Ati Rudra Maha Yajna, Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India


Ati Rudra Maha Yajna is considered by the sacred Vedic scriptures as the highest form of worship of Lord Shiva. This auspicious 11 day festival of devotion, sacrifice and wisdom is organized by the devotees of the Veda from all over the world in the sacred town of Thiruvannamalai under the holy mountain of Arunachala.

It will be performed by 121 ritwiks (individuals well versed with chanting) along with 15 priests (that are well versed in the fire sacrifice and other rituals) chanting Sri Rudram 11 times a day for 11 consecutive days along with performing ceremonial bathing of Lingam and fire sacrifices. During that period, Namakm hymn will be chanted 14641 times and Camakam hymn 1331 times reverberating the sounds of sacred Vedas throughout the globe for peace and prosperity of all the beings in all the worlds.

Ati Rudra Maha Yajna

The Yajna will be officiated by a well know Vedic scholar and a teacher, Professor B. S. Nanjunda Dixit (Bangalore, India), who has conducted two Ati Rudra Maha Yajnas in the divine presence of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

This event is offered at Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's lotus feet commemorating the 99th Aradhana Mahostavam of Shirdi Bhagawan, the previous incarnation of Sathya Sai.



Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India

Yajna venue

On the outskirts of Thiruvannamalai, approximately 8km from the Annamalaiyar Temple.

Sivananda Ashram / Vishwa Bharathi Sang
Devanandal Main Road, Opposite Water Tank
Devanandal, Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Yajna venue


From 26.7.2017 to 6.8.2017.

Accommodation in Thiruvannamalai

All attendees should book their own accommodation in Thiruvannamalai. The organizers will not provide any accommodation. However, they will provide a selection of preselected hotels where special prices will be arranged for attendees of the Yajna.

Commuting from Thiruvannamalai to the Yajna venue

Commuting from Thiruvannamalai to the Yajna venue will be organized via buses by the organizer.

Special opportunity for Veda Union members

Selected participants from each of the 11 countries where Rudram 11 events have or will be organized (namely, Slovenia, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Russia and Croatia) will be given a chance to be a part of 121 selected ritwiks and will perform the fire ceremonies along with knowledgeable priests. All who wish to apply as ritwik must adhere to below daily spiritual practice (sadhana) with love, sincerity, and strict discipline.

The organizers deserve the right to select the participants according their own internal selection process.

Spiritual practice (sadhana)

  • Dedicate 30 min for daily prayers (see below) without multitasking with other activities such as driving, daily chores, etc. Adhere to a specific time and place as much as possible.
  • Practice ceiling on desires minimizing sensual distractions and conserving food, money, time, energy, and utmost reverence to the 5 elements of nature.
  • Absolutely No Alcohol, No Meat, No Eggs, and No Smoking.
  • Observe spiritual silence to the extent possible.

Daily Prayers (recommended format): 3 OMs, Ganapati Prarthana (Gananam Tva), 3 Gayatri, Sri Rudram, Durga Suktam, 3 Sai Gayatri, Kshama prarthana.


Organization is done as a service to one and all, therefore it is free of costs. Attendees should cover their traveling and accommodation expenses. Small fee will be collected for food and commuting from Thiruvannamalai to the Yajna venue.

Registration and more information

All are invited to register on below website. Those who plan to register as ritwiks must do so until 24.2.2017.