(Armour of Shatrugna)
Translated by P. R. Ramachander
[Shatrugna was the youngest brother of Rama. He was born to Kaikeyi. It is believed that he is an incarnation of Sudarshana Chakra. There is a temple dedicated to Shatrugna in Payyamal in Kerala. There is a temple dedicated to him in Rishikesh.This rare Kavacham has been taken from the book, 49 Kavachangal published by Vidhyarambham Press, Kerala]
Sathrugnan drutha karmukham drutha maha thuneera banothamam,
Parswe Sri Raghu nandanasya vinayadh vame sthitham sundaram.
Ramam sweeyakarena thala dalajam, dhrtwadi chithram varam,
Sooryabham vyajanam sabha sthitham, aham tham vijayantham bhaje.
I sing about that victorious one, who is the destroyer of enemies.
Who holds the bow as well as quiver full of arrows,
Who is pretty and stands with humility on the left side of Lord Rama,
Who has been taught by Rama with his own hands, who carries his great form,
Who shines like Sun and fans Rama in the hall of audience.
Asya Sri Shatrugna kavacha manthrasya Agasthya rishi, Sri Shatrugno devatha, anushtup chanda, sudarsanan ithi bheejam, Kaikeyi nandana ithi Shakthi, Sri Bharathanuja ithi kelakam, Bharatha manthreesthyasthram Sri Rama dasa ithi kavacham, Lakshmanamsaja ithi manthram, Sri Shatrugna preethyartham sakala mana kamana sidhyartham Jape viniyoga
For the armour of Shatrugna the sage is Agasthya, the God addressed is Shatrugna, the meter is Anushtup, the seed is Sudarshana chakra, the power is son of Kaikeyi, brother of Bharatha is the nail. The minister of Bharatha is the arrow, The slave of Rama is the armour, The chant is one who has a part of Lakshmana and this is being chanted to please Shatrugna as well as to get fulfilled all the desires of my mind.
Ad ha Kara Nyasa
Now the rituals of the hand
Om Shatrugnaya Angushtabhyam nama,
Om Sudarshanaya tharjaneebhyaam nama,
Om Kaikeyi nandanaya madhyamabhyam nama,
Om Bharathanujaya Anamikabhyam nama
Om Bharatha manthrine Kanishtikabhyam nama
Om Rama dasaya kara thala kara prushtabyam nama
Om Shatrugna salutation by thumb
Om son of Kaikeyi, salutations by little finger,
Om Sudarshana Chakra, salutations by second finger
Om brother of Bharatha, salutations by middle finger,
Om minister of Bharatha salutations by fourth finger
Om serevent of Rama salutations by front and back by hand
Adha hrudanadhi nyasa
Now rituals by the chest
Om Shatrugnaya Hrudaye nama,
Om sudarsanaaya sirase swaha,
Om Kaikeyi thanayaya Shikhaya vashat,
Om Bhaathanujaya Kavachaya hum,
Om BHaratA manthrine nethra thrayaya Voushat,
Om Rama dasaya asthraya phat,
Ithi Hrudayani Shadanga nyasa
Om Salutation to Shatrugna, the heart
Om Salutations to Sudarsana, the head
Om salutations to Son of Kaikeyi, the hair
Om salutations brother of Bharatha, the armour
Om Salutations to minister of Bharatha, the three eyes
Om salutations to servant of Rama, the arrow
This is the ritual of the heart of six organs.
1. Ramasya samsthitham Vame, parswe vinaya poorvakam,
Kaikeyi nandanam soumyam mukatenaa thiranjitham
He stands with extreme humility on the left side near Rama,
He is the peaceful son of Kaikeyi who shines with his crown.
2. Rathna kankana keyura vana mala virajitham,
Rasanaa kundala dharam Rathna hara sa nupuram.
He shines in gem studded bangles, crown and the forest garland,
He wears girdle as well as ear studs, gem garland and anklet.
3. Vyjanena vijayantham, Janaki kantha madaraath,
Ramayastha kshanam veeram Kaikeyi thosha vardhanam.
He wins by doing service to consort of Sita by a fan,
He stands by Rama always and increases happiness of Kaikeyi
4. Dwibhujam, kanja nayanam divya peethambaranwitham,
Sumukham, sundaram, Megha shyamalam, sundarananam
He has two hands, has lotus like eyes, wears divine red silk,
He has a pleasant face, pretty, black like a cloud and a pretty face.
5. Rama vakye datha karnam, Rakshognam Gadga dharinam,
Dhanur bana dharam sreshtam drutha thuneeramuthamam
He who has given his ears to words of Rama,
He who kills asuras, He who is armed with the sword,
He who is armed with bow and arrow,
Who is great and has a fast and great quiver.
