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shiva Mahimna-stotra

श्री शिवमहिम्नस्तोत्रम

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The Shiva Mahimna Stotra is very popular among the devotees of Lord Shiva and is considered one of the best among all Stotras (or Stutis) offered to Lord Shiva. The legend about the circumstances leading to the composition of this Stotra is as follows.

A king named Chitraratha had constructed a nice garden. There were beautiful flowers in this garden. These flowers were used every day by the king in worshipping Lord Shiva.

One day a Gandharva (Singer in the court of Indra, the Lord of the Heaven) named Pushhpadanta being fascinated by the beautiful flowers, began to steal them, as a consequence of which king Chitraratha could not offer flowers to Lord Shiva. He tried very hard to capture the thief, but in vain, because the Gandharvas have divine power to remain invisible.

Finally the king spread the Shiva Nirmaalya in his garden. Shiva Nirmaalya consists of the Bilva leaves, flowers, et cetera which have been used in worshipping Lord Shiva. The Shiva Nirmaalya is considered holy.

The thief Pushhpadanta, not knowing this, walked on the Shiva Nirmaalya, and by that he incurred the wrath of Lord Shiva and lost the divine power of invisibility. He then designed a prayer to Lord Shiva for forgiveness. In this prayer he sung the greatness of the Lord.

This very prayer became well known as the `Shiva Mahimna Stotra'. Lord Shiva became pleased by this StotraM, and returned Pushhpadanta's divine powers.

The legend has some basis since the name of the author is mentioned in verse number 38 of the stotraM. The recital of this stotra is very beneficial, and Shri Ramakrishna, one of the famous saints of the nineteenth century, went into samadhi just by reciting a few verses from this hymn.

Let its recitation be beneficial to you as well!


ॐ नमः शिवाय

shiva Mahimna-stotra ॥ अथ श्री शिवमहिम्नस्तोत्रम.ह ॥ महिम्नः पारं ते परमविदुश्हो यद्यसदृशी स्तुतिर्ब्रह्मादीनामपि तदवसन्नास्त्वयि गिरः । अथा.अवाच्यः सर्वः स्वमतिपरिमाणावधि गृणन.ह ममाप्येश्ह स्तोत्रे हर निरपवादः परिकरः ॥ १॥ O, Lord Shiva, remover of all types of miseries, what wonder is there, if the prayer to you, chanted by one who is ignorant about your greatness, is worthless! Because, even the utterance ( speech ) of Brahmaa and other gods is not able to fathom your merits ( ie, greatness ). Hence, if persons with very limited intellect ( and I am one of them ) try to offer you a prayer, their attempt deserve your special favour. If it is so, I should not be an exception. Hence, (thinking like this ) I begin this prayer. (1) अतीतः पंथानं तव च महिमा वाङ्मनसयोः अतद्व्यावृत्त्या यं चकितमभिधत्ते श्रुतिरपि । स कस्य स्तोतव्यः कतिविधगुणः कस्य विश्हयः पदे त्वर्वाचीने पतति न मनः कस्य न वचः ॥ २॥ O, Great God, so great is your majesty that it cannot be reached by speech and mind. Even the Vedas also, having become surprised, confirm your greatness by only saying `Neti', `Neti' (not this, not this) while describing you. Who can praise this type of greatness of yours? With how many qualities is it composed? Whose subject of description can it be ? And yet even then whose mind and speech are not attached to your this new Saguna form ? (2) मधुस्फीता वाचः परममृतं निर्मितवतः तव ब्रह्मन.