Lord Shiva forms the part of the Trimurti (Trinity), the other being Brahma, the creator and Vishnu, the preserver. Lord Shiva or Siva is considered as the destroyer of negativity. He represents the vital goodness in the form of Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram i.e. Truth, Goodness and Beauty. Lord Shiva performs a celestial role of dissolution and recreation of the universe, that’s why; he is mostly associated with the words, like destroyer and destruction.

Shiv Chalisa is a “forty verse” prayer which praises the Lord and asks for his help in removing hardships and obstacles in devotee’s life. It is said that devotees seeking blessings of Lord Shiva must recite Shiv Chalisa with devotion and sincerity. It is suggested that devotees should focus their mind on Lord Shiva or his image and then recite Shiv Chalisa.

Chanting Shiv Chalisa is believed to bring good health, prosperity and improvement in love life, relationship and marriage along with many other benefits.

Jai Girija Pati Dinadayala

Sada Karat Santan Pratipala

Bhala Chandrama Sohat Nike Kanan

Kundal Nagaphani Ke

O Glorious Lord, consort of Parvati You are most merciful. You always bless the poor and pious devotees. Your beautiful form is adorned with the moon on your forehead and on your ears are earrings of snakes’ Hood.

Anga Gaur Shira Ganga Bahaye

Mundamala Tan Chhara Lagaye

Vastra Khala Baghambar Sohain Chhavi

KO Dekha Naga Muni Mohain

The holy Ganges flows from your matted hair. The saints and sages are attracted by your splendid Appearance. Around Your neck is a Garland of skulls. White ash Beautifies Your Divine form and Clothing of lion’s skin adorns Your Body.

Maina Matu Ki Havai Dulari

Vama Anga Sohat Chhavi Nyari

Kara Trishul Sohat Chhavi Bhari Karat

Sada Shatrun Chhayakari

O Lord, the beloved daughter of Maina on Your left adds to your splendid appearance. O Wearer of the Lion’s skin, the Trishul in Your hand destroys all enemies.

Nandi Ganesh Sohain Tahan Kaise

Sagar Madhya Kamal Hain Jaise

Kartik Shyam Aur Ganara-U Ya Chhavi

Ko Kahi Jata Na Ka-U

Nandi and Shri Ganesh along with Lord Shiva appear as beautiful as two Lotuses in the middle of an Ocean. Poets and philosophers cannot describe the wonderful appearance of Lord Kartikeya and the dark Complexioned Ganas (attendants).

Devan Jabari Jaya Pukara

Tabahi Dukha Prabhu Apa Nivara

Kiya Upadrav Tarak Bhari Devan Sab

Mili Tumahi Juhari

O Lord, whenever the Deities humbly sought your assistance, you kindly and graciously uprooted all their Problems. You blessed the Deities with your generous help when the Demon Tarak outraged them and you destroyed him.

Turata Shadanana Apa Pathayau

Lava-Ni-Mesh Mahan Mari Girayau

Apa Jalandhara Asura Sanhara Suyash

Tumhara Vidit Sansara

O Lord, You sent Shadanan without Delay and thus destroyed the evil ones Lava and Nimesh. You also destroyed the demon Jalandhara. Your renown is known throughout the world.

Tripurasur Sana Yudha Macha-I

Sabhi Kripakar Lina Bacha-I

Kiya Tapahin Bhagiratha Bhari Purva

Pratigya Tasu Purari

O Lord, Purari, you saved all Deities and mankind by defeating and destroying the demons Tripurasur. You blessed your devotee Bhagirath and he was able to accomplish his Vow after rigorous penance.

Danin Mahan Tum Sama Kou Nahin

Sevak Astuti Karat Sadahin

Veda Nam Mahima Tab Ga-I Akatha

Anandi Bhed Nahin Pa-I

O Gracious One, devotees always sing your glory. Even the Vedas are Unable to describe Your greatness. No one is as generous as you.

Pragate Udadhi Mantan Men Jvala

Jarat Sura-Sur Bhaye Vihala

Kinha Daya Tahan Kari Sara-I

Nilakantha Tab Nam Kaha-I

Lord, when the ocean was churned and the deadly poison emerged, out of Your deep compassion for all, You drank the poison and saved the world from destruction. Your throat became blue, thus You are known as Nilakantha.

