HTW MahaRudram 2019

Hindu Temple of The Woodlands cordially invites you to participate in two day event of Maha Rudrabhishekam. During this devotion filled event, 16 honorable priests from across the USA will perform various Vedic rituals, including: Rudra Homam, Jyothirlingarchana, Karthika Damodara Puja & Rudrabhishekam (1331 times). Very rarely an event of this significance and magnitude be witnessed as well as devotees are presented with the opportunity to participate in the worship of Lord Shiva. Ritwiks who wish to chant Maha Rudram (Namakam and Chamakam) are requested to register online (there is no cost to participate as a Ritwik).

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All devotees attending this event will have the opportunity to perform Maharudra Sankalpam and Abhishekham.For further information or to sponsor, please contact HTW or click on this link.

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Rudra literally means that “Fire comes from the Bowels of the earth spreading God’s Grace all over the world”. Rudram chanting is an ancient Vedic hymn in praise of Lord Shiva and is the oldest prayer with a listing of various names of Lord Shiva. Through the chanting of Rudram, Lord Shiva’s various attributes and aspects are invoked and worshipped. Chanting the Rudram is of great benefit.

The Rudram chanting can be done with or without the accompaniment of a Vedic yajna ritual. When accompanied with the Vedic fire ritual, it is called the Rudra Yajna. Combination of Namakam and Chamakam, is also known as Rudraprasna. Rudram is part of the Yajur Veda and one of the greatest of the Vedic hymns for all round benefits of mankind and is known to remove all doshas and difficulties.

The first part, chapter 16 of the Yajurveda, is known as Namakam because of the repeated use of the word “Namo” in it. The second part, chapter 18 of the Yajurveda, is known as Chamakam because of the repeated use of the words “Chame”.

Aagamas define several methods of Rudram recitation. These are summarized by Sage Satapatha who listed in his treatise “Maharnava Karma Vipaka” four types of Abhisheka procedures compatible with Vedic scriptures. Those are Rudram, Ekadasha Rudram, Maha Rudram and Ati Rudram – each more potent than the preceding one.

  1. Reciting the entire Rudram – 11 Anuvakas (chapters) of Namakam once followed by 11 Anuvakas of Chamakam, is the most common method practiced in day- to- day worship (during regular Abhishekam to Lord Shiva in our temple
  2. Reciting Namakam 11 times followed by first, second canto of Chamakam for each Namakam recitation is known as Rudraikadasini (Ekadasha Rudram)
  3. Eleven Ekadasha Rudrams make one Laghu Rudram (121 times recitation). This is usually done by 11 Ritwiks each chanting Rudram 11 times simultaneously
  4. Eleven Laghu Rudrams make one Maha Rudram (1,331 times). This is alternatively done by multiple Ritwiks chanting Rudram simultaneously to reach total count of 1,331
  5. Eleven Maha Rudrams make one Ati Rudram (14,641 times)

Hindu Temple of The Woodlands will be conducting

Maha Rudrabhishekam on November 2nd & 3rd, 2019