Shiva Rudrashtakam – श्रीरुद्राष्टकम्

Shiva Rudrashtakam

||श्रीरुद्राष्टकम् ||

The devotional hymn “Rudrashtakam” appears in the Uttara Kand of the celebrated Ram Charit Manas, where a brahmana composed the hymn to propitiate Lord Shiva. His main purpose was to set his pupil free from the curse of Shiva. He succeeded and asked also a second boon (devotion for himself). His pupil would be the bird ‘ Kaga-Bhusundi’ in a next life, a devotee of Shri Rama and an excellent teller of the life story of Shri Rama.

नमामीशमीशान निर्वाणरूपं विभुं व्यापकं ब्रह्मवेदस्वरूपम् |

निजं निर्गुणं निर्विकल्पं निरीहं चिदाकाशमाकाशवासं भजेऽहम् ||१||

I bow to the Ruler of the Universe, whose very form is Liberation,the omnipotent and all pervading Brahma, manifest as the Vedas. I worship Shiva, shining in his own glory, without physical qualities,Undifferentiated, desireless, all pervading sky of consciousness and wearing the sky itself as His garment. ||1||

हे मोक्षस्वरूप, विभु, ब्रह्म और वेदस्वरूप, ईशान दिशा के ईश्वर व सबके स्वामी श्री शिव जी! मैं आपको नमस्कार करता हूँ। निजस्वरूप में स्थित (अर्थात माया आदि से रहित), गुणों से रहित, भेद रहित, इच्छा रहित, चेतन आकाशरूप एवं आकाश को ही वस्त्र रूप में धारण करने वाले दिगम्बर आपको भजता हूँ।॥१॥

निराकारमोंकारमूलं तुरीयं गिरा ज्ञान गोतीतमीशं गिरीशम् |

करालं महाकाल कालं कृपालं गुणागार संसारपारं नतोऽहम् ||२||

I bow to the supreme Lord who is the formless source of “OM” The Self of All, transcending all conditions and states,
Beyond speech, understanding and sense perception, Awe-full, but gracious, the ruler of Kailash, Devourer of Death, the immortal abode of all virtues. ||2||

निराकार, ओंकार के मूल, तुरीय (तीनों गुणों से अतीत), वाणी, ज्ञान व इंद्रियों से परे, कैलासपति, विकराल, महाकाल के भी काल, कृपालु, गुणों के धाम, संसार के परे आप परमेश्वर को मैं नमस्कार करता हूँ।॥२॥

तुषाराद्रि संकाश गौरं गभीरं मनोभूत कोटिप्रभा श्री शरीरम् |

स्फुरन्मौलि कल्लोलिनी चारु गङ्गा लसद्भालबालेन्दु कण्ठे भुजङ्गा ||३||

I worship Shankara, whose form is white as the Himalyan snow, Radiant with the beauty of countless Cupids, Whose head sparkles with the Ganga. With crescent moon adorning his brow and snakes coiling his neck ||3||

जो हिमाचल समान गौरवर्ण व गम्भीर हैं, जिनके शरीर में करोड़ों कामदेवों की ज्योति एवं शोभा है,जिनके सर पर सुंदर नदी गंगा जी विराजमान हैं, जिनके ललाट पर द्वितीय का चंद्रमा और गले में सर्प सुशोभित है।॥३॥

चलत्कुण्डलं भ्रू सुनेत्रं विशालं प्रसन्नाननं नीलकण्ठं दयालम् |

मृगाधीशचर्माम्बरं मुण्डमालं प्रियं शंकरं सर्वनाथं भजामि ||४||

The beloved Lord of All, with shimmering pendants hanging from his ears, Beautiful eyebrows and large eyes, Full of Mercy with a cheerful countenance and a blue speck on his throat. ||4||

जिनके कानों में कुण्डल हिल रहे हैं, सुंदर भृकुटि व विशाल नेत्र हैं, जो प्रसन्नमुख, नीलकंठ व दयालु हैं, सिंहचर्म धारण किये व मुंडमाल पहने हैं, उनके सबके प्यारे, उन सब के नाथ श्री शंकर को मैं भजता हूँ।॥४॥

