Sri Lingashtakam

Lingashtakam
Lingashtakam

Sri Lingashtakam is part of the prayer chantings compiled as Shiva Stuthi (Prayer to Lord Shiva).  Lord Shiva is worshipped as a symbol, an iconic representation of life.

Sri Lingashtakam, Bilwashtakam, Shivashtakam, Shiva Panchakshari Stotram and other innumerable Slokas constitute Shiva Stuthi.

It is believed that all the Slokas were composed by Sri Adi Sankaracharya.

Sri Lingasthakam contains 8 stanzas each depicting the eminence and prominence of Lord Shiva.  Lord Shiva is established in the symbolic form of Shiva Linga for worshipping.

The benefits of chanting this Sloka is given at the end.

This narrative contains the Devanagari and English script of Lingashtakam and a simple English translation.

ब्रह्म मुरारि सुरार्चित लिङ्गम्
निर्मल भासित शोभित लिङ्गम् ।
जन्मज दुःख विनाशक लिङ्गम्
तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ १॥

bramha muraari suraarchita lingam 
nirmala Bhasitha shoBhita lingam |
janmaja duhkha vinaashaka lingam
thath praNamaami sadhaashiva lingam || 1||

That Shiv Linga Which is revered by Bramha, Vishnu and other Devas,
That Shiv Linga Which is of pure content in speech and which is luminous,
That Shiv Linga Which destroys the sorrows in life due to birth,
In the presence of that eternal Shiv Linga, I humbly bow and surrender with my salutations.

देव मुनिप्रव रार्चित लिङ्गम्
कामदहम् करुणाकर लिङ्गम् ।
रावण दर्प विनाशन लिङ्गम्
तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ २॥

dheva muniprava raarchita lingam 
kaamadhaham karuNaakara lingam |
raavaNa dharpa vinaashana lingam
thath praNamaami sadhaashiva lingam || 2||

That Shiv Linga Which is worshipped by Devas and Sages with chanting prayers,
That Shiv Linga Which has scorched Kaama Deva (Manmadha – God of physical desires) and is compassionate (as He gave Manmadha his life back)
That Shiv Linga Which has destroyed the arrogance of Demon Ravana
In the presence of that eternal Shiv Linga, I humbly bow and surrender with my salutations.

सर्व सुगन्धि सुलेपित लिङ्गम्
बुद्धि विवर्धन कारण लिङ्गम् ।
सिद्ध सुरासुर वन्दित लिङ्गम्
तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ ३॥

sarva suganDhi sulepita lingam 
budDhi vivarDhana kaaraNa lingam |
siddha suraasura vandhita lingam
thath praNamaami sadhaashiva lingam || 3||

That Shiv Linga Which is smeared with perfumes
That Shiv Linga Which is the root cause of intelligence and its growth,
That Shiv Linga Which is ardently worshipped by Sages, Devas and Demons
In the presence of that eternal Shiv Linga, I humbly bow and surrender with my salutations.

कनक महामणि भूषित लिङ्गम्
फनिपति वेष्टित शोभित लिङ्गम् ।
दक्षसु यज्ञ विनाशन लिङ्गम्
तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ ४॥

kanaka mahaamaNi Bhushitha lingam 
phanipathi veShtitha shoBhita lingam |
dhakShasu yajna vinashaana lingam
thath praNamaami sadhaashiva lingam || 4||

That Shiv Linga Which is adorned with gold and other precious ornaments
That Shiv Linga Who has worn the huge species of snakes around Him looking dazzling,
That Shiv Linga Who has destroyed the Havan (Homam) done by Daksha
In the presence of that eternal Shiv Linga, I humbly bow and surrender with my salutations.

कुङ्कुम चन्दन लेपित लिङ्गम्
पङ्कज हार सुशोभित लिङ्गम् ।
सञ्चित पाप विनाशन लिङ्गम्
तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ ५॥

kunkuma chandhana lepitha lingam 
pankaja haara sushoBhita lingam |
sanchitha paapa vinaashana lingam
thath praNamaami sadhaashiva lingam || 5||

That Shiv Linga Which is anointed with kumkuma (paste made of saffron) and sandal
That Shiv Linga Which is adorned with the garland of lotuses and looking resplendent
That Shiv Linga Which destroys the amassed sins
In the presence of that eternal Shiv Linga, I humbly bow and surrender with my salutations.

देव गणार्चित सेवित लिङ्गम्
भावै र्भक्ति भिरेव च लिङ्गम् ।
दिनकर कोटि प्रभाकर लिङ्गम्
तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ ६॥

dheva gaNaarchitha sevitha lingam 
Bhavair-Bhakthi Bhireva cha lingam |
dhinakara koti praBhaakara lingam
thath praNamaami sadhaashiva lingam || 6||

That Shiv Linga Which is worshipped with devotion by the troops of Devas,
That Shiv Linga Which is ardently prayed with the approach of utmost devotion,
That Shiv Linga Which is as brilliant and Shiny as crore suns
In the presence of that eternal Shiv Linga, I humbly bow and surrender with my salutations.

अष्ट दलोपरि वेष्टित लिङ्गम्
सर्व समुद्भव कारण लिङ्गम् ।
अष्ट दरिद्र विनाशित लिङ्गम्
तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ ७॥

aShta dhalopari veShtita lingam 
sarva samudBhava kaaraNa lingam |
aShta dharidhra vinaashitha lingam
thath praNamaami sadhaashiva lingam || 7||

That Shiv Linga Which is shrouded with eight-fold petals
That Shiv Linga Which is the root cause of all the creation and Which destroys the eight types of poverty**
In the presence of that eternal Shiv Linga, I humbly bow and surrender with my salutations.
** [Eight types of poverty mean lack of Eight Aishwaryas (boons) such as Ayur (Long life), Aarogya (Health), Abhivruddhi (Prosperity), Puthra Pouthra (Children & Grand Children), Dhana (Wealth), Vijaya (Success) Shanthi (Peace) and Kirthi (Fame)]

सुरगुरु सुरवर पूजित लिङ्गम्
सुरवन पुष्प सदार्चित लिङ्गम् ।
परात्परं परमात्मक लिङ्गम्
तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ ८॥

suraguru suravara poojitha lingam 
suravana puShpa sadhaarchitha lingam |
parathparam paramaathmaka lingam
thath praNamaami sadhaashiva lingam || 8||

That Shiv Linga Which is worshipped by the teacher of Devas (Bruhaspathi) and the exalted of the Devas,
That Shiv Linga Which is being constantly worshipped with the flowers from the gardens of the Devas,
That Shiv Linga which is supreme to the Supreme Self
In the presence of that eternal Shiv Linga, I humbly bow and surrender with my salutations.

लिङ्गाष्टकमिदं पुण्यं यः
पठेत् शिवसन्निधौ ।
शिवलोक मवाप्नोति
शिवेन सह मोदते ॥

lingaShtakam-idham puNyam yah 
paTeth shiva-sanniDhau |
shivaloka mavapnoathi
shivena saha modhathe ||

Reading this Lingashtakam in the presence of Shiv Linga at the sanctum shall bring eternal bliss and nearness to Lord Shiva.

Om Nama Shivaya Namaha!!!

 

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