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On the occasion of Mahaa-Shivaraatri, we present to you the Shiva-Stuti - a prayer to Lord Shiva.tr>
Mahaa-Shivaraatri, according to the Hindu Shaaliwaahana Shaliwahan calendar, occurs on the 13/14th day of the dark-half of the Maagha Maghmonth. This year, it is on the 2nd of March 2011.
Lord Shiva, as described by the Puraana Purana scriptures, is
The source of all creation and hence symbolized with the Linga i.e. ‘Phallus’
The primary source of 14 Branches of Learning and 64 Branches of Arts Vidya and kalasrepresenting intellect and creativity
A symbol of complete detachment — living in the Himalayas, wearing a serpent as a garland and the elephant-skin as a garment, without ornaments, property or possessions.
Part of the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Himself Creator, Protector and Destroyer, aided by his wife Devi who assumes the form of Parwati, Durga or Kali as the case may be.

The Sanskrit word ‘Shiva’ means auspicious/kind.

Other names of Shiva – Pashupati (Pashupati The Master of all beings), Maheshwara
( Maheshwar The Chief Gods), Nataraaja (Nataraj The foremost amongst artists), Rudra (Rudra
The fierce deity of storm), Panchaanana (Panchanan The one with five Heads), Aashutosha
(Ashutosh Ashu =quick; Tosh =satisfaction - A deity who is quickly pleased, hence the epithet).
Rudra ( Rudra) is a Vedic deity, considered to be fierce & benevolent, harsh & kind, disease giver & disease curer, all at the same time. Shiva Shiva, the Pauranic deity also possesses similar characteristics and the word ‘Shiva’ meaning ‘auspicious’ has also been used to describe Rudra in the Vedas themselves. Hence, Rudra & Shiva are linked with each other and considered, most of the times, to be one and the same.
According to scholars, the cosmic dance of Shiva, called Ananda Tandava Anand Tandava meaning,‘the Dance of Bliss’) symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction,as well as the daily rhythm of birth and death. The dance is a pictorial allegory of the five principle manifestations of eternal energy - creation, preservation, destruction, illusion and salvation.

It is said that the performance of Ananda-Tandava led to the creation of the universe, and is the reason to celebrate Mahaa Shivaraatri

There are several ways of celebrating Mahaa Shivaraatri and rituals vary from region to region, however, the following rituals are a part of festivities all over:

Observing a fast throughout the day
Worshipping the Shiva-linga with Bilwa leaves Bilva Dalaand white flowers, chandan, ashes, milk, coconut water, sugarcane juice, opium or bhang
Chanting the mantra Om namah Shivaaya Om Namah Shivay for 11 or 111 or 1111 times.
Following verse is written in the Mandaaramaalaa Mandarmala meter.

Here,  the poet describes the compassionate form of Lord Shiva along with Goddess Parwati (Bhawani) and prays that the Lord always stay in the hearts of his true devotees. Although this verse is usually sung before an Aarti (probably because it begins with the word ‘Karpuura’), it is a prayer for Lord Shiva.

Shiva has been described as a very handsome and fair God and only his throat turned blue as he drank poison and contained it in that area. Another name for Shiva is Neela-Kantha
Nilkanth(the one with a Blue Throat).
Shiv Stuti
Easy Reading
Shiv Stuti in SANSKRIT
Shiv Stuti Sanskrit
English (Transliteration)

karpuura–gauram  karuNaa–awataaram  samsaara–saaram  bhujagendra-haaram |
sadaa  wasantam  hridaya—arawinde  bhawam  bhawaanii—sahitam  namaami ||

(Easy break-up of words)
Easy Break up of words
I bow down to Lord Shiva who is fair like the camphor, wears a garland of king of serpents, is an incarnate form of compassion, an essence of all material being, who always resides in the lotus-like heart (of his devotee) and who is accompanied by Goddess  Bhawani.
Grammatical Notes:
Namami is the present tense, 1st person, singular form of root Nama meaning ‘to bow down / to salute.’
All the epithets/words used for Lord Shiva like Karpurgauram and karunawtaram etc. are in the accusative (objective) case because he is the object of salutation.
Lord Shiva’s name is nowhere directly mentioned in the verse, but is clearly suggested through his epithets, which are compound Samas words( Karmadhaaraya -,Bahuwriihi- Bahuvrihi ), a feature very typical to Sanskrit language.
Anil Bhilare

Song, recital, reading  and pronunciation
by Anil Bhilare
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