The Sri Rudram chant is an ancient Vedic hymn, and is the oldest example of a listing of various names of Lord Siva. Through the chanting of Sri Rudram, Lord Sivas various attributes and aspects are invoked and worshipped. Chanting the Rudram is considered to be of great benefit.
Homam is performed by lighting a sacred fire using certain selected sacred materials. The Cosmic energy is invoked in the homam fire through prayer and visualization. The fire is energized by the chanting of mantras, allowing the energy to spiral upward and outward into the surrounding environment. Performing a homam cleanses and rejuvenates the environment by allowing an abundant inflow of prana (life-force) into the atmosphere. The fire (agni) of the homam helps awaken the jataragni or inner fire present in each of us, which is responsible for proper digestion of food and dissemination of food energy. The siddha-ayurvedic herbs offered into the homam fire set off vibrations which directly reach our deeper energy layers. Interestingly, the smoke from a sacred homam can heal diseases like asthma which are categorized by a very low tolerance to atmospheric pollutants. The sacred ash from a homa acts as a repository of energy, and can heal a range of diseases when applied on the skin.
Rudra, the mighty warrior and destroyer of negativity is worshipped in all of His eleven forms for protection from negativity and removal of sins. This ritual is usually performed as a part of Shanthi Karmas (Remedial rituals) like Shashtiabdhapoorthy (60th Birthday) and for relief from negative and evil forces
Rudrabhishekam pooja is done to worship lord Shiva in Rudra form. Rudra Suktham is chanted while performing the Abhishekam to the Shiva lingam. Lord Shiva is also known as Bholenath as he gets very easily pleased by the prayers of his devotes.
In this pooja Shiva lingam is bathed with panchamritam and water. All the eleven forms of Rudra are worshiped by using 11 types of abhishekam, Rudra vilva archana, shiva astotra and 11 types of namaskarams are performed.
After the Pooja is completed the Kalasha water which was kept for the pooja are used to perform abhishekam for both the swamy and the Devotee.
Date can be fixed as per one’s janma nakshatra, the yoga and thithi of that date. Mondays and Pradosha Days are very auspicious to perform Rudrabhishekam.