ह किं वागपि सुरगुरोर्विस्मयपदम.ह । मम त्वेतां वाणीं गुणकथनपुण्येन भवतः पुनामीत्यर्थे.अस्मिन.ह पुरमथन बुद्धिर्व्यवसिता ॥ ३॥ O, Paramaatmaa (Greatest Soul), as you are the very creator of speech of the Vedas, which is like highest type of nectar and as sweet as honey, how can even the speech of Brahaspati (Guru, or spiritual guide of gods) surprise you ? (ie, the speech of even Brahaspati is worthless before you). O, Destroyer of Three Cities of the demons, thinking that my speech may become purified by this act, my intellect (Buddhi) has become prepared to sing your greatness. (3) तवैश वर्यं यत्तज्जगदुदयरशाप्रलयकृत.ह त्रयीवस्तु व्यस्तं तिस्रुश्हु गुणभिन्नासु तनुश्हु । अभव्यानामस्मिन.ह वरद रमणीयामरमणीं विहन्तुं व्याक्रोशीं विदधत इहैके जडधियः ॥ ४॥ O, Giver of Boons, your greatness is the cause of creation, maintenance, and destruction of the whole universe; this is supported by three Vedas (ie, Rigveda, Yajurveda, and Saamaveda); it is distributed in the three qualities (ie, Satva, Rajas and Tamas) and three bodies (of Brahmaa, VishhNu and Mahesha). Such is your greatness but certain stupid persons in this world are trying to destroy it by slander, which may be delightful to them but is really undelightful. (4) किमीहः किंकायः स खलु किमुपायस्त्रिभुवनं किमाधारो धाता सृजति किमुपादान इति च । अतर्क्यैश्वर्ये त्वय्यनवसर दुःस्थो हतधियः कुतर्को.अयं कांश्चित.ह मुखरयति मोहाय जगतः ॥ ५॥ If the Paramaatmaa (the Greatest Soul) creates the three worlds (ie, the whole Universe), what is his gesture ? What is his body ? What is his plan ? What is his basis (support)? What are his means (instruments,resources) ? These are the useless questions raised by some stupid critics, in order to mislead people, against one (i.e., you) who always remains incompatible to senses. (5) अजन्मानो लोकाः किमवयववन्तो.अपि जगतां अधिश्ह्ठातारं किं भवविधिरनादृत्य भवति । अनीशो वा कुर्याद.ह भुवनजनने कः परिकरो यतो मन्दास्त्वां प्रत्यमरवर संशेरत इमे ॥ ६॥ O, Best Of The Gods, are the seven Lokas (It is believed that there are seven worlds in this Universe, namely, Bhooloka, Bhuvarloka, Svargaloka, Maharloka, Janaloka, Tapaloka, and Satyaloka) unborn ? Was the birth of the Universe independent of its Lord (ie, You) ? If it was so, then what were the means by which it was created that the stupid critics are creating doubts about you? (ie, you are the only creater of the whole Universe). (6) त्रयी साङ्ख्यं योगः पशुपतिमतं वैश्ह्णवमिति प्रभिन्ने प्रस्थाने परमिदमदः पथ्यमिति च । रुचीनां वैचित्र्यादृजुकुटिल नानापथजुश्हां नृणामेको गम्यस्त्वमसि पयसामर्णव इव ॥ ७॥ The different practices based on the three Vedas, SaMkhya, Yoga, Pashupata-mata, VaishhNava-mata etc. are but different paths (to reach to the Greatest Truth) and people on account of their different aptitude choose from them whatever they think best and deserved to be accepted. But as the sea is the final resting place for all types of streams , You are the only reaching place for all people whichever path,straight or zigzag, they may accept. (7) महोशः खट्वाङ्गं परशुरजिनं भस्म फणिनः कपालं चेतीयत्तव वरद तन्त्रोपकरणम.