ESSENCE OF LINGA PURANA

Compiled, Composed and Interpreted by V.D.N.Rao, Former General Manager, India Trade Promotion Organisation, Pragati Maidan, New Delh, Union Ministry of Commerce, Government of India

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ESSENCE OF LINGA PURANA

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Invocation ‘Linga’ and ‘Alinga Rupas’ and Primary Creation of Universe ‘Ashtanga Yoga’, the significant means of Shiva Tatwa The Unfolding of Shiva Tatwa and Pancha Mukha, the Five Faced Connotation of Omkara and Analysis of Shiva’s Body Parts (Vishnu’s Prayers to Maha Deva included) Preface to ‘Lingarchana’, Pancha Yagna and Lingarchana Vidhi Origin of Shiva Linga and Mahima of Atithya, Pativratya, Bhakti and Bhasma (Apara Stuti to Maha Deva included and Triambika Mantra explained) Maharshi Dadhichi proves superiority of Shiva Shakti to King Kshupa Birth of Nandeswara and Linga Puja Shiva’s Samishthi Rupa (An integrated Portrait of Maha Deva) ‘Shiva Sankalpamastu’: Parashara’s ‘Rudraarchana’ and glory to his Vamsha Maha Deva exterminates Tripurasuraas Pashupata Yoga, Vividha Murti Pratishtha, Shivalayaas & Lingarchana Vidhi Paapa Vimochana Vidhi, Uma Maheswara Vrata and other Vrataas (Pashupaasha Vimochana Mantra included) ‘Panchaakshara JapaMahatmya’ and ‘Dhyaana Yagna’ Arishta and Mrityu Suchanaas and precautions like Japas and Tirtha Yatras Shiva Leelaas: Andhaka pardoned, Bhu Devi rescued, Prahlada saved and Jalandhara killed (Nrisimha Stotra included) Vishnu Krita Shiva Sahasra Naamaavali Sati’s immolation at Daksha Yagna, Shiva-Parvati Kalyana & ‘Vighneshotpatti’ Shiva Tandava (The Cosmic Dance) Bala Muni Upamanyu attains ‘Ganapatya’ as denied milk led to Shiva Bhakti Shivaakshara Mantras, Pashus, their Self Control and Realisation of Pashupati Shiva’s Vibhutis (counter-parts), Vishwa Rupa, Ashta Rupas & Shiva Tatwa (Shiva’s self-description included) Shiva Mandala Puja -Dhyana -Guru ‘Mukhyata’ -Diksha Vidhi - Mandala Puja as prescribed Shiva Linga Pratishtha and Mahatmya Varied Swarupas of Gayatri created by Maha Deva Phala Shruti Annexure of Shiva Sahasra Naamaas

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ESSENCE OF LINGA PURANA Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah, Om Namah Shivaaya Namah, Namo Rudraaya Brahmaney Paramatmaney, Pradhaana Purushaaya Sarga Sthityantakaariney/ Akaaramakaaram Sthulam Sukshmam Paraatparam , Omkaara rupa mrugvaktram Saama Jihvaa samanvitam/ Yajurveda mahaagreevamatharma hridayam Vibhum, Pradhaana Purushaateetam Pralayotpatti varjitam/ Tamasaa Kaala Rudrasyam Rajasaa Kanakaangijam, Satvena Sarvagam Vishnum Nirgunatvey Maheswaram/ ( Suta Maha Muni prayed to Brahma-Vishnu- Shiva and after greeting Veda Vyasa addressed a huge gathering of Rishis initiated the description of Linga Purana by stating that Omkara comprising ‘A’kaara, ‘ U’ and ‘M’kaara denotes ‘Shtula’ or Gross, ‘Sukshma’ (Miniscule) and ‘Paraatpara’ or the Supreme Forms. The Omkara Swarupa has Rig Veda as its Face, SamaVeda as its tongue, Yajur Veda as its neck and Atharva Veda as its heart.The Pradhana Purusha or the Prime Being is made of ‘Taamasika’ Feature representing Bhagavan Rudra, ‘Rajasika’ Feature standing Brahma, ‘Satwa Guna’ denoting Vishnu and ‘Nirguna’ as Parameshwara.) ‘Linga’ and ‘Alinga Rupaas’ and Primary Creation Invisible Shiva called ‘Alinga’ is the root of the visible ‘Linga’ or ‘Prakruti’/Shaivi /Maya or the Universe. Thus the visible Linga (Prakriti) is Shiva Swarupa itself. The synthesis of the Alinga and Linga is known as the ‘Aoutthama’ Linga, which is devoid of ‘Gunas’ or characteristics. The Alinga Paramatma is Infinite, Constant and All-Pervasive as also the Unique Trimurti Rupa performing the three deeds of Srishti- Sthiti-Samhara in the manifestations of Brahma-Vishnu and Shiva as the Beeja (Seed) Swarupa. Prakriti or yoni is created by as many as twenty-six inputs viz. Maha Tatwa (Supreme Manifestation), Ahamkara (the Great Consciousness) comprising the Tri Gunaas or Tamo-Rajaasa-Satwa Gunas or features; The Tamasa Ahamkara creates Tanmatras or Subtle Forms of Matter viz. the foremost Tanmatra of Shabda (Sound) leading to Akaasha (Sky); Akaasha creating the Sparsha (Touch) Tanmatra; the Sparsha creating Vayu (Air), the Vayu creating the Rupa ( Form) Tanmatra; Rupa Tanmatra creating Tejas or Radiance (Agni); Agni creating Rasa (Taste) Tanmatra; Rasa creating Jala or Water; Water creating Gandha (Smell) Tanmatra; and Gandha creating Prithvi / Earth; thus there is a perfect link between Pancha Tanmatras and Pancha Bhutas. Now the Saatwika Ahamkara created Pancha Jnaneindriyas, Pancha Karmandriyas and Manasa or Mind; the Pancha Jnanendriyas are Twak (Skin for Touch), Chakshu (Eyes of Vision), Nasika (Nose for Smell), Jihva (Tongue for Taste) and Shrotra (Ears for Hearing); the Pancha Karmendriyas are Vaak (Speech), Payu (anus), Upastha (Marmendriya), Hasta (Hands) and Paada (Feet). As the twenty six inputs of MahatawaAhamkara-Tri Guna- Pancha Tanmatras-Pancha Bhuta- Pancha Jnaanendriya-Pancha Karmdendriya and Manas were ready and in Position, there manifested Brahmanda the
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Sambhuti to Marichi. Shubha or Propitious. Maha Moha. Pavamana. Aanasuya to Atri. Prasuti married Daksha Prajapati and from their union were born Shraddha. Moha. Anumati the daughters to Angira and Smriti. Smriti to Angira. From Shraddha to Kirti above were wedded to Dharma.Golden Egg with Brahma seated inside along with Vishnu and Shiva who too floated over the Maha Jala (as distinguished from Water as a component of Pancha Bhutas) of a volume of ten times more than that of the Golden Egg. Sannithi to Ritu. the latter and from her husband Swayambhu were born Priayamvada and Uttanapada. Nilalohita! You are Sarvajna or All Knowing. Further to an outline of the Primary Creation of Brahma. Then emerged nine Prajapatis and one Ayonija named Shatarupa. Of special significance was of the instance of Shiva and Sati Devi the daughter of Daksha. Brahma made unintentional and casual Creations called Tamas. Nirdwandya Veetaraagascha Vishwaatmamaano Bhavaatmajaah/ (My salutations to you Maha Deva. Arani to Bhargava. As his Manasa Putri Sati was handed over to Daksha Prajapati to bring her up. Angirasa. created Sanaka-Sanandana-Sanaatana-Sanat Kumara Brothers. Pulastya. there are several such Brahmandaas in the Maha Srishti! In the beginning. Atri and Vasistha who were like Brahma himself from his Yoga Vidya as they were all endowed with Brahama Vidya and were Brahma Vaadis. Balakhilya Muni to Kratu and Sanmati. Maina Devi and her sons Mainaka and Krouncha were born to Swadha and Pitras etc. Pavaka. Swaha to Vaishwanara and Swadha to Pitru Devatas. Hiranyakesha or of Golden Locks. Sarva Gati or Multi-directional Passenger. Kshama. Trinetra. and Shuchi were born to Agni and Swaha Devi. Kirti. Dirgha or Very Tall. Urja to Vasishtha. Sini. Hraswa or Short. Kardama Muni to Pulaha and Kshama. Siddhi. Akruti. Even earlier in the past at the time of Prathama Sarga itself. as Sati Devi was provoked by the indifference and irreverence displayed by her father. Bindu. Anasuya. Sannati. Tamisra and Andha. Suta Maha Muni described the details of the progeny of the Maharshis and their wives above mentioned . Kshama to Pulaha. Medha. mention-worthy were: Devi Lakshmi born to the couple of Bhrigu and Khyati. Vaamana or Pigmy-like. Tushti. Vapu. Interestingly. Preeti. Swaha. now Daksha Prajapati only formalised the Union of Shiva and Sati and stated that all total womanhood of the Universe was of the ‘Amsha’ or of similarity to Sati Devi. Kriya. Dhruti. Prasuti and Devahuti were also born to Swayambhu. Sambhuti. Smriti. Preeti to Pulastya. Brahma told Daksha to treat her as his own daughter and cautioned that she was to be basically treated as the Mother of the Universe. she selfimmolated out of the affront caused to Shiva by her father only to return as Devi Parvati in the subsequent manifestation. followed by Marichi. Khyati. Raaka. indeed he was dissatisfied with these and after Tapasya and concentration. besides being the Mother of Daksha as well as his own too! Daksha revered Sati well and got her married to Rudra himself. Lajja. Swadha. Dushtaghna or the 4 . Rudra asked Brahma to convert his body into to two parts. viz. of MahaVaayu ten times more than that of the volume of Maha Jala and of Mahaakaasha or the Greater Sky of ten times further of the volume of Maha Vayu. Kuhu. Vaali. as Shiva as Artha Naareswara. and Arani. Nirmalaah. Pulaha. it was in that context that Brahma extolled Shiva as follows: Namostuvo Maha Devaatrinetraa Nila Lohitaah Sarvajnaah Sarvagaa Dirghaa Hrasvaa Vaamanakaah Shubhah/ Hiranya keshaaya dushtaaghnaa Nityaa. Khyati was married to Bhrigu. Urja. Rithu. besides Ekadasha Rudras too were of the Amsha of Shiva-Sati Union.

The Ashtanga or Eight-Limbed Yoga comprises of Yama. Satya (Truth). these are the Ten Niyamas. Snaana or Formal Bathing besides Tirtha Seva and ‘Aniccha’or General Disinterestedness and abstinence. more so because they are fearful of Evil and Sin. Swadhyaya or Memorising or Reciting the Scriptures. Brahmacharya (avoidance of sex) and Aparigraha or Excessive acquisition.Destroyer of Evil. the Eternal Paramatma. Basic Niyamas is in fact an extension of Yama: To refrain from hurting or torturing co-Beings physically or mentally is Ahimsa. and believed is Satya unless it does not hurt any body is known as Satya.Pranaayama. Upavaasa or Fasting. So replying to Brahma. improve the Stock of Punya or the Fruits of Good Deeds. A person could worship any of the Forms of Bhagavan as Brahma. Yama is denoted by good behaviour comprising Ahimsa (Non-Violence). Brahma as the Representation of Rajo Guna. mind-borne and Upaamshak or as guided by Guru). heard. or Vishnu or Shiva as the Supreme Maheswara and escape the onslaught of Sins and the resultant Hells. these interruptions comprise twelve units each of ‘Uchhvaasa’ or inhaling and ‘Nishvasa’ or exaling in the mild category. Shoucha or Physical Cleanliness. Parama Shiva became a ‘Sthanu’ or Motionless. Maanasika and Upaamsaka (Oral. Included in the Aaasana are Japa. Nitya or Everlasting. Bhagavan said that it would never be possible to do so and that every Being would have to under go through the evolution of Life any way and as per one’s own ‘Karma’ or deeds and would have to experience the retributions of Narakas or enjoy the fruits of Upper Lokas. Vratas like Chandrayana as also or to perform formal worship directed to specific Devatas and purposes.Niyama. Asteya (stealing). and to abstain from excessive acquisition of materials far and above one’s needs in the short run of time is stated to be Aparigraha. ‘Yogaabhyaas’ or the practice of Yoga besides providing happiness and peace of mind would cure several physical weaknesses to rectify respiratory and digestive 5 . Nirmala or Translucent. and accomplish the Higher Lokas. thought or otherwise is called Asteya. Indriya Nigraha or Control of Physical Limbs.. Agni.Aasana. Those who take refuge in Shankara are assured of breaking the shackles of Maya as He indeed is the Master of the Universe. Unique or of Non-Duality.Yagna-Tapa or meditation. to convey whatever is seen. and Tapas etc. Swadhyaya. excepting the wedded woman or man as the case may be and this should be observed by vision. to negate from relationship with another female or in respect of a female wih another male. Daana or charity.Pratyahara-Dharana-DhyanaSamadhi. The next component of the Ashtanga Yoga denotes as Aasana which not only includes the right posture of formal seating like of Padmasana followed by ‘Bahyatantara Shuchi’ or external and internal cleanliness. Niyamas also involve the specific deeds viz. Besides the above General Principles. The next step is Pranayama or to practise interruptions of Prana or life-air or merely stated as the breathing processes of ‘Manda’ or mild. Devoid of Desires. Shiva Puja starting from Brahmanas. Ashtanga Yoga-the Significant Means of Shiva Tatwa To control the activities or goings on in the mind is Yoga. Om Namassivaya Mantra and Swadhyaya is of Omkara and of Vedas and other Scriptures. Varuna with other Devas climaxing with Parama Shiva. to desist stealing of other’s property by deed. while these two holdings of breath would be for twenty four units in either case in respect of medium category and thirty units in either case in the best category. he could assume any form that he would wish and being merciful and propitious by nature facilitates human beings to perform good deeds. thought or deed is called Brahmacharya or celibacy. and the Supreme Soul of Thoughts)! Brahma then performed a Pradakshina (Circumambulation) and requested Maha Deva to allow him the creation of Beings without old age and death. ‘Madhyama’ or medium and ‘Uttamaa’ or the best of variations. The Soul of the Universe. Vishnu as the Icon of Satwa Guna and Maheswara as Nirguna or Featureless. Japa should be of Panchakshari viz. Japa and Swadhyaaya are of three kinds: Vaachaka. indeed He is Kaala Rudra as the Symbol of Tamo Guna.

twelve Aditya-samaana. worm-infested places. Devi. Praana-Apaana-Samaana. animals. Ganesha and others and by resorting to Padma or any other Aaasana . Ishwar. Devadatta created yawning and Dhananjaya Vayu creates high-pitch sounds and also remains with the body for a while even after death. dipa sikha or top of an oil-lamp. Deepti and Prasada are achieved by the Yoga. the air that controls the bubbling in the ‘marmaavaya’or the secret part is Udaana. lustrous Nilalohita Shiva. Dharana facilitates the holding up of the crucial state of balance. Maheswara should be retained in the hridaya or heart. the air that controls the involuntary movements of the body. The air that enables vital functions of the human body. Khyati. Yogaabhyaas should be intiated by greeting one’s Guru and then to Shiva.imbalances. concentrate on Parama Shiva in Dhyana on Omkara. uncongenial and inauspicious places. The above was the outline of Yogaabhyaasa and now to the practice of it: one should not practise Yoga in the surroundings of Fire. Samadhi leads to Prajna or Self-Consciousness. cleanse up blood and its circulation and sharpness of thinking. The Yogi must visualize a white lotus encased in a Trikona or a Triangle and set in the images of Agni. and by aligning his Three Gunas. Brahma.and flow of sweat from glands to skin and creating diseases is Vyaana. not touch his teeth of one line with another. Heyopaadeyarahitam Shukshaatsukmataram Shivam/ Swayam Vedyamavedyam taacchivam Janamayam Param/ 6 . Soma and Surya and then perform meditation of Rudra on the forehead by picturising Shiva in two. he should fix his eyes at a particular Target. Shiva Kshetras. dried leaves. of great sound or disturbances. or ten or twelve or sixteen leaves. Smriti. Mana. the Equalising air balancing the body parts and stimulating digestive fluid is called Samaana. Thus four kinds of Siddhis viz. Kakara Vayu creates hunger. but in quiet caves. the dhyana should be targetted to the golden and fire-like.Udaana-Vyaana-Naaga-Kurma-KukaraDevadutta and Dhananjaya. burial places. circulation of blood. or six. Sadashiva in the naabhi or navel. keep looking at the tip of his nose and not look at sides. Thus Yoga aided by ‘Asana’ leads to the dynamic circle of Praanayama-Pratyahara-Dharana-Dhyana culminating in Samadhi. water. Pranaayama also achieves the generation of Tatwas viz. bring about shine of body and mind. Alakshanamanirdeshya Manoralpataram Shubham/ Niraalambamatarkai cha Vinashotpatti varjitam. Udgaar (dakaar) is the wind called Naga. Kaivalyam chaiva Nirvaanam Nishreyasamanuttamam Amritamchaaksharam Brahmam hyapunar –bhavamadbhutam/ Mahaanandam Paramaanandam Yogaanandamanaamaam. lonely forests or gardens without distractions. Pratyahara demolishes sins. Vivaswara. Mati and Buddhi. Dhyana or meditation of Ishwara bestows the devastation of poisons like Vishayas or worldly matters. respiration and general activity is Praana. Shanti. Prashanti. places occupied by evil-minded persons and so on. and Chandrachuda in the ‘Llalaata’ or forehead and the prayer should be as follows: Nirmalam Nishkalam Brahmaa Sushantim Jnaana Rupinam. Yoga unifies and balances of the ten kinds of ‘Vaayus’ or Airs in the human system viz. or four. the wind enabling ‘Unmeelana’ or of the opening of eyes is Kurma. the air that is generated by the food intake down in the digestive process is Apana. raise his head. expand his chest. Mahaan.

Mahima ( Maximising). Prakamya (Visioning and Hearing). Alasya is due to the heavy weight of Body and the resultant lack of preparedness. Yogaananda. Raakshasa. ability to lift mountains. childhood. in the middle of the Body Shiva of Shuddha Jnaana be concentrated and in the Uttama Marga by the means of Puraka-Rechaka-Kumbhaka or Inhalation-Exhalation and Retention of breathing respectively called Pranayama. Moksha. Paramaananda. Gaandharva. Parama Jnaana Swarupa. present or of future. Ashraddha or sheer carelessness and laziness. Jnaana Pratibha is the Siddhi of knowing about a Vastu or Vyavahar or of a thing of past. water body and so on. this Siddhi would infuence or impress others. A practitioner of Yoga is invariably faced with several kinds of difficulties like Alasya. Vyomatmika. Nishreya or devoid of hold . flying on sky. Pramaada. Bhranti. Jnaanayogya. any specie of a birdanimal-reptile.] Depending on the intensity of the success of the Yoga practice and the powers attained by way of 7 . Kama Vasitwa (ability to fulfill desires). Atarkya or Unquestionable. Such Siddhis range from assuming any type of Swarupa of fatness. Sukshmaati Sukshma. Aaswaada and Vedana. Praajaapatya. In fact a Maha Yogi is stated to possess sixty four kinds of Paisachika. ‘Devaanaam Saha kreedanam’ or playing with Devas. Adbhuta. Amrita. Vaarta. Heyopaaya rahita. Mahananda.Ateendriyamanaabhaasam Parama tatwa Paratparam. slimnes. form or a feature of a person or thing. Control of heat and cold. Aaswaada Siddhi enables tasting any substance and Vedana Siddhi is the power of sparsha to experience the shape. Vasitwa (Self Control). Duhkha durmanastatha and Arogya Vishaya. Bhranti is due to a feeling of Yoga’s ineffectiveness. Yatha Sankalpa Samsiddhi or instant fulfillment of desires. Lakshana Rahita. Nishkala. old age. Shubha. A successful Yoga Practitioner is endowed with ‘Dasha Siddhis’viz. Naashotpatti rahita or who is bereft of birth and termination. Vyadhi Peeda. Samshaya chitta or Chanchalata. Brahma. Pramada is due to fear of Abhyasa or Practice. Yaaksha. Anaabhaasa. Niralamba. Nirvana. Duhkha durmanstha or misplaced fatalism that human beings are any way subject to ‘Tapatrayaas’ (or of Adhi bhoutika. passing through a needle’s eye and endless such miracles. Parthiva. [The normal Siddhis are Anima (miniaturising). Samshaya or a feeling of apprehension and negativity of approach. woman.Triloka Jnaana or knowledge of the happenings of Three Lokas. Adytatmika and Adhi daivika reasons or due to body-mind or God made calamities) and a general mind-set of yoga or no yoga human beings are any way subject to the ups and downs of life! Arogya Vishaya is yet another limitation to Yoga Practice due to a general belief of retaining health from other ways and means of medicines. Shravana Siddhi enables a Yogi to hear or understand any kind of sound or conversation or a happening irrespective of distance or time. Unique as he has no duality). Doora Shravana and Doora Darshana or distant vision and hearing. drink up an ocean. Sarvopaadhi nirmukta. man. youth. Ashraddha in the path of Darshana. mountain. Akshara. Ateendriya. Kaivalya. Vyaadhi peeda is caused by dhatuvishamata or ill-health and disability. Darshana. Aindra. Vaartaa Siddhi facilitates the experience of Pancha Tanmatraas of sabda-sparsha-rupa-rasa and gandhas. Shanta. Darshana Siddhi is the ability to perceive or vision of any thing irrespective of time and distance limitations. Isatwa (Rulership). Pratibha. Paratpara.Thus Ishwara be prayed in the Naabhi Sthaana. Sarvopaadhi Nirmuktam Jnaanagamyam Vicharatah/ Adwayam Tamasaschaiva parastaat samsthitam param (Nirmala. Paraajaya or invincibility and so on. Brahmaadi Siddhis but he should discard all such powers in the quest of Shivatwa. Parakaya Pravesha or ability to enter other’s bodies. Shravana. Jnaanarupa.

Shraddhaa Dharmah Parah Sukshmah Shraddhaa Jnaanam hutam tapah. meditate to you and pleae you!) Then Bhagavan affirmed: Avomcha Shraddhayaiveti vashyo Vaarijasambhava! Dhyeyo Lingey twayaa drushtey Vishnunaa payasaam nidhow.the Five Faced Once Devi Parvati enquired of Mahadeva as to how to achieve Shivatwa and the latter said smilingly that Brahma too asked a similar query: in reply. Brahma visioned Parama Shiva in various Forms: Yathaa twayaadya vai pushto drushtam Brahmaatmakam twaham.controlling the Jnanendriyas and Tatwas. in yellow colour as Tatpurusha or as Aghora in dark colour and in Ishana Kalpa he saw Mahadeva as Vishwarupa. a Yogi could perform impossibilities but frittering the Siddhis so gained would negate the capacity to accomplish Shivatwa. Tasmaad Shraddhayaa vashyo drushyah Sheshta Gireyh Sutey. Pujyo Lingena Samdehah Sarvadaa Shraddhayaa Dwijaih. kindly do indicate to me a way of my worship to you. in Rakta Kalpa. Maheswara! You show me up along with Gayatri. Kena Vashyo Maha Deva dhyeyaha kutra Ghrunaanithey drushyah pujayastathaa Devyaa Vkaktumarhasi Shankara! ( Vaama Deva! Tatpurusha. Brahma got rather confused then prayed to him as to in which form he should be worshipped: Vaama Tatpurushaaghora Sadyojaata Maheswara. Swetey Swetena varnena drushtwaa Kalpetu maam Shubhey/ Sadyojaatam tathaa raktey Vaamam Pitaamahah. Aghora. Shiva appears as of Sweta Varna or of Crystal Clear White Form called Sadyojaatam. Peetey Tatpurusham Peetamayamaghorey Krishnameeshwaram/ Ishaanam Vishwarupaakhyo Vishwarupam tadaavamahaam/ (In Sweta Maha Kalpa. Sopi Maamaaha bhaavartham duttam tasmai mayaa pura/ Bhavam Bhaavena Deveshi drushtwaamnaam twadeeshwaram. Drushto mayaa twam Gayatrayaa Deva Deva Maheswaram. Shraddhaa Swargascha Mokshascha drushyoham shraddhayaa sadaa/ 8 . The Unfolding of Shiva Tatwa and ‘Pancha Mukha’. Pujyayah Panchaasya rupena Pavitraih Panchaabhi Dwijaaih/ Bhava Bhaktaadya drushtoham twayaangna Jagadguro. Sadyojaata. He is in Rakta Varna or of blood red colour.

Vishva Nanda and Upa Nanda who would always be in His presence. Brahma named him Sadyojaata.(Kamalodbhava Brahma! I am worthy of being conquered by a devotee’s Shraddha or Sincerity and his/her meditation by all the Five Names as mentioned above. Brahma then saluted the Vaama Deva Form of Mahadeva as follows: Vaama Devaaya namo Jyeshthaaya namah Jyeshthaayanamo Rudraaya namah Kaalaaya namah Kalavikaranaaya namo balavikaranaya namo balaaya namo balapramathanaaya namah Sarva Bhuta damanaaya namo manonmanaaya namah / The disciples around Him were Viraja. Brahma then replied that he also felt the same and worshipped Shiva likewise. Chatush –padaam Chaturvaktraam Chaturhastaam Chatuhstaneem/ Chaturnetraam Chatuhshringeem Chaturdamshtraam Chatur mukheem. there materialised four disciples of Sadyojata viz. Deva Parvati too thought in a similar manner as Shraddhaa would be the only way by which Shiva could be realised as that was the Parama Dharma. Innumerable Maharshis performed Tapasya to Vaama Deva and attained Shivatwa. Brahma was immersed in deep Tapasya facing West and from his tuft a Swarupa emerged suddenly with white complexion and as that Resplendent Form appeared unexpectedly and swiftly. Nandana.) The Congregation of Munis then queried Suta Maha Muni to kindly explain the significance of each of the Five Names of Maha Deva and the latter replied that in the twenty ninth or Sweta Lohita Kalpa. that was of Devi Maheswareem : Gaam Vishwarupaam drushey Maheswaramukha -acchytaam. Brahma prayed to Tatpurusha stating Tat Purushaaya vidmahey Maha Devaaya dhimahi tanno Rudrah prachodayaat. Swarga and so on. Vishoka and Vishwa Bhavana and these were of Rakta Varna. Rakta Vastra and Raktaabharana as their foreheads were smeared with rakta chandana. rakta lepana and rakta sindura. Tapas and the only means of Moksha. Bhavey Bhavenaati bhaveswaam bhavo bhaveybhyaanamah. Brahma did Tapasya to Parama Shiva in the direction of East by assuming Peeta ( Yellow) Varna and Peeta Vastra and there emerged Tatpurusha (Brahma) of everything in Peeta colour donning Peeta VastraAabhushana-Peeta Yagnopaveeta and Peeta Kireeta or Headgear. rakta bhasma. along with the latter appeared a Sacred Cow Swarupa. Even as Brahma greeted the new Form of Shiva saying Sadyojaatam prapadyaami Sadyo jaataayavai Namo Namah.Vibaahu. In the Thirtieth Kalpa named Rakta Kalpa. Their prayers to Vaama Deva was:Vandey Purna Sashanka mandala nibham vaktram Harasyottaram! In the next Kalpa numbered thirtyone called Peeta Kalpa. Brahma meditated Bhagavan Shiva looking northward wearing Rakta Vastra and Rakta Varna and there appeared Vaama Deva who was of red colour and red ornaments. Sunanda. The Sishyas prayed to Sadyojata as: Vandeham Salam Kalankarahitam Staanormukham Paschimam. Vishnu who is on Ksheera Sagara too worshipped me by the Five Names (of Shiva). Dwaantrih sadgunasamyuktaa meeshwareem Sarato-mukhaam/ 9 . Sukshma Jnaana. homa.

black ‘Janevu’ or Holy Thread. four eyes. By so performing. wearing black Vastra. and who worshipped Parameshwara through Brahma Deva and they too assumed Peeta VarnaPeeta Vastra-Peeta Tilaka and every thing in Yellow colour. Stree Hatya. four horns. Brahma Deva initiated Srishti and Devi Saraswati was materialised first and Brahma greeted her saying : Vishwamaalambaradhara Vishwa Yagopavartini Vishwvoshneepaa Vishwagandhaa Vishwamaataa Mahoshtika/ There after. Dung. the Kartaas are to perform Snaanaas again by reciting the Aghora Mantra through out the night by sprinkling ‘Pancha Gavya’(Mix of Five Products of Cow viz. four hands. there appeared several disciples who were also the close confidants of Gayatri. Brahma prostrated before Aghora Rupa and prayed to him as follows: Aghorebhyo taghorebhyo ghoratarebhyah. black beads around his neck and was ornamented black too. Urine. black headgear. Brahma Hatya. As Devi Gayatri appeared. Matru/Pitru Hatya. Namostu Sarva bhutaanaameeshaana Vrishavaahana/ 10 . Besides Gayatri. After the required Havans. Krishna Kanthadhaari and their prayer to Aghoresha is: Vandey Dakshinameeswarasya kutila bhrubhanga Roudram Mukham. Go hatya. and consequently was materialised Aghora who was black in colour. four breasts. all his body parts in black. Rudrani. four faces and of Sadgunas or Auspicious Traits). Mitru-Guru-Bhraatrum Hatya etc. Aishwarya and Vairagya. Sarvebhyaassarva sarvebhyo namastey astu Rudra rupeybhyah for thousand years and Maha Deva was gratified with the Tapasya and blessed that whosoever performed the Aghora Mantra one lakh times would be purified of the most severe sins including: Brahma Hatya Suraapaanam Suvarna steyamevacha or killing of Brahmana. In Praghrutta Kalpa of Black Varna after thousand of Deva years. Tila or sesame seed orv atleast by ghee. four damshtras. Ghee) and also consuming it for physical purification. swindling gold etc.(A Vishwarupa-Achyuta Maheswari with four feet. Bala Hatya. Vaidiki and Vidya! Brahma assured that whosoever performed Japa and puja to her would please them with Shiva Tatwa and Shiva agreed to bestow on them DivyaYoga. Brahma created Ishana who was of Shuddha sphatika sankaasam or like Transclucent Prism and Saravaabharana bhushitam or decorated by all kinds of ornaments whom Brahma commended as follows: Vavandey Devameeshaanam Sarveysam Sarvagum Prabhum. Brahma performed ‘parikrama’ to the four-legged Sacred Cow called Gayatri and Maha Deva extolled her as Gayatri. Aghora Deva’s sons were Krishna. four mouths. The erring Brahmanas who committed Maha Patakaas are required to perform (after one lakh Aghora Mantra) seven Agni Homas with Ghee. Krishna Mukha. Curd. At the beginning of Vishwa Kalpa. Sugarcane. Krishna Sikha. consuming liquor. Jnaana. the erring humans especially Brahmanas would be observing ‘Prayaschitta’ or atonement of serious sins of even big magnitude including Bhruna Hatya. Brahma prayed to Shankara towards South as he decided to create yet another Amsha of the latter. Omeeshaana Namastestu Maha Deva namostutey/ Namostu Sarva Vidyaanaa -meeshana Parameshwara. Milk.

Brahma Swarupa. Vama Deva. Gayatri and Go Swarupa! Such was the significance of Devi Saraswati. Dheya. Kshama. Kriya and so on. Vaama Devaaya Vaamaaya Namastubhyam Mahaatmaney/ Jyeshthaayachaiva Shreshthaaya Rudraaya varadaayacha. Omkara Murti. Dama. Kaalaa’s Kaala. Devasha. Dhyana. Kaalahantrey Namastubhyam Namastubhyam Mahaatmaney/ Iti stavena Devesham nanaama Vrishabhadhwajam. Namo Rudraaya Kaalaaya Kalanaaya namo namah/ Namo Vikaranaayaiva Kaalavarnaaya vahniney. Daya. Tapa. Vidya. Varada or the Bestower of Boons. Vidya. Pradhana Prakriti. she was also Gauri Maya. Dervi Sarasvati also got materialised along with Pancha Mukha Rudras. Sarva Bhuta Swami. yet the Bhava or the One who has occurred and is a Great Occurrence. Sarwa Vidyaa Swaami. Jyeshtha.Shanti. Maha Shobha. Mati. Rudra. Namo Brahmaadhipataye Shivam mestu Sadaa Shiva/ Omkaara murtey Devesha Sadyojaata namonamah/ Prapadye twaam prapannosmi Sadyojaataaya vai namah/ Abhavecha Bhavey tubhyam tathaa naati bhavey namah. Medha. while addressing the Sages at Naimisha 11 . Vishwa Janani. Rudraya. Connotation of Omkaara and analysis of Alphabets related to Shiv’s Body Parts (Vishnu’s Prayers to Maha Deva included and Tri Murti seniority analysed) Maharshi Lomarshana. Lohita. Samkhya. Vikaranaya. Bala Manthanaaya. stated Maha Deva. Dhruti. Mahadeva. Neeti. Tushti. Brahma Swarupa. Kaalahantrey! Who ever recites the above Stuti would qualify for Indra and Brahma lokas!) As Shiva was pleased with Brahma’s eulogy. Pushti. Satya. Vidhi Kriya. Kanti. the Abhava or the One who has not occurred. Sadyojaata. Balaaya Balinaam Nityam sadaa Vikaranaayatey/ Bala Pramathanaayaiva Baliney Brahmarupiney. Balaaya. she too who was Chatur Mukhi-Chatur Baahu-Chatur Pada and Chatur-Netri was Viswarupa as she was born in that Kalpa who too had as Brahma Gunas like Yoga. Vrishabha Vahaana. Bhavodbhava Bhaveshaana maam bhajaswa Mahaadyutey/ Vaamadeva Namas -tubhyam Jeyshthaaya Varadaayacha. the disciple of Veda Vyasa. Ajanma. Hemavati. Shukla-Krishna. Lajja. Manmatha damanaaya. Sammati. Ishana. Ahimsa. Bhuta damanaaya. Kaala Varnaaya. Sarva Bhutashwareshaaya Bhutaanaam damanaayacha/ Manonmanaaya Devaaya Namastubhyam Mahaadyutey.Brahmanodhipatey tubhyam Brahmaney Brahma rupiney. Brahmadhipati. Yah Pathet Sakru deveha Brahmaloka -mavaapnuyat/ ( My salutations to you Ishana. Kaala. Sarva Parameshwara.Sreshthaaya.

Uttarey Paavaka prakhya mukaaram Purusharshabhah/ Sheetaamshu Mandalaprakhyam Makaaram madhyamam tathaa. from Him. the latter questioned Vishnu about his antecedents and consequent on mutual arguments about their Supremacy there was a fight. at that very time there appeared a Colossal Agni Linga emitting enormous radiance and heat which neither had a beginning nor end. Makaaramadhya taschaiva naadaantam tasyachomiti/ Suryamandalavadrustwaa varnamaadyam tu Dakshiney. both of them reached there totally fatigued. Adi madhyantarahita maanandasyaapi kaaranam/ Maatraastistwardha maatram naadaakhyam Brahmasangnitam. Brahma took the Swarupa of a gigantic ‘Hamsa’ or Swan and flew up with great speed of its own as also of enormous wind power to ascertain the top of the Maha Linga while Vishnu assumed the Swarupa of a black ‘Varaha’ of ten yojanas of height and hundred yojanas of width and slided down the Maha Linga to ascertain its bottom. Then there was a reverberating Sound of AUM: Tadaa sama bhavattatra naadou vai Shabda lakshanah.kshudra sphatikavat Prabhum/ Tureeyaatimamrutam Nishkalam Nirupaplavam. followed by ‘U Kaara’ and ‘Ma kaara’ and the sound in between was the ‘Naada Swarupa’. Omomiti Surasreshtthaah Samyuktah plutalakshanah/ Kimidam twiti samchitya mayaa tishthanmahaaswanam. As neither the Hamasa Rupa Brahma who flew up and up for thousand years nor the Varaha Rupa Narayana who slided down as much time could discover the bottom or the top and returned to the starting point by another thousand years. the Supreme Bhagavan created Vishnu with the aid of Satwa Guna who was floating on Maha Jala or the Unending Water Sheet and from his navel appeared a lotus with Brahma as materialised with Rajo Guna seated thereon. Nirdwandam Kevalam Shunyam Bhaahyaantara varjitam/ Sa baahyaabhyantaram chaiva Sabaahya abhyantarasthitam. Lingasya Dakshiney bhaagey tadaapashyat Sanaatanam/ Adya varnamakaaram chouttareytath. Tadaabhavadrushirveda Rusheh saaratam shubham/ Teynaiva Rishinaa Vishnurjnaatawaan Parameswaram/ ( As the sound of AUM emerged from the right side of the Maha Linga. the sound of ‘A kaara’ came. the extraordinary radiance of 12 . there appeared Sanatana Bhagavan. Rukyajurssaama Vedaa vai Maatraa rupena Maadhavah/ Vedashabde -bhya yevesham Vishwaatmaanamachintayat.Forest described that at the Maha Pralaya or the termination of the Universe after the Maha Yuga. Tasyopari tadaapashyat.

