Vedic Rudrabhishek By Pure Vedic Gems-
Rudra is a famous name of Lord Shiva. Rudrabhishek is the famous puja and worship performed to Shivling by giving a holy bath. This is one of the most powerful forms of worships in Hinduism and is believed to bless the devotees with prosperity and peace and remove the sins of many births. Shiva is a highly benevolent God and is easily pleased.
Rudrabhishek is performed on Shivratris month after month. However, any day of Shravan (July – August) is ideally suited for Rudrabhishek. The essence of this puja is the holy chant of Sri Rudam from the Yajur Veda and giving a holy bath to Shivling with many materials including Panchmrit or fruit salad soaked in honey. Here is a detailed Rudrabhishek puja procedure.
Rudrabhisheek puja procedure
Water mixed with Gangajal, unboiled milk, Sugarcane juice, fruit juice, coconut water, cow milk, honey, sugar, ghee, and curd (Panchamrit).
Water mixed with ganges water in an achamani pot with kusha grass for sprinkling and a spoon.
Dhoop (Incense sticks), sacred red thread and ghee lamp. Vibhuti, akshat, Sandal paste, attar, aromatic oils, fragrant Rose water, rice grains.
Offering of sweets, clothes, flowers, fruits, durva grass, betel nut, cloves, green cardamom, bel patra, betel leaves.
Before you begin
Position the 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 Asana of wool/Kusha grass.
Smear ash (Bhasma) on yourself
Before worshipping Lord Shiva, smear holy ash on your forehead in three horizontal stripes- Tripundra, the stripes symbolize Absolute Knowledge, Purity and Penance (Yogasadhana).
Wear Rudraksha Mala
Wear a Rudraksha mala before worshipping Lord Shiva. The sattvik frequencies of the Rudraksha balance the chakras, helping you elevate to higher consciousness.
Sprinkal gangajal water over yourself and the puja items while chanting:
“Om Apavirtra Pavitro Va Sarva Vastan Gatopi Va Yah Smaret Pundari Kaksham sa Bahya Bhyantarab Shuchi” means (May all things unholy become holy, may all lower tendencies depart, just as soon as we transcend may within and without be purified).
Now remember the Guru, Lord Ganesha, the presiding deity and your parents:
“Om Gurubhyo Namah; Om Ganeshaya Namaha; Om Kula Devtabhyo Namaha; Om Ishta Devtabhyo Namah; Om Mata Pitribhyam Namah” means ( 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.
Put a spoonful of water on your right hand and sip each time after every one of these 3 mantra:
“Om keshavaya Namaha, Om Narayana Namaha , Om Madhavaya Namaha”
Now put a spoonful of water on your right hand and pour on the ground. By chanting “Om Govindaya Namah”
Bathe the Lingam first with water, and then offer all Abhisheka liquids one by one, pouring slowly each time. Throughout this time, chant “Om namah Shivaye”. Start with milk, fruit juices, sugarcane juice. Offer Panchamrit. Now rinse Lingam with water. Wipe the Lingam and place him back on Pedestal. Tie the sacred thread around the lingham. Now chant Sadyojaat mantra;
“Om Sadyojaatam Prapadyaami Sadyojataajava Namo Namaha Bhave Bhavenaati Bhave Bhavasvamaam Bhavodhbhavay Namaha” and offer Vibhuti making a Tripunda on his western face.
Now offer flowers, bel patra and durva grass to the Lingam and the yoni. Dab sandalwood powder, Vibhuti and dhoop (fragrant herb) mix on a flower and offer to the Lingam. And chant these mantras:
“Om Aghorebhyo ghorbhyo, Ghor Ghor Tarebhayaha Sarvebhya sarva sharvvebhyo, Namaste Astu Rudra Roopebhyaha”.
Offer flowers, fruits, betel nuts with cloves and cardamom and money to the Lingam with this mantra;
“Om Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe Mahadevaay Dheemahi Tanno Rudraha Prachodayaat”
Now light the ghee lamp and Chant: “Aum Namah Shivaya"
Now chant the Mahamrityunjaya mantra 108 times on your Rudrakshajapa Mala
“Om Haum joom sah, Om Bhurim Bhuvaha Swaha Om Triambakam Yajamahey, Sungandhim Pushti Vardanam Urvar Ukamiva Bandhanan, Mrityor Mukhsheeya Mamritat Om Swaha Bhuvaha Bhu Om Sab Joom Haum Om”
Bow or Supplicate to the Lingam, and chant this last prayer:
“Om Purnamada purnamidam purnath purnamudyachite Purnasya Purnamadaya purna mevaya shishyate
“Om shanti shanti shanti”