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Krishna Bhajan

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Bhajan By Anup Jalota

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Vedic scriptures talk on different circumstances leading to the creation of
“Rudra”. All the epics are centered on Lord Shiva, the god of eternal cycle
of creation and destruction. Lord Shiva is also known by the name “Rudra”.
According to Shiva puran, once lord Shiva went into deep meditation for a
long period for the well-being of all living beings. After waking from the
state of meditation, he opened his eyes and instantly tear drops fell on the
earth. On reaching the ground, tear drops took the form of a seed which later
grew into Rudraksha tree. Another epic boosts a different tale. It says that
there used to be a demon called “Tripura Sur”  who gained so much power
that all the gods felt intimidated by him.

demon misused his power on brutally torturing the innocents. All the gods
were helpless and finally turned to lord Shiva to eliminate the evils of the
demon. Shiva decided to use his very powerful and destructive weapon called
Aaghor to kill the demon. But on realizing the devastating effects the weapon
would bring about, Shiva became very emotional and tears naturally fell down
from his eyes and thus landed on the earth. Mother earth enveloped the tear
drops and gave birth to a Rudraksha tree. Another tale foretells that when
Lord Shiva woke up from his deep meditation, tear drops welled down from his
eyes on realizing the sufferings of living creatures. His Almighty’s
teardrops on reaching the earth germinated into a seed. It is believed that
the seed of Rudraksha contains the secrets of entire evolution of the cosmos
within it.

Lord Shiva is always portrayed wearing rosary of Rudraksha beads on his head,
arms and hands. With this came the religious, spiritual, physical and
materialistic significance of Rudraksha. This further brought it path to
spiritual enlightment and liberation. Thereafter ensued the use of holy
Rudraksha beads by Shiva devotees. Hindu scriptures like ShivmahaPurana,
Shreemaddevibhagwat, Padma Purana, ling Purana, Ashtamalikopnishad, Nirnayasindhoo,
Mantramaharnava, Mahakaal Sanmhita, Rudrakshajabalopnishad,
Vrihajjabalopnishad, Shivaswarodaya and Sarvollastantra ravishes on how Lord
Shiva crossed the line of caste and creed and blessed all the four varnas,
Brahmin, Ksatriya, Vaisya and Sudra, to use holy Rudraksha beads for their
well-beings. It is also believed that if a person encounters and meets death
while wearing Rudraksha, she/he will surely attain morkha, meaning liberation
from all the sins.

the merits of Rudraksha were evidenced in the late 1960s by a group of
scientists lead by Dr Subas Rai PHD Institute of Technology University in
Banaras India. Dr. Roy’s research boosted that as scripted in the scriptures
Rudrakshas indeed possess Powerful Electromagnetic, Paramagnetic and Inductive
Properties confirmed that the healing powers of Rudraksha beads flow from
their electro-magnetic properties. Many schools of yogic thoughts advocates
for the religious, scientific and spiritual significance of Rudraksha.


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Shivam Sundaram


Characteristics :

Destroyer, Kind Hearted

Other Names :

Shambhu Nath, Bhole Shankar, Shiv Shankar

Principal Scriptures:

Shiva Mahapurana

Consort :


Sons :

Ganesha, Kartikay

Abode :

Mount Kailash

Vahana (Vehicle) :

Nandi (The Bull Representing Strength and Happiness)

Mula Mantra :

Om Namah Shivaye

Shiva Gayatri Mantra:

Aum Panchvakraye Vidmahe
Mahadevaye Dheemahi
Tanno Rudra Prachodayat

Shiva or Siva is considered as the destroyer of the world. Shiva is one
of the most popular gods of the Hindu religion. Lord Siva forms the
part of the Trimurti (Trinity), the other being Brahma, the creator and
Vishnu, the preserver. Shiva is known for the complexity of his nature,
representing contradictory qualities. He is the destroyer and the
restorer, the great ascetic and the symbol of sensuality, the kind
herdsman of souls and a wrathful avenger.

