Oṃ namaḥ śivāya

Oṃ namaḥ śivāya is possibly one of the most well-known mantras used for Japa (silent repetition of mantra) and worship. In this short course, we will trace back to the source of this mantra in the Vedas, therefore learning its context and meaning. From the Yajur Veda’s most powerful hymn to Lord Śiva-Rudra, Oṃ namaḥ śivāya is an extract, called the Śiva pañcākṣarī or the five-syllabled mantra.

It is said that chanting Oṃ namaḥ śivāya is as good as chanting the whole Veda! Śiva means maṅgala, happy end, the grand finale. Salutation to Lord Śiva who gives absolute happiness. (Swami Dayananda Saraswati)

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How this course works

Through video, audio and text lessons, you will be able to learn the pronunciation, context and meaning of the mantra. As a self-paced course, you can complete the lessons from anywhere at your own pace, revisiting the lessons as many times as you need.

You will be able to download the text you need to navigate the lessons in this course. Japa, 108 times repetition of this mantra from an actual group practice is included in this course to accompany you on your own practice. There is also a resource with only the teacher’s voice, as another option to accompany you on your practice.

Simply follow the lessons in a structured way to learn this mantra correctly!

Course Curriculum

  • Welcome!
    5 minutes
  • Download text
    2 minutes
  • Introduction to Śiva
    15 minutes
  • Introduction to Rudram
    30 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics
    5 minutes
  • Grammar
    2 minutes
  • adhyayanam – repeat after the teacher
    5 minutes
  • Meaning – video explanation
    5 minutes
  • Significance of 108
    5 minutes
  • What is Japa?
    5 minutes
  • Practice with group – 108 times japa
    30 minutes
  • Practice with Shantala – 108 times Japa
    30 minutes
  • Closing Śānti mantra
    8 minutes

Your Course Includes

Video explanations

The context and meaning of the mantra is available through videos

Audio lessons

You will be able to access audio lessons with correct pronunciation and repeat along with a group or only the voice of the teacher.


The grammar behind the mantra Oṃ namaḥ śivāya explained!

Japa -108 times repetition resource

You have 2 resources, one with a group and one with only the voice of the teacher with 108 times repetition of the mantra to accompany you on your own practice. Simply leave the recording playing when you sit down to practice and be guided.

Frequently asked questions

When does the course start and finish?

This is self paced learning of approximately 2 hours duration. You are free to take longer or shorter to complete the course.

How long do I have access to the course?

Unlimited !! You can watch the videos explanations and use the audio lessons for as long as you need.

Can I have face to face interaction with Instructor

No, this is an online self paced course with audio, video & text lessons. However, you are free to contact the instructor via our direct messaging system from the member’s area.

Does this course have any certificates?

No, this is just a basic introductory course to get you started with developing a daily chanting practice.

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