Pujan Ramchandra Jab Kinha

Jiti Ke Lanka Vibhishan Dinhi

Sahas Kamal Men Ho Rahe Dhari Kinha

Pariksha Tabahin Purari

When Lord Rama worshipped You, He became victorious over the king of demons, Ravana. When Lord Rama wished to worship Thee with one thousand lotus flowers, the Divine Mother, to test the devotion of Shri Ram, hid all the flowers at Your request.

Ek Kamal Prabhu Rakheu Joi

Kushal-Nain Pujan Chaha Soi

Kathin Bhakti Dekhi Prabhu Shankar

Bhaye Prasanna Diye-Ichchhit Var

O Lord, You kept on looking at Shri Ram, who wished to offer His lotus like eyes to worship Thee. When You observed such intense devotion, You were delighted and blessed Him. You granted His heart’s desire.

Jai Jai Jai Anant Avinashi

Karat Kripa Sabake Ghat Vasi

Dushta Sakal Nit Mohin Satavai

Bhramat Rahe Mohin Chain Na Avai

Glory be unto You O Gracious, Infinite, Immortal, All-pervading Lord. Evil thoughts torture me and I keep on travelling aimlessly in this world of mundane existence. No relief seems to be coming my way.

Trahi-Trahi Main Nath Pukaro

Yahi Avasar Mohi Ana Ubaro

Lai Trishul Shatrun Ko Maro

Sankat Se Mohin Ana Ubaro

O Lord! I beseech Your help and seek your divine blessing at this very moment. Save and protect me. Destroy my enemies with Your Trishul. Release me from the torture of evil thoughts.

Mata Pita Bhrata Sab Hoi

Sankat Men Puchhat Nahin Koi

Svami Ek Hai Asha Tumhari

Ava Harahu Aba Sankat Bhari

O Lord, when I am in distress, neither my parents, brothers, sisters nor loved ones can relieve my suffering. I depend only on You. You are my hope. Eliminate the cause of this tremendous torture and bless me with your compassion.

Dhan Nirdhan Ko Deta Sadahin

Jo Koi Janche So Phal Pahin

Astuti Kehi Vidhi Karai Tumhari

Kshamahu Nath Aba Chuka Hamari

O Lord, You bless the down-trodden with prosperity and grant wisdom to the ignorant. Lord, due to my limited knowledge, I omitted to worship Thee. Please forgive me and shower Your grace upon me.

Shankar Ho Sankat Ke Nishan

Vighna Vinashan Mangal Karan

Yogi Yati Muni Dhyan Lagavan

Sharad Narad Shisha Navavain

Lord Shankar, You are the destroyer of all miseries. You remove the cause of all obstacles and grant Your devotees eternal bliss. The saints and sages meditate upon Thy most beautiful form. Even celestial beings like Sharad and Narad bow in reverence to You.

Namo Namo Jai Namah Shivaya

Sura Brahmadik Par Na Paya

Jo Yah Patha Karai Man Lai

Tapar Hota Hai Shambhuh Saha-I

O Lord, prostrations to You. Even Brahma is unable to describe Thy greatness. Whosoever recites these verses with faith and devotion receives Your infinite blessings.

Riniyan Jo Koi Ho Adhikari

Patha Karai So Pavan Hari

Putra-hin Ichchha Kar Koi

Nischaya Shiva Prasad Tehin Hoi

Devotees who chant these verses with intense love become prosperous by the grace of Lord Shiva. Even the childless wishing to have children, have their desires fulfilled after partaking of Shiva-Prasad with faith and devotion.

Pandit Trayodashi Ko Lavai

Dhyan-Purvak Homa Karavai

Trayodashi Vrat Kare Hamesha

Tan Nahin Take Rahe Kalesha

On Trayodashi (13th day of the dark and bright fortnights) one should invite a Pandit and devotedly make offerings to Lord Shiva. Those who fast and pray to Lord Shiva on Trayodashi are always healthy and prosperous.

Dhupa Dipa Naivedya Charhavai

Anta Vasa Shivapur Men Pavai

Kahai Ayodhya Asha Tumhari

Jani Sakal Dukha Harahu Hamari

Whosoever offers incense, Prasad and performs arati to Lord Shiva, with love and devotion, enjoys material happiness and spiritual bliss in this world and hereafter ascends to the abode of Lord Shiva. The poet prays that Lord Shiva removed the suffering of all and grants them eternal bliss.


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