Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (श्रीशिवपञ्चाक्षरस्तोत्रम्)
Shiva Panchakshara Stotram was composed by Adi Shankaracharya.
The Panchakshara (पञ्चाक्षर) means “five letters” in Sanskrit and refers to the five holy letters Na, Ma, Śi, Vā and Ya. This is prayer to Lord Shiva, and is associated with Shiva’s Mantra Namah Shivaya (नम: शिवाय), which is called as Panchakshari Mantra.
Shiva Panchakshara Stotram with English Meaning :
भस्माङ्गरागाय महेश्वराय ।
नित्याय शुद्धाय दिगम्बराय
तस्मै नकाराय नमः शिवाय ॥ १ ॥
The great shiva Who has the King of Snakes as His Garland and, has Three Eyes in his face, Whose Body is Smeared with Sacred Ashes and Who is the Great Lord The supreme God. Who is Eternal, Who is ever Pure and Who has the Four Directions as His Clothes, Salutations to that Shiva, Who is represented by syllable Na, The first syllable of the Panchakshara mantra.
तस्मै मकारमहिताय नमः शिवाय ॥ २ ॥
Who is Worshipped with Water from the River Mandakini and Smeared with Sandal Paste, Who is the Lord of Nandi and of the Ghosts and Goblins, the Great Lord, Who is Worshipped with Mandara and Many Other Flowers, Salutations to that Shiva, Who is represented by syllable “Ma”, The second syllable of the Panchakshara mantra.
सूर्याय दक्षाध्वरनाशकाय ।
तस्मै शिकाराय नमः शिवाय ॥ ३ ॥
Who is Auspicious and Who is like the Sun Causing the Lotus-Face of mother Gauri to Blossom, Who is the Destroyer of the arrogance of Daksha, Who has a Blue Throat and has a Bull as His Emblem, Salutations to that Shiva, Who is represented by syllable “Shi”, The third syllable of the Panchakshara mantra.
तस्मै वकाराय नमः शिवाय ॥ ४ ॥
Who is Worshipped by the Best and most Respected Sages like Vashistha, Agastya and Gautama and also by the Gods and Who is the Crown of the Universe, Who has the Chandra(Moon), Surya (Sun) and Agni(Fire) as His Three Eyes, Salutations to that Shiva, Who is represented by syllable “Va”, The fourth syllable of the Panchakshara mantra.
पिनाकहस्ताय सनातनाय ।
दिव्याय देवाय दिगम्बराय
तस्मै यकाराय नमः शिवाय ॥ ५ ॥
Who is the Embodiment of Yajna (Sacrifice) and Who has Matted Hairs, Who has the Trident in His Hand and Who is Eternal, Who is Divine, Who is the Shining One and Who has the Four Directions as His Clothes (signifying that He is ever Free, Salutations to that Shiva, Who is represented by syllable “Ya”, The fifth syllable of the Panchakshara mantra.