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Stotras of Shiva:

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  • Dakshinamurthy Stotram - Vishvam Darpana Drishyamana Nagari Tulyam Nija Antargatam
    - composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya
    दक्षिणामूर्ति   स्तोत्रम् - विश्वं   दर्पणदृश्यमाननगरीतुल्यं   निजान्तर्गतं
    ((Salutations to Sri Dakshinamurthy Who awakens the glory of the Atman within us through His profound silence) The entire world is like a city seen within a mirror, the seeing happening within one's own being; It is a witnessing happening within the Atman, (the witnessing) of the externally projected world; projected by the power of Maya; as if a dream in sleep; One experiences this directly (this play of Maya) during spiritual awakening within the non-dual expanse of one's own Atman; Salutations to Him, the personification of our inner guru Who awakens this knowledge through His profound silence; Salutation to Sri Dakshinamurthy.)
  • Dwadasa Jyotirlingani - Saurastre Somanatham Ca Shrishaile Mallikarjunam
    द्वादशज्योतिर्लिङ्गानि - सौराष्ट्रे   सोमनाथं   च   श्रीशैले   मल्लिकार्जुनम्
    (I contemplate on the twelve Jyotirlingams of Shiva which destroys the sins accumulated in several births.)
  • Kalabhairava Ashtakam - Devaraja Sevyamana Pavanamghri Pankajam
    - composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya
    कालभैरवाष्टकम् - देवराजसेव्यमानपावनांघ्रिपङ्कजं
    ((Salutations to Sri Kalabhairava) Whose lotus-feet is served by Indra, the king of the devas; Who has a snake as His sacrificial thread, moon on His head and Who is extremely compassionate; Who is praised by sage Narada and other yogis, and Who is digambara (clothed by sky, signifying that He is ever-free); Salutations to Sri Kalabhairava Who is the supreme lord of the city of Kasi.)
  • Kara Carana Kritam Vaak Kaaya Jam Karma Jam Vaa
    करचरण   कृतं   वाक्कायजं   कर्मजं   वा
    (O Sri Mahadeva Shambho, please forgive my sins committed by my hands and feet, eyes and ears, mind and body and by all my actions; I surrender to You, O ocean of compassion.)
  • Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    कर्पूरगौरं   करुणावतार
    (Pure white like camphor, the incarnation of compassion, the essence of existence, always dwelling in the lotus of the heart, I bow to Shiva and Shakti.)
  • Lingashtakam - Brahma Murari Sura Arcita Lingam Nirmala Bhasita Shobhita Lingam
    लिङ्गाष्टकम् - ब्रह्ममुरारिसुरार्चितलिङ्गम्   निर्मलभासितशोभितलिङ्गम्
    ((I salute that eternal Shiva Lingam) Which is adored by Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and the gods, which is pure, shining, and well-adorned; And which destroys the sorrows associated with birth (and human life). I salute that eternal Shiva Lingam.)
  • Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra: Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pustivardhanam
    - from Rig Veda 7.59.12
    महामृत्युंजय   मन्त्र:   ॐ   त्र्यम्बकं   यजामहे   सुगन्धिं   पुष्टिवर्धनम्
    (Om, we worship the three-eyed One (Lord Shiva), Who is fragrant (spiritual essence) and Who nourishes all beings; May He severe our bondage of samsara (worldly life), like a cucumber (severed from the bondage of its creeper), and thus liberate us from the fear of death, by making us realize that we are never separated from our immortal nature.)
  • Rudrashtakam - Namamisham Ishana Nirvana Rupam
    - composed by Sri Goswami Tulsidas
    श्रीरुद्राष्टकम्  - नमामीशमीशान   निर्वाणरूपम्
    ((Salutations to Sri Rudra) I salute the Lord Ishana (another name of Sri Shiva) whose form represents the state of the highest nirvana (extinction of all desires and passions leading to the highest bliss); Who manifests taking a form though in essence He is pervading everywhere; and His form embodies the highest knowledge of Brahman present in the core of the Vedas; Who remain absorbed in His Own Self which is beyond the three gunas (Sattva, Rajas and Tamas), which is beyond any vikalpas (change and manifoldness), and which is free from any movement (due to desires etc); Who abides in the sky of the chidakasha (spiritual sky); I worship that Ishana.)
  • Shambhu Stuti - Namami Shambhum Purusham Puranam
    शम्भु स्तुति - नमामि शम्भुं पुरुषं पुराणं
    (I reverentially bow down to Shambhu (the cause of happiness), Who is the primeval being (ever present in all as consciousness); I reverentially bow down (to Him) Who is all-knowing and Whose meditative state (symbolising our innermost consciousness) is boundless; I reverentially bow down to Rudra Who is the Lord of all (in fierce form associated with destruction), and Who is undecaying in nature; I reverentially bow down to Sharva (Who holds the entire earth); I reverentially bow down my head (again and again to all these forms).)