‘E’ kaara was the left Eye. Indeed that was the Spring of Ananda or Sheer Joy as also the synthesis of Tri Vedas represented by Tri Murtis and the sure way leading to Maha Deva!) Maharshis who knew Vedas and the Omkara Swarupa of Maha Deva analysed the Alphabets in Sanskrit and explained as follows: ‘A’ kaara’ constituted His broad forehead. the consonants ‘Ka-kha-ga. ‘lu lu’is the partition of his nasal divisions. Varnaah shadadhikaah Shashtirasya Mantravarasya tu/ Pancha Mantraastathaa labdhvyaa jajaapa Bhagavaan Harih. Shuddha sphatika sankaasham Shubhaashtatrimshadaksharam/ Medhaakaramadudbhuyaha Sarva dharmaartha saadhakam. Atha drushtwaa kalaavanamrugyajuhssama rupina/ Ishaanmameesha mukutam Purushaasyam Puraatanam. AtharvamasitamMantram Kalaashtaka samaayutam/ Abhichaarika Mantyartham Triyaamstrishubhaaksharam.termiation. Gayatri prabhavam Mantram haritam vashyakaarakam/ Chaturvimshati varnaadhyam Chatuhkalamanuttamam. of Purity and Immunity and of no beginning-middle. ‘U’kaara his Southern Ear. Shiva’s ‘udara’ or belly represented ‘paa’ kaara. Vishwatah paada vadanam Vishwatokshikaram Shivam/ 13 . ‘Ya. ‘ta-tha-da-dha-na’ and ‘pa-pha-ba-bha-ma’ were his right and left five feet respectively. the letter ‘Ma’ kaara his ‘Uridaya’ or heart.kaaras his big lips. As Vishnu visioned Maha Deva along with Devi Uma he extolled Parama Shiva as follows: Omkaara prabhavam mantram Kalaa panchaka samyutam. ‘Va’ kara his left side.ja-jja-na’ were his left five hands. ‘Ruukaara’ the left kapola. of Sunya or Nothingness. This Form was Unique. ‘Aa’ kaara his left ear. Yajurveda samaayuktam panchatrimshacchubhaaksharam/ Kalaashtaka samaayuktam Sushvetam Shantikam tathaa. ‘ha’ kara represented His Atma and ‘Kha’ kaara denoted Shiva’s anger.Surya came from the Northern direction as the pious form of U kara or of Pavaka. other two sets of consonants viz. devoid of Duality. ‘Ru’ kara his right Kapola. Trayodasha kalaa yuktam Baalaadyaih saha lohitam/ Saamodbhavam Jagastyadyam vriddhi samhaara kaaranam.ra-la-va-sa-sha’ represented Shiva’s bodydhatus.gha-jnaa’ constituted his five right hands while the consonants ‘cha-ccha. ‘pha’ kara his right side of his body. Aghoradhrudayam twadyam Vaama guhyam Sadaasivam/ Sadyah paadam Mahadevam Mahaabhogendra bhushanam. the letter ‘Vaa’ and ‘bha’ kaaras represented his shoulders. ‘oau’ kaara his teeth. Makara was of Chandra Mandala and above it was the Suddha Sphatika Rupa or Pure Crystal Form representing Maha Deva in Tureeya Awastha or the Prime and Pristine Form. ‘ea’.

he wears a transparent Sphatika Maala. Maha Deva was extremely delighted at the thoughts of Vishnu as also of the Japa of the Panchaakshari of Om Namassivaaya and materialised himself before Vishnu.Brahmanodhipatim Sarga Sthita Samhaara kaaranam. Atharva Veda Swarupa. Gayatri Mantra Prabhu. Prithivyai chantarikshaaya Prithivivyapiney Namah/ Shabda sparsha swarupaaya rasagandhaaya gandhiney. Abhicharika mantra Swarupa. Maha Buddhi yukta. Vukaaraadi Devaaya Vidyaadehaaya vai namah/ Triteeraaya Makaaraaya Shivaaya Paramaatmaney. Shaswataaya Varishthaaya vaari garbhaaya Yoginey/ 14 . Shivaaya Shaiva mantraaya Sadyojaataaya vedhasey/ Vaamaaya Vaama devaaya Varadaamrutaaya tey. Shivaaya Shiva Lingaaya Vyaapiney Vyoma vyaapiney/ Vaayavey Vaayu vegaaya Namastey Vaayuvyaapiney. Ishaana. Namostu Shruti paadaaya Urdhwalingaaya Linginey/ Hemalingaaya Hemaaya Vaari Lingaaya chaambhasey. Ganaadhipataey tubhyam guhyaadguhyatamaaya tey/ Anantaaya Virupaaya Anantaanaamayaya cha. Controller of Thirty three Letters. Sarva Dharmaartha Sadhaka. the Swarupa of Thirteen Kalas. Three Veda swarupa. Tejasey Tejasaam Bhartrey namasteyjo vyaapiney/ Jalaaya Jala bhutaaya Namastey Jalavyaapiney. Shanta. Sweta.Om Namaashivaaya. Aghora Mantra Hridaya!) Having thought of Maha Deva on the above lines. Srishti-Sthiti-Samharaka. Regulator of Twenty Varnas. Aghotaati ghoraaya Sadyojaataaya ramhasey/ Ishaanaaya Smashaanaaya Ativegaaya Veginey. Tushtaava punarishtaabhirvakbhir varadameeshwaram/ (Shiva is the symbol of Omkara Mantra. three sixty eight lettered Deva. Maha Sarpa bhushana. Vishnu performed meditation of Shiva for good time with the aid of the ‘Pancha Akshara Mantra’ viz. Suryaagni Soma varnaaya Yajamaanaaya vai Namah/ Agnaye Rudra rupaaya Rudraanaam pataye namah. Purana Purusha. The much gratified Parameswara appeared before Vishnu and the latter commended Maha Deva as follows: Ekaaksharaaya Rudraaya Akaaraatma rupiney.

Madhey Avayormadhya varchasey goptey hatrey sadaa katrey Nidhanaay –esewaraayacha/ Achetanaaya Virupaaya Anantaa naamayaayacha.yaabhasmjaam. Arupaaya Surupaaya Anangaanga haariney/ Bhasma digdha shariraaya Bhanu Somaagni hetavey. Lokaakshiney Tridhaamaaya Namo Virajasey sadaa/ Shankha paalaaya Shankhaaya Rajasey Tamasey namah. Namah Shivaaya Rudraaya Pradhaanaaya Namo Namah/ Trigunaaya Namastubhyam Chaturvyuhaatmaney Namah. Swetaaya Swetavarnaaya tuhinaadricharanaayacha/ Suswetaaya Suvaktraaya Namah Swetashikhaaya cha/ Swetaasyaaya Mahaasyaya Namastey Sweta lohita/ Sutaaraaya Visishtaaya Namo Dundhubhiney Hara. Sumukhaaya Suvaktraaya durdamaaya damaaya cha/ Kankaaya Kanka rupaaya Kankinikruta pannaga. Atmaney Rishaye tubhyam Swaaminey Vishnavey Namah/ 15 . Sanakaaya Namastubhyam Sanaatana Sanandana/ Sanatkumara Saarangamaaranaaya Mahatmaney. sarasvataaya Meghjaay Meghavaahana tey Namah/ Suvaahaaya Vivaahaaya Vivaada varadaayacha. Vipaashaaya Supaashaaya Namastey Paashanaashiney/ Suhotraaya Havishyaya Subrahmanyaaya Suriney. Shaswataaya Varishthaaya Vaarigarbhaaya Yoginey/ Achetanaaya Chintyaaya chetanaasa haariney. Shatarupa Virupaaya Namah Ketumatey sadaa/ Ruddhi shoka vishokaaya Pinaakaaya apardiney. Samsaaraaya Namastubhyam Samsaara hetavey/ Mokshaaya Moksharupaaya Moksha Katrey Namo Namah.Samsthitaa.

Shikhiraaya namastubhyam Nilakanthaaya vai Namah/ Artha Naareeshwaraaya Avyataaya Namonamah. Namo Hiranya garbhaaya Adi Devaaya tey namah/ Namostwajaaya Pataey Prajaanaam Vyuha hetavey. Mahadevaaya Devaanaameeshwaraaya Namo namah/ Sharvaaya cha Namastubhyam Satyaaya Shamanaayacha. Veera Raamaati Raamaaya Ramanaathaayatey Vibho/ Namo Raajaadhi Raajaayan Rajnaamadhigataayatey. Kapardiney Namastubhyam Naagaanga abharanaaya cha/ Vrishaarudhaaya Sarvasya hatrey katrey Namonamah. Omkaaraaya Namastubhyam Sarvgnaaya Namo Namah/ Sarvaaya cha Namastubhyam Namo Naraayanaayacha. Brahmaney chaiva Bhutaanaam Sarvjnaaya Namo Namah/ Mahatmaney Namastubhyam Prajnaarupaaya vai Namah. Ekaadasha vibhedaaya Staanavey tey Namah sadaa/ Namah Somaaya Suryaaya Bhavaaya Bhava haariney. Yashaskaraaya Devaaya Shankaraayeshwaraayacha/ Namombikaadhi -pataey Umaayaah pataey Namah. Hiranya baahavey tubhyam Namastey Hema retasey/ Neela keshaaya Vitthaaya Shitikanthaaya vai namah. Saarangaaya Namastubhyam Rajahamsaaya tey namah/ Kanakaangada haaraaya Namah Sarpopavartiney. Chitaey Chiti Rupaaya Smriti rupaaya vai Namah/ Jnaanaaya Jnaana gamyaaya namastey samvidey sadaa. Namah Shrikanthanaathaaya Namo likuchapaanaye/ Bhuvaneshaaya Devaaya Vedashastra namostutey. 16 .Namo Bhagavatey tubhyam Naaaanaam pataye Namah. Namah Paalaadhipataye Paalaahaankrutatey namah/ Namahkeyura bhushhaaya gopatey tey namonamkah.

Hiranyagarbha. Megha. Shankha paala. Urthwa Linga. Vaama. Omkara Swarupa. Garbha Jala. Parameshwara appointed Tri Murtis for their respective responsibilities. Sarvajna. Kamadeva harana. Rishi. Artha Naareshwara. Nilakantha. Vittha or Cash. Yasha. Bharta or the Preserver. Maha Deva. Shrikantha (Vishnu) Natha. Sura. Sarvajna. Sanandana. Himaati Sweta Swarupa. the Bestower of Amritwa. Shiva.Sarpa kundala maalaaya kati sutreekrutaahiney/ Vedagarbhaaya garbhaaya Vishwagarbhaaya tey Shiva! ( My salutations to you Ekakshara Rupa. Antarikshha. Varishtha. Paapa Naashana. Swami. By so saying. Swarna Swarupa. Guhyaati Guhya.Vishnu then asked Brahma to welcome and to pray to Shiva of the Tri Murtis but as Brahma had reservations. Subrahmanya. Parama Shiva! As Vishnu commended Maha Deva. Surya-Agni-Chandra Varna. Shiva Swarupa. Ambika Pati. this was the Ordinance of Parameshwara. Rajo Guna. Trishula Dhaari. Saarasvata. Kankarupa. Bhasma lipta Sharira. Shruti Paada. Moksha Swarupa. Hema Linga. Agni-Chandra-Kaarana Rupa. Saprahaari. Aswarupa. he who is worthy of providing Jnaana to Jnaana itself! Shekhara. Keyuraabharana. while Brahma took up the duty of Creation and Shiva the responsibility of extermination. Sarpa bhushana Sharira. Bipaasha. Suhotra. Jala Samana Vyapaka. Sparsha-Rasa-Gandha Rupa. Shiva Linga. Makara Swarupa. Atman. Brahma addressed all the Devas stating that who so ever recited the above Stuti by Vishnu in favour of Parama Shiva or had it recited by a Veda Vidwan would attain Brahma Loka. the latter said that if Vishnu were the Yoni and Brahma was the Beeja. Deva. Shankha. Vaama Deva. Vishnu Swami. Bhagavan. Ati Vega Shaali. Aakasha Vyaapi. Havishya. Vayu Samaana Vega. Parama Yogi. So saying Parameshwara disappeared and having heard the decree of Parameshwara. Ganaadhipati. Avyakta. Guhya. Sharva. You are Prithvi. Megha Vahana. Ramanatha. Paalanakara Swami. Sweta Sikha. Samsara Bharana. Jala Bhuta. Bhava. Kapardi. Tejaswai. Sundara Mukha. Kankaaya. Tamo Guna. Yajamana Swarupa. Satya. Vishnu cajoled and brought around Brahma by affectionately treating him. Umapati. the Symbol of Vidya. Sthanu .) As Maha Deva was pleased with the Stuti by Vishnu. Ruddhi-Shoka-Vishoka Swarupa. Surya. Saranga. Samsara garbha dhaari. Nandeswara. Narayana. Moksha. Rudra. Ishwara. Sarpakundala maalaa dhara. Shiva appeared in the Padma Kalpa and Vishnu took over the over-all responsibility plus Universal Upkeep.Ananta. As predicted by Parameshwara. Deva. Sanat Kumara. Maha Deva disappeared and for all practical purposes. Shankara. the latter requested to resolve the dispute between him and Brahma about their supremacy as also about the Beginning and End of the Mammoth Shiva Linga. Raja Hamsa. then what role did Shiva had in addition! Vishnu then replied: Don’t you 17 . Veda Garbha. Sarpa Yagnopaveeta dhari. Ishaana. Pinaaki. Rudra Swami. Nilakesha. Rajaadhiraaja. Akaara Swarupa. Smashaana Rupa. Sweta Lohita. Baahu Dharana Sarpa Sutra. the Eyes of Samsaara. Sarva. Yashapradata. Ishana. Atyanta Ghora. Sanaka sanaatana. Durdamana. Soma. Aghora. Bhuvaneshwara. Sweta Varna. Vishwa Rupa. Karta or the Creator. Thus the overall responsibility rested with Vishnu who also specifically took over the charge of Preservation additionally while Brahma was responsible for Creation and Shiva for Termination. Agni Swarupa. Jala Swarupa. Adi Deva. Rudra Rupa. He further said that in the ensuing Padma Kalpa He would appoint Vishnu as the Over all Chief of the Universe as its Creator. Shiva Mantra. Preserver and Terminator but would like to give the responsibility of Creation to Brahma and of terminating to Shiva who too would appear at the beginning of the Padma Kalpain the offing. Vishnu also described about the extensive efforts made by him and Brahma by assuming the Forms of Varaha and Hamsa respectively for over thousand years but to no avail! Mahadeva replied that he was far superior and far beyond to BrahmaVishnu-Ishwara as He was Parameshwara who had no beginning or middle or end. Adi Deva.

Mahatah Paramam Dhaama Shivamadhyaatminaam Param/ Dwividhamchaiva maatmaanam pravibhajya vyaksthitah. Agni.underestimate the magnificence of Shiva! Asmaan Mahattaram Bhutam Guhyama –nnyatra Vidyatey. Pancha Bhutas. Namo Maanyaaya Pujyaaya Sadyojaataaya vai Namah/ Gahwaraaya Ghateshaaya Vyomacheeraambaraaya cha. Pranava. Sumendrayaachaarya mendraaya Dandiney Ruksharetasey/ Namo Jyeshthaaya Sreshthaaya Purvaaya Pramathaayacha. Brahma was astonished. Hiranya garbho Bhagavanstwabhijajney Chaturmukhaha/ (There is no better Entity than Parama Shiva and there is no matter superior than His. humbled and overcome by involuntary emotions of devotion and joined Vishnu Deva in a his Commendation addressed to Maha Deva. The Parama Maha Tatwa is Shiva and the embodiment of Atma Jnaana which again is Paramdhama. Puraa . Antey Varsha sahasrasya Vaayunaa tadhvidha krutam/ Kapaalamekam dyourjajney kapaalamaparam kshitih. Namastey Hyasmadaadeenaam Bhutaanaam Prabhavey Namah/ 18 . Nishkalatra yoga vyaktah Sakalascha Maheswarah/ Yasya Mayaavidhijnasya Agamyagahanasyacha. Chandra. and so on. Hiranmayakupaarey yonyaamandamajaayata/ Shataani dasavarshaanaamangmapsu pratishthitam. He is divided into two parts: one as the Nishkala-Avyakta-Adyanta Rahita and another is Sakala and Saguna Swarupa responsible for yielding Hiranya Brahmanda which floated in Maha Samudra for thousand years and with the interaction of Vayu got broken to two pieces. the Upper Half being the Upper Lokas and the Lower Half as Prithvi with Hiranya Garbha Chaturmkukha inside. Namastubhyam Bhagavatey Suvrataananta tejasey/ Namah Kshetraadhi patey Beejiney Shuliney Namah.prathamamlingodbhavam beejam twaadisargikam/ Mama yonow samaayutam tadbeejam kaalaparyayat. Trigunas. Such is the Glory of Shiva who is Veda Stuti Yogya! Thus Vishnu explained the Parama Tatwa of Mahesha. Nakshatras. Ulbam tasya mahotsedho yosou Kanaka Parvatah/ Tatascha pratisandhyaatmaa Deva Devo Varah Prabhuh.) Vishnu further described that Parameswara created Sunya Akaasha. Surya.

Namah pashunaampataye Govrushendra dhwajaaya cha/ Prajaa -pateenaam pataye Siddhinaam Purushey namah.Vedaanaam Prabhavey chaiva Smruteenaam Prabhavey Namah. Mahoushadheenaam prabhavey Vrukshaanaamprabhavey namah/ Dharma Vrikshaaya Dharmaaya sthitinaam prabhavey namah. Rutunaam prabhavey tubhyam samkhyaayaah prabhavey namah/ Prabhavey paraardhasya Paraartha prabhavey namah. Chaturvidhasya sargasya prabhaveynanta chakshusey/ Kalpodaya nibandhaanaam Vaataanaam prabhavey namah. Namo Dhruva nibaddhaanaamrusheenaam Prabhavey Namah/ Prabhavey Karmadaanaanaam dravyaanaam prabhavey namah. Namah Puraana prabhavey sargaanaam prabhavey namah/ Manvantaraanaam prabhavey Yogasya prabhavey namah. Namo yogasya prabhavey Saamkhyasya prabhavey namah/ Rukshaanaam prabhavey tubhyam grahaanaamprabhavey namah. Kshanaanaam prabhavey chaiva Lavaanaam prabhavey namah/ Ahoraatraardha maasaanaam Maasaanaam prabhavey namah. Vaidyutaashaani meghaanaam garjita prabhavey namah/ Mahodadheenaam prabhavey Dwipaanaam prabhavey namah. 19 . Prabhavecha Paraadhasya parasya prabhavey namah/ Namo rasaanaamprabhavey stanaanaam prabhavey namah. Namo Vrataadhi pataye Vrataanaam prabhavey namah/ Mantraanaam prabhavey tubhyam Mantraadhi pataye namah. Adreenaam prabhavey chaiva Varshaanaam Prabhavey namah/ Namo Nadeenaam prabhavey Nadaanaam prabhavey namah. Pitrunaam pataye chaiva Pashunaam pataye namah/ Vagvrushaaa namastubhyam Puraana Vrishabhaaya cha. Namo Vishwasya prabhavey Brahmaadhipataye namah/ Vidyaanaam prabhavey chaiva Vidyaadhipataye namah.

Pratyudeernaaya Deepataaya Tatwaayaatigunaayacha/ Namah Paashaaya Shastraaya Namastwaabharanaayacha. Garudoraga sarpaanaam pakshinaampataye namah/ Sarva guhya Pishachaanaam Guhyaadhipataye namah. Gokarnaayacha goptrey cha Shankhu karnaaya vai namah/ Varaahaaya prameyaaya Ruksha virajaaya cha. Namo Bandhaaya Mokshaaya Swargaaya Narakaayacha/ Namo Bhavaaya Devaaya Ijjyaaya Yaajakaayacha. Suvarchasecha Veeryaaya Shuraaya hyjitaayacha/ 20 . Deepta shringaika shringaaya Vrishabhaaya kakuthiney/ Namah Sthairyaaya Vapushey tejasaanuvrataayacha.Daityadaanava sandhaanaam rakshasaam pataye namah/ Gandhravaanaam cha pataye Yakshaanaam pataye namah. Hutaaya Upahutaaya Prahutapraashitaaya cha/ Namostwashtaaya Purtaayua Agnishtoma dwijaayacha. Varadaaya Varenyaaya Purushaaya Mahaatmaney/ Namo Bhutaaya Bhavyaaya Mahatey prabhavaayacha. Sadasyaaya Namas chaiva Dakshinaavabhruyaayacha/ Ahimsaayaa pralo –bhaaya Pashu mantroushadhaaya cha. Namostu Lakshmi pataye Shripaaya Kshiti paayacha/ Balaabala samuhaaya Akshobhyakshobanaayacha. Ateetaaya bhavishyaaya Vartamaanaaya vai namah/ Suvarchase cha Veeryaaya Shuraaya hyajitaaya cha. Namo Suraanaam pataye Ganaanaampataye namah/ Ambhasaam pataye chaiva Ojasaam pataye namaha. Janaaa cha namastubhyam tapasey Varadaayacha/ Anavey Mahatey chaiva Namah Sarvagataayacha. Namah Pushtipradaanaaya Susheelaaya Susheeliney/ Ateetyaaya Bhavishyaaya Vartamaanaayatey namah.

Pishitaaya pishangaaya peetaaya cha Nishanginey/ Namstey Sarva Seshaaya Nirvimsheshaaya vai Namah. Namo Bhutaaya Satyaaya Satyaasatyaaya vai namah/ Namo vai Padma varnaaya Mrityughnaaya cha Mrityavey. Vishwaaya Vishwarupaaya Vishwatahj shirasey namah/ Sarvatah paani paadaaya Rudraayaa pratimaayacha. Namo Havyaaya Kavyaaya Havya vaahaaya vai namah/ Namah Siddhaaya Medhyaaya Ishtaayejyaa paraayacha. Namo Gauraaya Shyaamaaya Kadravey Lohitaayacha/ Mahaasandhyaabhra varnaaya Chaaru deeptaaya deekshiney.Varadaaya Varenyaaya Purushaaya Mahaatmaney. Namah Eejyaaya Pujyaaya Upajeevyaayanamah/ Namah Kshemyaaya Vriddhaaya Vatsalaaya namo namah. 21 . Suveeraaya Sughoraaya Akshobhya kshobhanaayacha/ Suprajaaya Sumedhaaya Deeptaaya Bhaskaraayacha. Namo Bhutaaya Bhavyuaaya Mahatey chaabhayaayacha/ Jaraasiddha Namastubhyamayasey Varadaayacha. Vrishtighnaaya Namas chaiva Namah Sowmyekshanaaya cha/ Namo Dhumraaya Swetaaya Krishnaaya Lohitaayacha. Varshatey jwalatey chaiva Vaayavey shishiraaya cha/ Namastey akra keshaaya Uruh Vakshahshikhaaya cha/ Namo Namah Suvarnaaya Tapaneeya nibhaayacha/ Virupaakshaaya Lingaaya Pingalaaya Mahoujasey. Namo Buddhaaya Shuddhhaaya Vistrutaaya mataayacha/ Namah Sthulaaya Sukshmaaya Drushyaa –drushya Sarvashah. Namah Kamala hastaaya digvaasaaya Kapardiney/ Apramaanaaya Sarvaaya Avyayaayamaraaya cha. Adharey Mahatey chaiva Namah Sastu pataayacha/ Namahschandriya patraanaam lelihaanaaya stragviney.

Namo Rupaaya Gandhaaya Shashvataayaakshataayacha/ Purastaad Brahmatey chaiva Vibhraantaaya krutaaya cha. Puraghnaaya Sushastraaya dhanvinetha parashvadhey/ Pusha danta vinaashaaya Bhaga netraantatakaayacha. Kaamadaaya Varishthaaya Kaamaanga dahanaayacha/ Rangey Karaala Vakitraaya Nagendra vadanaaya cha. Jatiney Mundiney chaiva Vyala Yajnopaveetiney/ Namostu Nrityasheelaaya Upanritya priyaayacha. Daityaanaamanta keshaaya Daityaankrada karaayacha/ Himaghmnaaya cha teekshnaaya ardracharma dharaayacha. Smashaana rati nityaaya namostulmukadhaariney/ Namastey praana paalaaya Munjamaalaadharaaya cha/ Graheena shokairvividhair bhutaih parivritaayacha/ Naranaari shariraaya Devyaah Priya karaaya cha. ManyaveyGeeta sheelaaya Munibhirgaayatey namah/ 22 . Anaamayaaya Sarvaaya Maha kaalaaya vai namah/ Pranavapranaveshaaya Bhaganetraantakaayacha. Mriga Vyaadhaaya Dakshaaya Daksha yagnaantakaayacha/ Sarva Bhutaatmabhutaaya Sarvey shaantishayaaya cha. Duragmaaya Meheshaaya Krodhaaya Kapilaaya cha/ Tatkryaatarkya shareeraaya baliney ramhasaayacha. Namah Kshaantaaya Daantaaya Vajrasimhananaayacha/ Rakshoghnaaya Vishaghnaaya Shitikanthordhwa manyavey. Chitraaya Chitra veshaaya Chitra varnaaya medhasey/ Chekitaanaaya tushtaaya Namastey nihitaaya cha. Sikatyaaya Pravaahyaaya shitaaya prasru chaayacha/ Sumedhasey kulaalaaya Namastey shashi khandiney. Lolihaaya krutaantaaya tigmaayudha dharaayacha/ Pramodaaya Sammodaaya yati vedyaaya teynamah.

23 . Aoushnamagnou tathaa shaityamapsu shabdombarey tathaa/ Aksharaantara nishpandaadrunaaneytaan vidurbudhaah. Padma maalaa krutoshneesham Shiro dyouh shobhatedhikam/ Deeptih Surye Vapushchandre sthairyam Shailanileybalam. Valgatey keedatey chava lambodara shaririney/ Namokrutyaaya krutyaaya Mundaaya keekataaya cha. Madhyantariksham vistreenam Taaraagana vibhushitam/ Swaateh patha ivaabhaati Shrimaan haarastavorasi. Loka dhaatri twiyam Bhumih Paadou Sajjana sevitou/ Sarveshaam Siddha yogaanaamadhishtaanam tavodaram.Katankataaya tigmaaya Agnipriyaaya Priyaya cha. Japo japyo Maha Devo Maha Yogo Maheswarah/ Pureshaayo Guhaavaasi khecharo rajaneecharah. Namo Mridaaya shvasatey Dhaavateydhisthitey Namah/ Dyaayatey Jrumbhatey chaiva rudatey dravateynamah.mitaaya cha/ Namo Gunyaaya Guhyaaya Agamyagamanaayacha. Dishou Dashabhujaastubhyam Keyuraangada bhushitaah/ Visteernaparinaahascha Nilaanjanachayopamah. Aprameyaaya goptrey cha deeptaayaa nirgunaayacha/ Vaama priyaya Vaamaaya Chudaamani dharaayacha. Namo Muktaattahaasaaya Kshveditaasphotitaaya cha/ Nardatey kurdatey chaiva Namah Prasuditaatmaney. Vibhishanaaya Bhishmaaya Bhaga Pramathanaaya cha/ Siddhasanghaanu geetaaya Mahaabhaagaaya vai Namah. Kanthastey Shobhatey Shriman Hema sutra vibhushitah/ Damshtaakaraalam Dhurdharshamanoupamyam mukham tathaa. Namastokaaya tanavey gunairapra. Nama Unmattha dehaaya kinkinikaaya vai namah/ Namo Vikruta veshaaya kruraayamarshinaayacha.

Bhagavan! You are the Master of Vidya or Knowledge. Sadyojaata. Guhya. Vrishendra dhwaja. the great Aoushadhis or medicines. the Master of Pitreeshwaras. the ‘Ahoratraas’ or the days and nights. Gotra. Prabho! You are Swami of Jala / Water. you are the Dharma. Viraja. The Topmost Mount of the highest Mountain of Supreme Illumination. Mantra Prabhu. You are the Lord as also of the Swarupa of the endless beings of Srishti like Rivers. Shankuka Karna. Suraganaa etc. You are as miniscule as an atom and as Colossal that is unparalelled! You are the symbol of Bandhana-Moksha or of Freedom from Shackles. Bhagavan. Bodyavyo bodhitaa Netaa Dhurdharsho Dushprakampanah/ Bruhadhratho Bheemakarma Bruhadkirti Dhananjayah. besides being the instruments like Maharshis and Grahas. Jyeshtha. its very existence. the Maasaas or the Months. you are also the Head of Vaaraaha. the Master of Prajaapatis. Pakshis and various other species. You are the Most Ancient Prabhu performing the task of Sarga or Creatin. You are the Yoga Prabhu. Suvrata.Taponidhirguha gurur -nadano Nanda vardhanah/ Haya seersho payodhaataa Vidhaataa Bhurabhavanah. Ruksha. You are also the ‘Bhuta’ or a Being but as the Unique and the Most Notable among the Creations of the Beings. Beeja Swarupa. You are the Suraveera or the Embodiment of Strength and Courage. You are the ‘Paraartha’or the Spiritual Quest. Vishwa Prabhu. You are the ‘Bala’or Physical Strength as also the ‘Abala’ or of Weakness. You are the Swarga and Naraka Swarupa signifying Salvation or Bliss and Punishment and 24 . Gokarna. You are the ‘Ateeta’or Beyond Approach. Shreshtha. You are also the Bhavishya or of the Happenings Ahead in the Future. Manya. the Supreme of Gandharva-Yaksha-Daitya-Danavas. the Master of the Masters of Vidya. Pujya. Gahara. the Ratnaas. Kshetraadhi patey. Brahmadhipati. You are the Master of Yoga and Sankhya which are the significant means of Salvation. Aghasmaronaghah Shuro Devarajotrimardanah/ Twam prasadya puraasmaabhirdwishanto nihataa yudhi. the Pakshaas or the Fortnights. the Rasaas. the Swami of Garuda. Varada or the Bestower of Boons. the Para which is unaffected by Pancha Indriayas. You are the ‘Vartamana’ or of the Present Tense or of the Ongoing Time Frame. the Bhupati or the King. Sarva Praana Swami! My salutations to you to the Prabhu of Vedas and Smritis and all the inputs like money and material required for spiritual deeds. Manvantara Prabhu. Vratadaayika Swami. Shuli. the Rithus or the Seasons like Spring and Autumn. the Word ‘Mahat’ or Magnificence would indeed signify yourself. and its various manifestations. the Sreshtha Purusha or the Most Illustrious and the Best Purusha or Prime Male. the Pashupati. Trees. Ghantaapriyo Dhwaji Chhatri Pinaakini Dhwajanipatih/ Kavachi pattishi khadgi dhanurhastah Paramashvadhi. (Power Essence or Semen present in males and females). Pischacha. Brahmachaarichagaadhascha Brahmanyah sishta pujitah/ Shivonobhava sarvatra yosi sosi Namostutey/ (Hey Ananta Teja. the Swami of ‘Ojas’. Ghatesha. Agnih Sadaarnavaabhastwam pibannaapi na truyasey/ Omkaarah Prasannatmaa kaamadah kaamagah priyah. Sarpa. the Lord of Lakshmi Devi.

‘Kavya’(Sacrifice in favour of Pitras) and Hutavaaha (Agni). Krodhi. yet as a Nirguna or devoid of Characteristics. Brahmana. Adrushya or Unseeable or Imperceptible. recite prayers to Surya-Chandra-Agni and Varuna. Dhuman. Vatsala. your body shines with the unusual illumination of Surya and Chandra.You are Pinakini or the Holder of Bow and Arrow called Pinaka. Bhasma Snaana and Mantra Snaana. or atleast during Shraaddhaas or Yajnas or Avabhruta Snaanaas after the Yajna would qualify for the performance of several Ashwamedha Yagnas and Shiva Loka Prapti. Chitra vesha. the Mantra to be recited would be Gandhaa -dwaaraam dhuraadharshaam nitya pushtaam kareeshineem and so on. Sishta. You Pameswara area an epitome of Great Radiance. Preface to ‘Lingaarchana’. You indeed are of Asankhya Tatwaas or coultless features. Kshemya. Vishwa Rupa. You wear Chudaamani or Crest Jewel. Then clean up the body by downing it in the water body a few times and then change the unclean Vastra to a dry and clean Vastra. Sarvesha! You are Virupaaksha.) Suta Maha Muni informed the Congregation of Munis at Nimisha Forest that whoso ever recites the above Stuti every day. Parama Siva! My Salutations again and again. Chitra Varna. You are Buddhi. Kamala dhaari. Suveera. Pujya. Sweta. the devotee has to first concentrate and keep Shiva in the ‘dhyaana’/sincere and targetted focus and then resort to prayer to Suryan Deva. You are Siddha. Bhuta Bhavana. Varuna Snaana. Anaama or Nameless and Ardra Charma Dhari or Dressed in WetSkin. Mahadeva! You are a Brahmachari. pushpa. Kapardi. Pujya. Prasanna. I bow my head to you Rudra! You are the ‘Havya’(Havana). You do share the Divya Bhogaas yet completely bereft of desires.Retribution! You are the ‘Hutaagni’ or the Fire of ‘Homas’/ Sacred Agni Karyaas and also the Upahuta or the Deputy who assists in performing of the Sacred Deed. and Khadga. You are ‘Vaama’ and Vaamapriya. Sthula / Gross. tila. Padma Varna. the Maharshi stated that once Devi Parvati also enquired of the same and Shiva Himself revealed the Procedure: To start with a devotee of Shiva should purify himself by a ‘Shuddha Snaana’ or a formal bathing and three kinds of Snaana were mentioned viz. Ishta. Vishwa. You are Haya sirsha or of a head like horse. Tarkya (Arguable) and Atarkya. You carry gold chain as Brahma Sutra around the neck and a Lotus circling his head. You are ever resplendent. Chitra. Madhya. 25 . bhasma and kusha and apply ‘Mrittika’ (Earth) or along with water and recite the Mantra :Udgataasi vartaahena and clean up the body parts. Shuddha. With precollected water in a shankha or conchshell or atleast in a bowl of Kushaa. You are Vidhaata. Parameswara! You roam about and even reside in Smashaanaas or burial grounds! You are the Preserver of Praana or Life. Mahesha. You wear garlands of Skulls! You are ‘Ardhanaareswara’ or Demi Male and Demi Female. Ghanta Priya or fond of Bells. Sughora. Vishwata. Vrishti or Abundant. Nilakantha. while applying gobar or cow dung. Drushya or the Visionable. cowdung. Parama Linga. utilise materials like Mrittika. Sarva Karma rata or engaged in any type of deed. Pingala. then perform three ‘Aachamanas’ or sips of spoonful of water while reciting the Mantra: Apavitrah pavitrovaa sarvaavasthaangatopiva. Krodha or Anger and Krodhi or who is angry. Saviroha. Kavacha or 8Shield. Upajeevya. You sport a serpents as a Yagnopaveetas or as Holy Threads around and down his neck on the back and front of his upperbody! You even were a repulsive physique and disgusting profile. Casual or normal Snaana was insignificant and would have no impact whatso ever. Sukshma (Tiny). of Dhwajas or Flags and of Chhatras or Umbrellas. ‘Pancha Yagna’ and ‘Lingaarchana Vidhana’ (Trayambika Mantra explained) As Rishis asked Lomaharshana Maharshi as to the Procedure of Lingaarchana or Worship the Shiva Linga. Vruddha. Kapila.

