Among the stotras of Lord Shiva, the Shiva Tandava Stotram composed by the Lord of Lanka, Ravana is one of its kind and has a unique place among all the hymns that are dedicated to the Great God.
Shiva Tandava Stotram lyrics are compiled in the Panchachamara composition using delicate words that sound great while chanting or listening. The Lyrics explain the mightiness of God Shiva, his unequaled power, the Tandava dance, and his supremacy over all.
Coming to the Shiva Tandava Stotram meaning, it mainly explains the Tandava dance of Lord Shiva in an illustrious way and his appearance during that dance. Along with these the meaning also explains the merciful nature of Shiva and his attachment with Goddess Parvati.
Being the Stotra that has pleased Lord Shiva himself, Chanting the Shiva Tandava Stotram lyrics understanding its meaning has immense importance and has innumerable benefits. The Shiva Tandava Stotram benefits are clearly explained in the phalastuti part of the Stotram.
This is one of the Great stotrams to meditate on God Shiva and to see his divine Tandava dance.
Shiva Tandava Stotram Lyrics and Meaning in English – The Divine Stotram by Ravana
Jatataveegala-jala pravaha pavitasthale
Galevalambya lambitham bhujanga tunga maalikaam
Damad-damad-damadda-manni ninaada-vad da marvayam
Chakara chanda tandavam tanotu nah Shivah Shivam (1)
From the matted hair that have grown like forests flow the River Ganga and make the sacred places
Encircling his neck are the hanging snakes that are looking like lofty garlands
With the sounds of damad, dhamd that are emitting out from the Damaru
Shiva performed the fierce tandava dance, may that Lord Shiva grant the auspicious for our beings
Jata kataha sambrama bhraman-nilimpa nirjhari
Vilola veechi vallari viraajamana murdhani
Dhagad dhagad dhagad-jwalal lalata patta paavake
Kishora chandra-shekhare ratih prati kshanam mama (2)
Within the matted locks of hairs is the River of the celestials (Ganga) swirling and rotating
The strands of the matted hair are waving like creepers making the forehead more lustrous
On the forehead surface is the fire that is blazing brightly like dhagad, dhagad
Having a young moon on his forehead, may I get delighted every moment of mine looking at God Shiva.
Dhara dharendra nandini vilasa bandhu bandhura
Spurad diganta santati pramoda mana manase
Krupa kataksha dhorani ni rurdha durdharaapadi
Kwachid digambare mano vinoda methu vasthuni (3)
For whom the daughter of the mountains, Goddess Parvati is the companion in the divine sports
By whose thoughts in his heart, the offspring of all the beings gets expanded
By whose mercy and bliss, all the difficulties, great hurdles, and obstacles in one’s life gets vanished
Who is Digambara (having directions as his clothes, indicating that he is boundless), may he play his divine sport on me such that I remember him always.
Jatha bhujanga pingala spurat phanama-ni Prabha
Kadamba kumkuma drava praliptha dwigdha dhumukhe
Madanda sindhura spuratwa guttareeya medhure
Mano vinoda madbhutam bibarthu bhuta bharthari (4)
With the Tandava of God Shiva, the snakes present on the matted hair are moving as per the beat and the gems of the hoods of the snake are emitting the reddish glow light
Which are like the streaks of liquid vermillion falling in all the directions and on the face filling the area
Who had the thick skin of an intoxicated elephant as his upper garments
May my heart be with the ultimate happiness always thinking on the God Shiva, the Bhuthanatha.
Sahasra lochanap prabyuthy-asesha lekha shekara
Prasuna dhuli dhorani vidhusara anghri peethabhuhu
Bhujanga raja maalaya nibaddaha jaata jhutakaha
Sriyai chiraya jaayatam chakora bandhu shekhara (5)
The one, to whom the Thousand eyed Lord Indra (Head of the devas) and others Gods bows their heads, which are looking like unending lines of heads
Pollen of the flowers in the head garlands of these Gods had filled your feet pedestal
Whose matted locks of hair are tied up by the garland of the king of serpents
May that God Shiva, bless us with prosperity forever, the one having the friend of Chakora birds (the moon) on his head.
Lalata chatwarajwala dhanajaya spulingabhaa
Nipeeta pancha sayakam naman nilimpa nayakam
Sudha mayuu kha lekhaya viraajamana shekharam
Maha kapali sampade siro jathala masthu naha (6)
In the middle of his forehead is the blazing sparks of fire
that which nullified the five arrows of Manmadha and made the Leader of Gods prostrate
looking resplendent with the nectar emitting crescent moon on the top of his head
O Lord Maha Kapali (God Shiva), who is with the great wealth and present with matted hair. Please grant us the wealth and siddhis.
