Narayan Kavach


            श्री नारायणकवचम् narayan kavach

 

This Stotra is from Shri-mad-bhagwat puran is a mean and end for freedom from the bondages of the world. It is an Armour to protect ourselves from our enemies seen and unseen. Kavacham's should be learned by a Guru who is well versed in these procedures and chanted under his guidance.  

 

The king Indra regained his lost kingdom after practicing the Narayan Kavach. Indra won the battle with asuras and became victorious. The Narayan Kavach protects the sadhak from the seen and unseen events. Narayan Kavach is key to become victorious in every situation. Narayan Kavach provides a shield of protection from unsuitable food, gossip of society, problems created by men, evil effects and thoughts of Kali age. Narayan Kavach destroys Evil spirits, Yakshas, Rakshasas and all the enemies. Narayan Kavach speedily burn and burn all the enemies.

 

Raja Parikshith, the son of Abhimanyu, asks his teacher, Sage Shuka for a means to protect himself from his enemies. Sage Shuka then teaches him the Narayana Kavacham, which was originally taught by Sage Viswaroopa, the son of Thwashtra, to Indra. It is believed that the soul of the man who reads this Kavacha becomes extremely holy and that any one who reads this would be protected by Lord Vishnu.

 

Shri Narayan Kavach with Meaning

राजोवाच ।

यया गुप्तः सहस्राक्षः सवाहान् रिपुसैनिकान्

क्रीडन्निव विनिर्जित्य त्रिलोक्या बुभुजे श्रियम्

भगवंस्तन्ममाख्याहि वर्म नारायणात्मकम्

यथाऽऽततायिनः शत्रून् येन गुप्तोऽजयन्मृधे

Oh God please share with me that armour of Narayana,

By which the thousand eyed Indra was able to drive away,

The well armed soldiers of his enemy as if it is a play,

And gain control of the three worlds and wealth,

And also was safe in the battle field and became victorious.

 

श्रीशुक उवाच ।

वृतः पुरोहितस्त्वाष्ट्रो महेन्द्रायानुपृच्छते

नारायणाख्यं वर्माह तदिहैकमनाः श्रृणु

Viswaroopa the son of Thwashtra, when he was made,

The priest Of Indra taught him this armour of Narayana,

And I will teach you that and please listen to it with concentration.

 

विश्वरूप उवाच ।

धौताङ्घ्रिपाणिराचम्य सपवित्र उदङ्मुखः

कृतस्वाङ्गकरन्यासो मन्त्राभ्यां वाग्यतः शुचिः

नारायणमयं वर्म सन्नह्येद्भय आगते

पादयोर्जानुनोरूर्वोरुदरे हृद्यथोरसि 

मुखे शिरस्यानुपूर्व्यादोंकारादीनि विन्यसेत्

When fear approaches you, after washing your feet and hand,

Do internal purification by achamana, wear the holy ring made of Durba,

Face the north, sit on a seat of Durba grass and do the hand symbols,

And do holy chants and attain cleanliness of speech.

You should then become silent, become engrossed in Narayana,

And do suitable actions to tie yourself with the armour of Narayana,

And using the eight letters starting with Om, touch the feet,

Knees, thighs, belly heart chest, face and head,

 

ॐ नमो नारायणायेति विपर्ययमथापि वा

करन्यासं ततः कुर्याद्द्वादशाक्षर विद्यया

प्रणवादियकारान्तम अङ्गुल्यङ्गुष्ठपर्वसु

न्यसेद्धृदय ओङ्कारं विकारमनु मूर्धनि

Then after touching the eight parts of the body,

The feet, Knees, thighs, belly heart chest, face and head,

Chanting the eight letter Manthra “Om Namo Narayanaya”

Either in an ascending or descending order,

You have to perform the knowledge of the twelve letters,

 

षकारं तु भ्रुवोर्मध्ये णकारं शिखया दिशेत्  

वेकारं नेत्रयोर्युञ्ज्यात् नकारं सर्वसन्धिषु

मकारमस्त्रमुद्दिश्य मन्त्रमूर्तिर्भवेद्बुधः

सविसर्गं फडन्तं तत् सर्वदिक्षु विनिर्दिशेत्

ॐ विष्णवे नम इति ॥

Tell “Sha” and touch the middle of the eye brows,

Tell “Na” and touch the top of the hair on your head

Tell “Ve” and touch both your eyes,

Tell “Na” and touch all your joints,

Facing all directions and say “Ma Asthraya Phat”,

This would make even the dim witted in to a wise one,

And thus you tie all the six directions as directed,

And chant “Om salutations to Lord Vishnu.

