Key Shiva Pujas and Homas – An Overview
When Lord Vishnu incarnated as Sri Rama, he established Shiva Linga at Rameswaram before crossing the sea and performed Rudrabhishek to express his devotion to Lord Siva.This Pooja, where Lord Shiva is worshiped in His Rudra form, is hailed by all Vedic scriptures as one of the greatest Poojas to remove all evils, to attain all desires and for all round prosperity. The Maha Rudrabhishekam is particularly performed for the sake of washing away ones sins and afflictions, for bringing peace, propsertiy and happiness, along with family togetherness.
Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam Pooja
This is a more elaborate Pooja of Lord Shiva. Shiva has eleven forms of Rudra. In this Pooja all the 11 Rudras are worshiped. After the sthapana avahana etc., Laghunyasam is recited. Then Rudra Trishati is recited. Abhishekam is done to each of the 11 Rudras with all the 11 dravyas prescribed. Their 11 consorts are also worshiped . This pooja is performed by 4 pundits and Rudram is recited total 11 times – i.e. one recital for each of the 11 Rudras. It will be done in your name and with your sankalpa i.e. – The specific purpose for which you are getting the pooja performed. Only Pooja is performed and Homa ie fire oblations are not done.
Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam Homam
This is a major Homa of Lord Shiva. Shiva has eleven forms of Rudra. In this Homa all the 11 Rudras are worshiped. After the sthapana avahana etc., Mahanyasam is recited. Then Rudra Trishati is recited. This homa is performed by 11 pundits and each pundit recites Sri Rudram 11 times – i.e. total 121 times Rudrajapa. Abhishekam is done to each of the 11 Rudras with all the 11 dravyas prescribed. Their 11 consorts are also worshiped . After the pooja Homa is performed with the prescribed ingredients and 1/10 the number of japas done in the pooja are repeated. It ends with purnahuti and shanti paath. It is an excellent Homa for all round shanti and success in all undertakings. It will be done in your name and with your sankalpa, i.e., the specific purpose for which you are getting the pooja performed. This Homa will be performed exclusively for you.
Maha Rudram Yajna
This is a once in a lifetime yajna to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and an excellent remedy for all doshas and for all round success in all areas of life. All other rituals are same as in the above Ekadasa Rudra Homam but in this Yagya 121 pundits recite the Rudram 11 times each in one day – i.e., total 1331 recitals of Sri Rudram. Alternately, instead of one day it is also performed by 33 pundits for 4 days to complete the total 1331 Rudra japas. After that Homa is performed with the prescribed ingredients and 1/10 the number of japas done in the pooja are repeated while performing the Homa – i.e., 133 more Rudra japas. Normally apart from the 121 reciting pundits 10 more extra pundits are included in the homa to look after the continuous process of abhishekam and passing the materials plus in case a pundit takes a break to drink water etc as it a very long Yagya.One must be very lucky indeed to get this Yagya performed as it is said that Lord Shiva and His consort Mother Annapoorna bless the performer with all the 8 types of wealth. This Homa can be performed exclusively for you. A group of people/families/corporates can also order it jointly