Aarti Natarajan Sharma
Aaradhana is a Sanskrit word, which means worship or singing the glories of God. It symbolises showing respect to God by chanting prayers, and encompasses all prayers. Monday is considered to be Lord Shiva’s day. On this day devotees worship him by offering milk and bel leaves on this day. Lord Shiva is also worshipped in his linga form. Worshipping the linga is said to confer merit not only in this lifetime but several future lifetimes as well. It is believed that this also washes away the sins of past lives. It is believed that Shiv Aaradhana done on Chaturdashi in Ardra nakshatra brings tremendous benefits.
Lord Shiva represents the unchanging cosmos or soul of man. His consort Goddess Parvati represents maya or that illusive power that appears as the mind. Lord Shiva is generally worshipped along with Goddess Parvati.
Shree Shiv Nitya Aradhana is a collection of devotional hymns in praise of Lord Shiva. It includes the following items
- Shree Shiv Mantra
- Shree Shiv Tandav Stotra
- Shree Shiv Ashtak
- Shree Shiv Shatnamavali
- Shree Shiv Chalisa
- Shree Shiv Aarti
Shree Shiv Nitya Aradhana comes in a beautiful box especially curated to accommodate each of the items it contains. It is a great addition to any devotee’s pooja experience and makes for a wonderful gift.
Let us take a look at each of the items in Shree Shiv Nitya Aradhana.
The most well-known Shiv Mantra is Om Namah Shivay which literally means ‘I bow to Lord Shiva.’ It is said to remove distress, confer detachment and discrimination, elevate one’s thoughts and fulfil one’s desires. Regular chanting of Lord Shiva’s name bestows health and wealth to his devotees. It is believed that this just isn’t a mantra it’s a multiverse.
The sound and vibrations released when this mantra is chanted is said to purify the mind and soul. Om Namah Shivay is a five syllabled mantra representing the five elements—na is earth, ma is water, si is fire, va is air and ya is ether. It is also believed that since we have five senses, chanting of this mantra enables us to keep these senses in control.
This mantra is one of the most popular ways of worshipping Lord Shiva.
The Shiv Tandav Stotra was written by Ravan, the demon king of Lanka and an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. It is said that Ravan climbed Mount Kailash, banging on a drum and composing 1008 verses in praise of Lord Shiva. This composition is the Shiv Tandav Stotra.
Some of the popular verses of this are
Jata kata hasambhrama bhramanilimpanirjhari
Dhagadhagadhagajjva lalalata pattapavake
Kishora chandrashekhare ratih pratikshanam mama
I am deeply interested and engrossed in Lord Shiva, from whose head the magnificent waves of the Ganga River flow; deep within his tangled locks. Lord Shiva, who has a fire burning on his forehead and a crescent moon adorning his head.
navina megha mandali niruddhadurdharasphurat
Kuhu nishithinitamah prabandhabaddhakandharah
nilimpanirjhari dharastanotu krutti sindhurah
Kalanidhanabandhurah shriyam jagaddhurandharah
May Lord Shiva grant us prosperity. He who bears the weight of the cosmos, who enchants the moon and has the celestial river Ganga with him. Lord Shiva, whose neck is dark as the night and covered in layers of clouds.
Dhigdhigdhi nirgamatkarala bhaal havyavat
Dhvanikramapravartita prachanda tandavah shivah
Lord Shiva whose Tandav dance is in tune with the series of loud sounds of a drum emanating the sound DhimidDhimid. The fire from his forehead spreads out into the glorious sky.
It is believed that Lord Shiva became so engrossed in the music of this stotra that when Ravan asked him for a boon he conferred the Chandrahas, a sword which made Ravan invincible. The Tandav is considered to be the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva, which eliminates all negative energies.
- Shree Shiv Ashtak
The Shiv Ashtak, also kmown as Ashtakam, is a chant of eight stanzas or verses, describing the many qualities of Lord Shiva. This is considered to be a powerful mantra for worshipping Lord Shiva. The Shivashtakam is a salutation of Lord Shiva’s many attributes, several of them opposite in nature. It is believed that chanting this mantra shall give the devotee peace of mind and freedom from stress.
This mantra is said to have been composed by Adi Guru Shankaracharya who wanted to list out the divine qualities and traits of Lord Shiva. This mantra asks Lord Shiva to bless the devotee with wisdom and strength to deal with worldly problems.