Thus Homas are an integral part of Rudraabhisheka. Devas are pleased by Agni Homas.Anna’. While Nandi Deva is seated in the vicinity of the Shiva Linga. keep reciting Rudra Gayatri viz. Tamala etc. bandhanaan or overpowered. sprinkle water on the Prokshya-Arghya-Paadya and Achamaneeya Patraas or the vessels with which to perform the Lingaabhisheka. before taking up Sandhyopasana. the Karta of the Abhishekam would concentrate on Parama Shiva with his Physical Splendour akin to Agni Deva. and Pancha Yagnaas. 26 . Jaati Kankola. Pitru Devas are pleased by Shraadhhas and Tarpanaas. is recited while initiating the Abhisheka and performing Dhyana or meditation of Pancha Mukha Shiva. Gayatri Japa.. rice grains. fill up with the ‘Churna’or the powder mix of Karpura (Camphor). He should clean up the area and decorate the surroundings of Shiva Linga with Gandha and Chandana. Pitru Yagna and Brahma Yagna. The Mantra of Rudrena Pavanaanena twaritaakhyena Mantravit etc.Aachamana-Dhyaana is performed. Yajaamahe or we sing your glory. Manushya Yagna. Urvaarookam or deadly diseases or Adhibhoutika-AdhiyatmikaAdhi daivika. Mrutyor -meeksheeya or do deliver us from death. Sugandhim or of fragrance of knowledge. the self-illuminated Para Brahma created Truth that dispelled darkness and further on the Oceans). Tryambakaam or Three Eyes or Three Ambaas of Lakshmi-Gouri-Sarasvati . thus the Snaana. Rutamcha Satyam abheedaat tapasodhyajaayata tato raatrasya jaayataa tat Samudro Arnavaha/ (Even before meditation. the Tri Netra. Maharshi Lomavarshana now described the actual Procedure of Rudraabhisheka as follows: The Brahmana desirous of the Abhisheka should then perform Pranaayama after aligning his physical Limbs with Pranava Swarupa of Pancha Mukha Maha Deva. Om Tatpurushaya Vidhmahe Maha Devavaaya dhimahi tanno Rudra prachodayaat/ also the Panchaakshari Mantra viz. and pour the mixture of water and Bhasma or Sacred Ash -the left over of previous Agni Homas. Pushtivardhanam or may the Creator promote our well-being. Maamrutaat: kindly bestow to us the rejuvenating Amritam or Nectar). apply chandana around the Paadya Patra as Pranava Mantra is recited. eva: types. Urvaarukameva bandhanaat Mrutyormuksheeya Maamrutat/ (OM. Om Namassivaaya/ and perform Anga Nyasa and Karanyasa ie alignment of the Mantras and the Body Parts as also the Mantras and hand fingers aong with the water from the Prokshana or water-sprinkling vessel. and Brahma Yajna is performed by way of ‘Swaadhyaaya’ or Recitation of Vedas and Scriptures.in the Prokshani Patra utilised for scattering water. Thereafter perform ‘Punaraachamana’with the water from the shankha or the bowl made of kusha grass as the case that may be. Bhutaas are pleased by Sacrifice of ‘Bali Vaishvadeva. Manushyas are pleased by Bhojana-Dakshinaas to worthy Brahmanas. This would be followed by initiating ‘ Manasika or ‘Pratyaksha’ Abhisheka of Linga with the Invocation of Trayambika Mantra and its explanation Om Trayambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam. Bhuta Yagna.Yassmaret Pundareekaahsham sa bahyaantaraassuchih/ This would be followed by the Aghamarshana Mantras viz.strengthpresence or of knowing-seeing-and feeling of His deeds. sprinkle the mix of‘Kushaagra’or the top of Kusha grass. The Pancha Yagnas comprise Deva Yagna.

Bruhadrachandra. Vaaruna. select Munis including Sapta Rishis and Maha Yogis were engaged in deep Tapasya along with their wives and children. the middle portion of the stem is stated to embody the Surya Deva while the lowest portion would represent Pavaka Deva. Paativratya. the Nirruti dala as Praakaamya Siddhi. repeat the worship with Gandha-Pushpa-Dhupa-DeepaNaiverdyas as also decorate the Shiva Linga with Mukuta-Chhatra-Bhushana-TamboolaStotra-Japa-Pradakshina and ‘Atmaarpana Yukta Saashtaanga’ or Complete Surrender.the ‘Aabharana Bhushita’ or the Well.[Refer to last Paragraph of the Chapter on Ashtaanga Yoga afore-mentioned]. Skanda and Devi Parvati with fragrant flowers and set these Devatas in different directions around the Shiva Linga. Pancha Brahma Sukta would indeed transport the Vaktaan( Reciters) and the Shrotaas (Listeners) to the heights of Kailasa and demolish the sins of all concerned! After the Abhishekas. carry out Abhishka with Ghee. Group recitations of Namaka-Chamaka Rudras and Mahayaasaas would literally electrify the atmosphere of Devotion. There after. he should execute Abhishka with the water from Golden or Silver or Copper vessels with a variety of ‘Patraas’ or Leaves of Kamala. he was laughing loudly some times and behaving erratically always. and Ishana is seated by reciting Ishaanassarva Vidyaanaam Ishwarassarva Bhutaanaam Brahmaadipatih Brahmanoddhi Patih Brahma Shivomey astu Sadaa Shivom/ Then the devotee should worship Shiva Linga with Paadya-Arghya-Achamanaas. implement formal Snaana with Pancha-Gavya or of Cow’s Five Bye Products. Atharva. Aruna. As the Munis were busy with their meditation and Yagna Karmas. Ratri Sukta. Shata Rudra Shiva. The Karta would propitiate Shiva. Veda Vrata. Hotaara. Shanti Sukta. He would be seated as Sadyojata Shiva with the Mantra of Vaamaa Deva. the Uttara dala embodying the Prapti Siddhi. Nila Rupa. Honey. Kapura. the Paschima dala as Mahima Siddhi. Origin of Shiva Linga and Significance of Aatithya. the Purva dala or of Purva Disha or the Eastern Side would represent Anima Siddhi. the Karta should perform ‘Punaraachamana’. Intonations of various other Mantras and Hymns like Pavamaana. Then Shiva be seated at the Center firmly.Ornamented One and the Sowmya Rupa.The Padma Pushpa’s stem is stated to be the Soma Deva. the wives who were all Maha Pativratas were serving them in their spiritual activities and family chores. Vaamakena. The devotee would arrange a Padma Pushpa before the Linga and visualise each of the ‘dalaas’ of the Lotus as representative of various Siddhis. Pavitra Jala along Pranava Naada. Sugar.The Abhisheka Karta would further execute nyaasa or alignments with his body parts and the accompanying Sadyojaataadi Mantra Recitations. Champaka. as a ‘Digambara’ or naked. Kannera. Skanda. Virupaaksha. clean up the residues of the Abhisheka material on the Linga with a clean cloth and decorate the Linga with flower garlands comprising fresh flowers like Jaati. Shri Sukta.and of Pushpaas. Maha Deva appeared in Daruvana to test the depth of the Rishis and their Tapasya. the Vayavya dala as Ishatwa Siddhi and Agneya dala as Vashitwa Siddhi. Soon he became the talk of Daruvana especially the feminine gender. Purusha Sukta. Chameli. Even the renowned Pativratas of leading 27 . Palasha etc. Bhakti and Bhasma ( ‘Apara Stuti’ of Maha Deva by Saptarshis included) In the secluded and thick Forests of Daruvana. the Dakshina dala as Laghima Siddhi. perform Snaana with Gandha-Chandana. Rudra Gayatri is seated with Aghora Mantra. besides Ganesha. and Kadamba. He assumed the form of a semi-lunatic but of an astonishingly handsome and shapely physique.

Jito vai yastvayaa Mrityur Dharmayairnaikena Suvraha! ( I have come here only to test your Shraddhaa / dedication. As she offered ‘Naivedya’to the Guest. Maha Deva appeared but said that only Devi Parvati could stop the spread of the Fire in the Forest. you have proved that you conquered Dharma Raja!) Having narrated this incident. Just then Sudarshana arrived at the threshold of the house and called for his wife. declared love for him and enquired of his antecedents. They approached Brahma at once and the latter confirmed to the Rishis that the ‘Atithi’ or the Guest was none other than Maha Deva Himself and that they were most unfortunate in not realising the actuality. he said that even by his remote thought he never had the desire for the Brahman’s wife but was only testing them. further they (Sapta Rishis) would be hanging on the Sky along with Nakshatras for ever! Having heard this the Sapta Rishis were shaken up as the forest was gradually getting burnt off and the fire was spreading far and wide. In fact Brahma reprimanded the Rishis as they did not observe one of the fundamental Precepts of Dharma viz. Parama Shiva in disguise who terminated Kama Devata into ashes with his anger by his third eye had kindled passion among the Rishi Patnis including of the Sapta Rishis! Some of the enterprising women entered his ‘Parnashala’.Maharshis. there was no fault of Maha Deva in disguise but instead of respecting the Atithi. That indeed was the Origin of Shiva Linga.The Maharshis reacted sharply against the Stranger as he was ruining their family lives. spontaneously professed attraction and infatuation for the Stranger. they gave him a Shaap! The Maharshis then performed penance and in response to their Tapasya. Dharma Deva himself arrived as an Atithi at the Brahmana’s house and being a true Pativrata. Parma Shiva retaliated that since no fault of his the Maharshis gave the ‘shaap’. Dharma Raja further stated: Mayaa chishaa na Sandehaha Shraddhaam Jnaatumihaagatah. the Atithi replied to Sudarshana that he was about to sleep with the wife of the Brahmana and the latter replied that he would indeed be happy to happy that his wife was ready to offer herself to the Guest! Dharma Raja was taken aback by the Brahmana’s positive reply and appeared before the Brahmana and his wife in his Real Form. by this occurrence. he would not give a return curse but his Linga would get fixed there as also multiply into innumerable forms to burn off the areas of their presence. Devi Parvati when approached by the Maharshis agreed to stop the havoc of Fire keeping in with the safety of the Lokas. as the Maharshis besides Deva-Danava-Gandharva-Daitya-Rakshasa-Yaksha-Naaga-Kinnara and all other manifestions in Srishti especially the Manavas commenced Shiva Linga worship to fulfill their own desires in ‘Iham’ ( Current Life) and ‘Param’ (the Life thereafter)! As the Memorable Happenings at Darukavana were described about the Origin of ShivaLinga pursant to the test of Maharshis by Maha Deva and the significance of Atithi Puja. whether he was ugly. the Brahmani took enormous care to treat the Guest in disguise as per her husband’s instruction and worshipped the Atithi well. that a Grihasti or a Family Man ought to treat Guests as Devatas ( Athithi Devo Bhava)! Brahma narrated to the Maharshis about the legend of a Brahmana Sudarshana who instructed his wife to worship a Guest as Shiva Himself. she readily agreed to fulfil the desire of the Atithi. Suta Maha Muni quoted Mahatma Shailda’s (Nandeswara’s) narration of how Sweta Muni 28 . Dharma Raja demanded the Pativrata’s body as an offering and as per her husband’s instruction again. ignorant or demanding. they all confronted him one day and gave him a ‘Shaap’that since he provoked his wives with his nudity. Brahma addressed the Sapta Rishis that the latter were most unfortunate that Maha Deva himself was their valued Guest and they not only neglected the Guest but insulted him by giving him a Shaap! Actually. let alone the unmarried Kanyas and elderly women. his Linga should be dropped down to the ground. He smiled but would not reply.

Trikonamayi. Na daanena Munishrashtha stapasyaa cha na Vidyayaa. Tayaatanastwaashanta mayaa Giri shaanta abhichakasheeh/ etc. Taamra Mayaa. nor Vidyaa. they approached Mahatma Shailada (Nandi) as to which means of worship could enable the kind of Response that the Shiva Linga bestowed to Sweta Muni with which he argued and came out with flying colours against Kaala Deva himself and even killed him! Would it be the means of Daana. a Bhakta could choose any form and shape of Shiva Lingas as for instance the Suvarnamaya. or Vrata or Yoga! Brahma replied: In Satya Yuga. or Tapa. Kaala Deva asserted that none whosoever might try to escape death proved to be failures despite the backing of Tri Murtis and the singular and unequivocal embrace of death was something inevitable. Kaala laughed away. but only Bhakti that Sweta Muni which he had in abundance . in Treta Yuga it was through yagnas. the means were trough ‘Kaalaagni’. and in Dwapara Yuga.attained Mrityunjayatwa. Yajneyr homairvratair vratair Vedair yogair shastrairnirodhanaih/ Prasaadenaiva sa Bhaktih Shivo Parama kaariney! ( It is neither daanas. heckled the Shiva Linga saying that it was a mere Stone and would not respond the misplaced prayers by the Sweta Muni and extended his ‘Yama Pasha’ or the noose of the death’s rope to the Muni while a Tri Mukha Swarupa of Parama Shiva along with Ambaa-Ganapati-Nandi faced Kaala Deva right in the latter’s face and Kaala got confused. sprang back and was exterminated! The Brahmana too was puzzled at the instant appearance of Maha Deva and was blessed to get absorbed in the Shiva Linga. Vartulaakaara and so on. or Yagna. Rajatamaya. Sphatikamaya.What is significant however is that the Sthapana or Setting up ought to be with ‘Beeja Mantras’ and daily Abhishekas and worship for the best results. Shilamaya.VedasYoga and Shastras. Sweta Muni kept on arguing that he had his unequivocal support of Mahadeva whithout whose instructions even a blade of grass woud not be destroyed and in his own case he had total faith on Shiva who had always been responding to his prayers of indefatigable faith and trust in Him. Uravaaruka miva bandhanan mrutyormukshiya maamrutaat/ Notwithstanding the continuous and hearty Salutations. but in Kaliyuga the Sure route was Bhakti alone.) Thus the Brahmanas and Rishis underlined the single factor of Bhakti which bestowed to a human being the power of victory against Mrityu! Given such Bhakti. each with appopriate Kalashaas. As the Rishis at Darukaavana were taken aback at the swift happenings that the highly dedicated Sweta Muni faced in response to the challenge of Kaala Deva. the Time of Deliverance was up to Sweta Muni and Kaala Dharma Raja appeared while the Muni intensified the prayers to Shiva. Chaturmayi. Dhyana29 . The Muni was also in the habit of reciting : Trayambakam yajaamahey Sugandhim Pushti vardhanam. and not Vratas. The Muni was stickler of ‘Rudraadhyayana’and an unparalleled Shiva Bhakta engaged in continuous recitation of Rudraashtakam: Om namastey Rudra manyava utota ivave namah Baahubhyaamuta tey namah/ Om ya tey Rudra Shivaa tanuraghoraa paapakashinee. nor Tapasya. nor Yajnas and Homas. the means of Shiva Tatwa in Satya Yuga was of Yoga.

Veerya.ranushtitam. Tatsarvam Bhagavaaneva kurutey Yogamaayayaa/ (Devesha! Kindly excuse our blunders perpetrated out of ignorance by way of our thought. Manmatha samhaara. Ganapati. peace of mind. Paasi imsicha bhadrantey praseeda bagavamstatah/ Ajnaanaadyadi Vijnaanaadyaadyanti kinchit kurutey Narah. Stuvantitwaam Mahatmaney Deva Devam Maheswaram/ Namo Bhavaaya Bhavyaaya Bhaavanaayod -bhavaayacha. Tri Netra. Trishula dhaari. Ananta Bala. Bhuta Bhavyam Bhavishyam cha Sthaaavaram jangamam cha yat/ Tava dehaasamutpannam Deva Sarvaidam Jagat.Paasha Hasta and Veda Mantra Pradhana ! You are Hundred Tongued. Shankara. the Symbol of the Present. Vyaya. Avyaya. Our sincere salutations to you Bhava Rupa. and Shiva Prapti. Danda hasta. Sarva Samahara. Bhutapati. Little did we know of your background which even Brahma and others could comprehend. Bhavya Rupa. Karmanaa Manasaa Vaachaa tat Sarvam kshantumarhasi/ Vishweswara Maha Deva yosi sosi Namostutey. Gangaadhari. Paramatma. Adharara. Gangaasalila dhaaraaya Adhaaraaya Gunatmaney/ Triayambikaaya Trinetraaya Trishulavara dhaariney. Vrishaarudha. Gunaatmika. Kandarpaaya Hutaashaaya Namostu Paramatmaney/ Shankaraaya Vrishaamakaaya Ganaanaam pataye Namah. Ananta Bala Viryaaya Bhutaanaam Patayenamah/ Samhatrecha Pishangaaya Avyayaaya Vyayaayacha. Kaala. Bhavanodbhava. Munis at Darukavana made the following Stuti seeking pardon for the mindless and harsh action in giving ‘Shaap’ to Mahadeva resulting in the dropping of Shiva Linga: Ajnaanaaddeva Devesha yadasmaabhi. Those Bhaktas who would perform such unfailing worship along with their families are blessed with fulfilment. speech and deed.Avaahana-Aasana-Padya-Arghya-AchamaneeyaPanchaamrita Snaana-Shuddhodaka SnaanaVastra-Yagnopavita-Gandha-Pushpa-Dhupa-Deepa-Naivedya-Taambula-PradakshinaKshama-Namaskara etc should be a daily course of worship. Agni Swarupa. Dandahastaaya Kaalaaya Paasha hastaaya vai namah/ Veda Mantra pradhaanaaya Shata jihvaaya vai namah. Triabaka. the Form of all Movable and Immovable Beings in the Universe. Past and Future. the Creator of the World from your Physique! Do kindly pardon our thoughtlessness and impudence as we were guided by the play of Yogamaya!) 30 .

Maha Deva granted ‘Divya drishti’ or Celestial Vision to them so that they could guess the silhouettes or outlines of the Magnificence of what Maha Deva was all about and with the aid of this Vision. Shulapaani. yatadicchaamahe bodhum praseeda Parameswara/ Mahaasamharaney praaoptey twadaa Deva krutaatmanaa. Yaani chaanyaani bhutaani sthavaraani charaanicha/ Antah gantum na shaktaah sma Devadeva Namostutey/ ( Our sincere obeisances toYou Digambara. Twam Brahmaa Sarva Devaanaam Rudraanaam Nilalohitah/ Atmaacha Sarva Bhutaanaam Saankhyaih Purusha ucchatey. Rudra and 31 . Kruaanta. Nityam Nilashikhandaaya Shrikanthaaya Namonamah/ Nilakanthaaya Dehaaya Chitaabhasmaanga dhaariney. Bhayamukha. Karm lalaatey Samvidhya Vahni rupaaditastavyaa/ Tenaagriney tadaa Lokaa Archirbhih sarvato vruttaah. Karaala. Vishwarupa. Parvataanaam Mahamerur. Graamyaanaamrushabhas chaapi Bhagavaanloka Pujitah/ Sarvathaa vartamaanopi yoyo Bhaavo Bhavishyati. the Maharshis got into raptures and broke down in spontaneous Apara Stuti as follows: Namo Digvaasasey Nityam Krutaantaaya Trishuliney.Nakshatraanaam cha Chandramaam/ Rusheenaamcha Vasishthatwam Devaanam Vaasavas. Prabhu. Tasmaadagni samaahyotey bahavo vikruta -agnayah/ Kaamah Krodhascha Lobhascha Moho dambha upadravah.tathaa. You are Arupa yet Sundara Rupa. Twaameva thatr prashamo Brahmanaa tathitam tathaa/ Kaamah krodhasccha lobhascha vishaado Mada yeva cha.Pleased and convinced by the remorseful prayers of the Maharshis. Omkaara Sarva Devaanaam Sreshtham Saamacha Saamasu/ Aaranyaanaam Pashunaamcha Simhatwam Parameswarah. Vikata. Nitya. Vikataaya Karaalaaya Karaala vadanaayacha/ Arupaaya Surupaaya Vishwarupaaya tey namah. Katankataaya Rudraaya Swaahaakaaraaya vai namah/ Sarvapranata dehaaya swayam cha Pranataatmaney.

You and your Linga Swarupa are worshipped the World over.Swaahaakaara. Kama-Krodha. Bhasmanaa mama veeryena muchyatey Sarva kilbishey/ Bhaasatey –tyeva yadbhasma shubham bhaavayatey cha yat. Lion among the Animals and bull among native animals. We will indeed obey and comply with your instructions.Lobha-Moha-Mada and Matsaraas or Lust-AngerGreed-Attachment-Pride and Envy. Omkaara among Vedas. the burning of ‘Sthavara Jangamaas’ by Fire would result in Ash: Bhasmattadvihitam Sarvam Pavitramidamuttamam. and to that Supreme ‘Kaalaagni’ Swarupa that we all pray and pay homage to. then none should mistake him for his Vaachaka-Manasika-Shaariraka meditation. Also may the Agni Swarupa of that Shivatwa devastates the Univerese including the Sttaavara-Jagamaas.paapaanaam bhasmeyti parikeertitam/ Ushmapaah Pitaro Jneyaa Devaa vai Somasambhavaah. Maheswara. we failed to recognise due to our ignorance and lack of wisdom!) Maha Deva no doubt was satisfied with the Paraa Stuti but admonished the Maharshis not to be flippant in their assessment of ‘Yatis’ or Yogis in which ever form or Rupa they might be. Chandra among the Stars. a Parama Yogi might be laughing away in a boisterous manner if he is enjoying ‘Paramaananda’ or bliss. 32 . Significance of Bhasma: Bhagavan Shiva further analysed the significance of Bhasma which was product of Agni Karyaas like daily homas and Yagnas. Vasishtha among the Maharshis. Parama Shiva! At the time of the Pralaya or the Great Destruction. We are regretful that among crores of humanity. the Nitya. Nila Shikhinda. Indra Deva among the Devatas. you are of Agni Swarupa and as Agni assumes flagrant form converts the whole world into ‘Bhasma’ or ashes and with that Bhasma. Our venerations to you Mahadeva! As you are devoid of the ‘Shatvargas’or the Six Enemies of humanity viz. He said that the entire Srishti happened to be of Stree Linga or Pumlinga and one should not rush to misinterpretations or wrong conclusions about any person as the Maharshis did in His case! A Brahmavadi might be a naked person. Nilakantha. he might be overjoyed as he could be engrossed in Parma Tatwa by way of Manasika Puja or Maha Dhyana and making Maha Mudras. Agnishomaatmakam Sarvam Jagarsthaavara jangamam/ Ahamagnirmahaa tejaah Somaschaishaa Mahaambikaa. Sarvaanga Bhasma Rupa and Nilalohita. This was how Shiva guided never to mistake Maya for Satya or Illusions for realities. do protect us from that Kaalaagni. besides Vishada or Grief. You are the Meru among the Mountains. you are applauded as the Embodiment of Shankya Shastra. Bhagavan! do indicate to us the various Forms as at Present and indicated by Brahma. this should not be misunderstood as a sign of lunacy or arrogance. a Brahmavadi might be a ‘Nitya Dhyaana Parayana’ or engrossed in meditation and might be least-communicative. Your Physique is respectfully prayed to by one and all and you are the Soul of Sarva Praanis. Bhasmaanaa Veeryamaasyaaya Bhutaani parishanchati/ Agnikaaryam cha yah krutwaa karishyati triyaayusham. Bhakshanaat Sarva . or ash-smeared or even as a child! His nakedness should not be misinterpreted to attract women! He might have smeared ‘Bhasma’ to destroy his sins.

if that person performs Shiva Worship at Smashaana or burial grounds along with the observance of the above deeds viz. Even now all Beings including Devas. Moha (Attachment). Munis and human beings are born naked since no person could become Jitendriya. since features like Kshama (Forgiveness). This ‘bhasita’ or the radiant product emerges from Shiva’s Body and is responsible for the Bhakshana of Mahaa Paapaas and hence it is called Bhasma. Mahadeva futher explained that the word ‘Ushmapa’ or hot and burnt material is ‘Pitreeshwar’ or the material consumed by the Lord of Pitraas. Application of Bhasma after Snaana and Shiva Dhyaana three times a day would fetch ’Gaanapatya’. Agni is of Soma Swarupa. Purvam Pashupatim hyetannirmitam tadanuttamam/ (Uttama Bhasma is produced by the scorching of the wood of trees and other materials of Nature. Maha Deva further stated that He had originally scripted Srishti without Lajja (Shame). criticism. then thousands of ‘Akaryas’ or misdeeds get destroyed like Agni burns off immoralities and turpitude. Shiva is Purusha and Ambika is Prakruti. Pavitra Snaana-Bhasmaalankarana-Shiva Dhyana and worship thrice daily would secure Ashta Siddhis of Anima-Garima. Thus any mocking. Performance of Kamika Vrata and Pashupata Vrata before Shiva Linga without the impact of Shadvagraas. he carried his virility to human beings. any person taking a bath and applies Bhasma is stated to be eligible for performing the Sacred Paashupata Vrata Kapila Yoga and is assured of Bandha vimochana or the shackles of Samsara to Shiva Loka. while their curses against Shiva proved to be boons to the Universe since Shiva Lingas were manifested for promoting Bhakti in the Trilokas as sure means of Shiva Prapti. Muni Dadhichi proves superiority of Shiva Shakti to King Kshupa 33 . Vairagya or Other-Worldliness constitute the most superior Vastras. Rajo-Tamogunaas and perfect equanimity besides the prerequisites of SnaanaBhasma-Dhyana. Shiva is Agni and Soma rupi is Devi Ambika. Vasitya etc. Swarveeryam vapushaa chaiva dhaarameeti vai sthitaya/ Tadaaprabhruti lokeshu rakshaarthamashubheshyucha/ Bhasmaanaa kriyatey raksha sutikaanaam gruheshucha/ Bhasmasnaana vishuddhaatmaa Jita Krodho Jitendriyah. protests and curses against Mahatmas and Siddhhas caused by Ahamkara (Ego) and Ignorance would tantamount to ‘Maha Paapaas’ attracting the wrath of Maha Deva even against Saptarshis who were cursed back by him. If a person resorts to Bhasma Snaana and performs Shiva Dhyaana. This is the reason why Bhasma is called Shiva’s veerya as his Veerya is generated from Shiva’s body. Dhairya (Courage). while Devataas consume Amrita or Soma Rasa. Thus Bhasma destroys Evil and Inauspiciousness / ‘Ashubha’ anywhere especially in households.Ahamagnischa Somascha Praktrutyaa Purushah Swayam/ Tasmaadbhasmam Mahaa Bhaagaa madveeryamiti chochyatey. Matsameepam Samaagamya na bhuyo vinivartatey/ Vratam Pashupata yogam kapilam chaiva nirmitam. Ahimsa or Non-Violence.Puja-Naivedyas etc. would qualify Kalpaanta Rudra Prapti. Shiva stated that by way of Bhasma. Bhaya (Fear) and such aberrations. Bhasma generated by Agni Karyaas while reciting the Mantras like ‘Triyaamshu’ is basically is the bye-product of Shiva’s ‘veerya’ and demolishes all kinds of Sins.

As Dadhici accomplished indestructibility of his bones thanks to his exemplary devotion to Parama Shiva. Indrayeshu Tathaanyashu Deveshu cha Ganeshucha/ Pushpeshu Gandhavat sukshmah Sugandhih Parameshwarah. The growth and significance of the Tatwas as displayed among Munis. in fact his backbone turned so invincible that at a later date.Three Bhutas and Three Vedas are enriched by Maha Deva’s Sugandhi and Pushti or fragrance and vigour. Kubera and Yama and Soma and Kingship had the last ‘say’ in goverenance. drank the ‘Abhimantrita Jala’ or the Sacred water that absorbed the Mantra day and night and was engaged in ‘Shivaaraadhana’ or Worship to Shiva for long. Dadhichi was enraged and did the indiscretion of hitting the King on his head by his left fist. Dadhichi secured a backbone far harder in several multiples than the Vajra with which King Khsupa nearly killed Dadhichi. Trigunaas. the King retaliated and hit Dadhichi by his ‘Vajra’and Dadhichi fell down badly hurt and was almost dead. Then Guru Shukracharya imparted the Sanjeevani Maha Mantra to Dadhichi Maha Muni. The King argued that the ‘Ashtadikpalakaas’ or the Rulers viz. Indra. Trimandalasya pitaram Trigunaysya Maheswaram/ Tritatwasya Trivahnescha Tridhaabhutasya Sarvatah. the Three Tatwaas.Brahma’s son King Kshupa and Maha Muni Dadhichi the son of Maharshi Chyavana were good friends but got entangled in an argument whether Kshatriyas were superior to Brahmanas. It is through ‘Satya’ or its broad sense of Virtue alone that the various ‘bandhanas’ or fetters could be terminated and Moksha is achieved). Varuna. Vaayu. Devis in the Rupas of Prakriti emerge from Maha Deva only. he preached the unique Sanjivini Vidya to Dadhichi and highlighted the significance of the Maha Mantra as follows: Triabmakam yajemahey Trilokya Pitaram Prabhum. the essence of fragrance among flowers is Maha Deva Himself and the unique Shakti or Power too is of Maha Deva. the extraordinary radiance and high heat of Three Kinds of Agnis too is created by Maha Deva. Sukracharya commended Dadhichi to fully surrender to Maha Deva and engage himself with relentelss Tapasya to conquer Mrityu. Then. Brahma and Vishnu are also originated from Maha Deva. Tridevasya Mahadevam sugandhim pustivardhanam/ Sarva bhuteshu Sarvatra Triguney Prakrutou tathaa. Three Agnis. the Guru utilised the Vidya which was bestowed to him by Maha Deva by pleasing him for thousand years of rigorous of Tapasya. Agni. Indra. the Pushti and Sugandha enjoyed by Sarva Bhutas or Beings. in course of time. Devas. Nirruti. Pushtischa Prakrutir yasmaat purushasya Dwijottama/ Satyenaanena Muksheeyaanmrityu paashaadbhava swayam/ (I pray to Triambaka who is the Swami of Trilokas. the latter performed Japa and Homa. the Muni retaliated King Kshupa and hit him hard when the latter remembered 34 . the dying Muni remembered Maharshi Sukracharya the Danava Guru who appeared and entered Dadhichi’s body and administerd Sanjeevani Vidya . Indra appealed to the Muni at the instance of Vishnu to sacrifice it by way of a yogic self-termination so that the backbone was materialised as the famed ‘Vajrayudha’ of Indra in the context of Vritrasura’s killing and the Maha Muni acquiesced for the great cause of ‘Loka Kalyana’ or for Universal Benefit and gave away voluntarily.

he recognised Vishnu and a smiling Vishnu complimented the Muni and stated that since the Muni was a Shiva Bhakta he should be afraid of nothing including Vishnu. everybody including Brahma and Devas. Indra Deva expressed his inability and said: Na durlabho Mrityuheenastwa Putro hyayonijah. and got ready to fight. Those who hear or recite the happenings between King Kshupa and Muni Dadhichi and the magnificence of Maha Deva would never have fear of death and attain Brahmaloka after a contented and successful life! Birth of Nandeswara and his puja Suta Maha Muni narrated the birth. Praseeda Devadevesha praseeda Parameswara/ Praseedatwam Jagannaatha shranyam sharanam tatah. let alone the King Kshupa followed him and paid respects to him and that Place came to be famed as Sthaaneshwara there after. Vaikuntham Shourey Sarvajna Vaasudeva Mahaa bhujah/ Sankarshana Mahaa Bhaaga Pradyumna Purushottama Aniruddha Mahaa Vishno Sadaa Vishno Namostutey! As Bhagavan appeared before the King who was a life -long Bhakta of his. As Dadhichi said so. Rudra Deva would teach a lesson to all including Vishnu! As the Maharshi said this and returned to his ‘Ashram’. Vishnu grew angry with the brazen and bold behaviour of the Muni. Maharshi Shilada then performed severe Tapasya for thousands of years and 35 . Vishnu assumed the form of a Brahmana and sought a boon from Dadhichi. the King narrated the entire background as to how he was insulted and humbled and requested Vishnu that Dadhichi the invincible due to his devotion to Shiva had turned arrogant and hence must be taught a lesson. As Dadhichi had the powers of recognition. Dadhichi joked that Shiva gifted the Chakra and thus would not hurt a Shiva Bhakta and similarly Brahmastra would not work anyway. As Dadhichi asserted so and even belittlled Vishnu. as Vishnu readied to instruct his Sudashana Chakra. Dadhichi shouted on Vishnu. Mayaa cha Vishnunaa chaiva Brahmanaa cha Mahatmanaa/ ( It is not possible for Brahma or Vishnu to grant a son who would be unborn to a woman and would not die). crores of Devas and of Munis.Vishnu and prayed to him very sincerely: Mahadeva Jagannadha Pitamaha Jagadguro. As a final resort Vishnu spread his Maya and created crores of his own Swarupas. Vishnu got furious and tried various other Astra-Shastras but Dadhichi used Kusha grass tops and the Vishnu’s Astras proved ineffective. Maharshi Shilada approached Indra Deva to bless him to a highly renowned and virtuous son who would be ‘ Ayonijam’ and ‘Mrityuheenam’ or unborn to a woman and deathless. the Shiva Bhakta.account of Nandeswara to the Rishis at Naimisha Forest. Those who achieve this Kshetra would indeed attain Shiva Saayujya. ‘Lord! Please do not utilise your old tricks of Vishnu Maya on me but instead look at me as Parama Shiva in whose body you could vision every body including yourself and the entire ‘Brahmanda’. Devatas got frightened and flew away and Vishnu became still and motionless! Dadhichi then cursed Devas for their deeds against him and forewarned them that at the time of Daksha Yagna in the future.

He said that actually he sent messengers that Nandi’s life was almost over since his human birth would anyway be of Tapatrayas and hence he was terminating the Manava Janma to bestow Everlasting Life. Shailada Muni commended Maha Deva as well as Nandeswara and expressed his total satisfaction and gratitude. Thereafter Nandeswara familiarised with his mother Devi Girija and also the Ganaas. Bhadra and others rendered ‘Stutis’ to Nandi. Jambunada or Panchanada and Vishwakarma gifted a Golden Mukuta or Headgear and Kundalaas or Ear Rings. Ayur Veda and MantraVidyas. Vasus. Satyalokascha Pataalam Narakaarnavakotayah/ 36 . Apsaraas danced and Gandharvaas sang tuneful hymns in praise of Shiva and Nandi. whom he was empowered as their Chief. Brahma. Devas headed by Indra. Chatushashti Kaalas. besides Dhanur Vidya. Dikpalakas. even as Shilada was engaged in Tapasya. Shachi. Nandeswara should be propitiated without fail. Devi Parvati endeared the son who prostrated before her with veneration.his body got degenerated to such an extent that it became a skeleton full of worms. Ashrama Dharmas and so on. Jyeshtha. The Place where the human form of Nandi’s ‘Jatajuta’ fell on Earth was materialised into a Sacred River called Jatodaka and Nandi’s new Form was of a ‘Vrishabha’. assured him not to get disturbed from what was stated by his Guru. fondled Nandi. Aditi. Shastras and other Scriptures. the Guru then blurted at that time of Nandi ‘s exit from Ashram that doubteless Bala Nandi displayed extra-ordinary brilliance as a fulfedged Scholar and accomplishment but was shortlived! Shilada fainted at this disclosure for long and after regaining normalcy took to extreme Tapasya again to Maha Deva. Chaturbhjas and as Jataa mukuta and Vajra-Sarpa dhaari when Devatas rained fragrant flowers. Diti. Maha Deva touched Nandi so that his physical body would fall down with his Jataa Mukuta etc and secure a permanent Rudra Rupa. besides Yaksha-Gandharva-Muni and Yogi ganaas were all invited to a huge event where Nandeswara’s unique name was fame were known all over. Parama Shiva granted a boon to Nandeswara that He would be in the ‘Sannithi’ (Presence) of Shiva always and any kind of worship to himself would be incomplete without any Service to Nandi ! Even great sins of the magnitude of Brahma hatya could be nullified by Shiva Puja but at first. Aadow kuryaanamaskaaram tadantey Shivataam Vrajet/ Shiva’s Samishthi Swarupa (An Integrated Portrait of Maha Deva) Bhurbhubhuvah swarmahaschaiva Janah Saakshaattapastathaa. by so saying. Pitaa bhavisyaasi mama Pitrurvey Jagataam Muney/ (I shall grant you a son with the name of Nandi and he would be my son and would be popular like wise). Shiva appreared. As Nandeswara was taken into the ‘Parnashala’ or thached home of Shailada. Parama Shiva himself performed ‘Abhisheka’ on the new Form of Nandi and that Place came to be called Vrishadhwani. Mitravaruna was very proud of the student and so was Muni Shilada. Finally. Maha Deva granted his vision and Shilada’s wish: Tawa Putro bhavishyaami Nandi naamnaa twayonijah. Then Nandi was born at Yagna Bhumi with the features of Maha Deva himself with Trinetras. Nandi assumed a human Rupa instead of Deva Swarupa. Nanda. Maharshis. Vishnu . performed the child’s Jaata Karma and other Vedic Tasks and on the son’s attaining seven years performed his Yagnopaveeta dharana and ‘Upaasana’ of Gayatri and tendered him to the Ashram of Maharshi Mitraavaruna. The Guru taught Veda Vidya. where ever Maha Deva was known and indeed Maha Deva was acclaimed as the Supreme Lord of the Universe. Maha Deva declared to the Tri Lokas that Nandeswara was the son of Shiva and Parvati. Shailada Muni was overjoyed. Rudras and Indra prayed respectfully and Devis like Lakshmi.

