar. This holy land has many stories to tell such Sambandar being fed by the goddess with her wisdom milk when he was a child. Lord Shiva graces in the form of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The Bhairava of this temple is considered equivalent to Kasi. As Lord Shiva is said to be the maker of all laws, he is called Sattainathar. The lord and his consort fulfill all wishes of devotees. Devotees throng the temple to find relief to litigation problems and seek child boon.
Rudraksha mala is a divine rosary of Rudraksha beads that represents Rudra or Lord Shiva. It is a perfect tool for meditation as it energises the central system of your body. It also removes depression, obstacles and mental blocks. It helps to attain self-development that leads to growth, it strengthens inner personality, eliminates negative traits in an individual and ensures inner positive vibrations. It grants happiness, prosperity, intuitive ability, desire fulfilments, harmony and self-empowerment. It also enhances intellect, creates self-awareness, and removes all negative vibrations including those of planets. You can chant the lord’s mantra 108 times with the divine beads to achieve all windfalls in life.