HINDU GODS

February 28, 2008

MAHA SHIVARATRI

MAHA SHIVARATRI

Sivaratri is Hindu festival.The night of siva.This festival celebrated throughout the country in

India.Maha Shivarati . it is particularly popular in Uttar Pradesh. Maha Shivratri falls on the 14th day of the dark half of 'Margasirsa' (February-March). The name means "the night of Shiva". The ceremonies take place chiefly at night. This is a festival observed in honour of Lord Shiva and it is believed that on this day Lord Shiva was married to Parvati.
On this festival people worship 'Shiva - the Destroyer'. This night marks the night when Lord Shiva danced the 'Tandav'. In Andhra Pradesh, pilgrims throng the Sri Kalahasteshwara Temple at Kalahasti and the Bharamarambha Malikarjunaswamy Temple at Srisailam.

On Shivaratri .People observe a strict fast on this day. Some devotees do not even take a drop of water and they keep vigil all night. The Shiva Lingam is worshipped throughout the night by washing it every three hours with milk, curd, honey, rose water, etc., whilst the chanting of the Mantra "Om Namah Shivaya" continues. Offerings of Bael leaves are made to the Lingam as Bael leaves are considered very sacred and it is said that Goddess Lakshmi resides in them.
Hymns in praise of Lord Shiva, such as the "Shiva Mahimna Stotra" of Pushpadanta or Ravana's "Shiva Tandava Stotra" are sung with great fervour and devotion. People repeat the 'Panchakshara' Mantra, "Om Namah Shivaya". He, who utters the names of Shiva during Shivratri, with perfect devotion and concentration, is freed from all sins. He reaches the abode of Shiva and lives there happily. He is liberated from the wheel of births and deaths. Many pilgrims dock to the places where there are Shiva temples.

Every month in Krishna paksha chathurdhasi (fourteenth moonday) is called masa Shiva rathri. The one that comes in the month of "Masi" (mid February to mid March) is called Maha Shiva rathri. This is considered as the most important vrata by the devotees.

This festival is celebrated at night. This festival is also very different from all other Hindu festivals because no special foods are made on this day. People usually eat normal meals during the day, and at sunset, begin a fast along with prayers to Lord Shiva. This ritual ends at sunrise the next day, with a feast to break the fast. Foods in this meal include foods made in the other festivals.

Twelve Jyotirlingas

The Shiva Linga is the most common object of worship all over India. But twelve such stones are considered more important and are known as Jyotirlinga. They are situated in the following places:
1-Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh
2-Rameshwar in Tamil Nadu
3-Bhimashankar in Daminyal near Pune in Maharashtra
4 -Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh
5-Somanath in Saurashtra
6-Nageshwar in Dwarka
7-Mallika1 in Uttar Pradesh,
8-Kedarnath in the Himalayas,
9-Dhushmeshwar in Ellora near Aurangabad
10-Trimbakeshwar near Nashik
11-Vishvanath in Benares and
12-Vaidyanath in Parli in Marathvada.


Mahashivaratri 2008

Mahashivaratri will fall on 6th March on Thursdsay in 2008

Mahashivaratri that day very important every hindus first worships thear family god kuladeivam ,



