Lingashtakam

Lingashtakam: Brahma Murari – in sanskrit with meaning – Stotra on Sri Shiva

लिङ्गाष्टकम्
Lingashtakam

ब्रह्ममुरारिसुरार्चितलिङ्गं निर्मलभासितशोभितलिङ्गम् ।
जन्मजदुःखविनाशकलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥१॥
Brahma-Muraari-Sura-Aarcita-Linggam Nirmala-Bhaasita-Shobhita-Linggam |
Janmaja-Duhkha-Vinaashaka-Linggam Tat Prannamaami Sadaashiva-Linggam ||1||

Meaning:
1.1: (I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam) Which is Adored by Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and the Gods, which is Pure, Shining, and well-Adorned,
1.2: And which Destroys the Sorrows associated with Birth (and human life). I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

Shiva
देवमुनिप्रवरार्चितलिङ्गं कामदहं करुणाकरलिङ्गम् ।
रावणदर्पविनाशनलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥२॥
Deva-Muni-Pravara-Aarcita-Linggam Kaama-Dahan Karunnaa-Kara-Linggam |
Raavanna-Darpa-Vinaashana-Linggam Tat Prannamaami Sadaashiva-Linggam ||2||

Meaning:
2.1: (I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam) Which is Worshipped by the Gods and the Best of Sages, which Burns the Desires, which is Compassionate,
2.2: And which Destroyed the Pride of demon Ravana. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

Shiva
सर्वसुगन्धिसुलेपितलिङ्गं बुद्धिविवर्धनकारणलिङ्गम् ।
सिद्धसुरासुरवन्दितलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥३॥
Sarva-Sugandhi-Sulepita-Linggam Buddhi-Vivardhana-Kaaranna-Linggam |
Siddha-Sura-Asura-Vandita-Linggam Tat Prannamaami Sadaashiva-Linggam ||3||

Meaning:
3.1: (I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam) Which is beautifully Smeared with Various Fragrant pastes, which is the Cause behind the Elevation of a person’s (Spiritual) Intelligence and Discernment,
3.2 And which is Praised by the Siddhas, Devas and the Asuras. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

Shiva
कनकमहामणिभूषितलिङ्गं फणिपतिवेष्टितशोभितलिङ्गम् ।
दक्षसुयज्ञविनाशनलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥४॥
Kanaka-Mahaamanni-Bhuussita-Linggam Phanni-Pati-Vessttita-Shobhita-Linggam |
Dakssa-Su-Yajnya-Vinaashana-Linggam Tat Prannamaami Sadaashiva-Linggam ||4||

Meaning:
4.1: (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,
4.2: And which Destroyed the Grand Sacrifice (Yajna) of Daksha. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

Shiva
कुङ्कुमचन्दनलेपितलिङ्गं पङ्कजहारसुशोभितलिङ्गम् ।
सञ्चितपापविनाशनलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥५॥
Kungkuma-Candana-Lepita-Linggam Pangkaja-Haara-Su-Shobhita-Linggam |
San.cita-Paapa-Vinaashana-Linggam Tat Prannamaami Sadaashiva-Linggam ||5||

Meaning:
5.1: (I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam) Which is Anointed with Kumkuma (Saffron) and Chandana (Sandal Paste), which is Beautifully Decorated with Garlands of Lotuses,
5.2: And which Destroys the Accumulated Sins (of several lives). I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

Shiva
देवगणार्चितसेवितलिङ्गं भावैर्भक्तिभिरेव च लिङ्गम् ।
दिनकरकोटिप्रभाकरलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥६॥
Deva-Ganna-Aarcita-Sevita-Linggam Bhaavair-Bhaktibhir-Eva Ca Linggam |
Dinakara-Kotti-Prabhaakara-Linggam Tat Prannamaami Sadaashiva-Linggam ||6||

Meaning:
6.1: (I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam) Which is Worshipped and Served by the Group of Devas (Gods) with True Bhava (Emotion, Contemplation) and Bhakti (Devotion),
6.2: And which has the Splendour of Million Suns. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

Shiva
अष्टदलोपरिवेष्टितलिङ्गं सर्वसमुद्भवकारणलिङ्गम् ।
अष्टदरिद्रविनाशितलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥७॥
Asstta-Dalo-Parivessttita-Linggam Sarva-Samudbhava-Kaaranna-Linggam |
Asstta-Daridra-Vinaashita-Linggam Tat Prannamaami Sadaashiva-Linggam ||7||

Meaning:
7.1: (I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam) Which is Surrounded by Eight-Petalled Flowers, which is the Cause behind All Creation,
7.2: And which Destroys the Eight Poverties. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

Shiva
सुरगुरुसुरवरपूजितलिङ्गं सुरवनपुष्पसदार्चितलिङ्गम् ।
परात्परं परमात्मकलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥८॥
Suraguru-Suravara-Puujita-Linggam Suravana-Pusspa-Sada-Aarcita-Linggam |
Paraatparam Paramaatmaka-Linggam Tat Prannamaami Sadaashiva-Linggam ||8||

Meaning:
8.1: (I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam) Which is Worshipped by the Preceptor of Gods (Lord Brihaspati) and the Best of the Gods, which is Always Worshipped by the Flowers from the Celestial Garden,
8.2: Which is Superior than the Best and which is the Greatest. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

Shiva
लिङ्गाष्टकमिदं पुण्यं यः पठेत् शिवसन्निधौ ।
शिवलोकमवाप्नोति शिवेन सह मोदते ॥
Linggaassttakam-Idam Punnyam Yah Patthet Shiva-Sannidhau |
Shivalokam-Avaapnoti Shivena Saha Modate ||

Meaning:
9.1: Whoever Recites this Lingasthakam (hymn consisting of eight stanzas in praise of the Linga) near Shiva (Lingam),
9.2: Will Attain the Abode of Shiva and enjoy His Bliss.

Shri Rudram English Translation

Shri Rudram is an ancient Vedic text and part of the Krishna Yajurveda. It is a powerful hymn in praise of Rudra, or Shiva. In the mystical tradition, Shiva represents the consciousness within everything, the pure essence within all, referred to in the Hindu scriptures as Sat Chit Ananda: truth, consciousness and bliss. It is in Shri Rudram that the great five syllable mantra, Om Namah Shivaya is first mentioned.

You might simply listen to the chant during meditation or you could chant along. The vibrations of the chant purify the atmosphere and mind, fill your being with peace and vigour, bestow protection, and coupled with a pure intention, have the power to grant your wishes, including liberation.

What follows is the Rudra prasnam and Chamaka prasnam transliterated into English and followed by a translation in English. Care has been taken to make the English translation simple and in a form which can be chanted. The readers are cautioned that the transliteration has been given only to identify the anuvaakas and sukthaas and not for chanting. This is because Sanskrit is a very complicated language and a least phonetic language like English cannot bring out the nuances in actual chanting of this majestic and mellifluous prayer. Not being a Sanskrit scholar but one who depends upon other available translations mainly in Tamil and Malayalam, I crave your pardon for errors if any that I have committed.

