Shiva Tandava Stotram (शिवताण्डवस्तोत्रम्) is a stotra, hymn of praise in the Hindu tradition that describes Shiva’s power and beauty. It was sung by the son of Rishi Vishrawas Ravana.
A compelling and complex personality, Ravana is for many Hindus a legendary hero, a scholar of immense intelligence.
He was obsessed with his powers and was egoistic, and to display and prove his powers he was about to move Mount Kailash (the abode of Shiva who was his ancestor god). He managed to lift the mountain but Shiva immediately placed it back just by pressing his toe crushing Ravana’s fingers in the process. That is when Ravana sings “Tandav Stotram” and he was spared and blessed with Chandrahas (Moon sword by Lord Shiva) considered one of the most powerful weapons in Hindu Mythology.
Shiva Thandava Stotram was composed by Ravana. Shiva Tandava Mantra is a great prayer of Dancing Shiva and it is believed that those who read Shiva Tandava Stotram get the blessing of Lord Shiva, and the affectionate sight of god of wealth.
Jatatavee gala jjala pravaha pavitha sthale, Gale avalabhya lambithaam bhujanga thunga malikaam, Dama ddama dama ddama ninnadava damarvayam, Chakara chanda thandavam thanothu na shiva shivam. 1 Jata kataha sambhramabrama nillimpa nirjari, Vilola veechi vallari viraja mana moordhani, Dhaga dhaga daga jjwala lalata patta pavake, Kishora Chandra shekare rathi prathi kshanam mama. 2 Dara darendra nandini vilasa bhandhu bhandura, Sphuradigantha santhathi pramodha mana manase, Krupa kadaksha dhorani niruddha durdharapadi, Kwachi digambare mano vinodhamethu vasthuni. 3 Jada bhujanga pingala sphurath phana mani prabha, Kadamba kumkuma drava praliptha digwadhu mukhe, Madhandha sindhura sphurathwagu utthariya medhure, Mano vinodhamadhbutham bibarthu bhootha bharthari. 4 Sahasra lochana prabhoothyasesha lekha shekhara, Prasoona dhooli dhorani vidhu sarangri peedabhu, Bhujangaraja Malaya nibhadha jada jhootaka, Sriyai chiraya jayatham chakora bandhu shekhara. 5 Lalata chathwara jwaladhanam jaya sphulingabha, Nipeetha pancha sayagam saman nilimpanayakam, Sudha mayookha lekhaya virajamana shekharam, Maha kapali sampade, siro jadalamasthu na. 6 Karala bhala pattika dhagadhaga jjwala, Ddhanam jayahuthi krutha prachanda pancha sayage , Dharadharendra nandhini kuchagra chithrapathraka, Prakalpanaika shilpini, trilochane rather mama. 7 Naveena megha mandali nirudha durdharath sphurath, Kahoo niseedhi neethama prabhandha bandha kandhara, Nilimpa nirjari darsthanothu kruthi sindhura, Kala nidhana bandhura sriyam jagat durandhara. 8 Prafulla neela pankaja prapancha kalima prabha, Valambhi kanda kanthali ruchi prabandha kandharam, Smarschidham puraschidham bhavaschidham makhachidham, Gajachidandakachidham tham anthakachidham bhaje. 9 Agarva sarva mangalaa kalaa kadamba manjari, Rasa pravaha madhuri vijrumbha mana madhu vrtham, Suranthakam, paranthakam, bhavanthakam, makhandakam, Gajandhakandhakandakam thamanthakanthakam bhaje. 10 Jayathwadhabra vibramadbujaamga maswasath, Vinirgamath, kramasphurath, karala bhala havya vat, Dhimi dhimi dhimi dhwanan mrudanga thunga mangala, Dhwani karma pravarthitha prachanda thandawa shiva. 11 Drusha dwichi thra thalpayor bhujanga moukthika srajo, Garishta rathna loshtayo suhrudhwi paksha pakshayo, Trunara vinda chakshusho praja mahee mahendrayo, Samapravarthika kadha sadashivam bhajamyaham. 12 Kada nilampa nirjaree nikunja kotare vasan, Vimuktha durmathee sada sirasthanjaleem vahan, Vilola lola lochano lalama bhala lagnaka, Shivethi manthamucharan kada sukhee bhavamyaham. 13 Imam hi nithya meva muktha muthamothamam sthavam, Padan, smaran broovan naro vishudhimethi santhatham, Hare Gurou subhakthimasu yathi nanyadha gatheem, Vimohinam hi dehinaam sushakarasya chithanam. 14 Poojavasana samaye dasa vakhra geetham, Ya shambhu poojana param padthi pradhoshe, Thasya sthiraam radha gajendra thuranga yuktham, Lakshmeem sadaiva sumukheem pradadathi shambu. 15 God Bless Us All !