108 names of Lord Shiva and it’s Meaning

108 names of Lord Shiva and it’s Meaning

“Forgive me, Oh Shiva! My three greatest sins! I came on a pilgrimage to Kashi, forgetting that you are omnipresent. Thinking about you, I forgot that You are beyond thought. In praying to you, I forgot that You are beyond words.” said Adi Shankaracharya. In Hindu mythology, there are three main deities. Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh (Shiva). They are collectively known as Tridev. The Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the protector, and Shiva is the destroyer.

Shiva means to enlighten; thus, the one who enlightens is Lord Shiva. Also known as Rudra, He is absolute self-radiant. He remains radiant and also illuminates the universe. In the presence of Shiva, fear and negative energies vanish. When Shiva is in bliss, beautiful flowers shower and fragrance spreads. And, no doubt, Chanting 108 names of Lord Mahesha with whole-hearted and devotion will vanish all your crises.

Have you ever noticed or thought about this ‘108’ number? Here you go, the number 108 is considered to be an auspicious one. One of the most important Hindu deities, Lord Shiva, is known by several names. The Shiva Purana, one of the oldest Hindu religious texts dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva, contains 108 Sanskrit names for Lord Shiva, each of which signifies a particular attribute of the Lord.

Benefits of Reading Ashtottara Shatanamavali

  • Help us to get rid of all the troubles
  • Vanishes sorrows
  • To get rid of diseases
  • To get peace in mind
  • Invite fortune and good luck
  • Self-realization
  • Increase consciousness

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What If One Is Not Able To Chant Lord Shiva Names 108 Times?

One can chant the 108 names by using Japa Mala. One should at least complete one mala, specially Rudraksha mala, to get the maximum benefits. You can also decide the numbers for chanting as per your current situation. Chanting should be done with a clean and peaceful mind. Any lapses will not get you desired results. It is not just about speaking or repeating the mantra. Do chant with pure consciousness. Cmon, it’s about Shiva, Lord Shiva. This will enlighten your chakra and take it further in spirituality. If one is not able to chant 108 names, perform the Shiva Panchakshari Mantra.

Particular Time and Way to Read 108 Names of Lord Shiva

One can chant these names anytime with a stable mind. It is best to do it in the morning with clean clothes and a peaceful mind. You can also do abhishekam to Shiva linga by chanting 108 names. This will also be super beneficial. You say Har Har Mahadev… As Shravan month is devoted to Lord Shiva, you can chant these names. Gotcha! You can’t just have this golden opportunity. Else Monday will also be favourable. And chanting on Mahashivratri day is like getting all the good fortunes that one can desire.

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108 Names Lord Shiva & it’s Meaning: Shiva Ashtottara Shatanamavali

According to Shiv Puran, here is the list of 108 names of Shiva:

Om Shivaya NamahaObeisances to the Auspicious One
Om Maheshvaraya NamahaObeisances to the Great God Shiva
Om Shambhave NamahaThe God who exists for our happiness alone
Om Pinakine NamahaObeisances to Shiva, who guards the path of dharma
Om Shashishekharaya NamahaThe God who wears the crescent moon in his hair
Om Vamadevaya NamahaThe God who is pleasing and auspicious in every way
Om Virupakshaya NamahaObeisances to the God of spotless form
Om Kapardine Namaha Obeisances to the Lord with thickly matted hair
Om Nilalohitaya NamahaThe God splendid as the red sun at daybreak
Om Shankaraya Namaha Obeisances to the source of all prosperity
Om Shulapanaye Namaha Obeisances to the God who carries a spear
Om Khatvangine Namaha Obeisances to the God who holds a knurled club
Om Vishnuvallabhaya Namaha Obeisances to Shiva, who is dear to Lord Vishnu
Om Shipivishtaya NamahaThe Lord whose form emits great rays of light
Om Ambikanathaya NamahaObeisances to Ambika's Lord
Om Shrikantaya Namaha Obeisances to he whose throat is shining blue
Om Bhaktavatsalaya Namaha The Lord who loves His devotees like new born calves
Om Bhavaya NamahaObeisances to the God who is existence itself
Om Sarvaya NamahaObeisances to Shiva, who is all
Om Trilokeshaya NamahaObeisances to Shiva who is the Lord of all the three worlds
Om Shitakanthaya Namaha Obeisances to the primal soul whose throat is deep blue
Om Shivapriyaya NamahaObeisances to the God who is dear to Shakti
Om Ugraya NamahaObeisances to Shiva, whose presence is incredible and overwhelming
Om Kapaline NamahaObeisances to the God whose begging bowl is a human skull
Om Kamaraye Namaha Obeisances to Shiva who conquers all passions
Om Andhakasura Sudanaya Namaha Obeisances to the Lord who killed the asura Andhaka
Om Gangadharaya NamahaObeisances to the God who holds the Ganges River in his hair
Om Lalatakshaya NamahaObeisances to the Lord whose sport is a creation
Om Kalakalaya NamahaObeisances to Shiva who is the death of death
Om Kripanidhaye NamahaObeisances to the God who is the treasure of compassion
Om Bhimaya NamahaObeisances to Shiva whose strength is awesome
Om Parashu Hastaya Namaha Obeisances to the God who wields an axe in his hands
Om Mrigapanayae NamahaThe Lord who looks after the soul in the wilderness
Om Jatadharaya NamahaShiva, who bears a mass of matted hair
Om Kailasavasine Namaha Obeisances to the God who abides on Mount Kailas
Om Kavachine NamahaObeisances to the Lord who is wrapped in armour
Om Kathoraya NamahaObeisances to Shiva, who causes all growth
Om Tripurantakaya NamahaObeisances to the Lord who destroyed the three demonic cities
Om Vrishankaya NamahaObeisances to the God whose emblem is a bull
Om Vrishabharudhaya Namaha Obeisances to Shiva, who rides a bull
Om Bhasmoddhulita Vigrahaya NamahaObeisances to the Lord covered with holy ash
Om Samapriyaya NamahaObeisances to the God exceedingly fond of hymns from the Sama Veda
Om Svaramayaya Namaha Obeisances to Shiva who creates through sound
Om Trayimurtaye NamahaObeisances to the Lord who is worshipped in three forms
Om Anishvaraya NamahaObeisances to the undisputed Lord
Om Sarvagyaya NamahaObeisances to the God who knows all things
Om Paramatmane Namaha Obeisances to the Supreme Self
Om Somasuragni Lochanaya NamahaObeisances to the light of the eyes of Soma, Surya, and Agni
Om Havishe NamahaObeisances to Shiva who receives oblations of ghee
Om Yagyamayaya NamahaObeisances to the architect of all sacrificial rites
Om Somaya NamahaObeisances to the Moon-glow of the mystic's vision
Om Panchavaktraya NamahaObeisances to the God of the five activities
Om Sadashivaya NamahaThe eternally auspicious benevolent Shiva
Om Vishveshvaraya NamahaObeisances to the all-pervading ruler of the cosmos
Om Virabhadraya Namaha Obeisances to Shiva, the foremost of heroes
Om Gananathaya Namaha Obeisances to the God of the Ganas
Om Prajapataye NamahaObeisances to the Creator
Om Hiranyaretase Namaha Obeisances to the God who emanates golden souls