108 Names of Lord Siva

Name Meaning
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 Lord
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-Dhyana -deepIcon Of Meditation And Concentration
20-Dhyutidhara - Lord Of Brilliance
21-Digambara -Ascetic Without Any 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 Lord
36-Kantha - Ever-Radiant
37-Kapalin One 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 Intelligent
46-Mahadeva Greatest God
47-Mahakala Lord Of All Times
48-Mahamaya -Of Great Illusions
49-Mahamrityunjaya -Great Victor Of Death
50-Mahanidhi -Great Storehouse
51-Mahashaktimaya - One Who Has Boundless Energies
52-Mahayogi -Greatest Of All Gods
53-Mahesha -Supreme Lord
54-Mahesawara -Lord Of Gods
55-Nagabhushana - One Who Has Serpents As Ornaments
56-Nataraja - King Of The Art Of Dancing
57-Nilakantha - Blue Necked Lord
58-Nityasundara -Ever Beautiful
59-Nrityapriya -Lover Of Dance
60-Omkara -Creator Of OM
61-Palanha - One Who Protects Everyone
62-Parameshwara -First Among All Gods
63-Paramjyoti -Greatest Splendour
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 -Favourite 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 Terrible
73-Rudraksha - One Who Has Eyes Like Rudra
74-Sadashiva - Eternal God
75-Sanatana -Eternal Lord
76-Sarvacharya -Preceptor Of All
77-Sarvashiva -Always Pure
78-Sarvatapana - Scorcher Of All
79-Sarvayoni - Source Of Everything
80-Sarveshara - Lord Of All Gods
81-Shambhu - One Who Bestows Prosperity
82-Shankara -One Who Gives Happiness
83-Shiva - Always Pure
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 Pleased
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 Lord
97-Trilokpati - Master Of All The Three Worlds
98-Tripurara - 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-Vedakrada - Originator Of The Vedas
105-Veerabhadra -Supreme Lord Of The Nether World
106-Vishalaksha -Wide-Eyed Lord
107-Vishveshwar - Lord Of The Universe
108-Vrishavahana -One Who Has Bull As His Vehicle


Lord siva Slokas and Mantras
1-Shiva Panchakshara stotram
2-Shiva Thandava Stotram
3-Maha Mrutyunjaya Stotram
4-Bilwashtakam
5-Lingashtakam
6-Shree Shiva Ashtothram
7-Daridrya dukha dahana shivastotram
Shiva Gayatri
( Om Pancahvaktraye Vidmahe Mahadevaye
Dhi-Mahi
Tan No Rudra Prachodayat )
8-Shiva Manasa Pooja
9-Shivananda Lahari



Sri Lingashtakam
Brahma Muraari Suraarchita Lingam
Nirmala Bhashita Shobhita Lingam
Janmaja Dukha Vinaashaka Lingam
Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga, which is adored by Brahma, Vishnu and other Gods, which is praised by pure and holy speeches and which destroys the cycle of births and deaths.

Devamuni Pravaraarchita Lingam
Kaamadaham Karunaakara Lingam
Raavana Darpa Vinaashaka LingamTat
Pranamaami Sada Shiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga, which is the destroyer of desires, which the Devas and the sages worship, which is infinitely compassionate and which subdued the pride of Raavana.

Sarva Sugandha Sulepitha Lingam
Buddhi Vivardhana Kaarana Lingam
Siddha Suraasura Vanditha Lingam
Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga, which is lavishly smeared with variegated perfumes and scents, which elevates the power of thought and enkindles the light of discrimination, and before which the Siddhas and Suras and Asuras prostrate.

Kanaka Mahaamani Bhushitha Lingam
Phanipathi Veshtitha Shobhitha Lingam
Daksha Suyajna Vinaashaka Lingam
Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga, the destroyer of Dakshas sacrifice, which is decorated with various ornaments, studded with different gems and rubies and which glows with the garland of the serpent Lord coiled around it.

Kumkuma Chandana Lepitha Lingam
Pankaja Haara Sushobhitha Lingam
Sanchitha Paapa Vinaashaka Lingam
Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga, which is smeared with saffron and sandal paste, which is decorated with lotus garlands and which wipes out all accumulated sins.
Devaganaarchitha Sevitha LingamBhaavair Bhakti Bhirevacha LingamDinakara Koti Prabhakara Lingam Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga which is worshipped by the multitude of Gods with genuine thoughts full of faith and devotion and whose splendor is like that of a million suns.

