Shankara - A Song for Shiva

Shankara

“Sankara! Oh wonderful embodied form of the unmanifest cosmic vibration. Shiva, You are the very abode of the sacred Vedas, and the Lord of all life forms…”.

Enjoy this beautiful song, sung by a priest from Shiva Sai Mandir, Penukonda.

శంకరా

శంకరా నాదశరీరాపరా
వేదవిహారా హరా జీవేశ్వరా

śaṅkarā

śaṅkarā nādaśarīrāparā
vēdavihārā harā jīvēśvarā

ప్రాణమే నీవని గానమే నీవని
ప్రాణమే యోగమని

prāṇamē nīvani gānamē nīvani
prāṇamē yōgamani

మౌన విచక్షణ గాన విలక్షణ
గానమే యోగమని

mauna vicakṣaṇa gāna vilakṣaṇa
gānamē yōgamani

నాదోపాసన చేసిన వాడెను
నీ వాడెను నేనైతే

nādōpāsana cēsina vāḍenu
nī vāḍenu nēnaitē

ధిక్కరిందసిక హిమగరిందిక
కంధరా నీలకంధరా

dhikkarindasika himagarindika
kandharā nīlakandharā

రుధ్రలెరగని రుధ్రరించను
అవతించరా వినతరించరా

rudhraleragani rudhrarin̄canu
avatin̄carā vinatarin̄carā

శంకరా నాదశరీరాపరా
వేదవిహారా హరా జీవేశ్వరా

śaṅkarā nādaśarīrāparā
vēdavihārā harā jīvēśvarā

ఉరిసే మెరుపుల సిరిసే నటనట
సిరి సిరి నువ్వుల కాబోలు
సిరిసే నటనట సిరి సిరి నవ్వుల
సిరి సిరి నువ్వుల కాబోలు

urisē merupula sirisē naṭanaṭa
siri siri nuvvula kābōlu
sirisē naṭanaṭa siri siri navvula
siri siri nuvvula kābōlu

పరమనానన శివగంగా
ధరకునానన శివగంగా
ఈ వృష్టి నె తడవంగా

paramanānana śivagaṅgā
dharakunānana śivagaṅgā
ī vr̥ṣṭi ne taḍavaṅgā

శంకరా నాదశరీరాపరా
వేదవిహారా హరా జీవేశ్వరా

śaṅkarā nādaśarīrāparā
vēdavihārā harā jīvēśvarā

śaṅkarā

śaṅkarā nādaśarīrāparā
vēdavihārā harā jīvēśvarā

Shankara

Sankara! Oh wonderful embodied form of the unmanifest cosmic vibration, Om! (you are the universe). Hara (Shiva), You are the very abode of the sacred Vedas, and the Lord of all life forms.

prāṇamē nīvani gānamē nīvani
prāṇamē yōgamani

You are the life on earth. Songs are your creation. Life is like a song.

mauna vicakṣaṇa gāna vilakṣaṇa
gānamē yōgamani

Silent introspection enlightens us to the truth that singing divine songs is a way to reach the higher spiritual elevation.

nādōpāsana cēsina vāḍenu
nī vāḍenu nēnaitē

I will sing Your glories forever, I would like to be called Your faithful servant.

dhikkarindasika himagarindika
kandharā nīlakandharā

Oh Lord Sankara, the lord of all directions, the one who resides on the lofty peaks of the Himalayas! Oh Lord, who is handsome because of a beautiful Blue coloured throat.

rudhraleragani rudhrarin̄canu
avatin̄carā vinatarin̄carā

My song is like the eternal music from Rudraveena about which demons would not know, please come here, listen and enjoy the song.

śaṅkarā nādaśarīrāparā
vēdavihārā harā jīvēśvarā

Sankara! Oh wonderful embodied form of the unmanifest cosmic vibration, Om! (you are the universe). Hara(Shiva), You are the very abode of the sacred Vedas, and the Lord of all life forms.

urisē merupula sirisē naṭanaṭa
siri siri nuvvula kābōlu
sirisē naṭanaṭa siri siri navvula
siri siri nuvvula kābōlu

The roaring thunders are perhaps the chimes from Your golden anklets while You dance in tune (to my song).

paramanānana śivagaṅgā
dharakunānana śivagaṅgā
ī vr̥ṣṭi ne taḍavaṅgā

Mesmerized by my song, You nodded Your head blissfully, and the holy river Ganga, bound in Your dreadlocks slipped to Your forehead. While You were immersing yourself in my song, I soaked in the happy rain (your blessings) which showered onto the Earth.

śaṅkarā nādaśarīrāparā
vēdavihārā harā jīvēśvarā

Sankara! Oh wonderful embodied form of the unmanifest cosmic vibration, Om! (you are the universe). Hara(Shiva), You are the very abode of the sacred Vedas, and the Lord of all life forms.

Shiva, meaning “The Auspicious One”, also known as Mahadeva (“Great God”), is a popular Hindu deity. Shiva is regarded as one of the primary forms of God. He is the Destroyer or the Transformer among the Hindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine.

Shiva has many benevolent and fearsome forms. At the highest level Shiva is limitless, transcendent, unchanging and formless. In benevolent aspects, he is depicted as an omniscient Yogi who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash, as well as a householder with wife Parvati and his two children, Ganesha and Kartikeya and in fierce aspects, he is often depicted slaying demons. Shiva is also regarded as the patron god of yoga and arts.

The main attributes of Shiva are the third eye on his forehead, the snake around his neck, the crescent moon adorning, the holy river Ganga flowing from his matted hair, the trishula as his weapon and the damaru as his instrument.

Shiva is usually worshiped in the form of a Lingam.