Read Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English with Lyrics and Meaning
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics
Shri Shiv Mahimna Stotra (Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics) has a special place in Sanskrit Stotra literature. There is a store of praises in Shruti, Smriti, History, Puranas. Shree Shiv Mahimnah Stotra is recited by everyone every day. Especially in the month of Savan and on the occasion of Shivratri, the recitation of Shiva Mahimna Stotra is done with devotion in all the Shiva temples.
Shiva Mahimna: Stotram is a favorite mantra of Shiva devotees. The divine form of Shiva is described in this hymn of 43 verses. Shiv Mahimna: In the stotram offered to Devadhidev Mahadev, this stotra is very dear to Lord Shiva Shankar.
Shiva Mahimna: Any living being who recites this stotram receives the blessings of Shiva Shankar and all his sins are destroyed.
Story of Shiv Mahimna Stotra:-
A king named Chitraratha had got a garden constructed. Different types of flowers were seen in the garden. Everyday the king used to worship Lord Shiva with those flowers. One day a Gandharva named Pushpadanta, who was a singer in the court of Indra, while passing by the garden, was fascinated by the beauty of the flowers and started stealing them. As a result, King Chitraratha was unable to offer flowers to Lord Shiva. The king failed to catch the thief even after many attempts because Gandharva Pushpadanta had the power to remain invisible.
King Chitraratha finally spread Shiva Nirmalya in his garden. Unknowingly, Pushpadanta walked over Shiva Nirmalya, due to which he had to sing the wrath of Lord Shiva. All his divine powers were destroyed. He praised the glory of Lord Shiva for apologizing. By the grace of Lord Shiva, Pushpadanta’s divine powers returned. The praise of Lord Shiva composed by Pushpadanta became famous as “Shiva Mahimna Stotram”(Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics).
॥ Shiva Mahimna Stotra॥
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics – Text 1
mahimnah param te parama vidusho yadyasadrishi
stutir brahma dina mapitadava sannastvayi girah,
atha vacyah sarvah svamati parina mavadhi grinan
mamapyeshah stotre hara nirapavadah parikarah
Pushpadant says that O Lord! Big scholars and yogis could not know your glory, so I am an ordinary child, what is my count? But can’t you be praised without knowing your glory completely? I don’t believe this because if it is true then even the praise of Brahma would be called futile. I believe that everyone has the right to praise according to his opinion. That’s why O Bholenath! Please look at my heart and accept my praise.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics – Text 2
Atitah panthanam tava ca mahima vanmanasayor
atad vyavrttya yam cakita mabhi dhatte shrutirapi,
sa kasya stotavyah katividha gunah kasya vishayah
pade tvarvacine patati na manah kasya na vacah.
Your interpretation is possible neither by mind nor by words. Vedas are also surprised in your context and use ‘neti neti’ means not this and not that too. It is impossible to know Your glory and Your form completely, but when You appear in the corporeal form, Your devotees do not get tired of describing Your form. This is the result of his love and reverence for you.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics – Text 3
Madhu sphita vacah paramam amritam nirmitavatas
tava brahman kim vag api suraguror vismaya padam,
mama tvetam vanim guna kathana punyena bhavatah
punam ityarthe’smin puramathana buddhir vyavasita.
O creator of Vedas and language! You have created the nectar of the Vedas. That’s why you are not surprised when Brihaspati, the preceptor of the gods, praises you. I am also trying to translate your qualities according to my opinion. I agree that this will not surprise you, but my speech will definitely be more sacred and beneficial than this.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics – Text 4
Tavaisvaryam yat taj jagadudaya raksa pralayakrit
trayivastu vyastam tisrishu guna-bhinnasu tanushu,
abhavyanam asmin varada ramaniyama ramanim
vihantum vyakrosim vidadhata ihaike jadadhiyah.
