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Sri Rudram, also known as Sri Rudraprasnah, is a hymn offered to the all pervading Brahman, designated as Rudra-Siva, present in auspicious, benign forms as well as terrible forms. It occurs in the Taittiriya Samhita of the Krsna Yajurveda in the 4th kanda (chapter), 5th prasna (topic) and it is considered as one of 108 Upanisads.
It is the only hymn of its kind in the religious literature of the entire world which focuses on the idea of God, not only associated with the ideas of pleasant and good, but also with the idea of dreadful and destructive; that God permeates everything in manifestation. A very intriguing aspect of God present in this wondrous hymn is that God is exists in the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, the right and the wrong, the positive and the negative, the high and the low, the conceivable and the inconceivable.
It is said that where ever a devout reciter of the Rudram lives, be it in a village or town, that place will be free from disease, drought, thefts, and other ills. Kaivalya Upanishad also declares: “Whoever reads satarudriya becomes pure as fire, becomes pure as air”.
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