.. eS:v:m:ehmn: st::ð*: ( p:Ø\p:dnt: ) ..
.. Â:i p:Ø\p:dnt: ev:rec:t:ö eS:v:m:ehmn: st::ð*:m:Î ..
shrI shivamahimna stotram.h
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Introduction, transliteration, and translation by
Devendraray V . Bhatt and S . V . Ganesan
The Shiva Mahimna Stotra is very popular among the devotees of Lord Shiva
and is considered one of the best among all Stotras (or Stutis) offered to
Lord Shiva . The legend about the circumstances leading to the composition
of this Stotra is as follows.
A king named Chitraratha had constructed a nice garden . There were
beautiful flowers in this garden . These flowers were used every day by the
king in worshipping Lord Shiva.
One day a Gandharva (Singer in the court of Indra, the Lord of the Heaven)
named Pushhpadanta being fascinated by the beautiful flowers, began to steal
them, as a consequence of which king Chitraratha could not offer flowers to
Lord Shiva . He tried very hard to capture the thief, but in vain, because
the Gandharvas have divine power to remain invisible.
Finally the king spread the Shiva Nirmaalya in his garden . Shiva
Nirmaalya consists of the Bilva leaves, flowers, et cetera which
have been used in worshipping Lord Shiva . The Shiva Nirmaalya is
The thief Pushhpadanta, not knowing this, walked on the Shiva Nirmaalya,
and by that he incurred the wrath of Lord Shiva and lost the divine power
of invisibility . He then designed a prayer to Lord Shiva for forgiveness.
In this prayer he sung the greatness of the Lord.
This very prayer became well known as the `Shiva Mahimna Stotra'.
Lord Shiva became pleased by this StotraM, and returned Pushhpadanta's
The legend has some basis since the name of the author is mentioned
in verse number 38 of the stotraM . The recital of this stotra is very
and Shri Ramakrishna, one of the famous saints of the nineteenth century,
went into samadhi just by reciting a few verses from this hymn.
Let its recitation be beneficial to you as well!
.. ! n:m:H eS:v:ay: ..
.. AT: Â:i eS:v:m:ehmn:st::ð*:m:Î ..
m:ehmn:H p:arö t:ð p:rm:ev:dÙ\::ð y:½s:dáS:i
st:Øet:b:ÒüÉadin:am:ep: t:dv:s:Àastv:ey: eg:rH .
AT:a|v:acy:H s:v:üH sv:m:et:p:erm:aN:av:eD: g:àN:n:Î
m:m:apy:ð\: st::ð*:ð hr en:rp:v:adH p:erkrH .. 1..
O, Lord Shiva, remover of all types of miseries, what wonder is there, if
the prayer to you, chanted by one who is ignorant about your greatness, is
worthless! Because, even the utterance ( speech ) of Brahmaa and other gods
is not able to fathom your merits ( ie, greatness ).
Hence, if persons with
very limited intellect ( and I am one of them ) try to offer you a prayer,
their attempt deserve your special favour . If it is so, I should not be an
exception . Hence, (thinking like this ) I begin this prayer . (1)
At:it:H p:öT:an:ö t:v: c: m:ehm:a v:a¨n:s:y::ðH
At:¾Ðy:av:à¶y:a y:ö c:ekt:m:eB:D:¶:ð Â:Øet:rep: .
s: ksy: st::ðt:vy:H ket:ev:D:g:ØN:H ksy: ev:\:y:H
p:dð tv:v:aüc:in:ð p:t:et: n: m:n:H ksy: n: v:c:H .. 2..
O, Great God, so great is your majesty that it cannot be reached by speech
and mind . Even the Vedas also, having become surprised, confirm your
greatness by only saying `Neti', `Neti' (not this, not this) while
describing you . Who can praise this type of greatness of yours? With how
many qualities is it composed? Whose subject of description can it be ? And
yet even then whose mind and speech are not attached to your this new
Saguna form ? (2)
m:D:ØsPit:a v:ac:H p:rm:m:àt:ö en:em:üt:v:t:H
t:v: b:ÒÉn:Î ekö v:ag:ep: s:Ørg:Ør:ðev:üsm:y:p:dm:Î .
m:m: tv:ðt:aö v:aN:iö g:ØN:kT:n:p:ØNy:ðn: B:v:t:H
p:Øn:am:ity:T:ðü|esm:n:Î p:Ørm:T:n: b:Øe¹vy:üv:es:t:a .. 3..
