Rudras are forms and followers of the god Rudra-Shiva and make eleven of the Thirty-three gods in the Hindu pantheon. They are at times identified with the. ekadasarudra, ekadasa rudra, 11rudras, Shiva, Siva, Rudra, rudram, However the 11 Rudras worshipped in the Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam Pooja is the most. These are the 11 forms of Rudra and their mantras. These mantras are very very effective when chanted during the stationary (Stambha) period.

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Legends of Rudra Another text Amsumad-bheda-agama states that all Rudras are to be represented as standing in a well balanced posture samapada-sthanaka on a lotus pedestal, bedecked with ornaments and flowers; four armed and three eyed; with matted hair done as a crown.

Five faced; ten armed. Sometimes the Temple architects employed massive Dwarapalas at the entrances to symbolically emphasize the grandeur, majesty and rhdra of the Lord residing in the temple.

Praise him the chariot-borne, the young, the famous, fierce, slaying like a dread beast of the fores t 2. He is clad in tiger skin and is decorated with snake ornaments. Rudra is thus all pervading and present in every aspect of creation- moving and non-moving; conscient or sub-conscient. They weave their matted hair in the form of a crown, to which a crescent moon is stuck.

According to Yaska-charya, the thirty-three gods are divided equally in three different planes of existence namely the celestial plane dyuloka the intermediate region antarikshaloka and the terrestrial region bhurloka each plane having eleven gods.

Dear sreenivasarao rudrz, namaskar! In the popular depictions of the Rudras as posted at the top of the blog and the two posted below all Rudras are made to look like the central figure of Shiva. The lower right hand gestures protection abhaya and the left bestowing the boon varada.


Rig Veda mentions a set of thirty-three deities.

Aswatthamathe son of Guru Drona is the avatar of one of the eleven Rudras and he is one of the seven Chiranjivi or the immortal ones.

The elusive power Ajnanam of his Maya cannot fathom either. The term also means a bull as in Bhabru-vahana. It is virtually not possible to list out and illustrate each of those interpretations. In the Anukak-s 1 to 10 of the Chamakam, the devotee prays for almost everything needed for human happiness. They are typically envisioned as huge and robust male warriors, framing the sanctum doorways; and to flank the entrances to the temple complex.

They are to be shown as fair complexioned; draped in white garments. Corresponding to eleven Rudras, there are eleven consorts for them. The Lord who has in his service such gigantic gatekeepers and who resides in such a magnificent temple must truly be mighty and powerful, true to his name Brihadishwara. Could you please give me info — texts, descriptions or images — of 11 forms of Rudra? The term also means a bull as in Bhabru-vahana.

Here they are named [5].

Riding on the whirlwinds, singing loudly, they direct the storms. The following are some instances of the names of the eleven Rudras according to different authorities: Achintya—niyamo Rudta achintya-bala—purushah achintyan cha tad ajnanam na sakyam bhakthi-vatsalam.

When Rudra is seated he should be made to face East or West. The Dwarapalas in turn look modest in comparison to the temple and its tower. For emadasa, some texts like Rupa mandana provide details of the features of the Rudras, their ornaments and the weapons they carry.

These formidable images usually carry weapons, insignia or emblems, which are indicative of the powers, virtues and magnificence of the presiding deity. Thanks a lot for reply, best regards, Atma Raga.

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Agni Purana Ch I trust you may not have much difficulty in following the text. The text also cautions that Rudrra should never be depicted in lying down shayana posture.


They weave their matted hair in the form of a crown, to which a crescent moon is stuck. He is associated with the dramatic fierceness of the thunderstorm and lightening which strike at men and cattle, but which through the rain brings forth peace and plenty.

While the Vamana Purana describes Rudras as the sons of Kashyapa and Aditi, Maruts are described distinct from the Rudras as 49 sons of Ditisister-wife of Aditi and attendants of Indra, rather than Rudra.

Your blog is very helpful for me, as i am trying to study hinduism. The style, diction, rhythm, word structure and itintesity of the Rudra-prasna are truly matchless.

Ekadasa Rudra (11 Rudra Avatars)

Dear Atma Raga, Thank you. Each school, text or authority identifies its own set of eleven Rudras according to their priorities. The etymology of the word Rudra is interpreted variously; and at times it is rather confusing. G Gnanananda from his wonderful book Rupa Lakshana sangraha.

His right hands carrying rosary, a trident, an arrow, a staff and a lotus. The recitation of eleven sections of Rudra-Prashna followed by eleven section of Chamakam is called Nyasam. Oh, the devoted to the devotees, always travelling in the chariot, ever young, fierce like the lion, vanquisher of the enemies, May the devotees pray to you. The male form then split ekadwsa into eleven, forming the eleven Rudras.

He is also associated with Aditya sun and Agni. Writing this article has been a sort of education to me.