Slokas: Narasimha Kavasam

.. atha shrii nR^isi.nhakavachastotram.h ..

nR^isi.nhakavachaM vakshye prahlaadenoditaM puraa .
sarvarakshakaraM puNyaM sarvopadravanaashanam.h .. 1..

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

sampatkaraM chaiva svargamokshapradaayakam.h .
dhyaatvaa nR^isi.nhaM deveshaM hemasi.nhaasanasthitam.h .. 2..

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

trinayanaM sharadindusamaprabham.h .
lakshmyaaliN^gitavaamaaN^gam.h vibhuutibhirupaashritam.h .. 3..

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

chaturbhujaM komalaaN^gaM svarNakuNDalashobhitam.h .
sarojashobitoraskaM ratnakeyuuramudritam.h .. 4..

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 .

kaaJNchanasankaashaM piitanirmalavaasasam.h .
indraadisuramaulishhThaH sphuranmaaNikyadiiptibhiH .. 5..

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 .

virajitapadadvandvam.h sankhachakradihetibhiH .
garutmatma cha vinayat.h stuyamanam.h mudanvitam.h .. 6..

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 .

kamalasa.nvaasaM kR^itvaa tu kavachaM paThet.h .. 7..

Having seated Lord Narasinhadeva upon the lotus of one’s heart, one
should recite the following mantra:

me shiraH paatu lokarakshaarthasambhavaH .. 8..

May Lord Narasinha, who protects all the planetary systems, protect
my head .

.api stambhavaasaH phalaM me rakshatu dhvanim.h .
nR^isi.nho me dR^ishau paatu somasuuryaagnilochanaH .. 9..

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 Narasinha, whose eyes are the sun, and fire, protect my eyes .

paatu nR^ihariH munivaaryastutipriyaH .
naasaM me si.nhanaashastu mukhaM lakshmiimukhapriyaH .. 10..

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 .

vidyaadhipaH paatu nR^isi.nho rasanaM mama .
vaktraM paatvinduvadanaM sadaa prahlaadavanditaH .. 11..

May Lord Narasinha, 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 Prahlaada Mahaaraaja protect my face .

paatu me kaNThaM skandhau bhuubhR^idanantakR^it.h .
divyaastrashobhitabhujaH nR^isi.nhaH paatu me bhujau .. 12..

May Lord Narasinha 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 .

devavarado nR^isi.nhaH paatu sarvataH .
hR^idayaM yogisaadhyashcha nivaasaM paatu me hariH .. 13..

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 yogiis protect my heart, and may Lord Hari protect my
dwelling place .

paatu hiraNyaaksha- vakshaHkukshividaaraNaH .
naabhiM me paatu nR^ihariH svanaabhibrahmasa.nstutaH .. 14..

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 .

koTayaH kaTyaaM yasyaasau paatu me kaTim.h .
guhyaM me paatu guhyaanaaM mantraaNaaM guhyaruupadR^ik.h .. 15..

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 .

manobhavaH paatu jaanunii nararuupadR^ik.h .
jaN^ghe paatu dharaabhara- hartaa yo.asau nR^ikesharii .. 16..

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 .

raajyapradaH paatu paadau me nR^ihariishvaraH .
sahasrashiirshhaapurushhaH paatu me sarvashastanum.h .. 17..

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 .

puurvataH paatu mahaaviiraagrajo.agnitaH .
mahaavishhNurdakshiNe tu mahaajvalastu nairR^itaH .. 18..

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 Visnu
protect me from the south, and may that person of blazing luster
protect me from the southwest .

paatu sarvesho dishi me sarvatomukhaH .
nR^isi.nhaH paatu vaayavyaaM saumyaaM bhuushhaNavigrahaH .. 19..

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
Narasinha 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 .

paatu bhadro me sarvamaN^galadaayakaH .
sa.nsaarabhayataH paatu mR^ityor.h mR^ityur.h nR^ikesharii .. 20..

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
death and rotation in this material world .

nR^isi.nhakavachaM prahlaadamukhamaNDitam.h .
bhaktimaan.h yaH paThenityaM sarvapaapaiH pramuchyate .. 21..

This Narasinha-kavacha has been ornamented by issuing from the mouth
of Prahlaada Mahaaraaja . A devotee who reads this becomes freed from
all sins .

dhanavaan.h loke diirghaayurupajaayate .
kaamayate yaM yaM kaamaM taM taM praapnotyasa.nshayam.h .. 22..

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

jayamaapnoti sarvatra vijayii bhavet.h .
bhuumyantariikshadivyaanaaM grahaaNaaM vinivaaraNam.h .. 23..

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 .

vR^ishchikoragasambhuuta- vishhaapaharaNaM param.h .
brahmaraakshasayakshaaNaaM duurotsaaraNakaaraNam.h .. 24..

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

talapaatre vaa kavachaM likhitaM shubham.h .
karamuule dhR^itaM yena sidhyeyuH karmasiddhayaH .. 25..

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 .

manushhyeshhu svaM svameva jayaM labhet.h .
ekasandhyaM trisandhyaM vaa yaH paThenniyato naraH .. 26..

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

maN^galamaN^galyaM bhuktiM muktiM cha vindati .
dvaatri.nshatisahasraaNi paThet.h shuddhaatmanaaM nR^iNaam.h .. 27..

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 .

kavachasyaasya mantrasya mantrasiddhiH prajaayate .
anena mantraraajena kR^itvaa bhasmaabhirmantraanaam.h .. 28..

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 .

vinyasedyastu tasya grahabhayaM haret.h .
trivaaraM japamaanastu dattaM vaaryaabhimantrya cha .. 29..

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

yo naro mantraM nR^isi.nhadhyaanamaacharet.h .
tasya rogaH praNashyanti ye cha syuH kukshisambhavaaH .. 30..

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

garjantaM gaarjayantaM nijabhujapatalaM sphoTayantaM hatantaM
ruupyantaM taapayantaM divi bhuvi ditijaM kshepayantaM kshipantam.h .

krandantaM roshhayantaM dishi dishi satataM sa.nharantaM bharantaM
viikshantaM puurNayantaM karanikarashatairdivyasi.nhaM namaami .. 31..

Lord Narasinha roars loudly and causes others to roar . With His
mulitudes 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 Hs
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 shriibrahmaaNDapuraaNe prahlaadoktaM
shriinR^isi.nhakavachaM sampuurNam.h ..