Om Durdharshaya NamahaObeisances to the unconquerable being
Om Girishaya NamahaThe monarch of the holy mountain Kailas
Om Girishaya NamahaObeisances to the Lord of the Himalayas
Om Anaghaya NamahaObeisances to Shiva who can inspire no fear
Om Bujangabhushanaya Namaha Obeisances to the Lord adorned with golden snakes
Om Bhargaya NamahaObeisances to the foremost of rishis
Om Giridhanvane NamahaObeisances to the God whose weapon is a mountain
Om Giripriyaya NamahaObeisances to the Lord who is fond of mountains
Om Krittivasase NamahaObeisances to the God who wears clothes of hide
Om Purarataye NamahaLord who is thoroughly at home in the wilderness
Om Bhagavate NamahaObeisances to the Lord of prosperity
Om Pramathadhipaya NamahaObeisances to the God who is served by goblins
Om Mritunjayaya NamahaObeisances to the conqueror of death
Om Sukshmatanave Namaha Obeisances to the subtlest of the subtle
Om Jagadvyapine NamahaObeisances to Shiva, who fills the whole world
Om Jagadgurave NamahaObeisances to the guru of all the worlds
Om Vyomakeshaya NamahaThe God whose hair is the spreading sky above
Om Mahasenajanakaya Namaha Obeisances to the origin of Mahasena
Om Charuvikramaya Namaha Shiva, the guardian of wandering pilgrims
Om Rudraya NamahaObeisances to the Lord who is fit to be praised
Om Bhutapataye NamahaThe source of living creatures, Bhutas, or ghostly creatures
Om Sthanave NamahaObeisances to the firm and immovable deity
Om Ahirbudhnyaya NamahaThe Lord who waits for the sleeping kundalini
Om Digambaraya Namaha Obeisances to Shiva, whose robes is the cosmos
Om Ashtamurtaye NamahaObeisances to the Lord who has eight forms
Om Anekatmane Namaha Obeisances to the God who is the one soul
Om Satvikaya NamahaObeisances to the Lord of boundless energy
Om Shuddha Vigrahaya NamahaThe God who is free of all doubt and dissent
Om Shashvataya Namaha Obeisances to Shiva, endless and eternal
Om Khandaparashave NamahaThe God who cuts through the mind's despair
Om Ajaya NamahaObeisances to the instigator of all that occur
Om Papavimochakaya NamahaObeisances to the Lord who releases all fetters
Om Mridaya NamahaObeisances to the Lord who shows only mercy
Om Pashupataye NamahaThe ruler of all evolving souls, the animals
Om Devaya NamahaObeisances to the foremost of devas, demigods
Om Mahadevaya NamahaObeisances to the greatest of the gods
Om Avyayaya NamahaObeisances to the one never subject to change
Om Haraye NamahaObeisances to Shiva who dissolves all bondage
Om Pashudantabhide NamahaObeisances to the one who punished Pushan
Om Avyagraya NamahaThe Lord who is steady and unwavering
Om Dakshadhvaraharaya Namaha The destroyer of Daksha's conceited sacrifice
Om Haraya NamahaObeisances to the Lord who withdraws the cosmos
Om Bhaganetrabhide NamahaShiva who taught Bhaga to see more clearly
Om Avyaktaya Namaha Obeisances to Shiva who is subtle and unseen
Om Sahasrakshaya NamahaObeisances to the Lord of limitless forms
Om Sahasrapade NamahaThe God who is standing and walking everywhere
Om Apavargapradaya Namaha The Lord who gives and takes all things
Om Anantaya NamahaObeisances to the God who is unending
Om Tarakaya NamahaObeisances to the great liberator of humanity
Om Parameshvaraya NamahaObeisances to the great God

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It is believed that devotees, who read, memorise or chant these 108 auspicious names of Shiva with complete focus, will receive the blessing of Lord Shiva and will be free from all the sins.


Lord Shiva has many forms and names, and every name has its own glory. One gets Goosebumps on while remembering his great deeds. The world looks blurry, and one reaches a state of ultimate peace while chanting Lord Shiva’s 108 names. Also, Shiva will open the door of salvation when you chant 108 names of Shiva. Achieve an enlightening state by chanting Om Namah Shivay and keep your Bhakti (devotion) towards Shiva eternally alive. Stay blessed, as of now, Hari Om!