Salutations To The Shivas – Glorious Modern Hindu Art Of MahaDeva & Devi, And The Uma Maheshwara Stotram Of Adi Shankara

Beautiful art of Lord Shiva & Devi, by Tanushree Ghosh

Goes rather nicely with Adi Shankara’s Uma Maheshwara Hymnal:

नमः शिवाभ्यां नवयौवनाभ्यां
परस्पराश्लिष्टवपुर्धराभ्याम् ।
नगेन्द्रकन्यावृषकेतनाभ्यां
नमो नमः शङ्करपार्वतीभ्याम् ॥ 1 ॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shiva,
Who are always in a fresh stage of youth,
Who cling to each other in a tight embrace,
Of whom one is the daughter of the mountain,
And the other is one whose symbol is a bull,
Salutations and salutations to Lord Sankara
And to that Goddess Parvathy. || 1 ||

नमः शिवाभ्यां सरसोत्सवाभ्यां
नमस्कृताभीष्टवरप्रदाभ्याम् ।
नारायणेनार्चितपादुकाभ्यां
नमो नमः शङ्करपार्वतीभ्याम् ॥ 2 ॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shiva,
Whose playful love is a festival,
Who grant boons to those who salute them,
And whose feet is worshipped by Lord Narayana,
Salutations and salutations to Lord Sankara
And to that Goddess Parvathy. || 2 ||

नमः शिवाभ्यां वृषवाहनाभ्यां
विरिञ्चिविष्ण्विन्द्रसुपूजिताभ्याम् ।
विभूतिपाटीरविलेपनाभ्यां
नमो नमः शङ्करपार्वतीभ्याम् ॥ 3 ॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shiva,
Who rides on the divine bull,
Who is worshipped by Vishnu, Brahma and Indra,
And whose bodies are anointed with Sandal and holy ash,
Salutations and salutations to Lord Sankara
And to that Goddess Parvathy. || 3 ||

नमः शिवाभ्यां जगदीश्वराभ्यां
जगत्पतिभ्यां जयविग्रहाभ्याम् ।
जम्भारिमुख्यैरभिवन्दिताभ्यां
नमो नमः शङ्करपार्वतीभ्याम् ॥ 4 ॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shiva,
Who are the lord and lady of the universe,
Who are always victorious,
And who are worshipped by Indra and his chiefs,
Salutations and salutations to Lord Sankara
And to that Goddess Parvathy || 4 ||

नमः शिवाभ्यां परमौषधाभ्यां
पञ्चाक्षरीपञ्जररञ्जिताभ्याम् ।
प्रपञ्चसृष्टिस्थितिसंहृताभ्यां
नमो नमः शङ्करपार्वतीभ्याम् ॥ 5 ॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shiva,
Who are themselves the greatest medicine
Who are happy to hear panchakshari repeat,
And who creates, rule and destroy the universe,
Salutations and salutations to Lord Sankara
And to that Goddess Parvathy || 5 ||

नमः शिवाभ्यामतिसुन्दराभ्यां
अत्यन्तमासक्तहृदम्बुजाभ्याम् ।
अशेषलोकैकहितङ्कराभ्यां
नमो नमः शङ्करपार्वतीभ्याम् ॥ 6 ॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shiva,
Who is very pretty,
Who are ever interested
In the lotus-like heart of devotees,
And who do not have any other wish,
Except for the good of the world,
Salutations and salutations to Lord Sankara
And to that Goddess Parvathy || 6 ||

नमः शिवाभ्यां कलिनाशनाभ्यां
कङ्कालकल्याणवपुर्धराभ्याम् ।
कैलासशैलस्थितदेवताभ्यां
नमो नमः शङ्करपार्वतीभ्याम् ॥ 7 ॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shiva
Who destroy the effects of the kali age,
Who has a body with famished one on one side,
And a pretty one on the other side,
And who are the Gods living on mount Kailasa,
Salutations and salutations to Lord Sankara
And to that Goddess Parvathy || 7 ||

नमः शिवाभ्यामशुभापहाभ्यां
अशेषलोकैकविशेषिताभ्याम् ।
अकुण्ठिताभ्यां स्मृतिसम्भृताभ्यां
नमो नमः शङ्करपार्वतीभ्याम् ॥ 8 ॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shiva,
Who destroys all that leads to bad effects,
Who are one and only one in this entire world,
Who has a sharp intelligence,
And who has a very deep memory of what they hear,
Salutations and salutations to Lord Sankara
And to that Goddess Parvathy || 8 ||

