In Hinduism, it is auspicious to worship deities by pouring a pure substance like milk or ghee on their idols. This practice is known as ‘Abhishek’, wherein ‘Rudra Abhishek’ is the ritual of worshipping Lord Shiva. In all Vedic scriptures, Rudra Abhishek puja is considered as one of the most significant spiritual pujas. For ‘Rudra Abhishek’, water is poured on Shiva Linga, while chanting a Vedic mantra called the ‘Rudra Sukta’. In Sanskrit, Linga refers to a mark or a symbol, and Shiva Linga, a mark of Lord Shiva signifies that the all powerful God is formless.
For Rudra Abhishek puja, Abhisheka is done with a pious substance, which could be cow milk, ghee, honey, coconut water, rice, water, sugarcane juice, powdered sugar, grains, cereals or some other similar item, as advised by a Pundit. Spiritual items provided for puja have their own significance; we can offer sugarcane juice for financial stability and success, honey for increment in income and milk for problems related to children. Similarly, ghee is offered for growth of lineage, mustard oil to vanquish enemies and water from holy river Ganges (Ganga) for attainment of nirvana (salvation).
The Rudrabhisheka puja is performed to eliminate the evil effects of Doshas, which are formed out of unfavorable planetary positions in birth horoscope or in the current scenario. Some of these Doshas are Shapit Dosha, Rahu Dosha, Visha yoga, Nag dosha etc..