Shiva Lingashtakam is one of the most famous bhajans dedicated to Lord Shiva. Lingashtakam extols the greatness of Linga or Lingam – the symbol of Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a pillar of fire with no end or beginning. Lingam is an attempt to give form to formless Brahman.
Shiva (meaning Auspicious one ), also known as Rudra (the Feared One ) or 'The Destroyer is a major Hindu god and one aspect of Trimurti. In the Shaiva tradition of Hinduism, Shiva is seen as Supreme God. In the Smarta tradition, he is one of the five primary forms of God. Shiva is usually worshipped in the form of Shiva linga. In images, he is generally represented as immersed in deep meditation or dancing the Tandava upon Maya, the demon of ignorance in his manifestation of Nataraja, the lord of the dance.
Lingaashtakam is a stotram on Lord Shiva . It has a selection of 8 Slokams hence called a Ashtakam. It is considered highly auspicious to listen to Lingashtakam during Shivratri.
Phlashruthi (benifits of Chanting Lingashtakam)
Shiva Lingashtakam Stotram features eight Stanzas on Shivalinga and it is said that any Shiva devotee who chants the holy octet of the Shiva Lingam with great devotion would in the end get moksha and reach the Shiva Lok (the world of Hindu God Shiva).