The 108 Names of Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva and his 1008 Names

Do you know Lord Shiva is considered as the Supreme God within Shaivism? It is one of the three most influential denominations in Hinduism. In other branches of Hinduism such as in the Smarta tradition, he is regarded as one of the five primary forms of God.

According to Shiva Purana, there are 1008 names of Lord Shiva has. Given below is a list of 108 names of Lord Shiva with their meaning.

((Vishveshwara, meaning Lord of the Universe, is the 107th name on this list. When Bhau Kalchuri gave me this name in the ’90’s on the island of Kauai, he literally said “I call you Vishveshwar, the Ruler of the World.” In real time by email, he usually addresses me “Sri Sri Vishveshwar 1008,” and now I know where this number came from – the Shiva Purana. I have tried to get Bhauji to dispense with all of these honorifics that I do not merit, and he says “Yes, yes, yes,” and the next time he’s back to his old habits. Arguing with Bhau is kind of like arguing with Niagra Falls, after awhile life goes on. – vshr, 3 Apr 13)

1. Aashutosh —– One who fulfills wishes instantly
2. Aja —– Unborn
3. Akshayaguna —– God with limitless attributes
4. Anagha —– Without any fault
5. Anantadrishti —– Of infinite vision
6. Augadh —– One who revels all the time
7. Avyayaprabhu —– Imperishable lord
8. Bhairav —– Lord of terror
9. Bhalanetra —– One who has an eye in the forehead
10. Bholenath —– Kind hearted lord
11. Bhooteshwara —– Lord of ghosts and evil beings
12. Bhudeva —– Lord of the earth
13. Bhutapala —– Protector of the ghosts
14. Chandrapal —– Master of the moon
15. Chandraprakash —– One who has moon as a crest
16. Dayalu —– Compassionate
17. Devadeva —– Lord of the lords
18. Dhanadeepa —– Lord of wealth
19. Dhyanadeep —– Icon of meditation and concentration
20. Dhyutidhara —– Lord of brilliance
21. Digambara —– Ascetic without any clothes
22. Durjaneeya —– Difficult to be known
23. Durjaya —– Unvanquished
24. Gangadhara —– Lord of river Ganga
25. Girijapati —– Consort of Girija
26. Gunagrahin —– Acceptor of gunas
27. Gurudeva —– Master of all
28. Hara —– Remover of sins
29. Jagadisha —– Master of the universe
30. Jaradhishamana —– Redeemer from afflictions
31. Jatin —– One who has matted hair
32. Kailas —– One who bestows peace
33. Kailashadhipati —– Lord of Mount Kailash
34. Kailashnath —– Master Of Mount Kailash
35. Kamalakshana —– Lotus-eyed lord
36. Kantha —– Ever-radiant
37. Kapalin —– One who wears a necklace of skulls
38. Khatvangin —– One who has the missile khatvangin in his hand
39. Kundalin —– One who wears earrings
40. Lalataksha —– One who has an eye in the forehead
41. Lingadhyaksha —– Lord of the lingas
42. Lingaraja —– Lord of the lingas
43. Lokankara —– Creator of the three worlds
44. Lokapal —– One who takes care of the world
45. Mahabuddhi —– Extremely intelligent
46. Mahadeva —– Greatest God
47. Mahakala —– Lord of all times
48. Mahamaya —– Of great illusions
49. Mahamrityunjaya —– Great victor of death
50. Mahanidhi —– Great storehouse
51. Mahashaktimaya —– One who has boundless energies
52. Mahayogi —– Greatest of all Gods
53. Mahesha —– Supreme Lord
54. Maheshwara —– Lord of Gods
55. Nagabhushana —– One who has serpents as ornaments
56. Nataraja —– King of the art of dancing
57. Nilakantha —– Blue necked Lord
58. Nityasundara —– Ever beautiful
59. Nrityapriya —– Lover of dance
60. Omkara —– Creator of OM
61. Palanhaar —– One who protects everyone
62. Parameshwara —– First among all Gods
63. Paramjyoti —– Greatest splendour
64. Pashupati —– Lord of all living beings
65. Pinakin —– One who has a bow in his hand
66. Pranava —– Originator of the syllable of OM
67. Priyabhakta —– Favourite of the devotees
68. Priyadarshana —– Of loving vision
69. Pushkara —– One who gives nourishment
70. Pushpalochana —– One who has eyes like flowers
71. Ravilochana —– Having sun as the eye
72. Rudra —– The terrible
73. Rudraksha —– One who has eyes like Rudra
74. Sadashiva —– Eternal God
75. Sanatana —– Eternal Lord
76. Sarvacharya —– Preceptor of all
77. Sarvashiva —– Always pure
78. Sarvatapana —– Scorcher of all
79. Sarvayoni —– Source of everything
80. Sarveshwara —– Lord of all Gods
81. Shambhu —– One who bestows prosperity
82. Shankara —– One who gives happiness
83. Shiva —– Always pure
84. Shoolin —– One who has a trident
85. Shrikantha —– Of glorious neck
86. Shrutiprakasha —– Illuminator of the vedas
87. Shuddhavigraha —– One who has a pure body
88. Skandaguru —– Preceptor of Skanda
89. Someshwara —– Lord of all Gods
90. Sukhada —– Bestower of happiness
91. Suprita —– Well pleased
92. Suragana —– Having Gods as attendants
93. Sureshwara —– Lord of all Gods
94. Swayambhu —– Self-manifested
95. Tejaswani —– One who spreads illumination
96. Trilochana —– Three-eyed Lord
97. Trilokpati —– Master of all the three worlds
98. Tripurari —– Enemy of Tripura
99. Trishoolin —– One who has a trident in his hands
100. Umapati —– Consort of Uma
101. Vachaspati —– Lord of speech
102. Vajrahasta —– One who has a thunderbolt in his hands
103. Varada —– Granter of boons
104. Vedakarta —– Originator of the Vedas
105. Veerabhadra —– Supreme Lord of the nether world
106. Vishalaksha —– Wide-eyed Lord
107. Vishveshwara —– Lord of the Universe
108. Vrishavahana —– One who has bull as his vehicle

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