नमः शिवाभ्यां रथवाहनाभ्यां
रवीन्दुवैश्वानरलोचनाभ्याम् ।
राकाशशाङ्काभमुखाम्बुजाभ्यां
नमो नमः शङ्करपार्वतीभ्याम् ॥ 9 ॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shiva,
Who is the solace for all who surrender,
Who has sun, moon and fire as eyes,
And whose lotus face resembles the full moon in the sky,
Salutations and salutations to Lord Sankara
And to that Goddess Parvathy || 9 ||

नमः शिवाभ्यां जटिलन्धराभ्यां
जरामृतिभ्यां च विवर्जिताभ्याम् ।
जनार्दनाब्जोद्भवपूजिताभ्यां
नमो नमः शङ्करपार्वतीभ्याम् ॥ 10 ॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shiva,
Who attract all the people of the world,
Who do not have old age death and other imperfections,
And who is worshipped by Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma,
Salutations and salutations to Lord Sankara
And to that Goddess Parvathy || 10 ||

नमः शिवाभ्यां विषमेक्षणाभ्यां
बिल्वच्छदामल्लिकदामभृद्भ्याम् ।
शोभावतीशान्तवतीश्वराभ्यां
नमो नमः शङ्करपार्वतीभ्याम् ॥ 11 ॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shiva,
Who are our immediate solace in difficult times,
Who both wear the garland made of Vilwa leaves
And Jasmine flowers,
Who are resplendent with abounding peace,
Salutations and salutations to Lord Sankara
And to that Goddess Parvathy || 10 ||

नमः शिवाभ्यां पशुपालकाभ्यां
जगत्रयीरक्षणबद्धहृद्भ्याम् ।
समस्तदेवासुरपूजिताभ्यां
नमो नमः शङ्करपार्वतीभ्याम् ॥ 12 ॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shiva,
Who protect all beings of this earth,
Whose great intent is to protect the three worlds,
And who is worshipped by all asuras and devas,
Salutations and salutations to Lord Sankara
And to that Goddess Parvathy || 12 ||

स्तोत्रं त्रिसन्ध्यं शिवपार्वतीभ्यां
भक्त्या पठेद्द्वादशकं नरो यः ।
स सर्वसौभाग्यफलानि
भुङ्क्ते शतायुरान्ते शिवलोकमेति ॥ 13 ॥

The devotee who recites this prayer at dawn, noon and dusk,
Which sings the praise of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy,
In its twelve holy stanzas,
Would live a life with all luck for hundred years,
And then attain the world of Lord Shiva. || 13 ||

[Note: not my translation, and I have not gone through it in any depth to check its evocation]

Jai Ardhanarishvara ❤



Addendum:

Also, somebody just asked me –

“So is it Goddess Shiva or Goddess Shiva-a”

To answer –

“Yes.”

To answer somewhat more illuminatingly, perhaps –

Like, what’s going on here is that शिवाभ्यां is the dative dual case of “Shiva”

so it’s “To Shivas” – with the implicit understanding, it would appear, that it is to both Shivas … that is to say both parts to the Ardhanarishvara Whole.

Like, it’s an interesting shorthand for .. what’s said in the last two lines of each verse – wherein the hailing is to both Shiva and Parvati , identified more individually.

Each of the verses – the descriptive elements that are the body of them, you could read as referring to either Shiva or Devi if you wanted to … it would still somewhat fit. I mean, Shiva rides Nandi, yes – but there are also Aspects of Devi Who similarly ride a Bull as vahana; to take one example.

Except the delightful complexity and intricacy of this Hymnal is that we see … it is the married couple Who are so strongly coterminous that really, it is about as accurate to hail Them as the same Being.

We see what we think is ‘one’ under the heading of Shiva .. and we find that it is actually Shiva in the dual – Shivas .. .and then we find that in fact, it is Shiva and Parvati … and that this has been ‘hidden’ in plain sight all the while, with each verse. Which then re-unifies again with this enhanced understanding.

Beautiful !

And, to continue my answer to the gentleman –

Although there is also , as you know, a frequent occurrence of referring to matched pairings of Gods and Goddesses via masculine and feminine forms of the same noun/theonym.

Rudra & Rudrani , for instance – or Kaal and Kali .. but then, of course, I repeat myself.

However, while it is true that “Shivaa” would be a feminine form of “Shiva” as an adjective, I am not actually sure that there exists such a thing as a noun. [there is a neuter gender for ‘Shiva’ as a noun as well, though]

Instead, “Shivani’ would probably be how one would say ‘Shiva’ in female noun formulation.

But that is not what the versesmith has done here – instead, he has gone for a much more eloquent (in my opinion, anyway) and succinctly subtle phrasing:

instead of “Shiva & Shivani” … we simply have “Shiva” , with the “Shiva” in question being dual yet also, by the very fact that this is a single word .. one.

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