Shiva’s Names – 108 Shiva Names With Meanings


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Shiva's Names - 108 Shiva Names With Meanings

Shiva’s Names – 108 Shiva Names With Meanings

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Stories of Shiva

Shiva’s names represent different dimensions of who he is. Here is a list of 108 names of Shiva and Sadhguru’s explanation about why Shiva seems to have so many names!

Sadhguru says, “In the yogic tradition, Shiva is worshipped as a guru, not as a god. That which we refer to as Shiva is multi-dimensional. All the qualities that you can ever ascribe to anyone are ascribed to Shiva. When we say Shiva, we are not saying he is this kind of a person or that kind of a person.

Generally, the moralistic traditions always understand Divinity as good. But if you look at Shiva, you can neither fix him as good or bad. Everything that is in the Existence is a part of him. That is how he is described in the tradition.”

The Origin of the 108 Names of Shiva

Sadhguru continues, “He has innumerable forms and manifestations but fundamentally, we can categorize these into seven categories. There is the distant godhead that we call as Ishwara; there is a benevolent personal god that we call as Shambho; there is an uncomplicated hermit or Bho, or an endearingly naïve Sambaleshwara or Bhola; there is a wise teacher of the Vedas whom we call as Dakshinamurthy; the fountainhead of all art forms, we call him Natesha; the fierce, the destroyer of the wicked, we call him Kalabhairava or Mahakala; the dashing seducer of the romantic, we call him Somasundara, which means more beautiful than the moon. These are the seven basic forms out of which millions of manifestations can be derived.”

In the yogic tradition, there are 1008 names of Shiva that stem from these seven broad categories. Out of these 1008 names, there are 108 names of Shiva that are widely known:

Shiva’s 108 Names with Meanings

Aashutosh

One who instantly fulfills all wishes

Akshayaguna

The one with limitless qualities

Anantadrishti

Of infinite vision

Augadh

One who revels all the time

Avyayaprabhu

Imperishable

Bhairav

Destroyer of fear

Bhalanetra

One who has an eye in the forehead

Bhooteshwara

One who has mastery over the elements

Bhudeva

Lord of the earth

Bhutapala

Protector of the disembodied beings

Chandrapal

Master of the moon

Chandraprakash

One who has moon as a crest

Dayalu

The compassionate one

Devadideva

The god of gods

Dhanadeepa

Lord of wealth

Dhyanadeep

The light of meditation

Dhyutidhara

Lord of brilliance

Digambara

The one who wears the sky as his raiment

Durjaneeya

Difficult to be known

Gangadhara

Lord of river ganga

Girijapati

Consort of girija

Gunagrahin

Acceptor of gunas

Jagadisha

Master of the Universe

Jaradhishamana

Redeemer from afflictions

Jatin

The one with matted hair

Kailas

One who bestows peace

Kailashadhipati

Lord of Mount Kailash

Kailashnath

Master of Mount Kailash

Kamalakshana

Lotus-eyed lord

Kapalin

One who wears a necklace of skulls

Kochadaiyaan

The lord with long dreadlocks

Kundalin

One who wears earrings

Lalataksha

One who has an eye in the forehead

Lingadhyaksha

Lord of the lingas

Lokankara

Creator of the three worlds

Lokapal

One who takes care of the world

Mahabuddhi

Extreme intelligence

Mahakala

The lord of time

Mahamaya

Of great illusions

Mahamrityunjaya

Great victor of death

Mahanidhi

Great storehouse

Mahashaktimaya

One who has boundless energies

Nagabhushana

One who has serpents as ornaments

Nataraja

King of the art of dancing

Nilakantha

The Blue-throated one

Nityasundara

Ever beautiful

Nrityapriya

Lover of Dance

Palanhaar

One who protects all

Parameshwara

First among all gods

Paramjyoti

Greatest splendor

Pashupati

Lord of all living beings

Pinakin

One who has a bow in his hand

Pranava

Originator of the primal sound of AUM

Priyabhakta

Favorite of the devotees

Priyadarshana

Of loving vision

Pushkara

One who gives nourishment

Pushpalochana

One who has eyes like flowers

Ravilochana

Having Sun as the eye

Sadashiva

The Transcended one

Sarvacharya

The Supreme Teacher

Sarvashiva

The Eternal Lord

Sarvatapana

Preceptor of All

Shambho

The auspicious one

Shankara

Lord of All Gods

Shantah

Preceptor of Skanda

Shreshhtha

Lord of the Moon

Shrutiprakasha

The one who has a trident

Skandaguru

Illuminator of the vedas

Someshwara

One who has a pure body

Tejaswani

One who spreads illumination

Trilochana

Three-eyed Lord

Trilokpati

Master of all the three worlds

Tripurari

Destroyer of the “Tripur” (the 3 planets created by Asuras)

Trishoolin

One who has a trident in his hands

Vachaspati

Lord of Speech

Vajrahasta

One who has a thunderbolt in his hands

Vedakarta

Originator of the Vedas

Veerabhadra

Supreme Lord of the Nether World

Vishalaksha

Wide-eyed Lord

Vishveshwara

Lord of the Universe

Vishwanath

Master of the Universe

Vrishavahana

One who has bull as his vehicle


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