ह । सुरास्तां तामृद्धिं दधति तु भवद्भूप्रणिहितां न हि स्वात्मारामं विश्हयमृगतृश्ह्णा भ्रमयति ॥ ८॥ O, Giver of the Boons, the bull, the parts of a cot, chisel, the elephant-skin, Ashes, the serpent, the skull : these are the articles of your house-hold. And yet gods get all their riches merely by the movement of your eye-brows. Really, false desires for worldly things do not deceive (mislead ) one who is always is absorbed in his soul ( ie, the Yogi- in fact You ). (8) ध्रुवं कश्चित.ह सर्वं सकलमपरस्त्वध्रुवमिदं परो ध्रौव्या.अध्रौव्ये जगति गदति व्यस्तविश्हये । समस्ते.अप्येतस्मिन.ह पुरमथन तैर्विस्मित इव स्तुवन.ह जिह्रेमि त्वां न खलु ननु धृश्ह्टा मुखरता ॥ ९॥ O, Destroyer Of ( Three ) Cities, some persons call this Universe eternal ( ever lasting), others call it temporary, and yet others call it both eternal and temporary. Hence, being surprised ( perplexed ) by these contradictory opinions on this subject, I am really becoming immodest in loquaciously praising You. (9) तवैश्वर्यं यत्नाद.ह यदुपरि विरिञ्चिर्हरिरधः परिच्च्हेतुं यातावनिलमनलस्कन्धवपुश्हः । ततो भक्तिश्रद्धा\-भरगुरु\-गृणद्भ्यां गिरिश यत.ह स्वयं तस्थे ताभ्यां तव किमनुवृत्तिर्न फलति ॥ १०॥ Brahma and VishhNu wanted to measure your wealth i.e.greatness. You took the form of Fire and your whole body was a column of fire extending over space. While Brahma took the form of a swan and flew high to see the top(head), VishhNu took the form of a boar and dug up downwards to see the bottom (feet).Neither could succeed.(While VishhNu confessed the truth, Brahma falsely claimed that he had found the top and persuaded the Ketaki flower to bear false witness.Shiva punished Brahma by removing one of his 5 heads and ordered that henceforth the Ketaki flower should not be used for his worship).When ultimately both praised you with full devotion and faith, you stood before them revealing your normal form. O, mountain-dweller, does not toeing your line always bear fruit? (10) अयत्नादासाद्य त्रिभुवनमवैरव्यतिकरं दशास्यो यद्बाहूनभृत\-रणकण्डू\-परवशान.ह । शिरःपद्मश्रेणी\-रचितचरणाम्भोरुह\-बलेः स्थिरायास्त्वद्भक्तेस्त्रिपुरहर विस्फूर्जितमिदम.ह ॥ ११॥ Oh,destroyer of the three cities! The effortless achievement of the ten-headed Ravana in making the three worlds enemyless( having conquered) and his arrant eagerness for further fight by stretching his arms,are but the result of his constant devotion to your lotus feet at which he ever laid the lotus garland consisting of his 10 heads! (11) अमुश्ह्य त्वत्सेवा\-समधिगतसारं भुजवनं बलात.ह कैलासे.अपि त्वदधिवसतौ विक्रमयतः । अलभ्यापाताले.अप्यलसचलितांगुश्ह्ठशिरसि प्रतिश्ह्ठा त्वय्यासीद.ह ध्रुवमुपचितो मुह्यति खलः ॥ १२॥ Having obtained all his prowess through worshipping you, RavaNa once dared to test the power of his arms at your own dwelling place(Kailas Mountain). When he tried to lift it up, you just moved a toe of your foot on a head of his and lo! Ravana could not find rest or peace even in the nether-world. Surely, power maddens the wicked. Finally RavaNa reestablished his faith in you. (12) यदृद्धिं सुत्राम्णो वरद परमोच्चैरपि सतीं अधश्चक्रे बाणः परिजनविधेयत्रिभुवनः । न तच्चित्रं तस्मिन.