O, Paramaatmaa (Greatest Soul), as you are the very creator of speech of
the Vedas, which is like highest type of nectar and as sweet as honey, how
can even the speech of Brahaspati (Guru, or spiritual guide of gods)
surprise you ? (ie, the speech of even Brahaspati is worthless before you).
O, Destroyer of Three Cities of the demons, thinking that my speech may
become purified by this act, my intellect (Buddhi) has become prepared to
sing your greatness . (3)
*:y:iv:st:Ø vy:st:ö et:+Ø\:Ø g:ØN:eB:Àas:Ø t:n:Ø\:Ø .
AB:vy:an:am:esm:n:Î v:rd rm:N:iy:am:rm:N:iö
ev:hnt:Øö vy:a#:ðS:iö ev:dD:t: Ehòkñ j:ReD:y:H .. 4..
O, Giver of Boons, your greatness is the cause of creation, maintenance,
and destruction of the whole universe; this is supported by three Vedas
(ie, Rigveda, Yajurveda, and Saamaveda); it is distributed in the three
qualities (ie, Satva, Rajas and Tamas) and three bodies (of Brahmaa, VishhNu
and Mahesha). Such is your greatness but certain stupid persons in this
world are trying to destroy it by slander, which may be delightful to them
but is really undelightful . (4)
ekm:ihH ekökay:H s: K:l:Ø ekm:Øp:ay:es*:B:Øv:n:ö
ekm:aD:ar:ð D:at:a s:àj:et: ekm:Øp:adan: Eet: c: .
At:Vy:óýÃ:y:ðü tv:yy:n:v:s:r dÙHsT::ð ht:eD:y:H
kÙt:k:ðý|y:ö kaöeÁ:t:Î m:ØK:ry:et: m::ðhay: j:g:t:H .. 5..
If the Paramaatmaa (the Greatest Soul) creates the three worlds (ie, the
whole Universe), what is his gesture ? What is his body ? What is his plan
? What is his basis (support)? What are his means (instruments,resources) ?
These are the useless questions raised by some stupid critics, in order to
mislead people, against one (i.e., you) who always remains incompatible to
senses . (5)
Aj:nm:an::ð l::ðkaH ekm:v:y:v:v:nt::ð|ep: j:g:t:aö
AeD:Åat:arö ekö B:v:ev:eD:rn:adáty: B:v:et: .
An:iS::ð v:a kÙy:aüdÏ B:Øv:n:j:n:n:ð kH p:erkr:ð
y:t::ð m:ndastv:aö )ty:m:rv:r s:öS:ðrt: Em:ð .. 6..
O, Best Of The Gods, are the seven Lokas (It is believed that there are
seven worlds in this Universe, namely, Bhooloka, Bhuvarloka, Svargaloka,
Maharloka, Janaloka, Tapaloka, and Satyaloka) unborn ? Was the birth of
the Universe independent of its Lord (ie, You) ? If it was so, then what
were the means by which it was created that the stupid critics are creating
doubts about you? (ie, you are the only creater of the whole
*:y:i s:a£Ñy:ö y::ðg:H p:S:Øp:et:m:t:ö v:ò\N:v:em:et:
)eB:Àð )sT:an:ð p:rem:dm:dH p:Ty:em:et: c: .
,c:in:aö v:òec:*y:adáj:ØkÙeXl: n:an:ap:T:j:Ø\:aö
n:àN:am:ðk:ð g:my:stv:m:es: p:y:s:am:N:üv: Ev: .. 7..
The different practices based on the three Vedas, SaMkhya, Yoga,
Pashupata-mata, VaishhNava-mata etc . are but different paths (to
reach to the Greatest Truth) and people on account of their different
aptitude choose from them whatever they think best and deserved to be
accepted . But as the sea is the final resting place for all types of
streams , You are the only reaching place for all people whichever
path,straight or zigzag, they may accept . (7)
m:h:ðx:H K:XÏv:a¤ö p:rS:Ørej:n:ö B:sm: PeN:n:H
kp:al:ö c:ðt:iy:¶:v: v:rd t:n*::ðp:krN:m:Î .
s:Ørast:aö t:am:àe¹ö dD:et: t:Ø B:v:»Ü)eN:eht:aö
n: eh sv:atm:aram:ö ev:\:y:m:àg:t:à\N:a B:Òm:y:et: .. 8..
