Shiva Tandava Strotam
Composed by Ravana, the Asura King of Lanka, Shiva Tandava consists of 15 Shlokas dedicated to Lord Shiva. Ravana was one of the greatest devotee of Shiva. He created this Strotam in praise of Lord Shiva.
After defeating Alaka near Mount Kailash, Ravana was returning to Lanka on his Pushpak Vimana. On the way he saw a beautiful Kailash and wanted to fly to see it. But his Vimana was unable to rise above. He asked Nandi for the reason behind all this. Nandi replied that no one is allowed except Shiva and Parvati. Ravana made fun of his masters Shiva and Paravati and in return Nandi cursed him that he would be destroyed by a Vaanar.
Angry Ravana tried to lift mount Kailash with his twenty arms along with Shiva and Parvati. Lord Shiva pressed his toe and injured his fingers. Ravana cried in pain. In order to impress Lord Shiva he created this Shiva Tanadava Stotram.
After getting impressed by listening and dancing to this Strotam, Lord Shiva not also forgave Ravana but also gave him Chandrahasa. The dance performed with Great energy is termed as Tandava, originated from word ‘Tandul’ which means ‘to jump’.
जटाटवीगलज्जलप्रवाहपावितस्थले गलेऽवलम्ब्य लम्बितां भुजङ्गतुङ्गमालिकाम् ।The holy river Ganga flows flows from the long hair of Lord Shiva, consecrating the neck. Snakes hang around his neck like a beautiful garland. The sound of Damaru has filled the atmosphere. The Lord Shiva performs the Tandava. May Shiva bless us !
डमड्डमड्डमड्डमन्निनादवड्डमर्वयं चकार चण्डताण्डवं तनोतु नः शिवः शिवम् ॥
जटाकटाहसम्भ्रमभ्रमन्निलिम्पनिर्झरी विलोलवीचिवल्लरीविराजमानमूर्धनि ।The sacred water of holy Ganga flows through the Locks of Shiva’s hair and glorifies his head. The strong fire is burning on Shiva’s forehead. The bright Moon is placed as an ornament on his forehead.
धगद्धगद्धगज्जलल्ललाटपट्टपावके किशोरचन्द्रशेखरे रतिः प्रतिक्षणं मम ॥
धराधरेन्द्रनन्दिनीविलासबन्धुबन्धुर स्फुरद्दिगन्तसन्ततिप्रमोदमानमानसे ।May our minds seek joy in Shiva! In his mind resides the whole life of this universe. He is the consort of Daughter of Mountain King. His glance removes all the hardships and problems. He is the one who wears the entire universe. Salutations to Lord Shiva!
कृपाकटाक्षधोरणीनिरुद्धदुर्धरापदि क्वचिद्दिगम्बरे मनो विनोदमेतु वस्तुनि ॥
जटाभुजङ्गपिङ्गलस्फुरत्फणामणिप्रभा कदम्बकुङ्कुमद्रवप्रलिप्तदिग्वधूमुखे ।Salutations to Lord Shiva whose neck is glorified by the reddish brown serpent on his neck. The gem on Snake’s head is shining like a red Kumkum on face of Goddess of all directions who wears elephant skin shawl.
मदान्धसिन्धुरस्फुरत्त्वगुत्तरीयमेदुरे मनो विनोदमद्भुतं बिभर्तु भूतभर्तरि ॥
सहस्रलोचनप्रभृत्यशेषलेखशेखर प्रसूनधूलिधोरणी विधूसराङ्घ्रिपीठभूः ।Salutations to Lord Shiva whose footrest is covered with the dust of flowers presented by Devas including Brahma and Vishnu. He wears the moon as crown and his hair has Red Snake as garland. May Shiva bless us all.
भुजङ्गराजमालया निबद्धजाटजूटकः श्रियै चिराय जायतां चकोरबन्धुशेखरः ॥
ललाटचत्वरज्वलद्धनञ्जयस्फुलिङ्गभा निपीतपञ्चसायकं नमन्निलिम्पनायकम् ।
सुधामयूखलेखया विराजमानशेखरं महाकपालिसम्पदेशिरोजटालमस्तु नः ।।
May Lord Shiva bless us with all the Siddhis. He is the one who devoured the God of Love with fire sparkling on his forehead. He is the one who is greatly respected by the Lords of the heaven. He is the one whose head is shining with the gleam of cool shine of the Crescent Moon!