Lord Shiva- The Role
Shiva represents the vital goodness in the form of Satyam, Shivam,
Sundaram i.e.; Truth, Goodness and Beauty .Lord Shiva performs a
celestial role of dissolution and recreation of the universe, that’s
why; he is mostly associated with the words, like destroyer and
destruction. The role of Shiva is often confused with these terms and
the difficulty arises, when the significance of his celestial role is
not understood.

conception is clear itself by a slight balance between the opposing
forces of good and evil. When this balance gets disturbed and
continuation of life becomes unfeasible, Lord Shiva dissolves the
universe. This is known as ” pralay ” and it is done in order to
create another cycle .So that the unliberated souls will get another
opportunity to liberate themselves from the bondage of the material
world. To put succinctly, Siva protects the souls from pain and
suffering that is generated by the unhealthy universe.

Shiva – The Giver
Shiva is known as the ”giver god”, lord of mercy and kindness. He
always protects his devotees from evil forces like lust, greed and
anger. He is the most kind -hearted God who grants boons and bestows
grace to his devotees.

Shiva – The Image
Shiva has the unclad body covered with ashes symbolizing the
transcendental aspect of the universe. Siva’s three matted locks
represent the integration of the mental, physical and spiritual
energies. The crescent moon becomes the part of lord’s ornament
symbolizing the time cycle through which creation evolves from the
beginning to the end. The three eyes of Lord Shiva suggest: the Sun is
his right eye, the Moon is the left eye and fire, the third eye.

Snake around his neck symbolizes the yogic power, which he uses to
dissolve and recreate the universe. The Rudraksha necklace worn by the
lord shows that he uses his celestial powers without compromise,to
maintain law and order. The trishula (trident), symbolizes the Lord’s
three fundamental powers of will (iccha), action (kriya) and knowledge
(gyana).The damaru (drum) and its two sides separated from each other
symbolizes the two entirely dissimilar states of existence, invisible
and evident.

The bull, Nandi is linked with Shiva and it is
considered as his vehicle. The bull symbolizes both power and
ignorance. Tiger’s skin makes Lord Shiva’s clothing and his seat, which
illustrates the idea that he is the source of potential energy during
the dissolution of the universe. Thus, Lord Shiva is well-regarded as
the ultimate organizer of the birth and death in the corporeal world.

Shiva – The Lingam
is worshipped in his invisible and an unborn form, known as the lingam.
Lingam is always accompanied by the Yoni, which is the female part,
adjoining the base of the lingam. The lingam symbolizes the male
creative power of Shiva