You are the creator, maintainer and destroyer of this universe. Thus you have three forms – Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh and you have three qualities – sattva, rajas and tamas. They have been described in the Vedas, yet ignorant people keep talking nonsense about you. They may get satisfaction by doing this, but they cannot turn away from reality.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics – Text 5
Kimihah kimkayah sa khalu kimupaya stribhuvanam
kimadharo dhata srijati kimupadana iti ca,
atarkyaish varye tvay yanavasara duhstho hatadhiyah
kutarko’yam kamshcin mukharayati mohaya jagatah.
Foolish people often argue that how this universe was created, by whose wish it was created, from what things it was created etc. Their aim is nothing but to create confusion among people. To be honest, the answers to all these questions are related to your divine power and it is impossible to express them with my limited intelligence.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics – Text 6
Ajanmano lokah kimavayava vanto’pi jagatam
adhisthataram kim bhavavidhir-anadritya bhavati,
anisho va kuryad bhuvana janane kah parikaro
yato mandastvam praty-amaravara samsherata ime.
O Lord, without You is it possible to create all these worlds (Sapta Lok – Bhu: Bhuva: Swa: Maha: Jana: Tapa: Satya)? How is it possible that there is no creator of this world? Who else can create this universe other than you? Only foolish people can doubt your existence.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics – Text 7
Trayi sankhyam yogah pasupati matam vaishnavamiti
prabhinne prasthane paramidamadah pathyamiti ca,
rucinam vaicitryad riju kutila nana pathajusham
nrinameko gamyas tvamsasi payasa marnava iva.
O Supreme Father!!! There are innumerable ways to reach you – Sankhya Marg, Vaishnav Marg, Shaiva Marg, Veda Marg etc. People prefer any one route according to their interest. But ultimately all these paths reach you, just like the water of different rivers flowing into the ocean. Really, following any path can get you there.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics – Text 8
Mahokshah khatvangam parashu-rajinam bhasma haninah
kapalam cetiyat tava varada tantro pakaranam,
surastam tamriddhim dadhati tu bhavad bhru pranihitam
na hi svatma ramam vishaya mriga trishna bhramayati.
All the deities enjoy wealth and prosperity just by the gesture of your Bhrikuti. But for yourself only axe, bull, tiger skin, ashes on body and skull in hand! It results from this that the one who is engrossed in self-enjoyment does not get trapped in the enjoyments of the world.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics – Text 9
Dhruvam kascit sarvam sakala mapara stva dhruva midam
paro dhrau vyadhrauvye jagati gadati vyasta vishaye,
samaste’pye tasmin puramathana tair vismita iva
stuvan jihremi tvam na khalu nanu dhrishta mukharata.
Different thinkers have different views about this world. Some know it as eternal and some consider it as eternal. No matter what people say, your devotees always consider you true and find joy in your devotion. I also support them, even if someone finds it impudent to say this, I don’t care.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics – Text 10
Tavaisvaryam yatnad yadupari virincir-hari-radhah
paricchett- um yatav anala manala skandha vapushah,
tato bhakti sraddha bhara-guru-grinad-bhyam girisha yat
svayam tasthe tabhyam tava kim anuvrittir na phalati.
When there was a dispute between Brahma and Vishnu as to which of the two is greater, you took the form of a pillar of fire to test them. Brahma and Vishnu – both tried to measure the pillar from different ends but they could not succeed. At last accepting his defeat, he praised you, pleased with which you Revealed its original form. Really, if someone praises you sincerely and you don’t appear, can it ever happen?
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics – Text 11
d- ashasyo yadbahun abhrita ranakandu paravashan,
sthirah padmasreni racita caranam bhoruhabaleh
sthiraya stvad bhaktes tripurahara visphur jitamidam.
