Mahalinga Ashtakam

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Mahalingashtakam¬
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1.Mahalingam , Mahadevam , Maheswaram, Umapathim,¬
SAmbam , Madhyarjunesam tham gurum devam nathoismyaham.¬
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I am the devotee of That great Linga, that great deva , that great god , The consort of Uma,¬
Who is Samba , the God of madhyarjuna(thiruvidai marudur) , The teacher and the great God.¬
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2.Jyothi roopam, Krishna roopam, sarva roopam, jagad pathim,¬
Ishatartha sidhitham shambhum , Mahalingam, nathosmyaham.¬
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I am the devotee of the shining form, the black form, the one who is all forms , ¬
The Lord of the universe, Shambhu who fulfills our desires and the great linga.¬
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3.Kasi kshethra samanamcha , kailasadhadhikam priyam,¬
Saswatha sthira vasam cha , Mahalingam nathosmyaham.¬
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I am the devotee of that great linga , Who stays in a place equal to Benares ,¬
Which is greater than Kailasam and who stays there permanently.¬
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4.Brahad kuchamba sahitham , mookamba thapa saphalam,¬
Ganadhyaksham , shanmukhancha , Mahalingam nathosmyaham.¬
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I am the great devotee of that linga along with Ganesa and Shanumhka,¬
As well as Brahadkuchambal , who made the penance of Mookamba fruitful.¬
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5.Pradakshinath Aswamedham , Namanath Vajapeyakam,¬
Stotrath Sri Rajasooyakhyam , smaranath mukthi dhayakam.¬
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Going round him is equal to Aswamedha , saluting him is equal to Vajapeya ,¬
Chanting prayers is equal to Rajasooya and thinking about him, one gets salvation.¬
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6.Kshethra vasascha nirmuktha , Theertha snanayi sadaa suchi,¬
Panchakshara japaschaiva , Mahalinga prathushyathi.¬
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By staying in the temple one gets liberated , By taking bath in sacred waters, you will become ever pure,¬
And by chanting “Om Namashivaya” the God Maha linga would become happy.¬
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7.Ya Pradosha Mahalingam Rudra japath pradoshayeth,¬
Sa sarva roga nirmuktha sathayusha sukhamethathu.¬
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That Mahalingam can be made happy by chanting Rudra during Pradosham,¬
And he who chants would get rid of al diseases and live for one hundred years.¬
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8.Darsanath sarva papagnam , namanath vanchitha pradham,¬
Smaranath sarva sayujyam , Mahalingam nathosmyaham.¬
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I am the devotee of that great linga , seeing which all sins would be destroyed,¬
Saluting which all desires would be fulfilled and meditating on which he gets merged with god.¬
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9.Mahalingashtakam stotram , krutham kashtougha nasanam,¬
Mahalinga prerithena Gopalena krutham Shubham.¬
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The prayer of the octet addressed to Mahalinga which destroys all sufferings,¬
Was composed by Gopala as per encouragement of Mahalinga. Let there be good.¬
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