Rudrashtakam is a great hymn composed by poet Tulasidas in order to please the God Shiva for the removal of sorrows and sufferings. The lyrics of this popular hymn explain several qualities of great God Shiva at the same time requesting him to remove the sorrows in life and to bestow happiness and joy. Several of the words in the Rudrashtakam lyrics have a great and in depth meaning.
Poet Tulasidas had crafted this sacred hymn in a great way attributing to the Ishana form of Lord Shiva. Even if you look into the Rudrashtakam meaning it explains the same.
This divine stotram is also popular with its first words of the lyrics ‘Namamishamishana nirvana rupam’.
The Phalastuti explains the Rudrashtakam benefits that are obtained by reciting this holy hymn. Where it was mentioned that God Shiva gets pleased with the ones who recite this hymn with devotion, such that their sufferings will be removed and bestowed with good fortune and happiness.
Rudrashtakam Lyrics and Meaning
नमामिश मीशान निर्वाण रूपं
विभुं व्यापकं ब्रह्म वेद स्वरूपं
अजं निर्गुणं निर्विकल्पं निरीहं
चिदाकार माकाश वासं भजेऽहं (1)
Namamisha Mishana Nirvana rupam
Vibhum vyapakam Brahma Veda-swaroopam
Nijam Nirgunam Nirvikalpam Nireeham
Chidakara makasa vasam Bhajeham (1)
I bow to you the Lord, who is present as the Ishana (God Shiva’s form) and whose form is present in Nirvana state (that’s is not affected by Karma)
The one who is present everywhere, the supreme being, present in the form of Vedas.
O the truthful one, beyond the gunas, beyond the thoughts or changes (vikalpas) and beyond any movements
The divine form who abodes in the sky, I worship you (God Shiva).
निराकारं ओंकार मूलं तुरीयं
गिराज्ञान गोतीत मीसम गिरीशं
करालं महाकाल कालं कृपालं
गुणागार संसार पारं नतोऽहं (2)
Nirakaram Omkara mulam tureeyam
Giragnana gotita meesam Gireesam
Karalam Mahakala kalam krupalam
Gunagaara samsara saram natoham (2)
I bow to you, who is formless, the source of Omkara and the pure consciousness
Who is beyond speech, knowledge and senses, The Lord of Mountains
Who is fearsome (to the wicked), the Mahakala, who is beyond the time and the compassionate
The adobe of virtues, who helps me to cross the samsara (worldly existence) (I bow to you, God Shiva)
तुषाराद्रि संकाश गौरं गभिरं
मनोभूत कोटि प्रभा श्री शरीरं
स्पुरण्मौलि कल्लोलिनी चरुगङ्गं
लसत्बाल बालेन्दु कण्ठे बुजङ्गं (3)
Tusharadri samkasa gouram gabheeram
Manobhuta koti prabha srisareeram
Lasat-phala-balendu kanthe bujangam (3)
I bow to you, who is white, resembling the snow mountain and whose being is very deep
Who is present in all the beings, whose body is auspicious and radiant
Whose head bears the streams of Ganga
The forehead, adorned with a crescent moon, and the neck with a snake.
चलत्कुण्डलं शुब्र नेत्रं विशालं
प्रसन्नाननं नीलकण्ठं दयालुं
मृगदिष चर्मंबरं मुण्ड मलं
प्रियं शङ्करं सर्वनाथं भजामि (4)
Chalat kundalam shubra netram Vishalam
Prasannananam Nilakantham Dayalum
Mrugadisha charmambaram Munda-malam
Priyam Shankaram sarvanatham Bhajami (4)
The one who is adorned with hanging earrings, whose eyes are large and pleasant
Who has a cheerful face and a blue throat, O the merciful one
Who wears the skin of animals as his clothes (Tigerskin to signify the victory over animal instincts which happened while teaching a lesson to the muni’s in Chidambaram, Elephant skin as his promise to Gajasura), a garland of skulls (of the Brahmas over different kalpas)
O the beloved Lord Shankara, the Lord of all beings, I bow to you.
प्रचण्डं प्रकृष्टं प्रगल्भं परेशं
अखण्डं भजे भानु कोटिप्रकाशं
त्रयी शूल निर्मूलनं शूलपाणिं
भजेऽहं भवानीपतिं भावगम्यं (5)
Prachandam Prakrushtam Pragalbham Paresam
Akhandam bhaje bhanukoti prakasam
Trayee shula nirmulanam Shulapanim
Bhajeham Bhavaneepatim Bhavagamyam (5)
Who is terrible, extraordinary, courageous and the supreme controller
O the one who filled up the entire cosmos, I worship you the Lord who shines like millions of suns
Who removes the threefold sufferings, holding a trident in hands
I bow to you, whose abode can be attained by single thought (with devotion) O the Lord of goddess Bhavani.
कलातीत कल्याण कल्पान्तकारी
सदा सज्जनानन्द दात पुरारी
चिदानन्द संदोह मोहापहारी
प्रसीद प्रसीद प्रभो मन्मधारि (6)
Kalateeta kalyana kalapantakari
Sada Sajjanananda datha Purari
Chidananda samdoha Mohapahari
Praseeda praseeda prabho Manmadhari (6)
The one who is beyond the elemental aspects, who is auspicious in nature, who brings an end to the Kalpa
You, the one who always brings happiness/joy to the good people, The destroyer of Tripuras (so called Purari)
Who is always happy immersed in eternal bliss and the remover of wrong thoughts or intensions
Be pleased, pleased O the God who killed the God of Love (Manmadha).
न यावत उमानाथ पादारविन्दं
भजन्तीह लोके परे वा नराणां
न तावत् सुखं शान्ति संतापनाशं
प्रसीद प्रभो सर्वभुथाधि वास (7)
Nayavat Umanatha Padaravindam
Bhajamteeha loke pare va naranaam
Natavat sukham santi samtapanasam
Praseeda prabho Sarvabhuthadi vasa (7)
As long as the lotus feet of the Goddess Uma’s Lord…
are not worshipped by the beings in this world
They can’t experience the happiness, Peace or the end to their sufferings
Be pleased, O the Lord who resides in all the beings.
न जानामि योगं जपं नैव पूजां
नतोऽहं सदा सर्वदा देव तुभ्यं
जराजन्म दुःखौ गतातप्यमानं
प्रभो पाहि शापान् नमामिश शंभो (8)
Najanami yogam japam naiva pujam
Natoham sada sarvada deva tubhyam
Jarajanma dhukkhau ghatatapyamanam
Prabho paahi shapan Namamisha Shambho (8)
O, my Lord, I don’t know the yagna, the japa or the puja’s
O God I always bow before you at every moment
Please help me to uplift from the sorrows of the Birth and old age, miserable I am by the sufferings
My Lord is pleased, Protect me from the state of pain, O Lord Shambhu.
Phalastuti or Benefits of Reciting Rudrashtakam
रुद्राष्टकं इदं प्रोक्तं विप्रेण हर तुष्टये
ये पठन्ति नरा भक्त्या तेषां शंभुः प्रसीदत
Rudrashtakam idam proktham viprena Hara tushtaye
Ye pathanthi Nara bhakthya tesham Shambhuh prasidatha
This Rudrashtakam composed by the poet is to please the Hara
For the devotee who recites( this Ashtakam), the Lord Shambhu will be pleased.
इथि श्री गोस्वामी तुलसीदास कर्थं श्री रुद्राष्टकं संपूर्णं
Ithi Shri Goswami Tulasidaasa krutam Sri Rudrashtakam Sampoornam
Thus ends the Rudrastakam composed by Shri Goswami Tulasidas.