Lord Shiva Mantras

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.

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.

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!

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.

Mool mantra

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.

“ओम नमः शिवाय”
“OM Namah Shivaya”

Meaning: I bow to Shiva.

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

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

“ओम। त्र्यंबकम यजमहे
सुगंधिम पुष्टि-वर्धनम्
उर्वरुकामिवा बंधनन
मृत्युयोर मुक्षिया ममृतत”
“OM. Tryambakam yajamahe
Sugandhim pushti-vardhanam
Urvarukamiva bandhanan
Mrityor mukshiya mamritat”

Shree Shiva- Parvati Stuti

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

“कर्पूर गौरम करुणावतारम संसार सारम”
भुजगेंद्र हराम।
सदा वसंतम हृदयवृन्दे
भवं भवानी साहित्यं नमामि”
“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.

Shree Rudraashtak Stotram

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.

“नमां-ईशम-ईशाना निर्वाण्ण-रूपम”
विभूम व्यापकम ब्रह्म-वेद-स्वरुपम
निजाम निर्गुणम निर्विकल्पम निरिहं
सिदाकाशम-आकाशा-वासम भजे- [ए] हम”
“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.

“निराकारम-ओंकारा-मौलम तुरीयम”
गिरा-ज्ञान-गो- [ए] तीतम-ईशम गिरीशम्
करालं महाकाल-कालम कृपालम्
गुन्ना- [ए] अगरा-संसार-परम नाटो- [ए] हम”
“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.

“तुसारा-अद्री-संकाशा-गौरम गभीराम”
मनो-भूत-कोट्टी-प्रभा-श्री शरीराम
स्फुरन-मौली-कलोलिनि कारू-गंगा
लसाद-भाला-बाले [ए-आई] नंदू कंन्थे भुजंगगा”
“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.

“कलत-कुंडदलम भ्रु-सुनेत्रम विशालम”
प्रसन्ना- [ए] अनानं निला-कन्न्थम दयालम
मृगा-अधिइश-कर्मा-अंबरम मुंडदा-मालम
प्रियं शांगकारम सर्व-नाथं भजामी”
“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.

“प्रकानंदम प्रकृतिस्तं प्रगलभम पारे [ए-द्वितीय] शाम
अखण्डदम आजम भानु-कोट्टी-प्रकाशशाम
त्र्यः-शुउला-निर्मुउलनं शुउला-पन्निम
भजे [ए-ए] हम भवानी-पातिम भव-गम्यम”
“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.

“कलातीत-कल्याण्ण कल्प-अन्त-कारी”
सदा सज्जन- [ए] आनंद-दाता पुरा-अरी
सिड-आनंद-सम्दोह मोह-अपाहारी
प्रसीदा प्रसीदा प्रभा मनमथा-अरी”
“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 gives 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.

“न यावद उमा-नाथ-पाद-अरविन्दम
भजंती-इहा लोके पारे वा नारायणम
न तावत-सुखम शांति संताप-नाशाम्
प्रसिदा प्रभु सर्व-भूत-अधि-वासम”
“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.

“न जानामी योगम जपं नैव पूजाम”
नातोहम सदा सर्वदा शंभू-तुभ्यम्
जरा-जन्म-दुहखौ- [ए] घ तातप्यमनम्
प्रभा पाही आपन्ना-माम-ईशा शम्भो”
“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.

“ब्रह्मा मुरारी सुररचिता लिंगम”
निर्मला भाशिता शोभिता लिंगम
जनमजा दुख विनाशा लिंगम
तत्प्रणामामी सदाशिव लिंगम”
“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.

“देवमुनि प्रवरारचिता लिंगम”
काम दहन करुणाकर लिंगम
रावण दर्पण विनाशा लिंगम
तत्प्रणामामी सदाशिव लिंगम”
“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.

“सर्व सुगंध सुलेपीठ लिंगम”
बुद्धि विवर्धन करण लिंगम
सिद्ध सुरआसुर वंदिथा लिंगम
तत्प्रणामामी सदाशिव लिंगम”
“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 the growth of wisdom. It is worshiped by sages, devas and asuras (Demons).

“कनागा महामनी भोशिता लिंगम”
पानीपति वेष्ठिता सोबिथा लिंगम
दक्ष सुयजना विनासन लिंगम
तत्प्रणामामी सदाशिव लिंगम”
“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.

“कुंकुमा चंदना लेहपीठ लिंगम”
पंकजा हारा सुशोभिता लिंगम
देवगनरचिता सेविता लिंगम् भैरभक्तिरेवच लिंगम्
दिनकारकोटि प्रभाकर लिंगम तत्प्रणामामि सदाशिवलिंगम”
“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.

“अष्टदालोपरी वेस्टिथलिंगम सर्वस्मुद्वा करनालिंगम”
अस्तादरिद्र विनासन लिंगम तत्प्रणामामि सदाशिवलिंगम्
सुरुगुरु सुरवर पूजिता लिंगम सुरपुष्पा सदरचिता लिंगम
परमपदं परमात्मकलिंगम तत्प्रणामामि सदाशिवलिंगम”
“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 to the Best and which is the Greatest. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Linga.

“लिंगास्तकम पुण्यं या पथेचिवासन्धु:
शिवलोक मावपनोति सिवेना सहमोदिथे”
“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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