There are several versions of the Shiva Sahasranaamam out of which the one that occurs in the Mahabharatha is the most popular. After having heard the Vishnu Sahasranaamam, Yudhishthira asks his grandsire, Bheeshma, to also teach him the Shiva Sahasranaamam. The grandsire expresses his ignorance to do so and points him over to Lord Shri Krishna who is also nearby.
The Shiva Sahasranaamam is then said to have been sung in its entirety by Shri Krishna himself.
The Paramacharya places great importance on the Shiva Sahasranaamam from the Linga Puraanam. This version of the Shiva Puraanam, besides being rare is said to end all forms of conflict and discord, whether within the family or the country. During one of the wars with Pakistan, the Paramacharya organized mass chantings of the Linga Puraanam Shiva Sahasranaamam. Three versions of the Shiva Sahasranaamam (Sanskrit) are given below: