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Shiv Mahimn Stotra
Shiv Mahimn Stotra is a very famous Stotra written for Shiv Jee by his great Bhakt Pushpdant. It is considered one of the best Stotra for Shiv by his Bhakt. The legend about the circumstances leading to the composition of this Stotra is that -
There was a king named Chitrarath in Kaashee, who had constructed a nice garden. There were very beautiful flowers in this garden. These flowers were used every day by the king in worshipping Lord Shiv. One day a Gandharv (Singer in the court of Indra, the Lord of the Heaven) named Pushpdant being fascinated by the beautiful flowers, began to steal them, as a consequence of which king Chitrarath could not offer flowers to Lord Shiv. He tried very hard to capture the thief, but he could not catch him, because the Gandharv have divine power to remain invisible.
Finally the King got an idea. He spread the Shiv Nirmaalya in his garden . Shiv Nirmaalya consists of the Bilva leaves, flowers, etc which have been used in worshipping Lord Shiv. The Shiv Nirmaalya is considered holy. The thief Pushpdant, not knowing this, walked on the Shiv Nirmaalya, and by that he incurred the wrath of Lord Shiv and lost the divine power of invisibility. As he lost the power of being invisibility, he was caught. The King asked - "So you are the thief of my flowers? Why do you steal my flowers?" He told him that since he also a great Shiv Bhakt, he stole them to worship Shiv. But sine he put the feet on Shiv Nirmaalya, Shiv got angry with him.
He then composed a prayer to Lord Shiv for his forgiveness. In this prayer he sung the greatness of the Lord. This very prayer became well known as the "Shiv Mahimna Stotra". Lord Shiv became pleased by this Stotra, and returned Pushpadant's divine powers. He also blessed him that whoever will recite this Stotra, he will please Shiv very soon.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 06/09/11