What is Shiva Tandava Stotram?
Shiva Tandava Stotram is a hymn composed by the great sage Ravana in praise of Lord Shiva, one of the primary deities in Hinduism. It describes the beauty and power of Lord Shiva and his cosmic dance, known as Tandava. The hymn consists of sixteen stanzas, each describing a different aspect of Lord Shiva’s dance, such as the movement of his hands, his fierce expression, and his ability to destroy the universe. The Shiva Tandava Stotram is widely recited and is considered a powerful prayer that can bring blessings and protection to the devotee.
Shiva Tandava Stotram
Shiva Tandava Stotram is a hymn of praise dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Hindu deity who is considered the lord of dance. The stotram was composed by Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, who was a great devotee of Shiva. The stotram is known for its powerful rhythm and its ability to invoke a sense of awe and reverence in the hearts of those who recite it.
The stotram describes the dance of Lord Shiva, known as the Tandava, which is said to represent the cosmic dance of creation and destruction. The stotram praises Lord Shiva as the supreme lord of the universe, the destroyer of evil, and the embodiment of pure consciousness.
The stotram is composed of six stanzas, each of which describes a different aspect of the Tandava dance. The stanzas are full of vivid imagery and metaphors, and are set to a powerful and rhythmic meter.
The Shiva Tandava Stotram is considered one of the most powerful hymns of praise in the Hindu tradition, and is often recited by devotees of Lord Shiva as a means of invoking his blessings and protection.
Galeavalambya lambitam bhujangatungamalikam
Damad damad damaddama ninadavadamarvayam
Chakara chandtandavam tanotu nah shivah shivam
Jata kata hasambhrama bhramanilimpanirjhari
Kishorachandrashekhare ratih pratikshanam mama
Dharadharendrana ndinivilasa bandhubandhura
Navina meghamandali niruddhadurdharasphurat
Nilimpanirjhari dharastanotu krutti sindhurah
Kalanidhanabandhurah shriyam jagaddhurandharah
Valambikantha kandali ruchi prabaddhakandharam
Smarschidam puraschidam bhavaschidam makhachidam
Gajachidandhakachidam tamantakachidam bhaje
Rasapravaha madhuri vijrumhita kahakapola
Dhananjayavidrumabandhumurari brahmendra ganga
Sutapasankulamukha rapuramshunyayudha mrigam
Smarami nityanandamaheshamehsham niranjana
Nirvanashantihetum tad brahmaikyamajam dhvayam
Stanza-by-stanza English meaning of the Shiva Tandava Stotram:
Jatatavigalajjala pravahapavitasthale Galeavalambya lambitam bhujangatungamalikam
On the head, flows the uncombed tangled hair, adorned by the flow of water from the holy Ganges. The serpent king coils around the neck, and his blue complexion adorns the throat.
Damaddamaddama ninadavadamarvayam Chakara chandtandavam tanotu nah shivah shivam.
The loud drum beats (Damaru) echo and reverberate everywhere, announcing the auspicious dance of Lord Shiva, may he grant us auspiciousness.
Jatatavee gala Sampoojya vibhava brthhavam bhavani sahitam namaami
I bow to Lord Shiva, who is adorned by the matted locks on his head and who is always worshiped by Mother Parvati.
Vishwanathaashtakam Shivashtakam ya patthechchhivamandiramandire tasya nishchayam padam shivalokam avapnoti
One who recites the Shiva Ashtakam, which contains the essence of Lord Shiva, in the temple of Lord Shiva, will attain the abode of Lord Shiva.
Kada nilampa nirjhari nikunja kotare vasanh Vimukta durmatih sada shirah sthamajnjalim vahanh
When will I be able to live in a beautiful cottage in a dense forest by the banks of a flowing river? My mind will be free from all impurities and my hands will always be in the gesture of reverence.
Dharadharendrana ndinivilasabandhubandhur Sphuradigantasantati pramodamanamanase
In the mind, I see the pleasant image of Lord Shiva, who is the friend and companion of the Himalayas, adorned with the shining rows of teeth and the sparkling lines of moonlight.
Dinakaraka nandishvara padapankaja paarimrutyormukhadrindi vipanchi vishwashrunga nemi
The sun and the moon are the two lotus feet of Lord Shiva, and the rivers flowing from the mountains are the bangles on his wrists. The Meru mountain is the spear held by him.
Prapanchasarasarvabhootavachagachchha sannivista sarvavegaih saha pravartate
Lord Shiva is present in the whole world and in every being, and all activities occur with his will.
Etavananayakasya vadanasya subhaga Tvamevamadhi purushasya vishvesham vyaapakasya
O Lord Shiva, the leader of the celestial beings, your handsome face is the embodiment of auspiciousness, and you are the all-pervading Lord of the universe.
Idam hi nityamevamuktamuttamottamam stavam Pathansmaran bruvannaro vishuddhimeti santatam Hare gurau subhaktimashu yati nanyatha gatim Vigalitashryavidhutamasheshakleshabhishhaktam
This eternal and excellent hymn, when recited, remembered or recited by anyone, purifies him and leads him to the.