Rudrm :

Chamakam :

Rudra – Prasnam

OM Namo Bhagavathe Rudraya

Om Salutations to the God who is Rudhra.

First Anuvaaka

Namasthe Rudhra manyava Uthotha Ishave Nama
Namsthosthu Dhanvane Bahubyam Uthathe Nama. 1.1

Salutations to your Ire, Rudhra and also salutations to your arrow..
Salutations to your bow and also to your both arms.

Yatha ishu siva thamaa shivam babuva the dhanu,
Shivaa sharavyaa yaa thava thaya no rudhra mrudaya. 1.2

Bless us with happiness our Lord,
With that arrow of thine, which is holy,
With that bow of thine, which is begetter of good,
With that quiver of thine, which is sweet.

Yaa the shivaa thanu raghoraa papakasini,
Thaya nasthanuva shantha maya gireesam thaabhi chakashihi. 1.3

Oh Rudra, who showers happiness on us from the Mount,
With your aspect which is peaceful,
Which is giver of good always,
And that, which is bereft of sin,
And which is the road to salvation,
And which takes us to taller heights,
Reveal to us the principle of the soul.

Yaa mishum giri shantha hasthe Bhibarshya sthave,
Shivaam girithra thaam kuru maa himsi purusham jagat. 1.4

Oh Rudra who feeds us sweetness sitting on the mount,
And who gives us solace sitting on the mount,
Please make the arrow in your hand,
Which you have brought to punish the sinners,
Peaceful and do not give trouble to people and the world.

Shivena vachasaa twaa gireesaacchha vadaamasi,
Yadhaa na sarva mi jjagadhaa yashmamsumanaa asath. 1.5

We praise and sing about you so that we attain you,
Oh, God who lives on the top of the mountains,
Be pleased to protect our relations and cows,
Grant them all, a disease free life,
And make them live with love towards each other,

Adhyavoo chadhadhi vakthaa pradhamo daiwyo bhishak,
Ahimscha sarvaan jambayanth sarvaschaa yathu dhaanya. 1.6

He who is first among everything,
He who is Godliness in Gods,
He who is the doctor curing the sins,
He who praises good deeds of devotees,
Forgetting the ills done by them,
May he kill all animals and asuras that trouble us,
And bless us all.

Aasau yasthamro aruna utha bhaabroo sumangala,
Yeh chemam rudra abhitho dikshu,
Sritha Sahastraso avaishaam heda eemahe. 1,7

He is red in colour,
He is more red in colour,
He is golden,
He gives rise to good things,
He is the Rudhra, who is the sun,
And so we bow before the thousands of Rudhras,
Who are spread in all directions,
And request them to cool themselves down.

Asou yo avasarpathi neela greevo vilohitha,
Uthainam gopaa adrusannath drushan udhaharya,
Uthainam viswaa bhoothani sa drushto mrudayathi na. 1,8

He who has the blue neck,
Is the one who rises as the copper colured sun.
Even lowly cowherds see this Rudhra who comes as sun,
Even the maids who carry water from rivers see him thus,
And even all the animals of the world see him thus.
Let this Rudra who is seen in the form of sun,
Grant us all happiness.

Namo asthu neela greevaya sahasrakshaya meedushe,
Adho ye asya sathvannoham thebhyo karannama. 1.9

Let my salutation go,
To the God who has a blue neck,
To the God who has thousands of eyes,
To the God who grants us all boons,
And also my salutations,
To his devotees who are his servants.

Pramuncha dhanvana sthava mubhayo rarthaniyorjyam,
Yascha the hastha ishawa paraa thaa bhagavo vapa. 1.10

Please untie the string connecting the ends of your bow, Oh God
Please put away arrows in your hand in thine quiver.

Avathasys dhanusthvam sahasraksha sathe shudhe,
Niseerya salyanaam mukha shivo na sumana bhava. 1.11

Oh God with thousand eyes,
Oh God with hundreds of bows,
Please break the sharp ends of arrows thine,
Please slacken the string of your bow,
And become God who does us good,
And God who has a calm mind.

Vijyam dhanu kapardhino visalyo bhanavaam utha,
Anesannasyeshwa aabhurasya nishamgadhi. 1.12

Oh God with the mane of hair,
Let your bow loosen its string,
Let your quiver become empty,
Let your arrows loose the power to hurt,
Let your sword be always in your scabbard.

Yaa the hethir meedushtama hasthe bhabhoova the dhanu,
Thayaa asman viswathasthava mayakshamya paribbuja. 1.13

He who is greatest among those who fulfill wishes of devotees,
With those weapons that you have and the bow in your hand.
Which do not cause infirmity to any one,
Please do save us from all troubles always.

Namasthe asthvayudhaa yanaathathathaya dhrushnave,
Ubhabhyamutha the namo bahubhyam thava dhanvane. 1.14

My salutations to thine strong weapons which are about to strike,
My salutations to your both hands and bow,

Pari the dhanvano hethi rasmaan vrunakthu viswatha,
Adho ya ishudhisthavare asmannidhehi tham. 1.15

Let your arrows pass away from us, oh Lord,
And let your quiver be kept for our enemies,
Who are like our sins.

Second Anuvaaka

Namasthe asthu bhagavan visweswarayaa mahadevayaa tryambakaya,
Tripuranthakayaa trikagni kalaaya kalagni rudhraaya neela kantaaya,
Mrutyunjayaaya sarveshwaraaya sadashivaaya sriman maha devaaya nama. 2.0

Salutations to you God,
Who is the lord of the universe,
Who is the greatest among Gods,
Who has three eyes,
Who destroyed three cities,
Who is the master of the three fires,
Who is the Rudra who burns the world,
Who has a blue neck,
Who won over the God of death,
Who is Lord of every thing,
Who is ever peaceful,
And who is the greatest God with goodness,
Salutations again.

Namo hiranya bahave , senanye ,dhisaam cha pathaye namo nama. 2.1.1

Salutations and salutations,
To the God with golden hands,
To the God who is the chief of armies,
To the God who is the chief of four directions.

Vrukshobhyo , harikeshabhya , pasunaam pathaye namo nama. 2.1.2

Salutations and salutations,
To him who shines as trees,
To him who has green leaves as hair,
And to him who is the lord of all beings.

Saspinjaraaya , twishee mathe , padheenaam pathaye namo nama. 2.1.3

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is reddish yellow like leaf buds,
To him who shines in luster,
And to him who leads us in different directions.

Bhablushaaya vivyaadhine annanaam pathye namo nama 2.1.4

Salutations and salutations,.
To him who rides on the bull,
To him who is like disease to his enemies,
And to him who is the lord of all food.

Hari keasayaa upaveethine pushtanaam pathaye namo nama. 2.1.5

Salutations and salutations,
To him who has black hair,
To him who wears the sacred thread,
And to him who is the lord of all those who are healthy.

Bhavasya hethyai , jagatham pathaye namo nama. 2.1.6
Salutations and salutations,.
To him cuts the tree of mortal life,
And to him who is the lord of the universe.

Rudrayaa atha thavine kshetranaam pathaye namo nama 2.1.7

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is Rudhra,
To him who holds a tied bow,
And to him who is the Lord of fields.