  • Shiva Manasa Puja: Ratnaih Kalpitam Asanam Hima Jalaih Snanam Ca Divya Ambaram
    - composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya
    शिवमानसपूजा - रत्नैः   कल्पितमासनं   हिमजलैः   स्नानं   च   दिव्याम्बरं
    ((O Pashupati, please accept my mental worship of You) I offer an asanam (seat) studded with gems for You to sit on; I bathe You in cool waters from the himalayas; and with divine clothes decorated with various gems, and with marks of sandal paste of the musk deer (kasturi), I adorn Your form; I offer You flowers composed of Jaati (Jasmine) and Campaka (Magnolia), along with Bilva leaves, and wave incense sticks and oil lamp before You; O Deva, You Who are an ocean of compassion and the Pashupati (the Lord of the pashus or beings); Please accept my offerings made within my heart.)
  • Shiva Panchakshara Stotram - Nagendra Haraya Trilocanaya
    - composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya
    शिव   पञ्चाक्षर   स्तोत्रम् - नागेन्द्रहाराय      त्रिलोचनाय
    ((I meditate on Shiva) Who has the king of snakes as His garland and Who has three eyes; (I meditate on Shiva) Whose body is smeared with sacred ashes and Who is the great Lord; (I meditate on Shiva) Who is eternal, Who is ever Pure and Who has the four directions as His clothes (signifying that He is ever free); Salutations to that Shiva, Who is represented by syllable "Na", the first syllable of the Panchakshara mantra "Na-Ma-Shi-Va-Ya".)
  • Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram - Pratah Smarami Bhava Bhiti Haram Suresham
    - composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya
    शिव   प्रातःस्मरण   स्तोत्रम् - प्रातः   स्मरामि   भवभीतिहरं   सुरेशं
    (In the early morning, I remember Sri Shiva, Who destroys the fear of worldly existence and Who is the Lord of the devas; Who holds river Ganga on His head, Who has a bull as His vehicle and Who is the lord of Devi Ambika; Who has a club and trident in His two hands, and confers boon and fearlessness with His other two hands and Who is the lord of the universe; Who is the medicine to destroy the disease (of delusion) of worldly existence and Who is the One without a second.)
  • Shiva Shadakshara Stotram - Omkaram Bindu Samyuktam Nityam Dhyayanti Yoginah
    - from Rudra Yamala
    शिव   षडक्षर   स्तोत्रम् - ॐकारं   बिंदुसंयुक्तं   नित्यं   ध्यायंति   योगिनः
    ((Salutations to Him) Who resides in the spiritual heart center as Omkara, on Whom the yogis constantly meditate; Who grants all desires and also liberation to His devotees; Salutations to that Shiva, Who is represented by syllable "Om", the first syllable of the Sadakshara mantra "Om-Na-Ma-Shi-Va-Ya".)
  • Shiva Tandava Stotram - Jatta Attavi Galaj Jala Pravaha Pavita Sthale
    - composed by Sri Ravana
    शिवताण्डवस्तोत्रम् - जटाटवीगलज्जलप्रवाहपावितस्थले
    ((My prostrations to Lord Shiva, the description of whose great Tandava dance sends a thrill of blessedness through the devotees); (There dances Shiva His great Tandava) From His huge matted hair like a forest, is pouring out and flowing down the sacred water of the river Ganges, and making the ground holy; on that holy ground Shiva is dancing His great Tandava dance; Supporting His neck and hanging down are the lofty serpents which are adorning His neck like lofty garlands; His Damaru is continuously weaving out the sound - Damad, Damad, Damad, Damad - and filling the air all around; Shiva performed such a passionate Tandava; O my Lord Shiva, Please extend the auspicious Tandava dance within our beings also.)
  • Shivashtakam: Tasmai Namah Parama Karana Karanaya
    - composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya
    शिवाष्टकम् - तस्मै   नमः   परमकारणकारणाय
    (Salutations to Him, Who is the great cause behind all the causes; Whose brownish eyes (behind all creation) blazes with illimunation; Whose garland is formed by the king of serpents, (the serpents) who also adorns Him as ear-rings; Who give boons to Brahma, Indra and Vishnu; Salutations to that Shiva.)
  • Vishwanathashtakam - Ganga Taranga Ramaniya Jata Kalapam
    - composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya
    श्रीविश्वनाथाष्टकम् - गङ्गातरङ्गरमणीयजटाकलापं
    ((Salutations to Sri Vishwanatha) Whose matted hair forming a beautiful bundle, is beautifully decorated with the streams of river Ganga; Whose left-half is always adorned by Devi Gauri (the universal Shakti); Who is dear to Sri Narayana, and Who has destroyed the pride of Ananga (Kamadeva); Worship that Vishwanatha, Who is the Lord of the city of Kashi.)