 

आत्मानं परमं ध्यायेद्ध्येयं षट्शक्तिभिर्युतम्

विद्यातेजस्तपोमूर्तिमिमं मन्त्रमुदाहरेत्

Afterwards meditate on Athma supported by the six strengths,

Of Wealth, charity, fame, goddess of wealth, wisdom and renunciation,

And chant the following which has the form of knowledge, power and meditation.

 

ॐ हरिर्विदध्यान्मम सर्वरक्षां

न्यस्ताङ्घ्रिपद्मः पतगेन्द्रपृष्ठे

दरारिचर्मासिगदेषुचाप-

पाशान् दधानोऽष्टगुणोऽष्टबाहुः

May all the protection to me be given by Hari,

Who keeps his lotus feet on the back of the bird,

Who is armed with conch, wheel, sword, mace,

Bow and a rope and who has eight qualities and eight hands.

 

जलेषु मां रक्षतु मत्स्यमूर्ति-

र्यादोगणेभ्यो वरुणस्य पाशात्

स्थलेषु मायावटुवामनोऽव्यात्

त्रिविक्रमः खेऽवतु विश्वरूपः

Let me be protected in the water by Fish incarnation,

From the animals of the sea and rope of Varuna,

Let me be protected in the Land by Vamana, the illusory boy,

And in the sky Trivikrama and viswaroopa forms.

 

दुर्गेष्वटव्याजिमुखादिषु प्रभुः

पायान्नृसिंहोऽसुरयूथपारिः

विमुञ्चतो यस्य महाट्टहासं

दिशो विनेदुर्न्यपतंश्च गर्भाः

In forts, forests, dangerous places and in war,

Let me be protected by Lord Narasimha,

Who by his mighty roar shook all directions,

Broke open the army formation of Asura,

And caused pregnant asura woman to abort.

 

रक्षत्वसौ माध्वनि यज्ञकल्पः

स्वदंष्ट्रयोन्नीतधरो वराहः

रामोऽद्रिकूटेष्वथ विप्रवासे

सलक्ष्मणोऽव्याद्भरताग्रजोऽस्मान्

Let me be protected on my way by Lord Varaha,

Who is Yagna personified and who by his protruding teeth,

Lifted and carried the earth to safety,

Let me be protected on mountain top by Lord Parasurama

Let me be protected when I am abroad By Lord Rama ,

Who is elder brother of Bharatha and Lakshmana.

 

मामुग्रधर्मादखिलात्प्रमादात्

नारायणः पातु नरश्च हासात्

दत्तस्त्वयोगादथ योगनाथः

पायाद्गुणेशः कपिलः कर्मबन्धात्

Let me be protected by Lord Narayana,

When I am transgressing Dharma or committing mistakes,

Let me be protected from my pride by Sage Nara,

Let me protected by Sage Dathathreya,

For not engaging in Yoga, meditation and other activities

And let sage Kapila protect me from the bondage of Karma.

 

सनत्कुमारोऽवतु कामदेवात

हयशीर्षा मां पथि देवहेलनात्

देवर्षिवर्यः पुरुषार्चनान्तरात्

कूर्मो हरिर्मां निरयादशेषात्

Let sage Sanath Kumara protect me from the cupid,

Let Lord Hayagreeva protect me while I am on travel,

As well as when I do action that insults the Devas,

Let SageNarada protect me from sins of non worship of devas,

And let Hari who took the form of a tortoise,

Protect me from different types of hell.

 

धन्वन्तरिर्भगवान्पात्वपथ्यात्

द्द्वन्द्वाद्भयादृषभो निर्जितात्मा

यज्ञश्च लोकादवताञ्जनान्तात्

बलो गणात्क्रोधवशादहीन्द्रः

Let Lord Dhanwanthari protect me from unsuitable food,

Let Rishabha, the renounced soul protect me.

From fear of the contradictory dualities,

Let Sage Yajna protect me from gossip of society,

Let Lord Balarama protect me from problems created by men,

And let Adhi sesha protect me from my anger.

 

द्वैपायनो भगवानप्रबोधात्

बुद्धस्तु पाखण्डगणात् प्रमादात्

कल्किः कलेः कालमलात्प्रपातु

धर्मावनायोरुकृतावतारः

Let Sage Vyasa protect me from lack of awakening,

Let sage Budha protect me from hypocrisy and ignorance,

Let Lord Kalki, who would be born to salvage Dharma,

Protect me from the evil effects and thoughts of Kali age.

