Shiva Panchakshara Stotram is composed by Guru Adi Shankaracharya, a great sage of Advaita doctrine. The Lyrics of the Stotra gives a great meaning describing God Shiva’s divine qualities and praises his association with Panchakshari mantra ‘Namah Shivaya’.
Starting with the hymn Nagendra Haraya Trilochanaya, the lyrics of the Shiva Panchakshara Stotram are composed in a great way to praise the Great God Shiva by the five letters of the Panchakshari mantra namely Na, Ma, Si, Va, and Ya which represents the five basic elements Prithvi (Earth), Jala (Water), Agni (Fire), Vayu (Air), and Akasha (Space) tattvas respectively.
The benefits of chanting this stotram are explained the phalastuti part of this great hymn.
Lyrics and Meaning of Shiva Panchakshara Stotram
Nagendra haraya Trilochanaya
Bhasmanga ragaya Maheswaraya
Nithyaya shuddhaya Digambaraya
Tasmai NA karaya Namah Shivaya (1)
The one who wears snakes as his ornaments, the three-eyed god
Who applies the holy ash all over his body, the greatest god (Maheshwara)
Who is forever, pure and wears directions as his clothes (Digambara)
Salutations to the god Shiva who is represented by syllable NA in Namah Shivaya
Mandakini salila chandana charchitaya
Nandeeswara pramadha nadha Maheswaraya
Mandara mukhya bahupushpa supujithaya
Tasmai MA karaya Namah Shivaya (2)
The god who wears sandalwood paste prepared with the waters of Mandakini (Heavenly Ganges)
Who is lord of Nandi, ganas, and others, who is the greatest god
Who is worshipped with Hibiscus and other flowers
I salute to that god Shiva, who is represented by syllable MA in Namah Shivaya
Sivaaya Gouri vadanabja brunda
Suryaya Daksha dwara naasakaya
Sri Neelakantaya Vrushadhvajaya
Tasmai SI karaya Namah Shivaya (3)
The god who blossoms lotus like face of Gowri as a sun.
The destroyer of Daksha’s sacrifice
The one with blue throat and has a bull symbol on his flag
Salutations to the god Shiva who is represented by syllable SI in Namah Shivaya
Vasistha Kumbhodbhava Gauthamarya
Muneendra Devarchitha shekaraya
Chandrarka vaiswanara lochanaya
Tasmai VA karaya Namah Shivaya (4)
The one who is worshipped by Vasistha, Agastya, Gowthama and other great sages
The one who is worshipped by the Gods and has the crown of matted hair
Who has sun, moon, and fire as his three eyes
My Salutations to the god Shiva, represented by syllable VA in Namah Shivaya
Yagna swaroopaya Jathadharaya
Pinaka hastaya Sanathanaya
Divyaya devaya Digambaraya
Tasmai YA karaya Namah Shivaya (5)
The one who is the embodiment of yagna and has tufted hair
Who has bow named Pinaka in his hand, who is natural and eternal
Who is divine and wears directions as his clothes
My salutations to you God Shiva, who is represented by syllable YA in Namah Shivaya (5)
Panchaksharamidam punyam yah patheschiva sannidhau
Sivalokamavapnothi sivena saha modathe
One who recites this Panchakshara Stotram in the abode of God Shiva will get the punya of attaining the Shivaloka and enjoys the God’s compassion.
Benefits of Chanting this Stotra
The phalastuthi( The last lines from panchaksharamidam punyam to sivena saha-modathe) clearly explains the benefits of chanting this stotram that reciting this Panchakshara stotram meaningfully in shiva sannidhi ( temple or Pooja area), will attain the abode of Shiva and live with him forever.
Also the Shiva panchakshara stotram is believed to increase the devotional spirit in ones heart and gives peace of mind.