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What is Rudram? Who is Rudra? He finds mention in the Rig Veda but there is a detailed section in praise of Rudra in the Yajur Veda. They are not two, but one. He has two forms; one terrible, the other auspicious. What is the significance of Sri Rudram? The purpose of this magnificent hymn is to set aside once and for all, the extra-cosmic notion of God that people sometimes entertain in their religious fervour, and to instil into the minds of people the greater, profounder knowledge of the fact that God is not merely the creative extra-cosmic Parent of the Universe, but He is also immanent in every particle, in every speck of space, in every unit of time, in every nook and corner, in every particle of creation.

A very intriguing aspect of God present in this wondrous hymn is that God is existing in both the aspects; the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, the right and the wrong, the positive and the negative, the high and the low, the conceivable and the inconceivable, mortality and immortality, existence and non-existence.

It is considered as the only hymn of its kind in the religious literature of the entire world which focuses on the idea of God, not only associated with the ideas of pleasant and good, but also with the idea of dreadful and destructive; that the God permeates everything in manifestation, including aspects deemed not ethical by the purists and fault-finders.

Why Chant Rudram? What is Chamakam? How much time does it take to Chant the Rudram? And why are there 11 priests involved in the chanting? The typical time to chant the Sri Rudram both Namakam and Chamakam is about 40 mins.

Rudram is the most sacred means of worshipping Lord Siva. Therefore, Athirudram is the highest form of worship of Lord Shiva. The Sri Rudram has 11 anuvakas of Namakam and 11 anuvakas of Chamakam.

Eleven recitations of Rudram followed by one recitation of Chamakam is called Ekadasa Rudram. This constitutes one unit of Rudra Homam. Eleven rounds of Ekadasa Rudram makes one Laghu Rudram. Eleven Laghu Rudra chartings make one Maharudram and eleven Maharudram recitations is the Athirudram. Thus in the Athirudra Mahayagnam, the Srirudram hymn is chanted in all 14, times by Ritwiks in 11 days with the performance of rudra Homams simultaneously.

The number 11 has a big significance in propitiating Lord Siva. Why is Rudram Chanted at Sathabhishekam functions? Therefore, such functions are conducted to worship the atman residing in him so that he can unite with it ultimately. Lord Shiva who is easy to please is also the embodiment of time and Rudram is chanted as an expression of gratitude for the long life granted and also to seek the ultimate boon of immortality.

What is the benefit of listening to Rudram Chamakam? A devout listener and seeker of Rudram Chamakam is blessed with both worldly and spiritual benefits such as good health, peace of mind and pure joy. Slowly and steadily it draws the listener to spirituality in the quest of the truth behind human existence.


Namakam Chamakam with Meanings

The Rudram Chamakam Background This work is a culmination of my last six months or so of my effort. As usual I am not sure on how I landed into Rudra or Chamakam. I could not rest a second without working on it and felt completely restless till I completed it. It also kindled further, my interest in Vedas, to learn and explore more.


Sri Rudram namakam+chamakam: Lyrics (Sanskrit+English)

May both of you bear goodwill to me. Let these words of praise of mine magnify you. Dyumnai vajebi raagrutham. Vaajas cha may, prasavam cha may Approach me together bearing riches and food. I pray to you to grant me food and permission to give and eat food. Prayathis cha may, praseethis cha may,deedhis cha may, krathus cha may May the food that I eat be pure.

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