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108 Names of Lord Shiva

Names of Lord Shiva
One of the most important Hindu deities, Lord Shiva is known by
several names. The Shiva Purana list 1008 names for Lord Shiva. Each of these
names in Sanskrit signifies certain attribute of the Lord. Given here are 108
names of Lord Shiva with their meaning.
108 Names of Lord Shiva
S No  Lord
Shiva Name
1 Aashutosh One
who fulfills wishes instantly
2 Aja Unborn
3 Akshayaguna God
with limitless attributes
4 Anagha Without
any fault
5 Anantadrishti Of
infinite vision
6 Augadh One
who revels all the time
7 Avyayaprabhu Imperishable
8 Bhairav Lord
of terror
9 Bhalanetra One
who has an eye in the forehead
10 Bholenath Kind
hearted Lord
11 Bhooteshwara Lord
of ghosts and evil beings
12 Bhudeva Lord
of the earth
13 Bhutapala Protector
of the ghosts
14 Chandrapal Master
of the moon
15 Chandraprakash One
who has moon as a crest
16 Dayalu Compassionate
17 Devadeva Lord
of the Lords
18 Dhanadeepa Lord
of Wealth
19 Dhyanadeep Icon
of meditation and concentration
20 Dhyutidhara Lord
of Brilliance
21 Digambara One
who has the skies as his clothes
22 Durjaneeya Difficult
to be known
23 Durjaya Unvanquished
24 Gangadhara Lord
of River Ganga
25 Girijapati Consort
of Girija
26 Gunagrahin Acceptor
of Gunas
27 Gurudeva Master
of All
28 Hara Remover
of Sins
29 Jagadisha Master
of the Universe
30 Jaradhishamana Redeemer
from Afflictions
31 Jatin One
who has matted hair
32 Kailas One
Who Bestows Peace
33 Kailashadhipati Lord
of Mount Kailash
34 Kailashnath Master
of Mount Kailash
35 Kamalakshana Lotus-eyed
36 Kantha Ever-Radiant
37 Kapalin One
who wears a necklace of skulls
38 Khatvangin One
who has the missile khatvangin in his hand
39 Kundalin One
who wears earrings
40 Lalataksha One
who has an eye in the forehead
41 Lingadhyaksha Lord
of the Lingas
42 Lingaraja Lord
of the Lingas
43 Lokankara Creator
of the Three Worlds
44 Lokapal One
who takes care of the world
45 Mahabuddhi Extremely
46 Mahadeva Greatest
47 Mahakala Lord
of All Times
48 Mahamaya Of
great illusions
49 Mahamrityunjaya Great
victor of death
50 Mahanidhi Great
51 Mahashaktimaya One
who has boundless energies
52 Mahayogi Greatest
of all Gods
53 Mahesha Supreme
54 Maheshwara Lord
of Gods
55 Nagabhushana One
who has serpents as ornaments
56 Nataraja King
of the art of dancing
57 Nilakantha The
one with a blue throat
58 Nityasundara Ever
59 Nrityapriya Lover
of Dance
60 Omkara Creator
of OM
61 Palanhaar One
who protects everyone
62 Parameshwara
First among all gods
among all gods
63 Paramjyoti Greatest
64 Pashupati Lord
of all living beings
65 Pinakin One
who has a bow in his hand
66 Pranava Originator
of the syllable of OM
67 Priyabhakta Favorite
of the devotees
68 Priyadarshana Of
loving vision
69 Pushkara One
who gives nourishment
70 Pushpalochana One
who has eyes like flowers
71 Ravilochana Having
sun as the eye
72 Rudra The
73 Rudraksha One
who has eyes like Rudra
74 Sadashiva Eternal
75 Sanatana Eternal
76 Sarvacharya Preceptor
of All
77 Sarvashiva Always
78 Sarvatapana Scorcher
of All
79 Sarvayoni Source
of Everything
80 Sarveshwara Lord
of All Gods
81 Shambhu Abode
of Joy
82 Shankara Giver
of Joy
83 Shiva Always
84 Shoolin One
who has a trident
85 Shrikantha Of
glorious neck
86 Shrutiprakasha Illuminator
of the Vedas
87 Shuddhavigraha One
who has a pure body
88 Skandaguru Preceptor
of Skanda
89 Someshwara Lord
of All Gods
90 Sukhada Bestower
of happiness
91 Suprita Well
92 Suragana Having
Gods as attendants
93 Sureshwara Lord
of All Gods
94 Swayambhu Self-Manifested
95 Tejaswani One
who spreads illumination
96 Trilochana Three-Eyed
97 Trilokpati Master
of all the Three Worlds
98 Tripurari Enemy
of Tripura
99 Trishoolin One
who has a trident in his hands
100 Umapati Consort
of Uma
101 Vachaspati Lord
of Speech
102 Vajrahasta One
who has a thunderbolt in his hands
103 Varada Granter
of Boons
104 Vedakarta Originator
of the Vedas
105 Veerabhadra Supreme
Lord of the Nether World
106 Vishalaksha Wide-eyed
107 Vishveshwara Lord
of the Universe
108 Vrishavahana One
who has bull as his vehicle
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Lord Shiva, many forms

Shiva appears in many forms. The abstract form of the lingam (sanskrit for mark or sign) helps us
concentrate on the mysterious nature of Shiva, that is beyond comprehension or representation.


The lingam reminds us of the presence of God within all of creation, and within us all.


