Shiva Sahasranama

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The Shiva sahasranama is a "list of a thousand names" of Shiva, one of the most important deities in Hinduism. In Hindu tradition a sahasranama is a type of devotional hymn (Sanskrit: stotra) listing many names of a deity. The names provide an exhaustive catalog of the attributes, functions, and major mythology associated with the figure being praised. The Shiva Sahasranama is found in Shiv Mahapuran and many other scriptures such as Ling Puran. As per Shiv Mahapuran when Vishnu was unable to defeat the demons after many attempts he prayed to Shiv who granted him the Sudarshan Chakra for fighting the demons


There are at least eight different versions of the Shiva sahasranama.[1] The version appearing in Book 13 (Anuśāsanaparvan) of the Mahabharata is considered the kernel of this tradition.[2] The eight versions analyzed by Ram Karan Sharma are:[3]

  • Linga Purana (version 1, LP 1.65.54-168) is close to the Mahabharata Anushasanaparvan version.
  • Linga Purana (version 2, LP 1.98.27-159) has some passages in common with LP version 1, but also with other sources
  • Shivapurana 4.35.1-131.
  • Mahabharata (Śāntiparvan version). The critical edition of the Mahabharata does not include this version; it is considered part of book 12 (Śāntiparvan), but is relegated to Appendix 28 in the critical edition, representing a late addition to the text. The Gita Press edition restores it as part of the main text, as verses 12.284.68-180.
  • Vayu Purana (1.30.179-284) is almost the same as the Mahabharata Śāntiparvan version.
  • Brahmanda Purana (38.1.1-100) is almost the same as the Vayu Purana version.
  • Mahābhāgavata Upapurana (67.1-125) appears to be of comparatively recent origin.
Hari...The Sustainer, The Destroyer.
Anantadrishti...Of infinite vision.
Mahayogi...Greatest of all Gods.

Popular names of Lord Shiva[edit]

