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Rudra Abhishek Procedure

Rudra Abhishekam Procedure

Rudra abhishek is the holy bath that is dearest to Lord Shiva. It is said to please Lord Shiva and is the most powerful way to worship Him and seek His blessings. During the Rudra Abhisheka, powerful hymns/mantras dedicated of Lord Shiva are chanted, along with offering of various aromatic liquids and sacred items such as milk, gangajal, honey, curd, sugarcane juice, sandal paste, aromatic oils, flowers, belpatra etc.

Items that are strictly avoided during Abhishek are haldi, kumkum, tulsi leaves, coconut water and kewda/champa (white flowers)

Below is a complete step step procedure to perform this auspicious ceremony.

Read about significance of the items used in Rudra Abhishek.

Bullet Rudra Abhishek Procedure Ingredients:
Rudra Abhishek Procedure

  • Abhisheka liquids - Water mixed with Gangajal and Gulab Jal (Rose water), Unboiled milk, Sugarcane juice/ Fruit juices
  • Panchamrit which is mix of unboiled cow milk, Curd (Yoghurt), Honey, Sugar and Ghee(clarified butter)
  • Water mixed with Ganges water in a achamani pot with Kusha grass for sprinkling and a spoon
  • Dhoop, Incense sticks, Camphor, Ghee lamp
  • Sandal paste, Aromatic oils, Perfume for offering
  • Unbroken rice grains
  • Offerings - Sweets, Clothes, Flowers, Fruits, Bael Patra leaves, Dhatura, Paan(Betel leaves), Betel nut, Bel fruit, Coconut
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Place Lingam so that Yoni faces North and you face the West face of the Lingam and look towards East. You need to sit on an Asan of wool/ Kusha.

Bullet Smearing ash (Bhasma):
The devotee worshipping Lord Shiva should smear holy ash on his forehead in three horizontal stripes - Tripundra. The stripes symbolize Absolute Knowledge, Purity and Penance (Yogasadhana).

Bullet Wearing Rudraksha:
The devotee should wear Rudraksha beads mala while worshipping Lord Shiva .  The Rudraksha converts the divine light frequencies into the sound frequencies in the human body. Hence, it facilitates the absorption of divine frequencies and transformation of one's thoughts into divine language, so as to reach one's divine Principle of worship.

The sattvik frequencies emitted by the Rudraksha balance Chakras helping one elevate to higher consciousness.

Rudra Abhishek ProcedureBullet Sprinkle water over yourself and all items of Puja chanting:
"Om Apavitrah Pavitro Va Sarva Vastan Gatopi Va
Yah Smaret Pundari Kaksham Sa Bahya Bhyantarah Shuchi"

Translation: May all things unholy become holy, may all lower tendencies depart, just as soon as we transcend may within and without be purified!

Light Ghee lamp

Bullet Remember Guru, Ganesh, Deity and Parents:

"Om Gurubhyo Namaha;
Om Ganeshaya Namaha;
Om Kula Devatabhyo Namaha;
Om Ishta Devatabhyo Namaha;
Om Mata Pitribhyam Namaha"

Translation: I bow to guru, I bow to Ganesha, I bow to the family deity, I bow to my personal deity, I bow to my parents

Rudra Abhishek Procedure Bullet Achamani:
Place water on right hand with spoon of Achamani and sip after each of these 3 mantras 

"Om Keshavaya Namaha 
Om Narayana Namaha 
Om Madhavaya Namaha" 

Place water on right hand and pour on ground: 
"Om Govindaya Namaha"

Do three short rounds of pranayama breaths. 

"Om Pranavasya Parabrahma Rishihi Paramatma Devata 
Daivi Gayatri Chandaha 
Pranayamae Viniyogaha"

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Rudra Abhishek Procedure Bullet Abhishek:

Bathe lingam with water and then offer all Abhisheka liquids one by one. All this while chant “Om Namah Shivaye”.
Bathe with

  • Water mixed with Gangajal and Gulab Jal (Rose water)
  • Unboiled milk
  • Sugarcane juice/ Fruit juices
  • Panchamrit

Wipe Him and place Him on Pedestal.

Bullet Now chant Sadyojaat mantra
"Om Sadyojaatam Prapadyaami Sadyojataajava Namo Namaha 
Bhave Bhavenaati Bhave Bhavasvamaam Bhavodbhavay Namaha"

Bullet Offer Sandal Paste making a Tripunda on His Western Face with Vamdev mantra
"Om Vamdevaya Namah, Jyeshthaay Namah, Shreshthay Namah, Rudraay Namah, Kaalay Namah, Kala Vikarannaay Namah, Bal Vikaranaay Namah, Balaay Namah Bala Pramathanaay Namah, Sarva Bhoot Damanaay Namah, Manomanaay Namah."

Bullet Offer dhoop and incense:
"Om Aghorebhyo Ghorebhyo Ghor Ghor Tarebhayaha 
Sarvebhya Sarva Sharvvebhyo Namaste Astu Rudra Roopebhyaha"

Bullet Offer flowers:
"Om Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe Mahadevaay Dheemahi 
Tanno Rudraha Prachodayaat"

Rudra Abhishek Procedure

Bullet Chant Eeeshan mantra:

  • "Om Eeshaanah Sarvavidyaanam Eeshwar Sarvabhootaanaam
  • Brahmaadipati Brahmanaadhipati Brahma Shivome Astu Sadaa Shivom
  • (Invocation) Avahanam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha
  • (Seat) Asanam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha
  • (Clothes) Vastram Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha
  • (Sandalwood or scent) Chandanam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha
  • (Unbroken Rice) Akshatan Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha
  • (Flower, Bael Patra, Dhatura) Pushpam, Belpatram Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha
  • (Dhoop) Dhupam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha
  • (Ghee lamp) Deepam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha
  • (Water drink) Achamaniyam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha
  • (Fruit, Sweets, Bael fruit) Naivedyam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha
  • (Water Drink) Achamaniyam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha
  • (Betel nut , Paan) Tambulam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha
  • (Coconut) Shri Phalam Samarpayami Sri Shiva Maha Devaya Charana Kamalebhyo Namaha "

Bullet Burn Camphor:
"Karpura Shivam Karuna Vataram Samsara Saram Bhujagendraharam 
Sada Vasantam Hridaya Ravinde Bhavam Bhavani Sahitam Namami"

Translation: White as camphor and kindness incarnate, the very form of Brahman consciousness, you Shiva ever dwell in my heart. I bow to you

Bullet Chant Gayatri mantra 3 times
"Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha 
Om Tat Savitur Varenyum Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayat

Rudra Abhishek ProcedureBullet Chant Surya mantra 3 times
"Om Bhu Om Bhuvaha Om Swaha Om Maha Om Janaha Om Tapaha Om Satyam" 

Repeat and touch each after each mantra, right eye, left eye, forehead 

"Om Apo Jyothi 
Raso Amtritam
Brahma Bhu Bhuvaha Swarom"

Bullet Chant Mahamrityunjaya mantra 108 times with Rudraksha mala.
"Om Haum Joom Sah ,Om Bhur Bhuvaha Swaha 
Om Triambakam Yajamahey,Sungandhim Pushti Vardanam 
Urvar Ukamiva Bandhanan, Mrityor Muksheeya Mamritat 
Om Swaha Bhuvaha Bhu Om Sah Joom Haum Om"

Bow or supplicate, then chant this last prayer : 

"Om Purnamada purnamidam purnath purnamudyachite

Purnasya purnamadaya purna mevaya shishyate 
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti"

Article Written by Neeta Singhal

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