Shiva Mahimna Stotra

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    Introduction

    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, etcetera 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!

    || AUM namaH shivaaya ||


    atha shrii shivamahimnastotram.h

    
    mahimnaH paaraM te paramavidushho yadyasadR^ishii
    stutirbrahmaadiinaamapi tadavasannaastvayi giraH |
    athaa.avaachyaH sarvaH svamatiparimaaNaavadhi gR^iNan.h
    mamaapyeshha stotre hara nirapavaadaH parikaraH || 1||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    atiitaH pa.nthaanaM tava cha mahimaa vaaN^manasayoH
    atadvyaavR^ittyaa yaM chakitamabhidhatte shrutirapi |
    sa kasya stotavyaH katividhaguNaH kasya vishhayaH
    pade tvarvaachiine patati na manaH kasya na vachaH || 2||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    madhusphiitaa vaachaH paramamR^itaM nirmitavataH
    tava brahman.h kiM vaagapi suragurorvismayapadam.h |
    mama tvetaaM vaaNiiM guNakathanapuNyena bhavataH
    punaamiityarthe.asmin.h puramathana buddhirvyavasitaa || 3||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    tavaish{}varyaM yattajjagadudayaraxaapralayakR^it.h
    trayiivastu vyastaM tisrushhu guNabhinnaasu tanushhu |
    abhavyaanaamasmin.h varada ramaNiiyaamaramaNiiM
    vihantuM vyaakroshiiM vidadhata ihaike jaDadhiyaH || 4||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    kimiihaH ki.nkaayaH sa khalu kimupaayastribhuvanaM
    kimaadhaaro dhaataa sR^ijati kimupaadaana iti cha |
    atarkyaishvarye tvayyanavasara duHstho hatadhiyaH
    kutarko.ayaM kaa.nshchit.h mukharayati mohaaya jagataH || 5||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    ajanmaano lokaaH kimavayavavanto.api jagataaM
    adhishhThaataaraM kiM bhavavidhiranaadR^itya bhavati |
    aniisho vaa kuryaad.h bhuvanajanane kaH parikaro
    yato mandaastvaaM pratyamaravara sa.nsherata ime || 6||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    trayii saaN^khyaM yogaH pashupatimataM vaishhNavamiti
    prabhinne prasthaane paramidamadaH pathyamiti cha |
    ruchiinaaM vaichitryaadR^ijukuTila naanaapathajushhaaM
    nR^iNaameko gamyastvamasi payasaamarNava iva || 7||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    mahoxaH khaTvaaN^gaM parashurajinaM bhasma phaNinaH
    kapaalaM chetiiyattava varada tantropakaraNam.h |
    suraastaaM taamR^iddhiM dadhati tu bhavadbhuupraNihitaaM
    na hi svaatmaaraamaM vishhayamR^igatR^ishhNaa bhramayati || 8||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    dhruvaM kashchit.h sarvaM sakalamaparastvadhruvamidaM
    paro dhrauvyaa.adhrauvye jagati gadati vyastavishhaye |
    samaste.apyetasmin.h puramathana tairvismita iva
    stuvan.h jihremi tvaaM na khalu nanu dhR^ishhTaa mukharataa || 9||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    tavaishvaryaM yatnAd.h yadupari viriJNchirhariradhaH
    parichchhetuM yAtAvanilamanalaskandhavapushhaH |
    tato bhaktishraddhA\-bharaguru\-gR^iNadbhyAM girisha yat.h
    svayaM tasthe tAbhyAM tava kimanuvR^ittirna phalati || 10||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    ayatnAdAsaadya tribhuvanamavairavyatikaraM
    dashaasyo yadbAhUnabhR^ita\-raNakaNDU\-paravashAn.h |
    shiraHpadmashreNI\-rachitacharaNAmbhoruha\-baleH
    sthirAyAstvadbhaktestripurahara visphUrjitamidam.h || 11||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    amushhya tvatsevA\-samadhigatasAraM bhujavanaM
    balAt.h kailaase.api tvadadhivasatau vikramayataH |
    alabhyApAtAle.apyalasachalitA.ngushhThashirasi
    pratishhThA tvayyAsId.h dhruvamupachito muhyati khalaH || 12||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    yadR^iddhiM sutrAmNo varada paramochchairapi satIM
    adhashchakre bANaH parijanavidheyatribhuvanaH |
    na tachchitraM tasmin.h varivasitari tvachcharaNayoH
    na kasyApyunnatyai bhavati shirasastvayyavanatiH || 13||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    akANDa\-brahmANDa\-xayachakita\-devAsurakR^ipA
    vidheyasyA.a.asId.h yastrinayana vishhaM sa.nhR^itavataH |
    sa kalmAshhaH kaNThe tava na kurute na shriyamaho
    vikAro.api shlAghyo bhuvana\-bhaya\- bhaN^ga\- vyasaninaH || 14||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    asiddhArthA naiva kvachidapi sadevAsuranare
    nivartante nityaM jagati jayino yasya vishikhAH |
    sa pashyannIsha tvAmitarasurasaadhAraNamabhUt.h
    smaraH smartavyAtmA na hi vashishhu pathyaH paribhavaH || 15||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    mahI pAdaaghAtAd.h vrajati sahasA sa.nshayapadaM
    padaM vishhNorbhrAmyad.h bhuja\-parigha\-rugNa\-graha\- gaNam.h |
    muhurdyaurdausthyaM yAtyanibhR^ita\-jaTA\-taaDita\-taTA
    jagadraxAyai tvaM naTasi nanu vAmaiva vibhutA || 16||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    viya\-dvyaa pI tArA\-gaNa\-guNita\-phenodgama\-ruchiH
    pravAho vArAM yaH pR^ishhatalaghudR^ishhTaH shirasi te |
    jagaddvIpAkAraM jaladhivalayaM tena kR^itamiti
    anenaivonneyaM dhR^itamahima divyaM tava vapuH || 17||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    rathaH xoNI yantA shatadhR^itiragendro dhanuratho
    rathAN^ge chandrArkau ratha\-charaNa\-pANiH shara iti |
    didhaxoste ko.ayaM tripuratR^iNamADambara vidhiH
    vidheyaiH krIDantyo na khalu paratantrAH prabhudhiyaH || 18||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    hariste sAhasraM kamala balimAdhAya padayoH
    yadekone tasmin.h nijamudaharannetrakamalam.h |
    gato bhaktyudrekaH pariNatimasau chakravapushhaH
    trayANAM raxAyai tripurahara  jAgarti jagatAm.h || 19||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    kratau supte jAgrat.h tvamasi phalayoge kratumatAM
    kva karma pradhvastaM phalati purushhArAdhanamR^ite |
    atastvAM samprexya kratushhu phaladaana\-pratibhuvaM
    shrutau shraddhAM badhvA dR^iDhaparikaraH karmasu janaH || 20||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    kriyAdaxo daxaH kratupatiradhIshastanubhR^itAM
    R^ishhINAmArtvijyaM sharaNada sadasyAH sura\-gaNAH |
    kratubhra.nshastvattaH kratuphala\-vidhAna\-vyasaninaH
    dhruvaM kartuM shraddhA vidhuramabhichArAya hi makhAH || 21||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    prajAnAthaM nAtha prasabhamabhikaM svAM duhitaraM
    gataM rohid.h bhuutAM riramayishhumR^ishhyasya vapushhA |
    dhanushhpANeryAtaM divamapi sapatrAkR^itamamuM
    trasantaM te.adyApi tyajati na mR^igavyAdharabhasaH || 22||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    svalAvaNyAsha.nsA dhR^itadhanushhamahnAya tR^iNavat.h
    puraH plushhTaM dR^ishhTvA puramathana pushhpAyudhamapi |
    yadi straiNaM devI yamanirata\-dehArdha\-ghaTanAt.h
    avaiti tvAmaddhA bata varada mugdhA yuvatayaH || 23||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    shmashAneshhvAkrIDA smarahara pishAchAH sahacharaaH
    chitA\-bhasmAlepaH sragapi nR^ikaroTI\-parikaraH |
    amaN^galyaM shIlaM tava bhavatu nAmaivamakhilaM
    tathApi smartR^INAM varada paramaM maN^galamasi || 24||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    manaH pratyak.h chitte savidhamavidhAyAtta\-marutaH
    prahR^ishhyadromANaH pramada\-salilotsaN^gati\-dR^ishaH |
    yadAlokyAhlAdaM hrada iva nimajyAmR^itamaye
    dadhatyantastattvaM kimapi yaminastat.h kila bhavAn.h || 25||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    tvamarkastvaM somastvamasi pavanastvaM hutavahaH
    tvamApastvaM vyoma tvamu dharaNirAtmA tvamiti cha |
    parichchhinnAmevaM tvayi pariNatA bibhrati giraM
    na vidmastattattvaM vayamiha tu yat.h tvaM na bhavasi || 26||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    trayIM tisro vR^ittIstribhuvanamatho trInapi surAn.h
    akArAdyairvarNaistribhirabhidadhat.h tIrNavikR^iti |
    turIyaM te dhAma dhvanibhiravarundhAnamaNubhiH
    samasta\-vyastaM tvAM sharaNada gR^iNAtyomiti padam.h || 27||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    bhavaH sharvo rudraH pashupatirathograH sahamahAn.h