करालभालपट्टिकाधगद्धगद्धगज्ज्वलद् धनञ्जयाहुतीकृतप्रचण्डपञ्चसायके ।
धराधरेन्द्रनन्दिनीकुचाग्रचित्रपत्रक प्रकल्पनैकशिल्पिनि त्रिलोचने रतिर्मम ॥
Salutations to the Lord Shiva the one whose forehead burns with Dhagad sounds. He is the one who has three eyes. He is the one who offered the arrows of God of Love to fire. He is the artist who is expert in tracing lines on breasts of Pravati.
नवीनमेघमण्डली निरुद्धदुर्धरस्फुरत् कुहूनिशीथिनीतमः प्रबन्धबद्धकन्धरः ।
निलिम्पनिर्झरीधरस्तनोतु कृत्तिसिन्धुरः कलानिधानबन्धुरः श्रियं जगद्धुरंधरः ॥
Salutations to the Shiva whose neck is as dark as the Night of full moon covered with the dark clouds. He is the one who wears celestial river and the moon on his forehead. He is the one who carries the load of this Universe.
प्रफुल्लनीलपङ्कजप्रपञ्चकालिमप्रभा वलम्बिकण्ठकन्दलीरुचिप्रबद्धकन्धरम् । स्मरच्छिदं पुरच्छिदं भवच्छिदं मखच्छिदं गजच्छिदान्धकच्छिदं तमन्तकच्छिदं भजे॥Salutations to Lord Shiva whose neck shines like a fully bloomed blue Lotus flower used in the temples. Bless us Shiva with prosperity. He is the one who destroyed Manmatha, Tripura, all the Mayas of this world. One who destroyed all the darkness, the demon elephant, the Lord of Death Yama.
अखर्वसर्वमङ्गलाकलाकदम्बमञ्जरी रसप्रवाहमाधुरीविजृम्भणामधुव्रतम् । स्मरान्तकं पुरान्तकं भवान्तकं मखान्तकं गजान्तकान्धकान्तकं तमन्तकान्तकं भजे ॥Salutations to Lord Shiva around whom the bees fly because of the sweet smell of Kadambha flowers. He is the one who destroyed all the darkness, the demon elephant, the Lord of Death Yama. He is the one who destroyed Manmatha, Tripura, all the Mayas of this world.
अखर्वसर्वमङ्गलाकलाकदम्बमञ्जरी रसप्रवाहमाधुरीविजृम्भणामधुव्रतम् । स्मरान्तकं पुरान्तकं भवान्तकं मखान्तकं गजान्तकान्धकान्तकं तमन्तकान्तकं भजे ॥Salutations to Lord Shiva whose forehead is burning with the fire. The fire increases with air from the breath of snake around him. He is the one whose Tandava tunes with Dhimid sound.
दृषद्विचित्रतल्पयोर्भुजङ्गमौक्तिकस्रजोर् गरिष्ठरत्नलोष्ठयोः सुहृद्विपक्षपक्षयोः। तृणारविन्दचक्षुषोः प्रजामहीमहेन्द्रयोः समप्रवृत्तिकः कदा सदाशिवं भजाम्यहम् ॥Lord Shiva has same vision towards the entire universe, be it the different worlds, the Snake around his neck, general public or the Kings, the tip of the grass or Lotus flower, a precious gem or a dirt or sand. Where can I worship him?
कदा निलिम्पनिर्झरीनिकुञ्जकोटरे वसन् विमुक्तदुर्मतिः सदा शिरःस्थमञ्जलिं वहन् । विमुक्तलोललोचनो ललामभाललग्नकःशिवेति मन्त्रमुच्चरन्कदा सुखी भवाम्यहम् ॥When can i find happiness? By living near the Ganga in a cave worshiping Lord Shiva and washing away all my impure thoughts everyday? I’m devoted to Shiva and chant his Mantras. He is the one with magnificent eyes and glorious forehead.
इमं हि नित्यमेवमुक्तमुत्तमोत्तमं स्तवं पठन्स्मरन्ब्रुवन्नरो विशुद्धिमेतिसंततम् । हरे गुरौ सुभक्तिमाशु याति नान्यथा गतिं विमोहनं हि देहिनां सुशङ्करस्य चिन्तनम् ॥The one who reads this strotam, remembers it and recites it everyday gets purified. The great devotion to Shiva leads to Salvation. There is no other way except taking refuge under Shiva’s blessings. Thoughts of Shiva removes all delusions.
पूजावसानसमये दशवक्त्रगीतं यः शम्भुपूजनपरं पठति प्रदोषे ।The one who recites this strotam in the early morning prayers is bless with all health, wealth and prosperity.
तस्य स्थिरां रथगजेन्द्रतुरङ्गयुक्तां लक्ष्मीं सदैव सुमुखीं प्रददाति शम्भुः ॥