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
Nagendra haraya Trilochanaya
Bhasmanga ragaya Maheswaraya
Nithyaya shuddhaya Digambaraya
Tasmai Nakaraya Namah Shivaya
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
Mandakini salila chandana charchitaya
Nandeeswara pramadha nadha Maheswaraya
Mandara pushpa bahupushpa supujithaya
Tasmai Makaraya Namah Shivaya
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
Shivaaya Gouri vadanabja brunda
Suryaya Daksha dwara naasakaya
Sri Neelakantaya Vrushadhvajaya
Tasmai Sikaraya Namah Shivaya
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
Vasistha kumbhodbhava Gauthamarya
Muneendra Devarchitha shekaraya
Chandrarka vaiswanara lochanaya
Tasmai Vakaraya Namah Shivaya
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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Yagna swaroopaya Jathadharaya
Pinaka hastaya Sanathanaya
Divyaya devaya Digambaraya
Tasmai Yakaraya Namah Shivaya
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
Panchaksharamidam punyam yah patheschiva sannidhau
Shivalokamavapnothi sivena saha modathe
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
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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