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Narasimha Kavacham

Sri Nrisimha Kavacha of Prahlad

From the Brahmanda Purana

Shri Nrisimha kavacha-stotram

 

nrisimha-kavacham vakshye

prahladenoditam puraa

sarva-raksha-karam punyam

sarvopadrava-naashanam

 

I shall now recite the Narasimha-kavacha, formerly spoken by Prahlada Maharaja. It is most pious, vanquishes all kinds of impediments, and provides one all protection.

 

sarva-sampat-karam chaiva

svarga-moksha-pradaayakam

dhyaatva nrisimham devesham

hema-sinhaasana sthitamah

 

It bestows upon one all opulences and can give one elevation to the heavenly planets or liberation. One should meditate on Lord Narasimha, Lord of the universe, seated upon a golden throne.

 

vivritasyam tri-nayanam

sharad-indu-sama-prabham

lakshmyaalingita-vaamaangam

vibhuutibhi rupaashritam

 

His mouth is wide open, He has three eyes, and He is as radiant as the autumn moon. He is embraced by Lakshmi devi on his left side, and His form is the shelter of all opulences, both material and spiritual.

 

chatur-bhujam komalaangam

svarna-kundala-shobhitam

saroja-shobitoraskam

ratna-keyuura-mudritam

 

The Lord has four arms, and His limbs are very soft. He is decorated with golden earrings. His chest is resplendent like the lotus flower, and His arms are decorated with jewel-studded ornaments.

 

tapta-kaanchana-sankasham

pita-nirmala-vasasam

indradi-sura-maulishthaha

sphuran manikya-diptibhih

 

He is dressed in a spotless yellow garment, which exactly resembles molten gold. He is the original cause of existence, beyond the mundane sphere, for the great demigods headed by Indra. He appears bedecked with rubies which are blazingly effulgent.

 

virajita-pada-dvandvam

shankha-chakradi-hetibhihi

garutmata cha vinayat

stuyamanam mudanvitam

 

His two feet are very attractive, and He is armed with various weapons such as the conch, disc, etc. Garuda joyfully offers prayers with great reverence.

 

sva-hrit-kamalasamvaasam

kritvaa tu kavacham pathet

nrisimho me shirah patu

loka-rakshartha-sambhavaha

 

Having seated Lord Narasimhadeva upon the lotus of one’s heart, one should recite the following mantra: “May Lord Nrisimha, who protects all the planetary systems, protect my head.”

 

sarvago ‘pi stambha vasaha

phalam me rakshatu dhvanim

nrisimho me drishau paatu

soma-suryagni-lochanaha

 

Although the Lord is all-pervading, He hid Himself within a pillar. May He protect my speech and the results of my activities. May Lord Narasimha, whose eyes are the sun, and fire, protect my eyes.

 

smritam me patu nriharih

muni-vaarya-stuti-priyaha

nasam me simha-nasas tu

mukham lakshmi-mukha-priyaha

 

May Lord Nrihari, who is pleased by the prayers offered by the best of sages, protect my memory. May He who has the nose of a lion protect my nose, and may He whose face is very dear to the goddess of fortune protect my mouth.

 

sarva-vidyadhipaha patu

nrisimho rasanam mama

vaktram patv indu-vadanam

sada prahlaada-vanditaha

 

May Lord Narasimha, who is the knower of all sciences, protect my sense of taste. May He whose face is beautiful as the full moon and who is offered prayers by Prahlada Maharaja protect my face.

 

Nrisimha patu me kantham

skandhau bhu-bhrid ananta krit

divyastra-shobhita-bhujaha

nrisimhah patu me bhujaha

 

May Lord Narasimha protect my throat. He is the sustainer of the earth and the performer of unlimitedly wonderful activities. May He protect my shoulders. His arms are resplendent with transcendental weapons. May He protect my shoulders.

 

karau me deva-varado

nrisimhah patu sarvataha

hridayam yogi-sadhyash cha

nivasam patu me harih

 

May the Lord, who bestows benedictions upon the demigods, protect my hands, and may He protect me from all sides. May He who is achieved by the perfect yogis protect my heart, and may Lord Hari protect my dwelling place.

 

madhyam patu hiranyaksha

vaksha-kukshi-vidaranaha

nabhim me patu nriharihi

sva-nabhi-brahma-samstutaha

 

May He who ripped apart the chest and abdomen of the great demon HiraNyaaksha protect my waist, and may Lord Nrihari protect my navel. He is offered prayers by Lord Brahmaa, who has sprung from his own navel.

 

brahmanda-kotayah katyam

yasyasau patu me katim

guhyam me patu guhyanam

mantranam guhya-rupa-drik

 

May He on whose hips rest all the universes protect my hips. May the Lord protect my private parts. He is the knower of all mantras and all mysteries, but He Himself is not visible.

 

uru manobhavah patu

januni nara-ruupa-drik

janghe patu dhara-dhara

harta yo ‘sau nri-keshari

 

May He who is the original Cupid protect my thighs. May He who exhibits a human-like form protect my knees. May the remover of the burden of the earth, who appears in a form which is half-man and half-lion, protect my calves.