Suthaaya hanthyaaya vanaanam pathaye namo nama. 2.1.8

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is the driver of the chariot of life,
To him who can never be harmed,
And to him who is the lord of the forest.

Rohithaaya sthapathaye vrukshaanam pathaye namo nama. 2.2.1

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is red coloured,
To him who is protector of every thing,
And to him who is the lord of all trees.

Manthrinee vanijaya kakshanaam pathaye namo nama 2.2.2

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is the minister,
To him who is the merchant,
And to him who is the lord of bushes and thickets.

Bhuvanthaye varivaskruthaa oushadinaam pathaye namo nama. 2.2.3

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is the creator of the world,
To him who is kind to his devotees,
And to him who is the lord of all plants.

Uchai goshaaya akranthayathe patheenam pathaye namo nama. 2.2.4

Salutations and salutations,
To him who shouts loudly,
To him who makes one cry,
And to him who is the leader of foot soldiers.

Kruthsna vheethya dhavathe sathvanaam pathaye namo nama. 2.2.5

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is surrounded by army,
To him who rushes to save his devotees,
And to him who is the lord of good people.

THIRD ANUVAKA

Nama sahamanaaya nivyadheen aavyadheenaam pathay namo nama 3.1.1

Salutations and salutations,
To him who stifles his enemies,
To him who beats his enemies,
And to him who is the leader of those who beat their enemies.

Kukubhaya nishangine sthenaanam pathaye namo nama. 3.1.2

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is the best,
To him who holds the sword,
And to him who is the leader of the thieves.

Nishngina ishudhimathe thaskaraanam pathaye namo nama. 3.1.3

Salutations and salutations,
To him who holds bows ready to shoot,
To him who has the quiver,
And to him who is the leader of the dacoits.

Vanchathe pari vanchathe sthayoonam pathaye namo nama 3.1.4

Salutations and salutations,
To him who cheats,
To him who is the greatest cheat,
And to him who is leader of those who steal by cheating.

Nicherave paricharaayaaranyanam pathaye namo nama 3.1.5

Salutations and salutations,
To him who goes inside to steal,
To him who goes outside to steal,
And to him who is the leader of thieves who steal in the forest.

Srukaavibhyo jikaam sathbhyo mushnathaam pathaye namo nama 3.1.6

Salutations and salutations,
To him who defends themselves with arms.
To him who troubles others,
And to him who is the leader of peasants who steal from their master.

Assemadbhyo naktham charadbhya prukrunthanaam pathaye namo nama. 3.1.7

Salutations and salutations,
To him who holds the sword,
To him who prowls in the night to steal,
And to him who is the leader of those who murder and steal.

Unmeeshine giricharaaya kulanchaanaam pathaye namo nama. 3.1.8

Salutations and salutations,
To him who wears the turban,
To him who lives in the forests,
And to him who is the leader of those who steal in houses and fields.

Ishumadbhyo dhanvaa vibhyascha bho namo nama 3.2.1

Salutations and salutations,
To him who holds the arrows.
And to him who holds the bows.

Aathanvanebhya prathi dhanebhyscha namo nama 3.2.2

Salutations and salutations,
To him who ties the string to the bow,
And to him who places the arrow on the string.

Ayaaschadbhyo visrujadbhyacha vo namo nama 3.2.3

Salutations and salutations,
To him who draws the string,
And to him who sends the arrows

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Asyadbhyo vidhudyadbhya vo namo nama 3.2.4

Salutations and salutations,
To him who shoots arrows at an aim,
And to him who breaks the aim by the arrows

Aaseenebhya sayanebhyascha vo namo nama. 3.2.5

Salutations and salutations,
To him who sits,
And to him who lies down.

Swapadbhyo jagardbhyascha vo namo nama 3.2.6

Salutations and salutations,
To him who sleeps,
And to him who is awake.

Sthishtathbyo dhavadbyascha vo namo nama 3.2,7

Salutations and salutations,
To him who stands still,
And to him who runs.

Sababhya sabha pathibhyascha vo namo nama. 3.2.8

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is one among the audience,
And to him who presides over the audience.

Aswebhyo aswapathibhyascha vo namo nama. 3.2.9

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is the horse,
And to him who is the rider of the horse.

Nama avyadheeneebhyo vividhayantheebyascha vo namo nama. 4.1.1

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is the evil spirits that surround and torment,
And to him who is the evil spirits that attack and kill.

Uganabhysthrum hathobyhascha vo namo nama 4.1.2

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is the good spirits that help,
And to him who is the evil spirits that are fierce.

Gruthsebhyo gruthsa pathibyascha vo namo nama 4.1.3

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is attached,
And to him who is the chief of those who are attached.

Vrathebhyo Vrathapathibyascha vo namo nama. 4.1.4

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is the assembly of different types of people,
And to him who is the chief of such assemblies.

Ganebhyo ganapathibyascha vo namo nama. 4.1.5

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is the member of a clan,
And to him who is the chief of a clan.

Viroopebhyo Viswaroopebhyascha vo namo nama. 4.1.6

Salutations and salutations,
To him who looks ugly,
And to him who looks just as every one in the world.

Mahadbhya kshullakebyascha vo namo nama. 4.1,7

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is a great soul,
And to him who is a weak being.

Radhibhyo aradhebhyascha vo namo nama. 4.1.8

Salutations and salutations,
To him who rides a chariot,
And to him who does not have a chariot.

Radhebhya radha pathibhyscha vo namo nama. 4.2.1

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is a chariot,
And to him who is the leader of the chariot.

Senabhya Senanibhyascha vo namo nama 4.2.2

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is the soldier,
And to him who is the leader of the armies.

Kshathrabya sangraheethrubyacha vo namo nama 4.2.3

Salutations and salutations,
To him who drives chariots well,
And to him who can hold the chariot from moving.

Sthakshabhyo rathakarebhyascha vo namo nama 4.2.4

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is a carpenter,
And to him who makes chariots.

Kulalebhya kamaribhyascha vo namo nama 4.2.5

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is the potter,
And to him who is the black smith.

Punchishtebhyo nishadebhyascha vo namo nama. 4.2.6

Salutations and salutations,
To him who is the hunter of birds who uses nets,
And to him who is the fisherman.

Ikshukrudbhyo dhanva krudhbyascha vo namo nama. 4.2.7

Salutations and salutations,
To him who makes arrows,
And to him who makes bows.

Mrugayubhya swanibhyascha vo namo nama. 4.2.8

Salutations and salutations,
To him who hunts animals,
And to him who drags dogs using a rope.

Swabhya swapathibhyascha vo namo nama. 4.2.9
Salutations and salutations,
To him who is a dog,
And to him who protects the dogs.

Namo bhavaya cha rudraya cha 5.1.1

Salutations to him who creates and to him who dispels sorrows

Nama sarvaya cha pasupathaye cha 5.1.2

Salutations to him who destroys sin and to him who is the lord of all beings,

Namo neela greevaya cha sithi kantaaya cha 5.1.3

Salutations to him who has a blue neck and who has white ash applied over his neck

Nama kapardhine cha vyupthakesaya cha 5.1.4

Salutations to him who has a crown of hair and to him who has a shaved head

Nama sahasrakshaya cha sathadanvane cha 5.1.5

Salutations to him who has thousands of eyes and to him who has hundreds of bows.