Your supreme devotee Ravana, in place of Padma, dedicated his nine heads to your worship. When he was about to cut off his tenth head and offer it, you appeared and gave him a boon. Because of this boon, inexhaustible strength appeared in his arms and he was able to win over the enemies in all the three worlds. All this is the result of your steadfast devotion.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics – Text 12
Amushya tvatseva samadhigata-saram bhujavanam
balat-kailase’pi tvadadhivasatau vikramayatah,
alabhya patale pyalasa-calitan-gustha-shirasi-
pratishtha tvayyasid dhruvamupacito muhyati khalah.
Ravana became the master of incomparable power by your ultimate devotion, but what did he want to do with it? Wanted to lift Kailash and bury it in Lanka to save the labor of going to Kailash everyday for your worship. Parvati was horrified when Ravana spread his arms to lift Kailash. To make them fearless, you just moved your toe, then Ravana went and fell in the underworld and there too he could not find a place. Indeed, when a man becomes the master of unauthorized force or property, he loses discretion in enjoying it.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics – Text 13
Yadriddhim sutramno varada paramo-ccairapi satim
adhashcakre banah parijana vidheya tribhuvanah,
na taccitram tasmin varivasitari tvac caranayor
na kasya unnatyai bhavati srirasastvay yavanatih.
It was only by your grace that the demon Banasura became more opulent than the gods Indradi and ruled all the three worlds. Oh God ! The person who keeps his head devotedly at your feet, his progress and prosperity is certain.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics – Text 14
Akanda brahmanda kshaya cakita devasura kripa
vidheya syasidyas trinayana visham samhrita vatah,
sa kalmashah kanthe tava na kurute na shriya maho
vikaro’pi shlaghyo bhuvana-bhaya-bhangavyasaninah- .
When the ocean was churned, a terrible poison came out along with other valuable gems, which could destroy the entire creation. You drank that poison with great grace. By drinking poison, there was a blue mark in your throat and you were called Neelkanth. But oh Lord, does that make you ugly? Never, it only enhances your beauty. The person who removes the sorrows of others, even if he has any defects, he becomes an object of worship.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics – Text 15
Asiddhartha naiva kvacidapi sadeva suranare
nivartante nityam, jagati jayino yasya vishikhah,
sa pashyannisa tvam itara surasadharana mabhut
smarah smarta-vyatma na hi vasishu pathyah paribhavah.
No one could ever escape from the attack of Kamadeva, be it humans, gods or demons. But when Kamadeva aimed his flower arrow towards you without understanding your power, you instantly turned him into ashes. The result of insulting the best people is not beneficial.
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 16
Mahi padaghatad vrajati sahasa samshaya-padam
padam visnor-bhramyad bhujaparigha-rugna-graha-ganam- ,
muhur-dyaur-dausthyam yat-yanibhrita-jata-taditata- ta
jagad-rakshayai tvam natasi nanu vamaiva vibhuta.
When you start doing tandav for the welfare of the world, then the whole universe trembles with fear, the earth sees its end near by your footsteps, the planets and constellations get scared. By the mere touch of your hair, the heavenly people get disturbed and by the force of your arms, there is disturbance in Vaikuntha. O Mahadev! No wonder your force is so annoying.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra in English Lyrics – Text 17
Viyad-vyapi tara gana-gunita phenod-gama-rucih
pravaho varam yah prishata-laghu-dristah shirasi te,
jagad-dvipakaram jaladhivalayam tena kritami-
tyane-naivon-neyam dhrita-mahima divyam tava vapuh.
When the river Ganga descends from heaven in the name of Mandakini, its flow looks very attractive because of the shining stars in the sky, but after it is confined to your head, it appears like a point. Later, when Gangaji emerges from your hair and starts flowing on the land, then it creates big islands. This is the sign of your divine and glorious form.
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 18
Rathah kshoni yanta shata-dhriti-ragendro dhanuratho
rathange candrarkau rathacarana-panih shara iti,
didhakshoste ko’yam tripura-trina-madambara-vidhir-
vidheyaih kridantyo na khalu paratantrah prabhu-dhiyah.
