Ashtamurthi Forms of Shiva Wash Away Sins, Control Planets, Safeguard Senses, Give Joy & Pleasure
Lord Shiva energies suffuse the entire universe in various forms like Ekadasha Rudra, Pancha Brahma, and also Ashtamurthi forms that are the eight cosmic bodies of Lord Shiva. In Narada Purana, Lord Hanuman worships Lord Shiva by addressing him as Ashtamurthi. Similarly in Skanda Purana, Lord Vishnu also addresses Shiva as Ashtamurthi.
Shashvatah Khandaparashurajah Pashavimochakah
The above lines mean that, the one who has eight forms, who manifests as many selves, who is sattvic, has a pure form, who is eternal, who has a mark of axe, who doesn’t have birth (Aja), and who gives relief to bondages.
The basis of the creation of every aspect in the universe is represented by Ashtamurthi or eight-fold forms of Lord Shiva that are, Sarva, Bhava, Rudra, Ugra, Bhima, Pashupati, Ishana, and Mahadeva. Ashtamurthi represents the earth, water, ether, fire, air, sun, moon, and soul. Lord Shiva has eight qualities – innocence, self-knowledge, purity, freedom from malas (impurities)*, benevolence, omniscience, omnipotence, and bliss.
In the wheel of creation known as Kala Chakra, Lord Shiva takes position in the hub. As Kala Chakra is always on the move, planets of the universe also have a direct influence on the wheel and Lord Shiva who is the wielder, can suppress the malefic effects of the planets with respect to a native’s chart.