Namo gireesaya cha sipivishtaya cha 5.1.6

Salutations to him who is the lord of the mountain and to him who is light personified

Namo meedushtamaaya cheshumathe cha 5.1.7

Salutations to him who gives torrential rains and to him who caries arrows.

Namo hruswayaa cha vamanaaya cha 5.1.8

Salutations to him who is small and to him who is dwarf

Namo bruhathe cha varsheeyase cha 5.1.9

Salutations to him who is large who is storehouse of good qualities

Namo vruddhaya cha samvrudhvane cha 5.1.10

Salutations to him who is aged and to him whose fame is large.

Namo agriyaya cha pradhamaya cha 5.2.1

Salutations to him who existed before creation and to him who is first among Gods

Nama aasave cha ajiraaya cha 5.2.2

Salutations to him who is omnipresent and to him who moves fast

Nama seegriyaya cha seebhyaya cha 5.2.3

Salutations to him who is in fast streams and to him who is in great waters

Nama oormyaya cha aswanyaya cha 5.2.4

Salutations to him who is in fast tides and to him who is in still water

Nama stotrothasyaya cha dweepyaya cha 5.2.5

Salutations to him who is in rivulets and to him who is in islands

Namo jyeshtayaa cha kanishtaya cha. 6.1.1

Salutations to him who is elder and to him who is younger

Namo poorvajaya cha aparajaaya cha 6.1.2

Salutations to him who is born before and to him who is born after

Namo madhyamaya cha apakalpaya cha 6.1.3

Salutations to him to him who is middle aged and to him who is too young

Namo jaganyaya cha budhniyaya cha 6.1.4

Salutations to him who is born from the middle and to him is born out of roots

Namo sobhyaya cha parthi saryaya cha 6.1,5

Salutations to him who is born in earth and to him who is born in other worlds.

Namo yaamyaya cha kshemyaya cha 6.1.6

Salutations to him to him who punishes in hell and to him who grants favours in heaven

Namo oorvarya cha khalyaya cha 6.1.7

Salutations to him who is in the fields and who is in gardens.

Namo shlokyaa cha vasanyaya cha 6.1.8

Salutations to him who is praised in the Vedas and to him who is praised at the end of Vedas

Namo vanyaya cha kakshyaya cha 6.1.9

Salutations to him who exists as tree in forest and to him who exists as plants in bushes

Namo sravaya cha prathisravaaya cha 6.1.10

Salutations to him who is of the form of sound and to him who is in the form of echo

Nama aasushenaaya cha asuradhaya cha 6.2.1

Salutations to him who is the fast moving troops and to him who is the fast moving cavalry

Nama sooraya cha avabindhathe cha 6.2.2

Salutations to him who is in the form of heroes and to him who is in the form of knights

Nama varmine cha varoodhine cha 6.2.3

Salutations to him who is armoured and to him who rides a chariot

Nama bhilmine cha kavachine cha 6.2.4

Salutations to him who wears the helmet and to him who is protected by the charms.

Nama sruthaya cha sruthasenaaya cha 6.2.5

Salutations to him who is famous and to him who has a famed army.

Namo dunthubhyaya cha hananyaya cha 7.1.1

Salutations to him who is of the sound of a big drum and to him who is
of the form of the drumstick.

Namo drushnave cha brumruchaaya cha 7.1.2

Salutations to him who never runs away from war and to him who
examines the spy information about the enemy.

Namo dhootaaya cha prahitaaya cha 7.1.3

Salutations to him who is the messenger and who is the servant

Namo nishangine cha ishuthimathe cha 7.1,4

Salutations to him who has the sword and to him who has the quiver.

Nama stheeshneshave cha aayudhine cha 7.1.5

Salutations to him who has sharp arrows and to him who has other weapons

Nama swaayudhaaya cha sudhanvane cha 7.1.6

Salutations to him who has best weapons and to him who has good bow.

Nama shruthyaya cha pathyaya cha 7.1.7

Salutations to him who walks in footpaths and to him who travels in wide roads.

Nama katayaya cha neepyaya cha 7.1.8

Salutations to him who is in canal water to him who is in streams.

Nama soodhyaya cha sarasyaya cha 7.1.9

Salutations to him who is in water of a pool and to him who is in the water of a lake

Nama nadhyaya cha vaisanthaaya cha 7.1.10

Salutations to him who is in the water of river and to him who is in the water of the pond.

Nama koopyaya cha vatyaya cha 7.2.1

Salutations to him who is in the water of well and to him who is in the water of spring

Namo varshayaya cha avarshayaya cha 7.2.2

Salutations to him who is in rain water and who is also in places it does not rain.

Namo meghyaya cha vidhuyutyaya cha 7.2.3

Salutations to him who is in the clouds and who is also in lightning

Namo idhreeyaya cha aathapthaya cha 7.2.4

Salutations to him who is in the form of clear sky of autumn and to
him who is in the form of rain and sun

Namo vaathyaya cha reshmiyaya cha 7.2.5

Salutations to him who is in the form of rainy storm and to him who
is in the form of dry hoarse wind.

Namo vasthavyaya cha vaasthupaya cha 7.2.6

Salutations to him who is in materials of the house and to him who
is the vaasthu purusha guarding the house.

Nama somaaya cha rudhraaya cha 8.1.1

Salutations to him who is the consort of Uma and to him who removes sorrow

Namas thamraaya cha arunaaya cha 8.1.2

Salutations to him who is of the copper colour of the dawn and to
him who is of the colour of sun after sunrise.

Nama sankhaya cha pasupathaye cha 8.1.3

Salutations to him who adds pleasure to us and to him who protects all beings

Nama ugraaya cha bheemaaya cha 8.1.4

Salutations to him who is angry and to him who is fearful

Namo agrevaghaaya cha dhoorevaghaaya cha 8.1.5

Salutations to him who leads and kills his enemies and to him
who talks from a distance

Namo hanthre cha haneeyase cha 8.1.6

Salutations to him who kills his enemies and to him who destroys
everything towards the end

Namo vrikshebhyo harikeshebhyo 8.1.7

Salutations to him who is the tree with green hairs of karma

Namstharaaya 8.1,8

Salutations to him who is the star in the form of Om

Nama sambhave mayo bhave cha 8.1,9

Salutations to him who appears as pleasure of this world and to
him who appears as pleasure of salvation.

Nama sankaraaya cha mayaskaraaya cha 8.1.10

Salutations to him who gives the pleasure of this world and to
him who gives the pleasure of the other worlds.

Nama shivaya cha shiva tharaaya cha 8.1.11

Salutations to him who is in the form of good things and to
him who makes others who attain him good.

Namas theerthaaya cha koolyaya cha 8.2.1

Salutations to him who is the holy water and to him who is
worshipped near the streams

Nama paaryaya cha vaaryaya cha 8.2.2

Salutations to him who is being praised by great souls after
salvation and to him who grants all that one wants in this world.

