Ati Rudra Abhishek is a very important form of worship of Lord Shiva, the very source of cosmic energy for
the creation. The divine form of Lord Shiva covers and extends far beyond the known galaxies and universe. Lord Shiva is omnipotent, omniscient and
omnipresent. Lord Rudra is a ferocious aspect of Lord Shiva who is embodiment of destruction and unlimited love. Rud means sorrow and Ra means destroyer.
Rudra is the One who destroys our sorrows.
Out of four Abhishekam, the most important form is the Ati Rudra Abhshek, which involves 14641 Rudrams. The combination of Chamakam and Namakam as
mentioned in the Rudradhyayam is termed as Rudram. When the Namakam is recited along with Chamakam is makes one Rudram. Recital of 11 Maha Rudram makes one
Ati Rudram. Hence the Ati Rudram Abhisheka constitutes 14641 Rudram, which includes 14641 Namakam and 1331 Chamakam.
At the same time with the Ati Rudra Abhisheka the Rudra homas are performed. The 121 Vedic priests helps in conducting this homa. Overall,
11 Homa Kundas are made for this purpose. The Vedic priests must be well experienced for performing this abhishekam. A separate Shiva Linga is made to
perform the Rudrabhishek daily. In addition, with its other rituals like Shri Gayatri Homas, Krama archana, Parayanas and Tarpanas are also performed
side by side.