  • Aashutosh, one who fulfills wishes instantly
  • Aja, Unborn
  • Akshayaguna, God with limitless attributes
  • Anagha, Without any fault
  • Anantadrishti, of infinite vision
  • Augadh, one who revels all the time
  • Avyayaprabhu, Imperishable Lord
  • Bhairav, Destroyer of Fear
  • Bhalanetra, one who has an eye in the forehead
  • Bholenath, Kind-hearted Lord
  • Bhooteshwara, Lord of ghosts and spirits
  • Bhudeva, Lord of the earth
  • Bhutapala, Protector of the ghosts
  • Chandrapal, Master of the moon
  • Chandraprakash, one who has moon as a crest
  • Dayalu, Compassionate
  • Devadideva, God of Gods
  • Dhanadeepa, Lord of Wealth
  • Dhyanadeep, Icon of meditation and concentration
  • Dhyutidhara, Lord of Brilliance
  • Digambara, one who has the skies as his clothes
  • Durjaneeya, Difficult to be known
  • Durjaya, Unvanquished
  • Gangadhara, Lord of River Ganga
  • Girijapati, Consort of Girija
  • Gunagrahin, Acceptor of Gunas
  • Gurudeva, Master of All
  • Hara, Remover of Sins
  • Hari, the Sustainer, the Destroyer
  • Jagadisha, Master of the Universe
  • Jaradhishamana, Redeemer from Afflictions
  • Jatin, one who has matted hair
  • Kailas, one who bestows peace
  • Kailashadhipati, Lord of Mount Kailash
  • Kailashnath, Master of Mount Kailash
  • Kamalakshana, Lotus-eyed Lord
  • Kantha, Ever-Radiant
  • Kapalin, one who wears a necklace of skulls
  • Khatvangin, bearer of the missile Khatvang
  • Kochadaiyaan, the Lord with Long, Matted Locks of Hair
  • Kundalin, one who wears earrings
  • Lalataksha, one who has an eye in the forehead
  • Lingadhyaksha, Lord of the Lingas
  • Lingaraja, the Phallus King
  • Lokankara, Creator of the Three Worlds
  • Lokapal, one who takes care of the world
  • Mahabuddhi, Extremely intelligent
  • Mahadeva, Greatest God
  • Mahakala, Lord of All Times
  • Mahamaya, of great illusions
  • Mahamrityunjaya, Great victor of death
  • Mahanidhi, Great storehouse
  • Mahashaktimaya, one who has boundless energies
  • Mahayogi, Greatest of all Gods
  • Mahesha, Supreme Lord
  • Maheshwara, Lord of Gods
  • Nagabhushana, one who has serpents as ornaments
  • Nataraja, King of the art of dancing
  • Nilakantha, Blue-throated
  • Nityasundara, Ever beautiful
  • Nrityapriya, Lover of Dance
  • Omkara, Creator of OM
  • Palanhaar, one who protects everyone
  • Parameshwara, First among all gods
  • Paramjyoti, Greatest splendor
  • Pashupati, Lord of all living beings
  • Pinakin, one who has a bow in his hand
  • Pranava, Originator of the syllable of OM
  • Priyabhakta, Favorite of the devotees
  • Priyadarshana, of loving vision
  • Pushkara, one who gives nourishment
  • Pushpalochana, one who has eyes like flowers
  • Ravilochana, having sun as the eye
  • Rudraksha, one who has eyes like Rudra
  • Sadashiva, Eternal Source of Joy
  • Sanatana, Eternal God
  • Sarvacharya, Charioteer of Partha (Arjuna)
  • Sarvashiva, Eternal Lord
  • Sarvatapana, Preceptor of All
  • Sarvayoni, Always Pure
  • Sarvesh, The Lord Of All
  • Sarveshwara, Scorcher of All
  • Shambhu, Source of Everything
  • Shankara, Lord of All Gods
  • Shantah, Preceptor of Skanda
  • Shiva, Abode of Joy
  • Shoolin, Giver of Joy
  • Shreshhtha, Lord of the moon
  • Shrikantha, Always Pure
  • Shrutiprakasha, one who has a trident
  • shubhankar, a person that is adopted by a team or other group as a symbolic figure
  • Shuddhavigraha, of glorious neck
  • Skandaguru, Illuminator of the Vedas
  • Someshwara, one who has a pure body
  • Sukhada, Bestower of happiness
  • Suprita, well pleased
  • Suragana, having Gods as attendants
  • Sureshwara, Lord of all Gods
  • Swayambhu, Self-Manifested
  • Tejaswani, one who spreads illumination
  • Trilochana, Three-Eyed Lord
  • Trilokpati, Master of all the Three Worlds
  • Tripurari, Destroyer of the "Tripur" (the 3 planets created by Asuras)
  • Trishoolin, one who has a trident in his hands
  • Umapati, Consort of Uma
  • Vachaspati, Lord of Speech
  • Vajrahasta, one who has a thunderbolt in his hands
  • Varada, Granter of Boons
  • Vedakarta, Originator of the Vedas
  • Veerabhadra, Supreme Lord of the Nether World
  • Vishalaksha, Wide-eyed Lord
  • Vishveshwara, Lord of the Universe
  • Vishwanath, Master of the Universe
  • Vrishavahana, one who has bull as his vehicle


All 1000 Names[edit]

This version of the Shiv Sahastranamavali has been given by Lord Krishna to Yuddhisthira after the Mahabharata War while Bhishma was lying on the bed of arrows.

First 100 Names[edit]