Nama pratharanaaya cha uttaranaaya cha 8.2.3

Salutations to him who helps us cross the river of sins and to
him who lifts us to salvation.

Nama aathaaryaya cha aalaadhyaya cha 8.2.4

Salutations to him who makes soul enter this world and to him
who encourages soul to enjoy the fruit of actions.

Nama sashpyaya cha phenyaya cha 8.2.5

Salutations to him who is in the grass by the riverside and who
is in the foam of the river.

Nama sikathyaya cha pravaahyaya cha 8.2.6

Salutations to him who is in the sand by the side of the river
and who is in the running water of the river

Nama ireenyaya cha prapadhyaya cha 9.1.1

Salutations to him who is of the form of one who lives in arid
land and to him who walks the paths

Nama kimsilaaya cha kshyanaaya cha 9.1.2

Salutations to him who is of the form of one who lives in dry
land and to him who is of the form of one who lives in good
places

Nama kapardhine cha pulasthave cha 9.1.3

Salutations to him who has matted hair and to him who stands
in front to protect his devotees.

Namo goshtyaya cha gruhyaya cha 9.1.4

Salutations to him who is of the form of one who lives in stable
and to him who lives in homes

Namas thalpyaya cha gehyaya cha 9.1.5

Salutations to him who sits on the cot and to him who lives in
ornamental houses

Nama kaatyaya cha gahwereshtaaya cha 9.1.6

Salutations to him who lives in thorny bushes and who lives in caves

Namo hridayaaya cha niveshpyaya cha 9.1.7

Salutations to him who is in deep still waters and to him who
is in snow drops

Namo pamswayaya cha rajasysyaya cha 9.1.8

Salutations to him who is in speck of dust and who is in the
dust from mud

Namo sushkyaya cha harithyayaya cha 9.1.9

Salutations to him who is dried piece of wood and who is in wet stem

Namo lopyaya cha ulopyaya cha 9.1.10

Salutations to him who is in firm floor and who is on turf

Nama oorvyayaya cha soormyaya cha 9.2.1

Salutations to him who is on flat land and to him who is on
tides in the river

Nama parnyaya cha parnasadhyaya cha 9.2.2

Salutations to him who is in green leaves and who is in dried leaves

Namo apaguramanaya cha apignathe cha 9.2.3

Salutations to him who is armed and to him who kills his enemies

Nama akkidathe cha prakkidathe cha 9.2.4

Salutations to him who troubles a little and to him who troubles most

Namo va kirikebhyp devanam hrudayebhyo 9.2.5

Salutations to him who showers riches on his devotees and to
him who exists in hearts of devas.

Namo viksheenakebhyo 9.2.6

Salutations to your deathless form in the hearts of devas

Namo vichinvathkebhyo 9.2.7

Salutations to your form, which lives in hearts of, devas and grants
all the wishes

Namo anirhathebhyo 9.2.8

Salutations to your form, which lives in hearts of, devas and
destroys sins

Namo aamivatkebhya 9.2.9

Salutations to your form, which lives in hearts of, devas and
travels everywhere

Draape Andha saspathe daridhra neela lohitha
Eeshaam purushaanam esham pasunaam maa
bhermaro mo eshaam kincha namamath. 10.1

Oh God who punishes the sinners in hell,
Oh God, who gives food to devotees,
Oh God, who is the form of light,
Oh God who has a black neck and red body,
Please do not give fear to these beings,
Please do not give death to these beings,
And please do not make any of these beings sick.

Yaa the rudra shivaa thanu shivaa viswaaha beshaji
Shivaa rudrasya beshaji taya no mruda jeevase 10.2

Oh, Rudhra, God of the world,
That medicine which cures the pain of birth and rebirth,
That medicine which mixes with you and makes all happy,
Is your holy form that is one with thine consort Shakthi,
And please bless us all with that form,
To make us live as we ought to live.

Imama rudraaya thavase kapardhinee kshyadweeraaya
Prabharaamahe mathim,
Yadhaa na sama sad dwipadhe chatushpadhe viswam pushtam graame
Asmin aathuram. 10.3

Oh Rudhra, God of the world,
Who wears dried tuft of hair,
Who is the sage who meditates,
And who kills his enemies,
Make mine wavering thought fixed on thee,
So that good will befall on us people and our cows,
And all beings would grow healthy without fail,
And are never ever get diseased.

Mruda no rudra thano mayaskrudhee kshyadweerayaa,
Namasaa vidhema the.Yachcham cha yoscha manu rayaaje
Pithaa tadha syama thava rudra preeneethou. 10.4

Oh, Rudra God of the world,
Make us all happy,
Add to our chances of salvation,
And diminish the strength of sinners,
And we will pray you with our salute.
And again pray to thee,
To give us the pleasure in this world,
And salvation in the other world,
Got by the father of the world Prajapathi* ,by your grace.

Maa no mahantha mutha maa no arbhakam
Maa na ukshantha-mutha maa na ukshitham.
Maa no vadhee pitharam motha maatharam priyaa maa
Nasthanuvo rudhra reerishaa. 10.5

Oh Rudhra, God of the world,
Never give trouble to our elders.
Never give trouble to our children,
Never give trouble to our lads,
Never give trouble to our children in the womb,
Never give trouble to our fathers,
Never give trouble to our mothers,
And never give to trouble our body, which is dear to us.

Maanaasthoke thanaye maa na aayushee maa no goshu
Maa no asweshu reerisha. Veeranmaa no rudra
Bhami tho avadhir havish mantho namasaa vidhema the. 10.6

Oh Rudhra, God of the world,
Never cause sorrow to our children and sons,
Never diminish our span of life,
Never cause sorrow to our cows,
Never cause sorrow to our horses,
And do not destroy in anger our efficient servants,
And we would come with holy offerings and salute you.

Aarathe gogna utha poorushagne ksyadweeraaya
Sumnamasthe the asthu.
Rakshaa cha no adhi cha deva brahmadhaa cha na
Sarma yachcha dwibarhaa. 10.7

Oh Rudhra, God of the world,
Let your fearful aspect be away,
From killing of beings,
From killing of people,
And our efficient servants.
And let your graceful aspect,
Be with us.
Oh God, please protect us,
Please talk to us with compassion,
And please give us the pleasure of this and other worlds,
That you posses.

Sthuhi srutham gartha sadam yuvaanaam mrugascha bheema
Upahathnumugram
Mruda jarithre rudra stavaa no anyanthe
Asmannnnivapanthu senaa 10.8

Oh mind always think,
Of that Rudra who stays in the lotus of our heart,
Of that Rudra who is young,
Of that Rudra who is powerful in killing of enemies,
Of that Rudra who is as fearful as a lion,
And of that Rudra who is full of fame.
And Oh Rudra, who is being praised,
Give immortal pleasures to this mortal body,
And let your chief soldiers,
Kill our enemies.
Who are different from us.

