Shiv Tandav Stotram (Śiva Tāṃḍava Stotraṃ)
gale’valambyalambitāṃ bhujaṅgatuṅgamālikām .
ḍamaḍ ḍamaḍ ḍamaḍ ḍamanninādavaḍḍamarvayaṃ
cakāracaṇḍatāṇḍavaṃ tanotunaḥśivaḥśivam .. 1 ..
From Lord Shiva’s matted hair flows the holy river, Ganga consecrating His neck, From His neck hangs the serpent like a garland, From His damaru (percussion instrument) comes the damad-damad-damad sound filling the air, Lord Shiva performs His passionate Tandava dance; may the Lord bless us all!
vilolavīcivallarī virājamānamūrdhani .
dhagad dhagad dhagajjavalal lalāṭapaṭṭapāvake
kiśoracandraśekhare ratiḥpratikṣaṇaṃmama .. 2 ..
As the rows of waves of the sacred Ganga move through Lord Shiva’s matted hair, it glorifies His Head, The waves of the river flow into the depths of His locks of hair, A brilliant fire burns on the surface of Lord Shiva’s forehead, And the crescent moon is a jewel on His Head. (May we find constant joy in Him!)
phuraddigantasantati pramodamānamānase .
kvaciddigambaremano vinodametuvastuni .. 3 ..
Salutations to Lord Shiva, who is the sporting consort of the daughter of the mountain king (Parvati), In whose mind the universe with all the living beings exist, Whose all-pervading, compassionate glance removes all hardships, Who wears the directions as His apparel. (May my mind find bliss in Him!)
kadambakuṅkumadravap raliptadigvadhūmukhe .
manovinodamadbhutaṃ bibhartubhūtabhartari .. 4 ..
Salutations to Lord Shiva, who shines radiantly because of the luster of the gem on the reddish-brown hood of the creeping serpent, Kadambha juice-like red vermilion (kumkum) is smeared on the faces of the Goddesses of direction, Who wears a cloak made of elephant hide, May I find pleasure in that Lord of Bhoota! (ghosts - meaning the mystical beings guarding Kailasa)
prasūnadhūlidhoraṇī vidhūsarāṅghripīṭhabhūḥ .
śriyaicirāyajāyatāṃ cakorabandhuśekharaḥ .. 5 ..
Salutations to Lord Shiva, whose footrest is decorated by the dust from flowers, Which fall from the heads of all the gods - Indra, Vishnu and others, Whose matted locks are bound by the snake-garland, Whose head holds the moon, a friend of Chakora (a mythical bird that drinks moonlight), as a crown. (May Lord Shiva bless us with prosperity!)
nipītapañcasāyakaṃ namannilimpanāyakam .
mahākapālisampade śirojaṭālamastunaḥ .. 6 ..
May Lord Shiva, who devoured the God of Love with the fire burning on His forehead, Who is revered by the celestial leaders, Whose forehead is enticing with the gleam and cool rays of the crescent moon, Shower His blessings on us, so we obtain the wealth of the Siddhis.
karālabhālapaṭṭikā dhagad dhagad dhagaj jvalad
dhanañjayāhutīkṛta pracaṇḍapañcasāyake .
prakalpanaikaśilpini trilocaneratirmama .. 7 ..
Salutations to Lord Shiva, whose forehead burns with a dhagad-dhagad sound, Who offered the five arrows (of the God of Love) to the fire, Who is the only artist capable of tracing decorative lines on the tips of the breasts of Parvati, the daughter of the mountain king. (May we repose in him!)
kuhūniśīthinītamaḥ prabandhabaddhakandharaḥ .
kalānidhānabandhuraḥ śriyaṃjagaddhuraṃdharaḥ .. 8 ..
Salutations to Lord Shiva, whose neck is as dark as layers of dark clouds on the night of the full moon, Who is enchanting as He wears the moon and celestial river on His head, Who bears the weight of this universe. (May He bless us with prosperity!)
valambikaṇṭhakandalī ruciprabaddhakandharam .
gajacchidāndhakacchidaṃ tamantakacchidaṃbhaje .. 9 ..
Salutations to Lord Shiva, whose neck shines with the brightness of fully-bloomed blue lotus flowers (that temples use), Which look like the blackness of the universe, Who destroyed Manmatha (God of Love), Tripura (3 cities), Who destroyed the bonds of worldly life, and the yagnas (sacrifices), Who destroyed Andhaka (his blind son), who destroyed the elephant demon (Gajasura), and the God of Death (Yama). (May He bless us with prosperity!)
rasapravāhamādhurī vijṛmbhaṇāmadhuvratam .
gajāntakāndhakāntakaṃ tamantakāntakaṃbhaje .. 10 ..
Salutations to Lord Shiva, who has bees flying around Him, Because of the auspicious and sweet scent of the kadambha flowers, Who destroyed Manmatha (God of Love), Tripura (3 cities), Who destroyed the bonds of worldly life, and the yagnas (sacrifices), Who destroyed Andhaka (his blind son), the elephant demon (Gajasura), and the God of Death (Yama). (May He bless us with prosperity!)
dvinirgamatkramasphurat karālabhālahavyavāṭ .
dhimid dhimid dhimidhvanan mṛdaṅgatuṅgamaṅgala
dhvanikramapravartita pracaṇḍatāṇḍavaḥśivaḥ .. 11 ..
Salutations to Lord Shiva, who has a fire on His forehead, that is ever-increasing Because of the breath of the snake wandering in the sky, Whose Tandava dance is in tune with dhimid-dhimid, Victory to Lord Shiva!
gariṣṭharatnaloṣṭhayoḥ suhṛdvipakṣapakṣayoḥ .
samapravṛttikaḥkadā sadāśivaṃbhajāmyaham .. 12 ..
Towards different forms of the world, towards a snake and a garland, Towards the most precious gem as well as a lump of dirt, and friends and enemies, Towards a blade of grass or a lotus, towards common people or emperors, Lord Shiva has an equanimous vision - where can I worship Lord Sadashiva?
vimuktadurmatiḥsadā śiraḥsthamañjaliṃvahan .
śivetimantramuccaran kadāsukhībhavāmyaham .. 13 ..
When can I be happy, living in a cave near the celestial river Ganga, Clasping my hands together on my head all the time, Devoted to the Lord with a glorious forehead and with vibrant eyes, Washing away my impure thoughts with the mantra of Shiva?
paṭhansmaranbruvannaro viśuddhimetisaṃtatam .
vimohanaṃhidehināṃ suśaṅkarasyacintanam .. 14 ..
Anyone who reads, remembers, and recites this stotram Is purified forever and immerses in deep devotion to the great Guru Shiva leading to salvation. There is no other way or refuge, Just the mere thought of Lord Shiva removes the delusion and detachment.
śambhupūjanaparaṃ paṭhatipradoṣe .
lakṣmīṃsadaivasumukhīṃ pradadātiśambhuḥ .. 15 ..
He who sings this song composed by the ten-headed one (Ravana), At the end of every worship or, Reads it after worship of Shiva on the Pradosha day, Will get the blessing of Lord Shiva, chariots, elephants and horses, As well as the affectionate sight of the god of wealth.