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Shri Shiva Panchakshra stotram is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The word ‘Panchakshara’ means ‘five letters’ in Sanskrit. The five holy letters are ‘Na’, ‘Ma’, ‘Si’, ‘Va’, ‘Ya’. These letters are associated with the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ and this mantra is prayed to Lord Shiva. In Sanskrit the word ‘stotram’ means poetry written in the praise of God. Stotram is a devotional poetry or song.

Shiva Panchakshari Stotram

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The human body is said to be made up of five elements according Hindu tradition. The five holy letters represent the five elements.

  • Na - Earth

  • Ma - Water

  • Si - Fire

  • Va - Air

  • Ya - Space / Sky

Whoever recites this stotram with devotion will reach near Lord Shiva all the time and will reach Lord Shiva’s abode and get His blessings. The Panchakshara stotram is a very powerful stotram and when it is recited it can awaken the inner powers of a person.

When this mantra is recited 108 times a day it helps to purify the human body and get Lord Shiva’s blessings. Reciting this mantra on important days like Maha Shivratri is considered extremely powerful. It helps to eliminate all the obstacles and the miseries of the devotees.

Shiva Panchakshari mantra

The Shiva Panchakshara stotram is also called the Shiva Panchakshari mantra. It is one of the most popular mantras found in the Vedas. This mantra focuses on Lord Shiva who is a part of the trinity.

The Panchakshari mantra is associated with the five divine acts of the Lord Shiva. The five acts of Lord Shiva are creating, preserving, dstructing, concealing and blessing.

According to the Hindu tradition the human body is made up of the five elements. These elements account for health and happiness. When the balance is disturbed the humans suffer. The Panchakshari mantra corresponds to the five elements. When you recite this mantra you can purify the five elements that make up the human body and feel refreshed and relaxed.

There is no rule as to when to recite the mantra. It can be recited anytime of the day by all. The mantra should be recited with full devotion and faith. The mantra can help purify the mind and the soul. When you recite this mantra you can achieve peace, prosperity, health, success, wealth and happiness. This mantra helps you to reach liberation.

There is a mantra/ stotram associated with each holy letter. The meaning of the mantras is as follows:


The great Lord Shiva who is the king of snakes as His garland and, has three eyes on His face, Whose body is smeared with sacred ashes and Who is the great Lord and the supreme God, Who is eternel, Who is ever pure and Who has four directions as His clothes, Salutations to that Lord Shiva, Who is represented by the word ‘Na’. The first letter of the Panchakshara.


Who is worshiped with water from the river Mandakini and smeared with sandal paste, Who is Lord of Nandi and of ghosts and goblins, the great Lord, Who is worshipped with mandara and many other flowers, Salutations to that Lord Shiva, Who is represented by the word ‘Ma’. The second letter of the Panchakshara.


Who is auspicious and Who is like the sun causing the lotus-face of mother Gauri to blossom, Who is destroyer of the arrogance of Daksh, Who has a blue throat and has a bull as His emblem, Salutations to that Lord Shiva, Who is represented by the word ‘Si’. The third letter of the Panchakshara.


Who is worshipped by the best and the most respected sages like Vasishtha, Agastya and Gautam and also by the Gods and Who is the crown of the universe, Who has the moon, sun, fire as his three eyes, Salutations to that Lord Shiva, Who is represented by the letter ‘Va’. The fourth letter of the Panchakshara.


Salutations to Lord Shiva, Who bears the form of a Yaksha, and Who has matted hair, Who has the trident in His hand and Who is eternal, Who is divine, Who is the shining one and Who has four directions as His clothes, Salutations to that Lord Shiva, Who is represented by the letter ‘Ya’. The fifth letter of the Panchakshara.

When you recite this mantra you can overcome your fears and confusions. The mantra helps to fight diseases and illness. By reciting this mantra with devotion you can achieve success. By reciting this mantra you can become strong from inside. The mantra helps to remove all the negative thoughts and solve all your problems. Reciting this mantra can make you feel energized.

Panchakshara stotram

The Panchakshara stotram is ‘Om Namah Shivaya’. It is an auspicious stotram and reciting it can increase your inner abilities. The meaning of the stotram is as follows:


The three parts of Om (A-U-M) mean the three levels - conscious, unconscious and subconscious and also the universal process of coming, being and going. The silence after ‘Om’ is the absolute silence after three levels.


This means nothing is mine, everything is Lords (Absolute Reality).


This means everything emerges from the Absolute Reality. He or she is the same with Absolute Reality. Lord Shiva and Shakti are seen to be one and the same.

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