This book contains the widely used Sanskrit prayer to Lord Shiva along with line-by-line meaning in English. The Chalisa is included separately in both Devanagari and English scripts. We have also mentioned the widely recognised benefits of regularly reading the Shiva Chalisa.
Lord Shiva is one of the most worshipped deities in HInduism. He is a part of the Trimurti ('the Divine Triad) along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. Lord Shiva is considered to be responsible for the destruction of anything and everything in this universe and has numerous temples dedicated to him across India, Nepal and other Hindu regions of South-Asia.
One of the most common practices in Hinduism is the usage of 40-verse prayers which are dedicated to specific deities and historical figures. These prayers are known as 'Chalisas' after the Sanskrit term 'Chalis' which means 'Forty'. It is believed that reading a chalisa regularly helps one seek the blessings and protection of the corresponding deity. Different deities have different roles in Hinduism and followers have the freedom to closely worship any specific deity that they identify the most with.
Lord Shiva's global identity is attached to the fact that he is believed to have been the originator of Yoga which is practiced by millions of people today. Lord Shiva is often represented seated in a meditative yogic posture as you can see on the book cover.