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Hymn to Please Shiva, Shivarathri Hymn, Shiva Worship

Maha Shivarathri is the most auspicious of festivals dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. It is believed that on this day Lord Shiva appeared to the world in the form of a pillar of light, or Jyotirlinga. Lord Shiva, the primordial teacher, is believed to be easily pleased; thus, any worship offered to him – regardless of its simplicity or grandeur – is thought to bring about great merit. All across India, and in many Hindu communities around the world, nightlong vigils are observed in honor of Lord Shiva. Devotees offer abhisheka, or a ritual bath, to bronze and stone sculptures of Lord Shiva in his many forms. Among the most popular of the forms that receive worship on this day are the Shiva Linga, Lord Dakshinamurthy, Lord Bhairava, and Lord Somaskanda.

Worship of Shiva Linga
Worship of Shiva Linga

Since Shiva is easily pleased, offering milk, water, leaves, flowers, clothes, fruits, or even an oil lamp is commendable. Simply meditating upon the form of Shiva with a pure mind and utmost devotion is considered the highest form of worship. The sage Adi Shankara wrote Shiva Manasa Puja as an affirmation of this notion. In this beautifully composed hymn, Shankara performs the Puja of Lord Shiva with vivid and devout imagination. Reciting this hymn on the night of Maha Shivarathri is the best way to begin or end the night’s festivities!

ratnaiḥ kalpitamāsanaṃ himajalaiḥ snānaṃ ca divyāmbaraṃ

nānāratna vibhūṣitaṃ mṛgamadā modāṅkitaṃ candanam

jātī campaka bilvapatra racitaṃ puṣpaṃ ca dhūpaṃ tathā

dīpaṃ deva dayānidhe paśupate hṛtkalpitaṃ gṛhyatām

Oh ocean of compassion!

Oh lord of those bound by the noose!

I imagine a throne made of precious gemstones to seat you,

cool water trickling from the Himalayas to bathe you,

divine clothes embroidered with various jewels to adorn you,

sandalwood with the intoxicating fragrance of musk to anoint you,

flowers composed of jasmine, champak, and Bilva leaves,

divine incense,

and a bright oil lamp.

Oh Lord, please accept these offerings which I imagine in my heart for you!

 

sauvarṇe navaratnakhaṇḍa racite pātre ghṛtaṃ pāyasaṃ

bhakṣyaṃ pañcavidhaṃ payodadhiyutaṃ rambhāphalaṃ pānakam

śākānāmayutaṃ jalaṃ rucikaraṃ karpūra khaṇḍojjcalaṃ

tāmbūlaṃ manasā mayā viracitaṃ bhaktyā prabho svīkuru

Rice pudding and ghee in a golden bowl studded with the nine precious gems,

five dishes prepared with milk and curd,

plantains,

juice,

tasty water infused with herbs,

a piece of flaming camphor,

and the aromatic betal leaf,

These I have prepared in my mind with utmost devotion.

Please accept them oh Lord!

 

chatraṃ cāmarayoryugaṃ vyajanakaṃ cādarśakaṃ nirmalaṃ

vīṇā bheri mṛdaṅga kāhalakalā gītaṃ ca nṛtyaṃ tathā

sāṣṭāṅgaṃ praṇatiḥ stuti-rbahuvidhā-hyetat-samastaṃ mayā

saṅkalpena samarpitaṃ tava vibho pūjāṃ gṛhāṇa prabho

I offer a splendid umbrella to shade you,

fly whisks and a fan to cool you,

a spotless mirror to see you,

music from the vīṇā, bheri, and mṛdaṅga to please you,

sweet songs and dances to entertain you,

a full prostration to respect you,

and abundant forms of hymns to praise you.

Conceiving these in my heart, I offer them unto you.

Please accept my puja oh Lord!

 

ātmā tvaṃ girijā matiḥ sahacarāḥ prāṇāḥ śarīraṃ gṛhaṃ

pūjā te viṣayopabhoga-racanā nidrā samādhisthitiḥ

sañcāraḥ padayoḥ pradakṣiṇavidhiḥ stotrāṇi sarvā giro

yadyatkarma karomi tattadakhilaṃ śambho tavārādhanam

You are my soul,

Parvathi is my intellect,

your attendants are my five vital breaths,

my body is your abode.

My involvement in the world is nothing but worship unto you,

my sleep is a deep state of meditation upon you.