Then there is the canonical
form of Shiva, meditating with the moon in his hair, holding the
trident and drum. This is often seen as the canonical image of Shiva
the Mahadeva, the great God


Another common representation of Shiva is the Nataraja, Shiva as the Lord of the dance. Here
Shiva is seen dancing the eternal dance of creation and destruction. He
dances on the demon dwarf, Apasmara, who represents ignorance.

three representations of Shiva are probably the most common, but they
are far from the only images. Shiva also appears as Ardhanari, an
androgynous composite of Shiva and Shakti
together in one body. This form reminds us that God is beyond gender, yet encompasses both genders.


composite form is Harihara, a combined form of Vishnu and Shiva. This
reminds us that there is one God, with many aspects. When we sorship
Shiva we are also worshiping Vishnu, Shakti and all possible
manifestations .

of the divine.

worshipers of Shiva should not see those who worship Vishnu as any
less, neither should the followers of Vishnu look down on those who
follow Shiva. All followers of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) are looking
for the divine. When one fully realises the true nature of God and of
ourselves we will realise that we have all been approaching the same
mountain top from other directions.

This is expressed well in the Shiva Aarti.

Jai Shiv Onkara Har Shiv Onkara,
Brahma Vishnu Sadashiv Arddhagni Dhara.
Om hara hara Mahaadevaa…

: Glory
to you, O Shiva! Glory to you, O Omkaara! May Brahma, Vishnu and the
assembly of other gods, including the great Lord Shiva, relieve me of
my afflictions!

Ekanan Chaturanan Panchanan Rajai,
Hansanan Garudasan Vrishvahan Sajai.
Om hara hara Mahaadevaa…
Meaning: Being
the Absolute, True being, Consciousness and Bliss, you play the roles
of all the three Gods – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. As Vishnu, you have
but one face, as Brahma four and as Shiva five. They gladden the sight
of all who behold them. As Brahma you prefer the back of the swan for
your seat, as Vishnu you like to ensconce yourself on the back of
Garuda (A large mythological eagle – like bird believed to be the
vehicle of Lord Vishnu) and as Shiva you make the sacred bull your
conveyance; all these stand ready. O Great Lord, pray rid me of my

Do Bhuj Char Chaturbhuj Das Bhuj Te Sohai,
Tinon Roop Nirakhta Tribhuvan Jan Mohai.
Om hara hara Mahaadevaa…
Meaning: As
Brahma, you possess two arms, as Vishnu four and as Shiva (Dashabaahu)
ten, all of which look matchlessly lovely. No sooner do the inhabitants
of the three spheres behold you than they are all enchanted. O great
Lord Omkaara, pray rid me of my afflictions

Akshaymala Vanmala Mundmala Dhari,
Chadan Mrigmad Sohai Bhale Shashi Dhari.
Om hara hara Mahaadevaa…
: You
are, O great Lord Omkaara, wearing a garland of Rudraaksha, another of
forest flowers the third of skulls; your forehead, glistening in the
moonlight which it holds, is smeared with sandal-paste and musk. Pray
rid me of my afflictions.

Shvetambar Pitambar Baghambar Ange,
Sankadik Brahmadik Bhootadik Sange.
Om hara hara Mahaadevaa…
: O
great Lord Omkaara, your body is attired in white and yellow silken
clothes and in tiger skin, while in your company are troops of goblins,
gods like Brahma and divine seers like Sanaka. Pray rid me of my

Kar Men Shreshth Kamandalu Chakra Trishooldharta,
Jagkarta Jagharta Jag Palankarta.
Om hara hara Mahaadevaa
O great Lord Omkaara, you hold akamandalu (the mendicants water-jar) in
one of your hands and in another a trident; you bring joy to all,
destroy all distress and sustain the whole world. May you rid me of all
my afflictions!

