Shiva Tandava Stotram is the most popular Shiva Stotram composed by Ravana, King of Lanka. He was a scholar in Navavyakarana (the 9 types of Sanskrit grammar) and a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Shiva Tandav Stotram is one of his many works.

Creation ends at the point of Maha-Pralaya when manifestation is withdrawn back into the Great Void. This is when Shiva begins his “Shiva Tandav“, his famous cosmic dance. From his dance, the destructive energies are released and activated that dismantles all of the creation.

Shiva Tandava Stotram
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Shiva Tandava Stotram (Stotra) describes how Lord Shiva’s hair moves, how the water of river Ganga splashes when he performs a Tandava dance, how his drums sound as he dances, how his ornaments move along with him and more.

Shiv Tandav Stotram

Lyrics and Meaning

One can see the devotion of Ravana towards lord shiva going through the lyrics of Shiva Tandava Stotram. One can see how great Lord Shiva is from the words of Ravana in this Shiva Stotram, who himself was one of the most powerful beings in that era.

Here is the Lyrics of Shiv Tanadav Stotra in English and Sanskrit also with the meaning of each stanza.

जटाटवीगलज्जलप्रवाहपावितस्थले
गलेऽवलम्ब्य लम्बितां भुजङ्गतुङ्गमालिकाम् ।
डमड्डमड्डमड्डमन्निनादवड्डमर्वयं
चकार चण्डताण्डवं तनोतु नः शिवः शिवम् ॥१॥

Jatatavigalajjala pravahapavitasthale
Galeavalambya lambitam bhujangatungamalikam
Damad damad damaddama ninadavadamarvayam
Chakara chandtandavam tanotu nah shivah shivam .. 1

Meaning:

From the forest of his matted lock, water flows and wets his neck,
On which hangs the greatest of snake-like a garland,
And his drum incessantly plays damat, damat, damat, damat,
And Shiva is engaged in the very vigorous manly dance,
To bless and shower, prosperity on all of us.

जटाकटाहसम्भ्रमभ्रमन्निलिम्पनिर्झरी_
विलोलवीचिवल्लरीविराजमानमूर्धनि ।
धगद्धगद्धगज्जलल्ललाटपट्टपावके
किशोरचन्द्रशेखरे रतिः प्रतिक्षणं मम ॥२॥

Jatakatahasambhrama bhramanilimpanirjhari
Vilolavichivalara ivirajamanamurdhani
Dhagadhagadhagajjva lalalatapattapavake
Kishorachandrashekhare ratih pratikshanam mama .. 2

Meaning:

The celestial river agitatedly moving through his matted hair,
Which makes his head shine with those soft waves,
And his forehead shining like a brilliant fire-daga daga,
And the crescent of moon which is an ornament to his head,
Makes my mind love him each and every second.

धराधरेन्द्रनन्दिनीविलासबन्धुबन्धुर
स्फुरद्दिगन्तसन्ततिप्रमोदमानमानसे ।
कृपाकटाक्षधोरणीनिरुद्धदुर्धरापदि
क्वचिद्दिगम्बरे मनो विनोदमेतु वस्तुनि ॥३॥

Dharadharendrana ndinivilasabandhubandhura
Sphuradigantasantati pramodamanamanase
Krupakatakshadhorani nirudhadurdharapadi
Kvachidigambare manovinodametuvastuni .. 3

Meaning:

The consort of the ever sportive daughter of the mountain,
Whose mind rejoices at her side long glances,
With the stream of merciful look which removes hardships,
Makes my mind take pleasure in him who wears the directions as apparel.

जटाभुजङ्गपिङ्गलस्फुरत्फणामणिप्रभा
कदम्बकुङ्कुमद्रवप्रलिप्तदिग्वधूमुखे ।
मदान्धसिन्धुरस्फुरत्त्वगुत्तरीयमेदुरे
मनो विनोदमद्‍भुतं बिभर्तु भूतभर्तरि ॥४॥

Jatabhujangapingala sphuratphanamaniprabha
Kadambakunkumadrava praliptadigvadhumukhe
Madandhasindhurasphura tvagutariyamedure
Mano vinodamadbhutam bibhartu bhutabhartari .. 4

Meaning:

He, with the shining lustrous gem on the hood
Of the serpent entwining his matted locks,
He, who is with his bride whose face is decorated
By the melting of red saffron Kumkum,
And He who wears on his shoulder the hide
Of the elephant which was blind with ferociousness,
Makes my mind happy and contented,
In him who is the leader of Bhoothas*.
* can be taken to mean as souls or mythical beings guarding Kailasa.