1.Sthirāy, One who is firm, unchanged, permanent, stable, the substratum
2.Sthāṇave, One who is fixed, motionless
3.Prabhave, One who depends on none to accomplish what He wants, Who is puissant
4.Bheemay, One who is powerful and cannot be defeated when attacked. The Lord is Durga, tormentor of those who commit errors.
5.Pravah, One who is foremost, One who makes the winds to move
6.Varadah, One who generously grants boons to his devotees
7.Varah, The best, most superior, excellent
8.Sarvaaatmah, One who is the indwelling spirit in everything.
9.Sarvavikhyaatah, The Lord is the supreme over all beings, He is the power of renunciation in all beings.
10.Sarvah, One who is all pervading. Nothing exists without His presence.
11.Sarvkaroah, One who is the Creator of all, One who is the subtler doer of all actions.
12.Bhavah, The Lord is the one and only reality from whom creation emerges and into whom it dissolves
13.Jati, One who has matted locks.
14.Charmi, One who wears animal skin as His clothing
15.Shikhandi, The Lord has beautiful matted hair (which look like the peacock’s crest
16.Sarvangah, Whose limbs form the Universe, Who is vast, infinite
17.Sarvabhavanah, The Lord is the very Creator of all beings
18.Haraay, The merciful Lord 'takes away' from his devotees their ego, sorrow, pride, etc. Also, one who destroys everything at the time of Pralaya
19.Harinaakshyaay, Who has beautiful deer like eyes
20.Sarvabhoot Haraay, He who destroys everything at the time of great dissolution
21.Prabhuh, One who is the Supreme enjoyer, One who is not dependent on anyone for the accomplishment of any task, and who knows what has been done, what needs to be done, and what will be done.
22.Pravrutti, The Lord is the origin from where all activity flows, the source or energy for action.
23.Nivrutti, The Lord is the power of abstention from action. One, who is content, has accomplished everything that needs to be done.
24.Niyataay, The Lord never fails in his duties. He is consistent in observance of His vows.
25.Shashavtah, One who is eternal
26.Dhruvah, The Lord is firm, unchanged. He is the same in the beginning, middle and the end. He is the 'Kootasthala'
27.Shmshaanvaaseenae, One who dwells on the cremation grounds. Lord Shiva is the Lord of all created beings, including the bhootas, rakshasas, etc. For Him there is no difference between a beautiful garden and a cemetery.
28.Bhagvaan, He is the Lord of all the 'Bhagaas' parts or fortune. One who has all the six great glories – power, wealth, fame, dharma, dispassion and knowledge.
29.Khaecharaay, The Lord resides in the heart of every creature
30.Gocharaay, The Lord is the very dynamism behind the sense organs. ‘Go’ also means the earth, the cows and the Vedas.
31.Ardanaay, One who punishes the enemies of His devotees
32.Abhivaadhyaay, One who is most revered and honored by all, One who is most deserving of worship
33.Mahakarmaa, One who is the very dynamism behind each action, The performer of great tasks
34.Tapasvinae, The Lord who has penance as His wealth, He who is ever engaged in the Self
35.Bhootbhaavanaay, One who has created all elements at His will
36.Unmattvaesh Prcchannaay, One who conceals His real nature by wearing the guise of a lunatic, ignorant
37.Sarvalokaprajaapatayae, Who if the Father or Lord of all the worlds or lokas and of all creatures
38.Maharupaay, One who has an immeasurable form, in whom everything exists. This form is the Virat form of the Lord.
39.Mahakaayaay, Who has a vast body
40.Vrushrupaay, He who is righteousness, Vrush means dharma The Lord is the very essence of dharma.
41.Mahaayashasae, One who is of great fame.
42.Mahaatmanae, One who is the greatest self
43.Sarvabhootaatmanae, The Lord is the indwelling spirit, the Self or Aatman in all
44.Vishvaroopaay, One who has the universe as His form, in Whom the Universe is displayed
45.Mahaahanavae, One who has a vast jaw, to swallow the universe at the time of total destruction. ‘Hanu’ means chin or jaw.
46.Lokapaalaay, One who nourisher and protector of the Worlds