Parino rudrasya hethur varnakthu pari tweshasya
Durmathiragayo
Ava sthiraa madavadbhayasthanushva meedvasthokaaya
Thanayaya mrudaya. 10.9

Let the weapon of Rudra move away from us,
And the fearful thought of Rudra,
Which shines in anger,
And which is capable of destroying sinners,
Also move away from us.
Oh Rudra who grants all wishes of devotees,
Please make thine fearful anger,
Which is stable in destroying thine enemies,
Little soft at us, who praise,
And salute thee by fire sacrifices,
And please give pleasure to our sons and their sons.

Meedushtama sivathama shivo na sumanaa bhava
Parame vruksha aayudham nidhaaya kruthim vasaan
Aachara pinaaka bibradhaagahi. 10.10

Oh Rudra who is the greatest among those who grant wishes,
Oh Rudra who has a pleasant mien,
Please become one who does good to us,
And become one with a good mind.
Please keep thine weapons on the trees,
And come to us wearing the hide of tiger.
Please bring along thine bow pinaaka,
As an ornament.

Vikiridha vilohitha namasthe asthu bhagava,
Yaasthe sahasram hothayo anya mannibhavanthu tha. 10.11

Oh Rudra who throws riches at us,
And oh Rudra who is red coloured,
Let our salutations be with you.
Let your thousands of weapons,
Destroy our enemies who are different from us.

Sahasrani sahasradhaa baahu hosthava hethaya
Thaasameesano bhagava parachinaa mukhaa krudhi. 10.12

Oh Rudra in your hands are weapons,
In thousands and of thousand types.
Oh God who is all powerful,
Make their sharp ends not attack us.

Sahasraani sahasraso ye Rudra adhi bhoomyaam.
Teshaam sahasra yojane avadhanvaani thanmasi 11.1

We request thee oh Rudra,
To order your soldiers who are in thousands,
To keep their thousands of weapons,
Which are of thousand kinds,
Thousand miles away from us.

Asmin mahatyarnave anthareekshe bhavaa adhi. 11.2

In this vast sea of ether,
Whichever Rudra’s soldiers do exist,

Neelagreeva sithi kkantaa sarvaa adha kshama charaa 11.3

And those soldiers, who do exist,
Whose half side of neck is blue,
And the other half is white.
And live under the earth in Paathaala*.

Neelagreeva sithi kkantaa diva rudra upasrithaa 11.4

And those soldiers, who do exist,
Whose half side of neck is blue,
And the other half is white.
And who have attained heavens.

Ye vruksheshu saspinjaraa neelagreeva vilohithaa 11.5

And those soldiers, who do exist,
Who are on trees with colour of new grass,
With neck which is blue,
And whose body is especially red.

Ye bhoothanaam adhi pathayo visikkahsa kapardhina 11.6

And those soldiers ,who do exist,
Who are captains of the soldiers,
With some of them wearing the tuft,
And some with no hairs,

Ye anneshu vividhyanthi paathreshu pibatho janaan 11.7

And those soldiers ,who do exist,
Who trouble those people,
Who take food and drink from vessels

Ye padhaam padhii rakshaya Iilaa brudaa yavyudha. 11.8

And those soldiers, who do exist,
Who protect people who walk in the path,
And also protect those people taking all other paths,
And who take the form of those who save by giving food,
And who fight with enemies

Ye theerthani pracharanthi srukaavantho nishangina 11.9

And those soldiers ,who do exist,
Who carry sharp weapons,
And also those who carry swords,
And also those who travel protecting sacred waters.

Ya eetha bandascha bhooyaamscha diso rudraa vithasthire
Teshaam sahasra yojane avadhanvaani thanyasi. 11.10

We request all these your soldiers,
And also all those others wherever they are,
Spread in different directions,
To keep their bows,
Thousands miles away,
After removing the string.

Namo rudrebhyo ye prithvyaam ye anthareekshe,
Ye divi yesham annam vatho varshmishadha sthebhyo dasa,
Praceerdasa dakshina dasa pradeecheer daso udhiceer daso urdhwaa,
Sthebhyo namasthe no mrudayanthu the yam dwishmo,
Yascha no dweshti tham vo janme dadhaami. 11.11

My salutations to all those soldiers of Rudra,
Who are on earth,
Who are in the sky,
Who are in the worlds above,
And to those whom air and food,
Become weapons for killing beings.
I salute them with ten fingers,
I salute them facing the east,
I salute them facing south,
I salute them facing west,
I sauté them facing north,
I salute them facing above,
My salutations to all of them,
Let them grant happiness to me.
I would deliver those of my enemies,
And those who consider me as my enemy,
In to their wide-open mouth.

Tryambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam,
Oorvaaru kamiva bandhanan mruthyo rmuksheeya maamruthaath. 1

We salute and respect,
Him who is naturally scented,
Him who looks after his devotes by mercy,
And Him who has three eyes.
And pray and request,
To move us away from the catch of death,
Like the cucumber from its stalk,
And firmly put us in the path of salvation.

Yo Rudro agnaii yo apsu ya oushadeeshu,
Yo Rudro viswaa bhuvanaa aavivesa tasmai Rudraaya namo asthu. 2

Let our salutations be offered to that Rudra,
Who is in fire,
Who is in water,
Who is in plants and trees,
And who is in everything in the world.

Thamushtuhi ya swishu sudhanwaa yo viwasya kshayathi beshajasya,
Yashwamahe soumanasaaya rudram namobhir devaasuram duvasya 3

Pray and salute him,
Who has the best arrows,
Who has the best bow,
Who is the home of medicines,
That cure all the world’s diseases,
And who destroys asuras.
We salute that Rudra,
For making our minds pure.

Aayam me hastho bhagavaanayam me bhagavattara,
Ayam me viswa beshajo ayam shivaabhimarsana. 4

This my hand is my God,
This is higher than God to me,
This is the medicine for all sickness to me.
For this touches Shiva and worships him.

Ye the sahasramayutham pasaa mruthyo marthyaya hanthave,
Thaan yagnasya maayayaa sarvaanava yajamahe,
Mrutyave swaaha mrutyave swaaha. 5

Oh God who destroys the world.
I pray thee to keep away from me,
The thousands of ropes that you have,
Which is used by you to kill all beings,
Due to the power of my prayers.
This offering of fire is offered to death,
This offering of fire is offered to death.

OM namo bhagavathe rudraaya vishnave mruturme paahi,
Praanaanaam grandhi rasi rudro vishaanthaka
Thenaa annena aapya swa. 6

Om, my salutations to God,
Who is everywhere,
And to the Rudra
Let not death come near me.
You Rudra who lives in the junction of the soul and senses,
I pray to you who destroy everything, to be within me,
And due to that be satisfied,
With the food that I take as offering.

Om Shanthi ,Shanthi, Shanthi
Let there be peace, Let there be peace, Let there be peace
Ithi Sri Krishna yajur vedeeya taithireeya samhithaayam
Chathurtha Kande panchama prapaataka.
Thus ends the fifth chapter of the fourth canto of Taithireeya collection of
Krishna Yajur Veda.

This service (Translated into verse) was done by Siva. P.R.Ramachander.