O, Giver of the Boons, the bull, the parts of a cot, chisel, the
elephant-skin, Ashes, the serpent, the skull : these are the articles of
your house-hold . And yet gods get all their riches merely by the movement
of your eye-brows . Really, false desires for worldly things do not deceive (
mislead ) one who is always is absorbed in his soul ( ie, the Yogi- in fact
You ). (8)
D:ÒØv:ö keÁ:t:Î s:v:üö s:kl:m:p:rstv:D:ÒØv:em:dö
p:r:ð D:Ò:òvy:a|D:Ò:òvy:ð j:g:et: g:det: vy:st:ev:\:y:ð .
s:m:st:ð|py:ðt:esm:n:Î p:Ørm:T:n: t:òev:üesm:t: Ev:
st:Øv:n:Î ej:Ëðem: tv:aö n: K:l:Ø n:n:Ø D:àÄa m:ØK:rt:a .. 9..
O, Destroyer Of ( Three ) Cities, some persons call this Universe eternal
( ever lasting), others call it temporary, and yet others call it both
eternal and temporary . Hence, being surprised ( perplexed ) by these
contradictory opinions on this subject, I am really becoming immodest in
loquaciously praising You . (9)
t:v:òÃ:y:üö y:tn:adÏ y:dÙp:er ev:ereWc:hüerrD:H
p:ercCðt:Øö y:at:av:en:l:m:n:l:sknD:v:p:Ø\:H .
t:t::ð B:eVt:Â:¹a-B:rg:Ø,-g:àN:»Îy:aö eg:erS: y:t:Î
sv:y:ö t:sT:ð t:aBy:aö t:v: ekm:n:Øv:àe¶:n:ü Pl:et: .. 10..
Brahma and VishhNu wanted to measure your wealth i.e.greatness . You took
the form of Fire and your whole body was a column of fire extending over
space . While Brahma took the form of a swan and flew high to see the
top(head), VishhNu took the form of a boar and dug up downwards to see the
bottom (feet).Neither could succeed.(While VishhNu confessed the truth,
Brahma falsely claimed that he had found the top and persuaded the Ketaki
flower to bear false witness.Shiva punished Brahma by removing one of his 5
heads and ordered that henceforth the Ketaki flower should not be used for
his worship).When ultimately both praised you with full devotion and faith,
you stood before them revealing your normal form . O, mountain-dweller, does
not toeing your line always bear fruit? (10)
dS:asy::ð y:ºahÞn:B:àt:-rN:kNRÝ-p:rv:S:an:Î .
esT:ray:astv:»Vt:ðes*:p:Ørhr ev:sPÝej:üt:em:dm:Î .. 11..
Oh,destroyer of the three cities! The effortless achievement of the
ten-headed Ravana in making the three worlds enemyless( having conquered)
and his arrant eagerness for further fight by stretching his arms,are but
the result of his constant devotion to your lotus feet at which he ever
laid the lotus garland consisting of his 10 heads! (11)
Am:Ø\y: tv:ts:ðv:a-s:m:eD:g:t:s:arö B:Øj:v:n:ö
b:l:at:Î kól:as:ð|ep: tv:deD:v:s:t::ò ev:#m:y:t:H .
)et:Åa tv:yy:as:idÏ D:ÒØv:m:Øp:ec:t::ð m:ØÊet: K:l:H .. 12..
Having obtained all his prowess through worshipping you, RavaNa once dared
to test the power of his arms at your own dwelling place(Kailas
Mountain). When he tried to lift it up, you just moved a toe of your foot
on a head of his and lo! Ravana could not find rest or peace even in the
nether-world . Surely, power maddens the wicked . Finally RavaNa
reestablished his faith in you . (12)
y:dáe¹ö s:Ø*:amN::ð v:rd p:rm::ðcc:òrep: s:t:iö
AD:Á:#ñ b:aN:H p:erj:n:ev:D:ðy:e*:B:Øv:n:H .
n: t:ecc:*:ö t:esm:n:Î v:erv:es:t:er tv:cc:rN:y::ðH
n: ksy:apy:ØÀty:ò B:v:et: eS:rs:stv:yy:v:n:et:H .. 13..
