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Shiva’s Names – 108 Shiva Names With Meanings

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Shiva’s names represent different dimensions of who he is. Here is a list of 108 names of Shiva and Sadhguru’s explanation about why Shiva seems to have so many names!

Sadhguru says, “In the yogic tradition, Shiva is worshipped as a guru, not as a god. That which we refer to as Shiva is multi-dimensional. All the qualities that you can ever ascribe to anyone are ascribed to Shiva. When we say Shiva, we are not saying he is this kind of a person or that kind of a person.

Generally, the moralistic traditions always understand Divinity as good. But if you look at Shiva, you can neither fix him as good or bad. Everything that is in the Existence is a part of him. That is how he is described in the tradition.”

The Origin of the 108 Names of Shiva

Sadhguru continues, “He has innumerable forms and manifestations but fundamentally, we can categorize these into seven categories. There is the distant godhead that we call as Ishwara; there is a benevolent personal god that we call as Shambho; there is an uncomplicated hermit or Bho, or an endearingly naïve Sambaleshwara or Bhola; there is a wise teacher of the Vedas whom we call as Dakshinamurthy; the fountainhead of all art forms, we call him Natesha; the fierce, the destroyer of the wicked, we call him Kalabhairava or Mahakala; the dashing seducer of the romantic, we call him Somasundara, which means more beautiful than the moon. These are the seven basic forms out of which millions of manifestations can be derived.”

In the yogic tradition, there are 1008 names of Shiva that stem from these seven broad categories. Out of these 1008 names, there are 108 names of Shiva that are widely known:

Shiva’s 108 Names with Meanings

Aashutosh
One who instantly fulfills all wishes
Adiguru
The first Guru
Adinath
The first Lord
Adiyogi
The first Yogi
Aja
The Unborn
Akshayaguna
The one with limitless qualities
Anagha
The faultless one
Anantadrishti
Of infinite vision
Augadh
One who revels all the time
Avyayaprabhu
Imperishable
Bhairav
Destroyer of fear
Bhalanetra
One who has an eye in the forehead
Bholenath
The simple one
Bhooteshwara
One who has mastery over the elements
Bhudeva
Lord of the earth
Bhutapala
Protector of the disembodied beings
Chandrapal
Master of the moon
Chandraprakash
One who has moon as a crest
Dayalu
The compassionate one
Devadideva
The god of gods
Dhanadeepa
Lord of wealth
Dhyanadeep
The light of meditation
Dhyutidhara
Lord of brilliance
Digambara
The one who wears the sky as his raiment
Durjaneeya
Difficult to be known
Durjaya
The unvanquished
Gangadhara
Lord of river ganga
Girijapati
Consort of girija
Gunagrahin
Acceptor of gunas
Gurudeva
The great Guru
Hara
Remover of sins
Jagadisha
Master of the Universe
Jaradhishamana
Redeemer from afflictions
Jatin
The one with matted hair
Kailas
One who bestows peace
Kailashadhipati
Lord of Mount Kailash
Kailashnath
Master of Mount Kailash
Kamalakshana
Lotus-eyed lord
Kantha
Ever-radiant
Kapalin
One who wears a necklace of skulls
Kochadaiyaan
The lord with long dreadlocks
Kundalin
One who wears earrings
Lalataksha
One who has an eye in the forehead
Lingadhyaksha
Lord of the lingas
Lokankara
Creator of the three worlds
Lokapal
One who takes care of the world
Mahabuddhi
Extreme intelligence
Mahadeva
Greatest God
Mahakala
The lord of time
Mahamaya
Of great illusions
Mahamrityunjaya
Great victor of death
Mahanidhi
Great storehouse
Mahashaktimaya
One who has boundless energies
Mahayogi
Greatest yogi
Mahesha
Supreme lord
Maheshwara
Lord of Gods
Nagabhushana
One who has serpents as ornaments
Nataraja
King of the art of dancing
Nilakantha
The Blue-throated one
Nityasundara
Ever beautiful
Nrityapriya
Lover of Dance
Omkara
Creator of AUM
Palanhaar
One who protects all
Panchatsaran
Vigorous
Parameshwara
First among all gods
Paramjyoti
Greatest splendor
Pashupati
Lord of all living beings
Pinakin
One who has a bow in his hand
Pranava
Originator of the primal sound of AUM
Priyabhakta
Favorite of the devotees
Priyadarshana
Of loving vision
Pushkara
One who gives nourishment
Pushpalochana
One who has eyes like flowers
Ravilochana
Having Sun as the eye
Rudra
The Roarer
Sadashiva
The Transcended one
Sanatana
The Eternal God
Sarvacharya
The Supreme Teacher
Sarvashiva
The Eternal Lord
Sarvatapana
Preceptor of All
Sarvayoni
Always Pure
Sarveshwara
Lord of All
Shambho
The auspicious one
Shankara
Lord of All Gods
Shantah
Preceptor of Skanda
Shoolin
Giver of Joy
Shreshhtha
Lord of the Moon
Shrikantha
Always Pure
Shrutiprakasha
The one who has a trident
Skandaguru
Illuminator of the vedas
Someshwara
One who has a pure body
Sukhada
The giver of joy
Swayambhu
Self-created
Tejaswani
One who spreads illumination
Trilochana
Three-eyed Lord
Trilokpati
Master of all the three worlds
Tripurari
Destroyer of the “Tripur” (the 3 planets created by Asuras)
Trishoolin
One who has a trident in his hands
Umapati
Consort of Uma
Vachaspati
Lord of Speech
Vajrahasta
One who has a thunderbolt in his hands
Varada
Granter of Boons
Vedakarta
Originator of the Vedas
Veerabhadra
Supreme Lord of the Nether World
Vishalaksha
Wide-eyed Lord
Vishveshwara
Lord of the Universe
Vishwanath
Master of the Universe
Vrishavahana
One who has bull as his vehicle