Ashta Dalopari Veshtitha Lingam
Sarva Samudbhava Kaarana Lingam
Ashta Daridra Vinaashaka Lingam
Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga, destroyer of all poverty and misery in its eight aspects, which is the cause of all creation and which stands on the eight petalled Lotus.

Suraguru Suravara Pujitha Lingam
Suravana Pushpa Sadaarchitha Lingam
Paraatparam Paramatmaka Lingam
Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga which is the Transcendent Being and the Supreme Self, worshipped by all Suras and their preceptor (Brhaspathi), with innumerable flowers from the celestial garden

Significance of Mrityunjaya Mantra
This Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a life giving mantra. In these days, when life is very complex, accidents are an everyday affair. This mantra wards off death by accidents. Besides it has a great curative effect. Again, diseases pronounced incurable by doctors are cured by this mantra, when chanted with sincerity, faith and devotion. It is a weapon against all diseases. It is a mantra to conquer death. It is also a moksha mantra being Lord Shiva's mantra. It bestows health, long life (deergha ayush), peace (shanti), wealth (aishvaryam), prosperity (pushti), satisfaction (tusthti) and immortality (moksha).

Om Trayambakam YajamaheSugandham Pushtivardhanam
Urvaruka miva Bandhanam
Mrityomukshyeeya Maamritaat

"We worship the three-eyed one (Lord Siva) who is fragrant and nourishes all beings; may He liberate me from death for the sake of immortality

Daridrya dukha dahana shivastotram
Whoever repeats this prayer on Lord Shiva composed by Rishi Vashishta attains that supreme abode of His and enjoys the eternal bliss. Whoever recites the nine stanzas of this powerful prayer will be relieved of all his sins, poverty and malady. Whoever recites this prayer will be bestowed with prosperity and happiness. dharithriya = poverty (or) misfortune; thahana = burn to ashes. The misfortunes of the devotee who repeats the prayer, will be burnt to ashes.
Vishveshvaraya narakarnavataranaya karnamrutaya shashishekharadharanayaKarpura kantidhavalaya jatadharaya daridryaduhkha dahanaya namah shivaya 1

Gauripriyaya rajanishakaladharaya kalantakaya bhujagadhipa kankanayaGangadharaya gajarajavimardanaya daridryaduhkha dahanaya namah shivaya 2

Bhaktipriyaya bhavarogabhayapahaya ugraya durga bhavasagarataranayaJyotirmayaya gunanamasunrityakaya daridryaduhkha dahanaya namah shivaya 3

Charmambaraya shavabhasmavilepanaya bhalekshanaya manikundalamanditayaManjirapadayugalaya jatadharaya daridryaduhkha dahanaya namah shivaya 4

Panchananaya phanirajavibhushanaya hemamshukaya bhuvanatrayamanditaya Anandabhumivaradaya tamomayaya daridryaduhkha dahanaya namah shivaya 5

Bhanupriyaya bhavasagarataranaya kalantakaya kamalasanapujitayaNetratrayaya shubhalaxanalakshitaya daridryaduhkha dahanaya namah shivaya 6

Ramapriyaya raghunatha varapradaya nagapriyaya narakarnavataranayaPunyeshu punyabharitaya surarchitaya daridryaduhkha dahanaya namah shivaya 7

Mukteshvaraya phaladaya ganeshvaraya gitapriyaya vrushabheshvaravahanayaMatangacharmavasanaya maheshvaraya daridryaduhkha dahanaya namah shivaya 8

Vasishtena kritam stotram
sarvaroganivaranam.
h Sarvasampatkaram shighram
putra pautrabhivardhanam.h
Trisandhyam yah patennityam
sa hi svargamavapnuyat.
h iti vasishtavirachitam
daridryadahanashivastotram sampurnam.

