Greatness of Lord Shiva
Shiva is one of the supreme Gods of Hinduism. He is one among the Trimurthis, the trinity of supreme Gods who are responsible for the fundamental aspects of existence, that is, creation, preservation and destruction. Hailed as Mahadeva, the Great Lord, he is regarded as the God of Destruction, but is believed to assume many roles and undertake various functions thus, representing the trinity all by himself. He is generally worshipped in the form of Shiva Linga, called as Lingeshwara.
Mantras are powerful incantations that are packed with immense spiritual energy. There are precise guidelines as to how a mantra should to be chanted, and when done so with devotion, they can create vibrations which can bring peace and joy to the devotees. Shiva is believed to be a very compassionate God, who can be propitiated easily with sincere devotion. It is also believed that the chanting of mantras in his praise with faith can fetch abundant blessings for the devotees, and these can remove difficulties, diseases, negativities and sorrows, bestow them with immense strength and power, and relieve them from the painful cycle of birth and death.
Let us, here, go through some of the most powerful mantras of Lord Shiva.
Panchakshari Shiva Mantra
This is a simple five-letter mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’, which takes the sacred name of the Lord. It means ‘I bow to Lord Shiva’. Devotees normally chant this mantra 108 times. This is believed to be capable of cleansing their souls.
This mantra is ‘Om Namo Bhagavathe Rudraya’, which is chanted to pray to the Rudra form of the Lord. It is chanted to please Shiva and get all the honest wishes fulfilled.
Ekadasha Rudra Mantra
Ekadasha indicates Number 11 and this being a collection of 11 mantras, is aptly called by this name. Each one of these mantras is dedicated to each form of Shiva, which are Kapali, Pingala, Bhima, Virupaksha, Vilohita, Shastha, Ajapada, Ahirbhudanya, Sambhu, Chanda and Bhava.
Of these mantras, each one is generally recited on a particular month of a year. These are also recited together on Shivaratri days and during the Maha Rudra Yagya time. The mantras are believed to bestow the devotees with abundant blessings of Shiva.
Maha Mrithyunjaya Mantra
This famous mantra hails Shiva as Mrithyunjaya, the one who vanquished death and it goes like this:
‘Om Trayambakam Yajamahae Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam,
Urvaarukamivaa Bandhanath Mruthyormukshiya Mamruthaath’
This potent hymn helps to get God’s blessings, through which one can overcome the crippling fear of death and live life to the fullest.
Shiva Gayathri Mantra
‘Om Tat Purushaya Vidhmahae, Mahadevaya Dhemahe, Thanno Rudra Prachodayath’ is the mantra. Gayathri Mantra itself is a powerful incantation, and this mantra dedicated to the Lord is regarded as one of the most powerful hymns in praise of Shiva, which can bless the devotees with great peace of mind.
Shiva Dhyana Mantra
‘KaracharankritamVaa KaayjamKarmjamVaa, ShravannayanjamVaa MaanasamVaa Paradham, Vihitam Vihitam Vaa SarvMetatKshamasva, Jay Jay Karunaabdhe Shree Mahadeva Shambo’
It is believed that the above mantra will please Shiva and get the sins of the devotees cleared, negativities removed and thus, the souls will be purified of all blemishes.