Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Various names of Shiva and their meanings

*Different Shivanama with meanings*–

Ashutosha; Andhakasurahara; Chandrashekara; Damarugapani; 
Doorjati; 
Gangadhara;
Kaamaari; 
Kruthivaasa; 
Kailasavaasa; Gajacharmambara dhara; Mano niyamaka; Maheshwara;
Mrutyunjaya; 
Nandivaahana; 
Nataraja; 
Naagaabharana; Nagabhushana; 
Neelakanta; 
Paarvateesha; 
Pinaki;  
Rudra;
Sadyojaata; 
Sarangapani;  
Shambhu; 
Shankara;  
Sharva; 
Shiva; 
Somashekara; 
Vamadeva; 
Virinchiputra; 
Vrushadhwaja; 
Vishakanta; 
Trishulapaani; 
Trinetra;  
Trilochana;
Tripuraari; 
Ugra; Ugratapas, etc.. are some of the names of Shiva.

*Andhakasurahara*– as he killed Andhakasura named daitya

*Ashutosha* – As he gives the boon very early 

*Chandrashekara*/somashekara – as he has Chandra on his head 

*Damarugapani* – As he has Damaruga in one of his hands swhile dancing

*Doorjati*– As he has JaTaa

*Gajacharmambaradhara* – As he has killed a daithya named Gajasura by entering the body of an elephant and he was covered with the body of the elephant when he did the Tandava Nrutya, he is called as Gajacharmambaradhara. 

*Gajasuramardhana*– Daithya Neela came in the disguise of an elephant as Gajasura गजासुर  who entered the body of an elephant and attacked Shiva.  Shiva also entered the body of the elephant and did the Taandava nrutya there itself  and killed the demon Gajasura from within the elephant.  Thus he is called as Gajasuramardhana

*Nandi Vahana* – As he has Nandi as his vehicle

*Gangadhara* – As he always has Ganga on his head.  Some poets, novelists have called Ganga as the wife of Shiva.  But it is wrong.  Ganga was never the wife of Shiva. Ganga is the wife of Varuna.  Shiva was holding her as she requested him to give some place in him and Ganga had vishesha sannidhana of Srihari, as she is Vishnu paadodaka

*Kaamaari*– As he burnt alive Kaama/Manmatha –  When Gods sent Manmatha to break the penance of Shiva, he throwed his kaama arrow on Shiva, which made Shiva angry and he opened his third eye and Manmatha was burnt to ashes.

*Kailasavaasa* – As he is kailasavaasi

*Kruthivaasa*– as he wears charma or animal skin as his dress – he is also called as Charmambaradara

*Manoniyamaka*– As he controls the chitta of all

*Maheshwara*– As he is superior to Indradi sakala devategalu

*Mrutyunjaya* – As he has more power than the so called Mrutyu devate Yama – Sage Markandeya had a very short lift of only 16 years.    Markandeya was known that his life is very short.  So, he worshipped Shiva with utmost devotion. After the completion of 16th year, Yamadharmaraja came to take Markandeya by pulling him with arrows, Shiva came and rescued Markandeya and blessed him with Chiranjeevatva.  That is why Markandeya is considered as one of the Chiranjeevi.

*Nataraja* – As he is an expert in Dancing – Naatya

*Nagabharana* – As he has Naga(snake) as one of his ornaments

*Nagabhushana* – As he has Snake to his neck

*Neelakanta* – As his throat colour turned blue after drinking hala hala visha.

*Paarvateesha* – As he is the Isha of Parvathi

*Pinaaki* – As he has pinaka as his weapon

*Rudra* – "Rodanaath Rudra:"  –   As soon as he was born he was crying continuously.  That is why he is called as Rudra.

*Sadyojaata* – As he was born all of a sudden from Chaturmukha

*Sarangapani*– As he has in his hands Saranga (deer)

*Shambhu*– As he is the source of Sukha, he is termed as Shambhu

*Shankara* – As he gives "Sukha"

*Sharva*– As he is laya kartha with the blessings of Srihari.

*Shiva* – As he is mangalakara – he is termed as "Shiva"

*Vamadeva* –  "vaama" means handsome/beautiful/sundara.   Leaving Hari Vayu Brahma, Garuda shesha, he is ati-sundara very handsome.   That is why he is called as Vamadeva

*Vamadeva* – He is called  as Vamadeva as he has Srihari to his left always

*Virinchiputra* – As he is the son of Brahma (Virinchi)

*Vrushadhwaja* – as he has Vrushabha Dwaja

*Vishakanta* – As he drunk the left over of halahala visha after majority of it was drunken by Vayudevaru

*Trishulapaani*– As he has Trishula in one of his arms

*Tripuraari*– As he killed tripurasuras with the blessings of Srihari

*Trinetra/trilochana/mukkanna* – As he has three eyes

*Ugra* – As he is shatru bhayankara

*Ugratapas* – As he has done tapas for Kalpadi paryanta

SumadhwaSeva