Shiva Stotras: Hymns Of Praise And Prayer, Vol. II

Mohani Heitel

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Sanskrit Prayers to Lord Shiva sung by Mohani Heitel accompanying herself with Tanpura for spiritual purpose, prayer, meditation and Yoga.

Stotram is a Sanskrit word that means eulogy or hymn of praise and prayer, which is dedicated to a certain deity. Mohani Heitel sings all the stotras of this series in her own musical composition accompanying herself with Tanpura. Most of these stotras were written by the medieval Indian saint Adi Shankara. Singing stotras or listening to them with undistracted attention helps to feel the presence of the corresponding deity, and serves to express devotional feelings. Mohani Heitel has compiled six parts which contain Shiva stotras (Vol. 1 and 2), Devi stotras (Vol.1 and 2), and one each for Vishnu stotras, and one for stotras of Ganesha together with Subrahmanya (Kartikeya).

This second album of Lord Shiva's stotras consists in a prayer to Lord Shiva as destroyer of afflictions and misery (Daridraya Dahana Shivastotram). Vishvanath Ashtakam refers to one of the jyotir lingas - pillars of light - which appeared in Varanasi. In Samba Sadashiva Aksharamala He is extolled with different names. Shiva Raksha Stotram prayer seeks for protection of each part of the body. Lingashtakam is about the glorie of Shiva represented in Lingam as symbolic form of worshipping Him. As Kala Bhairav He is venerated as the ruler of time. In Ardhanarishvara Stotram He is described and adored as being half male and half female. Dakshinamurti and Dattatreya are His aspects as a guru (teacher). In Atmashatakam, Shiva is realised as pure consciousness.

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