Any Shiva Mantra if chanted properly energizes the Shiva Tattva latent in our soul. The mantra dedicated to Shambhu (Shiva) annihilates our ego that has kept us in illusions since years. What is that illusion? It is thinking ‘I’ am everything, my car, my body, my children, my thoughts, my possessions etc. This illusion takes us away from our true Self that seeks eternal joy, which is unfortunately overcome by that illusion.
Shiva Mantras are also known the ‘Raksha Kavach Mantra’ meaning protection against evils, threats and those who envy your achievements. Chanting any of Shiva mantras on Maha Shivratri is best as it is effective and auspicious. Regular chanting of Shiva mantra attracts success and prosperity in all walks of life.
Following are some of the most popular mantras dedicated to Shiva:
ॐ नमः शिवाय॥
Om Namah Shivaya॥
“I bow to Almighty Shiva who is the supreme reality, the inner Self”
It is the root mantra chanted in remembrance of All-auspicious Shiva but going deeper, the mantra means a lot. Namah used in middle means “I am not ego” but only Shiva. In self-realization, it means I am none other than Shiva. Further Namah in simple words refers to worshipping. But when you divide the word Namaha as Na and Maha, it denotes “not mine”. I am not mine. I am submissive to the Lord; I belong to the Lord (Shiva). Nothing is mine. I am in Shiva and Shiva is in me.
Vedic literatures like Shiva Purana calls Him Bhole Natha, the one who is quickly delighted and fulfills His devotees’ wishes. Anyone can chant this mantra at a silent place to approach Him with humbleness and devotion.
त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिंम् पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात् ।।
tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ pushtivardhanam ǀ
urvārukamiva bandhanān mrityormukshīya mā’mratāt ǁ
“OM! We worship the Three-eyed Lord Who is fragrant and Who nourishes and nurtures all beings. As the ripened cucumber (with the intervention of the gardener) is freed from its bondage (to the creeper), may He liberate us from death for the sake of immortality.”
It is one of the most sacred and highly powerful mantras mentioned in the Rig Veda and Yajur Veda. It offers protection against untimely death. This mantra charges your mental, emotional and physical health and is known for bestowing longevity and immortality. The Puranas mention that powerful saints, sages and devotees always recited this mantra. When Daksha, father of Shiva’s wife Sati, cursed Chandra (Moon god), Sati recited this mantra to dwindle the effect of curse, which eventually demoralized Daksha. Shiva pleased by Sati took Chandra and placed it upon His divine head.
Rudra Gayatri Mantra:
ॐ तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि
तन्नो रुद्रः प्रचोदयात्॥
Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Mahadevaya Dhimahi
Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat॥
“OM! Let me meditate on the great Purusha, Oh, greatest God, give me higher intellect, and let God Rudra illuminate my mind.”
Gayatri is the divine goddess and mother of the Vedas worshipped by Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh revere and worship Gayatri. Gayatri symbolizes the virtues of purity, truth and knowledge. By chanting Rudra Gayatri Mantra, our Shiva Tattvas in our soul are super charged by the blessing of Goddess Gayatri who is the divine union of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati. This mantra is usually recited for the blessing of Lord Shiva Who alone can burn our ego, selfishness and ignorance. It is best if you chant this mantra on Mondays, Maha Shivratri and Amavasya Tithi.2