Shiva Abhishekam Is Usually Performed To A Lingam Representing Is Manifestation As A Creator Of Good By Destroying Evils. This Is One Of The Most Powerful Forms Of Worships In Hinduism And Is Believed To Bless The Devotees With Prosperity And Peace. Rudrabhishek Is Performed To Invoke Rudra, The Most Powerful Cosmic Force Mentioned In The Vedas.
Rudra Is A Famous Name Of Lord Shiva. 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 Panchamrit Or Fruit Salad Soaked In Honey 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.
This Is Most Extensive Form Of Rudrabhishek Performed For Seeking High Order Desires & Wishes. It Is Believed To Bless Devotee With His Desires & Mannat Of Child Birth, Family Welfare, Peace, Prosperity Etc.
In This Type Of Rudrabhishek The Recital Of ‘Ekadash Paath’ Is Done By 121 Brahmin’s For 11 Times. In This Pooja More Time, Material And Effort Is Consumed So Is Performed Rarely.
Some of the common items used for Shiva Abhisheka are:
- Tender Coconut water
- Vibhuti (holy ash)
- Panchamruta (Curd based delicacy consisting of Panch(5) items: Milk, Sugar, Ghee (clarified butter), Honey, curd)
- Sandalwood Paste
- Ghee (Clarified butter)
- Fragrant oils
- Bael leaves (vital importance): While selecting BAEL leaves make sure the Chakra and the Bajra should not be there. The Chakra is a white mark made by the insects on the BAEL leaves, while the Bajra is the thick portion towards the stalk. The BAEL leaves used in pooja should be of 3 leaflets even if one of the leaves gets detached of three leaves then it is of no use.
- Flowers – AAKAMDA Flowers, DHATURA Flowers, BLUE LOTUS (or Pink Lotus/White Lotus) Flowers are auspicious.