Oh boon-giver! BaaNa, the demon king made all the three worlds serve him
with all their attendants and even the greatest wealth of Indra was a
trifle for him . It was not a surprise at all, since he `dwelt' in your
feet; who does not rise in life by bowing his head to you? (13)
ev:D:ðy:sy:a||s:idÏ y:es*:n:y:n: ev:\:ö s:öÆt:v:t:H .
s: klm:a\:H kNYð t:v: n: kÙ,t:ð n: eÂ:y:m:h:ð
ev:kar:ð|ep: Sl:aGy::ð B:Øv:n:-B:y:-B:¤-vy:s:en:n:H .. 14..
When the ocean was being churned by the gods and demons for
`amRit.h'(nectar),various objects came forth: at one point, there emerged
the `kAlakUTa' poison which threatened to consume everything . The gods as
well as the demons were stunned at the prospect of the entire universe
coming to an end, O, three-eyed lord, who is ever compassionate and engaged
in removing the fear of the world, you took it(poison) on yourself by
consuming it . (On Parvati's holding Shiva's throat at that point, the
poison froze blue there itself and Shiva became `neelakanTha'). It is
strange that this stain in your neck, though appearing to be a deformity,
actually adds to your richness and personality . (14)
Aes:¹aT:aü n:òv: Vv:ec:dep: s:dðv:as:Ørn:rð
en:v:t:ünt:ð en:ty:ö j:g:et: j:ey:n::ð y:sy: ev:eS:K:aH .
s: p:Sy:ÀiS: tv:aem:t:rs:Ørs:aD:arN:m:B:Üt:Î
sm:rH sm:t:üvy:atm:a n: eh v:eS:\:Ø p:Ty:H p:erB:v:H .. 15..
The cupid's(love-god `manmatha's) (flower) arrows never return
unaccomplished whether the victims were gods or demons or men . However O,
master! he has now become just a remembered soul (without body),since he
looked upon you as any other ordinary god, shot his arrow and got burnt to
ashes,in no time . Insulting, masters (who have controlled their senses),
does one no good . (15)
m:hi p:adaG:at:adÏ v:Òj:et: s:hs:a s:öS:y:p:dö
p:dö ev:\N::ðB:Òaümy:dÏ B:Øj:-p:erG:-,gN:-g:Òh-g:N:m:Î .
j:g:dÓx:ay:ò tv:ö n:Xes: n:n:Ø v:am:òv: ev:B:Øt:a .. 16..
You dance for protecting the world, but strangely, your glorious act
appears to produce the opposite result in that the earth suddenly struck by
your dancing feet doubts that it is coming to an end; even VishhNu's domain
is shaken in fear when your mace like arms bruise the planets; the godly
region feels miserable when its banks are struck by your agitated matted
locks (of hair)! (16)
ev:y: p:i t:ara-g:N:-g:ØeN:t:-Pñn::ð·m:-,ec:H
)v:ah:ð v:araö y:H p:à\:t:l:G:ØdáÄH eS:res: t:ð .
j:g:dÏ¾ip:akarö j:l:eD:v:l:y:ö t:ðn: kát:em:et:
An:ðn:òv::ðÀðy:ö D:àt:m:ehm: edvy:ö t:v: v:p:ØH .. 17..
The divine river flows extensively through the sky and its charm is
enhanced by the illumination of the foam by the groups of stars . (Brought
down to the earth by the King Bhagiratha by propitiating Lord Shiva and
known as Ganga) it creates many islands and whirlpools on the earth . The
same turbulent river appears like a mere droplet of water on your head.
This itself shows how lofty and divine your body(form) is! (17)
rT:H x::ðN:i y:nt:a S:t:D:àet:rg:ðndÓ:ð D:n:ØrT::ð
rT:a¤ñ c:ndÓak:òý rT:-c:rN:-p:aeN:H S:r Eet: .
edD:x::ðst:ð k:ð|y:ö e*:p:Ørt:àN:m:aRmb:r ev:eD:H
ev:D:ðy:òH #iRnty::ð n: K:l:Ø p:rt:n*:aH )B:ØeD:y:H .. 18..
When you wanted to burn the three cities, you had the earth as the chariot,
Brahma as the charioteer,the Meru mountain as the bow, the sun and the moon
as the parts of the chariot and VishhNu himself(who holds the
chariot-wheeel in his hand -Sudarshan chakra?), as the arrow . Why this
demonstrative show when you as the dictator of everything, could have done
the job as a trifle? The Lord's greatness is not dependent on anybody or
anything . ( Incidentally there is a view that the burning of the three
cities would refer to the burning of three kinds of bodies of man i.e.
