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Om Namah Shivaya (Devanagari: ॐ नमः शिवाय; IAST: Om Namaḥ Śivāya) is one of the most popular Hindu Mantra and the most important mantra in Shaivism. Namah Shivaya means “O salutations to the auspicious one!”, or “adoration to Lord Shiva”, or “universal consciousness is one”. It is called Siva Panchakshara, or Shiva Panchakshara or simply Panchakshara meaning the “five-syllable” mantra (viz., excluding the Om) and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This Mantra appears as ‘Na’ ‘Ma’ ‘Śi’ ‘Vā’ and ‘Ya’ in the Shri Rudram hymn which is a part of the Krishna Yajurveda and also in the Rudrashtadhyayi which is a part of the Shukla Yajurveda.

This mantra is present in the Shri Rudram hymn which is part of the Krishna Yajurveda. Shri Rudram hymn is taken from two chapters in fourth book of Taittiriya Samhita (TS 4.5, 4.7) of Krishna Yajurveda. Each chapter consist of eleven anuvaka or hymns. Name of both chapters are Namakam (chapter five) and Chamakam (chapter seven) respectively. The mantra appears without the initial Om in the eighth hymn of Namakam(TS as Namaḥ śivāya ca śivatarāya ca (Sanskrit: नमः शिवाय च शिवतराय च). This means “Salutations unto Śiva the auspicious one, unto Śivatara the one than whom none more auspicious can exist”

Meditation is the simplest but the most challenging method to attain calm. It requires tremendous self-restraint and control to stop the mind that generates infinite thoughts from wavering. However, when one meditates while chanting mantras, it gets easier to focus and feel the vibrations that have healing energies. Since sound is a form of energy, recitation of mantras produces therapeutic power to calm the mind and the body. We shall tell you about the benefits you can derive by chanting “Om Namah Shivaya” and other prayers dedicated to Lord Shiva on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri. This year, Maha Shivratri will be celebrated on February 21.

Benefits of chanting Om Namah Shivaya:

Meaning: I bow to Lord Shiva.

1) Calms the mind

2) Helps you focus

3) Makes you bow before the power that governs us all

4) Generates a sense of gratitude towards God

5) Helps you derive your hidden strengths as you surrender to the Almighty.

Shiva Gayatri Mantra

Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Mahadevaya Dheemahi

Tanno Rudra Prachodayat

Meaning: Om, salutations to the one who is the wisest and greatest of all. Please illuminate my mind and relief me of my ignorance.

Rudra Mantra

Om Namo Bhagavate Rudraya

Meaning: I bow to Bhagwan Rudra

Shiva Panchakshara Stotra

Nagendraharaya Trilochanaya

Bhasmangaragaya Maheshwaraya

Nityaya Shuddhaya Digambaraya

Tasmay Na Karaya Namah Shivaya

Mandakini Salila Chandana Charchitaya

Nandishawar Pramathanatha Maheshwaraya

Mandara Pushpa Bahu Pushpa Supoojitaya

Tasmay Ma Karaya Namah Shivaya

Shivaya Gourivadanabja Vrinda

Suryaya Dakshadhwara Nashakaya

Shri Neelakanthaya Vrishadhwajaya

Tasmay Shi Karaya Namah Shivaya

Vashishtha Kumbhodbhava Gautamarya

Munindra Devarchita Shekharaya 

Chandrarka Vaishanara Lochanaya

Tasmay Va Karaya Namah Shivaya

Yagya Swaroopaya Jata Dharaya

Pinaka Hastaya Sanatanaya

Divyaya Devaya Digambaraya

Tasmay Ya Karaya Namah Shivaya

Panchaksharamidam Punyam Ya-ha Pathechhivasannidho

Shivalokam avapnopti Shiven Saha Modate

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Om Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam

Urvarukamiva Bandhanaan Mrityormukshi Mamritaat

Chanting these mantras on Maha Shivratri or any other day calms the mind and the body. It helps a devotee de-stress, as it makes him/her realise that there’s someone more powerful who governs the universe.

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