Let there be awareness that Paramatma alone would be able to decide about the status of the Universe ! Also. Sapta Parvatas viz. Kusha. Indra. Kaalamaana (Concept of Time). Parama Shiva’s Samishthi Swarupa also outshines the best of Creations like Surya among Nava Grahas / the Nine Planets. Vajapeya and Goshava. Virupaaksha. Pinaki. Himalaya. Swarochisha. Nagas. Daksha as the most significant Prajapatis. Ksheera and Swada. Uma Devi as the Prime Shakti of Women. Rudra as the Pati of Pashus. Shaalmali. Nilalohita as the Principal of Rudras. Pipul or Bo Tree (Ficus Reloijosa) 37 . Amshuman and Vishnu. Chaturvarnas. the Eight Lokapaalakaas viz. Sanandana. Ganga as the Paramount of Rivers. Yagnas and Yagaas. Apsaraas. Yama. Chakshusa. Raivata. Atiratra.Taarakaagraha Somaarko Dhruvah Saptarshyastathaa. Jayanta. Ganesha as the Controller of Vighnaas or obstructions and disablements. Sapta Rishis (Marichi. Pulaha. indeed the Sarvaatma. Kalpa Grandha. Prajapatis. and Daksha-Brahma-Rudra-Dharma Savarnis). Chandas Shastra. Vyakarana. Krouncha. Arishadvargas of Kama-Krodha-Lobha-Mohaa-Mada and Matsaraas. Pluksha. Na vijaananti Samoodhaa Maayayaa tasya mohitaah/ Tasya Devasya Rudrasya Shariram vai Jagatrayam. Paataala. Saavitra. Gandharvas. Kailasa. Bahurupa. the Sapta Samudras of Kshara. Ikshu. Sapta Rishi Lokaas and so on is all integrated in the Composite Form of Sada Shiva). Nirruti. Udyachala. Nandi as the Commander of Shiva Ganaas. Danavas. Varuna as the best of Jalaas or Waters. Ananta Shesha at the root of Meru. the Fourteen Manusviz. Aptoryama. Countless Narakas.. Agni.and Vasishtha). and so on. Nirukta. Dwadasha Adityas viz. King Prahlada as the Chief of Daitya-Danavas. Jana.Surya lokas. Suvela and Gandhamaadana. Daityas. Narada. the Sapta Dwipas of Jambu. Chamunda as the Best of Matrikas. Sanaka. Tasmaat pranaamya tam Vakshey Jagataam nirnayam Shubham/ (The totality of Bhur. Varuna. Swayambhu. Shat-Vedangas viz Siksha including Sangeeta and Nyaya. Pusha. Swarani. Chaturaashramaas. Mitra. Ghrita. Nakshatras. Mahatma. Indra as the King of Devaas. Raivata. Bhuva. Twashta. Abhirbudhnya. Sura. Tapa. Maha Deva and Maheswara is far from being discerned and legible to the common ignoramus let alone Maharshis. Dhruva. Parvati as the Chief of Himalaya and other Mountains. Nava Grahas. Dasa Dishas. Chatur Vedas . let it be known that Shiva denotes the Sapta Pataalas of Atala-Vitala-Sutala-Talaatala-Mahatala-Rasaatala and Patalas. This basic truth is not comprehended by ignorant persons and display of Maya or Illusion. Hara. Triambika. Purushi. Atri. Ashtaadasha Puranas. Maha. Paavaka as the best of Vasu -ganaas. Ukta. Yajshas and Rakshasaas. Dhata. Sanaatana and Sanat Kumara brothers. Pulastya. Sumeru. Tamasa.Aryama. Vayu and Ishana. Arnavaas / Seas. Shaaka and Pushkara. Samishthirupah Sarvaatmaa Samshitah Savadaa Shivah/ Sarvaatmaanam Mahaatmaanam Mahaa Devam Maheswaram. Veerabhadra as the Ruler of Veera Purushas. Bhava. Agnishtoma. Vivaswan. Chatusshasthi Kalas. Malaya. Kinnaras. Chandra. Indra. Kratu. Savita. Vishnu as the Swami of the ‘Dwadasa Adityaas’. Angirasa. Naraka. Agastyachala. Kubera as the Best of ‘Dhanas’or Wealths. Ekadasa Rudras (Ajaikapaada. Satya. Vaimaanikaastathaaney cha tishthantasya prasaadatah/ Anena Nirmitaastwevam tadaatmaano Dwijarshabhaah. Sarasvati as the Queen of Vanis. Agni Homas like Shodasi. Chandra as the Lord of Nakshatras / Stars and of Auoshadhis. Swaha. and Devas. Dadhi. Uttama. Jyotisha including Jataka Skandha. and Aparajita). Vaivaswata. Nirruti as the Head of Rakshasaas.

Vaasuki as the King of Nagas. a Rakshasa named Rudhira killed and ate up Shakti and his brothers. Parashara materialised a Mrittka Linga and started worshipping the Shiva Linga by way of Shiva Sukta. apparently instigated by Vishwamitra Muni. he recited Shiva Sankalpa with unique sincerity: Yenedam bhutam Bhuvanam Bhavishyat parigriheetamamrutena sarvam. his mother and by himself. There was an ‘Akasha Vani’ saying that a Child of Vishnu’s Amsha would be born and the Muni and family should observe restraint. the three sons of the latter viz. and Traimbika Sukta. Arundhati. she replied that a Rakshasa killed them. In course of time. Khseera Sagara as the Leader of Samudras of Seas. while Vishnu from the sky confirmed to Vasishtha that indeed he would emerge then just as Aditi gave birth to Vishnu. Yaparaat parato dheesamtanmey Manassivasankalpamastu/ and so on. he would like to make a firm resolve or Shiva Sankalpa that he would most certainly please Rudra and show his dead father and brothers. the Voice further stated that the new born would become an illustrious devotee of Rudra. ‘Shiva Samkalpamastu’ : Maharshi Parashara’s Rudrarchana and glory to his Vamsha Vasishtha Muni and his spouse Arundhati had a son named Shakti. Shakti’s wife gave birth to Parashara the grandson of the happy coulple of Vasishtha.Chief of Deva Sena. Lion as the Leader of Amimals. his father Shakti said that whatever ‘Shrutis’ were expected by a son to the parents and the total Vamsha was fulfilled even Parasara of Vishnu Amsha was hardly born and hoped that his next generation too would bring long reputation as illustrious progeny. Having blessed Parashara. Maha Deva exterminates ‘Tri-Purasuras’ As Skanda Deva killed Tarakasura. As the Muni was engaged in a Yagna Kaarya by King Kalmashaapada. Vrishabha as the best of the Species of Cows. Vidyadhara as the King of Gandharvas and Chitraradha as the Head of Kinnaras. and so on. The new-born Parashara enquired his mother as to where was his father and brothers.Vasihtha and Arundhati were so much grieved that they decided to jump down from a mountain top. She the became ‘Adryushya Devi’ or Invisible woman. Their daughter-in-law who was shattered too begged of Vasishha and Arundhati not to do so as she was in advanced stage of pregnancy and would be helpless. Devi Parvati was so impressed that she prevailed on Shiva to grant a darshan as also his wish. Meanwhile. Ucchaaishrava as the Leader of Horses. Immediately. Yena Yajnastraayatey bSapra hotaanmanassiva Sanlalpamastu/ Yena karmaani pracharanti Dheeraa yato Vaachaa Manasaa chaaruyanti. the daughter-in-law requested the inlaws to take care of her body as very soon the child would be born. It was then Parashara resolved that since the entire Universe belonged to Rudra. At this heart-rending news. Guha Swami as the Commander-in. Maha Deva and Nandi gave their appearances. Yat sammitam Manassancharanti Praaninastanmey Manassiva sankalpamastu/----Paraatparatama Brahma tatparaat parato Harih. As Bhavani. Arundhati took the daughter in law to their Ashram and a voice of a Hymn emerged from her stomach.the best of Trees. Vydyunmaali. his father left for Pitruloka along with his elder brothers. Garuda as the Master of Pakshis or Vihangaas Sky Birds. Takshaka as the Head of Sarpas. Parashara was in raptures with overjoyed tears trickling his cheeks and the vision of his dead father and brothers was glimpsed by Vasishtha. 38 .

Rudraaya Nila Rudraaya Kadrudraaya prachetasy/ Gatirnah Sarvadasmaabhirvandyo Devaari mardanah twamaadistwa mananta . That was the opportune time for Vishnu to approach Maha Deva and prayed to him: Maheswaraaya Devaaya Namastey Paramatmaney. Traataa Netaa Jaatyasmindwijaanaam Dwija Vatsala/ Varado Vaangmayo Vaachyo Vaachya Vaachikavarjitah/ Yajyo muktyardhameeshaano Yogibhiryogavibhramaih/ Tadrutpundarika sushire yoginaam samsthitah sadaa. As Brahma clarified that none among the Beings were immortal. viz. Naraayanaaya Sharvaaya Brahmaney Brahmarupiney/ Shaswataayahyanantaaya Avyaktaaya cha tey Namah/ Then Devas also joined Vishnu’s prayers and said: Namah Sarvaatmaney tubhyam Shankaraayaatrihaariney. Vadanti Surayah samtam param Brahmaswarupinam/ Bhavantam tatwamityaayarsteyjo taashim Paratparam.schaakshayah Prabhuh/ Prakiritih Purushaha Saakshaatsrashtaa Hartaa Jagadguro. but Brahma agreed all the same. The famed Daitya Builder Mayasura created three Nagaris. a Silver Nagari for Kamalaksha in Antariksha and a Loha Nagari in Bhuloka for Vidyunmala. a Golden one in Swarga Loka for Tarakaksha.Kamalaaksha and Tarakaksha were united and performed relentless Tapasya to Brahma seeking invincibility. They approached Bhagavan Vishnu who created innumerable Shaktis but the army of the Asuras destroyed the Shaktis. Indeed this was a peculiar boon that was asked by the Danava brothers. Vishnu realised that not only the Tarakaaksha and brothers but all the follower Daityas had the unique feature of Maheswara Linga worship as per prescribed procedure and thus became difficult to control by the Vishnu Senas. they scaled down their wishes to the following: they would build three flying ‘Puraas’ or Cities which could move about freely in the World and individually none of the Nagaris could ever be destroyed but only in a group simultaneously. let alone others like Manavas. They also left the Varnashtam Dharmas. 39 . belittled women which caused Lakshmi to gradually desert them and relapsed to Adharma. all secured fortresses which were impregnable even by Devas and other celestial Beings. Vishnu then created a Mayaawi Purusha who quietly entered the Tripuras and having impressed the Daityas with his knowedge of Shastras and Siddhis misled them successfully to neglect ‘Shroutra Smartas’ and Shiv Linga Puja. Gandharvas and Kinnaras were at service with sonorous music and song while Apsaras were made to dance at command. The Tripurasuras harassed Devaganas and threw them out of Swarga and their respective abodes. The Nagaris were luxurious with all the comforts of Swarga with Kalpataru Gardens in place and Pancha Bhutas of Earth-Water-Illumination-Air and Sky under control.

Koti Kalaa sankaasha. Sarvatokshishiromukha. Sarva Paani-Paadam. Adrushta. Ekaaraneyka Murti. just as the huge waves of an Ocean gush to the shore and meekly get destroyed by striking it. Prakriti. Sarva Vaasa. Shambho! We have no other place of refuge excepting you. Shruti Saara. Pravartaka. Vishwarupa. Mayayaa mohitaah Sarvey bhavatah Parameswara/ Yathaa tangaa lahari samuhaa yudhyantichaanyonyamapaam nidhowacha. Jadguru who visions. Varada. Shaswata. Bhavanta. Avyakta! Our salutations Sarvatma. Sarva Vaasa. itya Teja. Deva. Ananta. Brahma Swarupa. Pundarika. Nila Rudra. Paramatma. Prakriti’s Pataamaha. Harta or destroyer. resides all over in the Universe. Rudra. Maha Devaamanirdesha. Sarva Vandya. Purusha. Anoralpataram prahurmahatopi Mahattharam/ Sarvatah Paanipaadam twaam Sarvatokshishiromukham. Artihara. Brahmana Vatsala. Virupaaksha. Swayambhuva. Swayambhu.jjagati tadvibho/ Drushtam hrutam sthitam Sarvey jaayamaanam Jagadguro. Sarvatah Shrutimallokey Sarvamaavrutya tishthasi/ Maha Devamanirdeshyam Sarvajnam twamanaamayam. Fulfiller of Twenty Six Great Desires. shrunuyaadwaa stavam punyam sarvakaamava -apnuyaat/ ( Namastey Maheswara. Paramatma. Vangmaya. Yogi. Koti Sheenshu Sannibha. Traata. Jalaashrayaa Deva jadikrutaascha Suraasuraastadwadajasya sarvam/ Sutavuvaacha: Ya yidam praataru-tthhaaya shuchirbhutwaa japennarah. You are the Sarvam or the Infinite and the Eternal Truth! Suta Muni said : Any person on rising early morning and securing cleanliness from within and 40 . Varada. the Universe is engulfed with Maya or Delusion.Vaachya. Koti Bhaskara Sankaasha. Jagad Guru. Jalaashraya Deva. Srashtaa or Creator. You are the Sarva Swarupa representing Daityas-Devas-Bhuta-Kinnara-Sthaavara-Jangamaas. Vishwarupam Virupaaksham Sada Shivamanaamayam/ Koti Bhaskara samkaasham Kotiseetaamshu sinnibham Kotikalaagnisankaasham Shadvimsha kamanee -shwaram/ Pravartakah Jagatyasmin Prakruteh prapitaamaham. Ishaana. Neta. Sukshmaati Sukshma. Sada Shiva. Sharva Brahma and Brahmarupa. always surrounded by Yogis. Sarvatjna. Vadanti Varadam Devam Sarvaavaasam Swayambhuvam/ Shtutayah Shrutisaaram twaam Shrutisaara vidojanaah/ Adrushtamasmaabhiraneka murtey vinaa krutam yadbhavataatha lokey. Vaachikavarjita. Jagat Swami. Vadanti.Yoga vibhrama.Paramaatmaa namityaahurisma. Twameva Daityaan-sura bhutasanghaan Devaan Kinnaraan sthaavara jangamaascha/ Paahi naanyaa gatih Shambho Vinihatyaasurottamaan. Paratpara. Shankara. Naraayana. hears.

making mass-scale carnage and blood bath of humanity and uprooting Dharma and age-old Values and Principles.without recites the above Stotra by Vishnu and Devas to Parameswara would gain excellent results of Punya and fulfillment). Shuchi. Atri. Devas explained the gravity and seriousness of the crisis created by the Tripura Daityas who not only unseated and tormented Devas and Celestial Entities but were also sending shock-waves all over the Universe. Vayu was made in charge of the high velocity of the Chariot and finally Brahma was the Charioteer and Sesha Naag was made in charge of the personal security of Brahma as also of the Chariot. Goutama. give back Indrapuri to Devas and avoid the worst ever battle in which the indestructible Tripuras would be destroyed along with the Three Demons as Maha Deva himself was approaching these Places with full preparation. Sage Narada reached the Tripuras and tried his best to mend his ways. Trusha. Ganeswara by his Mushika Vahana. Bharadwaja. Meru and Mandara Mountains as axles. Kubera on his serpent. Mrutyu. Raaka and Anumati the ‘Adhishtana’/ in charge Deities of Chaturdashi. frightening women and children. Maharshis Bhrigu. Sarama. Parameshwara infused confidence into the demoralised Devas and asked them to construct an exceptional chariot with unique specifications: Prithvi as the Ratha / Chariot. the specific arrow with which to kill the Tripurasura was strengthened by Vishnu. and Shanaischara seated on the Ratha ready to charge. Instead of talking peace. Soma and Agni and its head propelled by Agni and Chandra by its rear and Vishnu Maya smeared all over. Dhanajaya and Padmadwaya acted as the strings which were tied to the horses. Balahatya and Prajaabhaya were loaded on the Chariot so that they get activised as maces. In that melee. Amavasya. they saw that ‘Bhuta bhavishya Swami’whose eyes were red like ‘Agni kundas’and physique was shimmering with thousand Suns with a pleasant countenance ornamented with a Bala Purna Chandra. The Pramatha ganas were ready to charge as the army against the opponents. Karikeya on his Peacock. they seized the best part of Tripuras. Omkara and Vashatkara were the symbols on the Ratha. Kuhu. Budha. Indra took his enormous army and attacked Tripura. Pramatha ganas calculated that the enemies would try to sneek out at those points and buchered thousands of Danavas. Having pleased Parama Shiva thus. the Demons alerted their vast armies. and Bubhuksha were used as arrows. Indra on Iravata. Karkotaka. Brihaspati. Brahmahatya. Pulastya. and the extreme poison of Nagaraja Vasuki was loaded to ensure stability and speed of the arrow. Sinivali. humiliating Sages. Angira. Kadru. Kratu. As the Deva Sena made a highly offensive assault in full force. and prepared for turning their defensive positions to that of an offence.The remaining Danavas inside the Trinagaris were utterly confused by contradictoy shouts that Taraka died or Shiva was defeated. Vasishtha. Pratipadika Purnima respectively were used as auxiliary strings to the horses. Nandeshwara with his Shula running behind and sides of the Ratha were in full preparedness. Vinata. the dhanush made of six ‘ritus’/ seasons which is safeguarded by Devi Ambika herself never to be broken. the Four Vedas of Ruk-Yajur-Sama and Atharva acted as the horses. As Devas and Vishnu visioned ‘Trishulapaani Shankar’ relaxing with Devi Parvati and Mahatma Nandi. and Agastya were there too at the kick-start of the Battle to recite Veda Vachanas and Shiv Stutis. most poisonous snakes like Surasa. While quite a few Danavas sought to escape for their lives through the exit gates of Tripuras. Suddha Purnima. Gohatya. Parashara. Marichi. Ganeswara divided Tripuras in three regions as Nandeswara was attacking 41 . Surya and Chandra as Chakras made of gold and silver respectively. Shukra. Mangal. the famous serpents viz. Pulaha. Yama Raja with his buffalo. Meanwhile. Takshaka. a srong contingent of Danavas quickly regrouped their men and material to make offensive attacks under the leadership of Vidunmali and Maya. On the instruction of Shankara Deva. what with the revenge and frustration experienced by them for long as they were out of power as also owing to the excellent backing of Maheswara.all swarmed around the Rath. Devashuni.

Vidyunmali threw a ‘Parigha’ on Nandi who was hurt and the enraged three ‘Parshadaganas’ named Ghantaakarna. Shankukarna and Mahakaal retaliated. including Yamaraja. That was the decisive moment when there was an all-out battle on the seashores.Vudyunmali. Ashtadhaatma swarupaaya Ardha maatraatmaney namah/ Omkaaraaya namastubhyam chaturthaa samsthitaaya cha. they assumed the Forms of Ganeswara and assailed Vidyunmali by making the roars of lions. tigers. Dhavala Shyaama raktaanaam Mukti daayaamaraayacha/ Jyeshthaaya Rudra rupaaya Somaaya varadfaayacha. Atmatrayopavishtaaya Vidyaa tatwaaya tey namah/ Shivaaya Shiva tatwaayaa Aghoraaya Namonamah. Shankara divided the ‘Tridevamaya’ arrow into three parts and released it at the Pushya Yoga time when Tripuras were destroyed in one go. Mayasura and other Daityas were forced to hide in the Sea. Chandra. The ‘Maayavi’ Mayaasura created several Wells full of herbal juices for envigoration and Danavas were in high spirits as their body strength increased manifold. Aghotaashtaka tatwaaya Dwadashaatmasva rupiney/ Vidyutkoti prateekaasha mashtakaamsha sushobhinam. Devas then went ecsatic and the huge shouts of Victory to Maha Deva resounded across the Sky from where Gandharvas and Kinnaras sang hymns of praises. But. Gaganeshaaya Devaaya Swar-geshaaya namonamah/ Saptalokaaya Paataala narkeshaaya vai namah. But Keshava took the form of ‘Vrishabha’and drank up the juice along with Devas and dried up the wells and Devas occupied the Tripuras finally. Trilokaaya Tridevaaya Vashatkaaraaya vai namah/ Madhye gagana rupaaya Gaganasthaaya tey namah. the highly cunning and crafty Mayasura chased the Ganas of Ganeshwara to divert attention of his own men from the fallen Vidyunmali to the Ganesha ganas. lions. with Indra. Bhaskara. Mayasura created rains of Agni. Apsaras danced and Maharshis recited Vedas and Shiva Stotras. 42 . and Rudras. torrential rain and powerful sand storms. Devas too appeared in full force. As Taraka came into the battle field. Brahma praised Parama Shiva in a chorus as follows: Praseeda Deva Devesha Praseeda Parameshwara. Even while the Parswaganas were about to leap on Vidyunmali. huge mountains. There was utter silence among Danavas who were stunned and retreated. Rupamaanasthyaaya Lokesmin samsthitaaya Shivaatmaney/ Agnivarnaaya Roudraaya Ambikaardha shareeriney. trees. Kartikeya heading a Deva Sena of a Crore. the hurt Nandikeswara hurled a Rudra Shakti on the demon who fell down like a mountain. Meanwhile. snakes. Varuna. black deers. Praseeda Jagataam Naatha praseedaanandadaavyaya/ Panchaasya Rudra Rudraaya Panchaasatkoti Murtaye . Ashtakshetra rupaaya Paraatparataraaya cha/ Sahasra shirasey tubhyam sahasraaya cha tey namah/ Sahasra paada yuktaaya Sharvaaya Parameshtiney/ Navaatma tatwa rupaaya Navaashtaatmaatma shaktaye. Ashta kshetraashta rupaaya Ashta tatwaaya tey namah/ Chaturdhicha Chaturdhaacha Chaturdhaa samsthitaaya cha. Shanaishchara. eight-legged ‘Sharabhas’/ a species of oversized deer. Panchaghaa panchagaachaiva Panchamantra shaririney/ Chatusshashthi prakaaraaya Akaaraaya namo namah Dwaantri shatattawa rupaaya Ukaaraaya namonamah/ Shodashaatma swarupaaa Makaaraaya namonamah. while he was in position against Maya. crocodiles.

Omkaaraaya. Guna. Chaturdha. Ashtaashta Murtaye. Vidyutkoti Swarupa. Nirgunaaya. Sahasraaya. Paraatpara. Ashta Kshetra. Sapta lokaay. Roudra. Vashatkaara. Shodashaatma Swarupa Makaara. Shivaatma. Artha Maatra Swarupa. Vidyaa Tatwa. Yogapeethantarasthaya Yoginey Yogadaayiney/ Yoginaamhridi samsthaaya sadaa nivakarashukavat. Chatusshashtaasta Murtaye. of Chathus -shasthi or Sixty Four Forms. Avyaya. Dhavala-Shyaama Rakta yuta. Ganaashtavritaaya. Shiva Swarupiney. Chandra bimba sthitaa. Alinginey Lingamayaaya tubhyam Lingaaya Vedaadimayam Sakshaat/ (Be compassionate and benevolent Parameshwara. Tridevaaya. Gunaashtakavrutaayaiva Guniney Nirgunaaya tey/ Mulasthaaya Namastubhyam Shaaswastaanavaasiney. Triloakaaya. Varada. Bhrumadhey samshitaayaiva naada madhye sthitayacha/ Chandra bimba sthitaayaiva Shivaaya Shiva rupiney. Mulasthaaya. Dhyaanaaya Dhyaana rupaaya dhyaanagamyaaya tey namah/ Dhyeyaaya dhyeyagamyaaya Dhyeya dheyadhaanaaya tey namah. Namastrimurtraye tubhyam Shri. Swargeshaaya. Gagana rupa. Naadamadhyaye. Parameshthi. Gaganeshaaya. Panchamukha Rudra!You are of Panchaashat koti /Five hundred crore Forms and ‘Atmatraya’. Sthulaaya Sukshmaaya Susukshmasukshma sukshmaaya Sukshmaaya Sukshmaartha videy Vidhaatrey! Adyantashunyaaya cha Samsthitaaya tathaa twasunyaayacha Linginecha. Bhrumadhyaey. Sharva. Pratyaahaaraaya tey nityam Pratyaahaara rataayacha/ Pratyaahaara rataanaam cha pratisthaanasthitaayacha. Ashta Tatwa. Tatpurushaaya Namostu Ishaanaaya namonamah/ Namastrinshat prakaashaaya Shaantaateetaaya vai namah. Vimalaaya Vishaalaaya Vimalaangaaya tey namah/ Vimalaalaya samsthaaya Vimalaayartaartha rupiney. Jyeshtha. Panchadha. Rudra Rupa. Ananda Swarupa. Sahasra paada yukta. Ashtaka Tatwa. Sahasraya. Akaara. Hridi nisswana kaariney. Soma. Aghora. Shiva. Muktidaana. Agni Kaarana. Navaatshtaatmaatma Shaktaye. Punarakshta Prakaasha. Ananteshaaya Sukshmaaya Uttamaaya Namostutey/ Ekaakshaaya namastubhyameka Rudraaya tey namah.Kanthaaya shikhandiney/ Anantaasana samsthaaya Anantaayantakaariney. Dwantrishat Tatwa Rupa Ukaara. Devaaya. Amara. Sahasra Sirasa. Vahni 43 . Paataala Narakeshaaya. Triprakaaram sthitaayaiva tretaagni mayarupiney/ Sadaa Shivaaya Shaantaaa Maheshaaya Pinaakiney. Dwadashaatma Swarupa. Shiva Tatwa.Punarashta prakaashaaya tathaashaashta murtaye/ Chathusshashtadyaatma tatwaaya Punarashti vidhaayacha. Shaswata sthaana vaasiney. Ambikaartha Sharira /Artha Naareeswara. Shiva. Dhyeyenaamapi Dhyaayaay Namo Dhyeyatamaayatey/ Namonamah Sravavidey Shivaaya Rudraaya Sharvaaya Bhavaaya tubhyam. Vahni Somaarka rupaaya Shattrimshacchakti rupiney/ Tithaa Samvrutya Lokaanvai pasupa bhujagaatmaney. Naabhi mandala samsthaaya. Jagannatha. Naabhi mandala samsthaaya hridi nisswana kaariney/ Kandharecha sthitaayaiva Taalu ranghna sthitaayacha. Sarvjnaaya Sharnyaaya Sadyojaataaya vai namah/ Aghoraaya Namastubhyam Vaasudevaaya teynamah. Ashta Kshetraaashta Swarupa. Pancha Mantra Swarupa. Navatma Tatwa Swarupa. Ashta rupa. Chaturdstha Samsthita.

Murti Pratishtha. twelve months and 44 . and aligning the Self with the Supreme. Shri Kantha. Shivalayaas and Archana Vidhi In the wake of Tripuraasura Samhaara. Dhaaranaamita ratha. cease the deeds of physical limbs. Sharvaaya. the Lingamaya. Sukshmaaya. Those who read or hear the account of ‘ Tripuraasura Samhara’ with physical and internal cleanliness would be blessed: Paapaisha muchatey jantuh shrutvaadhaayamimam shubham. he conquered the ‘Saamsaarika Duhkhaas’ and enjoy the Powers of Control and Fulfillment in the Three Lokaas. Rudraaya. keep that state of body and mind for longer durations as signified by the word of ‘Dharana’. the latter was visibly happy and having smiled at Devi Parvati. Vimalaasansthaana. Shikhandi. Shadtrimshacchakti rupiney. Anantaantha kaara. Sadyojaataaya.Somaarka Rupa. Vishala. Pratyaahaara ratha.Sukshmaaradhavidhi.Yogis and Maanavas should perform worship to Maha Deva with purity of body. Shaantaateeta . Tretaagnimaya rupiney. Vaamadeva. Mahesha. Anantesha. fame. Vidya. The duration of Pashupati Vrata is stated to span twelve years. longevity. Dhaaranaaya. Vividha Lingas. but the Trilokas at the Time of Pralaya or the Great Extermination and that it was His Maya and Play that he gave a long to the Daityas as per their destinies! As Brahma prayed to Maha Shiva as above. Tri Murti. Vimalaarthaartha Rupa. Yoga dayani. Pinaakiney. Shatravo naashamaayaanti sangraamey vijayibhavet/ Sarva rogairna baadhyet Aapadona sphrushanti tam.Gandharva-KinnaraVidyaadhara-Piscacha-Siddhaas. Brahma stated that by so performing the Shiva Linga Puja.Daitya-Rakshasa-Yaksha. in this manner Pashupata yoga is accomplished. control the activities of Karmendriyas. Dhyana-Dhyana Rupa-Dhyaanagamya-Dhyeya-Dhyaya gamyaDhyeyadhyaana and Dhyeyatama. realise the action-reaction syndrome of ‘Tatwaas’ and seek the goal of Moksha. Eka Rudra. Those who regularly follow the ‘Linga Puja’on these lines are stated to have secured Paashupata Yoga as indeed they are blessed. Pratyaahaara.) Pashupata Yoga. As all the Beings in Creation are called ‘Pashus’ or of animal instinct. Lingaaya and Sakshaat Vedaadimaya!) Brahma further stated that Maha Deva had indeed possessed the capability not only to destroy the Tripuras after all. Yogi. Su Sukshma-Asukshma. Bhavaaya. Sthulaaya Sukshmaaya. Shivaya. Dhanamaayuryasho Vidyaam prabhaavamatulam labhet/ (Such readers are freed from sins. Vimala. the Bhakta / Worshipper should perform Pranayama along with the recitals of Omkara. Tatpurusha and Ishaana! Salutations to you Maha Deva. gain gradual ‘nyasa’or coordination of Jnaanendriyas. Yogahrudi samsthaaya. Prabhava or brightness and all round fulfillment. Brahma exhorted Devas to emphasize the Mahima of Shiva Puja as the Asuras who were in the past were invincible as they were totally engaged in the Puja but eventually neglected it due to Maya and got degenerated gradually. Maha Deva is acclaimed as Pashupati and hence all Buddhimaans should discard the ‘Pashutwa’and practise Pashupata Yoga or Pashupata Vrata: after securing ‘Baahyaantara Shuchi’. Sarvjnaaya Sharnya. Puratsaa samthita. Agni Havans which convert desires into Ashes. Maha Deva! you have neither beginning nor end and basically you are ‘Shunya’as you are Nothingness but of the Totality of Everything! You are indeed the Linga yet the ‘Alinga’. Anantaasana. Nivaakashuka. He said that all the Beings in Srishti like Deva-Danava. Sadaa Shiva. Yoga peethaantastha. mind and heart to reap multiple fruits from fulfilment in life to Shivaloka prapti. diseases and problems and would secure dhana. Vimalaanga. you are Trishatprakaasha. Uttama. Vishnu and all the Devatas as Indra and Devas were reinstated instantly to their respective positions. Shaanta. Dhaaranaabhyaasa yukta. blessed Brahma. Aghora.

Depending on the availability of Dravya (money). Ratnamaya. Dwaadasha Adityaas prayed to a copper Linga. Yama. Nakshatras as his Bhushanaas. Daityas made puja to an Iron Linga. Siddha. Vaishnava. After Pralaya. Trinetra / Three Eyes. and the eighth variety is of seven categories of Kshanika (temporary) nature. His Ahankaara created Ahankaara to all concerened. the Builder of Devas materialised Naana Vidha Shiva Lingas : Vishnu worshipped a Linga made of Indra nila. four hands. Vishwa Devataas did puja to a Silver Linga. Pataala as his feet.twelve days when a person observing it would achieve ‘Pashu Bandha Vimochana’ or relief from Pashutwa or of animal intinct and attain Devatwa or of the features of Devas. Indra worshipped a Padmaraaga. some other imagine Him as Vignaana Swarupa. it is said that there were six varieties of Shiva Lingas in vogue in the past and these had forty four categories viz. Varuna Deva worshipped a Sphatika Linga. Among all these Ratnamaya Lingas are Lakshmiprada. His Indriyas created Indra. Mrunmaya and Kshanika Lingas are in the vogue normally. Devataas as his hands. Manavas are able to accomplish ‘Shiva Sayujya’ by the ‘Pratishtha’ or establishment of Shiva Murtisand performing most sincere Dhyana of Maha Deva who has Eka Paada or One Foot. the Chatur Vedas performed pujas to Dadhimaya (Curd made) Linga and Piscachaas are used to pray to Seesa (Lead made) Linga. Ekaadasa Rudras prayed to Bhasma Linga. Samudra as his Vastra. Dhatumaya. His throat created Moon. Dhatuja Lingas were of eight variations.maya Linga. Those who perform Pratishtha and Puja of Maha Deva seated on Vrishabha and Chandra as His Ornament are certain to achieve Shiva Loka travelling by Vimana. Vishnu on his left. Ahvini Kumaraas prayed to a Parthiva (Earthen) Linga. and all the Devas were able to enjoy the resultant fruits by being playful all over the Worlds of Omkara. Daaruja Lingas yield Bhoga or material happiness and Mritthika Linga provide Sarva Siddhis. Ishaana. Among the above types. Yakshas normally invoke Mahadeva to attain Bhu-Bhuva-SwahJana-Tapa and Satya Lokas. His ‘Bhrumadhya’ or the Center of brows generated Atma / Soul to one and all and His Mastaka created Swarga. Varuna. his navel as Akaasha. Devi Lakshmi worshipped a Bilwa Linga while Kartikeya implored a Gomaya Linga. All the most significant Devotees like Brahma. Ratnaja of seven kinds. the recommendation however was that the Lingaas made of Shailaja. it is stated that Shailaja Lingaas are the best while Dhatuja Lingas are of medium kind. Naaga. Guhya created Jala. Indra. Soma a Mouktika (Pearl) Linga. Ananta and other Nagaas worshipped a Prabalamaya or harsh wind Linga. Vayu as his breathing. Linga as Purusha. the seventh kind was of Mritthikamaya (Earthen) of two classification. Kaumara. Brahma and of Prajapatis. Vishwakarma. those who make Pratishtha of Shiva along with 45 . Shula. Dhatuja Lingas are stated to provide Dhana. Vidyaadhara. others ponder him as Shabdaadi Vishaya Tatwa Gyana Rupa and so on. Murti Pratishtha: Devi Parvati and Kartikeya had once set up a Shiva Linga and mankind reaped benefits till date. Daaruja Lingas of sixteen types. Shailaja Lingas bestow Sarvasiddhis. It was also stated that His Buddhi created Buddhi to all the Beings from Brahma downward to humanity and other Species. Chamunda prayed to a Baalumaya/ perfume Linga. However. Guhyakaas made puja to a Trilohika Linga. Naabhi created Agni. Brahma on his right and Devi Prakriti on his lap. Surya Chandra and Agnis as his Trinetras. Vishrawa Putra worshipped a Golden Linga. Ashtaavasusprayed to a Kantikamaya Ling. His heart created Sun. Munis are in the habit of Kushaagra Lingas. Kubera. Agni. and Smriti-Shrutis are his thorough-fare and speed. Shailaja Lingas of four types. As instructed by Brahma. Vaya Deva to a brass Linga. Yama Deva used a Marakata (Emerald) Linga for his puja to Shiva. But those who seek ‘Paramaartha’or Moksha among the Siddhas and Yogis believe that Shiva was of Pranava Swarupa. Prakriti as his Devi. Nirruti Deva worshipped a wooden Linga. In this way Shiva Lingas made of various materials are utilised by species of all in Creation. Foot corners created Prithvi. another way of perceiving Shiva is that his Mastaka is of Swarga. they set up the Linga atop Meru Mountain.

