Maha Rudra Yagna at Shri Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan in Auckland
Venkat Raman –
Thousands of Hindus in New Zealand would have a rare opportunity of participating in the ‘Maha Rudra Yagnyam’ and listening to the recitation of the sacred name of Lord Shiva 1331 times at a mammoth session next fortnight.
‘Bhajan Satsangh Auckland,’ a religious organisation, is organising the two-day event in association with RAMS Foundation, a Charitable institution registered under the Charities Commission of New Zealand and Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan of New Zealand Inc on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, 2017 at the Saibaba Mandir in Onehunga, Auckland.
RAMS Foundation Managing Trustee Ragavan Rengachariar said that the ‘Maha Rudra Yagnyam’ would follow all the tenets, principles and procedures set in the Hindu Puranam.
“The Religious Programme will commence on Saturday May 13 at 7am with Maha Sankalpam, followed by Kalasha Sthapana and Mahanyasa Japam. Rudra Parayanam (66 Ritwiks) will commence at 9am followed by Abhishekam and Mahaprasadam. The evening Programme would include Upanishad Parayanam (at 6pm) Kramarchana and Lalitha Trishati, concluding with Mahaprasadam,” he said.
The following day (Sunday, May 14 2017) will witness Rudra Parayanam (55 Ritwiks) at 8am ensued by Maha Rudra Homam, Vasoordhara, Purnaahuthi, Kalashabhishekam, Maha Deeparadhana and Mahaprasadam.
Mr Rengachariar said that Sponsorship is available for Homa Yajamana (available to one family only at $501), Gana Yajamana (restricted to 11 Families at $301 per family), Krama Archana Sankalpam (for one family only at $301); Abhisheka Sankalpam (restricted to 11 Families at $151 per family) and Pooja Sankalpam at $51.
“Remittances for the above could be made by internet bank transfer to the ASB Bank account of RAMS Foundation (12-3233-0457195-00) with the name of the person and the Service for which payment is being made. Cash and cheques can be remitted to the bank account at any branch of ASB anywhere in New Zealand,” he said.
“We also welcome donations towards Annadanam, Flowers, Dakshina for the Priest. All donations made to RAMS Foundation would have tax benefits under the existing rules and provisions of the Charities Act,” he added.
Further information can be obtained from Ragavan Rengachariar on 027-4394506; NS Venkatachalam on 022-2455700; Vijay Kumar on 021-0641546 or Ravi Rao on 021-0622528.
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Lord Shiva and the 12 Jyothirlingas
About Maha Rudra Yagnyam
The term ‘Rudra’ refers to the fierce form of Lord Shiva. Rudra Yagna (or Yagnyam) is performed to worship Shiva. It is the most sacred and powerful among all Maha Yagnas.
The Rudra Yagna consists of Deiva Yagna (worship of Lord Shiva and Other deities), and Manushya Yagna (performed with many devotees seeking the grace of the God).
Universal Peace and Prosperity
According to the Hindu scriptures, the Yagna is performed to invoke the blessings of Lord Shiva for peace, harmony, prosperity and happiness of all human beings, irrespective of their status, income, religion, believes and political affiliations. It is believed that Lord Shiva, after killing Bhasmasura, a demon, performed the Tandav Nritya (dance) and the Rudra Yagna, for the betterment of the human race.
Rudra Yagna performed at Shri Kalahasti Temple (located about 36 kms from Tirupathi in Andhra Pradesh) is stated to be unique since the Temple houses the ‘Vayu Linga,’ one of the 12 Jyothirlingas of Lord Shiva.
Vedic yagna ritual is optional for chanting the Rudra. When accompanied with the Vedic fire ritual, it is called the Rudra Yagna. The Maha Rudra Yagna involves 56 highly learned Vedic pandits in one place. While the ‘Shukla Yajurveda’ system is practiced in North India, ‘Krishna Yajurveda’ system is followed in the South.