Sunday, August 12, 2007

Fifty Rudras

That Shiva is both one and many at the same time. There is both the one Rudra, as well as the many Rudras. The Rudra of all Rudras is Shiva-Shankara, the supreme Lord. From various Vedic lists, we know of 11 Rudras, whose names vary depending on source. Similarly, in the Shaiva Agamas, lists of Rudras are to be found. In the Makutagama, one of the 28 Siddhanta Agamas of the Rudra-bheda sub-catagory, we find a list of 50 Rudras mentioned:

  1. Khaḍgeśa
  2. Bakeśa
  3. Śveta
  4. Bhṛngīśvara
  5. Chagalaṇḍeśa
  6. Dviraṇḍeśa
  7. Mahākālīśvara
  8. Bhujaṅgeśa
  9. Pinākīśa
  10. Dārukeśa
  11. Ardhanārīśa
  12. Umākānta
  13. Āṣāḍīśa
  14. Daṇḍīśa
  15. Atrīśa
  16. Mitreśa
  17. Maṣeśa
  18. Lohiteśvara
  19. Śikhīśvara
  20. Krodeśa
  21. Caṇḍa
  22. Pañcāntakeśvara
  23. Śivottama
  24. Ekarudreśa
  25. Kūrmeśa
  26. Ekanetra
  27. Caturānaneśa
  28. Ajeśa
  29. Śarva
  30. Someśvara
  31. Lāṅgalīśa
  32. Saṁvartakeśa
  33. Śrīkaṇṭha
  34. Ananteśa
  35. Sūkṣmeśa
  36. Trimūrtīśa
  37. Amareśa
  38. Argheśa
  39. Bhārabhūteśvara
  40. Atithīśa
  41. Sthānvīśa
  42. Hara
  43. Jhiṇṭīśa
  44. Bhautikeśa
  45. Sadyojāteśa
  46. Anugraheśvara
  47. Ākrūreśa
  48. Mahāsena
  49. Lakulīśa
  50. Śiveśvara

Source: Makuṭāgama, Caryāpāda VI:14-20.

ॐ नमः शिवाय

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