महाशिवरात्रि महादेव को प्रस्सन करने हेतु कुछ विशेष अनुष्ठान

इस महाशिवरात्रि महादेव को प्रस्सन करने हेतु कुछ विशेष अनुष्ठान “
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ऐंद्रिक सुविधाएं शारीरिक सुख प्रदान करती हैं, लेकिन अपने को ‘स्व’ के सुख में पहुंचाए बिना सभी सुख क्षणिक एवं निराधार हैं। अनुकूलता का सुख तुच्छ है, जबकि आत्मा का सुख परम शिव स्वरूप है। सौंदर्य से प्रेम करने पर एक दिन प्रीति ढल जाएगी, जिससे दोनों का अहित होगा। इसलिए स्वयं पर कृपा करते हुए परमात्मा से प्रेम ही श्रेयस्कर है। प़थ्वी, जल, तेज, वायु और आकाश का अर्घ्य आत्मशिव की प्रसन्नता के लिए करें तो सच्चिदानंद शिव का साक्षात्कार करने में सफलता मिल सकती है। जो मानव तटस्थ भाव से व्यवहार करता है, वह शिव की ही पूजा करता है। हिन्दू सनातन परम्परा में वर्ष भर में चार महारात्रि मानी गई हैं | जिन चार रात्रियो का विशेष उल्लेख मिलता है,वह है दीप पर्व दीपावली जिसे महारात्रि कहते है, शिवरात्रि कालरात्रि है, श्री कृष्ण जन्म अष्टमी मोहरात्रि है, और होली अहोरात्रि है | इनमें किया गया ध्यान, भजन, जप, तप अनंत गुना फलदायी होता है। कालरात्रि (महाशिवरात्रि) जीवन को धन्य बनाने वाली रात्रि है।

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सर्व सुख प्राप्ति हेतु जलाभिषेक : जल से,

समृद्धि प्राप्ति हेतु दुग्धाभिषेक : दूध से,

रोग निवारण हेतु कुषा के जल से,

धन प्राप्ति हेतु मधु अथवा गन्ने के रस से,

शत्रु शांति हेतु सरसों के तेल से ( यह एक गंभीर प्रयोग है,योग्य वेदाचार्य के देख रेख में ही
करे,अन्यथा गंभीर परिणाम होंगे)

शांति प्राप्ति हेतु घृत से,

पशु रक्षा हेतु दही से,

किसी की बुद्धि शुद्ध करने हेतु दूध,गंगा जल में शक्कर मिला कर अभिषेक करे,

कारोबार वृद्धि हेतु
महाशिवरात्रि के सिद्ध मुहर्त में पारद शिवलिंग को प्राण प्रतिष्ठित करवाकर स्थापित करने से

व्यवसाय में वृद्धि व नौकरी में तरक्की मिलती है।
बाधा नाश हेतु

शिवरात्रि के प्रदोष काल में स्फटिक शिवलिंग को शुद्ध गंगा जल, दूध, दही, घी, शहद व शक्कर से स्नान करवाकर धूप-दीप जलाकर निम्न मंत्र का जाप करने से समस्त बाधाओं का शमन होता है।
॥ॐ तुत्पुरूषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि तन्नो रूद्र: प्रचोदयात्॥

गंभीर रोग से छुटकारे हेतु
शिव मंदिर में लिंग पूजन कर दस हज़ार मंत्रों का जाप करने से प्राण रक्षा होती है। महामृत्युंजय मंत्र का जाप रुद्राक्ष की माला पर करें।

शत्रु नाश हेतु
शिवरात्रि को रूद्राष्टक का पाठ यथासंभव करने से शत्रुओं से मुक्ति मिलती है। मुक़दमे में जीत व समस्त सुखों की प्राप्ति होती है।

Om Namah Shivay

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Why Shiva is considered as reliever of death-2

Supreme Father Shiva
Sages, gods and other beings appeared to praise Shiva, who blessed Markandeya to remain a youth of 16 for seven kalpas (aeons). As no one endured in the world to make beings die, the earth became fraught by evil beings.

Shiva Gave life to Yama
The earth, the gods, and Markandeya invoked Shiva to resuscitate Yama. Once again, Shiva touched Yama with his foot, bringing him back to life. A consequence from Thiruvanmiyur to this tale relates how Shiva resuscitated Yama on the request of the gods and Yama worshiped Shiva at Thiruvanmiyur to apologize for his sin.

Maha Mritunjaye Mantra
त्रयम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् । उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् म्रुत्योर्मुक्षिय मामृतात् ॥

Combination of Maha, Mrityun and Jaya
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is one among the optimum Mantra’s in Indian Mythos and Spirituality belongs to Lord Shiva.It is a amalgamation of three hindi language words i.e. “Maha” which means Countless , “Mrityun” means Decease and “Jaya” means Success which turns into Conquer or victory over death. It is also known as “Rudra Mantra” or “Trayambakam Mantra”. Rudra refers to Lord Shiva.

Yama prays Shiva
The Thirukkadavoor and Thiruvanmiyur shrine legends recount how Yama assurances never to touch Shiva’s devotees. Shiva’s aficionados on death are unswervingly taken to Mount Kailash, Shiva’s dwelling, on death and not to Yama’s hell.

Death is far away from the Shiva’s devotee
The fable establishes that the true aficionado achieves freedom from death and samsara by worship of Shiva. It also proves that egotism and arrogance (here of Yama) are always chastened.

Owner of life “Shiva’
The preeminence of Shiva and his triumph over his own nature – Shiva is himself identified with death – is also established. The legend of Thirukkadavoor lays down the foundation rules of Shiva.

Importance of Poornima for Praying Shiva
Shiva’s representation as Kalantaka is popular in South India, but delimited largely to this region.A relief of Kalantaka in Chidambaram Temple is been curved into a shrine and is offered special worship on Kartik Poornima, the full moon day of the Hindu month of Kartik.

Om Namah Shivay

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भगवान शिव और उनका नाम समस्त मंगलों का मूल है

भगवान शिव और उनका नाम समस्त मंगलों का मूल है। वे कल्याण की जन्मभूमि तथा शांति के आगार हैं। वेद तथा आगमों में भगवान शिव को विशुद्ध ज्ञानस्वरूप बताया गया है। समस्त विद्याओं के मूल स्थान भी भगवान शिव ही हैं। उनका यह दिव्यज्ञान स्वतः सम्भूत है। ज्ञान, बल, इच्छा और क्रिया-शक्ति में भगवान शिव के समान कोई नहीं है। फिर उनसे अधिक होने का तो कोई प्रश्न ही नहीं उठता। वे सबके मूल कारण, रक्षक, पालक तथा नियंता होने के कारण महेश्वर कहे जाते हैं। उनका आदि और अंत न होने से वे अनंत हैं। वे सभी पवित्रकारी पदार्थों को भी पवित्र
करने वाले हैं, इसलिए वे समस्त कल्याण और मंगल के मूल कारण हैं। भगवान शंकर दिग्वसन होते हुए भी भक्तों को अतुल ऐश्वर्य प्रदान करने वाले, अनंत राशियों के अधिपति होने पर भी भस्म- विभूषण, श्मशानवासी होने पर भी त्रैलोक्याधिपति, योगिराज होने पर भी अर्धनारीश्वर, पार्वतीजी के साथ रहने पर भी कामजित तथा सबके कारण होते हुए भी अकारण हैं। आशुतोष और औढरदानी होने के कारण वे शीघ्र प्रसन्न होकर अपने भक्तों के संपूर्ण दोषों को क्षमा कर देते हैं तथा धर्म, अर्थ, काम, मोक्ष, ज्ञान-विज्ञान के साथ अपने आपको भी दे देते हैं। कृपालुता का इससे
बड़ा उदाहरण भला और क्या हो सकता है। संपूर्ण विश्व में शिवमंदिर, ज्योतिर्लिंग, स्वयम्भूलिंग से लेकर छोटे-छोटे चबूतरों पर शिवलिंग स्थापित करके भगवान शंकर की सर्वाधिक पूजा उनकी लोकप्रियता का अद्भुत उदाहरण है।