सहस्रलोचनप्रभृत्यशेषलेखशेखर
प्रसूनधूलिधोरणी विधूसराङ्घ्रिपीठभूः |
भुजङ्गराजमालया निबद्धजाटजूटक
श्रियै चिराय जायतां चकोरबन्धुशेखरः ||५||

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Sahasralochanaprabhritya sheshalekhashekhara
Prasunadhulidhorani vidhusaranghripithabhuh
Bhujangarajamalaya nibaddhajatajutaka
Shriyai chiraya jayatam chakorabandhushekharah .. 5

Meaning:

May he whose foot stool is decorated
By the ever flowing flower dust.
Falling the bent head of Indra and other Gods,
And may He, whose matted locks are tied by the king of serpents,
And may he, whose head is decorated
By the crescent moon who a friend of Chakora*
Shower prosperity for ever on me.
* A mythical bird which lives by drinking moon light.

ललाटचत्वरज्वलद्धनञ्जयस्फुलिङ्गभा
निपीतपञ्चसायकं नमन्निलिम्पनायकम् |
सुधामयूखलेखया विराजमानशेखरं
महाकपालिसम्पदेशिरोजटालमस्तु नः ||६||

Lalatachatvarajvala dhanajnjayasphulingabha
Nipitapajnchasayakam namannilimpanayakam
Sudhamayukhalekhaya virajamanashekharam
Mahakapalisampade shirojatalamastunah .. 6

Meaning:

May he with the raging fire
In his forehead, who burnt the God of love,
May He who is forever being saluted by king of devas,
And may he who has collected
The cool ambrosia like crescent moon on his head,
And may he who wears the collection of skulls,
Bless us to create wealth for us.

करालभालपट्टिकाधगद्‍धगद्‍धगज्ज्वलद्_
धनञ्जयाहुतीकृतप्रचण्डपञ्चसायके ।
धराधरेन्द्रनन्दिनीकुचाग्रचित्रपत्रक
प्रकल्पनैकशिल्पिनि त्रिलोचने रतिर्मम ॥७॥

Karalabhalapattika dhagaddhagaddhagajjvala
Ddhanajnjaya hutikruta prachandapajnchasayake
Dharadharendranandini kuchagrachitrapatraka
Prakalpanaikashilpini trilochane ratirmama .. 7

Meaning:

May He in whose dreadful forehead, fire burns “Dhahaga”, “Dhaga,”
May He who burnt the one with five arrows* as an offering to fire,
May He who is the only one who can write decorative lines,
On the tip of the breasts of the daughter of the mountain,
And May He with three eyes makes mind enjoy in him.
* The God of love

नवीनमेघमण्डली निरुद्‍धदुर्धरस्फुरत्_
कुहूनिशीथिनीतमः प्रबन्धबद्धकन्धरः ।
निलिम्पनिर्झरीधरस्तनोतु कृत्तिसिन्धुरः
कलानिधानबन्धुरः श्रियं जगद्धुरंधरः ॥८॥

Navinameghamandali niruddhadurdharasphurat
Kuhunishithinitamah prabandhabaddhakandharah
Nilimpanirjharidharastanotu kruttisindhurah
Kalanidhanabandhurah shriyam jagaddhurandharah .. 8

Meaning:

May He whose black neck is as dark
As several layers of new clouds,
Packed closely on the night of the new moon.
May He who wears the celestial river on his head,
May He who killed the Gajasura with an elephant head,
May He who is very handsome because of the crescent that he wears,
And may he who carries the entire burden of the world,
Bless us with all sorts of wealth.

प्रफुल्लनीलपङ्कजप्रपञ्चकालिमप्रभा_
वलम्बिकण्ठकन्दलीरुचिप्रबद्धकन्धरम् ।
स्मरच्छिदं पुरच्छिदं भवच्छिदं मखच्छिदं
गजच्छिदान्धकच्छिदं तमन्तकच्छिदं भजे ॥९॥

Praphullanilapan kajaprapajnchakalimaprabha
Valambikanthakandali ruchiprabaddhakandharam
Smarachchidam purachchhidam bhavachchidam makhachchidam
Gajachchidandhakachidam tamamtakachchidam bhaje .. 9

Meaning:

I salute him, who shines with a black neck
Similar to the well opened blue lotus,
On which all the temples depend for prayer,
And him who destroyed God of love, the three cities,
The worldly problems and yaga destroyers,
And him who destroyed elephant faced Asura and also God of death.,

अखर्वसर्वमङ्गलाकलाकदम्बमञ्जरी_
रसप्रवाहमाधुरीविजृम्भणामधुव्रतम् ।
स्मरान्तकं पुरान्तकं भवान्तकं मखान्तकं
गजान्तकान्धकान्तकं तमन्तकान्तकं भजे ॥१०॥

Akharvagarvasarvamangala kalakadambamajnjari
Rasapravahamadhuri vijrumbhanamadhuvratam
Smarantakam purantakam bhavantakam makhantakam
Gajantakandhakantakam tamantakantakam bhaje .. 10

Meaning:

I salute him who is like the bee who drinks the sweetened honey,
That flows from the flower bunch of collection of arts of the Goddess,
And him who destroyed God of love, the three cities,
The worldly problems and yaga destroyers,
And him who destroyed elephant faced Asura and also God of death.

