To mark the occasion of International Women’s Day, one thousand Indian women recited the ‘Shiv Tandava Stotram’ at Assi Ghat in Varanasi.
These women, dressed in red, from 16 states participated in the unique event organised to celebrate Women’s Day by a Mumbai-based organisation – the Foundation for Holistic Development in Academic Fields.
This was done on the auspicious auspicious day of Ganga Aarti at Assi Ghat.
It is widely believed that the ‘Shiva Tandava Stotram’ were written by Ravana, the asura King and devotee of Lord Shiva.
Lord Shiva was so pleased and enamoured listening to this music:
Galeavalambya lambitam bhujangatungamalikam
Damad damad damaddama ninadavadamarvayam
Chakara chandtandavam tanotu nah shivah shivam
Jata kata hasambhrama bhramanilimpanirjhari
Dhagadhagadhagajjva lalalata pattapavake
Kishora chandrashekhare ratih pratikshanam mama …