Mahimna - Three-eyed lord's Hymn
Mahimna strotram enumerates the greatness of three- eyed Lord Shiva in abundance,
The scared hymn with various myths and stories about the lord‘s acts is full of reverence.
Composed by Pushdanta, a Gandharava who was Lord Indra’s court musician,
The pleasing mantra in essence tries to seek the mountain Lord’s absolution.
Pushpadanta means one with the teeth of flowers or with a taste for flowers,
Passion for flowers made him steal from a beautiful garden in spite of the guarders.
The garden where the theft became a regular affair belonged to Kashi’s Chitra Ratha King.
The unavoidable day after day theft prevented the king from his daily prayer offering.
The habitual offender possesed divine magical powers which made him an invisible thief.
The great Shaiva king after all efforts was unsuccessful and went into a state of great grief.
As a last resort the king spread sacred Bilwa leaves on the garden and the adjacent path,
The flower thief unknowingly trod on the leaves and invited Lord Shiva’s wrath.
Cursed by Lord Mahesh to eternal disgrace, Pushpadanta lost all his powers in a instant.
Pushpadanta also a great Shiva devotee upon realizing the blunder became repentant.
The penitent Gandharva composed a melodious and rhythmic prayer in remorse and pain.
Pleased with the lovely hymn Shiva restored Pushpadanta’s celestial powers again.
O’ Rudra for a minor wrongdoing like stealing flowers this hymn was a requisite to appease you,
I a mere mortal am too sacred to even think about my sins for which your mercy is long overdue.
*Priti Razdan is a Software Engineer by profession working in New Delhi, India. Writing Poems is her favourite hobby. She loves writing Poems with comparisions drawn from nature.
Shivmahimna Stotr or Mahimnapar as it is called by Kashmiri Pandits is one of the earliest and one of the most recited Shiva prayer. There is hardly any Kashmiri house where Mahimapaar is not sung on Shivratri. But the real story behind this powerful strotra is not known to most of us.
This poem brings out the circumstances under which the Mahimna Strotra was composed.
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