Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 29 Dec 2021


My family does Rudra abhishekam with cow's milk, which is then poured in plants. What are Your views on this?

[Shri Jayesh Pandey asked: Dandmat Pranaaman Datta Swami ji! May You place Your holy legs on my forehead and heart. Datta, My family does Rudra abhishekam almost every other month, we are ignorant so we just perform the rituals, many times it is also done with cow's milk. What are Your views on this Datta? The milk is then poured in plants or in ground.]

Swami Replied:- Doing Rudraabhishekam is good provided it is developing the devotion in the mind of the doer. It can be done with water also. Milk, the precious food, shall not be wasted in this ritual. If you pour milk, collect it and take it as teertham (holy water) after mixing it with sugar and slightly heating it. It should not be wasted by pouring it on the ground as per the Veda (Annaṃ na paricakṣīta). Here, annam means any food taken by mouth and the food may be in solid or liquid state.