Karala bhala pattika dhagad dhagad dhagad jwalad
Dhananjaya ahutee krutha prachanda pancha saayake
Dhara dharendra nandini kuchagra chitra patraka
Prakalpanaika shilpini trilochane ratir mama (7)
From the terrible surface of the Shivas forehead, comes the blazing fire with the sounds dhagad, dhagad
That fire oblation consumed fiercely the Lord who is supported with the five arrows in his acts (Manmadha)
On the tips of the bosom of the daughter of the Mountain King (Goddess Parvati), are the illusionary paintings (drawn by Shiva signifying creation)
Such a great creation by the artist, O the Lord with the three eyes (Trilochana), My self gets delighted thinking about him.
Naveena megha mandali nirurda durdga rasphurat
Kuhuu niseedhini tamah prabandha baddha kandharah
Nilimpa nirjharee dharas thanothu krutti sidhurah
Kala nidhaana bhandhura shriyam jagaddhu randharah (8)
Just like the darkness that is created by circling groups of new clouds
the darkness of the night of the new moon, such darkness is bound around his neck (indicating the darkness of the neck due to the consumption of Halahala)
The holder of the celestial river Ganga, whose body is covered by elephant skin
Who holds the crescent moon on his head, who holds and sustains all the creation, That Lord Shiva bestow the prosperity.
Prapulla neela pankaja prapancha kaali ma Prabha
Valambhi kantha kandali ruchi prabaddha kandharam
Smaracchidam puracchidam bhavacchidam makhacchidam
Gajacchid-andha-kacchidam tamanta kacchidam bhaje (9)
The black luster of the universe (indicating the Haalahala) is appearing like the fully blossomed blue lotus
That is present around your neck, that which he himself (God Shiva) restrained keeping it around his neck (for saving the worlds)
O the destroyer if Smara (Kama deva- God of Love), destroyer of cities(Puras) of Tripurasuras, the destroyer of delusion, and the destroyer of Yagna of Daksha
The slayer of Gajasura, who vanquished the pride of Andhaka, the destroyer of the God of the death Yama, O Great God Shiva I worship you
Akharva sarva mangala kalaa kadamba manjari
Rasa pravaaha Madhuri vijhrumbhana madhu vratham
Smaranthakam puranthakam bhavanthakam makhanthakam
Gajanthakandha kanthakam tamanta kanthakam bhaje (10)
From the flourishing artistic presence of the Goddess of eternal auspiciousness (Sarva Mangala – Goddess Parvati) is the divine nectar like that of the nectar of Kadamba flowers
For that flow of sweet nectar, God Shiva is like an intoxicated bumble bee drinking all that nectar
O the one who put an end to the acts of Smara (God of the Love), who put an end to the acts of Tripurasuras, the end to the delusion of worldly existence, who ended the incorrect Daksha Yagna
The one who ended the acts of Gajasura and Andhaka, who put an end to the incorrect acts of Yama, I worship you O Lord Shiva.
Jayatwa dhabhra vibhrama bhramad bhujanga maswasad
Vinirgama krama-sphurat karala bhala havyavaat
Dhimid dhimid dhimidhwanan mrudanga tunga mangala
Dwani krama pravarthita Prachanda tandavah Shivah (11)
With the triumphant Lord Shiva Tandava dance movements, who is expressing the Lordship over all the worlds, due to those movements the snakes that adorned him are rolling and moving and emitting out the hissings heavily
With those tandava movements are the emitting fierce flames of fire from the third eye on the forehead, looking like an oblation
The reverberating sounds of Dhimid, Dhimid are echoing with the sounds of Mrudanga, according to these auspicious-
Sounds and the series of such sounds are making up the furious Tandava dance of Lord Shiva.
Drushadwi chitra talpayor bhujanga maukthi kasrajo
Garishta ratna losthayo suhrud vipaksha pakshayoh
Truna-aravinda chakshusho prajaa mahi mahendrayoh
Sama pravruthikahkada sada Shivam bhajamyaham (12)
Be it sleeping on the hard ground or on the luxurious bed, or looking at the snake or a garland of pearls
A highly valuable gemstone or a lump of clay, or even a relation with a friend or enemy
Either it is grass or a lotus or even between a common man and the emperor of all the worlds
You see all equally with the same vision, I worship you God Sada Shiva (bestow me, your grace, for seeing such equality in my vision)
Kada nilimpa nirjhari nikunja kotarey vasan
Vimuktha durmathi sada sirasthamanjali vahan
Vilola lola lochano lalama bhala lagnakaha
Shivethi mantra muccharan kada Sukhee bhavamyaham (13)
When I live by the side of the heavenly river Ganga in a cave surrounded by a densely forested area
Free from all the sinful thoughts and deeds, I worship by holding a Namaskara pose above my head
Having the eyes that are not moving(the thing on other thoughts), focusing on the area present in between the eyebrows
I wish to utter and chant the Mantras of Lord Shiva, when shall I be happy becoming that person doing all these.
