Bhagwan Shiv Chaalisa / भगवान शिव चालीसा
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.
|| CHAUPAI ||
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Namah Shivaya