16. Rudra-pasupathi
(pronunciation = 'rudra-pasu-pathi')

By Swami Sivananda

There are seven Khandas in the Yajur Veda regarded as the Head of the Lord. The Sri Rudram is in the centre of the middle Khanda of the Yajur Veda. Its recitation is a great purifier. It describes the Lord's wonderful manifestations. Standing in the river and reciting this sacred scripture is regarded as specially efficacious, and bestows moksham on the devotee.

Rudra-pasupathi was a great devotee of Lord Siva and he resorted to this Sadhana. He used to recite the Sri Rudram standing in water, neck deep and was, therefore, blessed by the Lord with moksham.



Sekkilaar, and G. Vanmikanathan. Periya Puranam — A Tamil Classic On The Great Saiva Saints of South India. Ed. Dr. N. Mahalingam. Chennai: Sri Ramakrishna Math, 2000.

Sivananda, Swami. Sixty-Three Nayanar Saints. World Wide Web edition. India: Divine Life Society, 1999.


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