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Scriptures of Shiva:
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Stotras of Sri Dakshinamurthy:

Sri Dakshinamurthy
  • Dakshinamurthy Stotram - Vishvam Darpana Drishyamana Nagari Tulyam Nija Antargatam
    - composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya
    दक्षिणामूर्ति   स्तोत्रम् - विश्वं   दर्पणदृश्यमाननगरीतुल्यं   निजान्तर्गतं
    ((Salutations to Sri Dakshinamurthy Who awakens the glory of the Atman within us through His profound silence) The entire world is like a city seen within a mirror, the seeing happening within one's own being; It is a witnessing happening within the Atman, (the witnessing) of the externally projected world; projected by the power of Maya; as if a dream in sleep; One experiences this directly (this play of Maya) during spiritual awakening within the non-dual expanse of one's own Atman; Salutations to Him, the personification of our inner guru Who awakens this knowledge through His profound silence; Salutation to Sri Dakshinamurthy.)



Stotras of Sri Bhairava:

Sri Kalabhairava
  • Kalabhairava Ashtakam - Devaraja Sevyamana Pavanamghri Pankajam
    - composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya
    कालभैरवाष्टकम् - देवराजसेव्यमानपावनांघ्रिपङ्कजं
    ((Salutations to Sri Kalabhairava) Whose lotus-feet is served by Indra, the king of the devas; Who has a snake as His sacrificial thread, moon on His head and Who is extremely compassionate; Who is praised by sage Narada and other yogis, and Who is digambara (clothed by sky, signifying that He is ever-free); Salutations to Sri Kalabhairava Who is the supreme lord of the city of Kasi.)





Bharatavarsha - The Land of Gods and Sages:

1. Stotras by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
Others: Murugan - Ganga

3. Sadhana: Sadhana - Hermitages - Penances

4. Saints: Ramakrishna - Vivekananda - Ramana - Saints

5. Sacred Geography: Forests - Mountains - Rivers - Lakes

6. Puranas: Scriptures

7. Religious Life: Stotras - Puja - Pilgrimages - Festivals - Varnashramas - Samskaras - Traditions

8. Other Aspects: Sanskrit - Arts - Music - Dance - Medicine - Architecture - Astronomy

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May there be Peace in the Sky,
May there be Peace in the Earth,
May there be Peace in the Water,
May there be Peace in the Plants,
May there be Peace in the Trees,
May there be Peace in the Gods in the various Worlds,
May there be Peace in Brahman,
May there be Peace in All,
May there be Peace Indeed within Peace,
Giving Me the Peace which Grows within Me,
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

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