Sri Rudra Homa and Abhishekam for World Peace
and Universal Welfare
On March 4, two uniquely auspicious ceremonies will be performed at Amma's Penusila ashram for World peace and universal welfare: Sri Rudra Homa and Sri Rudra Abhishekam.
During the homa ceremony, Sri Rudram, a powerful Vedic hymn to Lord Shiva, is chanted eleven times. The vibrations of Sri Rudra Homa are extremely powerful, and when special herbal offerings are made into the sacred homa fire, a wonderful subtle energy is released into the atmosphere. Just as clouds travel all the way around the Earth, the vibrations of the homa also travel all over the Earth, spreading peace and happiness everywhere. The homa has the ability to burn all negativity, including negative karma, unfavorable astrological influences, diseases and mental disturbances. When it is done on Maha Shivaratri, Lord Shiva's blessings and compassion flow abundantly toward the entire world.
The Sri Rudra Abhishekam is a special abhishekam in which eleven different ingredients are used to bathe a sacred Panchamukhi (5 faced) Marakatam Shiva Lingam. These ingredients include milk, yogurt, clarified butter (ghee), coconut water, sugar cane juice, holy ash, Ganges water, pieces of fruits, sandal paste, sugar, and honey. During each offering, special Shiva mantras are chanted in a specific way by the Vedic priests. As a result, the offerings become tremendously charged with spiritual energy, and when the sacred ash is distributed as prasadam, those who receive it receive the direct blessings of Lord Shiva's compassionate love. When abhishekam is performed with the chanting of mantras, divine grace pours down on all beings, especially those who witness or sponsor the puja.
Amma has stated that those who sponsor these ceremonies immediately receive the grace of Lord Shiva, as well as true wealth, wisdom, peace, inner prosperity, virtue and valor. In addition, all types of mental and physical health problems can be relieved.
Included in this year's Maha Shivaratri celebration will be the performance of the Sri Ganesha Homa, Navagraha Shanti Homa, Sri Mrutyunjaya Homa, Guru Graha Shanti Homa and Sri Lalita Trisati Homa. These special homas shield and protect the participant from any adverse influences.