My roaming feet are constantly in the divine act of walking around you,

all my speech is in praise to you.

All the work I do is a form of worship to you, oh Lord!

 

kara caraṇa kṛtaṃ vākkāyajaṃ karmajaṃ vā

śravaṇa nayanajaṃ vā mānasaṃ vāparādham

vihitamavihitaṃ vā sarvametat-kṣamasva

jaya jaya karuṇābdhe śrī mahādeva śambho

Whatever may be the sins I have committed with my hands and feet,

those sins born of my speech and body,

or the sins arising from my work.

Whatever may be the sins born of my ears and eyes,

or of my mind,

or those sins arising from my doing of what has been prescribed and not prescribed.

Please forgive all of these sins, oh Lord.

Victory unto you, oh ocean of compassion, the greatest and most auspicious of gods!

Bhairava, Lord Shiva as “The Protector”

When you visit any temple dedicated to the god Shiva, you are bound to see the peculiar form of Lord Bhairava. He is a very auspicious form of Shiva, and represents protection and security. The word Bhairava literally means one who shouts the sound “bai.”  “Bai” is an onomatopoeia; it’s basically the Indian equivalent for the “ruff” sound used in common parlance, which we associate with a dog barking.  This is an appropriate name for this form of Shiva, since he is either represented as a dog or as accompanied by a dog. In order to enter a temple dedicated to Shiva, you need to have the permission of Bhairava.

Kala Bhairava at Varanasi
Kala Bhairava at Varanasi

He functions as a protector deity and as a temple guardian. In fact, there is a popular belief that the city of Varanasi (also known as Benares and Kashi) is a temple in and of itself, and Bhairava in his form as Kalabhairava is the gatekeeper. Entering the city of Varanasi is considered to be very difficult, so those pilgrims who do enter the city offer flowers, oil, and food to Lord Kalabhairava as a token of appreciation. Kala means both time as well as the color black. In many popular folktales, Kalabhairava roams the city of Varanasi as a black dog. There are various forms of Bhairava, 64 to be exact. Of these 64 Bhairavas, there are eight distinct forms and eight Bhairava who fall under each of these categories. This Thai Brass statue of Bhairava represents the group of Bhairavas known as Vatuka Bhairava.

Vatuka Bhairava
Vatuka Bhairava

The popular formula for meditation of this form describes this deity as red in complexion with scattered, matted red dreadlocks. He has three eyes and carries a skull cap, trident, drum, and noose. In a temple, this form of Bhairava would be placed in a niche on the outer wall, surrounded by carvings of different forms of Shiva’s attendants. This form of the god is nude and his vehicle is a dog. While many people believe that Bhairava is a violent form of Shiva, he is indeed a benevolent form to the sincere devotee. The noose in his upper left hand signifies the bonds we have in the world. Family, wealth, desires, and material objects are all things that bind a man to the world. As such, men and all other creatures bound to these objects and relationships are known as “pashu” or literally those bound by the noose.

Kala Bhairava
Granite Bhairava with Dog

Being unclad, and having no possessions, Bhairava is known as “Pashupathi” or the Lord of those bound by the noose. Devotees who invoke Bhairava in their lives are blessed by him and receive his protection.In some households across India, a statue of either a dog or of Bhairava is installed in the garden or near the front door. Just as he protects the temple, he also protects the house from evil spirits and bad energy.

 

Kala Samahara – Shiva, Destroyer of Death

Shiva emerging from the Linga
Shiva emerging from the Linga

The vast corpus of Vedic literature refers to various sportive forms, or leela murtis, of Lord Shiva. One of the most important of these forms is that of Shiva as the destroyer of death. Kalasamhara Murti or Kalantaka Murti is the form of Shiva in the act of vanquishing the god of death and righteousness, Yama-Dharma Raja.

The Puranas tell the story of Saint Mrikandu and his virtuous wife Niyati who yearned for a child. They performed austere penances to Lord Shiva to bless them with issue. Pleased with their devotion, Shiva appeared to the couple and asked them whether they wanted a wicked son who would live till old age, or a pious son who would live until 16 years of age. They requested the latter, and thus Markandeya was born.

On the eve of his 16th birthday, Markandeya embarked on a vigil to Lord Shiva. Yama – endeavoring to take Markandeya’s life away – entered the altar, as he was deep in meditation to Lord Shiva. Yama took his noose and threw it around Markandeya’s neck. Aghast, Markandeya grabbed the Shiva Lingam and began singing to his protector.

