Sahasra Lingarchana is a remarkable Vedic ritual to worship Lord Siva. It is performed with 1,116 Bana lingams.
All these Siva lingas are arranged in the form of Kailasa prastharam which is a depiction of Siva Kailasam with 16 avaranas and 1,116 Rudra swaroopas.
Siva Shakti is invoked into each Siva lingam thru Vedic mantras during Shodasa Aavarana puja and worshiped with bhakti to seek the blessings of Lord Siva for health, wealth, prosperity, bliss, and ultimate mukthi.
The devotees of Lord Siva have contributed fundamentally to the advancement of our way of life at different spots of this nation and abroad also, from old times. The ceremonies are changed, beginning from simple reciting of Lord Siva's name as "Om Namah Shivaya" to the performance of mind-boggling Abhishekas and Rudra homams.
Sahasralingarchana is the ultimate one in the group of Abhisheka processes. Normally the process includes chanting of series of body-purifying mantras under the captain of “Mahanyasa”.
This will be followed by inviting 1128 deities in the form of 16 groups, with the last group being headed by Lord Siva.
The book “Sahasra lingarchana PoojaVidanam” describes the total ritual process from the beginning to the end.
For the benefit of those who would like to have a simple procedure, the procedure for Laghunyasa Poorvaka Rudrabhishekam is also provided.
The special process of PasupataVidhanam is also incorporated as a reference text for the scholars, who can guide others under conditions of emergency.