What is Rudrabhishek and How to Please Lord Shiva?
Rudrabhishek is an ancient ritual performed to please lord Shiva and seek his blessings. It involves offering sacred articles, such as flowers, fruits, leaves and various kinds of grains, to the deity amidst chanting of mantras/Rudra adhayyi.
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The ritual is usually accompanied by extensive Vedic hymns and verses from scriptures praising Lord Shiva’s invincible power. It also includes offerings that symbolize prosperity, health and protection.
For many devotees of Lord Shiva, Rudra Abhishek serves not just as a form of worship but also an intense spiritual experience which manifests in great peace and contentment within them.
Significance of Rudrabhishek
Rudrabhishek is highly significant for devotees of Lord Shiva, even in His fierce Rudra form. Performing the ritualistic Rudrabhishek puja as per the guidelines in ancient Hindu texts and conducting the Rudra Abhishek with a pure heart and good intentions can bring blessings of Lord Shiva in all aspects of life.
This includes washing away sins, obtaining liberation from past Karmas, and experiencing spiritual growth. The Rudrabishek puja can also eliminate all negative energies from life.
When to do Rudrabhishek Puja
It is considered highly auspicious on several occasions. The most suitable times for conducting this puja are on Mahashivratri, Mondays of Shravan Maas or all days of Shravan Maas or Sawan Maas, monthly Shivratri days, Pradosham days, and Mondays throughout the year.
Worshipping Lord Shiva by performing Rudrabhishek on Shivratri is believed to please Him immensely. It is also said that performing Rudra Abhishek at Pradosh Kaal, which is considered the favorite time of the day for Lord Shiva, can be especially beneficial for devotees.
The steps to perform Rudrabhishek Puja
- Set up a Shivling in a puja altar or temple.
- Gather the necessary ingredients for the Abhishekham, which include a sacred mixture of liquids such as Milk, Gangajal, Honey, Curd, Sugarcane juice, Sandalwood paste, Belpatra, Aromatic Oils, and Flowers.
- Avoid using Haldi, Kumkum, Tulsi leaves, Coconut water, and Kewda/Champa flowers.
- Begin the puja by chanting Mantras and hymns that are specifically associated with Lord Shiva, such as Rudram or Chamakam.
- Perform the Abhishekham of the Shivling with the sacred mixture of liquids while reciting the mantras and hymns.
- Offer prayers and seek blessings from Lord Shiva, asking for the fulfilment of your desires.
- Distribute Prasad among the devotees after the puja is complete and partake in it yourself as well.
Types of Rudrabhishek & Its Benefits
Performing Rudrabhishek can be a beautiful and creative experience, with each type of Abhishek offering its unique benefits and symbolism.
- Dudh Abhishek – Along with offering fresh cow’s milk, you can decorate the Shivling with fresh flowers, specifically white or yellow flowers, as they are considered auspicious for this type of Abhishek. This type of ritual is believed to grant blessings of longevity to the devotee.
- Dahi Abhishek – This type of abhishek is performed with curd or yogurt, and is known to be especially beneficial for couples facing difficulty in conceiving, as it is believed to help in fertility and reproductive health.
- Shahad Abhishek – You can light some diyas (lamps) around the Shivling and offer some fresh fruits, such as bananas or apples, along with the honey. Shahad Abhishek, is said to reward the devotee with a life that is free from misfortunes and troubles, leading to happiness.
- Ghee Abhishek – Ghee Abhishek is performed with clarified butter made from cow’s milk, While performing this Abhishek, you can chant the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, which is believed to protect the devotee from all types of illnesses and diseases.
- Jal Abhishek – During abhishek, you can choose to pour the holy water of River Ganges, Gangajal, on the Shivling using a conch shell. The sound of the conch is believed to amplify the positive effects of the Abhishek. To further enhance the spiritual ambiance, lighting incense sticks or dhoop (fragrant smoke) can create a divine and peaceful atmosphere that is said to bestow blessings of the fulfillment of one’s desires.
- Panchamrit Abhishek – Abhishek performed with Panchamrit, which is a mixture of unboiled cow’s milk, curd, honey, sugar and ghee, is said to bless the devotee with prosperity, wealth and abundance.
By performing these rituals with devotion and purity of heart, one can seek the divine blessings of Lord Shiva.
Why Rudrabhishek Puja is Performed?
- Rudrabhishek puja is performed to please Lord Shiva and receive blessings that come with the benefits.
- Rudrabhishek benefits include protection from harm and danger, good health, cure/healing from physical illness and diseases, prosperity, wealth and good fortune, relief from malefic planetary effects, spiritual growth, and fulfilment of desires.
- The puja also brings relationship harmony between spouses and family members, and fills life with peace and calmness.
- Rudrabhishek at home cleanses negative energies and fills the atmosphere with positivity.
- Devotees perform Rudrabhishek puja to impress and please Lord Shiva, who is known to be a generous giver.
- Rudrabhishek benefits the life of the devotee by bringing good opportunities, especially in career or job.
The spiritual growth of the devotee is another Rudrabhishek benefit. It also fulfils the desires of the devotee if it is for the highest good of the individual. Rudrabhishek benefits the life of the devotee by bringing good opportunities, especially in career or job.
A Guide to Performing Maha Rudrabhishek:
Maha Rudrabhishek, a powerful Hindu ritual that worships Lord Shiva, can be performed on the auspicious Mahashivratri or in the holy Shravan Maas. Here are the steps to follow:
- The devotee should fast for two days prior to the day of Maha Rudrabhishek, eating only solid food or grains.
- On the day before the Maha abhishek, one should try to drink lesser quantities of water. Some people opt for a dry fast as well.
- Find a suitable, qualified Pandit to assist in performing the ritual.
- Asanas for Gods, Goddesses, and the Navagrahas are prepared, followed by lighting a Ghee lamp after invoking blessings for the devotee by the Pandit.
- Recite the Shanti path and the devotee’s Sankalpa.
- Worship the Lords of the 10 different directions or Dikpalas, along with Mother Earth, Lord Ganesh, Lord Agni, and the Navagraha.
- Invoke Lord Agni by offering pieces of holy wood and a paste of mustard seeds, sesame seeds, ghee, and more.
- Worship each planet of the Navagraha separately.
- Perform the Shiv Rajopachar Puja, followed by the recitation of Sri Rudra Chamakam.
- Perform Abhishekham of Lord Shiva while chanting mantras.
- Conduct Homam using ingredients such as Ghee, Til, Jau (Oats), Sandalwood, and other special items.
- Complete the ritual by performing Arti and distributing Prasad to Brahmans.