“Oh Shiva, adorning the moon as your crown, protect me! Save me!”

With the noose tight around his neck, Markandeya hugged the Shiva Lingam. Consequently Yama’s noose touched the Lingam, and enraged Parvathi. Immediately the Lingam split and Shiva emerged. Parvathi, who resides in the left side of Shiva, kicked Yama to the ground to protect her devotee. Shiva lifted his trident and pierced Yama’s chest, leaving the God of death for dead.

Afterwards, Shiva picked Markandeya up and placed him in his lap. He asked Markandeya to request a boon. Markandeya, from the kindness of his heart asked Shiva to resuscitate Yama.

Sculpture of Kala Samhara Shiva from Tanjore Temple, resembling the bronze icon at Thirukkadaiyur
Sculpture of Kala Samhara Shiva from Tanjore Temple, resembling the bronze icon at Thirukkadaiyur

After being revived, Yama – the king of righteousness – innocently asked what he had done wrong to warrant such a gruesome death. Shiva responded that Yama’s only fault was misunderstanding Shiva’s boon to Saint Mrikandu. Markandeya was to live only till age 16, and thereafter remain immortal and ever youthful as a 16 year old.

This event is said to have occurred in Thirukkadaiyur, Tamil Nadu, where the entire story is captured magnificently in bronze. The statue of Kalasamhara Murti in Thirukkadaiyur is the reference for South Indian bronze artists who wish to capture this beautiful form of Shiva.

Since the depiction of death is deemed inauspicious within the Vedic temple, in Thirukkadaiyur the body of Yama is covered with a silk cloth and removed only occasionally. Thus most idols meant for home worship do not actually depict Yama’s death, but rather the moments leading up to it. As is the case with any powerful form of Shiva, a statue of Parvathi is often kept to the left of it to bring peace to his power.

~Svasti~

Mantras, Quotes & Hymns of Murugan, Subramaniyan

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The ardent devotees of Murugan call him by a variety of names – Karthilkeya, Arumuga, Shanmuga, Guhan, Skanda, Subramanya and Kumara. He is the son of the Hindu God of Destruction, Lord Shiva and the brother of the remover of obstacles, Lord Ganesh (The elephant-headed God).

Some of the famous mantras are as follows:

1. Moola Mantra

Om Sharavana-bhavaya Namaha

Meaning: Adorations to Lord Subrahmanya

 

2. Muruga Sloka

Gyaanashaktidhara skanda

valliikalyaaNa sundara

devasenaa manaH kaanta

kaartikeya namo.astute

OM subrahmanyaaya namah

Meaning: Adoration to Lord Kartikeya, who is also known as Skanda. He is the one who holds the staff of intelligence, and holds the beautiful beloved of Goddess Vallii. She is the enchanter of the mind of Goddess Devasena. I offer adorations repeatedly to that Divine Kartikeya.

 

3. Sri Subramanya Pancharatnam:  This mantra is also known as Murugan Pancharatna stotram and is a six-verse prayer chanted everyday by devotees, especially on Sashti Viratham days.

Shadananam, chandana lepithangam,

Mahorasam, divya mayoora vahanam,

Rudrasya soonum, sura loka nadam,

Brahmanya devam, saranam prapadye

 

Jajwalyamanam, sura brunda vandyam,

Kumaradhara thada mandirastham,

Kandarpa roopam, Kamaneeya gathram,

Brahmanya devam, saranam prapadye

 

Dwishadbujam dwadasa divya nethram,

Trayee thanum soolamasim dadhanam,

Seshavatharam, kamaneeya roopam,

Brahmanya devam, saranam prapadye

 

Surari gorahava shobhamanam,

Surothamam shakthi daram kumaram,

Sudhaara shakthyayudha shobhi hastham,

Brahmanya devam, saranam prapadye

 

Ishtartha sidhi pradha meesa puthram,

Ishtannadham bhoosura kamadhenum,

Gangodbhavam sarva jananukoolam,

Brahmanya devam, saranam prapadye

 

Ya slokamidham padatheeha bhakthya,

Brahmanya deva nivesitha manasa san,

Prapnothi bhogamakilam bhuvi yadyadishtam,

Anthe cha gachathi muda guha samyameva

 

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4. Sri Subramanya Karavalambam : This is one of popular mantra of Lord Subramanya, which is chanted by almost all devotees.

