In the Mahabaratha version Yudishtra after hearing the Vishnu Sahasranama from Bheeshma requests him also to teach the thousand names of Lord Shiva. Bheeshma expresses his inability to the same and requests Lord Krishna to teach it to Yudishtra. Based on this Sri. Subramanya Iyer wrote a detailed interpretation in Tamil which was published initially by the Sarada Peetham, Sringeri.
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In the Mahabaratha version Yudishtra after hearing the Vishnu Sahasranama from Bheeshma requests him also to teach the thousand names of Lord Shiva. Bheeshma expresses his inability to the same and requests Lord Krishna to teach it to Yudishtra.
Based on this Sri. Subramanya Iyer wrote a detailed interpretation in Tamil which was published initially by the Sarada Peetham, Sringeri. Later they gave the publishing rights to Ramakrishna Mutt of Madras. These are the names of Lord Shiva. Different meanings are given to each repetition. My salutations to sage Vyasa, Who had all compassing intellect, And who has broad eyes like the lotus leaf. Was not this great lamp full of wisdom, Filled up by the oil of Bharatha, lit by you?
I salute the great God Shambhu, Who is the consort of Uma, Who is the teacher of devas, I salute the cause of this universe, I salute who wears snake as ornament, Who caries a deer in his hand, I salute the Lord of all beings, I salute him who has sun, moon and fire as eyes, I salute him who is dear to Mukunda, I salute him who is the refuge of his devotees, Who is the one who gives them great status, And I salute Shiva and Shankara.
Oh my dearest grandpa, Be pleased to tell me the various names, Of him who is the lord of the universe, Who is Shambhu with a gold coloured body, Whose form is of the universe, Who is the teacher of Asuras and devas, Who is the god of all devas, Who does all good, And who is the cause of the eternal basis, And also his fame, As you have heard from others. Incapable I am to tell about the properties, Of the great God who is very great, For he is seen everywhere but seen nowhere. He is the one who created Brahma , Vishnu and other devas, He is their Lord and he is worshipped by, Brahma , devas, ghosts and others.
He is greater than nature and the masculine concept, He is being meditated upon by great sages who know the truth, He is the causal universe, cause as well as the effect. He who is the God of gods and God of all beings, Through his power destabilizes Purusha and nature, And creates Brahma out of it.
Which man who is subject of birth, growing up and death, Would be capable of telling the properties, Of him who is the God of gods and knower of all? Oh Son, Is it possible for an ordinary mortal to know. That great god like him, rather it is possible, For the Lord Narayana who carries mace, conch and wheel, To know about Sankara who is the greatest God. That Vishnu who knows ever thing, Who has greatest qualities, Who cannot be won over by anybody, Who has special holy sight, And who is greatly resplendent, Sees him by his eyes of yoga.
The great Lord Krishna , due to his devotion to Rudra, Has spread all over the universe, Oh Bharatha, Oh king of kings, After making Lord Shiva pleased by his penance in Bhadrinath, He has attained the state of being more dear, Than all the worlds and all aspects of knowledge. This Lord Madhava has done penance for a full thousand years, And has pleased him who is the teacher of all beings, And the giver of all boons. Lord Parameshwara becomes pleased and happy Eons after eons, by this Krishna who is devotee of Lord Shiva.
This Krishna who is Hari, who did penance for getting a son  , Has seen the greatness of Maheswara who is the origin of the world. Hey Bharatha, I do not find any one else suitable, To tell you about the various names of the god of gods. Oh king, that great armed one, Is the one capable of telling the properties of God, And capable of fully telling you truthfully, The powers of The great God. Those thousand names of God told by sage Dandi, Who was the knower of Brahmam, Which was told in the land of Brahmas, With lord Brahma as a witness, May please be heard by these sages, Like Dvaipayana who have done great penance, And have won control over their sense organs.
