Shiva Rudrashtakam – Namami Shamishan Nirvana Roopam

11 September, 2022

It is a prayer composed by Tulsidasji, cited in the epic ‘Ramayana’. Shiva Rudrashtakam was written in the 16th century AD in Varanasi, the sacred city of Lord Shiva. You will find this hymn in the 107th Doha or stanza of Ramcharitmanasa, Uttarakhand.  

Rudrashtakam is the unification of two words ‘Rudra’ and ‘Ashtakam’. Where Rudra personifies Lord Shiva and Ashtakam stands for the eight stanzas in the Stotram or prayer. It is called Rudra’ ashtakam’ because the hymn has so much devotion and love for Lord Shiva, that it can easily pacify even the Rodraroop or Shiva’s angry form.

We can recite this anytime,  any day, but on Monday it is believed to give maximum benefit. Especially if we recite this 9 times in one sitting. And ideally, it should be recited in the morning after taking a bath. 

It is important to understand the meaning of the Rudrashtakam stotram, to procure maximum benefits. Always recite the Stotram slowly while manifesting in mind and heart the brilliance of Shiva, as described in the hymn or Stotram.

Purpose of the Rudrashtakam Stotram

The Rudrashtakam narrates the magnanimous qualities and acts of Shiva. The 8 verses or stanza is full of praises for Shiva, it is recited to show our reverence and devotion for him. He is also called ‘Bholenath’or ‘Ashutosh’ as he is known to be the easiest to appease and mollify. 

The purpose of making Rudrashtakam was to impress Lord Shiva. It is believed that if he gets happy, he blesses his devotees generously and finishes all their pain and concerns in life. 

As he is an embodiment of kindness and blessings for his worshipers.

Poet Tulsidasji has mentioned in Sri Ramcharitmanas, that Lord Shree Rama before going to the battlefield to fight Ravana, sang Rudrashtakam. In order to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva, for victory over the evil intentions of Ravana. 

And because of Shree Ram’s triumph and Ravana’s defeat, Rudrashtakam became the best way to praise Lord Shiva. 

According to our holy scriptures, it eliminates all miseries, worries, troubles, diseases and especially enemies. In fact, to annihilate or subjugate your Enemies a special puja needs to be carried out in a Shiva temple for 7 consecutive days. 

Rudrashtakam Stotram is recited to infuse energy and power in you so that you can achieve success in all your endeavours. 

As we recite or sing this hymn it transcends us to an ethereal world of purity, devotion, peace and supreme power. 

These Rudrashtakam Stotram glorifies Shiva’s mesmerizing unique appearance, his behavior unperturbed by the worldly ways, and formidable yet merciful nature.

नमामीशमीशान निर्वाणरूपं

विभुं व्यापकं ब्रह्मवेदस्वरूपम् । निजं निर्गुणं निर्विकल्पं निरीहं

चिदाकाशमाकाशवासं भजेऽहम् ॥१॥

निराकारमोङ्करमूलं तुरीयं

गिराज्ञानगोतीतमीशं गिरीशम् ।करालं महाकालकालं कृपालं

गुणागारसंसारपारं नतोऽहम् ॥२॥

Namamishan Nirvana. Vibhum Vibhayam Brahmaveda Swaroopam. Nijam nirgunam nirvikalpam nirham . 

chidakashmakashavasam bhajeऽham II1॥ 

Nirakarmomkarmoolam turiyam. Giragyangotitamisham Girisham.

