The Lingashtakam is one of the most popular Ashtakams(a Stotram with 8 verses) dedicated to Lord Shiva which praises Him in the abstract "Lingam" form.

You can read it here.

However,till date,i have never encountered any website that provides any information about the author of this beautiful octet.

Question 1-Who composed the Lingashtakam?

Verse 7 of the said Ashtakam ends with the following line :

Asta Daridra Vinasita Lingam,Tat Pranamami Sada Siva Lingam,

which refers to the Asta Daridras or the 8 types of poverties.

Question 2-What are these 8 types(forms) of poverties?

  • I think Adi Shankara composed Lingastakam afaik. Will provide you scriptural evidence. – The Destroyer Mar 12 '16 at 2:17
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    Good question. I've also visited but didn't find the author. Some says he was Adi Shankara but can't justify. For 8 kind of poverty, there is one stuff but scriptural reference/commentary is recommended – Pandya Mar 12 '16 at 7:42
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    I found some Google books for Lingastakam which say it was written by Adi Shankara. 1, 2 and 3. I searched for scriptural evidence for Asta daridras but couldn't find any. – The Destroyer Mar 12 '16 at 10:33
  • @AnilKumar Good finds. – Rickross Mar 12 '16 at 12:56
  • If ashta Aishwaryas are Anima, Mahima, Laghima, Garima,Prapti , Vasitwa,Prakamya and Isitwa then what is ashta daridras. May be opposite of that. – Neelothpala Jan 20 '17 at 7:45

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