Vasudeva told:- Neither gods like Brahma and Indra, Nor the several great sages, Are capable of understanding, The philosophy behind the great lord. How can one understand Him, Just by the mention of his name, Who is capable of seeing minutest things, Who does not have an end nor beginning, And who is the refuge of saints. I would tell you, few properties of that great God, Who is the God of all penances and, Who is the destroyer of asuras. Vaisampayana told:- After telling like this Lord Krishna , Sat down did the act f cleaning himself, And started telling about that great Lord, Who was the Lord of all good natured.
Vasudeva told:- Oh my cousin Yudishtra who is dear to me, The sage Abhimanyu with folded hands, After concentrating his mind in to one, Told me about the several names of Shiva.
Sage Upamanyu told:- I pray him, using those names, Which have been read by Brahma and other sages, Which have arisen from Vedas and Vedangas , And which are famous throughout the world. These names have been praises by the great, They are true and give occult powers, They help you to get any job done, And have been told by Sage Dandi, Whose heart is immersed in Vedas.
I pray,who does good to all beings, Who is worshipped by good me, Who is worshipped by sages and philosophers, Who is the first among all, And who can grant us heaven, Using those famous, well known names.
Oh Krishna , who is his devotee, Please worship that Parameshwara, Who is the source of the world, And Who is the god of gods, And for that purpose, I am making you hear the following. Even though one has all abilities and fame, It is just impossible for them to narrate fully, All the greatness of Shiva even in hundred years.
Hey Madhava,, Who will have the ability, To describe in full, the qualities of him, Whose head or foot was not found by the devas? In spite of that I would tell you in short, According to my limited capacity, Using limited words and letters, The story of him, who is the source of wisdom, Because of his grace and blessing.
Since it is not feasible to pray him, Without his permission and grace, I was able to sing his prayers, When I was blessed by him. I will tell you a few names approximately, Of that great one who is the origin of the world, And who cannot find origin for himself.
Please hear the collection of names, As revealed by Lord Brahma, Who is the greatest among those who give boons, Who is the form of the universe, And who is personification of wisdom. These thousand names are the result of churning, Similar to getting butter from curd, Out of the ten thousand names told by Brahma. This essence has been taken after serious thought, Like the gold is taken out of mines, Honey is taken out of flowers, And ghee is taken out of butter.
This removes all committed sins, Is one with the four great Vedas , Could be understood by great effort, And could be committed to memory through effort. I salute the lord of Parvathy, Who is ever peaceful, Who sits in the lotus pose, Who wears the crescent on his crown, Who has five faces, Who has three eyes, Who carries on his right side, Trident, vajra , sword, axe and sign of refuge, Who carries on his left side, Snake, rope, bell, eternal, fire and goad, Who has been decorated in various ways, And who is like bead of crystal.
Who is capable of Worshipping Him, Who is fit to be praised, worshipped and saluted? I who has been blessed by him due to my devotion, Can worship him who is the lord of Yagnas, And the foremost among those who are intelligent.
He who worships the lord with devotion, Using these names of Shiva the Lord, With concentrated mind and devotion, Would automatically attain salvation. The sages and Devas worship Him using these names, And the great Lord would become happy, If praised by these names with discipline.
The god who is merciful on his devotees would establish them, And because of this, those best of men, those who believe in him, Those who concentrate on Him and nobody else, And those who worship him in several births, Who worship that God whose fame cannot be measured, And who is the greatest God known, By prayers, duties, mind and words, While in dream and while they are awake, While they go out and while they enter in, While they open their eyes and while they close it, Think of him, hear of him and make others hear of Him, And praise him and be praised because of that, Would attain happiness and satisfaction in life.
Those of whom who were born thousands of times, In different differing wombs and burn their sins in life, Would develop this type of devotion to Him, Which consists of depending only on him, Is not found among devas but only in some rare men.