`sthUla sharIra', `sUkshma sharIra' and `kAraNa sharIra'). (18)
herst:ð s:ah+ö km:l: b:el:m:aD:ay: p:dy::ðH
y:dðk:ðn:ð t:esm:n:Î en:j:m:ØdhrÀð*:km:l:m:Î .
g:t::ð B:Vty:ØdÓðkH p:erN:et:m:s::ò c:#v:p:Ø\:H
*:y:aN:aö rx:ay:ò e*:p:Ørhr j:ag:et:ü j:g:t:am:Î .. 19..
VishhNu once brought 1000 lotuses and was placing them at your feet;
after placing 999 flowers he found that one was missing; he plucked out one
of his own eyes and offered it as a lotus; this supreme exemplification of
devotion on his part was transformed into the wheel (sudarshana chakra) in
his hand, which he uses for protecting the world . (19)
#t::ò s:Øpt:ð j:ag:Òt:Î tv:m:es: Pl:y::ðg:ð #t:Øm:t:aö
Vv: km:ü )Dv:st:ö Pl:et: p:Ø,\:araD:n:m:àt:ð .
At:stv:aö s:m)ðxy: #t:Ø\:Ø Pl:dan:-)et:B:Øv:ö
Â:Øt::ò Â:¹aö b:Dv:a dáZp:erkrH km:üs:Ø j:n:H .. 20..
You ensure that there is a connection between cause and effect and hence
when men perform a sacrifice they obtain good results . Otherwise how can
there be future result for a past action? Thus on seeing your power in
rewarding people performing sacrificial worship, with good results, men
believe in Vedas and firmly engage themselves in various
worshipful acts . (20)
e#y:adx::ð dx:H #t:Øp:et:rD:iS:st:n:ØB:àt:aö
?\:iN:am:aetv:üjy:ö S:rN:d s:dsy:aH s:Ør-g:N:aH .
D:ÒØv:ö kt:Øüö Â:¹a ev:D:Ørm:eB:c:aray: eh m:K:aH .. 21..
All the same,O Protector . though you exert to reward all sacrifices . those
done without faith in you become counter-productive, as exemplified in the
case of the sacrifice performed by Daksha; Daksha was well-versed in the
art of sacrifices and himself the Lord of Creation; besides, he was the
chief performer: the great maharishis were the priests and the various gods
were the participants! (Daksha did not invite Shiva and insulted him
greatly; thus enraged, Shiva destroyed the sacrifice and Daksha
)j:an:aT:ö n:aT: )s:B:m:eB:kö sv:aö dÙeht:rö
g:t:ö r:ðehdÏ B:Üt:aö errm:ey:\:Øm:à\y:sy: v:p:Ø\:a .
D:n:Ø\p:aN:ðy:aüt:ö edv:m:ep: s:p:*:akát:m:m:Øö
*:s:nt:ö t:ð|½aep: ty:j:et: n: m:àg:vy:aD:rB:s:H .. 22..
O, Protector! Once Brahma became infatuated with his own daughter . When she
fled taking the form of a female deer he also took the form of a male deer
and chased her . You took the form of a hunter and went after him, with a
bow in hand . Struck by your arrow and very much frightened, Brahma fled to
the sky taking the form of a star . Even today he stands frightened by
you . (22)
sv:l:av:Ny:aS:ös:a D:àt:D:n:Ø\:m:Èay: t:àN:v:t:Î
p:ØrH pl:ØÄö dáÄÏv:a p:Ørm:T:n: p:Ø\p:ay:ØD:m:ep: .
y:ed s*:òN:ö dðv:i y:m:en:rt:-dðhaD:ü-G:Xn:at:Î
Av:òet: tv:am:¹a b:t: v:rd m:ØgD:a y:Øv:t:y:H .. 23..
O, destroyer of the three cities! Boon-giver! Practitioner of austerities!
Before the very eyes of Parvati, you reduced Manmatha (the god of love) to
ashes,the moment he tried to arouse passion in you for Parvati, by
shooting his famous flower arrows . Even after witnessing this, if Parvati,
thinks that you are attracted by her physical charm, on the basis of your
sharing half the body with her, certainly women are under self-
delusion . (23)
Sm:S:an:ð\v:a#iRa sm:rhr ep:S:ac:aH s:hc:raH
ec:t:a-B:sm:al:ðp:H +g:ep: n:àkr:ðXi-p:erkrH .
