This Narasimha Kavacha Stotram is from the Brahmanda Purana. Spoken and Offered by Prahlad Maharaj for the glorification of the Lord. Lord Narasimha is the Fourth Incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He appeared in Narasimha form to protect His devotee Prahlad from the torture of his own father, Hiranyakashipu. Even though Prahlad personally did not take offense at the atrocities committed by his father upon him, the Lord could not bear this kind of behavior toward his devotee.
Narasimha literally means Half Man Half Lion, Nara means Human and Simha means Lion. Kavacha is a Sanskrit word meaning a Shield or Armour. Thus, this Kavacha Stotram is a prayer offered to the Lord by Prahlad for Protection.
Sri Narasimha Kavacha Mantra
narasimha-kavacaṁ vakṣye prahlādenoditaṁ purā
sarva-rakṣā-karaṁ puṇyaṁ sarvopadrava-nāśanam
I shall now recite the Narasimha-kavaca, formerly spoken by Prahlada Maharaja. It is most pious, vanquishes all kinds of impediments, and provides one all protection.
sarva-sampat-karaṁ caiva svarga-mokṣa-pradāyakam
dhyātvā nṛsiṁhaṁ deveśaṁ hema-siṁhāsana-sthitam
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.
vivṛtāsyaṁ tri-nayanaṁ śarad-indu-sama-prabham
lakṣmyāliṅgita-vāmāṅgam vibhūtibhir upāśritam
His mouth is wide open, He has three eyes, and He is as radiant as the autumn moon. He is embraced by Lakshmidevi on his left side, and His form is the shelter of all opulences, both material and spiritual.
catur-bhujaṁ komalāṅgaṁ svarṇa-kuṇḍala-śobhitam
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.
indrādi-sura-mauliṣṭha sphuran māṇikya-dīptibhiḥ
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.
garutmatā chavinayāt stūyamānam mudānvitam
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-hṛt-kamala-saṁvāsaṁ kṛtvā tu kavacaṁ pathet
nṛsiṁho me śirah pātu loka-raksātma-sambhavah
Having seated Lord Narasimhadeva upon the lotus of one's heart, one should recite the following mantra: May Lord Narasimha, who protects all the planetary systems, protect my head.
sarvago ’pi stambha-vāsaḥ phālaṁ me rakṣatu dhvanim
nṛsiṁho me dṛśau pātu soma-sūryāgni-locanaḥ
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.
smṛtiṁ me pātu nṛhariḥ muni-varya-stuti-priyaḥ
nāsāṁ me siṁha-nāśas tu mukhaṁ lakṣmī-mukha-priyaḥ
May Lord Nrhari, 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-vidyādhipaḥ pātu nṛsiṁho rasanām mama
vaktraṁ pātv indu-vadanaḥ sadā prahlāda-vanditaḥ
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.
nṛsiṁhah pātu me kaṇṭhaṁ skandhau bhū-bharaṇānta-kṛt
divyāstra-śobhita-bhujah nṛsiṁhaḥ pātu me bhujau
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 nṛsiṁhaḥ pātu sarvataḥ
hṛdayaṁ yogi-sādhyaś ca nivāsaṁ pātu me hariḥ
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.
madhyaṁ pātu hiraṇyāksa-vakṣaḥ-kukṣi-vidāraṇaḥ
nābhiṁ me pātu nṛhariḥ sva-nābhi-brahma-saṁstutaḥ
May He who ripped apart the chest and abdomen of the great demon Hiranyaksha protect my waist, and may Lord Nrhari protect my navel. He is offered prayers by Lord Brahma, who has sprung from his own navel.
brahmāṇḍa-koṭayaḥ kaṭyāṁ yasyāsau pātu me kaṭim
guhyaṁ me pātu guhyānāṁ mantrāṇām guhya-rūpa-dhṛk
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.