This devotion to Rudra which is unstoppable, Which is without any doubts comes in them, Only by the grace of Rudra and because of that, They who are prince among devotees attain him without doubt. Those who by all means follow and worship that Maheswara, Would be saved from the whirlpool of birth by him. By this same path the devas also get rid of repeated births, And for men there is no need of strength and penance, Except this worship of the greatest of Gods.
This prayer always gives rise to holy acts, Makes one clean, drives away sins, Grants yoga and thus salvation, And also takes one to heaven. He who recites with devotion and concentration, Would eventually attain that status, Which is attained by adepts of Sankhya yoga.
He who with great effort recites this always, For a year in front of Lord Rudra, Would attain whatever he wants. Yama told them to the Rudras, And sage Thandi got it from them, In the court of Brahma, As a result of severe penance. This sage Sathyanarayana taught it to Yama . This prayer which is equivalent to Vedas, Grants heaven, health, long life and wealth, And those who recite it cannot be troubled, By asuras, yakshas, rakshasas, ghosts, Yadu dhanas, Guhyakas and Nagas.
Hey Yudishtra, To the one who recites this, Clean with continence and with control over senses, For a year without break, Would get the effect of performing the horse sacrifice.
Hey Yudishtra, In olden times God gave me, Wealth and eight good qualities in Varanasi , As a result of my worship to him with sincerity and effort.
The eight good qualities are mercy, patience, and absence of jealousy, Cleanliness, absence of tiredness, optimism, liberal nature and detachment. Sage Garga told:- Hey son of Pandu, pleased by my mental prayer, That God gave me mastery in the sixty four arts. Those base humans who do sinful actions, And have been made baser by ill advised actions, Who have more of thamo and rajo guna, Do not engage themselves in worship of God, But those twice born who have good actions, And thoughts worship him.
I am firmly of the opinion that, Those devotees of the great God, Will never again suffer this birth and death. Bad dreams, bad omens, bad results, bad mind, Famine, sad happenings, bad name which cannot be tolerated, Pain out of dangers, fear towards poison, Bad happenings due to planets, And diseases may please never enter my life, Oh God of the universe.
Thus ends the thousand names of Shiva. Toggle navigation. Jump to: navigation , search. Category : Stotra. Log in Request account. Who dresses himself in hides . Who has very big jaw bones . Who sent arrow against the deer sent by sages of Daruka forest. Who has great penance . Who has with him the pitcher . Who travels with Bhoothas . Who is of the form of astrology. Who took the form of sage Durvasa. Who has sixty parts . Who is the father of father . Who follows the tenets of the Adhyatma shastras.
Who does not eat food . Who has Atharva Veda as head. Who resides in the Shimsumara chakra which is of crocodile shape. Who is of the form of a tree . Who has a white  mind, words and body. Who has a lyre  made out of two bottle gourds-This is called the Rudra Veena. Who is like wind .
Who is the lord of Universe . Who receives Havirbhagas  kept on Dharbha grass. Who is better than all things . Who is the mantra with three parts viz Bheejam, Shakthi and Keelagam. Who took the form of Varaha . Who is the author of Suthras which are abbreviated knowledge and also Puranas which are knowledge in detail.
The Shiva sahasranama is a "list of a thousand names" of Shiva , one of the most important deities in Hinduism. In Hindu tradition a sahasranama is a type of devotional hymn Sanskrit: stotra listing many names of a deity. The names provide an exhaustive catalog of the attributes, functions, and major mythology associated with the figure being praised. As per Shiv Mahapuran when Vishnu was unable to defeat the demons after many attempts he prayed to Shiv who granted him the Sudarshan Chakra for fighting the demons. There are at least eight different variations of the Shiva Sahasranama  while the one appearing in the Book 13 Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata is considered as the main version.
Shri Shiva Sahasranama Stotra from Lingapurana
Account Options Sign in. Top charts. New releases. Add to wishlist. Shiva is regarded as one of the primary forms of God, such as one of the five primary forms of God in the Smarta tradition,and "the Destroyer" or "the Transformer" among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine.