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Shiva Chalisa: Maha Shivaratri Culture & Traditions

Shiva Chalisa: Maha Shivaratri Culture & Traditions

Mahashivaratri is a special day for the devotees of Lord Shiva. On the festival, people would observe a fast for the entire day and sing bhajans and songs in the praise of the deity. Lord Shiva temples are flocked by devotees, as special puja is conducted all through the day. Different types of Abhishek are performed, with the use of honey, ghee, milk, rose water, sandalwood paste and yogurt.

Shiva Chalisa
Shiva Chalisa

During the time, many devotees would sing the traditional, Shiva Chalisa – a prayer for Lord Shiva. The lyrics of the chalisa have been written many years ago, with the aim to invoke the Lord and ask for his help in removing the hardships of his devotees. In the following lines, we have given the lyrics of Shiva Chalisa.

Shiv Chalisa in Hindi

॥दोहा॥
जय गणेश गिरिजा सुवन, मंगल मूल सुजान। कहत अयोध्यादास तुम, देहु अभय वरदान॥

॥चौपाई॥
जय गिरिजा पति दीन दयाला। सदा करत सन्तन प्रतिपाला॥
भाल चन्द्रमा सोहत नीके। कानन कुण्डल नागफनी के॥
अंग गौर शिर गंग बहाये। मुण्डमाल तन क्षार लगाए॥
वस्त्र खाल बाघम्बर सोहे। छवि को देखि नाग मन मोहे॥
मैना मातु की हवे दुलारी। बाम अंग सोहत छवि न्यारी॥
कर त्रिशूल सोहत छवि भारी। करत सदा शत्रुन क्षयकारी॥
नन्दि गणेश सोहै तहँ कैसे। सागर मध्य कमल हैं जैसे॥
कार्तिक श्याम और गणराऊ। या छवि को कहि जात न काऊ॥
देवन जबहीं जाय पुकारा। तब ही दुख प्रभु आप निवारा॥
किया उपद्रव तारक भारी। देवन सब मिलि तुमहिं जुहारी॥
तुरत षडानन आप पठायउ। लवनिमेष महँ मारि गिरायउ॥
आप जलंधर असुर संहारा। सुयश तुम्हार विदित संसारा॥
त्रिपुरासुर सन युद्ध मचाई। सबहिं कृपा कर लीन बचाई॥
किया तपहिं भागीरथ भारी। पुरब प्रतिज्ञा तासु पुरारी॥
दानिन महँ तुम सम कोउ नाहीं। सेवक स्तुति करत सदाहीं॥
वेद माहि महिमा तुम गाई। अकथ अनादि भेद नहिं पाई॥
प्रकटी उदधि मंथन में ज्वाला। जरत सुरासुर भए विहाला॥
कीन्ही दया तहं करी सहाई। नीलकण्ठ तब नाम कहाई॥
पूजन रामचन्द्र जब कीन्हा। जीत के लंक विभीषण दीन्हा॥
सहस कमल में हो रहे धारी। कीन्ह परीक्षा तबहिं पुरारी॥
एक कमल प्रभु राखेउ जोई। कमल नयन पूजन चहं सोई॥
कठिन भक्ति देखी प्रभु शंकर। भए प्रसन्न दिए इच्छित वर॥
जय जय जय अनन्त अविनाशी। करत कृपा सब के घटवासी॥
दुष्ट सकल नित मोहि सतावै। भ्रमत रहौं मोहि चैन न आवै॥
त्राहि त्राहि मैं नाथ पुकारो। येहि अवसर मोहि आन उबारो॥
लै त्रिशूल शत्रुन को मारो। संकट ते मोहि आन उबारो॥
मात-पिता भ्राता सब होई। संकट में पूछत नहिं कोई॥
स्वामी एक है आस तुम्हारी। आय हरहु मम संकट भारी॥
धन निर्धन को देत सदा हीं। जो कोई जांचे सो फल पाहीं॥
अस्तुति केहि विधि करैं तुम्हारी। क्षमहु नाथ अब चूक हमारी॥
शंकर हो संकट के नाशन। मंगल कारण विघ्न विनाशन॥
योगी यति मुनि ध्यान लगावैं। शारद नारद शीश नवावैं॥
नमो नमो जय नमः शिवाय। सुर ब्रह्मादिक पार न पाय॥
जो यह पाठ करे मन लाई। ता पर होत है शम्भु सहाई॥
ॠनियां जो कोई हो अधिकारी। पाठ करे सो पावन हारी॥
पुत्र होन कर इच्छा जोई। निश्चय शिव प्रसाद तेहि होई॥
पण्डित त्रयोदशी को लावे। ध्यान पूर्वक होम करावे॥
त्रयोदशी व्रत करै हमेशा। ताके तन नहीं रहै कलेशा॥
धूप दीप नैवेद्य चढ़ावे। शंकर सम्मुख पाठ सुनावे॥
जन्म जन्म के पाप नसावे। अन्त धाम शिवपुर में पावे॥
कहैं अयोध्यादास आस तुम्हारी। जानि सकल दुःख हरहु हमारी॥

