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Shivashtakam, Sivastakam, Sivashtakam, Sanskrit

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Śivāṣṭakam

I pray You, Śiva, Śaṅkara, Śambhu, Who is the Lord, Who is the Lord of our lives, Who is Vibhu, Who is the Lord of the world, Who is the Lord of Viṣṇu (Jagannātha), Who is always dwelling in happiness, Who imparts light or shine to everything, Who is the Lord of living beings, Who is the Lord of ghosts, and Who is the Lord of everyone.[1]

I pray You, Śiva, Śaṅkara, Śambhu, Who has a garland of skull around the neck, Who has a net of snakes around His body, Who is the destroyer of the immense-destroyer Kāla, Who is the lord of Gaṇeśa, Whose matted-hair are spread-out by the presence of the waves of Gaṅgā falling on His head, and Who is the Lord of everyone.[2]

I pray You, Śiva, Śaṅkara, Śambhu, Who scatters happiness [in the world], Who is ornating the universe, Who is the immense universe Himself, Who is possessing the adornment of ashes, Who is without a beginning, Who is without a measure, Who removes the greatest attachments, and Who is the Lord of everyone.[3]

I pray You, Śiva, Śaṅkara, Śambhu, Who resides below a Vaṭa (Banyan) tree, Who possesses an immense laughter, Who destroys the greatest sins, Who is always resplendent, Who is the Lord of Himālaya, various tormentor-groups (Gaṇa) and the demi-gods, Who is the great Lord, and Who is the Lord of everyone.[4]

I pray You, Śiva, Śaṅkara, Śambhu, Who shares half of His body with the daughter of Himālaya1, Who is situated in a mountain (Kailāsa), Who is always a resort for the depressed, Who is the Ātman, Who is revered by (or Who is worthy of reverence by) Brahmā and others, and Who is the Lord of everyone.[5]

I pray You, Śiva, Śaṅkara, Śambhu, Who holds a skull and a trident in the hands, Who endows the desires to those who are humble to His lotus-feet, Who uses an Ox as a vehicle, Who is supreme and above various demi-gods, and Who is the Lord of everyone.[6]

I pray You, Śiva, Śaṅkara, Śambhu, Who has a face like the Winter-moon, Who is the subject of happiness of Gaṇa (tormentor groups), Who has three eyes, Who is pure, Who is the friend of Kubera (controller of wealth), Who is the consort of Aparṇā (Pārvatī), Who has eternal characteristics, and Who is the Lord of everyone.[7]

I pray You, Śiva, Śaṅkara, Śambhu, Who is known as Hara, Who has a garland of snakes, Who roams around the cremation grounds, Who is the universe, Who is the summary of the Veda (or the One discussed by Veda), Who is always dispassionate, Who is living in the cremation grounds, Who is burning desires which are born in the mind, and Who is the Lord of everyone.[8]

Those who study this prayer every morning with effulgence and emotions for Trident-holding Śiva, achieve Mokṣa, after having attained a dutiful son, wealth, friends, wife, and an eventful life.[9]

Footnotes:

1 The Ardhanārīśvara form of Śiva consists of half Śiva and half Pārvatī, the daughter of Himālaya.

References

Book: Bṛhatstotraratnākaraḥ

Translator: Animesh Kumar

Submitter: Animesh Kumar

Thanks to: Nandini Sivakumar and Arjun Kanagal

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