Srirudram Removes Fear, Averts Bad Planetary Effects, Grants Longevity
Sri Rudram Chamakam also called the Srirudram, or Rudraprasna, or Shatarudriya and Rudradhyaya, is one of the greatest hymns of Vedic times as told in Yajur Veda. It looks upon Lord Shiva as the ultimate god. Chanting of Rudram Chamakam is a direct method to seek enlightenment.
Ekadasa Rudra homam comprises of two sections, the Namakam and Chamakam. In the former, the prayers plead with the Lord to give up his savage, dreadful and fiery form and transform into a calm being and bless his devotees with greatness. He is also wished to remove the sins of his followers. Due to the repeated use of the word Namo, it has derived the name Namakam. All eleven forms are invoked for seeking various needs of the devotees. Some of them are, copious rainfall, protection of family, expansions of assets, victory against enemies, easy childbirth, avert bad planetary effects in one’s natal charts, protection of progeny, education, longevity, premature death, wealth, good spouse, stable career, fear removal and many more.
The Rudram Chamakam hymn corresponds to the recital of eleven mantras each having a meaning and benefit of its own that include education, benefit of progeny and destruction of enemies. In the second part, the devotee asks God for fulfilment of wishes. Here the devotee invokes the benevolent aspect of Lord Shiva and not the terrible aspect in order to fulfil his wishes. He connects himself with the Lord and asks him to grant everything. He wishes for his sensory organs to be healthy, for a sound mind and a peaceful old age. He seeks spiritual uplift, body fitness, good food, precious stones and sound body. The devotee asks the deity to grant him all the materials needed for the yagna and also involves higher spiritual elevation and hence called jnana homam. Chamakam recital is a call for seeking all material desires and a final sense of fulfilment. The verses describe God as the ruling deity and that he is immortal, infinite and has no barriers and he is the reason for heaven and earth, space and time and He has no death.