The entire 12 days programmed will be conducted in the divine Presence of Bhagawan and will include the following:
i) Rudra Parayana by 140 learned priests for 14641 times with chanting of 21, 43, 58,881 Rudra
Anuvakas and 1331 chamakas.
ii) Rudra Abhishekam to a specially installed Maragatham Lingam** in Sai Kulwanth Hall.
iii) Rudra Homa done in eleven specially made Homa Kundams in Sai Kulwanth Hall.
iv) Sai Gayathri Homa daily morning and afternoon.
v) Special Talks by Learned Speakers on the Glory of Lord Sai Shiva.
vi) Musical progammes by artistes from all over India.
Athi Rudra Mahayagnams are held for 11 days. The number 11 has significance in Srirudram.
Nowhere Athirudram is held for 10 days or less. It has to be for 11 days.
Srirudra Patam contains 11 Anuvakas. After Each chanting of One round of Rudram one Anuvaka Each of Chamakam (out of 11 Anuvakas of chamakam) is chanted. Eleven recitations of Rudram followed by one recitation of Chamakam is called Ekadasa Rudram. This constitutes one unit of Rudra Homam. Eleven rounds of Ekadasa Rudram makes one Laghu Rudram. Eleven Laghu Rudra chartings make one Maharudram and eleven Maharudram recitations is the Athirudram.
Everyday One Maharudram is completed and in eleven days an Athirudra Mahayagnam is completed. Thus in the Athirudra Mahayagnam, the Srirudram hymn is chanted in all 14,641 times by 121 Ritwiks in 11 days with the performance of 1331 rudra Homams simultaneously.
Before commencing the first Rudra Homam a number of Poojas, Japas and Havans Like Mahaganapathi Homam etc. are performed. The Vasoddhara Homam performed everyday is the climax of the daily and final Day Homams. This is the way an Athirudra Mahayagnam is normally held.
Swami is Omniscient and He knows what the correct way of performing the Yagna is.
Lord Siva is worshipped traditionally in the form of Linga – resembling the replica of Brahmanda. Abhisheka is the ritual dearest to His heart.
Sage Satapatha in his treatise “Maharnava Karma Vipaka” listed four types of Abhisheka procedures compatible with Vedic and scriptural lore. Those are Rudram, Ekadasa Rudram, Maha Rudram and Athi Rudram – each being more potent than the preceding one. Of these, the most potent form of Athi Rudram involves 14641 Rudrams (Rudram is a combination of Namakam and Chamakam given in Rudradhyayam in the 5th Prapathakam of the 4th Kanda of Krishna Yajur Veda Samhita). Namaka recited once along with recital of Chamaka once constitutes one Rudram. Recital of 11 Namakas along with one Anuvaka of Chamaka at the end of each Namaka, thus completing one Chamaka constitutes Ekadasa Rudram. Recital of 11 Ekadasa Rudrams is Laghu Rudram or Rudraikadasini. Recital of 11 Laghu Rudrams is one Maha Rudram. Recital of 11 Maha Rudrams is one Athi Rudram. Therefore, in Athi Rudram 14641 Rudrams include 14641 Namakams and 1331 Chamakams. Simultaneously with Rudrabhisheka, Rudra Homas are conducted by 121 priests well versed in Vedic rituals in 11 Homa Kundas erected for the purpose. A Linga is being installed especially for the purpose of conducting Rudrabhishekam daily. Side by side the Rudra Parayanas and Rudra Homas, other related rituals such as Sri Sai Gayatri Homas, Lingabhisheka Poojas, Kramarchana Parayanas and Tarpanas will also be performed.
This Maha Yajna is being performed for Loka Kalyana and good of all mankind as well as to ensure universal peace and prosperity. It is, indeed, our good fortune that such a grand Vedic ritual is being performed in a selfless manner in the Divine Presence of Bhagawan, the very embodiment of Siva-Sakti form of Absolute Cosmic Energy in its entirety.
There will be talks by learned speakers on the glory of Lord Siva and musical programmes in the Divine presence of Bhagawan daily in the evening.