Hey Swaminatha karunakara deena bandho,

Sree Paravatheesa mukha pankaja padma bandho,

Sreesadhi deva gana poojitha pada padma,

Valleesa nadha mama dehi karavalambham

 

Devadhi deva sutha, deva ganadhi nadha,

Devendra vandhya mrudu pankaja manju pada,

Devarshi narada muneendra sugeetha keerthe,

Valleesa nadha mama dehi karavalambham

 

Nithyanna dana nirathakhila roga harin,

Bhagya pradhana paripooritha bhaktha kama,

Sruthyagama pranava vachya nija swaroopa,

Valleesa nadha mama dehi karavalambham

 

Krouncha surendra parigandana sakthi soola,

Chapa thi sasthra parimanditha divya panai,

Sree kundaleesa drutha thunda sikheendra vaha,

Valleesa nadha mama dehi karavalambham

 

Devadhi deva radha mandala Madhya methya,

Devendra peeda nagaram druda chapa hastha,

Sooram nihathya sura kotibhiradyamana,

Valleesa nadha mama dehi karavalambham

Heeradhi rathna vara yuktha kireeda hara,

Keyura kundala lasath kavachabhirama,

Hey Veera tharaka jayaa amara brunda vandhya,

Valleesa nadha mama dehi karavalambham

 

Panchaksharadhi manu manthritha ganga thoyai,

Panchamruthai praudhithendra mukhair muneendryai,

Pattabhishiktha maghavatha nayasa nadha,

Valleesa nadha mama dehi karavalambham

 

Sree karthikeya karunamrutha poorna drushtya,

Kamadhi roga kalushi krutha drushta chitham,

Sikthwa thu mamava kala nidhi koti kantha,

Valleesa nadha mama dehi karavalambham.

 

5. Sri Subrahmanya Ashtottara Sata Namavali: We all know the fact that the names of Lord Skanda are innumerable, but in this sthothram the 108 of His descriptive names are enumerated.

1. Om Skandaya namaha

Hail Skanda! Vanquisher of the mighty foes

2. Om Guhaya namaha

Praise be to the Invisible Lord—He who abides in the hearts of devotees true

3. Om Shanmukhaya namaha

Praise be to the six-faced one

4. Om Balanetrasutaya namaha

Praise be to the Son of the Three-Eyed Siva

5.Om Prabhave namaha

Praise be to the Lord Supreme

6. Om Pingalaya namaha

Praise be to the golden-hued one

7.Om Krittikasunave namaha

Hail to the Son of the starry maids

8. Om Sikhivahanaya namaha

Hail to the rider on the peacock

 9. Om Dvinadbhujaya namaha

Hail to the Lord with the twelve hands

10. Om Dvinannetraya namaha

Hail to the Lord with the twelve eyes

11. Om Saktidharaya namaha

Hail to the wielder of the Lance!

