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A Shivastotra by ShankarAchArya
by Anand Hudli
The term Shiva means ``auspicious. '' The God Shiva is
all-auspiciousness . The mantra namaH ShivAya, used
to offer salutations to Shiva, is an effective
prayer to propitiate Shiva . This mantra appears in
many places in Vedic and Puranic literature.
For example, the famous shrI Rudram hymn from the
Yajur Veda, commonly employed to perform the worship
of the Shiva linga, says:n:m:H eS:v:ay: c: .
The dAridrya dahana stotra of VasishhTha says:
daerdÓÐy:dÙhÐK:-dhn:ay: n:m:H eS:v:ay: .
Salutations to Shiva who burns up the grief caused
by poverty! Here poverty does not necessarily mean
material poverty; it also means spiritual poverty.
This pa.nchAkshara (five syllabled) mantra namaH ShivAya
is sometimes called the mUla mantra or basic mantra
of Shiva . Each of the five syllables, na, ma, shi, vA, and
ya, is held to be so sacred that it represents Shiva even
The following is the ShivapanchAkshara stotra composed by
Adi SankarAchArya . One may worship the Shiva linga by
reciting this stotra and offering bilva leaves.
n:ag:ðndÓharay: e*:l::ðc:n:ay: B:sm:a¤rag:ay: m:hðÃ:ray: .
en:ty:ay: S:Ø¹ay: edg:mb:ray: t:sm:ò n:karay: n:m:H eS:v:ay: .. 1..
Salutations to Shiva, who wears the King of snakes as a
garland, the Three-eyed God, whose body is smeared with
ashes, the great Lord, the eternal and pure One, who wears
the directions as His garment, and who is represented by the
``na '' kAra (term).
t:sm:ò m:karay: n:m:H eS:v:ay: .. 2..
I bow to Shiva, who has been worshipped with water from the
gangA (mandAkini) and annointed with sandalwood paste, the
Lord of nandI, the Lord of the host of goblins and ghosts,
the great Lord, who is worshiped with mandAra and many other
kinds of flowers, and who is represented by the
syllable ``ma. ''
s:Üy:aüy: dx:aDv:rn:aS:kay: .
t:sm:ò eS:karay: n:m:H eS:v:ay: .. 3..
Salutations to Shiva, who is all-auspiciousness, Who is the
sun that causes the lotus face of GaurI (PArvatI) to blossom,
Who is the destroyer of the Yajna of daksha, whose throat is
blue (nIlakaNTha), whose flag bears the emblem of the bull,
and who is represented by the syllable ``shi. ''
c:ndÓaký-v:òÃ:an:rl::ðc:n:ay: t:sm:ò v:karay: n:m:H eS:v:ay: .. 4..
VasishhTha, agastya, Gautama, and other venerable sages, and
Indra and other Gods have worshipped the head of (Shiva's
linga). I bow to that Shiva whose three eyes are the moon,
sun and fire, and who is represented by the syllable ``va. ''
y:x:sv:-p:ay: j:XaD:ray: ep:n:akhst:ay: s:n:at:n:ay: .
edvy:ay: dðv:ay: edg:mb:ray: t:sm:ò y:karay: n:m:H eS:v:ay: .. 5..
Salutations to Shiva, who bears the form of a Yaksha, who
has matted hair on His head, Who bears the pinAka bow
in His hand, the Primeval Lord, the brilliant God,
who is digambara (naked), and who is represented by the
syllable ``ya. ''
p:öc:ax:rem:dö p:ØNy:ö y:H p:YðecCv:s:eÀD::ò .
eS:v:l::ðkm:v:apn::ðet: eS:v:ðn: s:h m::ðdt:ð ..
Anyone who recites this sacred five-syllabled mantra,
(namaH shivAya) near the Shiva (linga), attains the abode
of Shiva and rejoices there with Shiva.
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