 

मां केशवो गदया प्रातरव्यात्

गोविन्द आसङ्गवमात्तवेणुः

नारायणः प्राह्ण उदात्तशक्ति-

र्मध्यन्दिने विष्णुररीन्द्रपाणिः

May I be protected in the morn by Kesava with his mace,

May I be protected two hours later By Govinda by his flute,

Two more hours later let Lord Narayana protect by his strength,

And at noon let Lord Vishnu protect me his holy wheel.

 

देवोऽपराह्णे मधुहोग्रधन्वा

सायं त्रिधामावतु माधवो माम्

दोषे हृषीकेश उतार्धरात्रे

निशीथ एकोऽवतु पद्मनाभः

After noon let me protected by Madhu with his great bow,

In the evening Let Madhwa in the form of trinity protect me,

Between dawn and midnight let Lord Hrishi kesa protect me,

And at midnight let Lord Padmanabha alone protect me.

 

श्रीवत्सधामापररात्र ईशः

प्रत्युष ईशोऽसिधरो जनार्दनः

दामोदरोऽव्यादनुसन्ध्यं प्रभाते

विश्वेश्वरो भगवान् कालमूर्तिः

Let me protected by remaining part of the night,

By the Lord in whom Srivathsa lives,

Let me be protected just before dawn,

By Lord Janardhana who holds the sword,

Let me be protected at sun rise,

By Lord Damodara and just before morn,

Let Lord Visweshwara give me protection.

 

चक्रं युगान्तानलतिग्मनेमि

भ्रमत्समन्ताद्भगवत्प्रयुक्तम्

दन्दग्धि दन्दग्ध्यरि सैन्यमाशु

कक्षं यथा वातसखो हुताशः

Oh holy Wheel,your edges are like the raging fire of deluge,

You are sent by the God and rotate and travel everywhere,

And so like the fire with the help of wind,

Burns in to ashes the dried up wood of a forest,

Speedily and speedily burn and burn all my enemies.

 

गदेऽशनिस्पर्शनविस्फुलिङ्गे

निष्पिण्ढि निष्पिण्ढ्यजितप्रियासि

कूष्माण्डवैनायकयक्षरक्षो-

भूतग्रहांश्चूर्णय चूर्णयारीन्

Oh mace, the spark raising touches of yours,

Are unbearable like the touch of  Vajra,

And you are dear to the invincible lord and his servant,

And so please powder and powder again,

Evil spirits, Yakshas, Rakshasas and all my enemies.

 

त्वं यातुधान प्रमथ प्रेतमातृ-

पिशाचविप्रग्रहघोरदृष्टीन्

दरेन्द्र विद्रावय कृष्णपूरितो

भीमस्वनोऽरेहृदयानि कम्पयन्

Oh Conch, when Lord Krishan blows in you,

You create a huge and loud sound and confuse my enemies,

And drive away ghouls, devils, ghosts, Pramadhas,

Brahma Rakshas and other fearful beings.

 

त्वं तिग्मधारासिवरारिसैन्य-

मीशप्रयुक्तो मम छिन्धि छिन्धि

चक्षूंषि चर्मञ्छतचन्द्र छादय

द्विषामघोनां हर पापचक्षुषाम्

Oh holy sword, Be sent by the Lord himself,

And cut and cut my enemy army in to pieces,

Oh shield of the lord,shining like hundred moons,

Please make my enemies with full of sins look blind.

 

यन्नो भयं ग्रहेभ्योऽभूत्केतुभ्यो नृभ्य एव च

सरीसृपेभ्यो दंष्ट्रिभ्यो भूतेभ्योंऽहोभ्य एव वा

सर्वाण्येतानि भगवन्नामरूपास्त्रकीर्तनात्

प्रयान्तु संक्षयं सद्यो ये नः श्रेयःप्रतीपकाः

The fear that we have due to planets, comets, Kethu and kings,

The fear that we had from teethed serpents, ghosts and from sin,

And the fear that prevent our well being may all be destroyed,

Oh God, by the praise of your names and weapons.

 

गरुडो भगवान् स्तोत्रस्तोभश्छन्दोमयः प्रभुः

रक्षत्वशेषकृच्छ्रेभ्यो विष्वक्सेनः स्वनामभिः

The Garuda, who is being praised by great musical stotras of Vedas,

Who is a god and the lord of the world, may protect me from all troubles,

By singing of his names as well as that of the Lord Vishwak sena.