Brahma Vishnu Sadashiv Janat Aviveka,
Pranvakshar Ke Madhye Yah Tinon Eka.
Om hara hara Mahaadevaa…

: The
ignorant (unwise and stupid) know Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva as three
individual gods, but they are all indistinguishably fused into a single
mystic syllable ‘OM’. Pray rid me of my afflictions

Trigun Shiv Ki Aarti Jo Koi Nar Gave,
Kahat Shivanand Swami Manvanchhit Phal Pave.
Om hara hara Mahaadevaa…

: Says
Swami Shivananda, “He who recites this Arti to the Lord of the three
gunas-sattva, rajas and tamas – attains fulfillment of his heart’s
desire”. O great Lord Omkaara, may you rid me of my afflictions


Another form of Shiva is Bhairava,
the fierce form, the annihilator of evil. Bhairava relates to Shiva as
Kali relates to Parvati. This is the form that Shiva takes when there
are demons to destroy. As with Kali and Parvati, Bhairava should be
seen as
tough love.
Sometimes we need hard lessons to further our spiritual advancement.
Also, anhialation is necessary for creation, everything in conditioned
reality needs to come to an end so that more can be created. Even the
universe has cycles of destruction and creation.

Panchanana or panchamukhi Shiva

is the five faced or five headed form of Shiva. Each of the faces has a
name and represents a specific aspect. These five faces are:- Isana
Tatapurusha Aghora Vamadeva Sadyojata

Isana faces south-east and represents the Ishwara aspect of Shiva known as Sadashiva or the Eternal Shiva.

Tatpurusha faces the east and represents the deluded purusha or ego aspect of Shiva.

faces south and represents the destructive and regenerative aspect of
Shiva, that like fire, first devours life and then prepares the ground
for its renewal.

Vamadeva faces north and represents the healer and preserver aspect of Shiva.

Sadyojata faces west and represents the creative power of Shiva.

Some of the images are quite small in this article. Click on them to see a larger image.

Aum Namah Shivaya

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Shiv The Power on the Earth

(Sanskrit: Auspicious One) is one of the main deities of Hinduism that is
worshipped as the paramount lord by the Shaivaite sects of India. In Hinduism,
Lord Shiva is regarded as the representation of the Supreme Being. He is known
as the third element in the Hindu
(Trimurti), the other two members being Lord Brahma – the
creator and Lord Vishnu – the protector. Shiva is the destructive form of the
Almighty. As the cycle of destruction and recreation is always in a circle,
Shiva’s primary responsibility is maintaining the life cycle. Scholars say, as
the Mahakaal, Shiva destroys and dissolves everything into nothingness but as
Shankara, he also reproduces that which has been destroyed and dissolved. His
symbol of
Lingam or the phallus represents this reproductive

Lord Shiva
is also considered to be the most unique of all Hindu gods and also the God of
all. A great ascetic, Shiva is the only godhead who is forever in deep
meditation, totally absorbed in contemplation in His abode, Kailaasa Mountain
in the great Himalaya. Lord Shiva is also said to be inseparable from Shakti –
Parvati the daughter of
Himavaan – Haimavati. There is no Shiva without Shakti and no Shakti without
Shiva, the two are one – or the absolute state of being.
Shiva is often shown with many faces, as creator,
destroyer and preserver in total command of the cosmos. He contains both good
and evil. He is moody, free of inhibitions, easy to please, protector of the
down trodden, and has the power to alter the laws of destiny. Thus, it is Lord
Shiva is known as the God of mercy and kindness. He protects his devotees from
all evil that are always around us. He blesses his followers with grace,
knowledge and peace.

Shiva as Ardhanareeswara Lord Shiva is said to be half man and half woman. In the
full figure of Siva the male and female principles are united. Shiva Linga –
the symbol of Lord Shiva which consists of both Lingam (phallus) and yoni (the
female organ) represent the totality of his nature and the totality of all
created existence.

God Nataraj where his dance is to the beat
and rhythm of creation. He is also shown in sculptures with many hands. One
pair of hands, for example, represents the balance between life and death.
Shiva is ‘tri netra’ or three eyed, and is ‘neela kantha’ – blue-necked (having
consumed poison to save the world from destruction). Besides, there are a lot
many attributes associated with Lord Shiva. Here is a brief description of some
of the important symbols that
depict Lord Shiva. Each of his depiction
signifies a different aspect of his Supreme Being.