Shiro maalaa dhara and Upaveeta dhara. Chandrabhushana. for Abhishka. Prabhasa. repair. and Tirtha Yatraas besides securing Shiva Loka till Maha Pralaya! Shiva Sthaapana as in His Nude Form as a Four. Maha Deva Himself guides such sincere Bhaktas to undertake suitable deeds and enable them to assume roles however big or small they may be. Parvatiyukta vaamaanga. Baagambaradhara or wearer of Tiger skin. some contibute oil for lamps. If one were to attempt performing the Pratishta of Parama Shiva as a Chitaabhasma dhaari. Vishnu. Tapas. some persons help manage the Temples with or without returns. the resultant fruits would total up performing all kinds of Yagnas. Those who undertake reconstruction. and such other minor or major tasks as per one’s own ability and sacrifice by even cleaning the Temples floors. Those who recite the Mantra of Om Namo Nila Kanthaaya even once very sincerely would have their sins demolished and continuous recitation with formal puja of Gandha-Pushpa-Karpura-Naivedyas are definitely destined to Shiva Sayujya. a river by taking the Panchaakshatri Mantra viz. Sarpahaari. Chaamundika. Black haired and Kapaladhari Murti would assure Shiva Sayujya.Armed. Sweta /White Coloured. wood or mortar would be of enormous Punya. ‘Om Namah Shivaaya’ would nullify a ‘Brahmahatya dosha’ or one of the Maha Patakaas or the Five Great Sins. Varada. nor wherewith all to renovate or let alone construct afresh Siva Temples also have important roles to undertake whatever services possible they could in the Temples. If the Pratishtha of Shiva Murti as Vrishabha dwaja is achieved along with Devi Parvati besides Indra. Ganga dhaari. Those who do so are earmarked a distinct place in Shiva Loka and as and when they alight the Vimana after their mortal life. Amareshwara and so on. Like wise. some take up painting and decoration free of cost. Indraani. Kaumari. 46 . Pushkara. Daanaas. that person would be qualified for Shiva Loka Prapti. As one gets naturally curious as to how one should take up responsibilities in providing Services. Prayaga. or a Sarovara. Abhaya hasta and Shula Padma dhaara would yield Animaadi Siddhis in the present life and Shivaloka subsequently. red eyed. Mere ‘darshana’ of such Sacred Tirthas is of considerable value. Kapala Dhaari. Indeed construction of Shivaalayaas with stones or tiles. Vyaghra charma dhaari. Maaheshwari. Those who could neither afford money. Trinetra. it is the Shraddha and earnestness with which the construction is accomplished. Veerabhadra and others and to worship Rudra with ‘Phut’ resound as also to Vighna Nayaka and to the accompanying Deities would indeed assure Shiva Sayujya! Pratishtha of a Chaturbhuja. Vinayaka-Skanda yukta. Artha-Nariswara. Kedara. milk etc. far better is the Abhisheka with curds. Surya Chandra Sahita along with Brahmani. Abhisheka with milk is thousand times better. with Madhu or honey it is regarded as better still and even better would be the Abhisheka by ghee. washing the utensils and innumerable other services. Snaana or bathing from a well. Chaturbhuja. Shiva Pratishtha in the Form of Dhumra Varna. Pratahkaala Darshana of Shiva Linga provides ‘Uttama Gati’ or Celestial Travel while the Evening Darshan bestows Yajna Phala. the Bhaktas are blessed with fearlessness and Victory always. renovation or part works of dilapidated.Ambika and Nandi would be transported to Shiva Loka by a brightVimaana similar to Surya Deva even as Apsaras entertain on way by their nritya or dances. Apsaras welcome them and so do Devas as they secure the status of ‘Gaanapatya’. ramshackled or almost unusable Temples too have a significant contribution as their role of reviving Rudra Bhakti gets recognition and sense of fulfilment in ‘Iham’ and lasting Salvation in ‘Param’ or Shiva Loka. Kurukshetra. If a person died at any of the Punya Kshetras like Varanasi. and Prime Devas. It is stated that if a person died within an easily walkable distance of a Shiva Temple. Abhisheka of Shiva Lingas with water is hundred times better. mrittika or gold. but ‘sparshana’ or touch and fondling of a Shiva Linga is hundred times better. he or she would receive ‘Punya’ of performing Chandrayana Vrataas again and again.

the puja must be performed by lotus 47 . and Phalguna the Shiva Linga to be made of Sphatika. then with milk. during Chaitra Month as made of Gold. Devi Parvati. Upavaasaas or Fastings and austerities. Pashupaasha Vimochana. Rudra Gayatris. Aachamana. if such a person persists doing Puja again and again without even a semblance of trust and faith-let alone Bhakti or devotion. cooked rice be offred in various tastes and condiments. a Bhakta should then resort to treat the Linga with Padya. let alone Shiva! Indeed Suta Muni emphasised this fundamental issue since Shiva Darshana would not be possible without Shraddha. Deepa Maalaas and Deepas made of brass.Pradakshina-Saashtaanga. Bhakti and conviction. Vakula flowers. Dhyaana-Aavaahana-AasanaPaadya. copper. After Tambula (betel leaves and scented powders). this would be followed by ‘Panarabhisheka’ or repeat Snaana to the Linga. Besides Shiva. Bhadrapada made of Padmaraga. Abhisheka with water first. Pradakshina and Dakshina to Brahmanas engaged in the Puja Vidhi would be followed and as a finale. since even those who performed Tapasya for thousand years by Maha Munis and Maha Siddhas failed to glimpse Shiva Tatwa. Ganesha-Kartikeya and Nandi. Shiva Linga should be installed and purified with sacred waters. after performing Gayatri. Punah Prarthana and Recital of ‘Mantra Pushpa’ or the Vedic Hymn viz. Margashira made of Vidurya.Snaana-Vastra.Yagopaveeta-Gandha. Ashadha month made of Mukta / Pearl.then he could convert himself as a Raakshasa. Vaisakha of Vajra or Diamond. Abhishekaas. Yopaam Pushpam Vedaa etc. Brahma and Vishnu accomplished the Vrata foremost and was followed by Indra and Devas and subsequently by Danava-Daitya-Siddha and others. Jyeshtha of Marakata mani.Arghya-Achamaneeya.Pushpa-Dhupa-DeepaNaivedya-Taambula / Dakshina. By way of Naivedya / Bhog. Maheswara should be pleased and gratified with such worship comprising ‘Shodasopachaaraas’ or Sixteen Services viz. and so on. Kasturi and Kesar are to be applied to the Linga. Kartika made of Pravala. Incidentally. Formal Pujas all through the month are the highlights when Shiva Temples are full of happenings with Maha Nyaasaas. Pushya made of Pushyaraaga. Uma Maheswara and other Shiva Vratas (Pashupaasha Vimochana Mantra included) Sanatkumara Muni described the details of Pashupaasha Vrata to Maharshi Shailadi and Nandi Deva explained it briefly. Those who perform worship without the preceding virtues might perhaps end up in a futile exercise and their worship might attract even negative results! If a person resorts to Shiva Puja for Public Show with contradictions in mind and negativism/ disbelief in thoughts. This Vrata was stated to have absorbed the essence of the six Vedangas for the worship of Dwadasha Lingaas as visualised for each month of the year viz.Shivaarchana Vidhi: As the Munis at Nimisha Forest requested Suta Maharshi to briefly describe the Vidhaana of Shiva’s ‘Archana’ or worship. pujas are also performed to Gayatri and Vishnu and Panchaakshari Mantra and Pranava -naada are recited with ecstactic devotion and dedication. ghee and curd. Kannera pushpa. variety of flowers and bilwa (wood apple) leaves aplenty be decorated all over the Sacred Linga and around and then perform Puja with Kamal/Lotus. then that Person without Bhakti and Puja is an offender and might perhaps end up as a Piscacha. especially by ordinary persons with limited knowledge and comprehension. Rudraas. Deepaaraadhna is an essential comoponent of the Shivaaraadhana: Deepa Vrikshaas. silver and gold constitute an integral part of worship especially during Kartika Month. Vastram and Yajnoopaveetam should be offered. Ashviyuja made of Gomedha. Shravana made of Nila Mani. as also BhaksyhaBhojya-Lehya-Choshya and Paaneeyaas. Such a faithless person who does not observe minimal traits in the context of eating and drinking while resorting to Puja might as well be born as a Yaksha or worse. Champaka flowers. Dhupam and Deepa Darshana would be followed before Naivedya. Maagha the Lingas to be made of Suryakanta mani. In all the months. Now on to the Archana Vidhi: Gayatri Mantra is the Main Gate by which Maha Deva Puja gets easier.

Narayana resides in Vaka Pushpa and Devi Ganga is the adoration of Sarva Sugandhi Pushpaas. while Neel Kamal is the resident of Ambika. Chandana is again an essential component of the worship as it is a healer of Sarva Rogaas or diseases. Ekaaksho Bhagavaanishah Shivaarchana paraayanah/ Shiva dhyaanaika sampannah sa paapam Vyapohatu. Ishaanah Purushaschaiva Aghorah Sadya yevacha/ Vaama Devascha Bhagavaan Paapamaashu Vyapohatu. Shanmukha stays in Utpala Pushpa and Maha Deva is fond of Padma. Shanti (Peacefulness). especially on Puranamasi. Kamaarthis of fulfillment and Yashobhilashis of fame and immense renown. there must be a Godaana and Vrishabha Daana to Veda Pandita Brahmanas. and Daana (Charity). Kinnera Pushpa is a promoter of Medha or mental brilliance.either in the actual form preferably or by way of gold or silver or copper or any other forms. Santosha (Happiness / Contentment). Those who are observing the Pashu paasha vimochana Vrata must follow the features of Satya (Truthfulness). Pancha Vaktro Dasha bhujo hyakshapanchadashairyutah/ Shuddha sphatika sankaasham Sarva -abharana bhushitah/ Sarvajnah Sarvagah Shantah Sarvopari samsthitah/ Padmaasanasthah Someshah Paapamaashu Vyapohatu. Ganaadhyakshata. Shivottamo Mahaa Pujyah Shiva dhyaana paraayanah/ Sarvagah Sarvadah Shantah sa mey Paapamvyapohatu. Pashupaasha Vrata Vyapohana Stotra: Vyasa Deva recited the Vyopahana Stotra as he learnt it that was narrated by Nandi Deva to Kartikeya: Namah Shivaaya Shuddaaya Nirmalaaya Yashaswiney/ Drushtaantakaaya Sarvaaya Bhavaaya Paramaatmaney. In the process. As for Naivedya. At the end of each year (since the duration of the Vrata is of twelve years plus). Shoucha (Cleanliness). Anantah Sarva Vidyeshah Sarvajnah Sarvadah Prabhuh/ Shivadhyaanaika sampannah sa mey Paapam Vyapohatu. Devi Lakshmi is stated to reside in bel patras. The Pushpas for use in the Puja should also include Sweta Aaka Pushpa represented by Brahma. Puja by Bilva Patra (Shri Patra) again in actual form or of replikas would be a ‘must’. Karaveera pushpa which Ganaadhyksha is fond of. The observance of this Vrata would indeed bestow Devatwa. in fact. 48 . Vidyarthis would secure Vidya. ‘Shuddhhaanna’ would satisfy Maha Deva. and Shivatwa in stages. ‘Anna Daana’ is one significant charity to the needy that Shiva is always desirous of on any day. Sukshmaha Suraasureshaano Vishvesho Gana Pujitah/ Shivadhyaanaaika sdampannah sa mey Paapam vyapohatu. Ahimsa (NonViolence). Daya (Mercy). Dhupa or smoke made of ‘Guggula’ and Deepa are integral parts of the Puja as they are the demolishers of all kinds of sins.

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Curd, Ghee, Chandana, and Bhasma with Maha Nyasa Purvaka, Maha Rudra Purvaka Snaanaas to Shiva Linga, Day long fasting and Alpaahara in the nights, complete abstinence, Bhu Shayana and various sacrifices should be in place; all kinds of Daanaas on anyday or as many days are encouraged in the Month and similarly Pandita Seva of any kind would be fruitful in the Month. Emphasis is stressed on Anna Daanaas during the month. Phala: Surya Loka Prapti. Margasirsha Month is considered an an extension of the previous month when again austerities would spill over from the previous month; Upavaasaas, Shiva worship by way of Abhishekas, Brahmana Sevas, Anna and other kinds of daanaas especially to Daridras, would be of significance and the Phala would be of Chandra loka prapti. Uma Maheswara Vrata: Shiva himself described the significance of the Uma Maheswara Vrata as narrated by Suta Muni. The best days for the worship of the Uma Maheswara are stated to be Purnima, Amavasya, Ashtami and Chaturdashi. After a year long worship on these days, Uma Maheswara Pratimas made of gold or silver or according to one’s capacity could be installed in a Temple, by carrying these by a chariot with Veda Mantras amid fanfare and provide bhojanas to Brahmanas and Annadanas to the visitors. The Mahima of the Pratimas thus installed would be enormous; for example, a Kanya or a widow who observed the Vrata for a year and instal the Vigrahas formally would have miraculous results in the ongoing life and Shiva Loka Sayujya by the grace of Devi Uma. Now, month-wise daanaas and pratishthas by devotees are given below: In Margaseersha month, daanaa of a sturdy bull to a Brahmana would please Shiva and Uma; in Pousha month, the Vrata requires Trishula Daana; during Maagha Maasa, Ratha daana would need to be performed; in Phalguna month, the requirement is to install Shiva-Maheswari Pratimas made of gold or silver or copper to qualify the attainment of Shiva Sayujya. In Chaitra Month, the Devotee has to do the Pratishtha of Shiva- Bhavani and Nandi Vigrahas in copper; in the month of Vaishakha, the Vrata has to be performed by the daana of Kailasha Mountain in the name of Shiva and Parvati and indeed the phala of the worship during the month would bestow Kailasha Parvata prapti. In the Jyeshtha month, formal installation of Shiva Linga and Bhavani, while in the month of Ashadha a brick built house has to be given away in charity to a Brahamachari with expertise in Vedas and Vedangas and the donor would be destined to accomplish Goloka. In the Shravana month, a huge heap of tilaas and vastras along with Brahmana Bhojana and Anna daana would qualify for Goloka too; In the month of Bhadrapada, a parvata like supply of rice is to be given in charity to attain Bhavani’s presence; in Ashvayuja charity of a Parvata like Anna /cooked rice along with gold to a learned Brahmana and with his approval organise Anna Daana to the poor; during Kartika month, Swarna Pratimas of Shiva and Parvati are to be instaalled in a temple, besides Brahmana bhojanaas. Additionally the Bhaktas observing the Uma-Maheshwara Vrata need to follow one meal a day, Bhumi shayana and celibacy, besides daily dfaily worship to Maha Deva and Uma Devi. ‘Panchaakshara Japa Mahatmya’and ‘Dhyana Yajna’ As Devi Parvati desired to comprehend the meaning of the Panchaakshra Mantra of Om Namasshivaaya, Parama Shiva explained the back ground: when the Universe became extinct at the Time of Pralaya, only he was present as Narayana who floated on the Great Water Surface as the Unique and Supreme Being. As he was thus lying on water, there sprouted a Lotus from his navel and on top of the stem emerged Brahma who desired to initiate ‘Srishti’ (Creation). He created ten ‘Manasa Putras’or Mind-Born Sons, but prayed to the Supreme Being ie. Maha Deva to empower him with Shakti to take up the exciting task of formal Creation. Then the latter provided ‘Upadesha’(instruction) to Brahma and in turn Brahma gave the Upadesha to his sons who did sincere Tapasya by the recitation of the Panchakshari for thousands of years, consuming only air and nothing else. Shiva was pleased with the
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meditaton and keeping in view the ‘Loka Kalyaana’ or Universal Welfare explained the purport of the Mantra, its Rishi, Devata, Shakti, Nyasa, Viniyoga and its Sampurna Swarupa or its Full Form: Omityekaashram Mantram sthitah sarvagatah Shivah, Mantrey shadaksha –rey sukshmey panchaakshara tavuh Shivah/ Vaachya vaachaka bhaavena sthitah saakshaat- swabhaavatah, Vaachya Shivah prameyaatwaan Mantrastadvaachakah smritah/ Vaachya Vaachaka bhavenamanaadih samsthitastayo, Vedi Shivaagamey vaapi yatra yatra Shadaksharah/ Guhyaadguhyataram saakshaanmoksha Jnaanamanuttamam, Asya Mantrasya vakshyaami Rishicchandodhi Daivatam/ Beejam Shaktih Swaram varnam sthaanam chaivaaksharam prati, Vamadevo naama Rishih Panktiscchanda udaatdhrutah/ Devataa Shiva yevaaham Mantrasyaasya varaananey, Nakaaraadeeni beejaani Panchabhutaatmakaanicha/ Atmaanam Pranavam viddhi Sarvavyaapinamavyayam, Shaktistwameva Deveshu Sarva Deva Namaskrutey/ Twadeeyam Pranavam kinchin –madeeyam Pranavam tathaa, Twadeeyam Devi Mamtraanaam Shakti bhutam na shamshayah/ Akaarokaaramakaaraamadeeyo Pranavey sthitaah, Ukaaramcha Makaaramcha Akaaramcha kramenavai/ Twadeeyam Pranavam Viddhi Trimaatram Pluta- muttamam, makaarasya ssarodaatta Rishi Brahmaa sitam Vapuh/ Chhando Devi Gayatri Para -maatmaadhi Devataa, Udaattah Prathamastudwacchaturyascha dwiteeyakah/ Panchamah Swaritaschaiva Madhyamo nishadhah smrutah, Nakaarah peeta varnascha sthaanam urva mukham smrutam / Indriyodhi Devatam Gayatri Goutamey Rishih, Makaarah Krishna varnosya sthaanam vai Dakshinaamukham/ Chhandonushtup Rishischaatri Rudro Daivata-muchyatey,
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Shikaaro dhumra varnasya sthaanam vai Paschimam Mukham/ Vishvaamitra Rishistrishthup cchando Vishnustwa Devaam, Vakaaro Hema varnasya sthaanam chaivottaram Mukham/ Brahmaadhi Devatam cchando Brihati chaangiraa Rishih, Yakaaro raktavarnascha Sthaana murdhvem Mukham Viraat/ Cchando Rishirbharadwaajah Skando Daivatamuchyatey, Nyaasamasya pravkshaami sarva siddhikaram Shubham / (This Unique Single Akshara Mantra OM is firmly embedded in Shiva; this Mantra of six letters viz. Om Namah Shivaaya is actually considered as of Five Aksharas; from the viewpoint of ‘Vaachya’ and ‘Vaachaka’, Shiva is the Vaachya or the Target or He who is sought after and Vaachaka is the means to achieve the Vachya, viz. the Mantra; wherever the Mantra is recited there is Shiva; in fact the Mantra is the Essence of Vedas; the Vidwans who recite the Panchakshari as continuous Japa are sure to attain Moksha. This Parama Vidya is indeed of Shiva’s heart. The Rishi, Chhanda /Prosody, Devata, Beejam and Shakti of the Panchaakshari Mantra is as follows: Vama Deva is the Rishi, Pankti is the Cchanda, Shiva Himself is the Devata, Nakaaraadi Pancha beejas are Pancha Bhutaas; Pranava swara Om is Shiva’s Supreme Soul and also the Shakti. Each letter of the Mantra is distinguished wih the Rishi-Chhanda-Deva-Shakti-Beeja combination). Then as prescribed, the Anga Nyasa and Karanyasas should be performed before taking over the Mantra Japa. The person who is practising the Panchaakshara Mantra has to perform ‘Pranaam’or sincere salutation to his Guru with ‘Shraddha’by way of Maanasika- Vaachaka or Uccharana-Karma vidhaana or with purity of mind, humility of voice and perfection of deed and then take over the possession of the Mantra from the Guru at a Place of cleanliness, at an ideal time when Grahas, Nakshatras and Yogaas are well-placed. The Japa has to be performed with eqanimity of mind, full control of Indriyas-both Karmendriyas and Jnaanendriyas and of extreme concentration fixed at the targetted Shiva Maha Tatwa. It is stated that ‘Upaashyu Japa’ or slowly rendered Japa is hundred times superior and effective that Japa Yajna; when any Japa or repetetive recitation of a Mantra is performed, then that Japa is called ‘Vaachaka’or vocal in kind; the Upanshu Japa has slight lip-movement; but Japa of the best is called ‘Maanasika’ when only mind and thought are at work. Indeed any of the above types of Panchaakshari Japa done with unflinching concentration by aligning Parama Shiva and the Self would definitely yield Siddhis. But mere japa of the Panchakshari wthout securing the balance of mind and target are of no avail. Without ‘Sadaachaara’ or of Self Regulaton and Good Observance of Morality and Virtue, any amount of Japa would be fruitless: Yasmaadaachaara heenasya Saadhanam nishphalam bhavet, Aachaaram Paramo Dharma Aachaarah Paramo Tapah/ Aachaaram Paramo Vidyaa Aachaarah Paramaa Gatih, Sadaachaaravataam Pumsaam Sarvatraabhayam bhavet/ Aachaara heenaanaam Sarvatraiva bhayam bhavet, Aachaara heenah Purusho Lokey bhavati ninditah/
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by the left hand and handed over by others. never misuse Rivers. As Agni is pure and Sacred. A Brahmana loses his Brahmanatwa as soon as he ceases to observe this ‘Daily Niyama’ or Regulation mandatory to a Brahmana.Moha. while standing. Most importanly. Never walk alon on lonely places. Drinking water by one’s mouth. and such deeds.(Without Aachara and good conduct. Matsaayujya mavaapnoti Bhaktimaan Kimatah Param/ That was what Maha Deva assured Devi Parvati. Brahmanas should never take food without taking bath. Maha Deva emphasised to Devi Parvati the utmost significance of performing ‘Trikaala Sandhyopaasana’and recital of Gayatri Mantra daily. Parama Shiva further underlined the basic principles of Virtue viz. Guruh Saakshaat Parahbrahma tasmai Shri Guraveynamah/ The anger or even marginal displeasure of Guru would advesely affect the Sishya’s morale. misguided or suspected). Sarovaras and other water bodies as they too are among the Pancha Bhutas. donkeys. a few renowned Maharshis entered and commended him for his feat of gulping Kalakuta Visha when Maha Deva corrected them that the Samasara Visha was to be 53 . never meditate to Devas by showing the back such as Surya and Chandra Devas. jump over or spit. Agni Karya. Sabeeja samputam Mantram Shata Laksham Jepeycchruchih. Dhyana Yagna: As Parama Shiva was resting in a cave of Kailasha Mountain with Girija Devi. the Parama Tapas. nor performing Japa. Parama Vidya and Parama Gati or way of Life. In the same context. Sandhya Vandana ought not to be discarded at any cost or provocation of the ‘Shadvargas’ of Kaama-Krodha-Lobha. reputation. Para Daaraa. Similarly. Anrutam Parusham Shathyam Paishunyam Paapa hetukam/ Paradaaraanparadravyam Parahimsaam cha sarvadaa.Mada-Matsaras. Aachara is the Parama Dharma. poverty and untimely death! It should be against such controlled and virtuous life that the concentrated practice of Panchaakshari Mantra would yield maximum results. birds and so on. Truthfulness : Yatsatyam Brahma ityaahurasatyam Brahma dushanam. Para himsa and such other immoralities are not even thought of. let alone done. camels. Shiva was emphatic about the observance of Varnaashrama Vidhana. Para dravya. Persons of Aachara have access to every thing that is right where as those without Aachara are either afraid. they should follow a strict regimen in the context of food consumption as Shiva is always considered as a Bhokta of Naiveydya -anna or the food offered to him by Bhaktaas. wickedness. never cross it. any kind of Sadhana or Endeavour is neither possible nor fruitful since Aachaara is the prerequisite of any virtious deed. nor even to Pratimas of Gods. Kkachicchaapi na kurvati Vaachaa cha Manasaa tathaa/ (Refrain from ‘Asatyam’ or speaking lies: Truth is Brahma and Asatya is as bad as ridiculing Brahma himself. Never touch animals like serpents. slandering are all germinators of depravities and derelictions. dogs. haughtiness. thinking capacity and recurrent difficulties of life including ill-health. one should esteem his or her Guru as equal to Tri Murtis and that is why the hymn: Guruh Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurur Devo Maheswaraha.

considered worse than the Kalakuta and should be avoided at all costs; the best way of avoidance is to disbelieve what ever was seen, heard and imagined and that was what the Nivrutthi Marga was all about. In the Samsara, there are various Jeevaas of Udbhija-SwedajaAndaja and Jaraajaya nature (Sprouted from Earth, born out of sweat, born out of eggs and born out of yoni) and they are all subject to desires which spread out far and wide like wild fire and end up each and every material into Bhasma. Like the diseases of the nature of Raaga and Dwesha (Liking or disliking) the canker spreads a huge tree and finally gets uprooted. The big tree called Punya gets fallen and even Devas were not free from the falls or periodic dethronements but for the intervention of Maha Shaktis! Deva, Danava, Nripa and Manavaas are all subject to the distresses and torments of life. Vidya and Para Vidya or Vignaan and Atma Jnaan (Knowledge and the Spitituality) are no doubt the way out to conquer Samsara; Apara Vidya or Akhshara Gyan comprises Vedas and Vedantaas like Siksha, Kalpa, Vyakarana and so on and are of Shabda Swarupa. Doubtless, these means of Paraa and Aparaa Vidyas are useful to a great extent but Bhagavan would be the ultimate to free from the worldly bondages. These are indeed the steps forward from Samsara to Salvation or from Ajnaana to Jnaana to Paramatma. In other words, Agnaana arising out of Arishadvargas of Kama-Krodha etc would get dissolved by Gyana of the above kinds like Fire and from the melting pot, one could qualify to realise Shiva without whose instructions, Surya would not get woken up, Vayu would not proceed further and Chandra would not shine on the Sky, Agni would not produce heat and light, Bhumi would not hold the Samsara and so on. Now to overcome the Samsarika Visha or the Poison of Life, there are no other ways of Gyaan and Dhyaan. Samsaara vishatatpaanaam Jnaanadhyaanaamruteyna vai, Pratikaara samaakhyaato naanyathaa Dwijasattamaah/ Jnaanam Dharmodbhavam Saakshaat jnaanaa-dwiraagya sambhavah, Vairaagyaatparamam jnaanam Paramaartha prakaashakam/ Jnaana Vairagya yuktasya Yoga Siddhirdwijottama, Yoga Siddhya vimuktih Syaatsatva nishthasya naanyathaa/ Tamovidyaapadacchinnam yatpadamavyayam, Sarva Shaktim Samaasthaaya Shivamabhyarchaey dwijaa/ Yah Satvanistho madbhakto madaschana Paraayanah, Sarvato Dharma nishthascha Sadotsaahi Samayutah/ Sarva dwanda saho dheerah Sarva bhutahitey ratah, Rujuswabhaavah satatam swastha chitto mruduh sada / Amaani Buddhimaan- cchantastyaktaspardho Dwijottama, Sadaa Mumukshurdharmajnah swaatmalakshana lakshanah/ Runatraya vinirmuktah purva jnmani Punya bhaak, Jaaa yukto Dwijo bhutwaa Shraddayaa cha Guroh krammat/
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Anyathaa vaapi sushrushaam krutwaa krutrima vajkitah, Swargaloka manupraapya bhuktwaa bhogaananukramaat/ (The poison of Life bursting into flames and burning off Manavaas would never cease excepting by the recourse of Jnaana and Dhyana; those who could withstand the extremes of life as also possess soft attitude, equaminity, gentleness, maturity of outlook, peacefulness, previous birth’s carry forward of virtue, and are devoid of jealousy, anger, avarice, passion, arrogance shoul attain Swargaloka. Sacrifice, determination and progressive attitude would be the singular way-out of withstanding the poisons of Samsara!) ‘Arishta-Mrityu Suchanaas’ and precautions like Japa and Maha Kshetra Darshana Suta Maha Muni indicated certain premonitions of untoward tidings and of death when human beings ought to intensify virtuous deeds as the last breathing might arrive. The visions of Arundhati, Dhruva and the Celestial routes would mean that a person concerned might not last more than a year. Vision of Surya without rays and Agni with rays might indicate an eleven month end ahead; Mutra and Pureesha as gold and silver indicates that the end might approach within ten months; seeing a Golden Tree, or visit of a Gandharva Nagari or visions of Preta-Piscachas might allow a further life of nine months more; dream of a very huge monster or a skeletal figure could forewarn an eight month ahead; image of dust storm or muddy rain could indicate the end within seven months; a dream of a crow, or a kite or dove or any other meat-eating bird on a person’s head might presume death within six months; Straight lined crows flying on the sky could indicate death within the next four five months; thunders on a cloudless and clear sky or rainbow seen in a water body or a distorted image of one’s own self that the end might be within a couple of months; death is stated to be destined within a month when the person concerned would vision the self without head; an experience of the smell of a dead body or of unbearably rotten food could imagine that death might be withi some twenty five days; monkey dance while riding a chariot towards South might signpost already; a black robed woman leading a person towards South, vision of a headless body , a naked Sanyasi dancing, red face and yellow cheeks are signs of death. As the premonitions of one’s end is foreseen either dirctly or through dreams, then a wise person would immediately sit facing north before a lamp and peacefully concentrate on Parama Shiva and continue to be engaged in Dhyana by way of eyes of an idol or picture of Maha Deva,, ears by hearing hymns in praise of Him, smell Gandha and fragrance of flowers, mind and thought targetted to Him and Soul united with Him, and the whole body filled up with Omkara comprising three ‘Maatraas’ or Parts; the first Maatra is stated to be ‘Vidyuti’ or the Electric, the Second Maatra is ‘Taamasi’ and the final Maatra is Nirguna. ‘Pranava’ or Omkaara is like the Dhanush or a bow, Atma is described as the Arrowand Paramatma is the target. The person concerrned is to perform the Sadhana or the Holy Endeavour with steady mind and soul. In the word of OM there are Tri Maatraas of Akaara,Ukaara and Makaaraas, Tri Lokas, Tri Vedas, Tri Agnis, Tri Gunas and Tri Murtis. Akaara represents Bhu loka, Ukara of Bhuvar loka and Makaara the Swarloka withVyanjana in between. Omkara is Triloka maya; its head is Trivishtap, Prathama Maatra is hraswa or short, Dwiteeya Maatra is is Deergha or long and the ThirdMaatra is called ‘Pluta’. Those who practise Pranava is stated to enjoy the fruit of Ashwamedha Yagna.This would endow the Shakti and Power of Jitendriya, Pavitra and of Super Soul. This indeed is the Essence of ‘Paashupata Yoga’ by means of which the awareness of Jnaana, Brahmana, Ruk-Yajur-Saama Vedas and of Upanishads is automatically highlighted and ‘Shaswata Pada’ is secured. A highly committed and dedicated Namaskara to Shiva is like the ripe fruit on a tree swept by speedy wind power
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would fall on one’s own lap! Indeed an intelligent person need not wait till premonitions of death are conveyed to perform the effective means of Virtue. Maharshis underlined the enormous advantage of Kshetra Darshana. Mahadeva himself narrated to Devi Parvati of a few Shiva Lingas in some places of repute: Vaaraanasi manupraapya Darshayaamaasa Shankarah, Avimukteshwaram Lingam Vaasam tatra chakaara saha/ Vaaraanassi Kurukshetra Shri Parvata Mahaalaey, Tungeshvarey cha Kedaarey tatashaaney yoyatirbhavet/-Naimishecha Kurukshetrey Gangaadwaarey cha Pushkarey— Prayaagey vaa bhavenmoksha iha vaa matparigrahaat--Jaigeeshvaya guhaa sreshthaa Yoginaam sthaanamishyatey Kaivalyamnparamam yaati Devaanaamapi durlabham--Vyaghreswara iti Khyato nityamannahamaashitah, Na punargatim yaati drushtenam Vyaghrameeswaram/---Shaileswara miti khyatam drushyataa miha chaadaraat drushtetanmanujo Devi na Durgatimato vrajet—Sangameshwaramityevam khyaatam Jagatinmdryushyataam—-Madhyameshwaramityevam khyaatam Sarva Suraasurai--Puraa Jambukarupena Jagati khyatam Suraasuranamaskrutyam— Drumachandeswaram naama Bhadreswaramanuttamam, Shtaaneswaram tathaikaagatam Kaleshwaramajeswaram— Amaresham Mahaakaayam Jyotisham Bhasmagaatrakam yaani chaanyaani Punyaani sthaanaani mama Bhutaley— Rameswaram cha paramam Vishnunaa yadpratishthitam, Dakshina dwaara paarswey tu Kundaleswara meeswaram/ Purwadwaara sameepastham Triputaanthakamuttamam, Vivruddham Girinaasaartham Devadeva namaskrutam--Shringaatakeshwaram naama Shri Devyaa tu pratishthitam, Mallikaarjunakam chaiva mama Vaasamidam Shubham— Koteswram Mahaa tirtham Rudrakoti Ganaih Puraa,
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Devas. Jaageshwara. Bhadreswara. overthrew Indra and Devas from Swarga and made them shelterless besides tormenting Sages and the Virtuous. Koteshwara. Chandikaa nirmitam Sthaanamambikaa Tirthamuttamam/ ( The above is a brief mention of Tirthas including Varanasi / Avamukteshwara. Bhudevi saved. Shiva was present at the battle field and asked Devas to fight but Andhaka became too powerful to Indra and Devas. Brahma an Vishnu had all aproached Maha Deva as the atrocites of Andhaka became unbearable.)’ Shiva Leelaas: Andhaka pardoned. Damshtraa jagraaha drushtwaa taam bhushanaartyha mathaan manaha/ Dadhaara cha Mahadevam kurchitey vai Mahorasi/ Devaascha tushtavah sendraa Devadevasya Vaibhavam/ Dharaa Pratishthitaa hyovam Deva Devena Leelayaa/ 57 . Tasya damshtraa. Madhyeshwara. Amareshwara. Quite contrary to the occurrence of Andhaka. Rameshwara. the latter killed the Daitya as he sought to pull down Bhu Devi to Rasatala. But the revalation was as follows: Varaharupamanagham chachaala cha Dharaa punah. Gomandaleshwara etc. Playfully. Kedaara. Jambukeshwara. The Daitya realised the Supremacy of Maha Deva and commenced his Prayers. Prahlada rescued and Jalandhara killed (Nrisimha Stuti included) Andhaka was the son of Daitya Hiranyaaksha of Varaaha Avataara fame of Vishnu Deva. PushkaraPryaga. Shiva was pleased as Andhaka said: Bhagavan Deva Devesha! Bhaktaarthihara Shankara Twayi Bhaktihvpraseedesha yadi Deyo Varaschamey/ The Daitya was blessed by Maha Deva to secure the unique position of ‘Ganaadhipatya’. Maha Deva lifted up the Daitya and dangled and suspended him by the Trishula exposing him to the heat and high temperature of Surya Deva on the Sky. his father Hiranyaaksha or the Golden-Eyed Demon who also was the brother of the equally notorious Daitya named Hiranyakashipu attempted to forcibly drag and pull down Bhu Devi to Rasatala and Bhagavan Vishnu assumed the Incarnation of Matsya Deva and retrieved the Bhu Devata back to her original position by the might of his ‘damshtras’ and saved the entire Bhu Loka. Tripuraantakeshwara. Shri Parvata. Naimisha. Devaih Sarvestu Shakraadyaih sthaapitaani Varaananey--Chandikeshwarakam Devi Chandikeshaa twamaatmajaa.kraantaam Deva devasya dheematah/ Yadrucchayaa Bhavah Pashyan jagaama Jagadehs -warah. Vyaaghreshwara. In his own right. Shaileshwara.Sevitam Devi Pashyaadya Sarvasmaadadhikam Shubham— Gomandaleshwaram chaiva Nandaadyaih Supratishthitam. Kaleswara. Tungeshwara. Andhaka was highly ill-famed having secured the boon of invincibility from Brahma. Kurukshetra. Sthaaneshwara. Sangameshwara. Kundaleshwara. Gangadwara. Shringatakeshwara / Mallikarjuna.

