I've seen two versions of dhyanam before Rudram (Namakam).

āpātāḷa-nabhaḥsthalānta-bhuvana-brahmāṇḍa-māvisphurat- jyotiḥ sphāṭika-liṅga-mauḷi-vilasat-pūrṇendu-vāntāmṛtaiḥ |

astokāpluta-meka-mīśa-maniśaṃ rudrānu-vākāñjapan dhyāye-dīpsita-siddhaye dhruvapadaṃ vipro‌உbhiṣiñce-ccivam ||

and this devanagari version

आपातालनभःस्थलान्तभुवनब्रह्माण्डमाविस्फुर- ज्ज्योतिः स्फाटिकलिङ्गमौलिविलसत् पूर्णेन्दुवान्तामृतैः ।

अस्तोकाप्लुतमेकमीशमनिशं रुद्रानुवाकाञ्जपन् ध्यायेदीप्सित सिद्धयेऽद्रुतपदं विप्रोऽभिषिञ्चेच्छिवम् ॥

I also have a book with me in Telegu which had also printed dhruva padam. So which one is the correct one?

So is it stable path or fast path?

  • Both are correct, Idk what you mean by stable path or fast path.
    – Second
    Commented Mar 29, 2021 at 15:07
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    He translates Dhruva padam as stable path and Druta padam as fast path. @Proxy
    – Rickross
    Commented Mar 30, 2021 at 5:32
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    !NOTE! Clicking on link will result in downloading the article. See this Locate the foot note on page 6.
    – Second
    Commented Mar 30, 2021 at 11:43
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    @Proxy Please post your comment as answer.
    – xax
    Commented Apr 4, 2021 at 10:06

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In Dhynam of Shri-Rudram Both,

अस्तोकाप्लुतमेकमीशमनिशं रुद्रानुवाकाञ्जपन् ध्यायेदीप्सित सिद्धयेऽद्रुतपदं विप्रोऽभिषिञ्चेच्छिवम् ॥


अस्तोकाप्लुतमेकमीशमनिशं रुद्रानुवाकाञ्जपन् ध्यायेदीप्सित सिद्धयेऽध्रुवपदं विप्रोऽभिषिञ्चेच्छिवम् ॥

Are valid, I.e. Both Drut Padam (द्रुतपदं) and Druva Padam (ध्रुवपदं) are valid.

One can use this document of Shri-Rudram Chant from Sanskrit Documents to see this as well as other such variations. Note:clicking on the link would result into download

Druva padam refers to the position like of the Druva (North star- the one that remains fixed) i.e. permanent or unchanging. While Drut padam meaning quickly.

Alternatively use this and locate the link to the article "Skt Dvng".

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