जयत्वदभ्रविभ्रमभ्रमद्‍भुजङ्गमश्वसद्_
विनिर्गमत्क्रमस्फुरत्करालभालहव्यवाट् ।
धिमिद्धिमिद्धिमिध्वनन्मृदङ्गतुङ्गमङ्गल_
ध्वनिक्रमप्रवर्तितप्रचण्डताण्डवः शिवः ॥११॥

Jayatvadabhravibhrama bhramadbhujangamashvasa
Dvinirgamatkramasphurat karalabhalahavyavat
Dhimid dhimid dhimidhvanan mrudangatungamangala
Dhvanikramapravartita prachandatandavah shivah .. 11

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Meaning:

Victory to the great Shiva, who has the fire burning in his forehead,
Which is increased by the breath of the snake wandering in the sky,
And to Him who dances to the changing tunes and fierce sound,
Of Dhimi, dhimi, dhimi coming out the auspicious drum.

स्पृषद्विचित्रतल्पयोर्भुजङ्गमौक्तिकस्रजोर्_
गरिष्ठरत्नलोष्ठयोः सुहृद्विपक्षपक्षयोः ।
तृणारविन्दचक्षुषोः प्रजामहीमहेन्द्रयोः
समप्रवृत्तिकः कदा सदाशिवं भजाम्यहम् ॥१२॥

Drushadvichitratalpayor bhujangamauktikasrajor
Garishtharatnaloshthayoh suhrudvipakshapakshayoh
Trushnaravindachakshushoh prajamahimahendrayoh
Samapravrutikahsamam pravartayanmanahkada sadashivam bhaje .. 12

Meaning:

When will I be able to worship that eternal shiva,
With a feeling of equanimity towards snake and a garland,
Towards great gems and dirt or friends and enemies,
Or Towards a blade of grass and lotus like eyes,
Or emperor and ordinary men.

कदा निलिम्पनिर्झरीनिकुञ्जकोटरे वसन्
विमुक्तदुर्मतिः सदा शिरस्थमञ्जलिं वहन् ।
विमुक्तलोललोचनो ललामभाललग्नकः
शिवेति मन्त्रमुच्चरन्कदा सुखी भवाम्यहम् ॥१३॥

Kada nilimpanirjharinikujnjakotare vasanh
Vimuktadurmatih sada shirah sthamajnjalim vahanh
Vimuktalolalochano lalamabhalalagnakah
Shiveti mantramuchcharan sada sukhi bhavamyaham .. 13

Meaning:

When will I live the life of pleasure, meditating on Shiva,
Sitting near a hollow place near the celestial river Ganga,
Releasing all my bad thoughts and with hands clasped above my head,
After releasing all passion for the pretty women with shifting eyes?

इदम् हि नित्यमेवमुक्तमुत्तमोत्तमं स्तवं
पठन्स्मरन्ब्रुवन्नरो विशुद्धिमेतिसंततम् ।
हरे गुरौ सुभक्तिमाशु याति नान्यथा गतिं
विमोहनं हि देहिनां सुशङ्करस्य चिन्तनम् ॥१४॥

Idam hi nityamevamuktamuttamottamam stavam
Pathansmaranbruvannaro vishuddhimetisantatam
Hare gurau subhaktimashu yati nanyatha gatim
Vimohanam hi dehinam sushankarasya chintanam .. 14

Meaning:

This greater than the great prayer if read,
Remembered, or recited daily by man,
Will make him pure, eternal,
And he would get devotion to Shiva leading him to salvation,
For remembering Lord Shiva, is a sure method of removal of detachment.

पूजावसानसमये दशवक्त्रगीतं यः
शम्भुपूजनपरं पठति प्रदोषे ।
तस्य स्थिरां रथगजेन्द्रतुरङ्गयुक्तां
लक्ष्मीं सदैव सुमुखीं प्रददाति शम्भुः ॥१५॥

Pujavasanasamaye dashavaktragitam
Yah shambhupujanaparam pathati pradoshhe
Tasya sthiram rathagajendraturangayuktam
Lakshmim sadaiva sumukhim pradadati shambhuh .. 15

Meaning:

He who sings this song composed by the ten-headed one,
At the end of every worship or,
Reads it after worship of Shiva on the Pradosha day,
Will get the blessing of Lord Shiva, chariots, elephants and horses,
As well as the affectionate sight of the god of wealth.

