The Rudrashtakam is a Sanskrit composition in devotion of Rudra, composed by the Hindu Bhakti poet Tulsidas. Tulsidas composed in the late fifteenth century in Uttar Pradesh in India and created many other literary pieces including the magnum opus Ram Charit Manas.
The devotional hymn “Rudrashtakam” appears in the Uttara Kand of the celebrated Ram Charit Manas, where a brahmana composed the hymn to propitiate Lord Shiva. His main purpose was to set his pupil free from the curse of Shiva. He succeeded and asked also a second boon (devotion for himself). His pupil would be the bird ‘ Kaga-Bhusundi’ in a next life, a devotee of Shri Rama and an excellent teller of the life story of Shri Rama.