Shiva Tandava Stotram And Meaning :
Jatatavee galajjala pravaha pavitasthale
Gale avalabhya lambithaam bhujanga tunga malikaam
Damaddamaddama ddama ninnadava damarvayam
Chakara chanda tandavam tanotu na shivh shivam || 1 ||
Meaning : That Shiva, Who have long-garlands of the snake king (cobra) at the neck which is purified by the flow of trickling water-drops in the forest-like twisted hair-locks, Who danced the fierce Tandava-dance to the music of
a sounding-drum, — may bless us.
Jata kataha sambhramabhramanillimpa nirjari
Vilola veechi vallari viraja mana moordhani
Dhaga dhaga dhaga jjwala lalata patta pavake
Kishora Chandra shekare ratih prati kshanam mama|| 2 ||
Meaning : At every moment, may I find pleasure in Shiva, Whose head is situated in between the creeper-like unsteady waves of Nilimpanirjhari (Ganga), in whose head unsteadily fire (energy) is fuming the like twisted hair-locks, Who has crackling and blazing fire at the surface of forehead, and Who has a crescent-moon (young moon) at the forehead.
Dhara dharendra nandini vilasa bhandhu bhandura
Sphuradriganta santati pramoda mana manase
Kripa kataksha dhorani niruddha durdharapadi
Kwachi digambare mano vinodametu vastuni || 3 ||
Meaning : May my mind seeks happiness in Shiva, Whose mind has the shining universe and all the living-beings inside, Who is the charming sportive-friend of the daughter of the mountain-king of the Earth ( Himalaya’s daughter parvati), Whose uninterrupted series of merciful-glances conceals immense-troubles, and Who has direction as His clothes.
Jata bhujanga pingala sphurat phana mani prabha
Kadamba kumkuma drava pralipta digwadhu mukhe
Madhandha sindhura sphuratwagu uttariyamedure
Manovinodamadbhutam bibhartu bhoota bhartari || 4 ||
Meaning : May my mind hold in Shiva, by Whom — with the light from the jewels of the shining-hoods of creeper-like yellow-snakes — the face of Dikkanyas’ are smeared with Kadamba-juice like red Kuńkuma, Who looks dense due to the glittering skin-garment of an intoxicated elephant, and Who is the Lord of the ghosts.
Lalata chatwara jwaladdhanam jaya sphulingaya
Nipeeta pancha sayakam namannilimpanayakam
Sudha mayookha lekhaya virajamana shekharam
Maha kapali sampade, sirijjatalamastunah || 5 ||
Meaning : For a long time, may Shiva — Whose foot-basement is grey due to the series of pollen dust from flowers at the head of Indra (Sahasralocana) and all other demi-gods, Whose matted hairlocks are tied by a garland of the king of snakes, and Who has a head-jewel of the friend of cakora bird — produce prosperity.
Sahastralochana prabhrityashesha lekha shekhara
Prasoona dhooli dhorani vidhu saranghripeethabhuh
Bhujangaraja Malaya nibaddha jaata jootakah
Shriyai chiraya jayatam chakora bandhu shekharah || 6 ||
Meaning : May we acquire the possession of tress-locks of shiva, Which absorbed the five-arrows (of Kaamadeva) in the sparks of the blazing fire stored in the rectangular-forehead, Which are being bowed by the leader of supernatural-beings, Which have an enticing-forehead with a beautiful streak of crescent-moon.
Karala bhala pattika dhagaddhadhagaddha gajjwala
Ddhananjayahuti kruta prachanda panchasayake
Dharadharendra nandini kuchagra chithrapathraka
Prakalpanaikashilpini, trilochane ratirmama || 7 ||
Meaning : May I find pleasure in Trilocana, Who offered the five great-arrows (of Kamadeva) to the blazing and chattering fire of the plate-like forehead, and Who is the sole-artist placing variegated artistic lines on the breasts of the daughter of Himalaya (Parvati).
Naveena megha mandali niruddha durdharatsphurat
Kuhuh nisheethineetamah prabhandha baddha kandharah
Nilimpa nirjhari dharastanotu krutti sundarah
Kalanidhana bandhurah shriyam jagat durandharah || 8 ||
Meaning : May Shiva — Whose cord-tied neck is dark like a night with shining-moon obstructed by a group of harsh and new clouds, Who holds the River Ganga, Whose cloth is made of elephant-skin, Who has a curved and crescent moon placed at the forehead, and Who bears the universe — expand [my] wealth.