॥दोहा॥
नित्त नेम कर प्रातः ही, पाठ करौं चालीसा। तुम मेरी मनोकामना, पूर्ण करो जगदीश॥
मगसर छठि हेमन्त ॠतु, संवत चौसठ जान। अस्तुति चालीसा शिवहि, पूर्ण कीन कल्याण॥

Lord Shiv Chalisa English Translation
Jai Ganesh Girija Suvan
Mangal Mul Sujan
Kahat Ayodhya Das Tum Dev Abhaya
Varadan
Glory to Lord Ganesh, the Divine Son of Goddess
Girija, the cause of all auspiciousness and intelligence. Ayodha
Dass (the composer of these verses) humbly requests that every one
be blessed with the boon of being fearless.
Jai Girija Pati Dinadayala
Sada Karat Santan Pratipala
Bhala Chandrama Sohat Nike Kanan
Kundal Nagaphani Ke
O Glorious Lord, consort of Parvati You are most
merciful. You always bless the poor and pious devotees. Your
beautiful form is adorned with the moon on Your forehead and on your
ears are earrings of snakes′ hood.
Anga Gaur Shira Ganga Bahaye
Mundamala Tan Chhara Lagaye
Vastra Khala Baghambar Sohain Chhavi
Ko Dekha Naga Muni Mohain
The holy Ganges flows from your matted hair. The
saints and sages are attracted by Your splendid appearance. Around
Your neck is a garland of skulls. White ash beautifies Your Divine
form and clothing of lion′s skin adorns Your body.
Maina Matu Ki Havai Dulari
Vama Anga Sohat Chhavi Nyari
Kara Trishul Sohat Chhavi Bhari Karat
Sada Shatrun Chhayakari
O Lord, the beloved daughter of Maina on Your
left adds to Your splendid appearance. O Wearer of the lion′s skin,
the trishul in Your hand destroys all enemies.
Nandi Ganesh Sohain Tahan Kaise
Sagar Madhya Kamal Hain Jaise
Kartik Shyam Aur Ganara-U Ya Chhavi
Ko Kahi Jata Na Kauo
Nandi and Shri Ganesh along with Lord Shiva
appear as beautiful as two lotuses in the middle of an ocean. Poets
and philosophers cannot describe the wonderful appearance of Lord
Kartikeya and the dark complexioned Ganas (attendants).
Devan Jabahi Jaya Pukara
Tabahi Dukha Prabhu Apa Nivara
Kiya Upadrav Tarak Bhari Devan Sab Mili
Tumahi Juhari
O Lord, whenever the Deities humbly sought Your
assistance, You kindly and graciously uprooted all their problems.
You blessed the Deities with Your generous help when the demon Tarak
outraged them and You destroyed him.
Turata Shadanana Apa Pathayau
Lava-Ni-Mesh Mahan Mari Girayau
Apa Jalandhara Asura Sanhara Suyash
Tumhara Vidit Sansara
O Lord, You sent Shadanan without delay and thus
destroyed the evil ones Lava and Nimesh. You also destroyed the
demon Jalandhara. Your renown is known throughout the world.
Tripurasur Sana Yudha Machayi
Sabhi Kripakar Lina Bachayi
Kiya Tapahin Bhagiratha Bhari Purva
Pratigya Tasu Purari
O Lord, Purari, You saved all Deities and mankind
by defeating and destroying the demons Tripurasura. You blessed Your
devotee Bhagirath and he was able to accomplish his vow after
rigorous penance.
Danin Mahan Tum Sama Kou Nahin
Sevak Astuti Karat Sadahin
Veda Nam Mahima Tab Gayaee Akatha
Anandi Bhed Nahin Payee
O Gracious One, devotees always sings Your glory.
Even the Vedas are unable to describe Your greatness. No one is as
generous as You are.
Pragate Udadhi Mantan Men Jvala
Jarat Sura-Sur Bhaye Vihala
Kinha Daya Tahan Kari Sahayee
Nilakantha Tab Nam Kahayee
Lord, when the ocean was churned and the deadly
poison emerged, out of Your deep compassion for all, You drank the
poison and saved the world from destruction. Your throat became
blue, thus You are known as Nilakantha.
Pujan Ramchandra Jab Kinha
Jiti Ke Lanka Vibhishan Dinhi
Sahas Kamal Men Ho Rahe Dhari Kinha
Pariksha Tabahin Purari
When Lord Rama worshipped You, He became
victorious over the king of demons, Ravana. When Lord Rama wished to
worship Thee with one thousand lotus flowers, the Divine Mother, to
test the devotion of Shri Ram, hid all the flowers at Your request.