To destroy the three cities (created by the sons of Tarakasura), you made the earth a chariot, Brahma the charioteer, the sun and the moon two wheels, the bow of Mount Meru and Vishnu’s arrow. Hey Shambhu! What was the need of this great purpose? For you, merging the world is a very small thing. Why do you need any help? You only played with the powers (which were under your control) and did a leela.
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 19
Hariste sahasram kamala-balima-dhaya padayor
yadekone tasmin nija-mudaharan-netra-kamalam,
g- ato bhaktyu-drekah parinatim-asau cakra-vapusha
trayanam rakshayai tripura-hara jagarti jagatam.
When Lord Vishnu started worshiping you with a thousand lotuses (and a thousand names), he found one lotus less. Then with devotion, Vishnuji offered his one eye in place of a lotus. His indomitable devotion took the form of Sudarshan Chakra which Lord Vishnu uses for the protection of the world. O Lord, you are always awake to protect the three worlds (heaven, earth and underworld).
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 20
Kratau supte jagrat tvamasi phalayoge kratumatam
kva karma pradhvastam phalati purusha-radhana-mrite,
atas-tva- m sam-preksya kratusu phala-dana-pratibhuvam
shrutau shraddham baddhva dridha-parikarah karmasu janah.
At the end of the Yagya, you give its fruit to the Yagya performer. No work done without your worship and devotion is fruitful. This is the reason why everyone starts their work by having faith in the Vedas and considering you as the bestower of fruits.
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 21
Kriyadakso dakshah kratupati-radhisha-stanubhrita- m
rishinamartvijyam sharanada sadasyah suraganah,
kratu-bhramshas-tvat- tah kratuphala-vidhana-vyasanino
dh- ruvam kartuh sraddha vidhura-mabhicaraya hi makhah.
Although you have made the law of Yagya Karma and its fruit, however, the Yagya which is not motivated by pure thoughts and deeds and is going to defy you, its result may be opposite and harmful. -Muni joined, you destroyed because you were not respected in it. Truly, Yagya performed without devotion proves harmful for any Yagya performer.
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 22
Praja-natham natha prasabha-mabhikam svam duhitaram
gatam rohid-bhutam rira-mayishumrishyasya vapusha,
dhanus paner yatam divamapi sapatra kritamamum
trasantam te’dyapi tyajati na mriga-vyadharabhasah.
Once Prajapita Brahma became fascinated with his own daughter. When his daughter tried to run away in the form of a deer, the lustful Brahma also started chasing her in the form of a deer. Hey Shankar! Then you took the bow and arrow in the form of a tiger and killed Brahma. Frightened by your fierce form, Brahma definitely disappeared in the direction of the sky, but even today he is afraid of you.
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 23
Svalavanya-shamsa dhrita-dhanusha-mahnnaya trinavat
purah plustam drishtva pura-mathana pushpa-yudhamapi,
yadi strainam devi yama-nirata dehardha-ghatana
davaiti tvam-addha bata varada mugdha yuvatayah.
When Kamadeva wanted to obstruct your penance and tried to create infatuation for Parvati in your mind, then you reduced Kamadeva to ashes. Even after that if Parvati thinks that you are infatuated with her because half of your body belongs to her, then it will be her illusion. To be honest, every girl is fascinated by her beauty.
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 24
Shmashanesva-krida smarahara pishacah sahacarash
cita-bhasma-lepah sragapi nrikaroti-parikarah.
amangalyam- shilam tava bhavatu namaiva-makhilam
tathapi smartrinam varada paramam mangalamasi.
You revel in the crematorium, ghosts and spirits are your friends, you apply ashes on the funeral pyre and wear a shaven head. All these qualities seem inauspicious and frightening. Even then O resident of the crematorium! Those devotees who remember you, you always do auspicious and auspicious.
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 25
Manah pratyak-citte savidha-mavadhayatta-marutah
pr- ahrishyadromanah pramada-salilot-sangitadrisah
y- ada-lokyah-ladam hrada iva nimajya-mritamaye
dadhat-yantas- -tattvam kimapi yaminas-tat kila bhavan.