12. Om Pisidasaprabhajanaya namaha

Praise be to the destroyer of the Asuras

13.Om Tarakasurasamharine namaha

Praise be to the slāyar of Tārakāsuran

14. Om Raksobalavimardanaya namaha

Praise be to the Victor of the Asuric forces

15. Om Mattaya namaha

Praise be to the Lord of felicity

16. Om Pramattaya namaha

Praise be to the Lord of bliss

17. Om Unmattaya namaha

Hail Oh passionate One

18. Om Surasainyasuraksakaya namaha

Hail Saviour of the Devas

19. Om Devasenapataye namaha

Hail Commander of the Heavenly hosts

20. Om Pragnya namaha

Hail, Lord of Wisdom

21. Om Kripalave namaha

Hail Compassionate One

22. Om Bhaktavatsalāya namaha

Lover of devout ones, Praise be to Thee

23. Om Umasutaya namaha

Son of Uma—Praise be to Thee

24. Om Saktidharaya namaha

Mighty Lord—Praise be to Thee

25. Om Kumaraya namaha

Eternal youth—Praise be to Thee

26. Om Krauncadharanaya namaha

He who reft asunder the Krauñca Mount—Praise be to Thee

27. Om Senanye namaha

Praise be to the Army Chief

28. Om Agnijanmane namaha

To the effulgence of Fire, all Hail

29. Om Visakhaya namaha

To Him who shone on the astral Visakha—All Hail

30. Om Shankaratmajaya namaha

Thou Son of Sankara—All Hail

31. Om Sivasvamine namaha

Thou Preceptor of Siva—All Hail

32. Om Ganaswamine namaha

On Lord of the Ganas—All Hail

33. Om Sarvasvamine namaha

On Lord, God Almighty, All Hail

34. Om Sanatanaya namaha

Oh Lord eternal, Praise be to Thee

35. Om Anantasaktaye namaha

Thou potent Lord, Praise be to Thee

36. Om Aksobhyaya namaha

Unsullied by arrows art Thou—Praise be to Thee

37. Om Parvatīpriyanandanaya namaha

Thou beloved of Parvati, Praise be to Thee

38. Om Gangasutaya namaha

Oh, son of Goddess Ganga—Praise be to Thee

39. Om Sarodbhutaya namaha

Thou who did’st nestle in the Saravana Lake

40. Om Atmabhuve namaha

Thou Unborn Lord

41. Om Pavakatmajaya namaha

Thou who art born of Fire

42. Om Mayadharaya namaha

Energy Art Thou—Praise be to Thee

43. Om Prajrimbhaya namaha

Praise be to thee Auspicious One

44. Om Ujjrimbhaya namaha

Praise be to the Invincible One

45. Om Kamalasanasamstutaya namaha

Praise be to the Lord extolled by Brahma

46. Om Ekavarnaya namaha

The one Word art Thou—All Hail

47. Om Dvivarnaya namaha

In Two Art Thou—All Hail

48. Om Trivarnaya namaha

Thou Art the Three—All Hail

49. Om Sumanoharaya namaha

Thou Stealer of pure hearts—All Hail

50. Om Caturvarnaya namaha

In four Art Thou—All Hail

51. Om Pancavarnaya namaha

In five letters Art Thou—All Hail

52. Om Prajapataye namaha

Father of all Creation—All Hail

53. Om Trumbaya namaha

Praise be to Thee, Oh Peerless One

54. Om Agnigarbhaya namaha

Thou who dost sustain the fire

55. Om Samigarbhaya namaha

Hail Thou who arose out of the Vanni flame

56. Om Visvaretase namaha

Thou glory of the Absolute Paramasivam, All Hail

57. Om Surarighne namaha

Oh, Subduer of the foes of the Devas, All Hail

58. Om Hiranyavarnaya namaha

Thou resplendent One, All Hail

59. Om Subhakrite namaha

Thou Auspicious One—All Hail

60. Om Vasumate namaha

Thou Oh Splendour of the Vasus All Hail

61. Om Vatuvesabhrite namaha

Praise be to Thee, Oh lover of celibacy

62. Om Bhushane namaha

Thou Luminous Sun—All Hail

63. Om Kapastaye namaha

Thou Effulgence divine, All Hail

64. Om Gahanaya namaha

Thou Omniscient One—All Hail

65. Om Chandravarnaya namaha

Thou Radiance of the Moon—Praise be to Thee

66. Om Kaladharaya namaha

Thou who adorns the crescent—Praise be to Thee

67. Om Mayadharaya namaha

Engergy art Thou—Praise be to Thee

68. Om Mahamayine namaha

Great Artist of Deception too art Thou, Praise be to Thee

69. Om Kaivalyaya namaha

Everlasting joy of attainment—Praise be to Thee

70. Om Sahatatmakaya namaha

Art all-pervading—All Hail

71. Om VisvayOnaye namaha

Source of all Existence—All Hail

72. Om Ameyatmane namaha

Oh, Supreme Splendour, All Hail

73. Om Tejonidhaye namaha

Illumination divine—All Hail

74. Om Anamayaya namaha

Savior of all ills—All Hail

75. Om Parameshtine namaha

Thou art Immaculate Lord, Praise be to Thee

76. Om Parabrahmane namaha

Thou Transcendant One, Praise be to Thee

77. Om Vedagarbhaya namaha

The Source of the Vedas art Thou, Praise be to Thee

78. Om Viratsutaya namaha

Immanent Art Thou in the Universe, Praise be to Thee

79. Om Pulindakanyabhartre namaha

Praise be to the Lord of Valli, the Vedda belle

80. Om Mahasarasvatavradaya namaha

Praise be to the source of Gnosis

81.Om asrita Kiladhatre namaha

Praise be to Him who showers grace on those who seek his solace

82. Om Choraghnaya namaha

Praise be to Him who annihilates those who steal

83. Om Roganasanaya namaha

Praise be to the divine Healer

84. Om Anantamurtaye namaha

Praise be Thine whose forms are endless

85. Om anandaya namaha

Praise be Thine, Oh Thou infinite Bliss

86. Om Shikhandīkritagedanaya namaha

Praise be Thine, Thou Lord of peacock banner!

