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Why did Ravana create Shiv Stotram?

The Rakshas king Ravana was worshiping Lord Shiva very strongly. Once he has created Shiv Stotram for Lord Shiva. What was the story behind creating Shiv Stotram?
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Which Scripture mentions the famous Shiva Tandava Stotram?

Shiva Tandava Stotram is a hymn dedicated to Lord Shiva and it describes the daily evening dance of Tandava. It also poetically describes destroying aspects of Shiva. Shiva Tandava Stotram mentioned ...
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What scriptures mention chanting Runa Vimochana Narasimha Stotram relieves debts?

There is a belief that if anybody chants the Runa Vimochana Narasimha Stotram he can be relieved from his debts. Is that belief mentioned in any scriptures? EDIT: Here is the Stotram: ॥ श्रीनरसि...
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What are the instances where Lord Shiva was found laughing?

In Shivashtakam (Listen here), Lord Shiva is said to be the one having immense laughter. वटाधोनिवासं महाट्टाट्टहासं महापापनाशं सदासुप्रकाशम् । गिरीशं गणेशं महेशं सुरेशं शिवं शङ्करं शम्भुमीशानमी...
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Ganapati Shodasa Nama Stotram source

Sumukhaschaikadanthascha, Kapilo Gaja Karnika, Lambhodarascha Vikato Vignarajo Vinayaka Dhoomakethurganadhyaksha Phalachandro Gajanana, Vakra Thunda Soorpakarno Herambha Skanda poorvaja ...
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What are Bhujanga stotrams?

Bhujanga means a snake, or one that has shoulders as locomotive limb. There are many Bhujanga stotrams, on Shiva, Vishnu etc, on almost all deities. What is the definition of a Bhujanga stotram, or ...
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What is the eligibility for reciting shiva sahasranama stotram?

Shiva Sahasranama is a "list of a thousand names" of Shiva, one of the most important deities in Hinduism. Is there any eligibility for a person to recite it? If yes, what is the eligibility to do ...
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Who spoke the Lakshmi ashtakam & did Lakshmi really kill Kolhasura?

The Lakshmi Ashtakam which starts as Indra uvācha: Namosthesthu Maha Maye, Sree peede, sura poojithe, Sanka , chakra, Gadha hasthe, Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe. 1 Namasthe ...
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Which Purana has Shiva Ashtottara Stotram?

The Shiva Ashtottara Stotram which starts as शिवोमहेश्वरश्शम्भुः पिनाकी शशिशेखरः ..... is said to be given by Vishnu to Parvati. Which Purana contains this 1) stotram 2) Dhyana sloka which ...
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Why are different forms of Vishnu to be remembered while doing different types of work in the Vishnu Shodasanama Stotra?

Please explain the reasons for the different forms of Vishnu needing to be remembered when doing different types of work in the Vishnu Shodashnaam Stotra. For example: Why is the action of taking ...
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Who was Budha-Kaushika?

One of the many popular Mantra/Stotra in Hinduism is Ram-Raksha Stotra. And as per this Wikipedia Link, it is written by Budha-Kaushika Rishi. In Ram-raksha itself, it is mentioned that Lord Shiva ...
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Who compiled Pandava Gita and what is the earliest reference to it?

Pandava Gita is a stotra or a hymn dedicated to Lord Krishna or Lord Vishnu. There are 76 verses sung by many including Lord Brahma, sages, Indra, Vaishampayana, Pandavas, Draupadi and also Duryodhana,...
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What are the benefits of chanting the Shiva Mahimna Strotram?

Pushhpadanta was a Gandharva singer, in the court of Indra{the Lord of Heaven}.It is said that Pushhpadanta composed a prayer praising the greatness of Lord Shiva. This prayer later became well ...
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What is meaning of the Maruti-stotra composed by Ramdas swami?

I have recited this stotra since I was a child and although I have understood the meaning of some parts of it, I would love to get the meaning of the entire prayer. Here is the full text for ...
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Mantras/prayers to be chanted by parent for the well being of children

Are there any mantras/stotras that a parent can chant for the well being (health/wisdom/ long life etc) of their children?
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History behind Mahishasura Mardini Stotram? [duplicate]

I was listening to this powerful stotram on YouTube. Don't know why but there were tears in my eyes it's so powerful! For knowledge sake just wanted to know some facts about it for instance: Who ...
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Whom & how to worship to develop fearless or fierce instincts?

