Chandrashekhara Ashtakam is believed to be created by Sage Marakandeya. It is believed that when Yama is trying to take life of Sage Marakandeya, then he had sung this Stotram and thus Lord Shiva has saved him.

I have read this story in Padma Purana, Uttara Khanda downloaded from vedpuran.net website. But this story is not found in any other version of Padma Purana. So, I think the Padma Purana which I have is interpolated. That's why I am looking for the source of Chandrashekhara Ashtakam.

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    Even i searched for Chandrasekhar Ashtakam. I couldn't even find story of Yama, Markandeya and Shiva. I even want to know what Shiva exactly said to Markandeya parents regarding life span of Markandeya.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Sep 20, 2016 at 9:53
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    @TheDestroyer Yes I have read your conversation in chat room and then my focus went on Padma Purana which I have read in Hindi. Then I have searched in multiple other versions of Padma Purana but didn't found. I have also asked one version of it from Tezz but it also doesn't contain the story. Commented Sep 20, 2016 at 10:04
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    Unfortunately we don't have critical editions of Puranas. I think only Mahabharata has critical edition.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Sep 20, 2016 at 10:07
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    @Keshav Are you completely sure? How did it become so popular if it does not exist in even a single scripture? And does it mean that the chapter that Triyugi is asking about is the only thing about Markandeya?
    – Surya
    Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 15:31
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    @Surya Well, that could be a reference to the story of Shweta. But the way, I subsequently learned that while the story of Shiva rescuing Markandeya from Yama has no scriptural basis, the Narasimha Purana describes Vishnu rescuing Markandeya from Yama. Commented Jul 15, 2017 at 13:38

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The above question is strange as bcz we have heard the Sage Marakandeya story not for this -[Chandrashekhara Ashtakam].

From childhood we all know that Sage Marakandeya was chanting {Maha mritunjoy Mantra} for the rescuing from Yama. along with the same story.

i know the question was asked long years back ! if someone read today atleast he/she can clear the doubt.

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