 

sura-rajya-pradah patu

padau me nriharishvarah

sahasra-shirsha-purushaha

patu me sarvashas tanum

 

May the bestower of heavenly opulence protect my feet. He is the Supreme Controller in the form of a man and lion combined. May the thousand-headed Supreme enjoyer protect my body from all sides and in all respects.

 

mahograh purvatah patu

maha-viragrajo ‘ghnitaha

maha-vishnur dakshine tu

maha-jvalas tu nairritaha

 

May that most ferocious personality protect me from the east. May He who is superior to the greatest heroes protect me from the southeast, which is presided over by Agni. May the Supreme Vishnu protect me from the south, and may that person of blazing luster protect me from the southwest.

 

pashchime patu sarvesho

dishi me sarvatomukhaha

nrisimhah patu vayavyam

saumyam bhushana-vigrahaha

 

May the Lord of everything protect me from the west. His faces are everywhere, so please may He protect me from this direction. May Lord Narasimha protect me from the northwest, which is predominated by Vaayu, and may He whose form is in itself the supreme ornament protect me from the north, where Soma resides.

 

ishanyam patu bhadro me

sarva-mangala-dayakaha

samsara-bhayatah patu

mrityor mrityur nrikeshari

 

May the all-auspicious Lord, who Himself bestows all-auspiciousness, protect from the northeast, the direction of the sun-god, and may He who is death personified protect me from fear of the rotation of birth and death in this material world.

 

idam nrisimha-kavacham

prahlada-mukha-manditam

bhaktiman yah pathenaityam

sarva-papaih pramuchyate

 

This Narasimha-kavacha has been ornamented by issuing from the mouth of Prahlada Maharaja. A devotee who reads this becomes freed from all sins.

 

putravan dhanavan loke

dirghayur upajayate

kamayate yam yam kamam

tam tam prapnoty asamshayam

 

Whatever one desires in this world he can attain without doubt. One can have wealth, many sons, and a long life.

 

sarvatra jayam apnoti

sarvatra vijayii bhavet

bhumyantariksha-divyanam

grahanam vini varanam

 

He becomes victorious who desires victory, and indeed becomes a conqueror. He wards off the influence of all planets, earthly, heavenly, and everything in between.

 

vrishchikoraga-sambhuta

vishhapaharanam param

brahma-rakshasa-yakshanam

durotsarana-karanam

 

This is the supreme remedy for the poisonous effects of serpents and scorpions, and Brahma-raakshasa ghosts and Yakshas are driven far away.

 

bhuje va tala-patre va

kavacham likhitam shubham

kara-mule dhritam yena

sidhyeyuh karma-siddhayaha

 

One may write this most auspicious prayer on his arm, or inscribe it on a palm-leaf and attach it to his wrist, and all his activities will become perfect.

 

devasura-manushyeshhu

svam svam eva jayam labhet

eka-sandhyam tri-sandhyam va

yah pathen niyato naraha

 

One who regularly chants this prayer, whether once or thrice (daily), he becomes victorious whether among demigods, demons, or human beings.

 

sarva-mangala-mangalyam

bhuktim muktim cha vindati

dva-trimshati-sahasrani

pathet shuddhatmanam nrinam

 

One who with purified heart recites this prayer 32,000 times attains the most auspicious of all auspicious things, and material enjoyment and liberation are already understood to be available to such a person.

 

kavachasyasya mantrasya

mantra-siddhih-prajayate

anena mantra-rajena

kritva bhasmabhir mantranam

 

This Kavacha-mantra is the king of all mantras. One attains by it what would be attained by anointing oneself with ashes and chanting all other mantras.

 

tilakam vinyased yas tu

tasya graha-bhayam haret

tri-varam japamanas tu

dattam varyabhimantrya cha

 

Having marked ones body with tilaka, taking achamana with water, and reciting this mantra three times, one will find that the fear of all inauspicious planets is removed.

 

prasayed yo naro mantram

nrisimha-dhyanam acharet

tasya rogah pranashyanti

ye cha syuh kukshi-sambhavaha

 

That person who recites this mantra, meditating upon Lord Narasimhadeva, has all of his diseases vanquished, including those of the abdomen.

 

garjantam garjayantam nija-bhuja-patalam sphotayantam hatantam

rupyantam tapayantam divi bhuvi ditiyam kshepayantam kshipantam

krandantam roshayantam dishi dishi satantam samharantam bharantam

vikshantam purnayantam kara-nikara-shatair divya-simham namami

 

Lord Narasimha roars loudly and causes others to roar. With His multitudes of arms He tears the demons asunder and kills them in this way. He is always seeking out and tormenting the demonic descendants of Diti, both on this earth planet and in the higher planets, and He throws them down and scatters them. He cries with great anger as He destroys the demons in all directions, yet with His unlimited hands He sustains, protects, and nourishes the cosmic manifestation. I offer my respectful obeisances to the Lord, who has assumed the form of a transcendental lion.

 

iti shri brahmanda-purane prahladoktam

shri nrisimha-kavacham sampurnam

 

Thus ends the Narasimha-kavacha as it is described by Prahlada Maharaja in the Brahmanda Purana.

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