ह वरिवसितरि त्वच्चरणयोः न कस्याप्युन्नत्यै भवति शिरसस्त्वय्यवनतिः ॥ १३॥ Oh boon-giver! BaaNa, the demon king made all the three worlds serve him with all their attendants and even the greatest wealth of Indra was a trifle for him. It was not a surprise at all, since he `dwelt' in your feet; who does not rise in life by bowing his head to you? (13) अकाण्ड\-ब्रह्माण्ड\-शयचकित\-देवासुरकृपा विधेयस्या.अ.असीद.ह यस्त्रिनयन विश्हं संहृतवतः । स कल्माश्हः कण्ठे तव न कुरुते न श्रियमहो विकारो.अपि श्लाघ्यो भुवन\-भय\- भङ्ग\- व्यसनिनः ॥ १४॥ When the ocean was being churned by the gods and demons for `amRit.h'(nectar),various objects came forth: at one point, there emerged the `kAlakUTa' poison which threatened to consume everything. The gods as well as the demons were stunned at the prospect of the entire universe coming to an end, O, three-eyed lord, who is ever compassionate and engaged in removing the fear of the world, you took it(poison) on yourself by consuming it. (On Parvati's holding Shiva's throat at that point, the poison froze blue there itself and Shiva became `neelakanTha'). It is strange that this stain in your neck, though appearing to be a deformity, actually adds to your richness and personality. (14) असिद्धार्था नैव क्वचिदपि सदेवासुरनरे निवर्तन्ते नित्यं जगति जयिनो यस्य विशिखाः । स पश्यन्नीश त्वामितरसुरसाधारणमभूत.ह स्मरः स्मर्तव्यात्मा न हि वशिश्हु पथ्यः परिभवः ॥ १५॥ The cupid's(love-god `manmatha's) (flower) arrows never return unaccomplished whether the victims were gods or demons or men. However O, master! he has now become just a remembered soul (without body),since he looked upon you as any other ordinary god, shot his arrow and got burnt to ashes,in no time. Insulting, masters (who have controlled their senses), does one no good. (15) मही पादाघाताद.ह व्रजति सहसा संशयपदं पदं विश्ह्णोर्भ्राम्यद.ह भुज\-परिघ\-रुग्ण\-ग्रह\- गणम.ह । मुहुर्द्यौर्दौस्थ्यं यात्यनिभृत\-जटा\-ताडित\-तटा जगद्रक्शायै त्वं नटसि ननु वामैव विभुता ॥ १६॥ You dance for protecting the world, but strangely, your glorious act appears to produce the opposite result in that the earth suddenly struck by your dancing feet doubts that it is coming to an end; even VishhNu's domain is shaken in fear when your mace like arms bruise the planets; the godly region feels miserable when its banks are struck by your agitated matted locks (of hair)! (16) विय\-द्व्या पी तारा\-गण\-गुणित\-फेनोद्गम\-रुचिः प्रवाहो वारां यः पृश्हतलघुदृश्ह्टः शिरसि ते । जगद्द्वीपाकारं जलधिवलयं तेन कृतमिति अनेनैवोन्नेयं धृतमहिम दिव्यं तव वपुः ॥ १७॥ The divine river flows extensively through the sky and its charm is enhanced by the illumination of the foam by the groups of stars. (Brought down to the earth by the King Bhagiratha by propitiating Lord Shiva and known as Ganga) it creates many islands and whirlpools on the earth. The same turbulent river appears like a mere droplet of water on your head. This itself shows how lofty and divine your body(form) is! (17) रथः शोणी यन्ता शतधृतिरगेन्द्रो धनुरथो रथाङ्गे चन्द्रार्कौ रथ\-चरण\-पाणिः शर इति । दिधशोस्ते को.अयं त्रिपुरतृणमाडम्बर विधिः विधेयैः क्रीडन्त्यो न खलु परतन्त्राः प्रभुधियः ॥ १८॥ When you wanted to burn the three cities, you had the earth as the chariot, Brahma as the charioteer,the Meru mountain as the bow, the sun and the moon as the parts of the chariot and VishhNu himself(who holds the chariot-wheeel in his hand -Sudarshan chakra?), as the arrow. Why this demonstrative show when you as the dictator of everything, could have done the job as a trifle? The Lord's greatness is not dependent on anybody or anything. ( Incidentally there is a view that the burning of the three cities would refer to the burning of three kinds of bodies of man i.e. `sthUla sharIra', `sUkshma sharIra' and `kAraNa sharIra'). (18) हरिस्ते साहस्रं कमल बलिमाधाय पदयोः यदेकोने तस्मिन.ह निजमुदहरन्नेत्रकमलम.ह । गतो भक्त्युद्रेकः परिणतिमसौ चक्रवपुश्हः त्रयाणां रक्शायै त्रिपुरहर जागर्ति जगताम.ह ॥ १९॥ VishhNu once brought 1000 lotuses and was placing them at your feet; after placing 999 flowers he found that one was missing; he plucked out one of his own eyes and offered it as a lotus; this supreme exemplification of devotion on his part was transformed into the wheel (sudarshana chakra) in his hand, which he uses for protecting the world. (19) क्रतौ सुप्ते जाग्रत.ह त्वमसि फलयोगे क्रतुमतां क्व कर्म प्रध्वस्तं फलति पुरुश्हाराधनमृते । अतस्त्वां सम्प्रेश्य क्रतुश्हु फलदान\-प्रतिभुवं श्रुतौ श्रद्धां बध्वा दृढपरिकरः कर्मसु जनः ॥ २०॥ You ensure that there is a connection between cause and effect and hence when men perform a sacrifice they obtain good results. Otherwise how can there be future result for a past action? Thus on seeing your power in rewarding people performing sacrificial worship, with good results, men believe in Vedas and firmly engage themselves in various worshipful acts. (20) क्रियादशो दशः क्रतुपतिरधीशस्तनुभृतां ऋश्हीणामार्त्विज्यं शरणद सदस्याः सुर\-गणाः । क्रतुभ्रंशस्त्वत्तः क्रतुफल\-विधान\-व्यसनिनः ध्रुवं कर्तुं श्रद्धा विधुरमभिचाराय हि मखाः ॥ २१॥ All the same,O Protector. though you exert to reward all sacrifices. those done without faith in you become counter-productive, as exemplified in the case of the sacrifice performed by Daksha; Daksha was well-versed in the art of sacrifices and himself the Lord of Creation; besides, he was the chief performer: the great maharishis were the priests and the various gods were the participants! (Daksha did not invite Shiva and insulted him greatly; thus enraged, Shiva destroyed the sacrifice and Daksha too). (21) प्रजानाथं नाथ प्रसभमभिकं स्वां दुहितरं गतं रोहिद.ह भूतां रिरमयिश्हुमृश्ह्यस्य वपुश्हा । धनुश्ह्पाणेर्यातं दिवमपि सपत्राकृतममुं त्रसन्तं ते.अद्यापि त्यजति न मृगव्याधरभसः ॥ २२॥ O, Protector! Once Brahma became infatuated with his own daughter. When she fled taking the form of a female deer he also took the form of a male deer and chased her. You took the form of a hunter and went after him, with a bow in hand. Struck by your arrow and very much frightened, Brahma fled to the sky taking the form of a star. Even today he stands frightened by you. (22) स्वलावण्याशंसा धृतधनुश्हमह्नाय तृणवत.ह पुरः प्लुश्ह्टं दृश्ह्ट्वा पुरमथन पुश्ह्पायुधमपि । यदि स्त्रैणं देवी यमनिरत\-देहार्ध\-घटनात.ह अवैति त्वामद्धा बत वरद मुग्धा युवतयः ॥ २३॥ O, destroyer of the three cities! Boon-giver! Practitioner of austerities! Before the very eyes of Parvati, you reduced Manmatha (the god of love) to ashes,the moment he tried to arouse passion in you for Parvati, by shooting his famous flower arrows. Even after witnessing this, if Parvati, thinks that you are attracted by her physical charm, on the basis of your sharing half the body with her, certainly women are under self- delusion. (23) श्मशानेश्ह्वाक्रीडा स्मरहर पिशाचाः सहचराः चिता\-भस्मालेपः स्रगपि नृकरोटी\-परिकरः । अमङ्गल्यं शीलं तव भवतु नामैवमखिलं तथापि स्मर्त‍ईणां वरद परमं मङ्गलमसि ॥ २४॥ O,boon giver! O,destroyer of Cupid! You play in the burning ghats. your friends are the ghosts. Your body is smeared with the ashes of the dead bodies. Your garland is of human skulls. Every aspect of your character is thus inauspicious. Let it be. It does not matter. Because, with all these known oddness, you are quick to grant all auspicious things to the people who just think of you. (It is interesting to note here that in his Devi aparaadha kshamApana stotra Shankaracharya says that,despite his poor and deficient possessions,Shiva got the power to grant boons entirely because because of his having taken the hand of Parvathi in marriage; in the previous shloka, Pushhpadanta calls it naive on the part of Parvati, if she thinks that Shiva is attracted by her charm simply because he is sharing half the body with her.This dichotomy etc. is due to the custom that when a particular lord is to be extolled, the other gods are to be belittled to some extent). (24) मनः प्रत्यक.ह चित्ते सविधमविधायात्त\-मरुतः प्रहृश्ह्यद्रोमाणः प्रमद\-सलिलोत्सङ्गति\-दृशः । यदालोक्याह्लादं ह्रद इव निमज्यामृतमये दधत्यन्तस्तत्त्वं किमपि यमिनस्तत.ह किल भवान.ह ॥ २५॥ The great yogis regulate their breath, control and still their mind, look inward and enjoy the bliss with their hair standing on edge and eyes filled with tears of joy. It looks as though they are immersed in nectar. That bliss which they see in their heart and exult thus, is verily you Yourself! (25) त्वमर्कस्त्वं सोमस्त्वमसि पवनस्त्वं हुतवहः त्वमापस्त्वं व्योम त्वमु धरणिरात्मा त्वमिति च । परिच्च्हिन्नामेवं त्वयि परिणता बिभ्रति गिरं न विद्मस्तत्तत्त्वं वयमिह तु यत.ह त्वं न भवसि ॥ २६॥ You are the sun, the moon, the air, the fire, the water, the sky(ether/space), and the earth (the five elements or `bhUtA's). You are the Self which is omnipresent. Thus people describe in words every attribute as yours. On the other hand, I do not know any fundamental principle or thing or substance, which you are not! (26) त्रयीं तिस्रो वृत्तीस्त्रिभुवनमथो त्रीनपि सुरान.ह अकाराद्यैर्वर्णैस्त्रिभिरभिदधत.ह तीर्णविकृति । तुरीयं ते धाम ध्वनिभिरवरुन्धानमणुभिः समस्त\-व्यस्तं त्वां शरणद गृणात्योमिति पदम.ह ॥ २७॥ O, grantor of refuge and protection! The word `OM' consists of the three letters `a', `u' and `m'. It refers to the three Vedas(Rik, YajuH and SAma), the three states (Jaagrat.h, Swapna, and sushhupti-awakened, dreaming and sleeping),the three worlds(BhUH, bhuvaH and suvaH) and the three gods (Brahma, VishhNu amd Mahesha).It refers to you yourself both through the individual letters as well as collectively; in the latter form (i.e. the total word `OM') it refers to your omnipresent absolute nature, as the fourth state of existence i.e `turIyaM' (sleep-like yet awakened and alert state, as a fully- drawn bow). (27) भवः शर्वो रुद्रः पशुपतिरथोग्रः सहमहान.