47.Antarhitaatmanae, The Lord is the indweller, subtlest self residing in the inner cavity of the heart.
48.Prasaadaay, He is the giver of supreme grace and bliss
49.Hayagardbhayae, One whose car is drawn by horses or mules. Haya means horse or mule
50.Pavitraay, The Lord is the great purifier or the Lord is reached by purity of actions and vows
51.Mahatae, The Lord protects his devotees from the fear of death and rebirth
52.Niyamaay, One who is attained through purity of vows and actions
53.Niyamaashritaay, The Lord is the refuge of those who follow self restraint and purity of actions
54.Sarvakarmanae, The Lord is the subtle power in every art, and every action.
55.Svyambhoothaay, He who is self created. The Lord is the cause of Himself by Himself
56.Aadayae, One who is the beginning of all creatures
57.Aadikaaraay, Aadi – who comes before all, The Lord is Hiranyagarbha- the creator of all things
58.Nidhayae, The Lord is the possessor of inexhaustible treasures and felicities
59.Sahastraakshyaay, One with thousand eyes, really infinite eyes
60.Vishaalaakshyaay, The Lord has wide eyes with vast powers
61.Somaay, The Lord is Soma, the nourishes of the Moon, the nectar in the Moon, which nourishes the plants
62.Nakshtrasaadhakaay, The Lord gives to the virtuous a shining place (Star, like Dhruv, Venus etc.) in the firmament
63.Chandraay, The Lord is the essence in the moon
64.Suryaay, The Lord is the light in the sun
65.Shanaey, The Lord is the planet Saturn, He is a friend of Lord Shani
66.Ketavae, The Lord is the Ascending node, Ketu
67.Grahaay, The Lord is the power in every planet; He is mars, Jupiter, Saturn etc. Grah means that which attracts everything to himself
68.Grahapataey, One who is the Lord of all celestial bodies, the planets, stars, etc.
69.Varaay, The glorious one, The Lord is Brihaspati or Jupiter (the guru of the Devas)
70.Atraey, One who is Mercury or Rishi Atri
71.Atrayaa-namaskatrae, One who was worshipped by Rishi Atri’s wife
72.Mruga-baana-arpaanaay, The Lord shot an arrow at Daksha’s sacrifice, and the Sacrifice took the form of a deer and fled away
73.Anaghaay, Who is sinless
74.Mahaatapasaey, One who has performed the greatest penance to create the Universe
75.Ghoratapasaey, The performer of severe austerities has made the Lord the destroyer of the Universe
76.Adeenaay, The Lord is very compassionate to His devotees, Large hearted
77.Deenasaadhakaay, The one who fulfills the wishes of His devotees, Deen is the poor, saadhak is one who helps.
78.Samvatsaraay, One who is the year and the maker of the year, keeps the wheel of Time rolling
79.Mantraay, Who is the very seed of the Mantra, and the Mantra itself, the Pranav OM,
80.Pramaanaay, The Lord is the supreme authority of all injunctions in the Vedas
81.ParamnTapaay, The Lord is the highest penance, the supreme goal of those who perform austerities
82.Yoginae, One who is devoted to Yoga
83.Yojyaay, One who merges Himself in the Absolute
84.Mahabeejaay, The great seed,the cause of the Universe
85.Maharaetasae, The Lord is the one in whom the manifest and unmanifest form of the universe exists
86.Mahabalaay, One who is possessed of infinite strength
87.Suvarnaraetasae, The Lord whose seed is golden
88.Sarvagyaay, All pervading, Omniscient, who is all knowing
89.Subeejaay, The auspicious cause of all
90.Beejavaahanaay, The Lord carries the seed of action for beings from this world to the other
91.Dashabahavae, One who has ten arms
92.Animishaay, The Lord who does not blink His eyelids, He has a steadfast gaze
93.Neelakanthaay, Blue throated, as He swallowed the terrible poison
94.Umapatayae, The Lord of Mother Uma
95.Vishwaroopay, Whose form is the universe, the origin of all infinite forms
96.Svayamshraeshthaay, The Lord is the greatest or most superior due to His own self
97.Balaveeraay, The Lord is most powerful, mightiest
98.Abalaay, One who is the inert matter, One who protects the weak
99.Ganaay, He is the One who has all the tattwas(Gunas – qualities) in Himself
100.Ganakartrae, One who is the leader or ruler of the Gunas, Tattwas