Om Namah Shivay

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नागेश्वर ज्योतिर्लिंग जहाँ मिलती है पापों से मुक्ति

भारत के 12 ज्योतिर्लिंगों में से एक नागेश्वर ज्योतिर्लिंग है. यह ज्योतिर्लिंग भारत के गुजरात राज्य के बाहरी क्षेत्र में द्वारिका स्थान में स्थित है. धर्म शास्त्रों में भगवान शिव नागों के देवता है. तथा नागेश्वर का पूर्ण अर्थ नागों का ईश्वर है. भगवान शिव का एक अन्य नाम नागेश्वर भी है. द्वारका पुरी से भी नागेश्वर ज्योतिर्लिग की दूरी 17 मील की है. इस ज्योतिर्लिंग की शास्त्रों में अद्भुत महिमा कही गई है.

इस ज्योतिर्लिग की महिमा में कहा गया है, कि जो व्यक्ति पूर्ण श्रद्धा और विश्वास के साथ यहां दर्शनों के लिए आता है. उसे जीवन के समस्त पापों से मुक्ति मिलती है.

नागेश्वर ज्योतिर्लिग कथा

नागेश्वर ज्योतिर्लिग के संम्बन्ध में एक कथा प्रसिद्ध है. कथा के अनुसार एक धर्म कर्म में विश्वास करने वाला व्यापारी था. भगवान शिव में उसकी अनन्य भक्ति थी. व्यापारिक कार्यो में व्यस्त रहने के बाद भी वह जो समय बचता उसे आराधना, पूजन और ध्यान में लगाता था.
उसकी इस भक्ति से एक दारुक नाम का राक्षस नाराज हो गया. राक्षस प्रवृ्ति का होने के कारण उसे भगवान शिव जरा भी अच्छे नहीं लगते थे. वह राक्षस सदा ही ऎसे अवसर की तलाश में रहता था, कि वह किस तरह व्यापारी की भक्ति में बाधा पहुंचा सकें. एक बार वह व्यापारी नौका से कहीं व्यापारिक कार्य से जा रहा था. उस राक्षस ने यह देख लिया, और उसने अवसर पाकर नौका पर आक्रमण कर दिया. और नौका के यात्रियों को राजधानी में ले जाकर कैद कर लिया.

कैद में भी व्यापारी नित्यक्रम से भगवान शिव की पूजा में लगा रहता था. बंदी गृ्ह में भी व्यापारी के शिव पूजन का समाचार जब उस राक्षस तक पहुंचा तो उसे बहुत बुरा लगा. वह क्रोध भाव में व्यापारी के पास कारागार में पहुंचा. व्यापारी उस समय पूजा और ध्यान में मग्न था. राक्षस ने उसपर उसी मुद्रा में क्रोध करना प्रारम्भ कर दिया. राक्षस के क्रोध का कोई प्रभाव जब व्यापारी पर नहीं हुआ तो राक्षस ने अपने अनुचरों से कहा कि वे व्यापारी को मार डालें.

यह आदेश भी व्यापारी को विचलित न कर सकें. इस पर भी व्यापारी अपनी और अपने साथियों की मुक्ति के लिए भगवान शिव से प्रार्थना करने लगा. उसकी भक्ति से प्रसन्न होकर भगवान शिव उसी कारागार में एक ज्योतिर्लिंग रुप में प्रकट हुए. और व्यापारी को पाशुपत- अस्त्र स्वयं की रक्षा करने के लिए दिया. इस अस्त्र से राक्षस दारूक तथा उसके अनुचरो का वध कर दिया. उसी समय से भगवान शिव के इस ज्योतिर्लिंग का नाम नागेश्वर के नाम से प्रसिद्ध हुआ

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Linga is the most popular form in which Shiva is worshiped

Shiva is also represented by the Linga (phallus) – and is the most popular form in which Shiva is worshiped. The Linga is made of black or white stone and is often rounded at both top and bottom. The significance of the phallus icon is probably to show that Shiva does not stand or arise out of anything – that it is self-evolved. The egg shape of the Linga also indicates a source of evolution – the Cosmic Egg. The taper at the top of the stone can be likened to the eternal flame of light – the source of all knowledge – or the Jyotir Linga (Jyoti indicates light).

The Linga is also known as the Shiva Lingam or Shiva Linga, whose literal meaning is “body of Shiva”. The Linga is one of the most popular and powerful symbols in Hinduism, next only to the symbol of Aum or Om. In most of the Indian temples which are dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is the Linga which is the main idol in the santum sanctorum instead of an idol in human form, which is the norm in the case of all other Hindu deities.

A Shivalinga is round or cylindrical in shape, protruding out of a cylindrical or octagonal base, with a lower base supporting the whole structure. The three parts are believed to represent the Hindu Trinity, with the lower base symbolizing Brahma, the circular or octagonal base representing Vishnu and the upper protruding part representing Shiva which suggests that Shiva also encompasses the three gods comprising the Hindu Trinity.

The Shiva Linga resembles various concepts on various planes of existence. Physically the protruding cylindrical portion represents the male sexual organ while the octagonal base represents the female sexual organ (Yoni – the vagina). Mentally it symbolizes the union of mind and body. Spiritually it represents the union between Purusha and Prakriti (the Cosmic Self and Nature, or energy) indicating the cosmic creative potential realized through the union of Shiva and Parvati.

Hindu males in India belonging to the caste of Brahamins have to undergo an initiation ceremony where the person has to perform certain rituals and eventually wear a sacred thread on one’s body. The Lingayats comprise a sect of Brahmins in south India, who are followers of Shiva. Lingayats replace the sacred thread with a necklace of small Lingas.

It is said that the sexual nature of the Linga has been over-interpreted and over-publicized by western scholars. The Linga is meant to be a symbol and the Shiva-Purana defines the Linga as symbol for realizing the nature of the object that the symbol represents – a shape given to the shapeless so as to elucidate the nature of the shapeless. It says that it is the owner of the Linga – the Progenitor, the Supreme Creator – who is worshiped and not the Linga itself. The Linga merely leads one to Shiva.

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