Imam hi Nithya meva muktha mukthamottama stawam
Pathan smaran bhruvan naro vishuddhi meythi santhatam
Harey gurau subhakthi maashu yathi nanyadha gatim
Vimohanamhi dehinaam sushankarasya chinthanam (14)
Whoever chants this stawam or the Stotram daily which is best among the best of the hymns
By reading, remembering it by meaning, with purity, and in an uninterrupted manner
By keeping great trust and devotion in Hara (God Shiva), the Guru of all is the only thing that will make you closer to him and there is no other lowest way
Will remove all the delusions of all the forms from that person by thinking deeply on the God Shankara (God Shiva)
Pujavasana samaye dasavaktra geetam
Yah shambhu pujana param pathathi pradoshe
Tasya sthiram radha Gajendra turanga yuktham
Lakshmeem sadaiva sumukheem pradadathi shambhuhu
At the end of your worship, This song is composed by the one with the ten faces (Ravana)
By chanting it after the prayer of Lord Shambhu during the time of Pradosham
They will be bestowed with the Chariots, accompanied by the king of elephants and horses
The Goddess Lakshmi by the orders of Shiva will always show her grace towards them, and all his wishes will be bestowed by the Lord Sri Shambhu (God Sada Shiva).
Shiva Tandava Stotram Benefits
As the Stotram that has pleased the God Shiva and Goddess Parvati, that which made them bless the Ravana even after committing a great sin, This Stotram has immense benefits and is a great way to worship the divine couple.
The Shiva Tandava stotram benefits are explained within the stotram in the phalastuti part. It explains that whoever recites this stotram understanding its meaning after the completion of their daily puja will be blessed with all the Raja bhogas. They will be blessed with chariots, best elephants, and horses, which totally indicates the requirements of being a raja or king.
The phalastuti also says for that person who chants this stotram daily will be blessed by the Great wealth and the Goddess of the Wealth, Lakshmi is always pleased over him. They will be pleased by the God Shambhu (God Shiva) himself and all his wishes will be fulfilled by the mercy of Great God Shiva.
This Shiva tandava stotram is a great hymn to ward off evils, underlying fears, and all such negativity. It is a great stotram to worship God Shiva and to meditate on him.
Who Wrote Shiva Tandava Stotram?
The Shiva tandava stotram is composed by the Lord of Lanka, Ravana. In the stotram itself, it was mentioned as the Dasavaktra geetam, which means the song by the ten headed one, who is none other than Ravana, an ardent devotee of God Shiva.
Story Behind Shiva Tandava Stotram
Once Ravana thought to visit Kailasha, the adobe of God Shiva. however, on his arrival, he is stopped by Nandi and said that he cannot visit Shiva as the Lord is with Goddess Parvati now. But Ravana said I’m a great devotee who can stop me to visit my Lord, Nandi refused.
It ended up in a quarrel between both of them and cursed each other. But Ravana thought to uplift the Kailash with his power and take it to Lanka, he started lifting the Kailasha, which angered God Shiva who pushed the hill back to its position with his toe.
Due to the unbearable weight, Ravana screamed loudly and was stuck in that place. To please God Shiva, he composed and sang several hymns and stotrams for years, One of the Great stotrams that was sung during that time by Ravana was this Shiva Tandava Stotram.
Later God Shiva got pleased and released Ravana from all his sufferings and gifted him the Chandrahasa sword for his pure devotion. That murthi or Shiva is called a Ravananugraha murthi.
Can I chant this Stotram inside my House
Yes, Shiva Tandava stotram can be chanted inside the house. In fact, it can be chanted anywhere. Just ensure that the place is clean such that you can focus on God Shiva.
Which is the Best Time to Recite this Stotram
Shiva tandava stotram can be recited at any time, without any restrictions. However reciting this stotram in Pradosham time, the time in between evening and night is the most recommended as it has been mentioned in the stotram. Also, recite it after the completion of your evening prayers to God Shiva.