Fact

Shiva has 1008 names.

List of a Thousand Names For Shiva

According to the Shiva Purana, there are 1008 names for Shiva. Out of the 1008, there are 108 names that are more well known.[1][2][3]

To better understand what that means, it helps to understand the following points:

  • 108 is considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. For example traditional prayer beads have 108 beads.
  • Shiva is one of the most important Gods in Hinduism.
  • The Shiva Purana is an important Hindu text, that like other sacred texts, lists a bunch of names in one section.
  • There are 1008 names listed, but 108 (not including Shiva) are said to be the most well known of those.
  • This list of names is called “Shiva Sahasranama” and it is a “list of a thousand names” of Shiva.

List of the Names of Shiva

Instead of printing the full list here, let’s just list off some places where you can get the full list.

And finally, here is that information set to music.

1008 Names of Lord Shiva By Anuradha Paudwal Full Audio Song juke Box I Shivsastra Namavali.



Conclusion

Some people say Shiva has 108 names, and this is basically true. Shiva has 1008 names, 108 of which are more well known. 108 is an important number in Hindu tradition, and so the 108 specifically is symbolic. That said, there are exactly 1008 listed in the “list of a thousand names” (the traditional text).


Citations

  1. Full list of names of Shiva from the Shiva Purana.
  2. Shiva Purana. Wikipedia.org.
  3. Shiva Sahasranama. Wikipedia.org.


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