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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Thank you for the wonderful note ekasasa Dvarapalas. Can I ask you for one more? Could you please give me eiadasa — texts, descriptions or images — of 11 forms of Rudra? Thank you for asking. Eksdasa needs a rather lengthy explanation. But at the end, I fear, it might leave you a bit disappointed. There are various versions of the origin of Rudra, etymology of the term, types of Rudras, their names, attributes and their iconographic representations.

It is virtually impossible to detail all the versions in a blog. One has therefore, by sheer necessity, to be very selective. That might not please all or answer all questions. Further, the descriptions of the features of the Rudras in various texts are not uniform. And, in many cases they are incomplete too. The earliest mentions of Rudra occur in the Rig Veda, where three entire hymns are devoted to him.

It is said that there are as many as seventy-five references to Rudra in the Rig-Veda Samhita. Most of those occur in the First and the Second Books. Rig Veda mentions a set of thirty-three deities. 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 antariksha-loka and the terrestrial region bhur-loka each plane having eleven gods.

There is however a slight variation among the different traditions in naming the thirty-three most eminent deities trayastrimsati koti. In Rig Veda, Rudra is one of the intermediate level gods antariksha devata. Rudra is thus the principles of life.

Rudra is the intermediary between physical elements and rurda intellect. rudrx

Rudra is thus a deity of the intermediate stage. For example; the hymn 2. These are the Rudras. Prana vava Rudra ete hidam sarvam rodayanti. The etymology of the word Rudra is interpreted variously; and at times it is rather confusing.

Rudra, in Rig-Veda, is a god of the storm, the wind, and the hunt. His distinctive characteristics ekadass his fierce weapons and his medicinal powers. Rudra is sometimes identified with the god of fire-Agni. There are also other sublime interpretations of the term Rudra.

Rudra in the Rig-Veda Samhita is a highly complex divine character. Rudra in the Rig-Veda Samhita is a highly complex divine character with contradictory qualities; and yet harmonizing within himself all contradictions. His gracious hand bestows health and comfort.

Prayers are submitted to Rudra: He is requested not to afflict children, men and cattle with disease RV 7. Rishi Grisamada adores Rudra as the blissful god of all created beings, the mightiest of the mighty who rests in his own glory.


In him, the sovereign Isana of this world; the power of divinity Asurya is inherent; and, from him that power never departs. He prays to Rudra: Rudra is also Shiva the auspicious one who is easily pleased Ashutosha with simple adulation. Rudra is known for his wealth. He is also associated with Aditya sun and Agni. He is ejadasa as the thousand-eyed one saharaksha holding thunderbolts. 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.

As for the fierce power of the Rudraekqdasa the four hymns mention it; and pray to Rudra not to inflict his wrath upon the humans and the animals ; andat other times requesting Rudra to ward off evil and to provide protection against wicked forces. In a hymn 7. Thus, even while Rudra ekadasx ferocious, he acts as the upholder of the moral order tudra and gudra protector of the rkadasa. He is not purely benefic like other Rig Vedic gods, but he is not malevolent either.

Rudra is thus regarded with a kind of cringing fear and rucra. He punishes and at the same time he rescues his devotees from trouble. Rudras as a group. Rudra is not merely the proper name of a deity; but it also is one that refers to a collection of Rudras Rudra-gana. Ekafasa Rudra-s represented not only the awesome, destructive fury of the tempest but also the benevolence of fertility, healing and welfare. Rudra is also benevolent; he is wealthy; he reassures eladasa frightened ones and cures deceases.

Rudra is depicted as the ever youthful, most powerful, malevolent and terrifying deityLord of thunderstorms and lightning, presiding over the entire existence. Rudra who is endowed with strong arms, lustrous body decorated with ornaments and having flowing golden hair is said to be brown or tawny Bablusha or blue Neela in complexion; shining like sun and glittering like gold is endowed with sturdy limbs vajra-bahucharming lips.

And, he is adorned with beautiful ornaments such as necklaces nishika of dazzling brilliance; and is crowned with mop of braided locks of hair Kaparin. Rudra is described as fierce; armed with the mighty bow pinakaand a quiver holding unending array of arrows rudrq missiles which are terrifyingly swift ekadasz penetrating. 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. May you make us happy.

May your armies fight against the enemies and be merciful towards us. There is none that matches him in strength.

He is the Ishana the Master of the world; he is the father of worlds Bhuvanasya pitaram. He commands men and entrusts tasks. He sets things in motion and makes flow like a river. As he is an auspicious one, he is called Shiva. Chief of all born art thou in glory, Rudra, armed with the thunder, mightiest of the mighty 2. To him the strong, great, tawny Bhabru Varnafair-complexioned, I utter forth rudga mighty hymn of praises.


Ekadasa Rudra (11 Rudra Avatars)

We serve the brilliant God with adorations, we glorify, the splendid name of Rudra. With firm limbs, multiform, the strong, the tawny adorns himself with bright gold decorations: The strength of Godhead never departs from Rudra, him who is Sovereign of this world, the mighty.

Rudrw, thou carry thy bow and arrows, worthy, thy many hued and honoured necklaces. Worthy, thou cut here each fiend to pieces: Praise him the chariot-borne, the young, the famous, fierce, slaying like a dread beast of the fores t 2.

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Father of the Maruts. Maruts are war-minded close knit bunch of exuberant youth. They dwell in the North. Riding on the whirlwinds, singing loudly, they direct the storms. Rudga in rain, they spread rain, pushing away storm. When they move the mountains tremble and trees fall RV 1. Often brutal, though usually good humoured, they are feared by everyone. The number of Maruts varies.

They are a group of gods, supposed to number usually either eleven or thirty-three. The Rig Veda speaks of them as twenty-one RV 1. In Rig Veda, as it is often said, the term Shiva eadasa eighteen times. Shiva, in Rig Veda, is not the name of any god. It is a quality found in many gods.

Patanjali in Mahabashya also mentions icons of Shiva along with those of Skanda and Visakha. The myths and legends that allege the origin of the Rudra abound. There are a variety of stories. I do not propose to discuss them here. Suffice it to say, all those legends have in common the Shiva, anger, howling or crying out loud.

Rudra who stands for all the intense feelings associated with the entire spectrum of surging emotions, ranging from piteous wail of the one weeping in excruciating pain to the terrifying thunder-clap emanating from clashing universes.

It appears; Rudra had his origins in the pre-Vedic distant past lost in the antiquity.

Since then he has been celebrated and as one the fundamental and Supreme deities of the Vedic lore. The version of Rudra-adhyaya as in the Vajasaneyi Samhita of Shukla Yajurveda chapter 16 comprises 66 mantras here known as kandikas. Many of these kandikas are drawn from Rig-Veda Samhita.

The other version of Rudra-adhyaya appearing in the Taittiriya Samhita of Krishna Yajurveda Kanda 4; Praparthaka 5 is more comprehensive having as many as mantras, including the 66 kandika s of the Vajasaneyi Samhita. The Taittiriya Rudra mantras are grouped into eleven Anuvakas sub —sections meant for recitation in which all the splendorous aspects of and attributes of Rudra as the Vedic divinity have been elaborated magnificently. This highly charged, inspired piece of grand poetry is rendered with great gusto and devotion by the worshippers on all occasions.