Rudra Abhishek Puja comprises of Shivling Abhishek with 11 Ingredients/elements and chanting of 108 names of Lord Shiva. Rudra is one of the many names of Lord Shiva. The Rudra Abhishek Puja is aimed to appease Lord Shiva in the Rudra form. In this, a shiva linga is bathed in water which is constantly poured/spring over it, with an accompaniment of the chanting of Vedic mantra called the Rudra suktha. It is hailed by all Vedic scriptures as one of the greatest puja’s. Abhisheka is the worshipping ritual of God in which substances like Cow’s milk, Gee, curds, honey, finely ground sugar, sugarcane juice, coconut water, water, rice, and similar items, which are believed to be dearer to shiva are poured on the Shiva Linga.
As per Hindu mythology during the period of Lord Ram when he was in exile and was searching for Maa Sita, he arrived at Rameshwaram, he made a Shiva Lingam with his own hands at Rameshwaram before crossing the sea. He performed Rudrabhishek to express his devotion towards Lord Siva. Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and he was able to win over Rawan and brought Sita back. He was then able to cross over to Srilanka to fight Ravan and to bring back Maa Sita. Rudra Abhishek Puja is one of the greatest Poojas to remove all evils, win over enemies, betterment in marital life and also to attain all desires and for all-round prosperity and peace.
Rudrabhishek preparations Before the beginning of Rudrabhishek elaborate preparations need to go. Asanas or seats are prepared for Lord Shiva, Mother Parvati, other gods and goddesses, and Navagrahas. The blessings of the Lord are sought before commencing the puja along with the worship of Ganesh for the successful completion of the puja. The devotee also chants the Sankalp or the determination mentioning why the puja is performed.
The pujas implemented/performed to different gods and all over energies comprise Mother Earth, Ganga Mata, Ganesh, Lord Surya, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Agni, Lord Brahma, and the nine planets in this order. Once the puja and offerings are made to all these deities, the Shivling to be worshipped is placed on the altar with arrangements to collect the water flowing from the image during Abhishek.
In the end, special dishes are offered to the lord and arati is performed. The Ganga Jal collected from the Abhishek is sprinkled on the devotees and also given for drinking, which is believed to remove all the sins and diseases. Rudram or ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ is chanted all through during the Rudrabhishek.
Pandit Rakesh Tripathi performs all types of puja like Rudra Abhishek Puja, Kaal Sarp Puja, Maha Mrutunjay Jaap Puja, etc.