Verse 36 states: Shiv Mahimna Stotram - Text 36
Diksha danam tapas tirtham jnanamyaga-dikah kriyah,
mahimnah stava pathasya kallam narhanti shodashim
Initiation into spiritual life, charities, austerities, pilgrimages, practice of yoga, performance of sacrificial rites – none of these give even a sixteenth part of the merit that one gets by reciting the hymn on the greatness of Shiva. (36)
Pushpadanta wrote the Shiva Mahimna Stotram to seek forgiveness from Lord Shiva.
Did he just state this out of flattery for Lord Shiva?