Second 100 Names[edit]

101.Ganapatayae, The Lord is the leader of the Ganas (Ganas are those who wait upon Lord Shiva)
102.Digvaasasae, One who is in all directions, One who covers the infinite space
103.Kaamaaay, Who is the object of desire of the virtuous, The Lord is the Lord of Desire
104.Mantravidae, The Lord is the knower of the Mantras, the author of the Mantras, the highest mantra
105.Paramaay, The most Supreme knower of the mantras
106.Mantraay, The Lord is the highest mantra
107.Sarvabhaavakaraay, The very cause of the Universe, as everything has sprung from the Lord Himself
108.Haraay, The universal destroyer, The Lord destroys The sorrow of His devotee- Har to take away
109.Kamandaludharaay, He holds a calabash jar in one of His hands
110.Dhanvinae, He holds the bow- Pinakan in His other hand
111.Banahastaay, He has arrows in another hand
112.Kapaalavatae, Kapaal means skull, He who holds a skull
113.Ashaninae, He holds a thunderbolt
114.Shataghninae, The Lord holds a weapon that can destroy hundreds at a time
115.Khanginae, One who holds a sword
116.Pattishinae, One who bears the battle-axe
117.Aayudhinae, One who bears weapons, trident
118.Mahatae, The greatest, most adored
119.Struvahastaay, The Lord holds the (yagya) sacrificial ladle in His hands
120.Suroopaay, The one with a lovely, enchanting, form
121.Taejasae, The very embodiment of (tejas) an abundance of brilliant energy
122.Taejaskaranidhayae, The Lord gives abundantly to those who worship You
123.Ushneesheenae, One who wears a diadem or turban
124.Suvakatraay, One who has a pleasing voice, A beautiful face
125.Udagraay, The Lord is full of splendor and puissance, exalted
126.Vinataay, The Lord is humble, modest
127.Deerghaay, The Lord is very tall, or one having a long duration
128.Harikaeshaay, The Lord whose senses are the rays that light the objects of the senses, kaesh means rays
129.Suteerthaay, Who is Himself the pilgrimage, the greatest teacher
130.Krushnaay, One who brings infinite bliss, Krush means Bhu, ‘n’ is for nivritti
131.Shrugaalaroopaay, The Lord took the form of a jackal to save His devotee
132.Siddhaarthaay, One whose desires are fulfilled immediately, objects are fulfilled without waiting
133.Mundaay, One who has a bald head(as a mendicant)
134.Sarvashubhamkaraay, One who is the seat of all auspiciousness who does good to all creatures
135.Ajaay, The unborn
136.Bahuroopay, Who takes on innumerable forms
137.Gandhadhaarinae, The Lord carries all kinds of perfumes (Bhasmaa), Gandh means fragrance
138.Kapardinae, Whose hair is matted and holds the Ganga in His locks as the river ascended from Heaven
139.Oordhvaraetasae, The Lord has never fallen from His rigid vows of Brahmachaaraya
140.Oordhvalingaay, The Lord has complete mastery over His passions and urges
141.Urdhvashaayinae, The Lord always sleeps on His back, Shaayinae means to sleep facing up
142.Nabhsthalaay, The Lord is the abode of puissance
143.Trijataay, The Lord has three matted locks on His head
144.Cheeravaasasae, The Lord wears bark clothes or rags, cheer means bark clothes
145.Rudraay, One who is fierce
146.Saenaapatayae, Who is the celestial commander in chief
147.Vibhavae, All pervading
148.Ahashcharaay, One who moves during the day, ‘Ahash’ means day, ‘char’ to move
149.Naktancharaay, One who moves during the night, Naktam means night
150.Tigmamanyavae, The Lord is fierce
151.Suvarchasaay, The Lord has dazzling effulgence
152.Gajaghnae, The slayer of the demon Gaja (elephant) who came to destroy the city of Varanasi
153.Daityaghnae, The Lord is the destroys of the Daityaas, who oppress the worlds
154.Kaalaay, The Lord is Time or Kaal, the destroyer
155.Lokadhaatrae, The Lord is the provider, supporter of the Worlds
156.Gunaakaraay, The Lord has excellent accomplishments, the promulgator of the Gunas
157.Simahashaardularoopaay, The Lord is the form of the Lion and the Tiger
158.Aardracharmaambaraavrutaay, The Lord wears on His body the elephant’s skin
159.Kaalayoginae, The Lord is unaffected by Time as He transcends Time
160.Mahaanaadaay, The one from whom sound originated the great void
161.Sarvakaamaay, One who is the desire of all seekers and the fulfiller of their desires
162.Chatushpathaay, One who is adored in four ways
163.Nishaacharaay, One who roams at night (like the spirits etc.)
164.Praetachaarinae, One who roams in the company of spirits
165.Bhootachaarinae, One who roams in the company of ghostly beings, elements etc.
166.Mahaeshvaraay, The one who is the Supreme Lord of even the celestials
167.Bahubhootaay, The Lord has multiplied Himself into endless forms
168.Bahudharaay, the Lord is the upholder of all the categories beginning with Mahat
169.Svarbhaanavae, The Lord is the primeval ignorance called Rahu
170.Amitaay, One who is immeasureable, infinite
171.Gatayae, The Lord is the Supreme end, the goal
172.Nrutyapriyaay, One who is fond of dancing
173.Nityanartaay, One who is always engaged in dancing
174. Nartakaay, One who makes other to dance
175.Sarvalaalasaay, The Lord is the friend of the Universe
176.Ghoaraay, One who is calm, mild
177.Mahaatapasae, One who has performed great penance
178.Paashaay, The Lord binds all creatures with the rope of (Maya) illusion
179.Nityaay, He is eternal
180.Giriroohaay, One who dwells on the mountains (Kailash)
181.Nabhasae, All pervading, one who is equal to all like Space
182.Sahastrahastaay, The Lord has a thousand arms
183.Vijayaay, One who is victory, the Lord brings victory to his devotees
184.Vyavasaayaay, The Lord is the energy which is the cause of victory
185.Ateendriyaay, The Lord is without any idleness which is the energy for preserving activity
186.Adharshanaay, One who is dauntless, fearless
187.Dharshanaatmanae, The Lord is fear
188.Yagyadhnae, One who put an end to the sacrifice of Daksha and Vali
189.Kaamanaashakaay, The Lord fulfills the desires of His devotees, one who destroys desire
190.Dakshayaagaapahaarinae, One who destroyed Dakshaa’s sacrifice
191.Susahaay, The Lord is amiable
192.Madhyamaay, One who is equal to all
193.Taejoapahaarinae, The Lord is extremely fierce and all creation looks pale (energyless)
194.Balaghnae, The slayer of the Asura Bala
195.Muditaay, One who is happiness, cheerfulness
196.Arthaay, The Lord is the form of wealth cherished by all
197.Ajitaay, One who is ever victorious, never vanquished
198.Avaraay, One who is most adored
199.Gambheeraay, One who has a deep, thundering voice
200.Gambheeraay, One who cannot be fathomed