Am:¤ly:ö S:il:ö t:v: B:v:t:Ø n:am:òv:m:eK:l:ö
t:T:aep: sm:t:äüN:aö v:rd p:rm:ö m:¤l:m:es: .. 24..
O,boon giver! O,destroyer of Cupid! You play in the burning ghats . your
friends are the ghosts . Your body is smeared with the ashes of the dead
bodies . Your garland is of human skulls . Every aspect of your character is
thus inauspicious . Let it be . It does not matter . Because, with all these
known oddness, you are quick to grant all auspicious things to the people
who just think of you . (It is interesting to note here that in his Devi
aparaadha kshamApana stotra Shankaracharya says that,despite his poor and
deficient possessions,Shiva got the power to grant boons entirely because
because of his having taken the hand of Parvathi in marriage; in the
previous shloka, Pushhpadanta calls it naive on the part of Parvati, if she
thinks that Shiva is attracted by her charm simply because he is sharing
half the body with her.This dichotomy etc . is due to the custom that when a
particular lord is to be extolled, the other gods are to be belittled to
some extent). (24)
m:n:H )ty:kÏ ec:¶:ð s:ev:D:m:ev:D:ay:a¶:-m:,t:H
)Æ\y:dÓ:ðm:aN:H )m:d-s:el:l::ðts:¤et:-dáS:H .
y:dal::ðVy:aÌadö Ëd Ev: en:m:jy:am:àt:m:y:ð
dD:ty:nt:st:¶v:ö ekm:ep: y:em:n:st:t:Î ekl: B:v:an:Î .. 25..
The great yogis regulate their breath, control and still their mind, look
inward and enjoy the bliss with their hair standing on edge and eyes filled
with tears of joy . It looks as though they are immersed in nectar . That
bliss which they see in their heart and exult thus, is verily
you Yourself! (25)
tv:m:kýstv:ö s::ðm:stv:m:es: p:v:n:stv:ö hÚt:v:hH
tv:m:ap:stv:ö vy::ðm: tv:m:Ø D:reN:ratm:a tv:em:et: c: .
p:erecCÀam:ðv:ö tv:ey: p:erN:t:a eb:B:Òet: eg:rö
n: ev:¼st:¶:¶v:ö v:y:em:h t:Ø y:t:Î tv:ö n: B:v:es: .. 26..
You are the sun, the moon, the air, the fire, the water, the
sky(ether/space), and the earth (the five elements or `bhUtA's). You are
the Self which is omnipresent . Thus people describe in words every
attribute as yours . On the other hand, I do not know any fundamental
principle or thing or substance, which you are not! (26)
*:y:iö et:+:ð v:à¶:ies*:B:Øv:n:m:T::ð *:in:ep: s:Øran:Î
Akara½òv:üN:òües*:eB:reB:dD:t:Î t:iN:üev:káet: .
t:Øriy:ö t:ð D:am: Dv:en:eB:rv:,nD:an:m:N:ØeB:H
s:m:st:-vy:st:ö tv:aö S:rN:d g:àN:aty::ðem:et: p:dm:Î .. 27..
O, grantor of refuge and protection! The word `OM' consists of the three
letters `a', `u' and `m'. It refers to the three Vedas(Rik, YajuH and
SAma), the three states (Jaagrat.h, Swapna, and sushhupti-awakened,
dreaming and sleeping),the three worlds(BhUH, bhuvaH and suvaH) and the
three gods (Brahma, VishhNu amd Mahesha).It refers to you yourself both
through the individual letters as well as collectively; in the latter form
(i.e . the total word `OM') it refers to your omnipresent absolute nature,
as the fourth state of existence i.e `turIyaM' (sleep-like yet awakened and
alert state, as a fully- drawn bow). (27)
B:v:H S:v::ðü ,dÓH p:S:Øp:et:rT::ðg:ÒH s:hm:han:Î
t:T:a B:im:ðS:an:aev:et: y:deB:D:an:aÄkem:dm:Î .
Am:Øe\m:n:Î )ty:ðkö )ev:c:ret: dðv: Â:Øet:rep:
e)y:ay:asm:òD:amn:ð )eN:eht:-n:m:sy::ð|esm: B:v:t:ð .. 28..