ह तथा भीमेशानाविति यदभिधानाश्ह्टकमिदम.ह । अमुश्ह्मिन.ह प्रत्येकं प्रविचरति देव श्रुतिरपि प्रियायास्मैधाम्ने प्रणिहित\-नमस्यो.अस्मि भवते ॥ २८॥ I salute you as the dear abode of the following 8 names:bhava, sharva, rudra, pashupati, ugra, sahamahAn.h, bhiima, and Ishaana; the `Vedas' also discusses individually about these names. (28) नमो नेदिश्ह्ठाय प्रियदव दविश्ह्ठाय च नमः नमः शोदिश्ह्ठाय स्मरहर महिश्ह्ठाय च नमः । नमो वर्श्हिश्ह्ठाय त्रिनयन यविश्ह्ठाय च नमः नमः सर्वस्मै ते तदिदमतिसर्वाय च नमः ॥ २९॥ O, destroyer of Cupid! O, the three-eyed one! Salutations to you, who is the forest-lover, the nearest and the farthest; the minutest and the biggest, the oldest and the youngest; salutations to you who is everything and beyond everything! (29) बहुल\-रजसे विश्वोत्पत्तौ भवाय नमो नमः प्रबल\-तमसे तत.ह संहारे हराय नमो नमः । जन\-सुखकृते सत्त्वोद्रिक्तौ मृडाय नमो नमः प्रमहसि पदे निस्त्रैगुण्ये शिवाय नमो नमः ॥ ३०॥ Salutations to you in the name of'Bhava' in as much as you create the world by taking the `rajas' as the dominant quality; salutations to you in the name of `Hara' in as much as you destroy the world by taking the `tamas' as the dominant quality; salutations to you in the name of `MRiDa', in as much as you maintain and protect the world by taking `satva' as the dominant quality. Again salutations to you in the name of Shiva in as much as you are beyond the above-mentioned three qualities and are the seat of the supreme bliss. (30) कृश\-परिणति\-चेतः क्लेशवश्यं क्व चेदं क्व च तव गुण\-सीमोल्लङ्घिनी शश्वदृद्धिः । इति चकितममन्दीकृत्य मां भक्तिराधाद.ह वरद चरणयोस्ते वाक्य\-पुश्ह्पोपहारम.ह ॥ ३१॥ O, boon-giver! I was very perplexed to sing your praise considering my little awareness and afflicted mind vis-a-vis your ever increasing limitless quality; however, my devotion to you made me set aside this diffidence and place these floral lines at your feet. (31) असित\-गिरि\-समं स्यात.ह कज्जलं सिन्धु\-पात्रे सुर\-तरुवर\-शाखा लेखनी पत्रमुर्वी । लिखति यदि गृहीत्वा शारदा सर्वकालं तदपि तव गुणानामीश पारं न याति ॥ ३२॥ O, great master! Even, if one were to assume that the blue mountain , the ocean, the heavenly tree and the earth are the ink,the ink-pot, the pen and the paper respectively and the goddess of learning (Saraswati) herself is the writer,she will not be able to reach the frontiers of your greatness,however long she were to write! (32) असुर\-सुर\-मुनीन्द्रैरर्चितस्येन्दु\-मौलेः ग्रथित\-गुणमहिम्नो निर्गुणस्येश्वरस्य । सकल\-गण\-वरिश्ह्ठः पुश्ह्पदन्ताभिधानः रुचिरमलघुवृत्तैः स्तोत्रमेतच्चकार ॥ ३३॥ The best one among all groups(Gandharva?), Pushhpadanta by name, composed this charming hymn in none too short metres, in praise of the great lord who wears the moon in his head(Shiva), who is worshipped and glorified by all demons, gods and sages and who is beyond all attributes and forms. (33) अहरहरनवद्यं धूर्जटेः स्तोत्रमेतत.ह पठति परमभक्त्या शुद्ध\-चित्तः पुमान.ह यः । स भवति शिवलोके रुद्रतुल्यस्तथा.अत्र प्रचुरतर\-धनायुः पुत्रवान.ह कीर्तिमांश्च ॥ ३४॥ Whoever reads this faultless hymn of Shiva daily, with pure mind and great devotion, ultimately reaches Shiva's domain and becomes equal to him; in this world, he is endowed with children, great wealth, long life and fame. (34) महेशान्नापरो देवो महिम्नो नापरा स्तुतिः । अघोरान्नापरो मन्त्रो नास्ति तत्त्वं गुरोः परम.ह ॥ ३५॥ There is no God higher than Mahesha; there is no hymn better than this one. There is no `mantra' greater than `OM' and there is no truth or principle beyond one's teacher/spiritual guide. (35) दीक्शा दानं तपस्तीर्थं घ्य़ानं यागादिकाः क्रियाः । महिम्नस्तव पाठस्य कलां नार्हन्ति श्होडशीम.ह ॥ ३६॥ Initiation(into spiritual development), charity, penance, pilgrimage,spiritual knowledge and religious acts like sacrifices are not capable of yielding even one-sixteenth of the return that will result from the reading of this hymn. (36) कुसुमदशन\-नामा सर्व\-गन्धर्व\-राजः शशिधरवर\-मौलेर्देवदेवस्य दासः । स खलु निज\-महिम्नो भ्रश्ह्ट एवास्य रोश्हात.ह स्तवनमिदमकार्श्हीद.ह दिव्य\-दिव्यं महिम्नः ॥ ३७॥ Kusumadanta(equivalent of Pushhpadanta) was the king of all Gandharvas and he was a devotee of the Lord of lords, Shiva, who wears the baby moon (with a few digits only) in his head. He fell from his glorious position due to Shiva's wrath at his misconduct. It was then that the Gandharva composed this hymn which is the most divine. (37) सुरगुरुमभिपूज्य स्वर्ग\-मोक्शैक\-हेतुं पठति यदि मनुश्ह्यः प्राञ्जलिर्नान्य\-चेताः । व्रजति शिव\-समीपं किन्नरैः स्तूयमानः स्तवनमिदममोघं पुश्ह्पदन्तप्रणीतम.ह ॥ ३८॥ If an aspirant for heaven and liberation, worships Shiva,the teacher of gods, at first and then reads this unfailing hymn, composed by Pushhpadanta, with folded hands and single-mindedness, he attains Shiva's abode, being praised by `kinnaras'(a group of semi-gods known for their singing talent). (38) आसमाप्तमिदं स्तोत्रं पुण्यं गन्धर्व\-भाश्हितम.ह । अनौपम्यं मनोहारि सर्वमीश्वरवर्णनम.ह ॥ ३९॥ Here ends this meritorious,charming and incomparable hymn, uttered by the Gandharva, all in description of the great master. (39) इत्येश्हा वा{ङ}मयी पूजा श्रीमच्च्हङ्कर\-पादयोः । अर्पिता तेन देवेशः प्रीयतां मे सदाशिवः ॥ ४०॥ Thus, this worship in the form of words, is dedicated at the feet of Shri Shankara; may the ever-auspicious lord of the gods be pleased with this. (40) तव तत्त्वं न जानामि कीदृशो.असि महेश्वर । यादृशो.असि महादेव तादृशाय नमो नमः ॥ ४१॥ I do not know the truth of your nature and how you are. O, great God! My Salutations are to that nature of yours of which you really are. (41) एककालं द्विकालं वा त्रिकालं यः पठेन्नरः । सर्वपाप\-विनिर्मुक्तः शिव लोके महीयते ॥ ४२॥ Whoever reads this once, twice or thrice (in a day) revels in the domain of Shiva, bereft of all sins. (42) श्री पुश्ह्पदन्त\-मुख\-पङ्कज\-निर्गतेन स्तोत्रेण किल्बिश्ह\-हरेण हर\-प्रियेण । कण्ठस्थितेन पठितेन समाहितेन सुप्रीणितो भवति भूतपतिर्महेशः ॥ ४३॥ This hymn which is dear to Shiva, has emerged out of the lotus-like mouth of Pushhpadanta and is capable of removing all sins. May the lord of all beings become greatly pleased with anyone who has learnt this by heart and/or reads or recalls this with single-mindedness! (43) ॥ इति श्री पुश्ह्पदन्त विरचितं शिवमहिम्नः स्तोत्रं समाप्तम.ह ॥

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