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Sri Siva ~ Shree Shiva

21 Jul Posted by in Mantra, Wisdom, Yoga | Comments
Sri Siva ~ Shree Shiva

Sanskrit ~

प्रातर्भजामि शिवमेकमनन्तमाद्यं
वेदान्तवेद्यमनघं पुरुषं महान्तम् ।
नामादिभेदरहितं षड्भावशून्यं
संसाररोगहरमौषधमद्वितीयम् ॥३॥


Phonetic ~

Praatar – Bhajaami Shivam – Ekam – Anantam – Aadyam
Vedaanta – Vedyam – Anagham Purussam Mahaantam |

Naama – Aadi – Bheda – Rahitam Ssadd – Bhaava – Shuunyam
Samsaara – Roga – Haram – Aussadham – Advitiiyam ||3||


Translation ~

In the Early Morning, I Worship Sri Siva Who is the One without a Second
Who is Boundless and Infinite and Who is Primordial
Who is Known only by Understanding the Vedanta
Who is Sinless and Faultless
Who is the Primeval Original Source of the Universe and Who is the Great One

Who is Free from the Differences of Names and Who is Without the Six Modifications
: Birth, Existence, Growth, Maturity and Death :
Who is the Medicine to Destroy the Disease
: of Delusion :
of Worldly Existence and
Who is the One without a Second

Kirti Stambh, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan

Kirti Stambh  the Tower of Fame  ~ is situated in Chittorgarh in Rajasthan.
The 22 metre high tower was built by a Bagherwal Jain merchant Jijaji Kathod in 12th century. It is a seven story intricate structure with a cramped stairway of 54 steps and is full of figures from Jain pantheon.

The tower is built in the Solanki style. It is 30 feet at the base and narrows down to 15 feet at the top and is adorned with Jain sculptures on the outside. It is dedicated to the first Jain tirthankara or spiritual teacher, Adinath, and has an impressive five-feet-high statue of the saint.


Attributes of Shiva ~ the Third Eye

Shiva is often depicted with a third eye with which he burned Desire (Kāma) to ashes. There has been controversy regarding the original meaning of Shiva’s name Tryambakam (Sanskrit: त्र्यम्बकम्)
which occurs in many scriptural sources.

In classical Sanskrit the word ambaka denotes “an eye”, and in the Mahabharata Shiva is depicted as three-eyed, so this name is sometimes translated as “Having Three Eyes”. However, in Vedic Sanskrit the word ambā or ambikā means “mother”, and this early meaning of the word is the basis for the translation “Having Three Mothers” that was used by Max Müller and Arthur Macdonell.

Since no story is known in which Shiva had three mothers, E. Washburn Hopkins suggested that the name refers not to three mothers, but to three Mother-goddesses who are collectively called the Ambikās.

Other related translations have been “having three wives or sisters”, or based on the idea that the name actually refers to the oblations given to Rudra, which according to some traditions were shared with the goddess Ambikā.


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