No wonder Nrisimha who appeared as the Destroyer was Maha Deva Himself thus proving the Identity of Shiva and Vishnu once again in the context of Hirnya kashipu and Prahlada. Indeed the miraculous escapes of saving Prahlada were the handi-work of Narayana but the creation of a distinctive species of Nrisimha who was neither human nor of animal as per the prescription of Brahma’s boon to the Daitya. he utilised Saama-Daana-Bheda-Danda ways of diversion from Vaasudeva by way of persuation. Prahlada became the Prime target as he was the Bhakta of Narayana. Sharvaaya Sarva Rupaaya Purushaaya Namo namah/ Sadasdbhakti heenaaya Mahata Kaaranaaya tey. Brahmaadi Devas and Gana Gandharva Siddhaapsaraas extolled him to cool him down from the mood of rage and wrath as follows: Namastey Kalakaalaaya Namastey Rudra manyavey. Nityaaya Vishwa rupaaya Jaayamaanaaya tey Namah/ 58 . The latter was a confirmed Vishnu Bhakta and was always recited the Mantra of Om Namo Narayanaya. But Hiranyakashipu was an arch enemy of Vishnu and pursuant to his deep tapsya. Maanavas. offering valuable gifts including fulfillment of Earthly desires. that was how Vishnu was able to rescue as supportd by the damshtra of Maha Deva). revenge and extraordinary strength typical of Rudra the Samhaara kaari the epitome of violence and ruthlesseness if need be and a natural and Supreme Annihilator as opposed to Vishnu’s Raajasika Guna of Preservation. Brahma granted the boon that none shoud be able to secure victory against him by Devas. Nanah Shivaaya Sharvaaya Shanakaayarti haariney/ Mayaskaraaya Vishwaaya Vishnavey Brahmaney namah. Suta Maha Muni then referred to the Episode of Hiranyaasha’s brother Hiranyakashipu and of Prahlada.Bhutaanaam samplavey chaapi Vishnoschaiv Kalebaram/ Brahmanascha tathaanyeshaam Devaanaamapi Leelaya Vibhuranga vibhogena bhushito na yadi Prabhuh/ Katham Vimukti Vipraanaam tasmaaddhamshtri Maheswarah/ ( Varaha Rupa Vishnu retrieved Bhu Devi thanks to the enormous might of the ‘Damshtra’ of Varaha Deva. creating differences of mind against Vishnu and finally took recourse to physical tortures ranging from snake bites. As Maha Deva assumed the unique Narasimha Rupa and demolished the Demon. The Daitya King made all out efforts to deviate Prahlada from the Narayana fold. throwing from Mountain tops. Namah Shivaaya Rudraaya Shankaraaya Shivaayatey/ Ugrosi Sarva Bhutaanaam niyamtaamsi Shivosi nah. was materialised full of Tamasika Guna of cruelty.powerful Maha Deva while Vishnu was Vishnu’s body. flexibility of outlook and peace. Yaksha-Rakshasa-Gandharvaas and Kinnaroraga or any other species of Srishti. Antakaaya Namastubhya mumaayaah patayenamah/ Hiranya baahavey Saakshaadhiranya pataye namah. As the whole world was harassed by the Daitya. but the Damshtra of Varaha itself was the all. exposure to wild animals and so on.

Vaamaaya Vaama rupaaya Vaama netraaya tey namah/ Aghora rupaaya Vikataaya vikata shareeraaya tey namah. Rudraaya Nila Rudraaya Kadrudraaya prachetasey/ Kaalaaya Kaalaupaaya namah Kaalaanga haariney. Chakriney Vaarminey nityam Dautyaanaam Karma bhediney/ Sadyaaya Sadya rupaaya Sadyojaataaya tey namah. Purusha rupaauya Purushaka tatpuru . Meedhushtamaaya Devaaya Shitikanthaaya tey namah/ Mahiyasey namastubhyam Hantrey Devaarinaam sadaa. Kapardiney namastubhyam Kaalakanthaaya tey namah/ Kapadiney namastubhyam Kaalakanthaaya tey namah. Ishaanaaya Namamastubhymeeshvaraaya Namo Namah/ Brahmaney Brahmmarupaaya namah Saakshaacchivaaya tey. Devaanaam Shambhavey tubhyam Bhutaanaam Shambhavey namah/ Shambhavey Haimavatyaascha manyavey Rudra rupiney. Daityendreyrbahubhih saardham hitaartham Jagataam Prabhuh/ SaimhimSamaananyaayonim baadhatey nikhilam jagat. Yatkrutya.shaaya vai namah/ Purushaarthapradaanaaya pataye Parameshthiney. 59 . Nama Ugra Trishulaaya Ugraaya cha Namo namah/ Bhimaaya Bhima rupaaya Bhimakarmarataaya tey. Taaraaya cha Sutaaraaya Taaranaaya namo namah/ Harikeshaaya Devaaya Shambhavey Paramatmaney.atra Devesha tatkurushva bhavaaniha/ Ugresi Sarva dushtaanaam niyamtaasi Shivbisinah.Jaataaya bahudhaa lokey prabhutaaya namo namah. Agnmeyvadhaaya vai Bhutwaa Namo Durey vadhaayacha/ Dhanbviney Shuliney tubhyam Gadiney Haliney namah. Sarva Vishnurnrisimhasya rupamasthaaya Vishwakrut/ Hiranyakashipum hatwaa kararjairnakhai swayam.

Agni etc. Varuna. Tatonmesha nimeshaabhyaamaskaamam pralayodayou/ Unmeelayetthvayi Brahmanvinaashosti na tey Shiva Samptatasmo vayam Deva Harinaamita tejasaa/ Sarvbaloka hitaayainam tatwam samhartu micchasi/ Evam stutastadaa Devairajagaama sa yathaakramam. threatened Maharshis to worship him and not Narayana / Mahadeva. As the Daitya was killed there emerged mammoth streams of his blood which right upto Maha Rourava Naraka where he was destined to reach for retribution. as headed by Indra under his feet. On facing Maha Deva. yah patheycchrunuyaadwaaipi samstavam shaarvamutthamam/ Rudralokamanupraapya Rudrena saha modiney/ (As Brahma. self-pride. As this unique devastation of Jaalandhara happened. Jaalandhara bragged a lot that he kept Devas like Surya. He pressed his toes to form ever increasing sheets of water and challenged the Daitya to extricate himself from the ever-gushing water if he could! Then Bhavan opened his Third Eye a he was called Bhaga Netra of the Aksouhinis of his mammoth army got instantly got burnt into ashes. Maha Deva merely smiled and was amused at his ego. Chandra. Vayu. who was born of water and the resident of water from where his strength got re-doubled from time to time and kept the totality of the Universe under his feet and defeated in a series of battles the Devas and Indra and even Brahma and Vishnu! As there was a furore and scare created among all the Beings and since the Daitya displayed arrogance. Devas showered flowers from Indra loka. Apsaras who had been in bondage under the Daitya for very many years went berserk with dances and Saptarshis recited Scriptures of Victory with enormous relief and gratitude to the ever merciful Parameshwara.Kaalakutaadi vapushaa traahi nah sharanaagataan/ Shukram tu vruttam Vishvesha kreedaa vai kevalam vayam. completely upset the balance of Universe by breaking the established the age-old Laws of Nature. and a huge sense of invincibility. ‘Vishnu kruta Shiva Sahasra Naamaavali’ Suta Maha Muni narrated that having installed a Maha Shiva Linga on the top of Himalayas 60 . the latter cooled down and re-established Dharma and Virtue on Earth since Hiranya kashipu dared to dethrone Indra and Devas. tormented Brahmanaas to perform Yagnas in his name and the co-Daityas and as the tip of the ice-burg haraassed his own son Prahlada a confirmed Narayana Bhakta even to the extent of murdering him but for the intervention of Vishnu). Devatas and others extolled Nrisimha Deva as above. immorality. Yama. Yet another Shiva Leela was in the context of the slaying Daitya Jaalandhra. that he ignored the enormous Mahima of Brahma Deva and that lately even the mighty Vishnu was humbled in straight battles. His chariot too got burnt off and as he became desperate the Daitya lifted his shoulders to lift his powerful Chakra but Shiva released his Trishula and the daitya’s body was slashed into two halves. Indra and the whole lot of Celestial Beings approached as a last resort. Narayana accompanied by Brahma. Gandharvas a Kinnaras sang reverberating songs in praise of Parama Shiva. unbridled insolence and audacity.

Brahma dhrug Vishwasrukswargah Kanikaarah Priyah Kavih/ 20) Shaakho Vishaakho Goshaakhah Shivo naikah kratuh samah.Vishnu Bhagavan worshipped with each Kamala flower and samitha in Agni along with the recital of each name of Shiva Shasra naamaas as follows: 1)Bhavah Shivo Haro Rudrah Purushah Padmalochanah. Dhyaanaadhaaro paricchedyo Gauri Bhartaa Ganeswarah/ 6)Ashtamurtirvishwamurtirstrivargah Sarvasaadhanah. Abhivaado Mahaachaaryo VishvakarmaaVishaaradah/ 32)Veeta raago Vinitaatma Tapaswi BhutaBhaavanah. Visaalaksho Mriga Vyaadhah Sureshah Suryataapanah/ 13) Dharmakarmaakshamah Kshetram Bhagavaan Bhaganetrabhit. Dhanurdharo Dhanurvedo Guna raashir gunaakarah/ 31) Anantadrushti –raanando dando Damayitaa Damah. Mahaahlado Mahaagarbhah Siddhivrindaara vantitah/ 27) Vyaaghra charma dharo Vyaali Mahaabhuto Mahaa Nidhih. Unmatta veshah Pracchhanno Jita Kaamo Jita priyah/ 33) Kalyaana Prakritih Kalpah Sarvaloka Prajaapatih. Kaalakaalah Krutthivaasaah Subhagah Pranavaatmakah/ 10) Unmattha veshaschakshushyo Durvaasah Smara shaasanah. Amritaangomrita vapuh Panchayagnah Prabhanjanah/ 28) Pancham Vimshiti Tatwajnah Paarijaatah Paraavarah. Aho Samvatsaro Vyaaptih Pramaanam Parama 61 . Gangaadharah Shuladharah Paraathaika prayojanah/4) Sarvajnah Sarva Devaadi Giridhanwaa Jataadharah.Veda Shaastraartha Tatwajno Niyamo Niyamaashrayah/ 35) Chandrah Suryah Shanih Keturviraamo Vidrumacchavih. Jnaanagamyo Drudhah Prajno Deva Devastrilochanah/ 7) Vaama Devo Mahaa Devah Paanduh Paridhrudho Dhrudah. Vishwa rupo Virupaaksho Vaageeshah Shuchintarah/ 8) Sarvapranaya samvaadi Vrushaanko Vrisha vaahanah. Bhamashuddhi karo Meru Raajoswi Shuddha Vigrahah/ 26) Hiranya retaastara nirnirmamaree chirmahilaalayah. Chandrapeedaschandramoulir vidwaan Vishwaamareshewarah/ 5) Vedaantasaara sandohah Kapaali Nilalohitah. Shulabha Suvratah Shuro Vangmayaika nidhirnidhih/ 29) Varnaashrama Gurur varni Shatrujitcchatru taapanah.yudhah Skanda Guru Parameshthi Paraayanah/ 11) Anaadi madhya nidhano Girisho Giribandhanah. Smashaanaanilayah Sukshmah Smashaanastho Maheswarah/ 15) Lokakarta Bhutapatir mahaakartaa Mahowshadhi. Sarvakarmaachalastwashtaa Mangalyo Mangaavritah/ 37) Mahatapaa Dirghatapaah Sthvavishtah Sthaviro Dhruvah. Ishah Pinaaki Khatvaangi Chitra veshadchirantanah/ 9) Tamoharo Mahaa Yogi Goptaa Brahnaangatdhujjati. 2) Arthitavyayah Sadaachaarah Sarva Shamhumeeshwarah. Bhakti gamyah Param rahma Mriga baanaarpanonaghah/ 36) Adri Raajaalaha Kaantah aramaatmaa Jagadguruh. Loka kaaro Vedakaarah Sutrakaarah Sanaatana/ 18) Maharshih Kapilaachaaryo Vishvadeeptistrilochanah/ Pinaaka Paani Bhurdevah Swastidah Swastikrudstadaa/ 19) Tridhaamaa Soubhagah Sharvah Sarvajnah Sarv gocharah. Saguno Ganakaaryascha Sukeertis –chhinna samshaha/ 22) Kaama devah Kaamapaalo Bhasmodvilita vigrah. Somapomritapah Somo Mahaaneetir mahaa –matih/ 17) A jaata shatruraalokah Sambhavo Havyavaahanah. Adhyaatmayoga nilayah Sutantustantu vardhanah/ 25) Shubhaango Loka saarango Jagatishomritaashanah. Ugrah Pashupatistaatha kaksharya priya bhaktah Priyam vadah/ 14) Daataa Dayaakaro Dakshah Kapardi Kaama shaasanah. Uttaro Gopatirgopta Jnaanagamya Puraatanah/ 16) Neetih Suneetih Shuddaatmaa Soma Somaratah sukhi. Ishwarah Sthaanireeshaanah Sahasraakshah Sahasrapaat/ 3)Vareeyaan Varado Vandyah Shankarah Parameshwarah. Gangaaplavodako Bhaavah Sakala sthaapitarsthirah/ 21) Vijitaatmaa Vidheyyatmaa Bhuta vaahana saarathih. Ahramah kshapana Khaamo Jnaanavaana chalaachalah/ 30) Pramaana BhutoDurjayah Suparno Vaayu Vaaanah. Bhasma priyo Bhasma shaahi Kaami kantah kritaagamah/ 23) Samaayukto Nivruttaatmaa Dharma Yuktah Sadaa Shivah. Tapaswin Taarako dheemaa Pradhaana Prabhuravyayah/ 34) Lokapaalontarhitaatmaa Kalpaadih Kamalekshanah. Dhrudhaa. Chaturmukhaschatur baahudduraavaaso duraasadah/ 24) Durgamo Durlabho Durgah Sarvaayudha Vishaaradah. Kuberabandhuh Shri Kantho Loka Varnottamottahah/ 12) Saamaanya Devah Kodandi Nilakanthah Parashwadhi.

Ishto Vishishtah Shishteshthah Sharabha Sharabho dhanuh/ 47) Apaam Nidhirashishtaanam Vijayo Nija Kaalavit. Mataamaho cha Maatarishwaa Nabhaswaan naaga haaradhruk/ 75) Pulasyah Pulaho-gastyo Jaatu Jaatu Karma Paraasharah. Balarupo Balonmaathi vivarto gahano Guruh/ 49) Karanam Kaaranam Kartaa Sarva Bandha vimochanah. Yuktirunnata kirtischa Shaanta raagah Paraajayah/ 57) Kailasapati Kaamaarih Savitaa Ravilochanah. Jagaddhitaishi sugatah Kumaarah Kushalaagamah/ 73) Hiranya Varno Jyotishmaatraana bhuta dharo dhwanih. Bhuddhasshataaksharo Mantrah Samaanah Saarasam pluvah/ 46) Yugaadi krudyugaavartho Gambhiro Vrisha vaahanah. Vidvattamo Veeta bhayo Vishwahartaa nivaaritah/ 58) Nityo niyata kalyaanah Punya shravana keertanah. Maghavaan koushiko Gomaan Vishraamah Sarva shaasanah/ 54) Lalaataaksho Vishwa Dehaha Saarah Samsaara chakra bhrut. Vishwatthamo Veetabhayo Vishwa bhartaa Nishaakarah/ 50) Vyavasaayo Vyavastthaanah Sthaanado Jagadaadijah. Arogo Nayamaadyaksho Vishwaamitro Dwijottamah/ 74) Brihajjotih Sudhaamaacha Maha Jyoti ranuttamah. Amoghorishta -mathano Mukundo Vigatajjvarah/ 67) Swayamjyotiranujyotirachanchalah. Ahah Sarveshwarah snigdho Mahaa retaa Mahaa balah/ 39) Yogi Yogyo Mahaaretaah Siddhah Sarvaadiragnidah.tapah/ 38) Samvatsarakaro Mantraha Pratyayah sarva Darshanah. Vaalakhilyo Mahaachaapastigmaanshuhrnithi ravyayah/ 53) Abhiraamaha Susharanah Subrahmanyah Sudhaapatih. Pratishthatah Praagmajno Hiranyakavacho Harih/ 48) Virochanah Suragano Vidyesho Vibhudha ashrayah. Veera Chudaamair. Bhago Viviswaanaadityo Yogaachaaryo Brihaspatih/ 69) Udaara Kirtirudyogi Sadyogi Sadasanmayah. Tatwaatthatwa Vivekaatmaa Vibhushanurbhuti bhushanah/ 63) Rishir Brahmanavivijjishnur janma mrityu jaraatigah. Dundhubho Lalito Vishvo Bhavatmaatmani Samstitah/ 51) Veereshwaro Veerabhadro Veerahaa Veerabhrudviraat. Aoujastejo Dhyutikaro Nartakah Sarva Kaamakah/ 45) Nrityapriyo Nrityanritriyah Pakaashaatma Prataapavaan. Kamandaludharo Dhanvi Vedaango Vedavin Munih/ 41) Bhraajishnur bhojanam bhoktaa Loka Netaa Duraadharah. Ateendrayo Mahaa Maayah Sarvaa Vaasashchatushpathah/ 42) Kaala Yogi Mahaa Naado Mahotsaaho Maha Balalah/ Mahaabuddhr mahaa viryo Bhutachaari Purandharah/ 43) Niscaacharah Pretachaari Mahaashaktir Mahaa -dytutih. Pingalah Kapilashmashruh Shaastra netra strayitanuh/ 68) Jnaanaskandho Maha Jnaani Niruptirupaplavah. Nivaarana Dharmajno Virincho Vishta Shavaah/ 76) Atma bhura nirudhhotri Jnaana Murtir Mahaa Yashaah. Yajno yajna paritryajjwaa Yajnaantomogha vikramah/ 64) Mahendro Durbharah Seni Yajgnaango Yagjnavaahanaha. Gayatri Valllabhavah Praamshurvishwa vaasah Prabhaakarah/ 66) Shishurgiritatah Saamraat Sushenaha Surashatruhaa. Loka Chudaamanit 62 . Vasurvasumanaah Satyah Sarva paapaharo Harah/ 40) Amritah Shaswatah Shaanto Baana hastah prataapavaan. Pancha Brahma Samutpatti Vishvesho Vimalodayah/ 65) Atmayoniraadyanto Shatvimshatsapr loka dhruk. Anaadirbhurbhuvo Lakshmih Kiriti tripadasha adhipah/ 60) Vishwagoptaa Vishva Bhartaa Sudheero Ruchiraangadah. Janano Jana Janmaadih Preetimaanniti maannayah/ 61) Visishta Kaashyapo Bhaanurbheemo Bheema paraakramah. Pranavah Saptadhaachaaro Mahaakaayo Mahaa Dhanuh/ 62) Janmaadhipo Mahaa Devah Sakalaagama paaragah. Amogha dandi Madhyastho Hiranyo Brahmavarchasi/ 55) Paramaarthah Paramayah Shambaro Vyaghrakonalah.vetta Tivranaado Nadeedharah/ 52) Agnaadhaarastrishuli cha sipivishtah Shivaalayah. Anirdeshyvapur Shrimaan Sarvahaaryamito gatih/44) Bahushruto Bahu Mayo Niyantaatma Bhavodbhavah. Nakshatra maali Rakeshah Swaadhishtaanah Shadaashrayah/ 70) Pavitra paanih Paapaarirmanipuro Manogatih/ Hrutpundareeka maaseenah Shuklah Shaanto Vrishaakapih/ 71)Vishnurgrahapatih Krishnah Samarthonartha naashanah. Durashravaa Vishwasaho Dhyeyo Dusswapna naashanah/ 59) Uttarako Drushkrutihaa Dhurdharsho Duhsaho bhyayah. Adharmashatru rakshasya Puruhutah Purushtutah/ 72) Brahma Garbho Brihadgarbho Dharma Dhenurdhanaagamah. Ruchirvara ruchir vidyo Vaachaspatiraharpatih/ 56) Ravirvirochanah Skandhah Shaastaa Vaivasvato janah.

Tumbi Veeni Maakaayo Vishokah Shoka naashanah/ 108) Trilokaatmaa Trilokeshah Shuddhah Shuddhi Rathaakshajah. Dhurjatih Khandaparashuh Sakalo Nishkalo ghanah/ 101) Aadhaarah Sakalaadhaarah Panduraabho Mundo natah. Avyakta lakshano Vyakto Vyaktaavyakto vishaampatih/ 109) Varasheelo Varatulo Maano Maana dhano mayah. Linghaadhyashah Suraadhaksho Yugaadhyaksho Yugavaha/ 97) Swavashah Suvashaha. Vasanto Maadhavo Greeshmo Nabhasyo beeja vaahanah/ 82) Angiraamuniraatreyo Vimalo Vishwa vaahanah. Andhakaarirmukhadweshi Vishnu kandhara paatanah/ 100) Veetadosho kshaya guno Dakshaarih Pushadantadhvat. Arthonartho Mahakoshah Parakaaryaika paditah/ 116) Nishkantakah Kritaanando Nirvyaajo Vyaja mardanah. Anapyaaksharah Kaantah Sarva Shaastra bhrutaam varah/ 106) Tejomayo Dyutidharo Lokamaayograniranuh/ Shuchismitah prasannatmaa Durjayo Duratikramah/ 107) Jyotirmayo Niraakaaro Jagannatho Jaleshwarah. Nidaaghastapano Meghah Pakshah Para Puyranjayah/ 81) Mukhaanilah Sunishpannah Surabhih Shishiraamakah. Padmaasanah Paramjyotih Paraavarparamam phalah/ 90) Padmagarbho Mahagarbho Vishwagarbho Vichakshanah. Asamtushtotithih Shakrah Pramaathi Paapanaashanah/ 79) Vasushravaah Kavya Vaahaha Pratapto Vishwa bhojanah. Sadgatih Satkrutih Saktah Kaalakanthaha Kalaadharah/ 104) Maani Maanyo Mahaakaalah Sadgatih Satyaparaayanah. Chaturvedaschatur bhaavas -chaturaschatura priyah/ 86) Aamnaayotha Samaanayastirtha Deva Shivaalayah. Devaasureswaro Divyo Devaasura Maheswarah/ 93) Sarva Vedamayo -chintyo Devatatmaatma sambhavah. Paavanah Pururjicchakrastrividyo Nara vaahanah/ 83) Mano Buddhir ahankaarah Kshetrajnah Kshetra Paalakah. Tejonidhir jnaananidhirvipaako Vighna kaarakah/ 84) Adharonuttaro jneyo jyeshtho Nisshreya saalayah. Manojavastirthakaro Jatilo Jeeviteshwarah/ 103) Jeevitaanta karo Nityo Vasuretaa Vasupriyah. Deva Priyo Deva naatho Devajno Deva chintakah/ 113) Vishamaakshah Kalaadhyaksho Vrishaanko Vrisha Vardhanah. Eedyaayo-neeshah Suravyaaghro Deva Simho Divakarah/ 94) Vibhuraagra Varah Sreshthah Sarava Devottamottamah. Purnah Puriyata Punyah Sukumaarah Sulochanah/ 102) Saama geyah Priyankarah Punya keertiranaamayah. Shailo Nagastanurdoho Daanavaari rindama/ 85) Chaarudhirjanakaschaaru vishalyo Loka shalya krit. Paraavarajno beejeshaya Sumukhah Sumahaaswanah/ 91) Devaasura Gurur devo Devasura Namaskritah Devaasura Mahaa maatro Devaasura Mahaashrayah/ 92) Devaadi Devo Devashi Devaasura Varapradah.patir vegi Pluvanah Shikhi saarathih. Satwavaan Saatvikah 63 . Swargah Swarah Swara-mayaswanah/ Beejaadhyaksho Beejakartaa Dhanakruddhanavardhanah / 98) Dambho dambho Mahadambhah Sarva Bhutameheswarah. Sahasra mutrhaa Devendrah Sarva Shastrta prabhanjanah/ 88) Mundo Virupo Vikrutom Dandi Daanto Gunottamah. Alankarishnutatwachalo Rochishnurvikramotthamah/ 78) Aashushabda. Brahmachaari Lokachaari Dharmachari Dhanaa-dhipatah/ 96) Nandi Nandeyshwaro Nagno Nagna-Vrata dharah Shuchih. Smashaana nilayasthishyah Setura pratimaakrutih/ 99) Lokottara sphutaalokastrayambiko Naga bhushanah. Nirmado Nirahamkaaro Nirmoho Nirupadravah/ 114) Darpahaa Darpito Draptah Sarvartu Parivartakah. Jaryo Jaraadhi shamano Lohitascha Tanupapaat/ 80) Prushadashvo Nabhoyonih Supratikastamistriha. Brahma Vishnuh Prajaapaalo Hamso Hamsa geetiryamah/ 110) Vedhaa Dhaata Vidhaataa cha Attaa Hartaa Chaturmukhah.veerah Chanda Satya paraakramah/ 77) Vyalakalpo Mahaakalpo Mahaa Vrikshah Kalaadharah. Sapta Jimhavah Sahasraarchih Snidhah Prakrti dakshinah/ 115) Bhuta bhavya Bhavannathah Prabhavo Bhraanti naashanah. Bahurupo Maharupah Sarvarupaascharaacharah/ 87) Nyaayanirvaahako Nyaayo Nyaayagamyo Niranjanah. Pingalaakshoya Haryaksho Neelagreevo Niraamayah/ 89) Sahasra Baahuha Sarveshah Sharanyah Sarva Loka bhrit. Kaislaasa Shikhiraavaasi Sarvaavbaasi Sataam Gatih/ 111) Hiranyagarbho Harinah Purushah Purvajah Pitaa. Shiva Jnaana niratah Shriman Shikhi Shri Parvaa Priyah/ 95) Jayastambho Vishisthambho Nara Simha nipatanah. Bhutalayo Bhutapatir bhuto Bhuvaneshwarah/ 112) Samyogi Yogavidbrahmaa Brahmanyo Braahman priyah. Chandra sanjjevanah Shaastaa Lokagudho – maraadhipah/ 105) Loka bandhurloka naathah Kritajnah Kruti bhushanah.

Shiva further forecast to Vishnu that soon there would be a Daksha Yagna and that Devi Sati being Shiva’s Arthanareeswari would immolate herself in Agni out of frustration against her father and after the destruction of the Yagna. Prashanta buddhi – rakshudrah Kshudrahaa Nitya Sundarah/ 132) Dhairgraya dhuryo Dhaatrishah Shaaklayah Sharvari patih. Shiva Parvati Kalyana and ‘Vighneshotpatti’ Daksha Prajapati’s jealousy for Maha Deva climaxed with Daksha Yagna to which Maha Deva was uninvited despite Sage Dadhichi’s intervention. Ekajyotirniraatanko Naro Narayana Priyah/ 130) Nirlepo Nishprapanchaatmaa Nirvyagro Vyagra naashanah. but since one more Shiva Naama was still due in the Puja. she neither stayed back at the Yagna nor felt proper returning to Shiva and had thus self-immolated in the Fire-pit. recites and remembers the afore-given Shiva Sahasramamaas would reap the fruit of performing Aswamedha Yagnaas and Shiva Loka prapti. Daksha’s daughter Sati Devi and wife of Maha Deva insisted on attending the Yagna even while Maha Deva objected initially but reluctantly agreed with Pramatha Ganas ecsorting her. Sati’s immolation at Daksha Yagna. Stavyastava priyah stotaa Vyasamurtiranaakulah/131) Nirvadyapadopaayo Vidyaaraashiravikramah. An enraged Maha Deva got furious and having created Virabhadra ordered the latter to destroy Daksha Yagna. Paramaartha Guru drishtir Gururaashrita vatsalah/ 133) Raso Ramajnah Sarvajnaha Sarva Satvaalambanah –Suta Vuvacha: Evam Naamnaam Sahasrena tushtaav Viishabhaddwajam/ [Also refer to Shiva Sahasranaamas in the Essence of Shiva Purana and Essence of Brahma Purana in the Series of Essence of Puranas along with meanings in English] As Bhagavan Vishnu prayed to Maha Deva by worshipping him with each lotus flower by reciting the name of Shiva as above. Varaahashringa dhrugvaayur balavaaneka naayakah/ 120) Shruti prakaashaha Shritimaaneka Bandhuraneka dhruk. Supreetah Sumukhaha Sukshmah Sukaro Dakshinonalah/ 118) Skandah Skandha dharo Duryah Prakatah Preetivardhanah. Mekhali Kavachi Khadgi Maayi Samsaara saarathih/ 125) Amrityuh Sarvadhruk Simhastejo raashir Mahaa Manih. Paraartha Vrittir Varado Viviktah Shruti saagarah/ 123) Anirvanno Gunagrahi Kalankaankah Kalamkahaa. Avyktamo Duraadharsha Madhurah Priyadarshanah/ 127) Suresham Sharanam Sarvah Shabda Brahma Sataangatih. she would return as Devi Parvati as Shiva’s wife and in the conduct of the future happenings Vishnu should play a proactive role in the times ahead! Whoever reads. As Daksha disliked her attedance at the Yagna and openly criticised Maha Deva. Asankhyoprameyatma Veeryavaan Kaaryakovidah/ 126) Vedyo Vedarthavidgopta Sarvaachaaro Muneeswarah. Aparaajitah Sarvasaho Vidagdhah Sarva Vaahanah/ 119) Adhrutah Swadhrutah Saadhyah Purti Murti Yashodharah. Maha Deva desired to test Vishnu who wondered how one lotus fell short of the count. Kaala bhakshaha Kalamkaarih Kankanikruta vaasukih/ 128) Maheshwaso Mahibharta Nishkalamko vrishankhalah. Vishnu cut off his own eye and completed the Puja! Shiva appeared and emerged from Agni in the form of Sahsara Suryas when Devas ran away out of fear and Bhumi was in tremors! Then Maha Deva who was pleased with the puja gave back Vishnu’s eye to him since when Vishnu was called HARI or the stolen and also as PADMAKSHA or of lotus eye. Shiva also gifted Sudarshana Chakra to Vishnu as it was unused and remained with him unutilised as Shiva used a Shiva Dhanush to kill Tripurasuras. Dyumanistaranirdhanyah Shiddidah Shiddhisaadhanah/ 129) Nivrittah Samvratah Shilpo Vyudhorasko Maha Bhujah. Akaayo Bhakta kaayasthah Kaala jnaani Kalaavapuh/ 122) Satya vrata Maha Tyagi Nishtha Shanti Parayanah.Satya keetimsthambha kritaagamah/ 117) Akampito Guna graahi naikaatmaa naika karma krit. Shri Vallabha Shivaarambhah Shaanti bhadrah Samanjasah/ 121) Bhushyo Bhutakrud bhutirbhushano Bhutavaahanah. Swabhava Rudro Madhyasthah Shatrughno Madhya naashakah/ 124) Shikhandi Kavachi Shuli Chandi Mundi cha Kundali. As 64 .

Kapaala danda paashaasi 65 . Akaaya yartha kaayaaya Hareyh kaayaapahariney/ Kaayaantastha amritaadhaara mandalaavasthitaaya tey. Daanas. roamed aimlessy in forests to perfom Tapasya. Shiva continued his Tapasya and so did Parvati by reciting Om Namo Shivaaya Namah Mantra as taught to her by Sage Narada.The wedding of Purusha and Maya were thus consummated finally. The merciful Shiva no doubt gave the boon of the couple to become husband and wife again in their next births as Pradyumna the son of Krishna and Rukmini and Rati as Devi Maya. Indra requested Kama Deva to release the arrows of passion on Shiva as Parvati was in Shiva’s silent worship. there should also indeed be a Facilitator of Good Deeds viz. There were no barriers (Vighnas) to immorality and wickedness and the malevolent forces on Earth had a free play enabled by extremities of Tamasika and Rajasika Gunas. Kaali vishuddha Dehaaya Kaalikaa Karanaaya tey/ Kaala Kanthaaya Mukhyaaya Vaahanaaya Varaaya tey. Rishis felt that besides obstructing such rampant free play of Evil. Ambikaa pataye tubhyam Hiranya pataye namah/ Hiranya retasey chaiva Namah Sharvaaya Shuliney. That was the opportune time when Indra and Devas accompanied by Brahma approached Maha Deva when Dharma and Nyaaya ( Virtue and Justice) were at the lowest ebb and the evils perpetrated by Daitya-Danava-Rakshasas were abysmal. Maha Deva was forlorn. humans to be blessed with Karya Siddhi or Fulfilment of Good Deeds). Brahmaanam cha Harim Vipraa labheypsitavaraa yatah/ Tatosmaakam Surah sreshthaa sadaa vijaya sambhavah. Devi Gauri coming of age was allowed to assist Maha Deva in his daily Tapasya and Indra and Devas had the know-how that only Skanda the second son of Shiva-Parvati could demolish Tarakasura. Avighna as opposed to Vighna.Daksha was beheaded by Virabhadra. Kritaadibhedakaalaaya Kaala vegaaya tey namah/ Kaalaagni Rudra Rupaaya Dharmaadyashta padaayacha. For instance the well-meaning persons should not face obstacles in their Yagnas. Vighnesha be created who would give impediments to the Evil-doers and Facilities to Seekers of Good Deeds like women folk to grant good sons. In their anxiety to expedite the process of Shiva-Parvati wedding. Devas appealed to Maha Deva as follows: Namah Sarvatmaney tubhyam Sarvajnaaya Pinakiney/ Anaghaaya Virinchaaya Devyaah Karyaardha –daayinye . Teshaam tatastu Vighnaarthamavighnaaya Divoukasaam/ Putraartham chaiva Naareenaam Naraanaam karma Siddhaye. Vighnesham Shankaram srashtam Ganapam stotumararhata/ (Thus Devas requested that a Personification viz. In this context. Parama Shiva condoned Daksha and revived him. Finally Saptarishis were asked to mediate the auspicious wedding of Parvati the daughter of Himavaan and Maina. After the departure of Sati Devi. meanwhile two significant developments came to light that Tarakasura secured boons of invincibility from Brahna and Diatyas made havoc all over Trilokaas. although for Loka Kalyana. Rati Devi felt that her husband Kama Deva became a victim of the cross-fire. Parama Shiva was annoyed at the mischievous provocation of Kama Deva and destroyed him by his Trinetra or the Third Eye. Brahma and Devas prevailed Maha Deva to wed Devi Parvati. Meanwhile Vishnu. Vratas. Kshetra Darshanas and such virtuous deeds and ‘Mangala Karyas’ or of Auspicious Tasks: Avighnam Yagna daanaadyaih samabhyarchya Maheswaram. Shiva tested Parvati about her seriousness and guised as a semi-nude and mad vagabond critisised Shiva and a furious Parvati threw him out when he revealed his identity.

