om namah shivaya
Shri Shri Shiva Mahadeva
The embodied soul is supreme, whole, eternal, consisting of nothing, stainless.
It is the ultimate atomic particle.
It is supreme Shiva, all pervading.
Om I bow to Shiva and the five devatas and offer this scent and flower
Om O One Holding the Trident, truly be here!
Om Sham I bow to the thumbs Namah.
Om Shim I bow the index fingers Svaha.
Om Shum I bow to the middle fingers Vashat.
Om Shaim I bow to the ring fingers Hum.
Om Shaum I bow to the little fingers Vaushat.
Om Shah I bow to the front and back of hands Phat.
Om Sham to the heart Namah.
Om Shim to the head Svaha.
Om Shum to the peak Vashat.
Om Shaim to the armor Hum.
Om Shaum to the 3 eyes Vaushat.
Om Shah to the missile Phat.
Meditate always on Mahesha, like a mountain of silver, with a
beautiful crescent Moon as his crest-gem, whose body is as bright as a jewel, gracious of appearance, his hands holding axe, deer, bestowing boons and dispelling fear, seated in the lotus position, surrounded and praised on all sides by immortals, wearing a tiger-skin, seed and sprout of the Cosmos, destroying fear, with five faces and three eyes.
(Place a flower on the head. Perform mental worship.
Place the flower on the linga.)
O Bearer of the Staff, enter herein!
May happiness be here!
May happiness be here!
O Rudra, I perform your worship! Offerings
Om I offer this scent and flower to Sharva, the Earth form (East)
Om I offer this scent and flower to Bhava, the Water form (NE)
Om I offer this scent and flower to Rudra, the Fire form (N)
Om I offer this scent and flower to Ugra, the Air form (NW)
Om I offer this scent and flower to Bhima. the Aether form (W)
Hara Maheshvara Shulapani Pinakadhrik Pashupati Shiva Mahadeva!
You are the secret at the core of every secret!
Take this recitation!
O Maheshvara, of Your grace, bestow siddhi on me!
All hail to You, O one with closed eyes!
Hail to You, with divine vision!
Hail to You who holds the staff!
Hail to You who holds the Vajra!
Hail to You who holds the trident, scepter, noose and sword in Your hands!
Hail to You, Natha of the Three Worlds, the Lord of all Beings!
Hail to You the Peaceful One!
Cause of the 3 Causes!
I offer myself to You, O Parameshvara, You who are my goal and refuge!
I know not how to invoke, nor how to worship, nor how to bid you farewell!
Forgive my mistakes, O Parameshvara. (Place flower on head. Close.)
Associated with Shiva:
Nandi the bull, his vehicle or vahana
The damaru, an hour-glass shape drum
His trishula, the trident, symbol of the three worlds
A crescent moon bound into his hair from which streams the river Ganga
Rudraksha beads sacred to him
His right hand shows the mudra dispelling fear
He sits on a tiger skin
a water pot
ash, the remains of the dissolution of the universe
sometimes pictured on a horse
he is identified with the star Sirius
He is the supreme hunter.
His great bow is called Pinaka
Shiva can be interpreted as meaning "One who purifies everyone by the utterance of His name" or the Pure One, that is, one who is not affected by the three gunas characteristics matter.
Shiva is the third form of God as the Destroyer, while Brahma and Vishnu are creator and preserver, respectively. However, even though He represents destruction, He is viewed as a positive force (The Destroyer of Evil), since creation follows destruction. Shiva is the only Ultimate Reality.
The water flowing from his locks is a depiction of the River Ganga. In Hindu mythology, when
Names of Shiva
Maheshvara - the great Lord
Mahadeva - the great God
Pinakadhrik - bearer of the axe
Mrityunjaya - conqueror of death
Mahakala - Conqueror of Time
Bhairava - the terrible
Lord of Yoga
lord of all beings of the underworld
Natha of the Three Worlds
Mahabaleshwar - Great God of Strength Tryambakam - Three-Eyed One, All-Knowing Nilkant - The one with a Blue Throat
Nataraja - Lord of the Dance
Aashutosh - pleased by small offerings
Bapardin - spirally braided hair
Pasupati - guardian of cattle
Ardhanarishvara, the meditation image showing the devi as red colored and voluptuous, as one half of the body, the deva as the other half having a terrifying and fierce aspect.
Shiva is not limited to the personal characteristics he is given in many images and can transcend all attributes. Shiva is without beginning and without end . His abode is called Kailash. His holy mount is Nandi, the Bull. His attendant is named Bhadra. Shiva is usually represented by the Shiva lingam. Shiva and Parvati are the parents of Karttikeya and Ganesha.
As Nataraja, Shiva is the Lord of the Dance, and also symbolizes the dance of the Universe/Nature, with all its delicately balanced heavenly bodies and natural laws. At times, he is also symbolized as doing his great dance of destruction, called Taandav, the dissolution of the universe.