Unclad body covered with ashes: This form of
Lord Shiva depicts that Lord Shiva’s presence is much higher than this physical
phenomenon. According to some scholars, Shiva’s body smeared with cemetery ash
points to the philosophy of the life and death and the fact that death is the
ultimate reality of the life.

Jata (Matted Hair): The flow of his
matted hair represents Shiva as the Lord of Wind or Vayu, who is the subtle
form of breath present in all living beings. Thus it is Shiva which is the
lifeline for all living being. He is Pashupatinath.

Sacred Ganga:
The holiest of
the holy rivers, Ganga flows from the matted hair of Shiva. According to a
legend, Shiva allowed an outlet to the great river to
traverse the earth and bring purifying water to human being. Ganga also denotes
fertility – one of the creative aspects of the Rudra.

The Third Eye: Lord
Shiva is known as the three eyed Lord or Tryambaka Deva. The sun is his right
eye, the moon left while the third eye of Shiva on his forehead is the eye of
wisdom. It is the eye that looks beyond the obvious. The third eye can search
evil from anywhere and destroys it completely.

Half-Open Eyes:
The half-open eyes show that the
universes cycle in process. When the eyes are completely closed it signifies
the dissolvent of the universe and when it is completely open a new cycle of
creation begins.

Crescent: Shiva bears on
his head the crescent of the panchami (fifth day) moon. This is placed near the
fiery third eye and this shows the power of Soma, the sacrificial offering,
which is the representative of moon. It means that Shiva possesses the power of
procreation along with the power of destruction. The moon is also a measure of
time, thus Crescent also represent his control over time.

The Cobra Necklace: This suggests that Shiva is beyond the powers of death and is often the
sole support in case of distress. He swallowed the poison kalketu for the
wellbeing of the Universe. The deadly cobra represents that “death” aspect that
Shiva has thoroughly conquered. The cobras around his neck also represent the
dormant energy, called Kundalini,
the serpent power. The snake curled three times around the neck of Lord Shiva
depicts the past, present and future time. The snake looking in the right
direction of Lord Shiva signifies that the Lord’s perpetual laws of reason and
justice preserve natural order in the universe.

The Vibhuti: Vibhuti is a three line
of ashes drawn on the forehead that signifies the Immortality of the soul and
manifested glory of the Lord.

Tiger Skin:
Lord Shiva is shown sitting on or wearing a tiger skin. The tiger is
the vehicle of Shakti, the Goddess of power and force. Shiva is beyond and
above any kind of force. He is the master of Shakti. The tiger skin that he
wears symbolizes victory over every force. Tiger also represent lust. Thus
sitting on Tiger skin, Shiva indicates that he has conquered lust.

The Elephant & Deer Skin: Shiva also wears
elephant skins. Elephants represent pride. Wearing elephant skin, Shiva
indicates that he has conquered pride. Similarly deer represent the flickering
mind. Shiva wears deer skin which indicates that he has controlled the mind

Rudraksha Necklace:Rudra’ is the other name of Shiva. It also means strict
or uncompromising and ‘aksha’ means eye. Rudraksha, the necklace worn by Lord
Shiva shows that he is firm about his cosmic laws and to maintain law and order
in the universe. The necklace has 108 beads, which symbolize the elements used
in the creation of the world.

Damaru (Drum):
A small drum with two sides alienated from each other by a thin neck-like
structure represents the two utterly different states of existence, unclear and
clear. When a damaru is shaken, the sound formed denotes Nada, the cosmic sound
of AUM, which can be heard during deep meditation.

Trishul (Trident):

A three-branched trident shown adjoining to Lord Shiva symbolizes His three
fundamental powers will, action and knowledge. As a weapon the trident
represents the instrument of punishment to the evil doer on all the three
planes – spiritual, subtle and physical.

Nandi, the Bull: Nandi is said to be the vehicle of Lord
Shiva. The bull represents both power and ignorance. Lord Shiva’s use of the
bull as his vehicle expresses the idea that He removes ignorance and bequeaths
power of wisdom on His followers.

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