प्रचण्डं प्रकृष्टं प्रगल्भं परेशं अखण्डं अजं भानुकोटिप्रकाशम् |

त्रयः शूल निर्मूलनं शूलपाणिं भजेऽहं भवानीपतिं भावगम्यम् ||५||

I worship Shankara, Bhavani’s husband,The fierce, exalted, luminous supreme Lord.Indivisible, unborn and radiant with the glory of a million suns; Who, holding a trident, tears out the root of the three-fold suffering,And who is reached only through Love. ||5||

प्रचण्ड (रुद्र रूप), श्रेष्ठ, तेजस्वी, परमेश्वर, अखण्ड, अजन्मा, करोड़ों सूर्यों के समान प्रकाश वाले, तीनों प्रकार के शूलों (दु:खों) को निर्मूल करने वाले, हाथ में त्रिशूल धारण किये, प्रेम के द्वारा प्राप्त होने वाले भवानी के पति श्री शंकर को मैं भजता हूँ।॥५॥

कलातीत कल्याण कल्पान्तकारी सदा सज्जनानन्ददाता पुरारी |

चिदानन्द संदोह मोहापहारी प्रसीद प्रसीद प्रभो मन्मथारी ||६||

You who are without parts, ever blessed, The cause of universal destruction at the end of each round of creation, A source of perpetual delight to the pure of heart,Slayer of the demon, Tripura, consciousness and bliss personified,
Dispeller of delusion Have mercy on me, foe of Lust. ||6|

कलाओं से परे, कल्याणस्वरूप, कल्प का अंत(प्रलय) करने वाले, सज्जनों को सदा आनन्द देने वाले, त्रिपुर के शत्रु सच्चिनानंदमन, मोह को हरने वाले, प्रसन्न हों, प्रसन्न हों।॥६॥

न यावत् उमानाथ पादारविन्दं भजन्तीह लोके परे वा नराणाम् |

न तावत् सुखं शान्ति सन्तापनाशं प्रसीद प्रभो सर्वभूताधिवासम् ||७||

Oh Lord of Uma, so long as you are not worshipped there is no happiness, peace or freedom from suffering in this world or the next. You who dwell in the hearts of all living beings, and in whom all beings have their existence, Have mercy on me, Lord. ||7||

हे पार्वती के पति, जबतक मनुष्य आपके चरण कमलों को नहीं भजते, तब तक उन्हें न तो इसलोक में न परलोक में सुख शान्ति मिलती है और न ही पापों का नाश होता है। अत: हे समस्त जीवों के अंदर (हृदय में) निवास करने वाले प्रभो, प्रसन्न होइये।॥७॥

न जानामि योगं जपं नैव पूजां नतोऽहं सदा सर्वदा शम्भु तुभ्यम् |

जरा जन्म दुःखौघ तातप्यमानं प्रभो पाहि आपन्नमामीश शम्भो ||८||

I don’t know yoga, prayer or rituals, But everywhere and at every moment, I bow to you, Shambhu! Protect me my Lord, miserable and afflicted as I am with the sufferings of birth, old-age and death. ||8||

मैं न तो जप जानता हूँ, न तप और न ही पूजा। हे प्रभो, मैं तो सदा सर्वदा आपको ही नमन करता हूँ। हे प्रभो, बुढ़ापा व जन्म [मृत्यु] दु:खों से जलाये हुए मुझ दुखी की दुखों से रक्षा करें। हे ईश्वर, मैं आपको नमस्कार करता हूँ।॥८॥

रुद्राष्टकमिदं प्रोक्तं विप्रेण हरतोषये |

ये पठन्ति नरा भक्त्या तेषां शम्भुः प्रसीदति || ||

This eightfold hymn of praise was sung by the Brahman to please Shankara. Shambhu will be pleased with whomever heartfully recites it.

भगवान रुद्र का यह अष्टक भगवान शंकर जी की स्तुति के लिये है। जो मनुष्य इसे प्रेमस्वरूप पढ़ते हैं, श्रीशंकर उन से प्रसन्न होते हैं।

इति श्रीगोस्वामितुलसीदासकृतं श्रीरुद्राष्टकं संपूर्णम् |

 

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Bilwa Ashtakam _ बिल्वाष्टकम्

Bilwa Ashtakam, also spelled Bilwashtakam, Vilvashtakam, or Bilvashtakam, is the asthakam (the eight hymns) addressed to Lord Shiva. Bilwa Ashtakam is a highly powerful Sanskrit Shiva stotra which are chanted while offering Bilwa (Vilva) leaves to Lord Shiva. The Bilwa (aegle marmelos) leaves are one of the main offering to Lord Shiv and by offering Bilva leaves, a devotee can easily please Him.