I salute you as the dear abode of the following 8 names:bhava, sharva,
rudra, pashupati, ugra, sahamahAn.h, bhiima, and Ishaana; the `Vedas' also
discusses individually about these names . (28)
n:m::ð n:ðedÅay: e)y:dv: dev:Åay: c: n:m:H
n:m:H x::ðedÅay: sm:rhr m:ehÅay: c: n:m:H .
n:m::ð v:e\:üÅay: e*:n:y:n: y:ev:Åay: c: n:m:H
n:m:H s:v:üsm:ò t:ð t:eddm:et:s:v:aüy: c: n:m:H .. 29..
O, destroyer of Cupid! O, the three-eyed one! Salutations to you, who is
the forest-lover, the nearest and the farthest; the minutest and the
biggest, the oldest and the youngest; salutations to you who is everything
and beyond everything! (29)
b:hÚl:-rj:s:ð ev:Ã::ðtp:¶::ò B:v:ay: n:m::ð n:m:H
)b:l:-t:m:s:ð t:t:Î s:öharð hray: n:m::ð n:m:H .
j:n:-s:ØK:kát:ð s:¶v::ðedÓVt::ò m:àRay: n:m::ð n:m:H
)m:hes: p:dð en:s*:òg:ØNy:ð eS:v:ay: n:m::ð n:m:H .. 30..
Salutations to you in the name of'Bhava' in as much as you create the world by
taking the `rajas' as the dominant quality; salutations to you in the name
of `Hara' in as much as you destroy the world by taking the `tamas' as the
dominant quality; salutations to you in the name of `MRiDa', in as much as
you maintain and protect the world by taking `satva' as the dominant
quality . Again salutations to you in the name of Shiva in as much as you are
beyond the above-mentioned three qualities and are the seat of the supreme
bliss . (30)
káS:-p:erN:et:-c:ðt:H Vl:ðS:v:Sy:ö Vv: c:ðdö
Vv: c: t:v: g:ØN:-s:im::ðll:e¥n:i S:Ã:dáe¹H .
Eet: c:ekt:m:m:ndikáty: m:aö B:eVt:raD:adÏ
v:rd c:rN:y::ðst:ð v:aVy:-p:Ø\p::ðp:harm:Î .. 31..
O, boon-giver! I was very perplexed to sing your praise considering my
little awareness and afflicted mind vis-a-vis your ever increasing
limitless quality; however, my devotion to you made me set aside this
diffidence and place these floral lines at your feet . (31)
Aes:t:-eg:er-s:m:ö sy:at:Î kjj:l:ö es:nD:Ø-p:a*:ð
s:Ør-t:,v:r-S:aK:a l:ðK:n:i p:*:m:Øv:iü .
el:K:et: y:ed g:àhitv:a S:arda s:v:ükal:ö
t:dep: t:v: g:ØN:an:am:iS: p:arö n: y:aet: .. 32..
O, great master! Even, if one were to assume that the blue mountain , the
ocean, the heavenly tree and the earth are the ink,the ink-pot, the pen and
the paper respectively and the goddess of learning (Saraswati) herself is
the writer,she will not be able to reach the frontiers of your
greatness,however long she were to write! (32)
g:ÒeT:t:-g:ØN:m:ehmn::ð en:g:ØüN:sy:ðÃ:rsy: .
,ec:rm:l:G:Øv:à¶:òH st::ð*:m:ðt:cc:kar .. 33..
The best one among all groups(Gandharva?), Pushhpadanta by name, composed
this charming hymn in none too short metres, in praise of the great lord
who wears the moon in his head(Shiva), who is worshipped and glorified by
all demons, gods and sages and who is beyond all attributes and
forms . (33)
Ahrhrn:v:½ö D:Üj:üXðH st::ð*:m:ðt:t:Î
p:Yet: p:rm:B:Vty:a S:Ø¹-ec:¶:H p:Øm:an:Î y:H .
s: B:v:et: eS:v:l::ðkñ ,dÓt:Øly:st:T:a|*:
)c:Ørt:r-D:n:ay:ØH p:Ø*:v:an:Î kiet:üm:aöÁ: .. 34..
Whoever reads this faultless hymn of Shiva daily, with pure mind and great
devotion, ultimately reaches Shiva's domain and becomes equal to him; in
this world, he is endowed with children, great wealth,
long life and fame . (34)
m:hðS:aÀap:r:ð dðv::ð m:ehmn::ð n:ap:ra st:Øet:H .