Ek Kamal Prabhu Rakheu Joi
Kushal-Nain Pujan Chaha Soi
Kathin Bhakti Dekhi Prabhu Shankar
Bhaye Prasanna Diye-Ichchhit Var
O Lord, You kept on looking at Shri Ram, who
wished to offer His lotus-like eyes to worship Thee. When You
observed such intense devotion, You were delighted and blessed Him.
You granted His heart′s desire.
Jai Jai Jai Anant Avinashi
Karat Kripa Sabake Ghat Vasi
Dushta Sakal Nit Mohin Satavai
Bhramat Rahe Mohin Chain Na Avai
Glory be unto You O Gracious, Infinite, Immortal,
All-pervading Lord. Evil thought torture me and I keep on travelling
aimlessly in this world of mundane existence. No relief seems to be
coming my way.
Trahi-Trahi Main Nath Pukaro
Yahi Avasar Mohi Ana Ubaro
Lai Trishul Shatrun Ko Maro
Sankat Se Mohin Ana Ubaro
O Lord! I beseech Your help and seek your divine
blessing at this very moment. Save and protect me. Destroy my
enemies with Your Trishul. Release me from the torture of evil
thoughts.
Mata Pita Bhrata Sab Hoi
Sankat Men Puchhat Nahin Koi
Svami Ek Hai Asha Tumhari
Ava Harahu Aba Sankat Bhari
O Lord, when I am in distress, neither my
parents, brothers, sisters nor loved ones can relieve my suffering.
I depend only on You. You are my hope. Eliminate the cause of this
tremendous torture and bless me with Your compassion.
Dhan Nirdhan Ko Deta Sadahin
Jo Koi Janche So Phal Pahin
Astuti Kehi Vidhi Karai Tumhari
Kshamahu Nath Aba Chuka Hamari
O Lord, You bless the downtrodden with prosperity
and grant wisdom to the ignorant. Lord, due to my limited knowledge,
I omitted to worship Thee. Please forgive me and shower Your grace
upon me.
Shankar Ho Sankat Ke Nishan
Vighna Vinashan Mangal Karan
Yogi Yati Muni Dhyan Lagavan
Sharad Narad Shisha Navavain
O Lord Sankar, You are the destroyer of all
miseries. You remove the cause of all obstacles and grant Your
devotees eternal bliss. The saints and sages meditate upon Thy most
beautiful form. Even celestial beings like Sharad and Narad bow in
reverence to You.
Namo Namo Jai Namah Shivaya
Sura Brahmadik Par Na Paya
Jo Yah Patha Karai Man Lai
Tapar Hota Hai Shambhu Sahayee
O Lord, prostration to You. Even Brahma is unable
to describe Thy greatness. Whosoever recites these verses with faith
and devotion receives Your infinite blessings.
Riniyan Jo Koi Ho Adhikari
Patha Karai So Pavan Hari
Putra-hin Ichchha Kar Koi
Nischaya Shiva Prasad Tehin Hoi
Devotees who chant these verses with intense love
become prosperous by the grace of Lord Shiva. Even the childless
wishing to have children, have their desires fulfilled after
partaking of Shiva-prasad with faith and devotion.
Pandit Trayodashi Ko Lavai
Dhyan-Purvak Homa Karavai
Trayodashi Vrat Kare Hamesha
Tan Nahin Take Rahe Kalesha
On Trayodashi (13th day of the dark and bright
fortnights) one should invite a pandit and devotedly make offerings
to Lord Shiva. Those who fast and pray to Lord Shiva on Trayodashi
are always healthy and prosperous.
Dhupa Dipa Naivedya Charhavai
Anta Vasa Shivapur Men Pavai
Kahai Ayodhya Asha Tumhari
Jani Sakal Dukha Harahu Hamari
Whosoever offers incense, prasad and performs
arti to Lord Shiva, with love and devotion, enjoys material
happiness and spiritual bliss in this world and hereafter ascends to
the abode of Lord Shiva. The poet prays that Lord Shiva removed the
suffering of all and grants them eternal bliss.
Nitya Nema kari Pratahi
Patha karau Chalis
Tum Meri Man Kamana
Purna Karahu Jagadish
Om Shivaya Namaa
O Universal Lord, every morning as a rule I
recite this Chalisa with devotion. Please bless me so that I may be
able to accomplish my material and spiritual desires.Om Shivaya Namaa

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