Thursday, 21 December 2017

Rudra is one of the most popular names of Shiva used extensively in the Vedas to refer to him.

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Rudra is one of the most popular names of Shiva used extensively in the Vedas to refer to him. The literal meaning of the term Rudra is the roaring storm. The other meanings associated with this word are fire and fiery red. Looking from several angles, the term Rudra appears to focus on the fiery aspect of Shiva which is destruction. Since Shiva is the destroyer, the fierce name of Rudra seems to be highly fitting the role of Lord Shiva.
The images of Shiva shows him wearing snakes as ornaments, a garland of skulls, the ashes of the cremation grounds smeared all over the body and wandering forth in red angry eyes. As per Puranas, Once Brahma asked Rudra to create some beings as he was getting bored by creating ordinary mortals. Owing to this request, Shiva created 11 immortal beings who are called Kapali, Pingala, Bhima, Virupaksa, Vilohita, Ajesha, Shasana, Shasta, Shambhu, Chanda and Dhruva. They were together called as 11 Rudras.
Being the head of these immortal beings, Shiva is addressed as Rudra. The hymns of Rg Veda have a lot of references to Shiva in the name Rudra. They all portray Shiva as the highest God, a mighty archer, the most terrible form, the fire god and so on. While the term Rudra embodies in it a terrible aspect by denoting the roaring storm, the term Shiva points out to the benign aspect of Shiva. Thus, these two terms together bring the contrasting features of Shiva put in one expression.
Shiva is compassionate and merciful. Being the parent of the entire universe, he is endowed with the supreme role of taking care of their well-being. Chanting the name of Rudra shall invoke the blessings of Shiva and win his grace for the devotees. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ๐Ÿ””๐ŸŒ€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ”ฑ⌛️๐Ÿ“ฟ๐Ÿ•‰๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿš๐Ÿ””๐ŸŽจ
Om Namo Bhagwate Rudraya Namah ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’€
Shubh Ratri ๐ŸŒ€๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ™

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