You must have heard of names like Pushkar, Shambhu, Maheshwar,
Neelkanth, Tryambakeshwar, Kaal Bhairav, Nataraja, Pashupatinath, and
Bhubaneshwar. All of them are few of the many names of Lord Shiva. He is
also given the name of ‘Rudra’, which happens to be his fiercest avatar.
Worshipping this fierce avatar is believed to have many benefits in
one’s life. One such method of worshipping is known as the ‘Laghu Rudra
Importance and Significance of Laghu Rudra Puja
Lord Shiva is Mahadev, which literally translates to ‘The Greatest
God’. In the Tridev he is known to be the destroyer; destroyer of evil
and negativity. The Laghu Rudra Puja involves the chanting of the Shree
Rudram, which is considered to be the oldest listing of all the names of
Lord Shiva. By chanting these various names, the devotee gets various
benefits in all areas of life. If one is going through a specific
problem, the Laghu Rudra Puja is a good solution to it.
Benefits of Laghu Rudra Puja
Lord Shiva is the epitome of grace, love, health, power and
happiness. Primarily, this Puja is known to fulfill various worldly
desires and also provide inner peace and strength. He is the source of
the birth of the Nine Celestial Planets, the owner of the key to Kuber’s
wealth and one half of the most blessed couples in the Universe.
More often than not, Satyanarayan Puja is performed either when we
are looking to fulfill a desire or when the desire is fulfilled with the
Lord’s blessings,; It is at this point that the Puja is performed to
offer our gratitude.
Chanting the Shree Rudram helps invoke Shiva’s blessings.
If one is unwell, he/she is blessed with good health.
If one is single he/she is blessed with a suitable partner.
If one is having financial issues, Lord Shiva helps them to get rid
This Puja is very beneficial if one wishes to get rid of the malefic
effects of the Moon or The Nine Planets.
If one wishes to, then he or she can do it simply for the sake of
overall growth and spiritual upliftment. The Laghu Rudra Puja helps the
devotees a chance to wash away their negative karma and gain protection
from the various positive sources in the Universe.
Occasions to do a Laghu Rudra Puja
There shall be very many such events in life where you might need
Lord Shiva’s divine intervention.
This Puja can be performed during unfortunate periods of ill-health,
relationship issues, financial break downs etc. for a smoother and
relatively quicker turn around.
One need not wait for wrong things to happen. If they find out
through the horoscopes that there is some ill effect of a previous bad
karma, they can perform the Laghu Rudra Puja to reduce if not eliminate
Moreover if things are smooth-sailing, but you wish to maintain the
peace and harmony in the house or simply thank Lord Shiva for all that
he has already given to you; the Laghu Rudra Puja is a perfect way of
Laghu Rudra Puja Vidhi
The Laghu Rudra puja samagri includes essentials like a Shiv Linga,
Panchamrut, belpatra, flowers, fruits, coconut, copper lota, mango
leaves, wheat grains, ghee lamps, incense sticks, dhoop, Tulsi leaves,
sugarcane juice, Gangajal, supari, havan kund, ghee, matchsticks, sweets
and other items as suggested by the Pandits.
As always the first step would be to pray to the Pratham Pujya, Lord
Ganesh so that he provides his protection to the Puja as well as all the
devotees. He is the Vignaharta so we should all pray to him to remove
all obstacles and hurdles from our lives.
Post that we do the Kalash Puja and Sthapana. The Kalash is made by
keeping wheat grains on which the copper lota is placed. The Lota is
filled with Gangajal and regular water. People put akshata i.e. grains
of rice and a few barkat coins inside the lota. It is covered using 5
mango leaves and a coconut. The lota has to be covered on the side using
a red cloth.
Most priests do the Navagraha Puja after that. While doing so the Pandits and family chant the mantra of
all the nine planets 108 times each.
Pandits usually chant the Ganpati Mantra 5500 times and the Gayatri
mantra 1100 times.
The Shiva Linga is then bathed (abhishekam) using the five elements
of the Panchamrut and water. While doing so the Pandits chant the Maha Mrityunjaya Jaap post which there are a specified
number of recitations of the Namak Chamak mantra.
A Havan Kund is then readied for the Yagya/Hom and the Pandits as
well as the key devotees sit around, chant the mantras and keep pouring
spoonfuls of ghee to keep the fire going.
Pushpanjali i.e. Flowers being offered to all the Aaradhyas.
The Puja ends with singing of the aarti, donating some items to the
Brahmins and distributing the Prasad among all the participants.