87. Om Dambhaya namaha

Praise be Thine, Oh lover of gay exuberance

88. Om Paramadambhaya namaha

Praise be Thine, Thou lover of supreme exuberance

89. Om Mahadambhaya namaha

Praise be Thine, Oh Lord of lofty magnificence

90. Om Vrishakapaye namaha

Thou who art the culmination of righteousness—All Hail

91. Om Karanopatadehaya namaha

Thou who deigned embodiment for a cause—All Hail

92. Om Karanatita Vigrahaya namaha

Form transcending causal experience

93. Om Anishvaraya namaha

Oh Eternal peerless plentitude, All Hail

94. Om Amritaya namaha

Thou Ambrosia of Life—All Hail

95.Om Pranaya namaha

Thou life of life, Praise unto Thee

96. Om Pranayamaparayanaya namaha

Thou support of all beings—Praise unto Thee

97. Om Vritakandare namaha

Praise unto Thee who subjugates all hostile forces

98. Om Viraghnaya namaha

Thou vanquisher of heroic opponents, Praise unto Thee

99. Om Raktashyamagalaya namaha

Thou art Love, and of crimson beauty— Praise unto Thee

100. Om Mahate namaha

Oh Consummation of glory, All Praise to Thee

101. Om Subrahmanyaya namaha

We praise Thee, Oh effulgent Radiance

102. Om Paravaraya namaha

Oh Supreme Goodness, Praise unto Thee

103. Om Brahmanyaya namaha

We praise Thee, luminous wisdom serene

104. Om Brahmanapriyaya namaha

Thou who art beloved of seers—Praise unto Thee

105. Om Loka Gurave Namaha

Oh universal Teacher, All Praise to Thee

106. Om Guhapriyaya Namaha

We praise Thee, In-dweller in the core of our hearts

107.Om Aksayaphalapradaya namaha

We praise Thee, Oh bestower of indestructible results ineffable

108.Om Sri Subrahmanyaya namaha

We praise Thee, most glorious effulgent Radiance

 

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6. Sri Subramanya Bhujaga Stotram : This mantra is believed to remove Kuja dosha, delayed marriages, clashes, legal disputes, disturbed married life etc.

Bhajeham kumaram bhavnikumaram galollasiharam

Namtsya edwiharam, repustomaparam nrusimhavatram

Sada nirvikaram guham nirvicharam

 

Namameesa putraam japashonagatram kuraraatisatrum

Ruvemdwagni neetram, mahabahrnipatram sivasabjamitramPrabhaswatkaltrayam puranam pavitram

 

Aneekarkakoti prabhavasyalamtam manoharimanikya

Bhooshojwalam tam, sritanamabheestam nisamtam

Krupavarikallola bhastkataksham varjanmanohariso

Nambujaksham, prayogapradana pravhaikadaksham baje Kanti kantam parastomarakham

 

Sukastoorisimdooraswalllalatamdayapoorna chittammaha Deviputram, raveedoolllasadratna rajatkireetam bhajekreedita Kasagangadikootam

 

Sukumdaprasoonavalisobhitamgam saratpoorna chandraprabha Kantikantam, sirisha prasunabhiramam bhavatam bhaje deva Senapatim vallabham tam

Mantras, Quotes, Hymns to Lord Shiva

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Lord Shiva is known as the Lord of Lords and even other Hindu Gods try to plead Lord Shiva with mantras. Lord Shiva is worshiped in two forms – The Shiva Lingam and the statue form.

Here, let us see some of the mantras (and their meaning), used by great sages, as well as common people to get the blessings of the Lord.

 

 

 

1. The Mool (Main) Mantra of Lord Shiva is a five syllable mantra, known as panchakshri mantra. It is believed that the chanters are bowing to themselves, as the Lord Shiva is considered as the ultimate reality.

OM Namah Shivaya

Meaning: I bow to Shiva.

