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Vande Śivaṁ Śaṅkaram

I repeatedly adore Śiva Śaṅkara, Who is noble, Who is the consort of Umā, Who is the preceptor of demi-gods, Who is the cause of universe, Who has mountain-snakes as ornaments, Who holds a deer (in hand), Who is the Lord of animated creation, Who has the Sun, the Moon and the Fire as three eyes, Who is dear to Mukunda, Who is the refuge of devotee-men, and Who bestows boons.[1]

I repeatedly adore Śiva Śaṅkara, Who is the disposition of the whole world, Who is incomparable, Who destroyed Andhakāsura, Who is crest-jewel of Noble-men, Whose face resembles the Moon, Who is dear of Hari, Who holds ornaments made of cobra (nāga) and snakes, Who is eternal-bliss, Who is pure thought and joy, Who is the refuge of devotee-men, and Who bestows boons.[2]

I repeatedly adore Śiva Śaṅkara, Who is divine, Who cannot be thought, Who is without a second, Who destroyed the pride of Sun, Who is spotless, Who is the root-cause of beginning, Who is incessant, Who destroyed the sacrifice (of Dakṣa), Who is the truth, Who is infinite, Who is the beginning, Who is fearless, Whose form is very serene, Who is the refuge of devotee-men, and Who bestows boons.[3]

I repeatedly adore Śiva Śaṅkara, Who made earth into a chariot, Who made lotus-eyes Viṣṇu into a bald arrow, Who made Veda into an insect, Who made Mount Meru as a bow, Who made snake (Śeṣanāga) as bow-string, Who made sky as a quiver, Who had Brahmā as a charioteer, Who absolved Pura, Who is the great Bhairava, Who is the refuge of devotee-men, and Who bestows boons.[4]

I repeatedly adore Śiva Śaṅkara, Who has five lotus-like faces, Who has three eyes, Who has an eye on forehead, Who is gone beyond skies, Who has a beautiful crown of matted-hair — which holds crescent-moon and Gaṅgā, Who has a triple-sectarial mark made from ashes, Who is the soul of eight idols,1 Who is the refuge of devotee-men, and Who bestows boons.[5]

I repeatedly adore Śiva Śaṅkara, Who absolves Kāla, Who absolves, Who holds poison in throat, Who is merciful, Who has big matted hair-locks, Who is gone everywhere, Who is the treasure of mercy-nectar, Who took away Narasiṁha (as a Bull), Whose lotus-feet is honored by sages and demi-gods, Who took away the eye of Bhaga, Who is the refuge of devotee-men, and Who bestows boons.[6]

I repeatedly adore Śiva Śaṅkara, Whose home is in the auspicious Mount Kailāsa, Who is the Lord of demi-gods, Who has bliss in hands, Who is immeasurable, Who is incomparable, Who is envied by Yamarāja, Who wears an ear-hoop made of encircled snakes, Who has thousand heads, Who is the refuge of devotee-men, and Who bestows boons.[7]

I repeatedly adore Śiva Śaṅkara, Who is swan-like soul beyond the sense-organs, Who absolves Smara (Kāmadeva), Whose eyes are unequal, Who is the Lord of tormentor group, Who is unchangeable, Who bestows wealth and kingdom, Who goes on a beautiful cow (vehicle), Who has a trident as a weapon, Who is the refuge of devotee-men, and Who bestows boons.[8]

I repeatedly adore Śiva Śaṅkara, Who is fine, Who is unbounded, Who is the primordial One, Who is without fear, Who destroys darkness, Who is bowed upon by Phūlana, Nandī and Bhṛṅgī, Who is surrounded by beautiful petals, Who has Pārvatī (Śailasutā) in half-body, Who is fearless, Who is Tryambaka, Who is the refuge of devotee-men, and Who bestows boons.[9]

I repeatedly adore Śiva Śaṅkara, Whose soul’s power is pure and pervading like sky, Who is the Lord of Indra, Who is the wish-tree for the devotee-men, Who bestows the wishes of saluting men, Whose tresses have the daughter of Jahnu (Gaṅgā), Who is incessant, Who is the Lord of Gaṇa, Who is the refuge of devotee-men, and Who bestows boons.[10]

Footnotes:

1 Lord Śiva has eight forms and they are enumerated below. Due to earth, water, fire, wind, sky, yajamāna, sun and moon — the eight forms are Śarva, Bhava, Rudra, Ugra, Bhīma, Paśupati, Īśāna, and Mahādeva, respectively.

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Book: Śivastotraratnākaraḥ

Translator: Animesh Kumar

Submitter: Animesh Kumar

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