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Rudra is known to be a fierce form of Shiva. Rudra is associated with Shiva because both have similar features and personalities. In Hinduism, Rudra is the destructive deity that remains as the roaring storm and enraged one.
Even if Rudra looks fierce, he is innocent, kind-hearted, and merciful if invoked by the devotees. There are a few reasons why people consider worshipping Rudra or chanting his mantras.
Rudra connects a person with the universe as well as improves his status in the material world. Chanting Rudra helps washing off the bad karmas of a person and bestows him with worldly luxuries.
A person progresses when he makes the right decisions. Rudra mantra blesses the person with a clear mind. It makes a person overcome all his fears and stress.
Rudra mantra blesses the person with a healthy life which is free of ailments or any discomforts. It promotes a person's happiness level and recharges his mind, body, and soul.
Those who have some doshas in their horoscope or are victims of malefic effects of planets chant the Rudra mantra and benefit significantly. Such are the great effects of revering Rudra and chanting his mantras.
Knowing the Mantras
There are several mantras to chant for Rudra or by which one can invoke Rudra. Some of the significant ones are here:
"OM NAMAH SHIVAYA"
This is one of the most famous and significant Rudra mantras, including five syllables Om, Na, Ma, Shi, Va, and Ya. The simple and efficient translation of the mantra is "I bow down to Lord Shiva."
“Om Namo Bhagavate Rudraya”
One can chant this mantra, too, which is simple to remember yet powerful. The mantra can be used to chant during meditation or while worshipping the God Rudra. The mantra brings the blessings of Rudra to the individual.
“OM TATPURUSHAYA VIDMAHE MAHA DEVAYA DHEEMAHI TANNOH RUDRAH PRACHODAYAT”
Gayatri mantras are known to protect the individual from all evil eyes and bless him with high status in life. Regular chanting of the Rudra mantra creates a protective shield around the devotee that doesn't let any bad energy go past it. The mantra also eliminates all obstructions from your path of success.
The meaning of the mantra is "I meditate on the Supreme Being of Lord Shiva."
“KARACHARANKRITAM VAA KAAYJAM KARMJAM VAA SHRAVANNAYANJAM VAA MAANASAM VAA APARADHAM VIHITAM AVIHITAM VAA SARVAMETA KSHAMASVA JAY JAY KARUNAABDHE SHREE MAHADEV SHAMBHO”
The Rudra mantra says, "Oh Lord Shiva, kindly forgive all my sins committed through every part of my body. Forgive me for the sins committed by my hands, feet, body, and actions. Forgive my sins committed through my ears, eyes, and mind.
“OM TRYAMBAKAM YAJAMAHE SUGANDHIM PUSHTI VARDHANAM URVARUKAMIVA BANDHANATH MRITYORMUKSHIYA MAMRITAT”
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is a life-giving mantra. One suffering from any ailment or adverse health chants the mantra and gets blessed by a long and healthy life. Also, those who have Kaalsarp Dosha in their horoscope chant the mantra and get relieved from the Dosha's ill-effects.
With chanting the mantra, the devotee says, "Oh the three-eyed Lord Shiva, you are the runner of the universe who is divine and most powerful. You are the one who infuses life in all beings. As a fruit ripens, it is released automatically from the plant, release me from the fear of death in the same way and provide me immortality.
The mantra takes all your fears away and blesses you with happiness and good health.
Rudra Puja is another way to please Lord Rudra and get his blessings infused in your life. Rudra Puja is about revering a set of mantras connecting you with cosmos energy or the Shiva tattva. The Rudra Puja blesses an individual spiritually and makes him achieve everything in the material world too.
Rudra was significantly worshipped in the Shankaracharya Parampara, where all the Shankaracharyas revered the lord on Monday in their way. It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya established the four peethas or knowledge centers in four corners of the country to maintain peace and happiness in nature.
Even by just sitting in the Rudram Puja brings many benefits to every individual. For students, it helps them learn and memorize the important things of exams. It increases their concentration level and interest in studies.
Business people get bestowed by powerful intuition that their every decision brings them closer to success and prosperity. They grow better than their competitors and establish themselves in the industry.
For working women, the mantra lets them have a better balance in both personal and professional life. As they have more responsibilities than men, the mantra provides them strength, energy, and optimism to play their duties and responsibilities well.
Rudra mantra or Rudra Puja blesses the youth that they manage the hormonal changes better and handle the emotional distress easily.
The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.