The Meaning of Shankara or Samkara
Lord Siva is popularly known as Shankara or Samkara. Samkara means doer of good
deeds or who is the same or stable in all deeds. We can also make some additional
interpretations, which agree with the virtues that are popularly ascribed to him
as in the following case.
The word Shankara is made up of two words, namely "shanka" and "hara".
Shanka means doubt and hara means dispeller or destroyer. It also means lord.
The word "Shankara" thus means He who dispels or destroys doubts. dispels
or destroys all doubts. He rules over our disbeliefs and hesitations and establishes
firm faith in us through his compelling nature. By dispelling our doubts and establishing
faith, He destroys all our bondage.
Shankara or Sankara also inply sankata + hara, that is he who destroys or
ends all difficulties. Sincere prayers to Shankara can be very effective. The Lord
is easily pleased with pure devotion and responds immediately. Siva is known
for his boon giving nature, which at times causes trouble because when he is pleased
he can be very generous even to the evil characters.