Third 100 Names[edit]

201.Gambheerabalavaahanaay, One whose might and that of His companions and Nandi have not and cannot be measured
202.Nyagroadharoopaay, The Lord is the tree of the Universe (Roots above and branches below)
203. Nyagroadhaay, The Lord is the very tree of life, Ashwathaa tree, the banyan tree
204.Vrukshakarnasthitayae, The Lord sleeps on a banyan leaf after the dissolution of the universe, when it is fully covered by water
205.Vibhavae, Supremely compassionate
206.Suteekshnadashanaay, One who has sharp teeth, dashan means teeth
207.Mahaakaayaay, The Lord is very vast in forms and dimensions
208.Mahaananaaay, The Lord is possessed of a mouth large enough to swallow all creation
209.Vishvaksaenaay, The Lord is possessed of an army that is victorious
210.Harayae, The Lord takes away the difficulties and fears of His devotees
211.Yagnaay, The Lord is the very seed of creation
212.Sanayugaapeedavaahanaaay, The Lord has a bull for His vehicle and that bull embellishes the Lord’s flag in battle
213.Tikshanataapaay, The Lord is Agni, One who has performed the greatest austerities Tikshana means sharp
214.Haryashvaay, The Lord is Surya (Sun) who has green horses yoked to His vehicle
215.Sahaay, The Lord is a friend, companion of the Jiva
216.Karmakaalavidae, The Lord is the knower of the proper time for the accomplishment of all acts
217.Vishnuprasaaditaay, To whom Lord Vishnu adores, who is dear to Vishnu, who bestows grace on Vishnu
218.Yagnaay, The Lord is the embodiment of sacrifice
219.Samudraay, The Lord is the ocean; He is vast and appears without beginning or end
220.Vadavaamukhaay, The Lord took the form of Varanbala Mare’s head
221.Hutaashanasahaay, The Lord is the wind, the friend of Agni Deva
222.Prashaantaatmanae, The Lord is calm and serene
223.Hutaashanaay, The Lord is Agni, who consumes the offerings
224.Ugratejaa, The Lord is difficult to approach, of fearsome effulgence
225.Mahatejaa, The Lords effulgence covers the entire universe
226.Janyaay, One who is skilled in battle
227.Vijayakaalavidae, The Lord is the knower of what time to engage in battle, so that victory will be achieved
228.Jyotishaamayanaay, One who has the knowledge of the heavenly bodies, who is the knower of Time
229.Sidhhayae, One who has achieved everything there is to achieve, The Lord is victory
230.Sarvavigrahaay, One whose body is Time, the Lord’s body is never subject to destruction
231. Shikhinae, The Lord is a householder who has a tuft of hair on His head
232.Mundinae, The Lord is a sanyaasin as He has a bald head
233.Jatinae, The Lord is a Vanasprath as He wears matted locks
234.Jvaalinae, The Lord is possessed of fiery rays
235.Murtijaay, The Lord dwells in the cave of the heart of all, The unborn Lord takes multiple forms
236.Moordhagaay, The Lord dwells in the head, mind of all creatures
237.Balinae, The Lord has wrinkles of age
238.Vaenavinae, The Lord holds a wooden flute
239.Panavinae, The Lord holds a tambour
240.Taalinae, The Lord holds a musical instrument called ‘Tali’
241.Khalinae, The Lord has a wooden vessel used for husking
242.Kaalakatakkataay, The Lord covers the maaya (illusion) which covers death (Yama)
243.Nakshtravigrahamatayae, The Lord is an astrologer who directs actions to the wheel of Time
244. Gunavruddhayae, the Lord is the very dynamism of the Gunas (3 modes of prakrutti)
245.Layaay, The Lord in whom all things merge during dissolution
246.Agamaay, The Lord is changeless; He is fixed, stable
247.Prajaapatayae, The Lord/ Father of all creation
248.Vishvabaahavae, The Lord’s arms extend over the whole universe
249.Vibhaagaay, One who can divide Himself into numerous forms
