Rudratirtha, Rudratīrtha, Rudra-tirtha: 1 definition


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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Rudratīrtha (रुद्रतीर्थ) is the name of a Tīrtha (sacred bathing place) that is associated with the Maṅgaleśvara Liṅga (symbolical manifestation of Śiva). This place represents the thirty-ninth of the sixty-four siddhaliṅgas mentioned in the Nepalese Tyasaphu (a folding book or leporello). At each of these spots Śiva is manifest as a Liṅga. Each of these liṅgas has its own specific name, mantra, set of rituals and observances, auspicious time etc.

The auspiscious time for bathing at the Rudra-tīrtha near the Maṅgala-īśvara-liṅga is mentioned as “phālguna-śukla-pañcamī caitra-kṛṣṇa-caturdaśī” (latin: phalguna-shukla-pancami caitra-krishna-caturdashi). This basically represents the recommended day for bathing there (snānadina).

Rudratīrtha is also mentioned as the forty-ninth Tīrtha in the same list but associated with the Golokeśvara-liṅga. The auspicious bathing time is mentioned as “caitra-kṛṣṇa-ṣaṣṭhī māgha-śukla-aṣṭami kārttika-kṛṣṇa-aṣṭamī” (latin: caitra-krishna-shashthi magha-shukla-ashtami karttika-krishna-ashtami).

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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