 

2. Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is the greatest Mantra for Lord Shiva found in Rig Veda.

OM. Tryambakam yajamahe
Sugandhim pushti-vardhanam
Urvarukamiva bandhanan
Mrityor mukshiya mamritat

3. Shree Shiva- Parvati Stuti is the mantra which praises Lord with his consort Parvati.

Karpoor Gauram Karunnaavataram Sansaar Saaram
Bhujgendra Haaram.
Sadaa Vasantam Hridyaarvrinde
Bhavam Bhavaani Sahitam Namaami.

Meaning: I Bow to Bhavani as well as to Lord Shiva who is white as camphor, who is compassion incarnate, who is the essence of the world, who wears a garland of a large snake and who always dwells in the lotus like hearts of his devotees.

 

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4a. Shree Rudraashtak Stotram is the eight fold hymn recited by Brahma to please Shiva. This mantra can be used by anyone to get the blessing from the Lord Shiva.

Namaam-Iisham-Iishaana Nirvaanna-Ruupam
Vibhum Vyaapakam Brahma-Veda-Svaruupam
Nijam Nirgunnam Nirvikalpam Niriiham
Cidaakaasham-Aakaasha-Vaasam Bhaje-[A]ham

Meaning: I Salute the Lord Ishana. It is the Form that represents the state of the highest Nirvana. This is the form that manifests the essence He is pervading everywhere and The Lord embodies the Highest Knowledge of Brahman present in the core of the Vedas. He who remains absorbed in His own self which is beyond the three Gunas. Beyond any change and Manifoldness, and which is free from any movement. I worship Ishana, who abides in the spiritual sky.

4b.

Niraakaaram-Ongkara-Muulam Turiiyam
Giraa-Jnyaana-Go-[A]tiitam-Iisham Giriisham
Karaalam Mahaakaala-Kaalam Krpaalam
Gunna-[A]agaara-Samsaara-Paaram Nato-[A]ham

Meaning: I bow to the supreme Lord who is the formless source of “OM” The Self of All, transcending all conditions and states. Beyond speech, He understands the sense perception. Awe-full, but gracious, the ruler of Kailash, Devourer of Death, the immortal abode of all virtues.

4c.

Tussaara-Adri-Samkaasha-Gauram Gabhiram
Mano-Bhuuta-Kotti-Prabhaa-Shrii Shariiram
Sphuran-Mauli-Kallolinii Caaru-Ganggaa
Lasad-Bhaala-Baale[a-I]ndu Kanntthe Bhujanggaa

Meaning: I offer salutations to Sri Rudra, Who is shining white resembling a mountain of snow; and He resides deep in the mind in Millions of Rays of Splendor, which expresses His Auspicious Body. Over whose Head, the Beautiful Ganga Throbs and Surges forth towards the Worlds. The newly risen moon shines in His forehead spreading its rays and His Neck adorns the beautiful Serpents.

4d.

Calat-Kunnddalam Bhruu-Sunetram Vishaalam
Prasanna-[A]ananam Niila-Kannttham Dayaalam
Mrga-Adhiisha-Carma-Ambaram Munndda-Maalam
Priyam Shangkaram Sarva-Naatham Bhajaami

Meaning: The beloved Lord of All, with shimmering pendants hanging from his ears, Beautiful eyebrows and large eyes, Full of Mercy with a cheerful countenance and a blue speck on his throat. I Worship Him Who is Beloved of His Devotees, Who is Shankara, the Lord of All.

4e.

Pracannddam Prakrssttam Pragalbham Pare[a-Ii]sham
Akhannddam Ajam Bhaanu-Kotti-Prakaasham
Tryah-Shuula-Nirmuulanam Shuula-Paannim
Bhaje[a-A]ham Bhavaanii-Patim Bhaava-Gamyam

Meaning: I worship Shankara, Bhavani’s husband. I owe to the fierce, exalted, luminous and the supreme Lord Shiva. Indivisible, unborn and radiant with the glory of a million suns; Who, holding a trident, tears out the root of the three-fold suffering, And who is reached only through Love.

4f.

