Shiva as we know him today shares many features with Rudra, and Shiva and Rudra are viewed as the same personality in Hindu scriptures. The two names are used synonymously. Rudra, the god of the roaring storm, is usually portrayed in accordance with the element he represents as a fierce, destructive deity.
Though the name looks fierce, Lord Rudra is highly merciful and benevolent in fulfilling the needs of the devotees. Here are a few Rudra mantras with their meanings and benefits.
Panchakshari Shiva Mantra
“Om Namah Shivaya”
This is the most popular Rudra mantra chanted from times immemorial. Made of five syllables Om, Na, Ma, Shi, Va, and Ya, this mantra represents the five elements. The literal translation of this mantra is “I bow down to Lord Shiva”.
Powerful Rudra mantra
“Om Namo Bhagavate Rudraya”
This is one of the most powerful and simplest Rudra mantras used widely for holy chants, worship and meditation. It praises Lord Rudra and prays him to bless the individual.
Shiv Gayatri mantra
“Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Maha Devaya Dheemahi Tannoh Rudrah Prachodayat”
Gayatri mantras are protective in nature. They act like a shield surrounding the individual and protect them from all fears and dangers. The Shiv Gayatri mantra says I meditate on the Supreme Being of Lord Maha Deva. Let Lord Rudra illumine my intellect and show a clear path to proceed.
Shiv Dhyana mantra
“Karacharankritam Vaa Kaayjam Karmjam Vaa Shravannayanjam Vaa Maanasam Vaa Aparadham Vihitam Avihitam Vaa Sarvameta Kshamasva Jay Jay Karunaabdhe Shree Mahadev Shambho”
Oh merciful Lord Mahadev, kindly forgive me for the sins committed through my hands and feet, body and through actions. Pardon the sins committed through the ears, eyes and mind, knowingly or unknowingly.
“Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam Urvarukamiva Bandhanath Mrityormukshiya Mamritat”
This is the ultimate mantra to escape the fear of death. The mantra prays Lord Shiva and says, “Oh the three-eyed Lord, you are the master of the universe and filled with a divine fragrance. You are the one who distributes nourishment to all beings. As the ripe cucumber is released automatically from its mother plant, relieve me from the fear of death and lead me to immortality. Chanting Mrityunjaya mantra can help overcome all fears and confusions and give clarity of mind. It promotes health and happiness.
Benefits of chanting Rudra mantras
- Rudra mantras remove fear and clear all the confusions and vagaries of the mind. Every human has a set of fears. Chanting Rudra mantra regularly in the prescribed manner with devotion and focus of mind can help overcome all kinds of fears and stresses.
- Rudra mantra is the ultimate panacea for all illnesses, discomforts and diseases. It can relieve the individual of the uncomfortable state of illnesses and promote overall health and happiness.
- When you feel your energies are drained, you can chant Rudra mantra to recharge your body, mind and spirit.
- Rudra mantra can relieve the harmful influences of planets and bring peace and stability into the individual’s life. It can augment the positive planetary influences and offset the negative impacts of some unfavourable planetary combinations.