Shiva Lingashtakam or Shiva Linga Ashtakam is a devotional Sanskrit hymn dedicated to Lord Shiva represented by Lingam. The eight Stanzas of Ligashtakam talks about the glory of Shiva linga and claims the holy Shiva Linga is no other than Lord Shiva himself. In the last stanza, it says anyone who chants the holy octet of the Shiva Lingam with great devotion would, in the end, will reach the Shiva Loka.

Shiva Linga Ashtakam may have been popularized by the followers and Gurus of Shaivism after 10 to 12th century CE.  

लिङ्गाष्टकम् – Lingashtakam

Shiva Lingashtakam

ब्रह्ममुरारि सुरार्चित लिङ्गं
निर्मलभासित शोभित लिङ्गम् ।
जन्मज दुःख विनाशक लिङ्गं
तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ १ ॥

Brahma Muraari Surarchita Lingam
Nirmala Bhaashita Sobhitha Lingam
Janmaja Dhukha Vinaasaha Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam || 1

Meaning: I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,
Which is worshipped by Brahma, Vishnu, and other Devas,
Which is pure and resplendent,
And which destroys sorrows of birth

देवमुनि प्रवरार्चित लिङ्गं
कामदहन करुणाकर लिङ्गम् ।
रावण दर्प विनाशन लिङ्गं
तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ २ ॥

Devamuni Pravaraarchita Lingam
Kaama Dahana Karunaakara Lingam
Ravana Darpa Vinaasaha Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam || 2

Meaning: I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,
Which is worshipped by great sages and devas,
Which destroyed the god of love,
Which showers mercy,
And which destroyed the pride of Ravana

सर्व सुगन्ध सुलेपित लिङ्गं
बुद्धि विवर्धन कारण लिङ्गम् ।
सिद्ध सुरासुर वन्दित लिङ्गं
तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ ३ ॥

Sarva Sugandha Sulepitha Lingam
Buddhi Vivaardhana Kaarana Lingam
Siddha Suraasura Vandhitha Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam || 3

Meaning: I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,
Which is anointed by perfumes,
Which leads to the growth of wisdom,
And which is worshipped by sages, devas, and asuras

कनक महामणि भूषित लिङ्गं
फणिपति वेष्टित शोभित लिङ्गम् ।
दक्ष सुयज्ञ निनाशन लिङ्गं
तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ ४ ॥

Kanaga Mahaamani Bhooshitha Lingam
Panipati Veshthitha Sobitha Lingam
Daksha Suyajna Vinaasana Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam || 4

Meaning: I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,
Which is ornamented by gold, rubies and great jewels,
Which shines with the snake being with it,
And which destroyed the Yagna of Daksha

कुङ्कुम चन्दन लेपित लिङ्गं
पङ्कज हार सुशोभित लिङ्गम् ।
सञ्चित पाप विनाशन लिङ्गं
तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ ५ ॥

Kunkuma Chandhana Lehpitha Lingam
Pankaja Haara Susobhitha Lingam
Sanchitha Paapa Vinaashana Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam || 5

Meaning: I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,
Which is adorned by sandal paste and saffron,
Which wears the garland of lotus flowers,
And which can destroy accumulated sins.

देवगणार्चित सेवित लिङ्गं
भावै-र्भक्तिभिरेव च लिङ्गम् ।
दिनकर कोटि प्रभाकर लिङ्गं
तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ ६ ॥

Deva Ganaarchita Sevitha Lingam
Bhavair Bhakhi Bhirevacha Lingam
Dinakara Koti Prabhaakara Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam || 6

Meaning: I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,
Which is served by gods and other beings,
Which is the doorway for devotion and good thought,
And which shines like billions of Suns.

अष्टदलोपरिवेष्टित लिङ्गं
सर्वसमुद्भव कारण लिङ्गम् ।
अष्टदरिद्र विनाशन लिङ्गं
तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ ७ ॥

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Ahshta Dalopari Veshthitha Lingam
Sarva Samudbhava Kaarana Lingam
Ahshta Daridra Vinaasana Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam || 7

Meaning: I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,
Which is surrounded by eight petals,
Which is the prime reason of all riches,
And which destroys eight types of poverty.

सुरगुरु सुरवर पूजित लिङ्गं
सुरवन पुष्प सदार्चित लिङ्गम् ।
परात्परं परमात्मक लिङ्गं
तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥८॥

Suraguru Suravara Poojitha Lingam
Suravana Pushpa Sadarchitha Lingam
Paraath Param Paramatmaka Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam || 8

Meaning: I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,
Which is worshipped by the teacher of gods,
Which is worshipped by the best of gods,
Which is always worshipped by the flowers,
From the garden of Gods,
Which is the eternal abode,
And which is the ultimate truth.

लिङ्गाष्टकमिदं पुण्यं यः पठेश्शिव सन्निधौ ।
शिवलोकमवाप्नोति शिवेन सह मोदते ॥

Lingashtaka Midam Punyam Yah Pathet Sivasannidhau
Sivaloka Mahaapnoti Sivehna Saha Modatheh || 

Meaning: Anyone who chants the holy octet of the Lingam (Lingashtakam), In the holy presence of Lord Shiva, Would, in the end, reach the world of Shiva, And keep him company.

(Last Updated On: July 16, 2020)
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Sande
July 16, 2020 10:09 pm

Νice words