In Hinduism, Lord Shiva (or Siva) is one of the chief deities of Hinduism. His name translates as “pure” or “Auspicious One.”
According to Swami Chinmayananda (a Hindu spiritual teacher and leader), the meaning of Lord Shiva is the ”One who can not ever be infected of the imperfection of Rajas and Tamas” or the ”One who is eternally pure.”
He has a crescent moon on his head and a trident in the right lower arm. Due to the fact that He has a third eye, Lord Shiva is also known as Trilochana.
In addition, because of wearing a sacred Ganges he is also known as the Gangadhara, which translates as the bearer of Ganga. The Rudra form of Lord Shiva denotes the wild one or the fierce god.
He is also called the Dakshinamurthy as He seats facing south, which represents Lord Shiva as a teacher of music, meditation, yoga, wisdom and a variety of Shastras.
Moreover, He represents the power of transformation and is pure consciousness. Lord Shiva is that which you are capable of becoming. Also, He is frequently called Mahadeva, the Great God, and also Shambo, the abode of joy.
In the memorable myth concerning Lord Shiva, He saves humanity by holding in his throat the poison that churned up in the waters and threatened mankind. Consequently, He is usually illustrated with a blue neck.
He is worshiped in the form of lingam (symbol or phallus). It is considered that He is living on Mount Kailash (the holy mountain) as an omniscient yogi with his wife Parvati (one of the many forms of Shakti) and sons Kartikeya and Ganesha.
It is Lord Shiva’s relationship with his wife, Parvati, which brings him balance. Their sacred union allows Him to be an ascetic and a lover, but within the bounds of marriage.
Their relationship is one of equality. They are held up as the perfect example of marital bliss by the majority of Hindus, and one is rarely illustrated without the other.
In his representations as a man (even though Shiva is the destroyer, he is usually represented as tranquil and smiling), He always has a blue face and throat. Shiva always wears the garland of snake in his neck and necklace of skulls as well.
He is commonly depicted seated on a tiger skin. Seating on the tiger’s skin reveals that He has conquered lust (which is extremely potent and can overpower even a wise man).
Mantra lyrics in Sanskrit:
”Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambo
Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambo
Maha Deva Shambo Maha Deva Shambo
Shiva Shiva Shiva Shambo
Shiva Shiva Shiva Shambo
Maha Deva Shambo Maha Deva Shambo.”
Translation in English:
“Glory to the Great Lord Shiva!
Thank Merciful! Glory to the one who brings happiness and joy to live in the hearts of all!”
Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambo mantra meaning:
„Shambho, or this aspect of the root energy, is worshiped by individuals who are on the spiritual path because the word ancient Shambho means the auspicious one… It is an auspicious and very gentle form of Lord Shiva, which is rare.” – Jaggi Vasudev Sadhguru
An ancient Hindu method indicates that optimal for chanting a mantra in 108 successions (one mala) would be for 40 days to secure the mantra’s vibration in the body. If any of the days are missed (intentionally or unintentionally), it is crucial to start again from the beginning of the 40 day period.