250.Sarvagaay, Everything is pervaded by the Lord
251.Amukhaay, One who needs no mouth to eat (to enjoy the objects or offerings)
252.Vimoachanaay, One who is eternally free, who grants releases His devotees from the bonds of the world
253.Susaranaay, the Lord is easily attainable
254.Hiranyakavoachadbhavaay, The Lord wears a golden mail or armor Hiranya is golden, Kavach is clothing
255.Maedhraaj, The Lord appears in the phallic emblem
256.Balachaarinae, One who wanders in the forest
257.Maheechaarinae, One who wanders over the earth
258.Strootaay, he is omnipresent
259.Sarvatooryaninaadinae, The Lord is the very blare that is produced when all the trumpets in the three worlds are blown
260.Sarvatoadhyaparigrahaay, The Lord has all creatures has His relatives
261.Vyaalroopaay, The Lord is the form of the snake Vyaal means snake (He takes the form of Sesha)
262.Guhaavaasinae, One who dwells in mountain caves, or in the cave of the heart of devotees
263.Guhaay, One who is Lord Guha, the commander in chief of the Devas
264.Maalinae, One who wears a garland of flowers
265.Tarangavidae, One who enjoys the happiness that arises through the possession of objects
266.Tridashaay, The Lord is the one who has created the three stages for all creatures – birth, growth, and death
267.Trikaaladhroogae, One who holds all creatures that exist in the past, present and future
268.Karmasarvabandhavimoachanaay, The Lord destroys all bondage of action, ignorance and desire which leads to rebirth
269.Asuraendraanaam Bandhanaay, The Lord is the binder of the Asura chiefs
270.Yudhishatruvinaashanaay, One who destroys the enemy in battle (both in the inner and outer battle)
271.Saankhyaprasaadaay, One who is attained through knowledge
272.Durvaasasae, the Lord incarnated as Rishi Durvasas
273.Sarvasaadhunishaevitaay, One who is served and adored by the righteous. Also, the Lord serves those who follow the right code of conduct
274.Praskandanaay, One who causes destruction (even of Brahma)
275.Vibhaaganyaay, The Lord gives each their true share of joy and grief according to one’s own actions
276.Atulyaay, One who cannot be compared, measured
277.Yagyabhaagavidae, The Lord knows how the sacrificial offering are allocated among the Devas
278.Sarvachaarinae, One whom roams everywhere
279.Sarvavaasaay, the Lord resides everywhere, omnipresent
280.Durvaasasae, One who does not care about His appearance, clothing, (ill dressed or naked)
281.Vaasavaay, The Lord is Vaasava, Indra
282.Amaraay, One who is immortal
283.Haemaay, The Lord is the Himavat mountain
284.Haemakaraay, The Lord is the maker of pure gold
285.Ayagya, The Lord is without action
286.Sarvadhaarinae, The Lord is the perfect dispenser of the fruits of all acts
287.Dharottamaay, The Lord is the upholder of all creatures – Sesha
288.Lohitaakshaay, The Lord has red eyes
289.Mahaakshaay, The Lord sees everything even beyond the Universe
290.Vijayaakshaay, The Lord’s very presence is victory (The Lord’s eyes are victory)
291.Vishaaradaay, One who is very learned
292.Sarvakaamadaay, The Lord fulfills all the desires of His votaries
293.Sarvakaalaprasaadaay, The embodiment of grace over all periods of time
294.Subalaay, The Lord has great strength which is always used in a good way
295.Balaroopadhrugae, The Lord is the embodiment of Balaraam, the elder brother of Shri Krishna
296.Sangrahaay, One who accepts His devotees as His own, one who is not partial
297.Nigrahaay, One who has control on His senses
298.Kartrae, The Lord is the Doer, one who acts
299.Sarpacheeranivaasaay, One who clothing is woven with snakes
300.Mukhyaay, The Lord is the chief of everything and all beings, Supreme

