Maha Shivaratri Pooja
Maha Shivaratri pooja performed every month for yielding showers of blessings for Lord Shiva
Importance of Shivaratri:
This is a great festival celebrated for both shiva and Shakti. According to the Hindu calendar, the chaturdahsi tithi in the month of magha is known as Maha Shivaratri the pooja is observed by eating once in a day and take up an specific sankalpa for a full day fast. They seek the blessings of the lord after finishing the fast without any interference. Shiva pooja is performed in the night and the fast is completed on the next day after taking bath.
Other Poojas performed for Lord Shiva all through the month:
108 Shiva Pooja: Pooja is performed with flowers and coconut for Shiva Linga with recitals of 108 Namavalis of him.
1008 Shiva Pooja: same as shiva pooja, but archana is performed with 1008 shiva namavalis.
108 Bilva Patra Pooja: the Bilva patra leaves are the favourite for lord Shiva and the pooja is same as shiva pooja but is performed with 108 Bilva leaves.
1008 Bilva Patra Pooja: the pooja is same as shiva pooja but is performed with 1008 Bilva patras, performed in the name of the client and on his sankalpa.
Maha Shivaratri pooja: Lord Shiva consumed the poisonous fumes on this day to save the world. He is at the happiest on the night of pradosham and grants all success and victory to the people who pray him at this time. The pooja is specifically done on the client’s name and sankalpa.
Rudrabhishekam: in this pooja, the lord is worshiped in his Rudra form and is thought to remove all evils and gain prosperity according to the Vedic scriptures. 108 names of shiva and the shivopasana mantra are recited in this pooja to purify the atmosphere
Rudrabhishekam pooja: the pooja is performed with the prescribed ingredients such as honey, curd ghee and milk with chants on the Sri Rudram. The puja wipes out all sins and purifies the atmosphere. It also removes all sorts of planetary doshams.
Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam pooja: this is a very elaborate pooja to worship all 11 rudras with abhishekam. This is performed by 11 pundits with recitals of Rudram for 11 times.
Rudraikadasini Homam: this is one major homam for Lord Shiva and worships all 11 rudras of him. The pooja is performed with 11 pundits with recitals of each Rudram eleven times. The puja ends with Shanti Paath and Poornahuti.
Maha Rudra yagya: this yagya is performed once in a life time to yield the blessings of the Lord. Excellent remedy for all doshas and to deserve all round success in one’s life, performed with 121 pundits.
Atirudram yagya: this is one best and the highest yagyas prescribed by the Vedic Scriptures. This is the ultimate puja one can perform for Lord Shiva. It comprises of 14641 rudra recitals, performed for eleven days. This has been practice since ancient days, where kings performed the yagya for the betterment of their kingdom.
Santana Parameswara pooja: shiva poja and abhishekam is performed with prescribed materials with recitals of 1008 moola mantras.
Maha Mrutyanjay homam: performed for health and longevity. Recitals of Rudras and maha mrutyajaya mantra are performed.
Yakshma Roga Nivarana homam: Cures skin diseases and disorders. Rigveda is recited 1000 times and Hayan performed 100 times.