Prafulla neela pankaja prapancha kalimaprabha
Valambi kantha kandali ruchi prabandha kandharam
Smarchchhidam purachchhidam bhavachchhidam makhachchhidam
Gajachchhidandha kachchhidam tamant kachchhidam bhaje || 9 ||
Meaning : I adore Shiva, Who supports the dark glow of blooming blue lotus series at around the girdle of His neck, Who cuts-off Smara (Kamadeva), Who cuts-off Pura, Who cuts-off the mundane existence, Who cuts-off the sacrifice (of Daksa), Who cuts-off the demon Gaja, Who cuts-off Andhaka, and Who cuts-off Yama (death).
Akharva sarva mangalaa kalaa kadamba manjari
Rasa pravaha madhuri vijrumbhane madhuvritam
Smrantakam, purantakam, bhavantakam, makhantakam
Gajantakandhakantakam tamantakantakam bhaje || 10 ||
Meaning : I adore Shiva, Who only eats the sweet-flow of nectar from the beautiful flowers of Kadamba-trees which are the abode of all important auspicious qualities, Who destroys Smara (Kamadeva), Who destroys Pura, Who destroys the mundane existence, Who destroys the sacrifice (of Dakṣa), Who destroys the demon Gaja, Who destroys Andhaka, and Who destroys Yama (death).
Jayatwadabhra vibhrama bhramadbujanga mashwasad
Vinirgamat, kramasphurat, karala bhala havya vaat
Dhimiddhimiddhimi maddhwanan mridanga tunga mangala
Dhwani krama pravartitah prachanda tandawah shivah. ||11||
Meaning : May Shiva, Whose dreadful forehead has oblations of plentiful, turbulent and wandering snake-hisses — first coming out and then sparking, Whose fierce tandava-dance is set in motion by the sound-series of the auspicious and best-drum (damaru) — which is sounding with ‘dhimit-dhimit’ sounds, be victorious.
Drushadwichitra talpayor bhujanga mauktikastrajor
Garishtha ratna loshtayoh suhrid wipaksha pakshayoh
Trinara vinda chakshushoh praja mahee mahendrayoh
Samapravrittikah katha sadashivam bhajamyaham || 12 ||
Meaning : When will I adore Sada Shiva with an equal vision towards varied ways of the world, a snake or a pearl-garland, royal-gems or a lump of dirt, friend or enemy sides, a grass-eyed or a lotus-eyed person, and common men or the king.
Kada nilimpa nirjharee nikunja kotare vasan
Vimukta durmatih sada shirahstha manjali vahan
Vilola lola lochane lalama bhala lagnakah
Shiveti mantra muchcharan kada sukhee bhavamyaham || 13 ||
Meaning : Living in the hollow of a tree in the thickets of River Ganga, always free from ill-thinking, bearing anjali at the forehead, free from lustful eyes, and forehead and head bonded, when will I become content while reciting the mantra ‘‘Shiva?’’
Nilimpnath naagaree kadamb mauli mallika
nigumpha nirbharkshanm dhooshnika manoharah
tanotu no manomudam vinodineem maharshinam
parshriyam param padam tadanjatvisham chayah || 14 ||
Meaning : Divine beauty of different parts of Lord Shiv which are enlighted by fragrence of the flowers decorating the twisted hairlocks of angles may always bless us with happiness and pleasure.
prachanda wadavaanal prabha shubh pracharinee
mahaasht siddhi kaaminee janavahoot jalpana
vimukta vaam lochano vivaah kaalikdhvanih
shiveti mantra bhooshano jagajjayaay jaaytaam || 15 ||
Meaning : The Shakti (energy) which is capable of burning all the sins and spreading welfare of all and the pleasent sound produced by angles during enchanting the pious Shiv mantra at the time of Shiv-Parvati Vivah may winover & destroy all the sufferings of the world.
Imam hi nitya meva mukta muttamottamstavam
Pathantaram bhunannaro vishuddhmeti santatam
Hare Gurau sa bhaktimashu yati nanyatha gati
Vimohanam hi dehinaa tu shankarasya chitanam || 16 ||
Meaning : Reading, remembering, and reciting this eternal, having spoken thus, and the best among best eulogy indeed incessantly leads to purity. In preceptor Hara (Shiva) immediately the state of complete devotion is achieved; no other option is there. Just the thought of Shiva (Shankara) is enough for the people.
Poojavasana samaye dasha vaktra geetam
Yah shambhu poojana param pathati pradoshe
Tasyasthiraam ratha gajendra turanga yuktaam
Lakshmeem sadaiva sumukheem pradadaati shambuh || 17 ||
Meaning : At the time of prayer-completion, that who reads this song by Dasavaktra (Ravana) after the prayer of Sambhu — Sambhu gives him stable wealth including chariots, elephants and horses, and beautiful face.
Iti Shree Ravanavirachitam, Shiva tandava stotram, Sampoornam