Shiva Stuti
AuthorNarayana Panditacharya
Period13th century
Shiva absorbed in meditation
Shiva absorbed in meditation

Shiva Stuti (Sanskrit:शिवस्तुति; IAST:Śivastutī), is one of the most famous Stutis (poems) composed by Sri Narayana Panditacharya in praise of Lord Shiva written in Prithvi metre.[1] Stuti means eulogy, singing praise, panegyric and to praise the virtues, deeds and nature of God by realising them in our hearts.[2] In this stuti Narayana Panditacharya eulogised the power, beauty, virtues, qualities, and also the five forms of Lord Shiva. The Shiva Stuti consists of 13 verses and is recited daily or on special festivals like Maha Shivaratri by Hindus. Once it so happened that when Sri Narayana Panditacharya went to Rameshwaram Temple, the doors were closed. He prayed Lord Shiva with "Shiva Stuti". The temple doors opened automatically and he had the darshan of Lord Shiva.[1][3][4][5]

About the work

The authorship of the Shiva Stuti is attributed to Narayana Panditacharya, a poet-saint who lived in the 14th century CE. He mentions his name in the last verse of the hymn. It is said in the 13th verse of the Shiva Stuti that whoever chants it with full devotion to Shiva, will have Shiva's grace. Among Hindus worldwide, it is a very popular belief that chanting the Shiva Stuti invokes Shiva's divine intervention in grave problems.[5]


Narayana Panditacharya (1290–1370) was a Hindu poet-saint, reformer and philosopher. A composer of several popular works, he is best known for being the author of the epic Sri Madhva Vijaya, a biographical work of the great Dvaita philosopher Sri Madhvacharya in the Sanskrit language. [3]


There are 13 verses in Shiva Stuti. The Stuti detail in the order of his knowledge, devotion to Shiva. As with the case of devotional literature. The language of Stuti is in the Sanskrit and is composed in Prithvi metre.[4][1]


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  1. ^ a b c Sharma 2000, p. 221.
  2. ^ Arapura 2012, p. 37.
  3. ^ a b Glasenapp 1992, p. 228.
  4. ^ a b Sivaramamurti 1976, p. 84.
  5. ^ a b Emeneau 1967, p. 89.
  6. ^ Sharma 2000, p. 500.