BEST MANTRA FOR LORD SHIVA
|| OM NAMAH SHIVAYA ||
MEANING OF MANTRA : Is one of the most popular Hindu mantra and the most important mantra in Shaivism. Its translation is “adoration (namas) to “Siva”, preceded by the mystical syllable “Aum”. It is also called Panchakshara, the “five-syllable” mantra (viz., excluding the Aum). The Tamil Saivaite hymn Tiruvacakam begins with the five letters ‘na’ ‘ma’ ‘ci’ ‘vaa’ ‘ya’.It is part of the Shri Rudram Chamakam, a Hindu prayer taken from the Yajurveda, and thus predates the use of Shiva as a proper name, in the original context being an address to Rudra (later Shiva), where śiva retains its original meaning as an adjective, meaning “auspicious, benign, friendly”, an euphemistic epithet of Rudra. The Panchakshara should be recited by Shiva devotees during pooja, homa, Japa and while smearing Vibhuti.