108 Shiva Names

    [ 108 Shiva Names ]

    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.”

    Shiva’s 108 Names with Meanings

    Aashutosh – One who instantly fulfills all wishes
    Adiguru – The first Guru
    Adinath – The first Lord
    Adiyogi -The first Yogi
    Aja – The Unborn
    Akshayaguna – The one with limitless qualities
    Anagha – The faultless one
    Anantadrishti – Of infinite vision
    Augadh – One who revels all the time
    Avyaya – prabhuImperishable
    Bhairav – Destroyer of fear
    Bhalanetra – One who has an eye in the forehead
    Bholenath – The simple one
    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
    Durjaya – The unvanquished
    Gangadhara – Lord of river ganga
    Girijapati – Consort of girija
    Gunagrahin – Acceptor of gunas
    Gurudeva – The great Guru
    Hara – Remover of sins
    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
    Kantha – Ever-radiant
    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
    Mahadeva – Greatest God
    Mahakala – The lord of time
    Mahamaya – Of great illusions
    Mahamrityunjaya – Great victor of death
    Mahanidhi – Great storehouse
    Mahashaktimaya – One who has boundless energies
    Mahayogi – Greatest yogi
    Mahesha – Supreme lord
    Maheshwara – Lord of Gods
    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
    Omkara – Creator of AUM
    Palanhaar – One who protects all
    Panchatsaran – Vigorous
    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
    Rudra – The Roarer
    Sadashiva – The Transcended one
    Sanatana – The Eternal God
    Sarvacharya – The Supreme Teacher
    Sarvashiva – The Eternal Lord
    Sarvatapana – Preceptor of All
    Sarvayoni – Always Pure
    Sarveshwara – Lord of All
    Shambho – The auspicious one
    Shankara – Lord of All Gods
    Shantah – Peaceful Lord
    Shoolin – One who has a trident
    Shreshhtha – Always pure
    Shrikantha – One who has a pure body
    Shrutiprakasha – Illuminator of the Vedas
    Skandaguru – Perceptor of Skanda
    Someshwara – Lord of the Moon
    Sukhada – The giver of joy
    Swayambhu – Self-created
    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
    Umapati – Consort of Uma
    Vachaspati – Lord of Speech
    Vajrahasta – One who has a thunderbolt in his hands
    Varada – Granter of Boons
    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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