This powerful mantra was composed by Guru Adi Shankaracharya, who was a great sage of Advaita doctrine. It's lyrics are a descrpitoon of Lord Shiva’s divine qualities and it praises his association with Panchakshari mantra ‘Namah Shivaya’. It begins with the hymn Nagendra Haraya Trilochanaya, where the first two letters of each word  combined with the Shiva Panchakshara Stotram lyrics-- Na, Ma, Si, Va, and Ya represent the five basic elements namely earth, water, fire, air and space.

Lyrics Of Nagendra Haraya & Their Meaning

Mantra

Nagendra haraya Trilochanaya

Bhasmanga ragaya Maheswaraya

Nithyaya shuddhaya Digambaraya

Tasmai Nakaraya Namah Shivaya

Meaning

The one who has snakes acting as his ornaments, the three-eyed god

The one who applies holy ash all over his body, the greatest god (Maheshwara)

Who is pure, forever, and wears directions as his clothes (Digambara)

Salutations to Lord Shiva who is represented by syllable NA in Namah Shivaya

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Mantra

Mandakini salila chandana charchitaya

Nandeeswara pramadha nadha Maheswaraya

Mandara pushpa bahupushpa supujithaya

Tasmai Makaraya Namah Shivaya

Meaning

The god who wears sandalwood paste which has been prepared with the Mandakini water 

Who is lord of ganas, Nandi, and others, who is the greatest god

The one who is worshipped with flowers like hibiscus

I salute to that Lord Shiva, who is represented by syllable MA in Namah Shivaya

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Mantra

Shivaaya Gouri vadanabja brunda

Suryaya Daksha dwara naasakaya

Sri Neelakantaya Vrushadhvajaya

Tasmai Sikaraya Namah Shivaya

Meaning

The god who blossoms lotus like face of Gowri as a sun.

The destroyer of Daksha’s sacrifice

The one with blue throat and has a bull symbol on his flag

Salutations to the god Shiva who is represented by syllable SI in Namah Shivaya

Mantra

Vasistha kumbhodbhava Gauthamarya

Muneendra Devarchitha shekaraya

Chandrarka vaiswanara lochanaya

Tasmai Vakaraya Namah Shivaya

Meaning

He is worshipped by Agastya, Vasistha, Gowthama and other such great sages

The one who is worshipped by the Gods and has the crown of matted hair

Who has sun, moon, and fire as his three eyes

My Salutations to the Lord Shiva, represented by syllable VA in Namah Shivaya

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Mantra

Yagna swaroopaya Jathadharaya

Pinaka hastaya Sanathanaya

Divyaya devaya Digambaraya

Tasmai Yakaraya Namah Shivaya

Meaning

The one who has tufted hair and is the embodiment of yagna

Who has bow named Pinaka in his hand, who is natural and eternal

Who is divine and wears directions as his clothes

My salutations to you Lord Shiva, who is represented by syllable YA in Namah Shivaya

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Mantra

Panchaksharamidam punyam yah patheschiva sannidhau

Shivalokamavapnothi sivena saha modathe

Meaning

One who chants this Panchakshara Stotram mantra in the abode of Lord Shiva will get the punya of attaining the Shivaloka and enjoys the God’s compassion. The one who chants this mantra in the temple or Puja area will get his blessings and live with him forever.

Benefits Of The Strotam

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The mantra is all about understanding Lord Shiva especially for devotees and to know his importance. It is said that the Shiva Panchakshara stotram helps increase the devotional spirit in the devotee and gets them closer to Lord Shiva. 

Sages also believe that this mantra transports you to the dive nature and its syllables is basically sound therapy for the soul, mid and body.

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