The Athirudra Maha Yajna is the highest form of worship to Lord Siva. It is a very rare opportunity to participate in or witness “The Athirudra Maha Yajna” in one’s lifetime. Sri Kanchi Kama Koti Peetha Acharya said:
“The four Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva) are the roots of our religion and foundation for Sanatan Dharma. Krishna Yajur Veda, one of the 2 Samhitas (versions) of Yajur Veda is quite significant, of which Rudram and Chamakam are a part. Rudram is the most sacred means of worshipping Lord Siva. There are four kinds of rudra parayana and homas: Rudram, Ekadasa Rudram, Maha Rudram and Athi Rudram; each has greater significance than its preceding one. ‘Athi’ means “ultimate”. Therefore, Athirudram is the highest form of worship of Lord Shiva. Athirudram is a destroyer of all sorrows and the provider of ‘Kshema’.”
The highlights of The Athirudra Maha Yajna:
- Vibrations from the 14,641 (121 ritwiks * 11 chants * 11 days) chants of Namakam and 1,331 (121 ritwiks * 1 chant * 11 days) chants of Chamakam, by over 121 learned Ritwiks
- Rudra Homams, Vasorddhara Homams, Purnahuthis, Krama Archanas and Rudra Abhishekams
- An Assembly of many learned Priests, Pandits, Acharyas and Ritwiks
- Spritually charged Religious atmosphere with over 12 hours a day of ceremonies for 11 consecutive days
- Spiritual discourses by scholars
- Cultural programs (dance, music, children’s programs etc.)
- Veda Parayana
- Annadanam on all 11 days following the morning, noon and evening ceremonies
The first day of the program opens with Ganapathi and Navagraha Homams (for removal of all obstacles and the auspicious alignment of planetary forces and energies) as is traditionally done at the beginning of all great pujas, yajnas etc.
This will be followed, in subsequent days, by Chandi Homam, Trishathi Kumkuma Archana, Pushpa Astothara Archana, Sahasranama Archana, Deepa Puja to Sri Lalitha Devi, Vaibhava Laksmi Sahasranama Puja, Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam & Sudarshana Homam, Sri Subrahmanya Abhishekam & Ashtothara Archana, Dharma Shastha Puja, Hanumanji Puja and Hanumanji Chaleesa.