slokas and sthothras on Lord Shiva will gives happiness and prosperity.
Shiva Dyanam
Vandhe Sambumumapathimh suragurum
Vandhe Jagathkaaranam
Vandhe PanaBhooshanam mruhadharam
Vandhe Pasoonaam pathim
Vandhe Soorya Shasaankavahninayanam
Vandhe Mukundhapriyam
Vandhe Baktha Janasrayamsvratham
Vandhe Shivam Sankaram

Shree Shiva Ashtothram

Om Sivaya namah
Om Mahe-shwaraya namah
Om Shambhave namah
Om Pinaakine namah
Om Sasi-shekha-raya namah
Om Vama-devaya namah
Om Virupakshaya namah
Om Kapardhine namah
Om Nila-lohitaya namah
Om Shankaraya namah
Om Shula-panine namah
Om Khatvamgene namah
Om Vishnu-vallabhaya namah
Om Sipi-vistaya namah
Om Ambika nadhaya namah
Om Srikantaya namah
Om Bhakta-vastalaya namah
Om Bhavaya namah
Om Sharwaya namah
Om Trilo-keshaya namah
Om Siti-kantaya namah
Om Siva-priyaya namah
Om Ugraya namah
Om Kapaline namah
Om Kaomarine namah
Om Andhaka-sura-sudanaya namah
Om Ganga-dharaya namah
Om Lalaa-takshaya namah
Om Kaala-kalaya namah Om Kripa-nidhaye namah
Om Bheemaya namah
Om Parashu-hastaya namah
Om Mruga-panine namah
Om Jata-dharaaya namah
Om Kailasa-vasine namah
Om Kavachine namah
Om Katoraya namah
Om Tripuran-takaya namah
Om Vrushankaya namah
Om Vrusha-bharudaya namah
Om Bhasmo-dhulitha vigrahaya namah
Om Sama-priyaaya namah
Om Sarwamayaaya namah
Om Traemurthaye namah
Om Anishwaraya namah
Om Sarwagnyaya namah
Om Paramatmane namah
Om Soma-suryagni-lochanaya namah
Om Havishe namah
Om Yagnya-mayaaya namah
Om Somaya namah
Om Pancha-vaktraya namah
Om Sada-shivaya namah
Om Vishveshwa-raya namah
Om Virabhadraya namah
Om Gana-nadhaya namah
Om Praja-pataye namah
Om Hiranya-retaya namah
Om Durdharshaya namah
Om Girishaya namah
Om Giree-shaya namah
Om Anaghaya namah
Om Bhujanga-bhusha-naya namah
Om Bhargaya namah
Om Giri-dhanvine namah
Om Giri-priyaaya namah
Om Krutti-vasaya namah
Om Pura-rataye namah
Om Bhagavaye namah
Om Pramadha-dipaya namah
Om Mrutyumjayaya namah
Om Shukshma-tanave namah
Om Jagadvayapine namah
Om Jagad-gurave namah
Om Vyoma-keshaya namah
Om Mahasena-janakaya namah
Om Charu-vikramaya namah
Om Rudraya namah
Om Bhuta-pataye namah Om Sthanane namah
Om Ahirbhudnyaya namah
Om Digamba-raya namah
Om Ashta-murthaye namah
Om Anekat-maya namah
Om Satvikaya namah
Om Shudha-vigrahaya namah
Om Shashwataya namah
Om Khanda-parashave namah
Om Ajaaya namah
Om Pashavimo-chakaya namah
Om Mrudaya namah
Om Pashu-pataye namah
Om Devaya namah
Om Maha-devaya namah
Om Avya-yaya namah
Om Haraye namah
Om Pusha-damta-bhethre namah
Om Avya-graya namah Om Dakshadwara-haraaya namah
Om Haraya namah
Om Bhaganetrabhitre namah
Om Avya-ktaya namah
Om Saha-srakshaya namah
Om Saha-srapadave namah
Om Apavarga-pradaya namah
Om Anantaya namah
Om Tarakaya namah Om Para-meshwaraya namah
Om naanavidha parimala pathra pushpaanni samarpyami



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