इति श्रीरावण – कृतम् शिव – ताण्दव स्तोत्रम् सम्पूर्णम्

Thus ends the prayer of the dancing Shiva.

– Shiva Tandav Stotram, Composed by Ravana.

(Last Updated On: August 2, 2020)
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Anand
Anand
August 23, 2018 1:27 am

Oh my God Shiva,
What a beautiful Sthotra, Amazing and Marvellous meaning.
I have no words to express my feelings, No words…
All i can say is Om Namah Shivaaya !

Shankar Sharma
Shankar Sharma
August 23, 2018 10:04 am

Awesome, I was searching for this exactly from last couple of months

Rajireddy Enukonda
Rajireddy Enukonda
August 24, 2018 1:44 pm

Thanks a trillion times .

deepak
deepak
October 11, 2018 4:17 pm

This is amazing…..

I LOVE MY SHIVA…..

Om Namah Shivaya

kalliana krishnan
kalliana krishnan
November 15, 2018 7:48 pm

great! thank you

Ankush Kumar Gupta
Ankush Kumar Gupta
January 5, 2019 12:01 am

Lord Shiva Is Great…
Om namah shivaya….

Pradeep
Pradeep
January 10, 2019 7:54 pm

Om namah shivay

Mohanarajah
Mohanarajah
January 13, 2019 10:50 am

Shiv’s blessing to hear and read this stotram, bless you to share with all

Bigyan
Bigyan
January 31, 2019 3:37 am

Great one, thank you!

Abhi
February 2, 2019 7:43 pm

This stotram would be the most famous song I would never forget it

Amla
Amla
February 24, 2019 10:36 pm

Jai Shiva May we all sing your praises beautiful meaning Om

Shiv
Shiv
March 11, 2019 9:27 am

bhava thoda far chukla aahe lyrics neet kar

S
S
April 18, 2019 9:09 pm

Namaste,

Is it possible to edit the english version with spaces similar to hindi. Ex: from “Dharadharendrana ndinivilasabandhubandhura” to “Dhara dharendra nandini vilasa bandhu bandhura”

Thanks
S

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Vedicfeed
April 24, 2019 3:53 pm
Reply to  S

Thank you very much for valuable feedback, we will update the post.

S
S
June 20, 2019 2:11 pm
Reply to  S

hlo sir can u please post the lyrics with space…i m soo eager to learn this…and ur space method is good

Varinder singh
Varinder singh
June 24, 2020 8:48 am
Reply to  S

No english cant be pronounced as Sanskrit it was just for help so that tounge of young generation could not twist like me but thanks english and Sanskrit now did 98 percent

Adv nishamol കുറച്ചു g
Adv nishamol കുറച്ചു g
July 4, 2019 11:19 am

എന്റ പ്രീയപ്പെട്ട ശിവ karunyavana, dayanetha, എന്റ മഹാദേവ ഞാൻ എന്താ എഴുതുക എനിക്കു വാക്കുകൾ കിട്ടുന്നില്ല ഞാൻ കുറച്ചു നാളിൽ അനിശ്ച് നടന്ന sivthandavaa സ്‌ട്രോം മീനിനിഗ് കിട്ടിയത്തിൽ ഉള്ള സന്തോഷം പറയാൻ വാക്കുകൾ ഇല്ല എന്റ ഭഗവാനെ കോടാനു കോടി പ്രണാമം എന്റ മഹാദേവവാന്

Anupriya
Anupriya
July 18, 2019 1:56 am

Great knowledge

Beddyuti Sarkar
Beddyuti Sarkar
August 28, 2019 1:58 pm

lord shiva is best..om Namah Shivaya……jai hind vande mataram

Shikha Pandey
July 13, 2020 10:47 am

I have been always mesmerized by the Shiv Tandav strot. I love to read but not good at pronouncing. But listening this gives me immense peace and goose bumps. Thanks for posting. Aum Namah Shivay.

Arun Nagarajan
Arun Nagarajan
July 15, 2020 10:06 am

I have now learned the Tandava Stotram and I cannot thank you enough for both the Sanskrit and English articulation. Greatly appreciated. Om Namah Shivaya.

Last edited 3 months ago by Arun Nagarajan
riya
riya
July 24, 2020 6:36 pm

it is really fantastic.it almost evoked my spirituality