England and Arsenal star Theo Walcott sent Twitter into meltdown on Thursday after he debuted a brand-new tattoo paying homage to one of the highest gods in the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva.
Ahead of the new premier league season, the Arsenal forward unveiled his new tattoo which read ‘Om Namah Shivaya’, a phrase which literally translates to ‘salutations to Shiva’ and is sung by devotees in prayers and recited by yogis in meditation. The chanting of the divine phrase is associated with qualities of prayer, divine-love, grace, truth, and blissfulness.
The star footballer tweeted the picture of his new tattoo along with the caption,”Open your heart, shed fear, hate or envy, to experience everlasting joy & happiness.”
— Theo Walcott (@theowalcott) August 9, 2017
The mantra Om Namah Shivaya actually means “I offer to Shiva a respectful invocation of His Name”, and ‘I bow to my inner self’. It is the most important form of devotion to the Shaivism sect of Hinduism and it is widely believed, it connect a human to his inner soul.
The chanting of the mantra is said to bring peace of mind and is considered a powerful healing mantra which benefits in all physical and mental ailments.
Theo’s ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ tattoo sent twitter into a frenzy who just couldn’t keep calm in excitement and came up with some hilarious reactions.
Here’s how twitter reacted to his Tattoo’s:
Theo WalBhakt https://t.co/SgWU2a8Lhm
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) August 9, 2017
Har har Mahadev😍 https://t.co/ZwnyZDRIsU
— The Rathore (@rathore025) August 9, 2017
As an Indian, I feel very proud to see this tattoo on an arsenal player https://t.co/gpIEvLLDYj
— Jugal (@jugal_ambasana) August 9, 2017
Wow. Very nice. "Om Namah Shivaya!" The best phrase and tattoo to have. May Lord Shiva continue to protect and bless you. https://t.co/HHsGsmwB1F
— Hindu Americans (@HinduAmericans) August 9, 2017
— Yelkur (@ArseneAnger) August 9, 2017
When you get a foreign language tattoo without knowing how the characters are formed. https://t.co/GK1UW8pToo
— Sumant (@sumants) August 9, 2017
हर हर महादेव ! Always knew Right Wing was your best position https://t.co/a65BmR76Fa
— Raj Singh (@NoMoreDatGuy) August 9, 2017
Some, Indian fans even flanked him for getting the Tattoo wrong and even took the effort of editing the tattoo with an image that presents allegedly correct version.
Your tattoo guy kinda messed up, y'know.
This is what it should have been. pic.twitter.com/V6OwGFLHD2
— Tanuj Baru (@barucracy) August 9, 2017
It means "I take your name Lord Shiva" is a soul cleansing mantra. The typo is grammatical
hould be ॐ नमः शिवाय
— Aditya (@Brewkenstein) August 9, 2017
Yeah. It looks cool and all, but the breaking of the alphabets is just wrong. @theowalcott should have checked with an Indian Gooner first.
— Sherwin Mascarenhas (@Sherwinator_27) August 9, 2017