Rudra literally refers to dreadful or terrible. Rudra also means howling, roaring or crying.
Rudra is another name of Lord Shiva. In his Rudra form Lord Shiva uplifts those in distress, thus earning their praises.
Mention of this name is also found in Riga Veda (ऋग्-वेद) and Arthav Veda (अथर्व-वेद) with meanings like crying, howling, roaring, dreadful, terrific, terrible and horrible.
Reference of Rudra is found also in Naighuntuk (नैघण्टुक) where Rudra depicts shining, glittering, strong or bestowing strength.
Rudra is also found to be referred in Kathasaritsagar (कथासरित्सागर) and Rajtarangini (राजतरंगिणी) as name of several people.
Rudra also founds reference in Varah-Mihir-Brihat-Sanhita (वराह-मिहिर-बृहत्-संहिता) where Rudra denotes the number 11.
According to the graph shown here Rudra is a famous name in the USA. This name is adopted by nearly 250 people of the USA as the name of their children. This is a very famous name in India as it is a name of Lord Shiva. Rudra is adopted by more than 1450 people in India as the name of their babies.
Rudra is a name with a deep meaning attached to it. Rudra also has great sort of mythological significance in Hindu mythology.
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