Chanting Bilwa Ashtakam especially on Maha Shivaratri is considered auspicious.


प्रसिद्ध बिल्वाष्टकम् में बेल-पत्र के गुणों और उसके प्रति शिव के प्रेम का वर्णन किया गया है।


Tridalam Trigunakaaram Trinethram Cha Triyayusham,
Trijanma Papa Samharam Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam _1


त्रिदलं त्रिगुणाकारं त्रिनेत्रं च त्रियायुधम्
त्रिजन्मपाप संहारं एक बिल्वं शिवार्पणम् II1.II


I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
Which has three leaves,
Which causes three qualities,
Which are like the three eyes of Shiva,
Which is like the triad of weapons,
And which destroys sins of three births.


Trishakhai Bilwapathraischa Hyachidrai Komalai Shubai,
Shiva Poojam Karishyami, Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam _2


त्रिशाखैः बिल्वपत्रैश्च अच्चिद्रैः कॊमलैः शुभैः
तवपूजां करिष्यामि ऎकबिल्वं शिवार्पणं II2.II


I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
Which(Bilwa leaf) has three shoots,
Which do not have holes,
Which are good and pretty,
And worship Lord Shiva.


Aganda Bilwa Pathrena Poojithe Nandikeshware,
Shudhyanthi Sarva Papebhyo, Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam _3


अखण्ड बिल्व पात्रेण पूजिते नन्दिकेश्र्वरे
शुद्ध्यन्ति सर्वपापेभ्यो एक बिल्वं शिवार्पणम्  ॥3.॥


I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
For if an uncut leaf is offered,
To his steed the god Nandi,
We get cleaned of all our sins.


Salagrama Shilamekaam Vipranam Jatha Cha Arpayeth,

Soma Yagna Maha Punyam, Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam _4


शालिग्राम शिलामेकां विप्राणां जातु चार्पयेत्
सोमयज्ञ महापुण्यं एक बिल्वं शिवार्पणम्  II4.II


I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
For it is equal to, offering a saligrama to a Brahmin,
Or the great blessing got out of performing Soma Yaga,


Dandi Koti Sahasrani Vajapeya Sathani Cha,

Koti Kanya Maha Danam, Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam _5


दन्तिकोटि सहस्राणि वाजपेय शतानि च
कोटि कन्या महादानं एक बिल्वं शिवार्पणम्  II5.II


I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
For it is equal to gifting thousand elephants,
Or the performing of hundred fire sacrifices,
Or giving away billions of girls.


Lakshmyasthanutha Uthpannam Mahadevasya Cha Priyam,

Bilwa Vruksham Prayachami, Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam _6


लक्ष्म्या स्तनुत उत्पन्नं महादेवस्य च प्रियम्
बिल्ववृक्षं प्रयच्छामि एक बिल्वं शिवार्पणम्  ॥6.॥


I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
For it is equal to giving a tree of Bilwa,
Which was born from the breast of Lakshmi,
And which is very dear to the Lord Shiva.


Darshanam Bilwa Vrukshasya, Sparsanam Papa Nasanam,
Aghora Papa Samharam, Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam _7


दर्शनं बिल्ववृक्षस्य स्पर्शनं पापनाशनम्
अघोरपापसंहारं एक बिल्वं शिवार्पणम्  ॥7.॥


I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
As seeing and touching of a tree of Bilwa,
Washes away ones sins and also very great sins.


Moolatho Brahma Roopaya, Madhyatho Vishnu Roopine
Agratha Shiva Roopaya, Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam _8


मूलतो ब्रह्मरूपाय मध्यतो विष्णुरूपिणे
अग्रतः शिवरूपाय एक बिल्वं शिवार्पणम्  ॥8.॥


I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
As Brahma resides at its bottom,
Lord Vishnu lives in its middle,
And Lord Shiva lives in its tip.

Phalasruti _ Benefits of this Chant


Bilwashtakam Idham Punyaam, Padeth Shiva Sannidhou,
Sarva Papa Nirmuktha Shiva Loka Maapnuyath


बिल्वस्तोत्रमिदं पुण्यं यः पठेश्शिव सन्निधौ |
शिवलोकमवाप्नोति एकबिल्वं शिवार्पणं ॥ 


Reading this holy octet of Bilwa,
In the presence of Lord Shiva,
Would save one from all sins,
And in the end take him to the world of Shiva.