Kapaala. as also to those who perform Vedaadhyana. Lava rephalallaangaya nirangaaya cha tey namaha/ Sarveshaameva Bhutaanaam hrudi nihsswana kaariney. Agni and Chandra are your Eyes. Then Shiva Himself assumed the Golrious Form of Ganeshwara Swarupa of an Elephant Head or Gajaanana and of a Trishula Dhari and there were reverberations of Victory sounds and rains of scented flowers from the Skies and all Lokas above and from all over the Yogis. Trishuladhaari. recount and relate the above Rudra Stuti would definetely aspire for Parama Gati!) As Devas made the above Stuti. Maheshwaraaya dhiraay Namah Sakshaatcchivaaya tey/Athah shrunu Bhagavan stavacchalena kathitamajendra – mukhaih Suraasureshyaih. Rukyajursaama vedaaya Omkaaraaya namonamah/ Omkaarey Trividham rupamaasthaayoparivaasiney. As the Bala Ganapati prostrated before his parents Shiva and Parvati. Surya. Makha Madana Yamaagni Daksha Yagnakshapana vichitra vichoshthinta Kshamasva/ Suta Vuvaacha: Yah patheh stavam bhkatyaa Shakraagni Pramukhaih Suraih keertitamshaavayod Vidwaan sa yaati Paramaam Gatim/ ( Sarva Samaatma. Adhyaapana and Vkyakhyaana improperly. Sarpa haara. of Yellow-White-Blood Red Profiles. Gunatrayopiristhaaya Tirtha paadaaya tey namah/ Tirtha tatwaaya saaraaya tasmaadapi paraaya tey. Panchaakshra Swarupa! You wear the two Panchaksharas or of Five Syllables viz. Adimadhyaantara shunyaaya chitsamsthaaya Namonamah/ Yamaagni vaayu Rudraambu Soma Shakra nishcaacaraih. Kalakantha. Rudra Rupa. ‘Ta’ and ‘Ta’ as your feet. Pancha Mukha. Digmukheydigmukhey nityamsagunaih pujitaaya tey/ Sarveshu sarvadaa Sarva maargey Sampujitaayatey. Rudraaya RudraNilaaya Kadrudraaya prachetasy.Soma-Indra and Devatas as all so Nisacharas or the Ones active through out the night. ‘Pa’ as your Linga. Kaadipanchaka hastaaya chaadihastaaya tey namah/ Daadipaadaaya Rudraaya taadi paadaaya tey namah. ‘ Ka’and ‘Cha’as your arms. Mula Shukshma swarupaaya sthula sukshmaaya tey namah/ Sarva samkalpa shunyaaya Sarvasmaadrakshitaaya tey. Bhruvomratey sadaa sadbhidrushtaayanta bhavaney/ Bhanu somaagni netraaya Paramaatma swarupiney. at the same time Ganesha shoud reward those 66 . Virinchi / Brahma Swarupa. Panchaaksharadyasho tubhyam Paraatparataraaya tey/ Shodashaswara Vajraanga vaktraayaakshara rupeney. always worshipped by Yama-Agni-Vayu-Varuna-RudraJala. Ambika Pati. Omkara is your Form too as the composite of A-U-M viz. you are also of the Swarupas of Brahma-Vishnu. Swarna Swarupa or of Golden Formed. devoid of Beginning. you are Maheswara and Sakshaat or in Rreality Parama Shiva Himself! Whoso ever would read. Danda-Paasha-Khadga-Ankusha dhara.charmaankusha dharaaya cha/ Pataye Haima vatyaascha Hema shuklaaya tey namah. the latter posted kisses on the son’s head and prescribed the do’s and don’ts such as to create hidrances in the execution of Yagnas without dakshinas. destroy Serial Daityas and protect Brahma Vaadi Dwijas and Siddhas.Middle-End. you again are of the Formula of Sukshma and Sthula or of Miniature and Gross. Peetaaya Krishna Varnaaya Raktaayaanthyata tejasey/ Sthaana panchaka samsthaaya panchadaanda bahih kramaat. indeed. Ruk-YajurSama Vedas are of your Form. Siddhaas and Sages welcoming the Lord of Vighnas and Avighnas as per his descretions and the strength of one’s own deeds. recite. Agni Rupa. Pinakapaani was extremely delighted and assured that he would neither allow any obstruction to Deva Karyas to be caused by any Daitya-Danava and such other mischievous forces nor encourage the success of any evil against virtue.and Kumara. Brahmaney Vishnavey tubhyam Kumaaraaya namonamah/ Ambaayaah Parameshaaya Sarvoparichaarayatey. Deva Karya Siddhi kara or who concludes the tasks of Devas successfully. Peetashuklaaya rakshaartham Suraanaam Krishnavartmaney/ Panchamaaya Mahaapancha yagninaam phaladaayacha. Panchasya phani haraaya Panchaaksharamayaaya tey/ Panchadhaa Pancha Kaivalya Deavairarchita Murtaye. Paadi Mahendraaya Yadyanga dhaatu saptaka dhaariney/ Shaantaatma rupiney Saakshaatkshandata krodhiney namah. Anagha or Beyond Sins. Kaala Rupa.

Indeed it was a matter of time that Daruka fell down unconscious and got terminated out of sheer fright. throwing huge globes of fiery flames that could as well destroy the Totality! Danavas who accompanied Daruka had a mere glimpse of Kaumari Shiva and went helter-skelter as her mere smile thundered and thousands of them perished. Thus any worship. Shiva smiled to Devi Parvati-the Adi Purusha and Prakriti in visual Formsand asked Parvati to transfer an Amsha of Siva’s masculine Swarupa into her. The Kaumari Shakti sported a fiery third eye. The Prathama Puja to Ganesha should be also done with Dhyana-Avahana-Pushpa-Gandha-Dhupa-Deepa-Naivedyas just as the Main Devata of the Puja was to be performed. Indra and Devas hailed Maha Deva for his kindness in killing Daruka Daitya and brought back to balance in the Universe and relieved Devas from the atrocities of Daruka Daanava. there was no visible transformation in the mutual entities of Shiva and Parvati as there was a veil of Maya all around and both Siva and Parvati were as quiet and unperturbed as ever. By so doing Vighna Nayaka would be the most sought after in Tri Lokas. But Kaumari’s anger was unabated and her looks got spread in different directions like wild fire destroying what ever came on way. Brahma. Shiva emphasised to Ganesha that any Puja to him. the boon that he secured was that none among the Purushas or Males could destroy him nor Stree-Shakti per se too . As she recovered from the frenzy a little. or Vrata. This is relevant to all Varnas of Brahmana-Kshatriya-Vaishya and others too. Upanayanas. From that unusual Tandava were materialised Ashta Kshetrapalakas who too got into the rhythm of Shiva Tandava. Vivaahas. with poison in her throat and a huge Trishula in the hands. or for that matter any and every task seeking propitiousness shoud start with Ganesha Puja in Hindu Dharma with the invocation to Vighneswara thus: ‘Shuklaambara dharam Vishnum Shashi Varnam Chaturbhujam Prasanna Vadanam Dhyaayet Sarva Vighnopashaantaye’! ‘Shiva Taandava’( The Cosmic Dance of Shiva) Mahaasura Daruka created havoc in the Universe and chased Devas from place to place like fire chased flies. Upamanyu’s mother cried at their misfortune as her child returned home after milk was denied and justified that neither he nor his parents performed Maha Deva’s worship in their earlier births. house constructions. The Kaumari Shiva of feminine form got emerged in the process.who perform worship daily. From her temper and indigntation. But Parvati entered Shiva’s third eye full of extra. Apparently. Brahma and Vishnu accompanied by Devas in their Feminine Forms proved futile and they all approached Maha Deva for a possible solution to handle the crisis. Daanaas. Shiva performed a Tandava or a Cosmic Dance to ensure that Devi would recover from exhaustion and fatigue and get back to normalcy. she recovered a little and fell off into a stage of stupor. Vidyaarambhas. With view to controlling her wrath. Bala Muni Upamanyu attains Ganapatya due to denial of Milk leading to Shiva Bhakti As he was denied of the taste of real milk in place of wheat flour and hot water. bestow prosperity to the virtuous and protect the youth and elderly. Upamanyu the boy felt humiliated from his uncle’s house that the latter’s son was always blessed with real milk. or Sacred and Religious Deed like Yagnas. Vishnu or Brahma or other Devatas or Devis must be preceded by worhip to Ganesha first not only to assure success of the main Puja but also supplement the fulfillment of the desires for which the main puja was performed.ordinary poison and having taken the required measure of it assumed a Rupa of a frightfully dark complexion. The most hated and vicious Asura was thus put to rest for ever. she said: 67 . Bhagavan Shiva took the form of a Toddler whom she fondled and the breast milk that she gave the child sucked off her rage. Having assumed his normal Form from that of a boy. told Ganesha by the parents. which reverberated the Globe. she also accompanied Shiva in his Tandava.

he would indeed make oceans of Milk flow by resolving to undertake the severest possible worship to Maha Deva. Anya Deveshu nirataa Duhkaartaa Vibhramamticha/ Ksheeram tatrakutesmaakam Maha Devo na pujitah. The latter finally granted his appearance along with Devi Parvati and gave away the boons of not only milk. Upamanu asked his mother not to lose heart and by the Grace of Shiva. Further Suta Muni stated that the Shiva Shadaakshara Mantra of Om Namah Shivaaya and of the Shiva Ashtottara Mantra of Om Namastey Shankaraaya were stated to be of high consequence: Mantrah Shadaaksharo Vipraah Sarva Vedaartha samchayah. taking any action or doing some thing. vocal and deed.Then the Dwadadsha Mantra Om Namah Vaasudevaaya of Vishnu was referred to.Tatini Ratna Purnaastey Swarga Patala gocharaah. rejected Indra’s offer and even took exception to Indra’s remarks against Maha Deva. in other words. Bhagya heenaa na pashyanti Bhakti heenaascha ye Shivey/ Rajyam Swargam cha Moksham cha Bhojanam Ksheera sambhavam. Bala Muni was offended by the remarks and by remembering the words of his mother that Shiva should be pleased and none else. Kingship. but is not visible to the unfortunate who is devoid of Shiva Bhakti. The intensity of his Tapasya was such that the trees in the forest were getting burnt and Devas were rattled and baffled. by so saying with indomitable detremination the Bal Muni intiated the toughest Tapasya by merely consuming air and nothing else. their Self-control and Realisation of Pashupati Suta Maha Muni referred to the ‘Ashtottara Mantra’ of Vishnu viz. 68 . while in every action while thinking. Vishnu prayed to Mahadeva and informed that Upamanyu was performing unsual meditation for the sake of milk! Shiva appeared before the Bala Muni in the disguise of Indra and desired to grant streams of milk but the former decided not to stop the Tapasya till Maha Deva himself responded. Yaschyom namah Shivaayeti Mantrah Sarvaartha saadhakah/ Tathaa Shiva Taraayeti Divyah Panchaaksharah Shubhah. food and material comforts to his entire Vamsha but also ‘Ganatwa’or membership of Shiva Ganas as a recognition of his stupendous Tapasya. provided one performed Maha Deva Puja in the previous births). Purva Janmaani Yaddattam Shivamuddhishya vai Suta/ (My son! There is a great River full of jewels flowing from Swarga to Paatala. saying any thing. Om Namo Naraayanaaya which when recited yileded great consequences especially when the Mantra was pracised with full vigour and by Manasa-Vaacha-Karmana means or by way of mind. Moksha and Ksheera Bhojana besides all valuables in life could all be available. Swarga. Na labhatey pryaaneshaamno tushyati sadaa Bhavah/ Bhava prasaadajam sarvam naanya Devaprasaadajam. The disguised Indra argued that Mahadeva was a myth as he was a Nirguna and since he was granting the boon of milk the boy should better accept the boon. Indra approached Vishnu to let the Bala Muni conclude his Tapasya and having realised the goal of the Tapasya. ‘Pashus’. ‘Shivaakshara’ Mantras.

On his death. Pancha Bhutas of Earth-Water-Light/heat. Manasa 69 . and Pancha Tanmatras of Shabda-Sprasha-Rupa-Rasa-Gandhas. But Vasishta Muni gave a ray of hope that in course of time Dhundhuma might have better days. he performed the Vrata and Japa and died. Definition of Pashutwa and Pashus: Maharshi Shilada explained to Sanatkumara that all the Beings from Brahma to grass blade were subject to Pashutwa as Bhagawan Vishnu tied up the Beings with various facets of Pashutwa which were all the countless forms of Maya and Pashupati Shankara as the supreme chief alone could grant them relief individually or totally at the time of Pralaya. he also took a lenient view of all others of his family. strong hold of Bhakti could wither away the attachments and ‘Upasana’or meditation is the key to open up the tight box! Bhajan is another name of Bhakti which comprises of Manas-Vaani-Karya or Mind-Voice-Deed. Sage Mitra Varuna had no hesitation in declaring that the son was worse than his father. But unfortunately the son married in adharmic way and one night got home drunk and killed his wife. Rudra as the Pradhana Purusha is always prayed by Brahma. Only Jnaana Yoga could free the ‘Pashus’ as otherwise Avidya would continue to ruin them till the destination point of Vimochana or the Final Relief. Shankara alone is the Destiny and the Twenty Four types of Tatwas are the manifestations of Maya or the shackles.) In Treta Yuga. Out of disgust Dhundhuma took to roads and entered an Ashram of a Sage in a forest. The Brahmana performed Jataka karma and other formalities and hoped that time might be the healer to reform his son.Chitta and Ahamkaara. where the Sage was performing Pashupata Vrata and learnt the Panchakshara Mantra. Japtwaa muccheta Vai Vipro Brahma hatyaabibhi kshanaat/ (Om Namassivaaya Mantra is Sarvaartha Saadhaka or the Great falilitator.Mayaskaraaya and Shankaraya. Praahurnamah Shivayeti namastey Shankaraaya cha/ Mayaskaraaya Rudraaya tathaa Shiva taraayacha. Vishnu and Indra.Mayaskaraaya che twam Namastey Shankaraayacha/ Saptaaksharoyam Rudrasya Pradhaana Purushasya vai. As the bandhas are thus tightly tied up around the Pashu or the Jeeva. The wife’s parents and brothers killed the son and the rest of his family. Yama Dharma Raja who knew of the Brahmana’s-life events fully. Shankaram Deva Devesham Mayaskaramajodbhavam/ Shivam cha Shankaram Rudram Deva Devamumaapatim. there was a Brahmana called Dhunduma who was corrupt with vices and married a woman of good background but gave birth to a son on Amavasya. The Tatwas are: the Ten Indriyas or Limbs.for the rest of the Brahman’s year and odd life. but hesitated and weighed the last one year’s life as against the rest of his whole life and called for a Pushpaka Vimana to despatch him to Shiva Loka. Brahmaacha Bhagavaan Vishnuh Sarvey Devaah Sa Vaasavaah/ Mantrey ratair Dwija sreshthaa Munayaschi yajanti tam. The Shiva taraayeti Panchakshra is highly propitious and so are the Mantras viz. Air and Sky. Bhakti or devotion is thus the smasher of sins as displayed in Three Essential Forms viz. four latent Subtle Forms of ManasBuddhi. The Mantras are all so effective that they could destroy the impact of even Brahmahatya sin instantly.

Bhrigu and Khyati. all the Siddhis are automatically available. Maricha and Sambhuti. Vajra Paanir Maha Devah Shachi Shailendra Kanyaka. or for that matter any Deva Swarupa. Chandra and Rohini). Little wonder. In other words. Drushya or the Scene is Gauri and Drashta is Shiva. Varuno Bhagavan Rudro Gauri Sarvaarthadaayani. All ‘Padardhaas’or materials are of Gauri Rupa like Shraavya (or capacity to hear ) is Gauri and Shrota or the one who listens is Maheswara. Shanmukha and Deva Sena. Srishti is Devi and Srashta is Ishwara. Varuna and Vaaruni. Further Nandi Deva described as follows: If Shiva and Parvati were Man and Woman. Pashus are arrested by Pancha Kleshas or Five Hurdles viz. Jaata Vedaah Swayam Rudrah Swaha Sharvaartha kaayani. Kshetra is Uma and Kshetrajna is Parama Shiva and finally the Peethaakriti is Sarveshwari and Linga Swarupa is Sarveshwara. and Kayaka Bhajana like Pranayama and such other physical controls. Bhagavan has little relvance for ‘Paapa-Punyas’ and is away from ‘Chetanaachetana Prapancha’ or the Universal Limits of Living or Non-Living Beings. Shiva was day and Gauri was night. Bhagavan Rudra was Samudra and the Coast was Durga. Pulaha and Daya. he unaffected by its goings-on. Asmita (Egotism). then the respective positions of others would be: Surya and Kanta. Vishnu and Lakshmi. although he has spread out. Shambhu is available through the tiny tissues of the Body and its control besides the Antahkarana which is a nucleus of Paramatma. Shulaayudha was Vriksha or Tree while Shula Paani Priya was Latha (Creeper). Kratu and Sannathi. the Unique Link however is Omkara or the Pranava Vaachaka. Vishno Maheshwari Lakshmir Bhavaani Parameswari. Maha Nandi conveyed to Sanat Kumara that if Purusha were Siva.Bhajana or Introspection. Brahma Haropi Savitri Shankaraatha Swarupiney. Vaachaka Bhajana or Vocal-Based. Agni and Swaha Devi. Thus it is essential that while worshipping Maha Deva. Avidya (Ignorance). Thus.( Brahma and Savitri. Balendu Shekharo Vaayuh Shiva Shiva Manorama. Once one masters Pranava. Daksha and Prasuti.Vishwa Rupa. Rasa is Parvati and Rasayita is Maheswara. Raaga ( Desire). Pulastya and Preeti. Jneya or Worthy of Knowing and Jnaata or he who knows is Shankara. Dwesha (Dislike) and Abhinivesha (Obsession). Parvati was Prakriti /Maya. Chandraa Shekharaschandro Rohini Rudra Vallabha . Ruchi and Kavi. Shankara was Aakasha and Prithvi Shankara Priya. Sapta Tanthu was Maha Deva as Rudrani was Dakshinaayani. Vayu and Manorama. Ashta Rupas and Shiva Tatwa (Shiva’s self-description included) Describing Shiva and Parvati as each other’s Vibhutis. Atri and Anasuya etc. all the Pullinga Vaachaka Purushas (Males) were Shiva Swarupas and all Strilinga Prakritis were their feminine counterparts. persons engaged in the worship should also be equally involved in the Pujas concerned! 70 . In short. Self-Regulation and Inner-Consciousness attuned to the Supreme Force called Paramatma is Pashupata Vrata all about! Shiva’s Vibhutis (Counter parts). Manu and Shata Rupa. Indra and Shachi Devi.

Samudras. Planets / Grahaas. Worshipping Agni and Surya are the Prime Splendours of Maha Deva and these constitute the Prominent Parts of Parama Shiva. a Kirana called Vishwakarma preserves Budha. Bhaskara. Flowers and Fruits. Comfort to Devas and Pitru Devas is provided by Sudha Kirana of Chandra. signifying the hardened and cruel feature of Shiva as his wife is Prithvi and their progeny is of humanity. The second Kala of Surya is Chandra and signifies ‘Aoushadhi Vriddhi’ or the development of Herbal Medicines enabled by Hima Varsha or dewdrop rains. Harikesha Kirana (Ray) of Sun provides succour to Nakshatraas spread far and wide across the firmament. all the Ashta Murti Swarupas of Shiva exist firmly. Pavana (Vayu) Swarupa Mahadeva is called Ishana whose wife is known as Shiva and their son is Manojava or Hanuman. a Surya Kirana named Vishwavyacha protects Shukra Deva. who in turn comprises Shodasha Kalaas or Sixteen Features which are all Amitamayis or Life-Providers. Bhima is that Form of Shiva who bestows Teja or radiance to 71 . Yajamana Swarupa of Shiva is Ugra Deva and his wife is called Diksha and their son is Santana. Vayu in the Pancha Swarupas of PraanaApaana-Udaana-Vyaana and Samaana is another manifestation of Maha Deva as an integral component of the Vishwa Rupa. the first Kala signifies Amrita or Sanjeevani which Devas mainly tend to worship. Surya has Twelve ‘Kalaas’ or aspects. Vegetables. Agni Swarupa Shiva is called Pashupati. Bhagavan Shiva’s eighth Form is known as Parthiva. these are the Ashta Murtis of Maha Deva). The other Kalaas of Surya provide life-lines to various Deities. with Uma as his wife and Shukra as their son. Yajamana Swarupa of Shiva is always engaged in carrying Havyas or Offerings in Homas to Devas and Kavyas to Pitruganas. Another Component of Shiva’s Vishwa Swarupa relates to Chandra. Agni. Aakasha. this Yajamana Murti administers the Universe by way of Buddhi or Intellect and is spread all over in Jala Swarupa among water-bodies. Soma Swarupa Bhagavan is called Maha Deva. Ashta Rupas of Shiva: Nandi Deva continued to describe the Eight Forms of Maha Deva to Sanat Kumara: Sharva is one Form of Shiva spread all over the Universe whose wife is stated as Vikeshi and their son is Mangala. for instance Surya by the name and Rupa of Diwakara comforts Shiva. Varuna. Surat Karana named Surya Kirana preserves Shanaischara. Shukla Kala of Bhaskara promotes Dharma or Virtue and is also the main energy responsible for crops of Foodgrains. while Bhavani Swarupa of Soma protects Jala and Aoushadhis. Tatwajnas or those who know of Tatwas believe that Passhupati is the life-provider of all Dehaadharis or Beings with Physiques. Surya Kirana called Sushumna preserves Chandra. Thus among all the ‘Charaachara’ Beings. the Samyad Vasu ray of Bhaskara protects Mangala Deva.Shiva’s Vishwa Rupa: Sanat Kumara enquired of Nandikeswara of Shiva’s Vishwa Swarupa and the reply was: Vishwa Rupasya Devasya Sarojabhava Sambhava/ Bhuraapognimar udyoma Bhaskaro Dikshitah Shashi. Ishana is the provider of Shobha or Charm. Bhavasya Murthayah proktaah Shivasya Parameshthinah/ (Shiva’s Vishwa Swarupa constitutes Bhumi. Rivers. whose wife is known as Swaha and their son is Shanmukha. Veda Vaadis or Experts in Vedas named him as Bhava. Arvaavasu ray of Surya feeds Brihaspati. Rudra is the name of Shiva whose Swarupa is of Surya Deva and Suvarchala is the name of his wife and Shanaischara is their son. Among these Chandra Kalaas. with Rohini as his wife and Budha as their son. Yajamana (Yajna Swarupa) and Chandra. Vaayu. Shambhu’s Vishwambhara / Bhumi Murti and Akaasha Swarupa are the well-established Entities of Shiva’s Ashta Murtis. the most significant Feature relates to Soma Murti which provides succour to all the Praanis or Beings.

The Srishti-Sthiti and Samhaara. Satyoham Sarvagah Shaantas –tretaagni Gauravah Gurh/ Gowraham gahvaraschaaham Nityam Gahana gocharah. The Three Avasthaas or States of Mind viz. Vyatiriktam na mattosti naanyantkinchit Surotthamaah/ Nityonanthyohamana -gho Brahmaaham Brahmaspatih. The Pramata or well thought out-Pramaana or testimony or proof-Prameya or Source of Knowledge and Pramiti or Knowledge itself. Shanta and Ugra or The Ever Peaceful Bliss and The Most Indignant.various parts of Body like Eyes. Skin etc. The Karta the Doer-Kriya or the Doing or Action and Kaarana or the Cause of Action. Kshara and Akshara or The Pralaya and The Indestructible. Jyeshthoham Sarva Tatwaanaam Varishthohamapaam Patih/ Aapoham Bhagavaaneeshas-tejoham Vedirapyaham. Vyakta and Avyakta or The Discernible and The Unknown. Vidya and Avidya or The Jnaana / Knowledge and the Ignorance or Fallacy and Para and Apara or the Distinguished and That Beyond Distinction. Maha Deva is Prajna-Tejas and Vishwa. Rigvedoham Yajurvedah Saamavedohamaatma bhuh/ Atharvanoham Mantroham tathaa chaangirasaam varah. while Chandra Swarupa of Shiva who rules the mind of the Beings is called Rudra and Yajamana Swarupa governing Buddhi or intellect of the Beings is designated as Maha Deva. Maha Deva himself gave a Self Introduction as follows: Abraveed Bhagavan Rudro hyahamekah Puratanah/ Aasam Prathama yevaaham vartaami cha Surottamaah/ Bhavishyaami cha Lokesminmatto Naanyah krurtaschana. Kshetra and Kshetra Swarupa or the Being -full of the Twenty Four Tatwas mentioned in the previous pages-and the Supreme Being. Guhyoham Sarva Vedeshu Varenyohamajopyaham/ 72 . Itihaasa Puraanaani Kalpoham Kalpanaapyaham/ Aksharam cha Ksharam chaaham Kshaantih Shaantiraham Kshamaa. Shaildi mentioned in brief that Shiva was of endless Forms but the Basic Form is Himself just as the Mrittika was just the same but innumerable forms of pots were materialised therefrom alone! Shiva’s self explanation: Maha Muni Shailaadi informed Sanat Kumara that as Devas headed by Indra got perplexed about Shiva’s identity. Sushupti-Swapna and Jagriti and in fact the Fourth Awastha cvalled Tureeya or The Beyond. Samashti and Vyashti or the Group or the Society and Individual / Unique. Dishascha vidishyaschaaham Praktischa pumaanaham/ Trishthub jagat anushthupcha Chhandoham Tanmayah Shivah. Shiva Tatwa: Maha Muni Shailadi explained Shiva Tatwa as of contradictions: Maha Deva is Sat and Asat or the Truth or Make Belief.

As per the Varnaashrama Vidhi. Sa yeva Sarvavitsarvey Sarvaatmaa Parameshwarah/ Gaam Gobhir Brahmanaan sarvaan Brahmanyena haveemshi cha.) Mandala Puja: Dhyana. Vishnu and Maheswara. Mandala Puja could be performed by Brahmanas and Kshatriyas but not by Vaishyas and others. Tatwa Shuddhi and Puja Vidhi Shailadi Maha Muni detailed the method of Mandala Puja to Shiva as situated in the Surya Mandala to Sanka Kumara and this was narrated to Devas by Maha Deva himself. the Ahamkara. 73 . I am Brahma. Buddhischaamashamkaarastanmaatraa –neendriyaanicha/ Evam Sarvam cha Maameva Veda Surasattamah. I am hidden in all the Vedas. Ityedou Bhagavaanyuktwaa tyatraivaantaradheeyata/ Naapashyanta tato Devam Rudram Paramakaaranam. I am every thing! Those who know about me do know every thing as Sarvajnas. Ta Devaah Paramatmanam Rudram dhyaayanti Shankaram/ ( Iam the Purana Purusha of the Present and future. Dharma from Dharma and so on. I satisfy all Brahmanas. A person engaged in the Mandala Puja should first initiate the worship with Shiva Dhyana. I am the Tanmaya or Ecstatic Shiva. the Tanmatra Rupa. the Brahmadhipati. Devas. I am the Jyoti Swarupa or the Embodiment of Illumination as well as of Andhakara or darkness. I am the Nitya or the Everlasting and also the Transient. I satisfy the Truth from Truth. I am the Prakriti and the Purusha. I am the Emblem of Kshama or endurance. Guru Mukhyata. I am the Buddhi. concentrating on Surya Deva: Shiva Dhyana: Ashta baahum Chaturvaktram Dwaadashaaksham Maha Bhujam. Anushthub and Jagriti. Raktaambara dhram Srishthisthiti Samhaara kaarakam/ Nasya Purvamukham peetam prasannam Purushatmakam. I am present in all forms of Chhanda like Trishthub. Itihaasaas and Puranas. The Mandala Puja should be initiated by ‘Bahyaantara Shuchi’ or Physical cleanliness and purity from within.Jyotischaaham Tamaschaaham Brahma Vishnu Maheswarah. I am the Kalpa. along with Indra. I am manifested in all Dishas and Vidishas. Diksha. Artha neereeshwaram Devam Jataamukuta dhaarinam/ Sarvaabharana samyuktam Raktamaalyaanulepanam. I am the Symbol of Truth and Peace. As Maha Deva stated thus. Women are also need not be engaged in the Mandala Puja. the Akshara or the Everlasting and at the same time the Kshara or Transient. Ayushayustathaa Satyam Satyena Surasattama/ Dharmam Dharmena Sarvaamscha tarpayaami swatejasaa. Brahama and Vishnu raised their hands in awe and devotion.

Ravimuttaratopashyan Puravacchatiraananam/ Vistaaram Mandaley Purvey Uttaraam Dakshiney sthitaam. Chaturvaktraam Chaturvarnaam Deveem vai Sarvatomukheem/ Somamangaarakam Devam Budham Buddhivataam varam. Bodhanim Paschimey bhaagey Mandalasya Prajaapateh/ Adhyaayanim Koubaryaakameka Vaktraam Chaturbhujaam. Rakta smashrum Jataayuktam chottarey Vidrumaprabham/ Prasannam Vaama Devaasyam Varadam Vishwarupinam.masaavritam. Bhakaram purato Devam Chaturvaktram ca Purvavat. Sarvaabharana sampannah Shaktayah Sarv sammitaah/ Brahmaanam dakshiney bhaagey Vishnum vaamey Janaaddanam. Rukyajursaama maargena Murtitrayam Shivam/ Ishaamam Varadam Devameeshaanam Parameshwaram. Vibhutim Vidruma prakhyaam Vimalaam Padsmasannibhaam/ Amoghaam Karnikaakaaraam Vidyutam Vishwa varnineem. Deeptaam Deepa shikhaakaaraam Sukshmaam Vidyutprabhaam Shubhaam/ Jayaamagnishim Swaakaaraam Prabhaam Kanaka saprabhaam. 74 . Paschmam vadanam tasya Goksheera dhavalam Shubham/ Muktaaphalamayair haaraairbhushitam Tilakojjwalam. Brihaspatim Brihadbuddhim Bhargavam Tejasaam nidhim/ Mandam Manda gatim chaiva Sammataatasya tey sadaa. Sadyojaata mukham Divyam Bhaskarasya smaraarinah/ Adityamagrato pashyan Purvavacchaturaaanam. Brahmaasanastham Varadam Dharma Jnaanaasanopari/ Vairaagyaiswarya samyuktey Prabhutey Vimaley tathaa/ Saaram Sarveshwaram Devamaaraadhyam Paramam sukham/ Sita pankaja maddhyastham Deeptaadyairabhi samvrutam.Aghoram Dakshinam vaktram Nilaanjanachayopamam/ Damshtra Karaalamanyugram Jwaalaamaalaa.

Sthiti and Samhara. Pratarmaddhyaanney Pathet Satvaramanutthamam. twelve eyes. Sages always praise you while performing havans on Agni with various kinds of offerings including tila. Ahamkara or ego and ‘chapalata’ or immaturity of mind. Sandhya. The Rishis greeted Maha Deva as Shiva-Rudra-Meedyushtanga. Brihaspati.Suryah Shivo Jagannaathaahy Somah Saakshaadumaa swayam/ Pancha Bhutaani seshaani tanmayam cha Charaacharam. Southern side in blue colour as Aghora frightening with ‘Karaala damshtra’.who could inculcate and sustain interest and patience of the Karta and who could guide and teach the Puja Vidhana without being overbearing. four faces. wearing Blood red clothes. Uttara in the Southern side. ‘Jwaala maala’ or necklaces of flames and with dreadful moustaches and beard. you possess Sindura Varna and is elegantly ornamented by gold and jevellery. Divakara. Balakilya Ganas pray to you as per the changing Ritus or Seasons. All these Devatas eulogise Shiva as well as Brahma and Vishnu. Shiva faces Brahma in the Southern side. Astu vanvaagbhirishtaaribhir varadam Nilalohtam/ (Shiva Swarupa is described as possessing eight hands. Vistaara. the Term Guru signified a Shivaacharya who not only performed a number of Mandala Pujas himself but was also an adept in teaching the methodology and practice to others interested. Rudraaya Vishnavey tubhyam Brahmaney Surya murtaye! Suta Muni wound up the Shiva Stuti and confirmed as follows: Yah Shivam Mandaley Devam sampujyaavam samaahita. Pragna. Ityam Shivena saayujyam labhatey naatra samshahyah/ Significance of Guru in the Mandala Puja: Having broadly known about the placements of Devas in the Chaturasra Mandala Puja of Maha Deva. and on his left side he visions Janardana and Munis look at three of his sides the Ruk-Yajur-Sama Vedas. A person seeking to perform Mandala Puja should thus locate an appropriate Guru with knowledge of Shruti-Smritis. fully adorned. had rakta-mala. abstinence. wearing Jatajuta headgear. the importance of Guru can not be over emphasised.Savitri. we commend that Paramatma who is always worshipped by Devas seeking youin Surya Mandala. You are the Cause of Brahma and Narayana. Shiva’s Form is viewed by Soma. He has 75 . with chandana applied. The accompanying Shaktis are Vistara in the Eastern side. western side in milk-white complexion and of his fifth face called Sadyojata with Sun-like magnificence. Prabha. You enjoy rides in Sun-Chariots and you possess and enjoy the ownerships of seven types of Ganas. Ravi. He faces Northern side with a peaceful and radiant face. was Arthanaareshwara. Shukra and Shani. He is also described as facing Eastern Side in yellow colour. Uma. deep devotion and other-worldliness. The Performer has to follow a stringent regimen of purity. in fact the Sadyojata Mukha is the most prominent. Bhakara. In the olden days. the Rishis prostrated further to Shiva and said : Namah Shivaaya Devaaya Ishwaraaya Kapardiney. At the same time. Bodha in the western side and Adhyaatani on the Northern side.who would be devoid of ‘lobha’ (greed). Mangala. Bodhini. Meedhushthaaya Sarvaaya Shipivishthaaya ramhasey/). But the most vociferous among all these Stotras were rendered by Sapta Rishis as follows: Om Namah Shivaya Rudraaya Kadrudraaya prachetasey. the dynamic Shakti. Bhanu. and famed as the Symbol of Srishti. Budha. the expectations of a Karta are perhaps more as his duties and responsibilities are more intensive. Drushtaiva Munayah Sarvey Devadeavamumaapatim/ Krutaanjavi putaah Sarvey Munayo Devataastathaa.

fastings. Daanaas. Kaali. Deposit (Vinyasa) of Pranavaasya Shiva on the Eastren Lotus petal. Aghora hridayam hrushtam twashtam Vaamaguhyam Maheswaram/ Sadya Murtim smaraddevam Sadasadvyakti kaaranam kaaramm. Shaantaaya Shantadyaityaaya Namaschandramasey tathaa/ Vedyaaya Vidyaadhaaraaya Vahnavey Vahni varchasey. Balavikarani chaiva Bala Pramathani kramaat/ The Karta then has to do the ‘nyaasa’or depositing the Siddhis like Vaama Deva. Ahimsa. Agni Karyas. smell and general acceptability. Pancha Vaktram dashabhujamashta trimshat Kalaalayam/ Sadyamashta prakaarena prabhidya cha kalaamayam. Alankritya Vitaanaadgaurishwaraavaahana kshamaam/ ( Test the soil area where the Mandala Puja is contemplated by way of its colour. Dhyana to Shiva: Shivaaya Rudra rupaaya Shantyatitaaya Shambhavey. Asteya. decorate it. 76 . Vayavya-Kavachaaya namah and Agni-Shikha Saadrush Sarnaangyangyani namah. Maha Maya and so on. instal Maha Deva in the Karnika of a petal of the Lotus and Avahya karnikaayaam tu Shivam Paramakaaranam. Then nyasa is performed to Sada Shiva. Vaama Deva like the Java Pushpa on the Northern side and Sadyojata Bhagavan who is white like Shudda Sphatika Mani and like Cow Milk should be placed in Agneya Vidisha. Archyayetsarva yatnena yathaa vibhavavistaram/ (perform Avahana / invocation and Puja). Roudri. Diksha Vidhi: Suta Maha Muni then described to Sanat Kumara about the selection of the Mandala. Jyeshtha. Kaalaaya cha pratishthaayai Tarakaayanta kaayacha Nivrutthyai Dhana devaaya dhaarayai dharanaayacha/ Mantrairetair mahaabhuta Vigraham cha Sadaashivam/ Ishaana mukutam Devam Purushaasyam Puraatanam. Rudra. Vratas and Tirtha Yatras and so on. Aghora akin to Neela Parvata on the Southern side. Vishnu and Brahma. He has to follow the Kuladharma of a Brahmana (or as applicable to a good Kshatriya) by observing Sandhyavandanas. Vikarni. Later on make the placements on each of the petal-corners with the Siddha Shaktis : Vaamaa jyeshthaayacha Roudri cha Kaali Vikaranee tathaa. placements of Deities and the general arrangements: Pariksha Bhumim Vidhivad gandhavarna rasaadibhih. clean it up. Ahamkara. put up a squarish Mandala. In fact the major player in the Mandala Puja is the Karta while the Guru has an equal responsibility of the Kriya. sleeping on floor during the Puja days. and Arishad Vargas.to be basically tuned against Asatya. The ‘nyasa’or alignment of the Deity with the Physical Part of the Karta is to be done as follows: SadyojataHridayaaya namah. Nairuti-Shikhaaya namah.

thousand hands. possessor of thirty eight Kalaas. Naivedya be served to Maha Deva. Agni samaana Teja. of which half is offered as Homa in Agni.Sadya Murti. Shyaamam raktam Kalaakaaram Shaktitrayakrutaasanam/ Sadaashivam Smaraddevam Tatwatraya samanvitam. Sarvebhya-ssarva Sarvebhyo namastey astu Rudra rupebhyah/ 77 . curd. After Dhyana as above. the Possessor of Three Shaktis and Three Tatwaas: may I meditate to Him!).Vaamam trayodashaar -vidhour vibhidya vitatam Prabhum/ Aghoramashtaadhaa krutwaa Kaala rupena Samsthitam. Hamsa Hamseti mantrena Shiva bhaktyaa samanvitam/ Omkaaram. AA-YEE-VUU-YE tatha Ambaanu. Pancha Mukha.Vu Ye and the tiniest and the most colossal. Vidya Sarupa. as also the Chandra rekhadhara.kramenaatma Rupinam/ Pradhaana sahitam Devam Pralayotpatti Varjitam. Vidyaamurtimayam Devam pujayeccha yathaa kramaat/ ( Bhagavan Shiva is Rudra Rupa. he is of brown-red Form. Sthula Sukshma karana. He is also the Possessor of thousand heads. Some Brahmanas be made to sit on ‘darbhas’ / kusha grass towards the Southern side of the Mandala for performing hundred and eight ‘Ahutis’ or offerings to Agni by reciting Aghora Mantra: Aghorebhyo thatraghorebhyo ghora ghoratarebhyaha.aatramomkaara makaaram Sama rupinam. thousand feet. Om taturushaaya vidhmahey Maha Devaaya Dheemahei. he is of the Form of Crores of vidyut rekhaas or lightnings. Shanti Rupa. Tanno Rudrah Prachodayaat/ After the Japa. The Karta should then consume Pancha Gavya made of Cow’s milk. Anoraneeyaamsa –majam Mahatopi Mahattamam/ Urthwaretasameeshaanam Virupaaksham umaapatim. Pancha Kalashaas (Vessels) dressed with two new vastraas (Clothes) with ‘Sutras’ or cotton strings around them be given away to Pancha Brahmanas for sthapana or installation and by them cooked rice and ghee be offered to Agni as homa. ghee and dung in equal proportions. Purusham cha chaturdhaavai vibhajyacha Kalaamayam/ Ishaanam Panchadhaa krutwa Panchamurtyaa vyavasthitam. he should apply homa bhasma while reciting Vama Deva Mantra and perform Japa of Rudra Gayatri viz. Vidhyaa dhaarana Swarupa. Ishana Deva. Maheswara. Ambika Swarupa through the Letters Aa. urine. E. Sadyojaata sadyashaakaaram Chandra rekhaakriti Prabhum/ Vidyudvalaya samkaasham Vidyudkoti samaprabham. Tarakasura vinaashakara. Sahasrashirasam Devam Sahasraaksham Sanaatanam/ Sahasrasta charanam naadaantam naadavigraham. Dasha Bhuja dhaari.

as per the number of Kalaas out of the Shodasha Kalaas as possible and rest of the prescribed ‘Vidhis’ or the do’s and don’ts. The Diksha states: Varam Paanaparityaagashcchedanam shirasopivaa. Prati Vaktram Trinetram cha. Na twanabhyarchya Bhumjeeyaadbhagavantyam Sadaa Shivam! (Even ‘Praana parityaaga’ would be preferred if the prescribed Archana to Sadaa Shiva is not executed)! Shiva Mandala Puja as prescribed: Shailada Maha Muni quoted to Sanatkumara of what Maha Deva Himself conveyed to Nandi Deva about the formal Archana to him: Shiva snaanam puraa krutwaa Tatva Shiddhim cha purvakrit. Goksheera dhavalam Divyam Paschimaam Parameshthinah/ 78 .vaayur-aakaashas followed by ‘Saakshaatkaara’or the Vision of Shiva’s Pancha Vaktras of Five Faces as follows: Pancha Vaktram Dasha Bhujam Sarvaabharana bhushitam. Ishaanam Sarva Vidyaanaam Ishwarassarva bhutaanaam Brahmaadhipatih Brahmanodhipatih Brahmaa Shivomey astu Sadaa Shivom/ After the havan.These Brahmanas are required to observe ‘Upavaasa’ or fasting wearing new vastraas and headgears with closed eyes after three parikramas of the Mandala by reciting Rudraadhyaaya or Pranava. silver or copper and sprinkle as a gesture of purification. Pushpa hastam pravishyaaya Pujaa sthaanam samaahitah/ Praanaayaa mantrayam krutwaa aahanaa plaavaanaani cha. Urthwam Vaktram sitam dhyaayetpurvam kumkuma sannibham/ Neelaabham Dakshinam Vaktramatiraktam Tatottharam. the Karthas are to clasp their hands with Chandana and Pushpas and perform Kara Nyasa by concentrating on Maha Deva and purify their Atma Shuddhi or inner conscience. The Havan has to be done 108 times along with the recitation of Ishaana Mantra viz. the Guru should administer an oath in favour of Shiva and take up Diksha. Shashaanka kruta Shekharam/ Baddha Padmaasanaseenam Shuddha sphatika sannibham. These Brahmanas are also required to perform Pushpa Puja to Maha Deva with Mantras and after the conducted Pradakshina are required to enter the Mandala in such a manner that the see the Mandala after oening their eyes. then attempt Pancha Bhuta Shuddi of Prithivya-aapas.They are made to be seated on Kushaasana and after purifying themselves with Achamana then take up Pratishtha or installation of Dakshina Murti Shiva by executing Anga Nyasa and Havan. the Karta should fill up Tirtha Jala in vessels made of gold. Gandhaadi vaasitaaro Maha Mudraam prainyaset/ ( Known as Shiva hasta.The Oath at the Diksha Ceremony would be comprehensive and rigorous requiring that the Kartas including the designated Brahmanas should observe fast till Trikaala Pujas. Archanas including Havans.tejo.

