Eka Vara Rudrabhishekam

Rudrabhishekam is one of the most venerable form of Shiva worship. Shiva being abhisheka priya in his ever resplendent form, it is performed regularly. Within a set of ways of doing Rudrabhishekam, another sought after method is Eka Vara Rudrabhishekam. In this form, mahanyasa sravanam, rudra prashna are recited.

To perform this abhisheka, a specific yantra is prepared using highly fertile black mud. In fact, in Hindu system, there is varna system even in mud. It is believed that white color soil has to be used for jnana, red color for victory in war and protection from enemies, green soil* for wealth and prosperity, black soil for sukha (comforts).

Kailasa Yantra used in Ekavara Rudrabhishekam

This is called Kailasa Yantram. It consists of a total of 366 linga rupas. It has 11 avaranas. Each Avarana has a presiding deity. The yantra itself is a representation of Kailasa and each Avarana is an entrance into it. Presiding deity of each Avarana is worshiped along with Eeswara and Eeswari. In fact during the process, explicit permission is sought from each deity at each Avarana to go inside kailasa and perform abhisheka. Abhisheka literally means to pour as a thin “dhaara”. Visualize Bhageeratha Prayatna and Ganga pouring into Shiva’s jata. There are explicit and very detailed explanations of ekavara rudrabhishekam in various commentaries in Shiva Worship.

Know what you do when you worship. Hindus are not sheep and we dont have a sheperd. This is because for us, worship is only a way of experiencing paramatma within the self. Learn traditions. We have a heritage that we should be proud of. Own it. Experience it. Cherish it and pass it on to the next generation.

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12 comments

  1. Is that ekavaara or ekadasha vaara ? usually, we do it for 11 times..

  2. Ekadasa rudrabhishekam is different from Eka vara rudrabhishekam. In Eka vara.. namakam and chamakam will be performed only once with mahanyasam or laghunyasam and astotra or sahasra namams . In ekadasa, namakam and chamakam will be chanted eleven times

    1. Thanks for clarifying. I am deleting my comment.

    2. Raviteja · · Reply

      To be precise –1 round of all 11 anuvakas of namakam followed by 1 anuvakam of chamakam. After the 11th round of namakam is recited, 11th anuvakam of chamakam is recited. In effect 11 times namakam and 1 time chamakam. As far as I know..

  3. ishaaaradhyaa · · Reply

    Request your god-self to share scriptural reference for this method. W.r.t. to the soil. is there more information like which is the best place to get these from, do’s and donts. Can you also guide where such rudraabhishekam is performed as shown in the picture.

    1. This abhisheka vidhana is discussed in depth in Shiva Rahasya. I am yet to go through this purana myself.
      I will be detailing this aaradhana paddhati in another blog post once I finish reading Shiva Rahasya Purana.
      In this purana, in a conversation between Shiva and Parvati, details of the method, required components including soil type for specific varna are detailed.
      This abhisheka as I understand can be performed at home and it generally is done with recitation of Rudram, Chamakam, Purusha Suktam and then kumkumarchana with Lalita Sahasranamam, Ashtottaram (and some more as per ones interest and shakti), finally of course ending in Mantra Pushpam and aaseervachanam.
      Purohita generally brings the soil needed for preparing the yantra. Please consult a purohita who did proper veda-adhyayana for details.

  4. ishaaaradhyaa · · Reply

    Greatly appreciate the prompt response. Could you please advise where is this procedure / method of puja predominantly followed… I meant to ask if it is followed typically in the North or South of India.
    Well, an another one is how can one find find a purohita who did proper veda-adhyayana 🙂 I am sure you understand what I mean.

    1. Sure. There are few people interested in understanding and/or practicing these traditional methods. I am thankful to you for reading and posing these questions. Helps us get a better understanding of our system of worship.

      I am sure it is followed prominently in South – AP, TN, Kar. Not sure about North and Kerala. However, Shiva Rahasya Purana is popular in Shaivaite worship. Therefore, I have no reason to believe otherwise.

      On finding a good purohita, one of the most important things as per what I saw in my home while associating with a purohita is to start with simple things like say a simple Rudrabhisheka or a Satyanarayana Vrata. Important things to note when doing these are how purohita is handling things like soucham, naivedyam and mantroccharana. Also responses to questions on procedures – like how in depth reasoning is being provided etc will help in understanding.

      Since Eka-vara Rudrabhishekam requires time, shraddha and utmost devotion, it would be preferable to do it under the guidance of a well learned purohita. Do acquaint yourself with one in your area. Start with a nearby temple nearby.

  5. ishaaaradhyaa · · Reply

    Dhnaywad for the guidance. Another query.. Is Shiva Rahasya Purana a part of Skanda Purana? I couldnt find a single source that provides a hardcopy of Shiva Rahasya Purana. Could you please be kind enough to share the publication of Shiva Rahasya Purana that you are reading.

    1. Shiva Rahasya Purana is a separate purana. It is not part of Skanda Purana. It is famous for Ribhu Gita. I found an english translation on Scribd

      And a few books in Telugu and Kannada on Shiva Rahasya at DLI (www.dli.gov.in)… yet to go through them in detail.

      Will post some more info as and when I finish reading. Thanks for reading 🙂

  6. Please let me know how to perform ekadashavara rudrabhishekam for shiva linga made of sacred mud.for 5 weeks and what does it mean

    1. I have not performed ekadasa rudram so far. Although I know that it involves abhishekam to Shiva while reciting Rudram and Chamakam 11 times. I suggest you to please consult your purOhita or a pujari of your nearest shiva temple.

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