What don’t yogis do to get you? Sitting in solitude, far away from the habitation, they perform the difficult practice of controlling the movement of life according to the method mentioned in the scriptures, and shed tears of joy when they succeed in it. Truly, the ultimate goal of all spiritual practices is to attain you.
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 26
Tvamarkas-tvam somas tvamasi pavanas tvam hutavahas
tvamapas-tvam vyoma tvamu dharanir-atma tvamiti ca,
paricchinnam-evam tvayi parinata bibhratu giram
na vidmas-tat-tattvam vayamiha tu yat-tvam na bhavasi.
You are the sun, moon, earth, sky, fire, water and air. You are also a soul. Hey, God!! I don’t know anything that you are not.
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 27
Trayim tisro vrittis tribhuvana-matho trinapi sura
nakaradyair-varnais tribhir-abhi-dadhat-tirnavikri- ti,
turiyam te dhama dhvanibhi-rava-rundhana-manubh- ih
samastam vyastam tvam sharanada grinat-yomiti padam.
O Lord of all! The word Om is made up of A, Oo, M. These three words are the three worlds heaven, earth and underworld; There are three gods – Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh and three states – dream, awakening and deep sleep. But when the sound of Om car comes out completely, it expresses your turiya pada (above all three).
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 28
Bhavah sarvo rudrah pasupati-rathograh sahamahan
statha bhime-shanav iti yadabhi-dhana-shtakam-idam,
amu- shmin-pratyekam pravicarati deva shrutirapi
priyayasmai dhamne pravihita-namasyo’smi bhavate.
Vedas and Devgans worship you with these eight names Bhava, Sarva, Rudra, Pashupati, Ugra, Mahadev, Bhima, and Ishan. Hey Shambhu! I also praise these names of yours with emotion.
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 29
Namo nedisthaya priyadava davishthaya ca namo
namah kshodisthaya smarahara mahishthaya ca namah
namo varshishthaya trinayana yavishthaya ca namo
namah sarvasmai te tadida-mitisarvaya ca namah.
You are far away from everyone, yet everyone has you. O Lord who destroys Cupid! You are very subtle yet vast. O Lord with three eyes! You are old and young too. You are in all and yet you are above all. I salute you
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 30
Bahala-rajase vishvot-pattau bhavaya namo namah
prabala-tamase tat-samhare haraya namo namah,
jana-sukhakrite sattvo-driktau mridaya namo namah
pramahasi pade nistraigunye shivaya namo namah.
I bow down to your Brahma Swaroop knowing you as the creator with Rajoguna. You destroy the world by wearing Tamogun, I bow down to that Rudra form of yours. You work for the happiness of the people by imbibing good qualities, salutations to that Vishnu form of yours. Beyond these three qualities, you are a triple form, I bow to that Shiva form of yours.
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 31
Krisha-parinati cetah klesha-vashyam kva cedam
kva ca tava gunasimol langhini shashva-driddhih,
iti cakita-mamandi kritya mam bhakti-radhad
varada caranayo-ste vakya-pushpo-paharam.
My mind is filled with grief, sorrow and sorrow and is filled with sorrow. I am in a dilemma as to how I will be able to sing Your divine and transcendental glories with such a confused mind? Still, I cannot live without expressing the feelings and devotion that I have towards you. That’s why I offer this garland of praise at your feet.
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 32
Asita-giri-samam syat kajjalam sindhu-patre
sura-taruvara-shak- ha lekhani patra-murvi,
likhati yadi grhitva sharada sarva-kalam
tadapi tava gunanam isha param na yati.
If the sea is made into a medicine, the ink of the black mountain is put in it, the branch of the Kalpavriksha tree is made into a pen and the earth is made into a paper, Mother Saraswati, self-knowledge, describes your qualities day and night, even then it is not possible to explain your qualities completely.
