Of all the Lord Shiva Slokas, Namaste Astu Bhagavan stands out due to its beautiful composition and the rendering sounds it makes when recited.
The Namaste astu bhagavan sloka is highly descriptive as it contains several names of Lord Shiva that describe his greatness and stories.
It is a great way to worship Shiva using this divine hymn. Reciting this mantra daily has immense benefits. It bestows good health, wealth, prosperity, and above all, the divine bliss of Lord Shiva.
Namaste Astu Bhagavan Lyrics in Sanskrit
ॐ नमस्ते अस्थु भगवान
श्रीमन् महादेवाय नमः
Namaste Astu Bhagavan in English (Lyrics with Meaning)
Om Namaste Astu Bhagavan
Sriman Mahadevaya Namaha
Meaning of Namaste Astu Bhagavan hymn:
I bow to you, O the Supreme God
He who is the Lord of the Universe, Greatest among the Gods
Who has three eyes, the destroyer of three cities of demons (Tripuras)
The one who is beyond and has the power to destroy the past, present, and future (Trikalas). The Rudra who with his fire, ends the cosmos (to recreate)
The one with blue throat, O the conqueror of Death
He who is Lord of all the beings, Called with the name Lord Sada Shiva (The eternal one)
O the God of the Gods, Greatest among all, my salutations to you.
Word-by-word meaning with the explanation of Namaste Astu Bhagavan Lyrics
Om – Sacred syllable
Namaste – Salautations
Astu Bhagavan – to you Bhagavan (Supreme God)
Vishweshwaraya – Lord or sovereign of the universe (Viswa means Universe and Eshwara means Lord or supreme one)
Mahadevaya – Greatest of all the Gods
Lord Shiva is often described by his title Mahadeva. This is because he is omnipresent, the Lord of all beings, and is worshipped not just by Gods and humans but even by demons, ghosts, and other creatures. He is the father of the beings and the mother being Goddess Parvati. All the above, he is beyond the Death that together makes him Mahadeva along with several other attributes
Tripurantakaya – The destroyer of the three cities or Tripuras
Tripuras are three cities ruled by the three sons of the demon Tarakasura. These three sons got a boon from Brahma and were blessed with three impregnable cities that could fly in the sky and only be destroyed by a single arrow shot. This boon acted like immortality to gain Deva Loka. All the God’s went to Shiva for his help. Shiva then destroyed these three cities and got the name Tripurantaka or Tripurari
Trikalagnikaalaya – the one who is beyond time ( Trikalas represent Past, Present, and Future) in other means it indicates Shiva as the one who devours time.
Kalagnirudraya – The form of Rudra who has the power to destroy anything, who with his fire destroys the cosmos and reinitiate creation;/ in the cycle of creation and destruction
Neelakanthaya – One with blue throat
The title neelakantha was attributed to Shiva due to the dark blue spot on his neck, which was created by the consumption of Halahala to save the world and obtain amrita.
Mrityunjayaya – Conqueror of Death or Victory over Death. Lord Shiva got this title as he can even change the law of destiny and Death. Once Shiva stopped the Death of Markandeya by punishing Yama. Also, he can grant rebirth too, like in the Grishneshwar jyotirlinga story or in the Siriyala story
Sarveshwaraya – Lord of all the beings
From the devas to demons or from humans to small creatures, every being worships Lord Shiva as the supreme deity so Shiva got the name Sarveswara.
Sadashivaya – The eternal lord Sadashiva
Only Shiva has the name Sada Shiva. This is because even after the maha pralaya (doomsday) the only person who will remain is Lord Shiva. The act of maha pralaya is carried by Shiva himself as a part of the cycle of creation. Later Shiva will start the recreation of cosmos.
Sriman – O the respected
Mahadevaya – God of the Gods
Namaha – I bow to you
What is the Best Time to Chant
You can recite this hymn at any point of time. But the best time is Pradosham time which is in the evenings. Outside Pradosham, early mornings are also considered auspicious for chanting Shiva slokas.
How Many Times do I need to Recite this Shiva Sloka?
It is always good to recite the Namaste Astu Bhagavan Sloka three times or more. However, the count doesn’t matter. But it’s recommended to chant for 3, 11, 16, 21, 24, or 108 times.
But if you are reciting 108 times or so, then it’s better to use a Japamala