Sree Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi swamigal kaingarya Trust will be performing an Ati Rudram on the occasion of Mahaperiyava’s Jayanthi from May 15th to 24th , 2013 @ Echangudi. You can get a glimpse of the 12 AtiRudrams conducted by the Trust in this video. All the devotees are invited for this event.
The Ati Rudra Maha Yagnam is very sacred and it drives out the calamities and difficulties of mankind. The Sri Rudram describes various atributes of Lord Siva, THE SHIV TATVA or SHIV RAHASYA. Through the chanting of the Sri Rudram, Lord Siva’s various attributes and aspects are invoked and worshipped. In the Taithareeya Samhita, 4th skanda (chapter) – the 7th sub-stanza is known as ‘Chamaka’. In this section, the letters ‘cha’ and ‘mey’ appear repeatedly and it is hence known as Chamaka.
Eleven recitations of the Sri Rudram followed by one recitation of the Chamakam is called the Ekadasa Rudram.
Eleven Ekadasa Rudram recitations make one Laghu Rudram.
Eleven Laghu Rudram recitations make a Maharudram
And eleven Maharudram recitations make an Ati Rudram!
Thus, in an Athi Rudra Maha Yagnam, the Sri Rudram will be recited 14,641 times and the Chamakam 1331 times, with the performance of 1331 Rudra Homams by 121 Ritvik priests. It is said the each word of SRI RUDRAM has hidden meaning and posses various remedies for incurable diseases.