Kavachaas. Shiras. Sarvaabharana samyutam chitraambhara dharam Shivam/ Brahmaanaga vigraham Devam Sarva Devotthamottamam. Invocations to Devas are recited: Om Bhuvah Brahmaney Hridayaaya namah. Vaamey Paraamakusham Ghantaam Naagam naaraachamuttamam/ Varadaabhaya hastam vaa sesham Purvavaa Deva tu. Uktaani Pancha Brahmaani Shivaangaani shrunvamey. Om Hamsa shikhaaya Vidyaa dehaaya Atmaswarupaaya Paraaparaaya Shivaaya Shivatamaaya namah/ (The above is the description of Maha Deva’s Hridaya. Om Bhuvah Vishnavey Shirasey namah.Shulam Parashu khandam cha Vajram Shaktim cha Dakshiney. Om Shivaaya Sadaa Shivaaya Paashupataastraaya Apratihataaya Phat Phat/ Om Sadyojaataaya bhavey bhavey naati bhavey bhavasyamaam bhavodbhavaaya Shiva Mutrtaye namah. The Mula Mantra is recited: Om Bhurbhuvaha Swah Tatsaviturvarenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyoyonah Prachodayat/ Surya Deva is invoked as Namah Suryaaya Khakolkaaya namah. Netraas. and the totality of Shiva. Om Ishwarah Sarva Bhutaanaamamrutaaya shirasey namah/ Om Brahmaadhi pataye Kaalaagni Rupaaya Shikhaayai namah. Shikha. Om Brahmanodhi pataye Kaala chanda maarutaaya Kavachaaya namah/ Om Brahmaney Bramhanaaya Jnaana Murtaye Netraaya namah. Subsequently. Shakti bhutaanicha tathaa Hrudayaadeeni Suvrata/ Om Ishaanah Sarva Vidyaanaam Hridayaaya Shakti beejaaya namah. Pashupataastra.) Tatwa Shuddhi: Then the Navaakshara Mantra is recited: Om Bhuh Om Bhuvah Om Swaha OmMahah Om Janah Om Tapah Om Satyam Om Rutam Om Brahma. Pujayatetsarvabhaavena Brahmaangrair brahmanahpatim/ (The above is the description of the Five Faces of Shiva). 79 .

clean up the Linga with fresh Vastra. vividha daanaas. and final Ganesha Puja would be the integral part of the Puja. Linga Pratishtha be performed as had been done by Vishnu. By reciting Rudra Gayatri. Performance of Puja on the above lines to Shiva Linga for a year would bestow Shiva Sayujya and before the termination of life assure Arogya.and of Gandha-Pushpa-Patra-Jala-Ksheera-Narikela-Phala-Dhupa-DeepaVastras . Om Bhurbhuvah swah Jwaalaamaalinyai Devaya namah. Guru Puja. Savedikam Susutram chasamyagvistruta mastakam/ Vishodhya sthaapayedbhaktya Savedikamanuttamam. Putra-Poutras. battles against enemies and diseases. Tatwa Shuddi. Akaalaas. Shiva Murtha should not be left free and all kinds of Puja Dravyas are aranged on the Shiva Mastaka at least by Bhasma in the process of Puja and thereafter lest there should be hindrances of achieving Dharma-Artha-Kama-Mokshas. Tasmaalingam Gurutatataram Pujatsthaapayedhaa 80 . After Shiva Linga Snaana. Om Janah Shivaaya netrey bhyo namah. Lingamekatamam shailam Brahma Vishnu Shivaatmakam/ Hemaratnamayam vaapi Raajatam Taamrajam tu vaa. Linga Devi Uma Devi Lingam Saakshaanmaheswarah / Tayoh sapujanaa Deva Devascha Pujitou. Vedaadhyaayana. Sampatti. nor there should be Durbhiksas. Shiva Linga Pratishta Vidhi and Mahatmya Maha Muni Suta enlightened the congregation of Munis at Naimishaaranya about the Shiva Linga Pratishta Vidhaana as follows: In order to fulfil the aspirations of Dharma-ArthaKaama-Moksha Siddhi. Om Tapastaapanaaya Astraaya namah/ With the relevant Mantras. Brahma Nyasa to Pancha Mukha are all attempted. Bhukampanas. Atma Shuddhi. Mula Mantra Japa is an essential component and one tenth of the Japa has to be by way of Havan. Brahma. and offer Shodasopachaaraas of Gandha-Pushpa-DeepaDhupa-Naivedya-and Alankara with Chandana and Bhasma by reciting the relevant Mantras. and Samasta Kaamana Phala. Brahmanga Japa. Om Mahah Maheshwaraya Kavachaaya namah. Pratishthayaa cha Devesho Devyaa saardham prtishthitah/ Muley Brahmaa vasati Bhagavan Madhya bhaagey cha Vishnuh Sarveshaanah Pashupati rajo Rudramurthirvarenyah. Indra downwards. all the Puja materials are purified including Dravya Shuddhi.Om Swah Rudraaya Shikhaayai namah. Krutyeva Lingam Vidhaana Bhuvi Lingeshu yatnatah. Atma Nivedana Stutis. Keerti.

abhishekas be performed to Shiva Linga from the Sacred water of the Shiva Kumbhas.) After covering the Linga with ‘Kusha’ and ‘Vastra’. Nitya Puja is a must and this would ensure freedom from ‘Punarjanma’ or rebirth.yasmaad pujyo Ganapatirasau Deva Mukhyaih samastaih/ Gandhaih snugdhupa deepaih snapanahuta balistotrra mantropahaaraih nityam yebhyarchayaanti tridasha vastunam Linga murtey Mahesham/ Tasmaat Bhaktopchaarena Staapayet Parameshwaram.deposited in‘ Kalashaas’ / Vessels by reciting Rudra Mantras has to be performed. Dhupa. Shiva Loka Prapti and worship-worthiness of Deva-Gandharva-Siddha and Shiva ganaas. Dakshinaas be given generously. Stotra. ‘Abhisheka’ by sacred waters pre. Tanno Vishnuh prachodayaat/ should be recited to sanctify the Vishnu Bhaga of the Shiva Linga. ‘ 81 . danaas of clothes. Bali. the demarcating Sutras or the Holy Threads should be arranged by reciting the Pranava Mantra. Pujayeccha visheshena Lingam Sarvaartha siddhayai/ ( Normally. in between the Shiva and Devi kumbhas the idol of Skanda be installed. The Vedi of the Shiva Linga is Uma Devi herself and the Linga is Maheswara himself. Havana. silver and Ratnas be deposited in all the Kumbhas each of which should be decorated by new Vastras. or three days or at least one day and night along with Vedaadhyayanaas. silver. Havans. This is why the high significance of the Rudra Swarupa Pashupati. thus the Linga ought to be installed along with the Vedi.Vishnu Gayatriya bhaagam Vaishnavam twattha vinyaset/ Sutrey tatwatrayopetey pranavena pravinyaset. copper etc and the installation of the Linga has to be executed along with Vedi or the Platform as also the Sutra. and Abhishekas be observed for nine or seven or three days or at least for one full day be performed in the ‘Utsava’ or the Festival. By reciting Gayatri Mantra.Taala-Veena and Stutis should be rendered with enthusiasm and devotion. the Karta has to arrange ‘Nava Kundaas’or nine Kundas or Five Kundaas or at least one. Om Namo Hamsa Shivaaya cha is recited (or Rudraadhyaaya is) while nyasa is performed to Shiva/ On all the four sides. followed by Chandana / Bhasma Lepana. Mantra and Upahaara. regular pujaas should be performed most sincerely along with Gandha. Sarvam Namah Shivaayeti Namo Hamsah Shivaaya cha/ ( The Brahma Jijnaasa Mantra should be recited to sanctify the Brahma Bhaaga of the Shiva Linga while Vishnu Gayatri viz. recite Shiva Gayatri viz. Shivatmika Lingaas are installed in stone although these are also set in gold. cows. jewellery and cash. Brahma Jijnaana Mantrena Brahma bhaagam prabhostathaa. nyasa be performed to ‘Brahmangaas’ comprising Shiva. turn the head to the East and perform ‘nyaasa’. In the middle Kumbha (Pot) Shive be installed. food grain fields. The Shiva Linga’s bottom is signified as Brahma and the middle part is signified as Vishnu and the top portion is Maheswara himself. the Linga Pratishtha has to be consummated with perfection. kalashaas be arranged. houses. From the Shiva Kumbha. Balidaanaas. Maheshwara. in the Skandha Kumbha Brahma be installed too and in the Shiva kumbha Hari be installed. Om Namo Narayanaaya Vidmahi Vaasudevaaya dhimahi.On the Vedi. Snaana. in the Southern direction Devi be installed.Gold. Tatpurushaaya vidmahey Maha Devaaya dhimahi tanno Rudrah prachodayaat/ Or Pancha Vaktraayaaya Vidmahey Sahasraakshaaya Mahadevaaya Dhimahi Tanno Rudrah Prachodayaat or atleast by Pranavanaada of AUM and continue the process of Pratishtha. By installing the Linga thus. as also Nritya-Vaadana. Deepa. Vishnu and Brahma. and all the personnel involved with Aayuraarogya Ishwarya Kirti in ‘Iham’ or the ongoing life and Shivaloka prapti in ‘’Param’.Dhupa-DeepaNaivedya and other ‘Upachaaraas’ are to be offered for five days. Rudra. This Sacred Task of Linga Pratishtha would have lasting benefits to the Kartas.

Vishnum chaiva Maha Vishnum sadaa Vishnumanukramaat sthaapayeyddeva Gayatraya parikalpya vidhaanatah/ ( In case Vishnu or Vsihu’s Amsha Devas are to be installed then such idols be erected by reciting the Mantra viz. Tannah Srashta prachodayaat/ Shivaasya jaayai vidmahey Deva rupaayai dhimahi. Tanno Yamah prachodayaat/ Nishaacharaaya vidmahey Khadga hastaaya dhimahi.Tanno Vaayuh prachodayaat/ Yaksheswaraaya vidmahey Gadaa hastaaya dhimahi.Tanno Vishnuh prachodayaat/ Mahaambikaayai vidmahey karma siddhaaih dhimahi.Tanno Rudrah prachodayaat/ Katyaayanaaya vidmahey Kanya kumaaryai dhimahi. Tapasaa chaiva Yajnena Daaneynaadhyayenacha/ Ya gatistasya vipulaa Shastra Vidyaa cha Vaidiki. 82 .Tannah Skandah prachodayaat/ Tikshna shringaaya vidmahey Veda paadaaya dhimahi. Tanno Yakshah prachodayaat/ Sarveshwaraaya vidmahey Shula hastaaya dhimahi. Tanno Lakshmi prachodayaat/ Samruddhaayai vidmahey Vishnunaikena dhimahi.Tanno Durgaa prachodayaat/ Yevam Prabhidya Gayatrim Tattaddevaanu rupatah. Tanno Gauri Prachodayaat/ Tatpurushaaya vidmahey Maha Devaaya Dhimahi. Tanno Nirrutih prachodayaat/ Shuddhahastaaya vidmahey Paasha hastaaya dhimahi. Lainga maadyantakhilam yah pathecchrunuyaadapi/ Dwijebhyaha shraavayedaapi sa yaati Paramaam gatim. Tanno Vrishah prachodayaat/ Harivaktraaya vidmahey Rudravaktraaya dhimahi. or alternatively with the recitation of Om Namo Vaasudavaaya namah Sankarshanaaya cha Pradyumnaaya Pradhaanaaya Aniduddhaaya vai namah/ ) Phala Shruti Brahma swayamburbhagavaanidam vachanamabraveet. Tanno Rudrah prachodayaat/ Tatpurushaaya vidmahey Vakratundaaya Dhimahi. Tanno Varunah prachodayaat/ Sarva Praanaaya vidmaheyYashti hastaaya dhimahi. Tanno Vahnih prachodayaat/ Vaivaswataaya vidmahey Dandahastaaya dhimahi. Tanno Dharaa prachodayaay/ Vainateyaaya vidmahey Suvarna pakshaaya dhimahi.Varied Swarupas of Gayatri The various Swarupas of Gayatri as created by Maha Deva and the related Mantras are:: Tatpurushaaya vidmahey Vaagshuddhaaya Dhimahi tannah Shivah Prachodayaat Ganaambikaayai vidmahey Karma saadhyaih cha dhimahi. Tanno Vaachaa prachodayaat/ Devaraajaaya vidmahey vajrahastaaya dhimahi. Pujayet staapayetteshaamaasana pranavam smritam/ Athavaa Vishnumatulam suktena Purushena vaa. Om namo Naraayanaaya namah. Karmaani chaapi mishrena kevalam Vidyayaapivaa/ Nivruttischasya Viprasya Bhavet bhaktis cha Shaaswati. Tanno Nandee prachodayaat/ Naraayanaaya vidmahey Vaasudevaaya dhimahi. Tanno Garudah prachodayaat/ Padmodbhavaaya vidmahey Veda Vaktraaya dhimahi. Tannah Shakrahy prachodayaat/ Rudra netraaya vidmahey Shaktihastaaya dhimahi. Tanno Dantih prachodayaat/ Maha Senaaya vidmahey Vaagvishuddhaaya dhimahi.

Maharupo Maha Kaayah Sarva Rupoh Mahaayashaah/ Mahatmaa Sarva bhutascha Virupo Vaamano Narah. Daana and Vedaadhyana would indeed be available by this Sacred Linga Purana. Shiva Sahasra Naamaavali (Annexure) Om Sthirah Staanuh Prabhurbhaanuh ParavaromVarado Varah/ Sarvatmaa Sarva Vikhyaatah Sarvah Sarvakaro bhavah. Maha Tapaa davirtapaa Adrushyo Dhana Saadhakah/ Samvatrah kruto Mantrah Praanaayaamah Param Tapah. the fruits of performing Tapas. Pravrutthischa Nivruttischa Shantaatmaa Shaswato Dhruvah/ Shmashaana vaasi Bhagavankhacharo gocharordanah.Mayi Narayanehy Devey shraddhaa chaastu Mahaatmanah/ Vamshasyachaakshayaa vidyaa chaa pramnaadascha Sarvatah/ Ityaagnyaa Brahmanasta –smaatthasya Sarveym Mahatmanah/ ( Bhagavan Brahma affirmed that whoever reads or hears or gets it read from beginning till the end would attain Parama Gati. Jati Dandi Shikhandi cha Sarvagah Sarva Bhavanah/ Harischa Harinaakshascha Sarva Bhuta harah Smrutah. Abhivaadyo Maha Karmaa Tapasvi Bhuta dhaaranah/ Unmatthaeshah prachhinnah Sarva lokah Prajapatih. Lokapaalontarhitaatmaa prasaadobhayado Vibhuh/ Pavitrascha Mahaams -chaiva niyato niyataashrayah. Chandrah Suryah Shanih Ketuh graho Grahapatirmatah/ Rajaa Rajyodayah Kartaa Mriga baanaarpanoghanah. Keerti and Vamsha Vriddhi. Yagna. Yogi Yogo Mahaabeejo Mahaaretaa Maha Balah/ Suvarna retaah Sarvajnah Subeejo Vrisha Vahanh. it should bestow Akshaya Vidya. Dasha baahustwa nimisho Nila Kantha Umaapatih/ 83 . Swayambhuh Sarva karmaacha Aadiraadikaro nidhih/ Sahasraaksho Visaalaakshah Somo Nakshatra saadhakah.

Dirghacha Harikeshascha Suteerthah Krishna yevacha/ Shrugaala rupam Sarvaartho Mundah Sarva Shubhankarah. Simha shardula swarupascha gandhamkaari Kapardipi/ Urthwaretorva lingicha Urthwa shaali nabhastalah. Bahu bhuto bahu dhanah Sarvasaaromriteshwarah/ Nitya priyo Nitya nrityo nartanah Sarva saadhakah. Kamandala dharo Dhanvi Baana hastah Kapaalavaan/ Shari Shataghni Khadgi cha pattishihaayudhi Mahan. Nyagrotharupo Nyagrotho Vishva karmaacha Vishwa bhuk/ Teekshnopaayascha Haryaswah SahaayahKarma kaalavit.VishwarupahSwayam sreshtho Bala Veero Balaagranih. Sarvaarmuko Mahaabahur Mahaghoro Mahatapaah/ Mahashiro Mahapaasho Nityo Giricharo matah. Kalayogi Mahaanaadah Sarvavaschatushpathah/ Nishaacharah pretachaari Sarva Darshi Maheswarah. Dakshahaa parichaari cha prahaso Madhya mastathaa/ Tejopahaari Balavaanviditobhydito bahuh. Ajascha Mriga Rupascha Tejastejaskaro Vidhih/ Ushnishi cha suvakrascha Udgano vinastatha. Gana kartaa Ganapatir digvaasaah kaamy yevacha/ Mantra vipat Paramo Mantrah Sarva bhava karo harah. Gambhira ghosho Gambiro Gambhira bala vaahanah. Gajahaa Daityahaa Kaalo Loka dhaataa Gunaakarah/ Simha shardula rupaanaamardra charmeembara dharah. Trijati cheera vaasaas cha Rudrah Senapatirvibhuh/ Ahoraatramcha naktam cha tigmanyuh Suvarchasah. Vishnuh Prasaadito yagnah Samudro badavaamukhah/ 84 . Sahasra hasto Vijayo Vyavasaayohyaninditah/ Amarshano Marshanaatmaa Yanjahaa Kaama naashanah.

Chakra hastaastu Vishthambhi Mulastambhana yevacha/ Ruthur Rutukarastaalo Madhur madhukaro varah. Vasuretaah Suvarchasvi VasuvegoMaha bakah/ Mano Vego nischaacharah Sarvaloka shubha pradah. Sarvaavaasi trayi vaasi Upadeshakaro dharah/ Muniratma Munirlokaha sabhaagyascha Devascha Vaama Devascha Vaamanah/ Siddhi yogaapahaari cha Siddhah Sarvaartha saadhakah. Vaanaspatyo Vaajasano nityamaashraya pujitah/ 85 . Akshunnah Kshunna rupascha Vrishano Mruduravyayah/ Maha Seno Vishaakhascha Shashthi bhogo gavaam patih. Ugra tejaa Mahaa Tejaa Jayo Vijaya kaalavit/ Jyotishaamayanam siddhih Sandhirvigraha yevacha. Sakhaa pravaaso durvaapah sarva shadhu nishevitah/ Praskandopya vibhaavascha tulyo yagna vibhaagavit. Sarva vaasah Sarva chaari Durvaasaa Vaasavomatah/ Haimo Hemakaro yagnah Sarva dhaari Dharottamah. Vrikshah Shri maala karmaa cha Sarva bandha vimochanah/ Bandhanastu Surendraanaam yudhi Shatru vinaashanah. Aakaasho nirvirupascha vivaasaa Uragah khagah/ Bhikshuscha Bhikshu rupi cha Roudra rupah Surupavaan. Khadgi Shankhi jati jwaali khacharo dyucharo Bali/ Vaishnavi Panavi Kaalah Kaala kanthah katam katah/ Nakshatra vigraho bhaavo nibhavah swatomukhh/ Vimochanastu sharano Hiranya kavachobhavah. Mekhyala – akruti rupascha Jalaacharaha stutastathaa/ Veenicha panavi taali naali kalikutastatha. Sarva turyaaninaadi cha Sarva vyaapya parigrahah/ Vyala rupi bilaavaasi gruhaavaasi tarangavit.Hutaashana sahaayascha Prashaantaatmaa Hutaashanah.

Praasaatastu Balo Darpo Darpino Havya Indrajit/ Veda kaarah Sutra kaaro Viddhjaamscha Paramardanah. Maha murdhaa Maha maatro Maha Mitro Nagaalayah/ Maha Skandho Mahaa karno Mahoshthascha Mahaahanuh. Dambho Dambhakaro Daataa Vamsho Vamshakarah Kalih/ Loka Kartaa Pashupatir Maha Kartaa hyadhokshajah. Aksharam Paramam Brahma balavaancchukra eva cha/ Nityohyaneeshah Shuddhaatmaa Shuddho maano Gatirhavih. Dhishanah Shankaro Nityo Varchaswi Dhumra lochanah/ Nilatathaanga luptashcha Shobhano Naravigrahah. Krishna Varnah Suvarnascha Indryaha Sarva Vaarnikah/ Mahaapaado Maha hasto Maha Kaayo Mahaashayah. Mahaanaaso Mahaakantho Mahaagreevah Smashaanavaan/ Mahabalo Mahaatejaa hyantaraatmaa Mrigaalayah. Beejaadhyaksho Beeja kartaa Adhyaatmaanugato Balah/ ItihaasaschaKalpaschaDamano Jagadeswarah. Swasti Swasti swabhaavas cha Bhogi Bhoga karo laghuh/ Utsangascha Mahaangascha Mahaa Garbhah Prataapavaan. Ishaana Ishwarah Kaalo nischaachari-hyanekadruk/ Nimitthastho nimittham cha Nandirnandikaro Harah. Nandeswarah Sunandi cha Nandano Vishamardanah/ Bhagahaari niyantaa cha Kaalo Loka Pitaamahah. Beejaadhyaksho yugaavahah. Chaturmukho Maha Lingaschaaru Lingastathaiva cha/ Lingaadhyakshah Suraadhyaksha Kaalaadhyaksho yugaavahah.Brahmachaari Loka chaari Sarva chaari suchaaravit. Maha megha nivaasi cha Maha ghoro Vashee karah/ Agnijwaalo Mahajwaalah Pari dhumaavruto Ravih. Lambitoshthascha Nishthascha Maha Maayah Payonidhih/ 86 .

Aashramathah Kapotastho Vishvakarmaa Patir Viraat/ Vishaala shaakhastaamroshtho hyum UjaalahSunischitah. Ugro Vamsha karo Vamsho Vamsha vaadi hyaninditah/ Sarvaanga rupi Mayavi Suhrudohyaanilobalah. Upahaarah Priyah Sarvah Kanakah Kaanchana sthitah/ Naabhirnandikaro harmyah Pushkarah Sthapatih sthitah. 87 . Yajuh Paada bhujo Guhyaha Prakaashaujaastayaivacha/ Amovaarya prasaadascha Antarbhaavyah Sudarshanah. Prasvedano swahenascha Aadikascha Maha Munih/ Vrishako Vrishaketuscha Analo Vayuvahanah. Aagamascha Vilopascha Mahatmaa Sarva pujitah/ Shuklah Stree rupa sampannah Shuchirbhuta nishevitah.Mahaa Daanto Mahaa Damshtro Mahaa jihvo Mahaa Mukhah. Sarva Shaastro Dhanaschaadyo Yagno Yajwaa Samaahitah/ Nago Neelah Kavih Kaalo Makarah Kaala pujitah. Bandhano Bandha Kartaa cha Subandhana Vimochanah/ Raakshasaghnotha Kaamaarir Mahaa dumshtro Mahaayudhah. Mandali Meru vaasascha Deva vaahana eva cha/ Atharva seershah Saamaasya Ruksahasrorjitekeshanah. Mahaa Nakho Mahaa romaa Mahaa Kosho Mahaa Jatah/ Asapatnah prasaadascha pratyayo Geeta saadhakah. Lambito Lambitoshthascha Lambahasto Varapradah/ Baahustwa ninditah Sarvah Shankarothaapyakopanah. Kapilkah Kalashah Shtula Aayudhaschaiva Romashah/ Gandhravo hyaditistaaksharyo hyavijneyah Sushaaradah/ Parshva – dhaayodho Devo hyartha kaari Subaandhavah/ Tumbu Veeno Mahaa kopa Urthwa retaa Jaleshayah. Sagano Ganakaarascha Bhuta bhaavana saarathih/ Bhasma shaayi Bhasma goptaa Bhasma bhuta tanurgunah.

Hraswagreevo Mahaajanuralomlascha Mahoushadhih/ Siddhantakmaari Siddhaarthascchando Vyaakaranodbhavah. Dhaataa Vishnuscha Shakrascha Mitratwashtaa dharo Dhruvah/ Prabhaasah Parvato Vaayuryamaa Savitaa Ravih. Dhrutischaiva Vidhaata cha Mandhaata Bhutabhavanah/ Neerasteerthascha bheemaschaSarva Karmaa Gunodyuhah. Vasubhrut Sarva Bhutaatmaa Nischalah Suvidhurbhudhah/ Asuhrutsarva Bhutaanam Nischakaschala vidbhudah.Amaresho Mahaa Dheero Vishwa Devah Suraarihaa/ Ahirbudhnyo nikrutischa chekitaano halee tathaa. Padmagarbho Mahaa garbhaschandra vaktro Nabhonaghah/ Balavaanschopa shaantascha Puraanah Punya kruttamah. Amoghah Samyamo Drushto Bhojanah Praana dhaaranah/ Dhrutimaanmatimaanstryakshah sukrutastu yudhaam patih. Krura kartaa Kruravaasi Tanuraatmaa Mahoushadhah/ Sarvaashayah Sarvachaari Praaneshah Praaninaampatih/ Deva Devah Sukhotsiktah Sadasatsarva ratnavit/ Kailaasastho Guhaavaasi Himvadgiri samshrayah. Mahaamanaa Mahjaakaamo Chitta Kaamo Jitendriyah/ 88 . Ajaikapaccha Kaapaali sham Kumaro Maha Girih/ Dhanvantarir Dhumaketuh Suryo Vaishravanastathaa. Simha naadah Simhadrashtaha Simhaasyah Simhavaahanah/ Prabhaavaatmaa Jagatkaalah Kaalah Kampi Tarustanuh. Saarango Bhuta Chakraankah Ketumaali Subodhakah/ Bhutaalay Bhutaatiraho. Kulahaari Kulaakartaa Bahuvitto Bahuprajah/ Praanesho Bandhaki Vriksho Nakulaschaadrikastathaa. Gopaalo Gopati graamo Gocharma vasano harah/ Hiranya baashuscha tathaa Guhaa vaasah praveshanah.raatro Malobhalah.

Mahaa Bhuto Bhutavrato hyaapsaro Gana Sevitah/ Mahaaketur dharaadhaata naikataanaratah swarah. AashaadhaschaSushaadhascha Skandhado Harito Harah.Gangaadharascha Suraapascha Taapa karma rato hitah. Akshayo Ratha geetascha Sdarva Bhogi Mahjaabalah/ Saamnaayotha Mahaamnaayas Tirtha Devo Maha Yashaah. Samyogo Vardhano Vruddho Ganikoya Ganaadhipah/ Nityo Dhaataa Sahaayascha Devasurapatih. Vaaryakshah Kakubho Vajree Deepta Tejaah Sahasrapaat/ Sahasra murthaa Devendrah Dsarva Deva mayo Guruh. Yuktascha Yukta baahuscha Sudevopi Suparvanah. Vapuraavarta maanaanyo Vapuh Sreshtho Mahaa Vapuh/ Shiro Vimarshanah Sarva Lakshya Lakshana Bhushitah. Mulam Vishaalo hyamrutam Vyaktaavyaktastaponidhih/ Aarohanodhirohascha Shiladhaari Maha Tapaah. Yatra TantraSuvikhyaato Lokah Sarvaashrayo Mriduh/ Mundo Virupo Vikruto Dandi Kundi Vikurvanah. 89 . Santaano Bahulo Baahuh sakalah Sarvapaavanah/ Karasthali Kapaalicha Urthwa samhanano yuaa. Sdahasra baahuh Sarvaangah Sharanyah Sarva Loka krut/ Pavitram Trimathur Mantrah Kanishthah Krishna Pilgalah. Nyaayo Nirvaapanopaadah Pandito hyachalopamah/ Bahumaalo Mahaa Maalah Shipivishthah Sulochanah. Mahaa Kantho Maha Yogi Yugo Yugakaro Harih/ Yugarupo Maharupo Vahyano Gahano Nagah. Nirjeevo Jeevano Mantrah Subhago Bahu Karkashaha/ Ratnabhutotha Ratnaango Mahaarnava Niopaatavit. Avedaniya Aavedyah Sarvagascha Sukhaavahah/ Taaranascharano Dhaataa Paridhaa Pari Pujitaha.

Devaasura vinirmaataa Devaasura paraayanah/ Devaasura Gururdevo Devaasura Namaskrutah. Swarga dwaaram Moksha dwaaram PrajaadwaaramnTrivishthapah/ Nirvaanam Hridayaschaiva Brahma lokah Paraa gatih. Shringi Shringa Priyo Babhru rajaraajo niraamayah/ Abiraamah Susharano Niraamah Sarva saadhanah. Lalaataaksho Vishwa Devo Harino Brahma varchasah/ Sthaavaranaam Patischaiva Nmiyatondriya vartanah. Siddhaardhah Sarva Bhutaathom—achintyah Satyaha Shuchivratah/ Vrataadhipah Param Brahma muktaanaam Paramaa gatih. Devaasura Mahaa Maatro Devaasura Ganaashrayah/ Devaasura ganaadhyaksho Devaasura gana granih. Tasmaallabdhwaa stavam Shambornrupa strailokya visrutah. Bhaktimevam Purusktritya mayaa Yajnaparirrvibhuh/ Tatojanujnaam praapyevam stuto Bhaktimataam gatih. Samyuktah Shobhano Vaktaa Aashaanaam Prabhavoyvayah/ Guruhn Kaanto Nijah Sargah Pavitrah Sarva vaahanah. Vishwa kshetra prado beejam Lingamaadyastu Nirmukhah/ Sadasadvyaktamavyaktam Pitaa Maataa Pitaamahah. Vimukto Muktakeshascha Shrimaamcchivardano Jagat/ Yathyaa pradhaanam Bhagavaaniti Bhaktya Stutomayaa. Sarva Devamayochintyo Devaatmaa Swayambhavah/ Udagatastrikamo Vaidyo Varadovarajovarah. 90 . Devaadhi Devo Devashi Devaasura Varapradah/ Devaasureshwaro Vishnur devaasura Maheshwarah. Ijyo Hasti thaa Vyaaghro Deva Simho Maharshabhah/ Vibudhaagrya Surah Sheshthah Sarva Devastathottamah.Brahma danda vinirmaataa Shataghnah Shata paasha dhruk/ Kalaa Kaashthaa Lavo Maatraa Muhurtohah Khapaa Khsanah.

Sharanaagata ghaati cha Mitra Vishwaasa ghaatakah/ Maatruha Pitruha chaiva Veerahaa Bhrunahaa tathaa. Samvatsaram kramaajjaptwaa Trisandhyam Shankaraashramey/ Devamisthaa Tri Sandhyam cha Sara Paapai pramuchyatey/ [Brahma Putra Tandi who rendered Shiva Sahasranaama attained Ganapatya Status and he also enabled his disciple King Tridhanva of Manu clan to perform thousand Ashwamedha Yagnas and the latter too secured Ganapatya Status.Ashvamedha Sahasram cha Phalampraapya Mahaa Yashaah. Ahwamedha Sahasrasya phalam praapnoti vai Dwijaah/ Brahmaghnascha Suraapascha steyeecha Guru talpagah. Ganaadhipatyam Sampraaptastandinastejasaa Prabho! Yah Patheycchrunuyaadaapi shraavayed braahmaanaanipa.] 91 .

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