Om Namah Shivaya

English Name

English Spelling: Om Namah Shivaya

Transliteration: Om Namaḥ Śivāya

Sanskrit Name

ॐ नमः शिवाय

Phonetic Spelling: om nah-mah shi-vah-yah

Translation: "Salutations to Lord Shiva"

Meaning and Significance

This mantra is a powerful invocation dedicated to Lord Shiva. It signifies reverence and devotion, acknowledging Shiva as the supreme reality, the inner self. Chanting this mantra helps in purifying the mind, invoking inner peace, and enhancing spiritual growth.

Historical Context and Origin

"Om Namah Shivaya" is one of the most ancient and well-known mantras in yogic history, found in the Vedic texts and Puranas. It is prominently featured in the Yajurveda and the Rudram Chamakam.

This mantra is often associated with Shaivism, a major tradition within Hinduism that recognizes Shiva as the supreme being.

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