Lord Shiva is also popularly known as Mahadeva, Mahesh, Maheshwar, Maheshwara, Shankar, Shankara, Shambhu, Rudra, Har, Trilochan, Devendra and Trilokinath. Lord Shiva is the Supreme deity and considered as the destroyer of all evils. Shiva or Siva means auspicious, propitious, gracious, benign, kind, benevolent, friendly.
Avatars of Lord Shiva:
Sri Hanuman Avatar
Krishna Darshan Avatar
1) “Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli
Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee
Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree
Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree”
Meaning:Oh, Lord Shiva, who is seated on Mount Kailas, whose forhead is decorated with the moon and the king of serpents as a crown, who is the Ocean of Mercy and the remover of delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
2) “Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey
Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam
Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat”
Meaning:We worship the three eyed One (Lord Shiva) who is fragrant and who nourishes all beings; may He liberate me from death, for the sake of immortality, even as cucumber is severed from its bondage of the vine.
3) “Gauri Vallabha Kaamaarey
Kaala Koota Vishaasana
Maam Uddhhare Padambhoje
Tripura Agnyata Kaantaka”
Meaning:Please save me, oh Lord Kaamaarey (another name for Lord Shiva). You are mother Gauri’s consort; You are the One who drank the kaala koota poison (which resulted from the churning of the ocean); You are the destroyer of the three cities. Oh Lord I have taken refuge at Your Feet.
4) “Mrutyunjayaaya Rudraaya
Mahadevaaya Te Namaha”
Meaning:I pray to Lord Mahadeva who has conquered death, who is the destroyer of the universe, who has a blue neck and who gives happiness to all.
5) “Vande Deva Umaa Pathim Suragurum
Vande Jagat Kaaranam
Vande Pannaga Bhooshanam Mruga Dharam
Vande Pashoonam Pathim
Vande Soorya Shashanka Vahni Nayanam
Vande Mukunda Priyam
Vande Bhakta Jana Ashrayam Cha Varadam
Vande Shiva Shankaram”
Meaning:I bow down to the Lord of Uma (Parvathi), the divine Guru, the cause of the universe. I bow down to the Lord who is adorned with snake and wears tiger skin, the Lord of all creatures. I bow down to the Lord whose three eyes are the sun, moon and fire and to whom Lord Vishu is near. I bow down to the Lord who is the refuge of all devotees and the giver of boons, Shiva Shanakara.
6) “Thathpurushyaaya Vidhmahe, Mahadevaaya Dheemahi, Thanno Rudra(h) Prachodayaath”
7) “Thryambakam Yajaamahe Suganthim Pushtivardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandana – mruthyormuksheeya Ma-amruthathu”
Meaning:We worship the three – eyed One, Lord Siva, Who is fragrant and Who nourishes all beings.May He liberate me from the death, for the sake of Immortality, just as the ripe cucumber gets severed from the bondage of the vines.
8) “Nagendra Haaraaya Trilochanaaya
Bhasmanga Raagaya Maheshwaraya
Nithyaaya Suddhaaya Dhigambaraaya
Thasmai Na Kaaraaya Namashivaya Nama Shivaaya”
Meaning:I offer my humble salutations to Lord Mahesvara who has a garland of serpants around the neck, who has three eyes, whose body is covered with ash, who is eternal who is pure who has the entire sky as his dress and who is embodies as the first letter Na.
9) “Nandhikesha Mahaabhaaga Shivadhyaana
ParaayaNa Gowrinandana Sevaartham
AnujGYaa Daatum Marhasii”
Meaning:Oh! Lord Nandhikesha, highly distinguished, Son of Gowri and wholly devoted in meditation of Lord Shiva, please grant us the deserving permission to worship Lord Shiva.
10) “Neelakantam Virupaksham Nirmalam
Nilayapradtham Namami Sirasa Devam
Kimno Mrithyu Karishyathee”
Meaning:What can death do to me when I salute Lord Shiva whose throat is blue, who has three eyes, who is pure and blesses stability
11) “Vamadevam Mahaadevam Lokanatham
Jagathgurum Namami Sirasadevamkimno
Meaning:What can death do to me when I bow to Lord Vamadeva (Shiva), who has three eyes and who is the universal preceptor and lord.
12) “Gowree Vilaasa Bhavanaaya
Saranaagatha Rakshakaaya Sarvaaya
Sarva Jagathaam Adhipaaya Thasmai
Dharidhrya Dhuka Dhahanaaya Namasivaaya”
Meaning:I salute Lord Shiva who removes poverty and sorrow, who is the Lord of Goddess Gowri, who has five faces, who protects his devotees and who is the Lord of this universe
13) “Ganga Pravaahenthu Jadatharaaya
Thrilochanaya Smrakaala Hanthrey
Samastha Devairabhi Poojithaaya Shree
Meaning:Salutations to Sri Vaidhyanatha who holds the gushing waters of river Ganga and the crescent moon in this head locks. Salutations to the three eyed Lord Shiva worshipped by all Devas who subdued Yama and the Cupid.
14) “Karacharana Kritham Vaa
Kayajam Karmajam Vaa
Shravana Nayanajam Vaa
Manasam Vaa Aparadham
Vihithama Vihitham Vaa
Sarva Medha Kshamasvaa
Jaya Jaya Karunabdhey
Shree Mahadeva Shambo”
Meaning:Oh Lord! Please forgive me for all the wrong actions that I have commited knowingly or unknowingly with my hands, feet, speech, body, ears, eyes and mind. Victory to you, Oh Lord of compassion and Mercy