ūrū manobhavaḥ pātu jānunī nara-rūpa-dhṛk
jaṅghe pātu dharā-bhāra-hartā yo ’sau nṛ-keśarī
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-rājya-pradaḥ pātu pādau me nṛharīśvaraḥ
sahasra-śīrṣā-puruṣaḥ pātu me sarvaśas 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.
mahograḥ pūrvataḥ pātu mahā-vīrāgrajo ’gnitaḥ
mahā-viṣṇuḥ dakṣiṇe tu mahā-jvālas tu nairṛtau
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.
paścime pātu sarveśo diśi me sarvatomukhaḥ
nṛsiṁhaḥ pātu vāyavyāṁ saumyāṁ bhuṣaṇa-vigrahaḥ
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 Vayu, and may He whose form is in itself the supreme ornament protect me from the north, where Soma resides.
īśānyāṁ pātu bhadro me sarva-maṅgala-dāyakaḥ
saṁsāra-bhayadaḥ pātu mṛtyor mṛtyur nṛ-keśarī
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.
idaṁ nṛsiṁha-kavacaṁ prahlāda-mukha-maṅḍitam
bhaktimān yaḥ paṭhenaityam sarva-pāpaiḥ pramucyate
This Narasimha-kavaca has been ornamented by issuing from the mouth of Prahlada Maharaja. A devotee who reads this becomes freed from all sins.
putravān dhanavān loke dīrghāyur upajāyate
yaṁ yaṁ kāmayate kāmaṁ taṁ taṁ prāpnoty asaṁśayam
Whatever one desires in this world he can attain without doubt. One can have wealth, many sons, and a long life.
sarvatra jayam āpnoti sarvatra vijayī bhavet
bhūmy antarīkṣa-divyānāṁ grahānāṁ vinivāraṇam
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.
This is the supreme remedy for the poisonous effects of serpents and scorpions, and Brahma-rakshasa ghosts and Yakshas are driven away.
bhūje vā tālapatre vā kavacaṁ likhitaṁ śubham
kara-mūle dhṛtaṁ yena sidhyeyuḥ karma-siddhayaḥ
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.
devāsura-manuṣyeṣu svaṁ svaṁ eva jayaṁ labhet
eka-sandhyaṁ tri-sandhyaṁ vā yaḥ paṭhen niyato naraḥ
One who regularly chants this prayer, whether once or thrice (daily), he becomes victorious whether among demigods, demons, or human beings.
sarva-maṅgala-māṅgalyaṁ bhuktiṁ muktiṁ ca vindati
dvā-triṁśati-sahasrāṇi paṭhet shuddhātmanam nrnam
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.
kavacasyāsya mantrasya mantra-siddhiḥ prajāyate
anena mantra-rājena kṛtvā bhasmābhir maṅtraṇam
This Kavaca-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.
tilakaṁ vinyāsed yas tu tasya gṛaha-bhayaṁ haret
tri-vāraṁ japamānas tu dattaṁ vāryābhimantrya ca
Having marked ones body with tilaka, taking acamana with water, and reciting this mantra three times, one will find that the fear of all inauspicious planets is removed.
prāśayed yo naro mantraṁ nṛsiṁha-dhyānamācaret
tasya rogāḥ praṇaśyanti ye ca syuḥ kukṣi-sambhavāḥ
That person who recites this mantra, meditating upon Lord Narasimhadeva, has all of his diseases vanquished, including those of the abdomen.
kimatra bahunoktena nṛsimha sadṛśo bhavet
manasā cintitam yattu sa tacchāpnotya samśayaṁ
Why should more be said? One acquires qualitative oneness with Narasimha himself. There is no doubt that the desires in the mind of one who meditates will be granted.
garjantaṁ garjayantam nija-bhuja-patalaṁ sphoṭayantaṁ hatantaṁ
rupyantaṁ tāpayantaṁ divi bhuvi ditijaṁ kṣepayantam kṣipantam
krandantaṁ roṣayantaṁ diśi diśi satataṁ saṁharantaṁ bharantaṁ
vīkṣantaṁ pūrṇayantaṁ kara-nikara-śatair divya-siṁhaṁ namāmi
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 demoniac 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 śrī-brahmāṇḍa-purāṇe prahlādoktaṁ
Thus ends the Narasimha-kavaca as it is described by Prahlada Maharaja in the Brahmanda Purana.
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