AG::ðraÀap:r:ð m:n*::ð n:aest: t:¶v:ö g:Ør:ðH p:rm:Î .. 35..
There is no God higher than Mahesha; there is no hymn better than this one.
There is no `mantra' greater than `OM' and there is no truth or principle
beyond one's teacher/spiritual guide . (35)
dix:a dan:ö t:p:st:iT:üö wan:ö y:ag:aedkaH e#y:aH .
m:ehmn:st:v: p:aYsy: kl:aö n:ahüent: \::ðRS:im:Î .. 36..
Initiation(into spiritual development), charity, penance,
pilgrimage,spiritual knowledge and religious acts like sacrifices are not
capable of yielding even one-sixteenth of the return that will result from
the reading of this hymn . (36)
S:eS:D:rv:r-m::òl:ðdðüv:dðv:sy: das:H .
s: K:l:Ø en:j:-m:ehmn::ð B:ÒÄ Ov:asy: r:ð\:at:Î
st:v:n:em:dm:ka\:iüdÏ edvy:-edvy:ö m:ehmn:H .. 37..
Kusumadanta(equivalent of Pushhpadanta) was the king of all Gandharvas and
he was a devotee of the Lord of lords, Shiva, who wears the baby moon (with
a few digits only) in his head . He fell from his glorious position due to
Shiva's wrath at his misconduct . It was then that the Gandharva composed
this hymn which is the most divine . (37)
p:Yet: y:ed m:n:Ø\y:H )aWj:el:n:aüny:-c:ðt:aH .
v:Òj:et: eS:v:-s:m:ip:ö ekÀròH st:Üy:m:an:H
st:v:n:em:dm:m::ðG:ö p:Ø\p:dnt:)N:it:m:Î .. 38..
If an aspirant for heaven and liberation, worships Shiva,the teacher of
gods, at first and then reads this unfailing hymn, composed by
Pushhpadanta, with folded hands and single-mindedness, he attains Shiva's
abode, being praised by `kinnaras'(a group of semi-gods known for their
singing talent). (38)
A:s:m:apt:em:dö st::ð*:ö p:ØNy:ö g:nD:v:ü-B:ae\:t:m:Î .
An::òp:my:ö m:n::ðhaer s:v:üm:iÃ:rv:N:ün:m:Î .. 39..
Here ends this meritorious,charming and incomparable hymn, uttered by the
Gandharva, all in description of the great master . (39)
Ety:ð\:a v:a¨y:i p:Üj:a Â:im:cC¢r-p:ady::ðH .
Aep:üt:a t:ðn: dðv:ðS:H )iy:t:aö m:ð s:daeS:v:H .. 40..
Thus, this worship in the form of words, is dedicated at the feet of Shri
Shankara; may the ever-auspicious lord of the gods be
pleased with this . (40)
t:v: t:¶v:ö n: j:an:aem: kidáS::ð|es: m:hðÃ:r .
y:adáS::ð|es: m:hadðv: t:adáS:ay: n:m::ð n:m:H .. 41..
I do not know the truth of your nature and how you are . O, great God! My
Salutations are to that nature of yours of which you really are . (41)
Okkal:ö e¾kal:ö v:a e*:kal:ö y:H p:YðÀrH .
s:v:üp:ap:-ev:en:m:ØüVt:H eS:v: l::ðkñ m:hiy:t:ð .. 42..
Whoever reads this once, twice or thrice (in a day) revels in the domain of
Shiva, bereft of all sins . (42)
st::ð*:ðN: ekelb:\:-hrðN: hr-e)y:ðN: .
kNYesT:t:ðn: p:eYt:ðn: s:m:aeht:ðn:
s:Ø)ieN:t::ð B:v:et: B:Üt:p:et:m:ühðS:H .. 43..
This hymn which is dear to Shiva, has emerged out of the lotus-like mouth
of Pushhpadanta and is capable of removing all sins . May the lord of all
beings become greatly pleased with anyone who has learnt this by heart
and/or reads or recalls this with single-mindedness! (43)
.. Eet: Â:i p:Ø\p:dnt: ev:rec:t:ö eS:v:m:ehmn:H
st::ð*:ö s:m:apt:m:Î ..
Thus ends the `shivamahimna hymn' composed by Pushhpadanta.
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