The Shiv Shatnamavali is a chanting of 108 names of Lord Shiva. This is considered to a powerful way to please and worship Lord Shiva. Astrologically, it is believed that chanting of the Shiv Shatnamavali helps appease the planet of Saturn (Shani) and removes its affliction from a horoscope. Devotees’ chant this along with the other mantras of Lord Shiva especially on Mondays which is considered to be the day of Lord Shiva.
One of the most popular ways to worship Lord Shiva is by reciting the Shiv Chalisa. This is a 40-verse prayer in praise of the lord. The Shiv Chalisa has been adapted from the Shiv Purana. It is an ancient hymn sung by Rishi Markandeya who was saved from certain death at the age of 16 by Lord Shiva. Therefore, Shiv Chalisa is a stotra not only in praise of Lord Shiva but also to invoke his help.
The Shiv Chalisa is a description of Lord Shiva and his accomplishments, followed by a plea to help the devotee chanting it by bestowing him with health, wealth and prosperity. It is also a plea for victory over enemies, for ending conflicts in one’s life, and for freeing one from sorrows. The Shiv Chalisa extols Lord Shiva as being the sole refuge of his devotees.
Jai Ganesh Girija Suvan
Mangal Mul Sujan
Kahat Ayodhya Das
Tum Dey Abhaya Varadan
Victory to the son of Goddess Girija who is the cause of all good. The composer of this poem, Ayodha Dass requests you for the boon of fearlessness for himself and all those who read it.
Devan Jabahi Jaya Pukara
Tabahi Dukha Prabhu Apa Nivara
Kiya Upadrav Tarak Bhari
Devan Sab Mili Tumahi Juhari
When the Gods called for victory, you came and swept away their sorrow and generously helped them.
Jai Jai Jai Anant Avinashi
Karat Kripa Sabake Ghat Vasi
Dushta Sakal Nit Mohin Satavai
Bhramat Rahe Man Chain Na Avai
Victory to you oh limitless one, shower your grace on us. I am distressed and have no peace of mind and am troubled by evil thoughts.
Nitya Nema kari Pratahi
Patha karau Chalis
Tum Meri Man Kamana
Purna Karahu Jagadish
At the end of the day’s chores, I recite these verses with devotion. Oh Lord of the cosmos please fulfil the desires of my mind.
An Aarti is a Hindu devotional hymn dedicated to a particular God. The Shiv Aarti speaks of Lord Shiva’s qualities and asks him to bestow his devotees with the qualities that the lord is known for.
Traditionally, an Aarti is done by lighting an oil wick and waving it in a circular motion in front of an idol or picture of Lord Shiva. It is believed that the flame from the fire destroys all evil and negative thoughts and lights the way for the devotee.
Benefits of Worshipping Lord Shiva
It is believed that when the Shraadh ceremony or prayers for the upliftment of the soul of one’s ancestors is performed near a Shiva temple, their souls get free from earthly bondage.
Shiv Aradhana gives various benefits at different parts of a day. If performed in the morning it gives peace of mind, in the afternoon and at midnight it leads to fulfilment of desires, and in the evening, it confers the power to develop spiritually.
Singing the glories of the God with devotion gives Shakti. There is a lot of power in singing the hymns and stotras of Shiva.
Worshipping Lord Shiva on the banks of any river, is considered highly auspicious. One should wear a rudraksh mala, smear some holy ash or vibhuti and worship Shiva.
In astrology, the planet Jupiter gets pleased if Abhishek (pouring of water) to the Shivling is done daily for a week.
The other planets like Sun, Mars and Rahu are also controlled through worship of Lord Shiva. On Mondays, the Moon gets pleased with Shiv Aaradhana. Young girls pray for sixteen Mondays to Shiva in the month of Shravan to get a good spouse.
The Shree Shiv Nitya Aradhana box makes for a wonderful gift, especially to devotees of Lord Shiva. Made with premium quality paper and a luxurious design, the box comes in a vibrant blue colour with silver metal foiling. The box also has a silk matte finish. This is a great addition to any household’s pooja collection. The Shree Shiv Nitya Aradhana box is not only perfect as a personalized gift, it is also amazing as a corporate gift. You can choose from a host of personalisation options in the form of a name, a special message, and even a photograph; adding that extra special dimension to it. (1548 words)