    tathA bhImeshAnAviti yadabhidhAnAshhTakamidam.h |
    amushhmin.h pratyekaM pravicharati deva shrutirapi
    priyAyAsmaidhAmne praNihita\-namasyo.asmi bhavate || 28||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    namo nedishhThAya priyadava davishhThAya cha namaH
    namaH xodishhThAya smarahara mahishhThAya cha namaH |
    namo varshhishhThAya trinayana yavishhThAya cha namaH
    namaH sarvasmai te tadidamatisarvAya cha namaH || 29||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    bahula\-rajase vishvotpattau bhavAya namo namaH
    prabala\-tamase tat.h saMhAre harAya namo namaH |
    jana\-sukhakR^ite sattvodriktau mR^iDAya namo namaH
    pramahasi pade nistraiguNye shivAya namo namaH || 30||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    kR^isha\-pariNati\-chetaH kleshavashyaM kva chedaM
    kva cha tava guNa\-sImollaN^ghinI shashvadR^iddhiH |
    iti chakitamamandIkR^itya mAM bhaktirAdhAd.h
    varada charaNayoste vAkya\-pushhpopahAram.h || 31||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    asita\-giri\-samaM syAt.h kajjalaM sindhu\-pAtre
    sura\-taruvara\-shAkhA lekhanI patramurvI |
    likhati yadi gR^ihItvaa shAradA sarvakAlaM
    tadapi tava guNAnAmIsha pAraM na yAti || 32||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    asura\-sura\-munIndrairarchitasyendu\-mauleH
    grathita\-guNamahimno nirguNasyeshvarasya |
    sakala\-gaNa\-varishhThaH pushhpadantAbhidhAnaH
    ruchiramalaghuvR^ittaiH stotrametachchakAra || 33||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    aharaharanavadyaM dhUrjaTeH stotrametat.h
    paThati paramabhaktyA shuddha\-chittaH pumAn.h yaH |
    sa bhavati shivaloke rudratulyastathA.atra
    prachuratara\-dhanAyuH putravAn.h kIrtimA.nshcha || 34||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    maheshAnnAparo devo mahimno nAparA stutiH |
    aghorAnnAparo mantro nAsti tattvaM guroH param.h || 35||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    dIxA dAnaM tapastIrthaM GYAnaM yAgAdikAH kriyAH |
    mahimnastava pAThasya kalAM nArhanti shhoDashIm.h || 36||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    kusumadashana\-nAmA sarva\-gandharva\-rAjaH
    shashidharavara\-maulerdevadevasya dAsaH |
    sa khalu nija\-mahimno bhrashhTa evAsya roshhAt.h
    stavanamidamakArshhId.h divya\-divyaM mahimnaH || 37||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    suragurumabhipUjya svarga\-moxaika\-hetuM
    paThati yadi manushhyaH prAJNjalirnAnya\-chetAH |
    vrajati shiva\-samIpaM kinnaraiH stUyamAnaH
    stavanamidamamoghaM pushhpadantapraNItam.h || 38||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    AsamAptamidaM stotraM puNyaM gandharva\-bhAshhitam.h |
    anaupamyaM manohAri sarvamIshvaravarNanam.h || 39||
    
    
    Here ends this meritorious,charming and incomparable hymn, uttered by the
    Gandharva, all in description of the great master. (39)
    
    
    ityeshhA vA{N^}mayI pUjA shrImachchhaN^kara\-pAdayoH |
    arpitA tena deveshaH prIyatAM me sadaashivaH || 40||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    tava tattvaM na jAnAmi kIdR^isho.asi maheshvara |
    yAdR^isho.asi mahAdeva tAdR^ishAya namo namaH || 41||
    
    
    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)
    
    
    ekakAlaM dvikAlaM vA trikAlaM yaH paThennaraH |
    sarvapApa\-vinirmuktaH shiva loke mahIyate || 42||
    
    
    Whoever reads this once, twice or thrice (in a day) revels in the domain of
    Shiva, bereft of all sins. (42)
    
    
    shrI pushhpadanta\-mukha\-paN^kaja\-nirgatena
    stotreNa kilbishha\-hareNa hara\-priyeNa |
    kaNThasthitena paThitena samaahitena
    suprINito bhavati bhUtapatirmaheshaH || 43||
    
    
    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)
    
    || iti shrI pushhpadanta virachitaM shivamahimnaH 
     	stotraM samAptam.h ||
    

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