Karalam Mahakalakalam Kripalam. Gunagarsansarparam natoham II2॥ 


तुषाराद्रिसंकाशगौरं गभिरं

मनोभूतकोटिप्रभाश्री शरीरम् । स्फुरन्मौलिकल्लोलिनी चारुगङ्गा

लसद्भालबालेन्दु कण्ठे भुजङ्गा ॥३॥

चलत्कुण्डलं भ्रूसुनेत्रं विशालं

प्रसन्नाननं नीलकण्ठं दयालम् । मृगाधीशचर्माम्बरं मुण्डमालं

प्रियं शङ्करं सर्वनाथं भजामि ॥४॥

Tusharadrisankashgauram gabhiram . Manobhootkotiprabhashree shariam

Sphooranmoulikallolini Charuganga II 3॥ 

Chalatkundalam brusunetram vastam . Prasannanan Nilakantham Dayalam

Mrigadhishcharmamberam mundamalam . Priyam Shankaram Sarvnatham Bhajami II4॥ 


प्रचण्डं प्रकृष्टं प्रगल्भं परेशं

अखण्डं अजं भानुकोटिप्रकाशं ।त्र्यःशूलनिर्मूलनं शूलपाणिं

भजेऽहं भवानीपतिं भावगम्यम् ॥५॥

कलातीतकल्याण कल्पान्तकारी

सदा सज्जनानन्ददाता पुरारी ।चिदानन्दसंदोह मोहापहारी

प्रसीद प्रसीद प्रभो मन्मथारी ॥६॥


pracaṇḍaṃ prakṛṣṭaṃ pragalbha parasham . Akhandam Ajam Bhanukotiprakasam

Triya Shoolnirmoolanam Shoolpanim . Bhajeऽham bhawanipatim bhavagamyam II5II 

kalatitakalyaṇa kalpantakari

sada sajjananandadata purari .

cidanandasandoha mohapahari

prasida prasida prabho manmathari II6II


न यावद् उमानाथपादारविन्दं

भजन्तीह लोके परे वा नराणाम् ।

न तावत्सुखं शान्ति सन्तापनाशं

प्रसीद प्रभो सर्वभूताधिवासं ॥७॥


na yavad umanathapadaravindaṃ

bhajantīha loke pare va naraṇam .

na tavatsukhaṃ santi santapanasaṃ

prasida prabho sarvabhutadhivasaṃ II 7 II


न जानामि योगं जपं नैव पूजां

नतोऽहं सदा सर्वदा शम्भुतुभ्यम् ।

जराजन्मदुःखौघ तातप्यमानं

प्रभो पाहि आपन्नमामीश शंभो ॥८॥

na janami yogaṃ japaṃ naiva pujāṃ

nato’haṃ sada sarvada sambhutubhyam .

jarajanmaduḥkhaugha tatapyamanaṃ

prabho pāhi apannamamisa sambho II 8 II


The Rudrashtakam Stotram praises Lord Shiva as 

The one who has kept himself away from distractions and attachments. He has attained a state of mindfulness, in the form of self-awareness, self-consciousness, and desireless form.

He is formless or Nirakaara in shape, beyond speech, Knowledge and senses ‘the three Gunas. Lord of time, and the origination of the sanctimonious syllable Omkara. 

Who is calm and graceful, with a glowing beauty more than Kamadeva. Goddess Ganga resides on his head, the Crescent moon shines on his forehead and a snake coils around his neck.

He is kind, compassionate and understanding with beautiful features. Always wrapped in tiger skin, Kundals in the ear and a garland of skulls.

He is the 11 aggressive forms of Rudra, created to fight with the demons and safeguard the divinities. With his Trident which represents the three Gunas sattva, rajas and tamas he can uproot any kind of suffering and problems.

He is beyond time, where the creation ends, the destroyer of Tripura’ with his single arrow. To the worthy gives eternal bliss, and detangles from worldly attachments.

Lord Shiva is the husband of Ma Parvati, if you worship him with all your heart all suffering will diminish. And eventually, you will attain peace and contentment in life.

For true devotees, he is a saviour from the suffering of the cycle of death, birth and old age. 

And a guardian who can protect them from grief and pain.

He is being worshipped in various forms as a Yogi, Dancer, Ardhnareshwara, Pashupatinath, Lingam and many more forms. In all forms, Lord Shiva is the Master and Controller of the three universal acts - Creator, Sustenance and Destroyer. 

Worship and do prayers for Lord Shiva through vedic pujas and homams. 

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