 

सर्वापद्भ्यो हरेर्नामरूपयानायुधानि नः

बुद्धीन्द्रियमनःप्राणान्पान्तु पार्षदभूषणाः

Let the names and forms of Vishnu, his steed,

His weapons, and important assistants may protect,

My mind, senses and soul, from all the dangers and sins.

 

यथा हि भगवानेव वस्तुतः सदसच्च यत्

सत्येनानेन नः सर्वे यान्तु नाशमुपद्रवाः

The truth that God is all beings and things,

May destroy all the troubles that we face.

 

यथैकात्म्यानुभावानां विकल्परहितः स्वयम्

भूषणायुधलिङ्गाख्या धत्ते शक्तीः स्वमायया

तेनैव सत्यमानेन सर्वज्ञो भगवान् हरिः

पातु सर्वैः स्वरूपैर्नः सदा सर्वत्र सर्वगः

Those great savants who think, that God does not have any forms,

And his weapons and ornaments are only symbols without power,

And due to this truth, the God Hari is everywhere,

And let him protect me always and everywhere.

 

विदिक्षु दिक्षूर्ध्वमधः समन्ता-

दन्तर्बहिर्भगवान्नारसिंहः

प्रहापयंॅलोकभयं स्वनेन

स्वतेजसा ग्रस्तसमस्ततेजाः

Let the Lord Narasimha who due to his power,

Destroyed elephants, serpents and other beings

And saved Prahladha, and removed the fear of the world,,

Protect me in all directions and non directions,

Top and below, inside and outside and in all places.

 

मघवन्निदमाख्यातं वर्म नारायणात्मकम्

विजेष्यस्यञ्जसा येन दंशितोऽसुरयूथपान्

Oh Indra, thus I have told you, the great armour of Narayana,

And using this you protect yourselves and easily,

Defeat the commanders of the army of Rakshasas.

 

Benefits Narayan Kavach

एतद्धारयमाणस्तु यं यं पश्यति चक्षुषा

पदा वा संस्पृशेत्सद्यः साध्वसात्स विमुच्यते

If he who wears his armour sees any one by his eyes,

Or even touches him by his feet, that man,

Would be able to get rid of all his fears.

 

न कुतश्चिद्भयं तस्य विद्यां धारयतो भवेत्

राजदस्युग्रहादिभ्यो व्याघ्रादिभ्यश्च कर्हिचित्

He who wears this armour will never have any fear,

From king, enemies, planets and animals like the tiger.

 

इमां विद्यां पुरा कश्चित्कौशिको धारयन् द्विजः

योगधारणया स्वाङ्गं जहौ स मरुधन्वनि

Long time ago, this knowledge was worn by a Brahmin,

From Koushika Gothra and he gave up his life in a desert

 

तस्योपरि विमानेन गन्धर्वपतिरेकदा

ययौ चित्ररथः स्त्रीभिर्वृतो यत्र द्विजक्षयः

A gandharwa called Chithra radha was travelling in a plane.

Along with his ladies, where the Brahmins body was lying.

 

गगनान्न्यपतत्सद्यः सविमानो ह्यवाक्षिराः

स वालखिल्यवचनादस्थीन्यादाय विस्मितः

प्रास्य प्राचीसरस्वत्यां स्नात्वा धाम स्वमन्वगात्

At that spot his plane stopped and he fell there along with his ladies,

And he was perplexed and was advised by the sages called Balakhilya,

And obeying their advice, took the bones of the Brahmin,

And put it in the river Saraswathi, took bath and went back to his home.

 

श्रीशुक उवाच ।

य इदं शृणुयात्काले यो धारयति चादृतः

तं नमस्यन्ति भूतानि मुच्यते सर्वतो भयात्

एतां विद्यामधिगतो विश्वरूपाच्छतक्रतुः

त्रैलोक्यलक्ष्मीं बुभुजे विनिर्जित्य मृधेऽसुरान्

He who wears or hears this armour of Narayana,

He who wears or hears this armour of Narayana,

Would be saluted by all beings and he would get rid of all fears.

Learning this knowledge from Viswaroopa, Indra,

Won in the battle over all asuras and,

Got the blessings of wealth of the three worlds,

 

॥ श्रीमद्भागवतमहापुराणे पारमहंस्यां संहितायां

षष्ठस्कन्धे नारायणवर्मकथनं नामाष्टमोऽध्यायः ॥

 

 

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Published on Jun 8th, 2019

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