Kalaatiita-Kalyaanna Kalpa-Anta-Kaarii
Sadaa Sajjana-[A]ananda-Daataa Pura-Arii
Cid-Aananda-Samdoha Moha-Apahaarii
Prasiida Prasiida Prabho Manmatha-Arii

Meaning: Salutations to Sri Rudra, Whose Auspicious Nature are Beyond the Elements of the gross material world and He who Brings an end to the cycle of creation when all gross elements are dissolved. He is the one who always give to the wise men and is the destroyer of Adharma. By Taking Away the Great Delusion, He plunges the prepared Soul in the Fullness of Cidananda (the Bliss of Brahman or Pure Consciousness). O, the signifying Destroyer of Manmatha; Please be Gracious to me; Please be Gracious to me, O Lord.

4g.

Na Yaavad Umaa-Naatha-Paada-Aravindam
Bhajanti-Iha Loke Pare Vaa Naraannaam
Na Taavat-Sukham Shaanti Santaapa-Naasham
Prasiida Prabho Sarva-Bhuuta-Adhi-Vaasam

Meaning: Oh Lord of Uma, so long as you are not worshiped, there is no happiness, peace or freedom from suffering in this world or the next. You who dwell in the hearts of all living beings, and in whom all beings have their existence, Have mercy on me, Lord.

4h.

Na Jaanaami Yogam Japam Naiva Puujaam
Natoham Sadaa Sarvadaa Shambhu-Tubhyam
Jaraa-Janma-Duhkhau-[A]gha Taatapyamaanam
Prabho Paahi Aapanna-Maam-Iisha Shambho

Meaning: O my lord, I do Not Know how to perform Yoga, Japa or Puja. I always at All Times only Bow down to You, O Shambhu. Please protect me from the Sorrows of Birth and Old Age, as well as from the sins which lead to Sufferings. Please protect me O Lord from Afflictions; protect me O My Lord Shambhu.

Rudraastak Midam Proktam. Vipreyn haratoshyey,
Yey pathanti paraa bhaktayaa. Teyshaam Shambhu Praseedati.

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5a. Lingashtakam Mantra is one of the main mantras of Lord Shiva.

Brahma Muraari Surarchita Lingam
Nirmala Bhaashita Sobhitha Lingam
Janmaja Dhukha Vinaasaha Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Lingam, which is worshiped by Brahma, Vishnu and other Gods. It is pure and resplendent, and destroys sorrows arising out of birth and death.

5b.

Devamuni Pravaraarchita Lingam
Kaama Dahana Karunaakara Lingam
Ravana Darpa Vinaasaha Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Lingam, which is worshiped by great sages and devas (God). He is the destroyer of Kama, Linga, the compassionate, and which destroyed the pride of Ravana.

5b.

Sarva Sugandha Sulepitha Lingam
Buddhi Vivaardhana Kaarana Lingam
Siddha Suraasura Vandhitha Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Lingam, which is well anointed with all fragrances, leads to growth of wisdom. It is worshiped by sages, devas and asuras (Demons).

5c.

Kanaga Mahaamani Bhooshitha Lingam
Panipati Veshthitha Sobitha Lingam
Daksha Suyajna Vinaasana Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam

Meaning: I salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam, Which is decorated with Gold and other Precious Gems, which is adorned with the Best of the Serpents Wrapped around it, and which destroyed the Grand Sacrifice of Daksha. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

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5d.

Kunkuma Chandhana Lehpitha Lingam
Pankaja Haara Susobhitha Lingam
Devaganarchita sevita lingam bhavairbhaktirevacha lingam
Dinakarakoti prabhakara lingam tatpranamami sadasivalingam

Meaning: I salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam Which is anointed with Saffron and Sandal Paste, which is Beautifully Decorated with Garlands of Lotuses, and which destroys the accumulated Sins. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

5e.

Astadalopari vestithalingam sarvasmudva karanalingam
Astadaridra vinasana lingam tatpranamami sadasivalingam
Suruguru suravara poojita lingam surapushpa sadarchita lingam
Paramapadam paramatmakalingam tatpranamami sadasivalingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Lingam, Which is enveloped with eight-fold petals, which is the cause of all creation, and which destroys eight types of poverty. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam Which is Worshiped by the Preceptor of Gods and the Best of the Gods, which is Always Worshiped by the Flowers from the Celestial Garden, Which is Superior than the Best and which is the Greatest. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Linga.

5f.

Lingastakam punyam ya pathecchivasanndhu
sivaloka mavapnoti sivena sahamodithe

Whoever Recites this Lingasthakam near Shiva, Will Attain the Abode of Shiva and enjoy His Bliss.

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