Fourth 100 Names[edit]

301.Amukhyaay, The Lord is even the lowest of the chiefs
302.Daehaay, One who dwells in the body
303.Kaahalayae, The Lord has a musical instrument called ‘Kahala’
304.Sarvakaamavaraay, The Lord is the highest goal which all creation seeks, The Lord is the most desired
305.Sarvadaay, The Lord is the giver of everything
306.Sarvatoemukhaay, One who faces all directions
307.Aakaashanirveeroopaay, He is in the form of the sky, formless and yet from whom the various beings have sprung
308.Nipaatitae, The Lord falls into the pit called the body (ignorance and desire)
309.Avashaay, One who becomes helpless for falling into the body (Maya)
310.Khagaay, The Lord resides in the firmament of the heart
311.Raudraroopaay, One who has a terrible form
312.Anshavae, The Lord is the deity called Anshu, tinier than the tiniest particle
313.Aadityaay, The Lord is the embodiment of ‘Aaditya’, the sun
314.Bahurashmayae, One who is possessed of infinite rays
315.Suvarchasinae, One who has brilliant effulgence
316.Vasuvaegaay, The Lord is the strength of the wind
317.Mahaavaegaay, One who has greatest speed, greater than the wind
318.Manovaegaay, The Lord travels at the speed of the mind
319.Nishaacharaay, One who enjoys the objects of the senses through ignorance, One who travels at night, (‘Nisha’ is darkness or ignorance)
320.Sarvavaasinae, the Lord is omnipresent, One who resides everywhere
321.Shriyaavaasinae, The Lord has prosperity as His companion
322.Upadaeshakaraay, the Lord is the instructor, preceptor, knowledge giver
323.Akaaraay, One who knowledge through silence
324.Muniyae, One who observes the vows of silence, etc.
325.Aatmaniraaloekaay, The Lord comes out of the body looking at the self
326.Sambhagraay, One who is greatly adored
327.Sahastradaay, The Lord is the giver of thousands (unlimited)
328.Pakshinae, The Lord is the King of the birds - Garuda
329.Paksharoopaay, The Lord helps His devotees
330.Atideeptaay, One who is exceedingly effulgent, (beyond a million suns shining at the same time)
331.Vishaampatayae, One who is the Lord of all creation,
332.Unmaadaay, One who provokes hunger, desire
333.Madanaay, The Lord is the God of Desire
334.Kaamaay, The Lord is in the form of a lovely lady desired by all; The Lord is the form of Desire
335.Ashwatthaay, The Lord is the tree of the Universe
336.Arthakaraay, One who fulfils the desire of His devotees, Lord of all tresues
337.Yashasae, The Lord is the giver of fame
338.Vaamadaevaay, The Lord is the giver of the fruits of all acts – joy and sorrow
339.Vaamaay, The Lord Himself is the result /fruits of all actions
340. Praachae, The Lord is most ancient


  1. ^ Sharma, pp. viii-ix.
  2. ^ English translation: Mahabharata 13.17 translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguly (published between 1883 and 1896). This is the source for the version presented in Chidbhavananda, who refers to it being from the Mahabharata but does not explicitly clairify which of the two Mahabharata versions he is using. See Chidbhavananda, p.5.
  3. ^ Sharma, pp. viii-xxviii.
  4. ^ Kumar, Vijaya (2006). The Thousand Names of Shiva. Sterling Publishers. 
  5. ^ Jagdish Lal Shastri, Arnold Kunst (1978). Ancient Indian tradition & mythology, Volume 3. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 1404-1406. 

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