Maha Sivarathri Day celebrations at Prashnathy Nilayam in Puttarparthy commenced with Maha Rudra Abishekam to Saieeswara Lingam, sanctified by the Divine Hands during the 2006 Atirudram. It was brought to the venue in a regal palanquin procession, from the Bhajan hall amidst Vedic chanting.
Lord Shiva, who is hailed as Abhisheka Priya, is mightily pleased by sacred offerings. This evening’s Maha Rudrabhishekam had 18 types offerings to Saieswara Lingam. The offerings included milk, curd, ghee, honey, sugar, fruits, tender coconut water, flower, yellow rice, sandalwood paste, vibhuti, bilwa leaves, sugarcandy juice, rudraksha, darbha grass, gold, turmeric, kumkum (vermillion) etc. with each individual offerings bear spiritual religious significance.
These 18 offerings are meant to appease the Indweller within, who is verily Sai Shiva. Laghu Arathi was offered intermittently during the Rudrabhishekam. After the abhishekam offerings even as the Saieeshwara Lingam was being decked up, Rudram, Chamakam chantings continued, followed by Sathya Sai Sahasra Namavali before the final offering of Mangala Arathi marking the end of the Maha Rudrabhishekam.
During the bhajans the sanctified Abhishekam water was sprinkled on the large concourse of devotees assembled in the Sai Kulwant Hall.