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 33
grathita-g- una-mahimno nirguna-syesvarasya,
sakala-gan- a-varisthah pushpadanta-bhidhano
rucira-mal- aghu-vrittaih stotra-metac-cakara.
You are worshiped by Suras, Asuras and sages, You have worn the moon on your head and you are beyond all qualities. Impressed by this divine glory of yours, I, Pushpandat Gandharva, praise you.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra – Text 34
Ahara-harana-vadyam dhurjateh stotra-metat
pathati paramabhaktya shuddhacittah pumanyah.
sa bhavati shivaloke rudra-tulya-stathatra
pracurata- ra-dhanayuh putravan-kirtimanshca.
One who recites this stotra daily with a pure and devotional heart, he will get wealth, son, life and fame in the earth according to his wish. Not only this, after leaving the body, he will experience peace like Shiva after getting speed in Shivlok. By reciting Shiv Mahimna Stotra, all his worldly and otherworldly wishes will be fulfilled.
Shiva Mahimna Stotram – Text 35
Maheshannaparo devo mahimno napara stutih,
aghorannaparo mantro nasti tattvam guroh param.
There is no god better than Shiva, there is no hymn better than Shiv Mahimna Stotra, there is no mantra more glorious than the name of Lord Shankar, nor is there anything more worshipable than the Guru.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra – Text 36
Diksha danam tapas tirtham jnanamyaga-dikah kriyah,
mahimnah stava pathasya kallam narhanti shodashim
The fruit that comes from reciting the Shiva hymn is much more than initiation or giving charity, doing penance, going on pilgrimage, getting knowledge of scriptures and performing yagya.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra – Text 37
shishu-sh- ashadhara-mauler deva-devasya dasah
sa khalu nija-mahimno bhrashta evasya roshat
stavanamidamakarsid divya-divyam mahimnah.
Pushpadanta, the king of the Gandharvas, was an ardent devotee of Chandramauleshwar Shiva. But due to the anger of Lord Shiva, he fell from his place. He has composed this Mahimnastotra to please Mahadev.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra – Text 38
pathati yadi manushyah pranjalir-nanyacetah,
vrajati shiva-samipam kinnaraih stuyamanah
The person who recites this stotra with folded hands, with devotion, will definitely go to such Lord Shankar, the one who gives salvation to heaven, worshiped by gods and sages and beloved of eunuchs. This psalm composed by Pushpadanta is sure to give fruit.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra – Text 39
Asamapta-midam stotram punyam gandharva bhashitam,
anaupamyam manohari shiva-mishvara-varnanam.
Composed by Pushpadanta Gandharva, filled with praises of Lord Shiva, the mesmerizing, unique and virtuous stotra is completed here.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra – Text 40
Ityesa vanmayi puja shrimac shankara padayoh,
arpita tena devesah priyatam me sadashivah.
This worship of mine done through speech is respectfully offered at your lotus feet. Please accept it and keep your happiness on me.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra – Text 41
Tava tattwamna janami kidrishosi maheshwara
yadrashosi mahadeva tadrashaya namo namah
Hey Shiva!! I do not know your real nature. But whoever you are, whoever you are, I salute you.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra – Text 42
Eka kalam dwikalam wa trikalam yah pathennarah
sarva papa vinirmuktah shivaloke mahiyate
One who recites this stotra once, twice, or thrice a day becomes free from all kinds of sins and attains Shiv Lok.
Shiva Mahimna Stotra – Text 43
Sri pushpadanta mukha pankaja nirgatena
stotrena kilbisha harena hara-priyena,
kanthas thitena pathitena samahitena
suprinito bhavati bhutapatir maheshah.
The one who recites, sings or just keeps this praise of Lord Shankar, the destroyer of sin, emerging from the lotus-like mouth of Pushpadanta, then Bholenath Shiva will surely be pleased with him.
Ithi Shri Shiv Mahimna Stotra Samaptham
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