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Yesterday being Poornima [full moon] Anna [rice] abhishekam was done to Lord Siva in many Siva temples in South India. In Thanjavur 1000 kgs of rice was done as annabhishekam to Lord Brahadeeswarar.

My question -

  • If this anna abhishekam is done every poornima [full moon] or on selected months poornima only? If so which months? and is there any scriptural reference for this.
  • Does this not apply to Vishnu or Brahma? Reasons why it is not applicable.
  • In some Shiva temples, it is performed every monday but not on large scale. – Sarvabhouma Nov 15 '16 at 5:58
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In general Lord Shiva loves Anna(rice) for Naivedya and also anna daanas(charity).

This chapter of Linga Purana states:

As for Naivedya, ‘Shuddhhaanna’ would satisfy Maha Deva; in fact, ‘Anna Daana’ is one significant charity to the needy that Shiva is always desirous of on any day, especially on Pouranamasi.

If this anna abhishekam is done every poornima [full moon] or on selected months poornima only? If so which months?

The above passage shows that Lord Shiva loves anna charity specially on Purnimas.The following passage from the same Purana shows that it is of special significance in the Karthika month:

Kartika Month: The entire month is of signifinance and daily Shivaarchana-Abhisheka with Sacred water, Milk, Coconut water, Curd, Ghee, Chandana, and Bhasma with Maha Nyasa Purvaka, Maha Rudra Purvaka Snaanaas to Shiva Linga, Day long fasting and Alpaahara in the nights, complete abstinence, Bhu Shayana and various sacrifices should be in place; all kinds of Daanaas on anyday or as many days are encouraged in the Month and similarly Pandita Seva of any kind would be fruitful in the Month. Emphasis is stressed on Anna Daanaas during the month.

Shiva Pujas ,Rudraabhisekhams are of special significance on Purnima Tithis in general & not just on the Karthika Purnima.

The rewards of performing Shiva Puja,Abhisekhams ,Vratas etc on Purnimas of various months,given in this Linga Purana chapter, are as follows:

Shiva Vratas were also prescribed by Nandi Deva to Skanda as follows: Pushya Purnami: Shiva Pujaabhisheka with Ghrita, Ksheera, Dadhi etc followed by Brahmana bhojana and Godaana , Ratri bhojana; Phala: Brahmaloka Prapti.

Chaitra Purnima: Shiva Pujaabhisheka, Raatri bhojana of rice and ghee, Brahmana Bhojana and daana of two white cows

Vaishakha Purnami: Shiva Pujaabhisheka with Panchagavyas, Ratri bhojana, Brahmana Bhojana and Go-Daana; Phala: Ashwamedha Yagna

Jeyshtha Purnima: Shiva Pujaabhisheka, Ratri Bhojana, Brahmana Seva and Dhumravarna Godaana; Phala: Vaayu loka prapti

Ashadha Purnima: Shiva Pujabhisheka, Ratri bhojana, Brahmana Seva, Gaura varna Godaana; Phala: Varuna Loka

Shravana Purnima: Shiva Pujaabhisheka, Ratri Bhojana, Vrushabha daana; Phala:Vayu loka

Bhadrapada Purnima: Havana, Abhishka and Puja; Veda Parayana, Brahmana puja, Vrishabha dwaya daana Phala: Yaksha loka Rajastwa.

Ashviyuja Purnima: Shiva Pujaabhisheka, day long fast, Brahmana Bhojana and Nila Varna Vishabha daana. Phala: Ishana loka prapti.

Kartika Month: The entire month is of signifinance and daily Shivaarchana-Abhisheka with Sacred water, Milk, Coconut water, Curd, Ghee, Chandana, and Bhasma with Maha Nyasa Purvaka, Maha Rudra Purvaka Snaanaas to Shiva Linga, Day long fasting and Alpaahara in the nights, complete abstinence, Bhu Shayana and various sacrifices should be in place; all kinds of Daanaas on anyday or as many days are encouraged in the Month and similarly Pandita Seva of any kind would be fruitful in the Month. Emphasis is stressed on Anna Daanaas during the month. Phala: Surya Loka Prapti.

Margasirsha Month is considered an an extension of the previous month when again austerities would spill over from the previous month; Upavaasaas, Shiva worship by way of Abhishekas, Brahmana Sevas, Anna and other kinds of daanaas especially to Daridras, would be of significance and the Phala would be of Chandra loka prapti.

  • @Rickross--If a person observes strictly what you have mentioned in the respective months can he attain prapti in all lokas? How he will live in all lokas? For specific months he will n ein surya loka and for some months he will be in varuna loka.BTW what is the difference between brahmana seva and brahmana puja? – Parthasarathy Raghavan Nov 18 '16 at 5:21
  • Firstly all that was not my opinion..they are so told in scriptures...i believe in scriptures blindly because they are words of Gods/Saints..so i don't seek rational reasons as such..secondly if someone observes all the months then he mite get a higher reward which is not mentioned in that chapter...Regarding Brahman Puja/seva i don't see much differences...charity to Brhamins.washing his feets,offering of lights.artha,cows,vastra etc to him are the things i guess – Rickross Nov 18 '16 at 5:38
  • It is not any human's opinion. Whatever given in smritis and puranans you are reproducing . You can refer and clear my doubts which I asked thru comment. – Parthasarathy Raghavan Nov 18 '16 at 10:33
  • @ParthasarathyRaghavan I said all that because u said-what you have mentioned in the respective months..so firstly i have not said..Linga pUrana said so..Anyways if someone performs all the months then he will probably get a reward that is sum total of the Punyas which is equal to that of all those Loka Praptis.... – Rickross Nov 18 '16 at 11:40
  • U said means not on your own. Referring thru sources what I meant u said. – Parthasarathy Raghavan Nov 18 '16 at 11:53

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