One wanted to become fierce or fearless, according to scriptures/āchāryas who one should worship? And what is the method? Better if worshipping include reading only Stotra or hymns.
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Looking for Sri Kalki's stotram to Lord Shiva in Sanskrit

According to the Kalki Purana, Sri Kalki will obtain the horse and his sword by propitiating Lord Shiva. After offering His respectful obeisances to Lord Siva, who is very easily pleased, and ...
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Who composed the Mahishasura Mardini stotram?

Who composed the Mahishasura Mardini stotram? Was it Adi Sankaracharya ?
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Origin of Bajrang Baan

In which scripture Bajrang Baan is mentioned and is there are multiple versions or one version of Bajrang Baan? One version can be found on Hindupedia.com
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Is Kaal Bhairava Ashtakam inauthentic work of Adi Shankar?

Here a user claiming Kalbhairava Ashtakam is an inauthentic work of Adi Shankaracharya. As for obvious reasons, works of Vaishnavas on Lord Shiva can be considered inauthentic or can be seen with ...
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Who has written Madhurashtakam and what is its meaning?

Who has written Madhurashtakam and what is its meaning? Which deity is addressed in this ashtakam?
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What is meaning of “vaarchnam” in siddha kunjika stotram?

In the Shri Siddha Kunjika stotram, there is a following verse: na sūktaṃ nāpi vā dhyānaṃ na nyāso na vārcanaṃ |2|
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What are the benefits of reciting Durga Saptashati Devi Aparadha Kshamapana Stotram?

Navarathri is a very important festival of the Hindus. This is a festival during which Devi ie Goddess Durga, is worshipped for nine nights. Goddess Durga is worshipped in various forms on each ...
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What is Siddha Kunjika Stotra?

While reading i came across name of a Devi-Stotra called "Siddha Kunjika Stotra"(सिद्धकुन्जिका स्तोत्रं ) ,it's said that lord Shiva himself told this stotra to godess parvati. So i would like to ...
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Is there any hymn or verse for not having any kind of good/bad dreams? How can one skip dreams or illusion?

Is there any hymn or verse for not having any kind of good/bad dreams? How can one skip dreams or illusion? In Vishnu sahasra namavali I found one Om dusvapnanashanay namah But it is not working ...
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Why did parshuram curse stotras? Why Gita, Vishnu Sahasranama and Chandika Saptashathi among some more are free form all dosha?

Varahi Tantra says that in the age of Kali yuga, most stotras are cursed by Parashurama and hence are ineffective. While listing the ones which are free from this curse and hence suitable during Kali ...
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Is there a variation of Madhurashtakam with Mathura in it?

Madhurashtakam is an eight versed chant composed by Vallabhacharya composed on Lord Krishna. It describes about the beauty of Lord Krishna. In the stotra, Vallbhacharya says everything about Lord ...
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Which is this stotra?

Which is this Sanskrit stotra? (Starts at 24 seconds) https://youtu.be/Tj9d44UrU7c?t=24s
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From where the lyrics is taken for the following song? Shri Radhe Sharanam Mamah

The song found on Youtube sung by Pt. Jasraj ji Full lyrics Lyrics for Shri Radhe Sharanam Mamah by Pandit Jasraj shree radhey sharnam mamah chaturmukhadi sanstutam samasta satwatanutam ...
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Who is Eeshan/Ishvara refered to in Soundaraya Lahari?

A verse in Soundarya Lahari by Adi Sankara says, Jagat suthe dhata harir avati rudrah kshapayate Tiraskurvan etat svam api vapurisastirayati; Sada-purvah sarvam tad idamanugrhnati cha Shiva- ...
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What is the origin of the Roga Nivaran Stotra?

Can anyone let me know the origin of the below Stotra? अच्युतानन्त गोविन्द नामोच्चारण भेषजात् | नश्यन्ति सकल रोगः सत्यं सत्यं वदाम्यहम् || अच्युतानन्तगोविन्द विष्णो नारायणामृत | रोगान्मे नाशयाशेषान ...
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Saying Sanskrit Stotram with incorrect pronunciations? [duplicate]

Not everyone is well versed in reading Hindi and let alone Sanskrit. I recently started chanting the Shiva Mahimna Stotram. However, some of the pronunciations are quite difficult for me. My ...
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Can I chant these stotras without initiation?

Can I chant 1. Mantra matruka stava and 2. Mantra matruka pushpamala stava without initiation as these contain panchadashi mantra (which is to be practiced only after initiation under the guidance of ...
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What is the proper time to recite the Aditya Hrudayam?

What is the proper time for recitation of this stotra? Is it forbidden to listen/chant Aaditya Hrudayam after sunset?
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Where do I find Jnanagarbha stotra?

From this link and a commentary on Pratyabhijnahridayam by revered acharya Kshemraj we find the following quote which is a spiritual technique (Shambhavopaye) leading to immediate realization if ...
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Can someone give translation to Arya Durga Ashtakam?

This is the Arya Durga Ashtakam- Arya Durga Ashtakam Kindly give its translation.
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What is Shri Venkateshwara Mangalasasana stotram recited for?

What is Shri Venkateshwara Mangalasasana Stotram recited for? Where can I find original text with meaning? (as it's hard to find flawless text on internet)
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What is the use of chanting the sahasranamam everyday?

Everyday morning I hear the Vishnu Sahasranamam Stotram and I feel that my day is the happiest even though I face a little trouble. However I cannot leave or miss a day hearing the stotram. Hence I ...
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Any online link for sri vidya related strotra (bala, lalita etc) with english meaning?

Is there any site which has sri vidya related strotras with english meanings also. Some places have sanskrit text but no meanings.
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What's the meaning of Sūrya Maṇḍala Stōtram?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32TGOFRIVmE It appears to be from Bhaviṣya Purāṇa because it ends with: ... sūryamaṇḍalasustrōtraṃ yaḥ paṭhēt satataṃ naraḥ | sarvapāpaviśuddhātmā ...
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Is Navagraha Stotra (Japakusuma-sankasham…) an independent work of Maharshi Vyasa or part of any scriptures?

The Navagraha Stotra is said to have written by Maharshi Vyasa. The Stotra link is given below: Navagrahastotra (with meanings) Is it part of any scripture or just an independent work?
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Is phalashruti applicable to people who read translated versions?

Many Hindu texts have phalashruti for even reading the texts or even for reading a single shloka of such texts. In this context I got the doubt: Is phalashruti (for reading) applicable to those who ...
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Is there an English translation of the book Shri Shiva Tattva Rahasya?

I wanted to learn more about Shiva Ashtotthara Shatanama Stotram. So here was an answer which showed me the source of the stotram. And this answer also referred to Shri Shiva Tattva Rahasya written ...
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When Bhairava destroyed the creation of Brahman mere with the great laughter?

In the famous Kaal Bhairava Ashtakam of Adi Shankaracharya we find the verse - अट्टहासभिन्नपद्मजाण्डकोशसंततिं दृष्टिपातनष्टपापजालमुग्रशासनम् । अष्टसिद्धिदायकं कपालमालिकाधरं काशिकापुराधिना...
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What is the story of Gandharva Pushpadanta?

The famous Shiva Mahimna Stotra is said to be authored by Gandharva Pushpadanta. Besides the facts that he was a Gandharva and an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, is there any other information ...
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Is their any Stotra, Stava, Stuti, et cetera for Mohini?

Vishnu manifested into Mohini and gave Devas the ambrosial nectar, and rendered Daityas bereft of Amrita. Then She even cut Rahu Ketu apart. There have always been innumerable Stutis of each ...
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Is Ramashtakam an independent work of Vyasa or part of a Purana?

Ramashtakam which you can listen here on YouTube, is an octet on Lord Rama and is attributed to Vyasa. It also ends with the following: Ramashtakam padathi ya sukaram supunyam, Vyasena ...
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Should Stotras and Mantras be recited aloud?

Should Stotras, such as Ganpati Stotra, Durga Stotra, etc., and Mantras be recited aloud or can they be recited just in mind? Also, does the absolute correct pronunciation of words in Stotras matter?
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What is the significance or reason behind repeating a word in a row multiple times in a stotram?

This is about Mahisasura mardini stotram. Some words are used more than once for example, in 11th sloka it is अयि सुमनःसुमनःसुमनः सुमनःसुमनोहरकान्तियुते Ayi Sumanah-Sumanah-Sumanah Sumanah-...