6. Sabhayam samsthitham ramyam, kasthuri thilakanchitham,
Mukutasthava thamsena shobitham cha smithananam.
He prettily sits in the stage, wears a thilaka of musk,
He shines with the great crown he wears and has smiling face.
7. Ravi vamsodhbhavam divya roopam Dasarathathmajam,
Mathura vasitham devam Lavanasura mardhanam.
He was born in the clan of the sun, has a divine form and is the son of Dasaratha,
He was the demi god who lived in Mathura and he killed Lavanasura.
8. Ithi dhyathwa thu Shatrugnam Rama padekshanam hrudhi,
Padaneeya varam cchedham Kavacham thasya pavanam.
After meditating on Shatrugna like this and keeping the feet of Rama in the heart,
If this blessed armour is read, then he would become pure.
9. Poorve thwa aavathu SAthrugna, pathu yamye sudarsanan,
Kaikeyi nandana pathu, pratheechyaam SArvada mama.
Let my east be protected by Shatrugna
And south be protected by Sadarashana,
And let the son of Kaikeyi always protect my west.
10. Pathu udheechyam Rama Bandhu pathwadho Bharathanuja,
Ravi vasodhbhava schordhwam, madhye Dasarathathmaja.
Let my west be protected by the relation of Rama,
Let the younger brother of Bharatha protect the down side,
Let the one born in the clan of Sun protect the upper portion,
And let the son of Dasaratha protect the middle portion.
11. Sarvatha pathu mamathra Kaikeyi thosha vardhana,
Syamalanga sira pathu, Phalam Sri Lakshmanaam saja.
Let all things be protected by him who increases joy of Kaikeyi,
Let the black one protect my head,
Let my forehead be protected by he who has part of Lakshmana.
12. Broovor madhye sada pathu sumukho athaavani thale.
Srutha keerthi pathir netthre, kapole pathu Raghava.
Let the pleasant one on this earth protect the centre of my eyelids,
Let the husband of Srutha Keerthi protect my eyes,
And let my head be protected by Raghava.*
*Since he belongs to Raghu clan.
13. Karnaa Kundala karno aavyath nasagram nrupa vamsaja,
Mukham mama yuvaa pathu, vanim spashtakshara.
Let my ears be protected by he who wears ear globes,
Let the tip of my nose be protected by the one belonging to royal family,
Let my face be protected by the lad.
Let my voice be protected by he whose pronunciation is clear.
14. Jihwam Subahu thatho, avyaad yoopa Kethu pitha dwijaan,
Chubukam ramya chubuka, kandam pathu subashana.
Let the father of Subahu protect my toungue,
Let the father of Yoopa Kethu protect my teeth,
Let my chin be protected by one who has a pretty chin,
Let my neck be protected by one who talks only good things.
15. Skandhou pathu Maha thejo, bhujou Raghava vakya kruth,
Karou may Kankana dhara, pathu Gadgi nakhaan mama.
Let the greatly resplendent one protect my shoulder,
Let my hands be protected one who obeys the words of Rama,
Let my arms be protected by one who wears armlets,
Let my nails be protected by one who holds the sword.
16. Kukshou Rama Priya pathu, pathu Vaksho Raghoothama,
Parswe Surarchitha pathu, pathu Prushtam varanana.
Let my abdomen be protected by one who is dear to Rama,
Let my chest be protected by the good one of the Raghu clan,
Let my sides be protected by one who is worshipped by devas,
Let my back be protected by one who has a blessed form.
17. Jataram pathu Rakshogna, pathu nabhim sulochana,
Katim Bharatha manthri may guhyam Rama sevaka
Let my belly be protected by one who kills the Rakshasa,
Let my navel be protected by one who has good eyes,
Let my stomach be protected by minister of Bharatha,
Let my private parts be protected by the servant of Rama.
18. Ramarpitha manasa pathu lingam, ooru smithanana,
Kodanda dhari pathathra Januni mama sarvada.
Let my penis be protected by one whose mind is with Rama,
Let my thighs be protected by one with smiling face,
Let the one who holds the Kodanda always protect my knee and feet.
19. Ramamithram pathu jange, gulphou pathu sunoopura,
Paadhou nrupathi poojyo aavyath Sriman padanguleer mama.
Let the friend of Rama protect my thighs,
Let my ankle be protected by one who wears good anklets,
Let the one who is worshipped by kings protect my feet,
And let the one who is blessed by Lakshmi protect my toes.
20. Pathwangani samasthani hyudaranga sada mama,
Romani Ramaneeyo aavyad Rathrou pathu Sudharmika.
Let my all other organs be protected by one who posseses all my organs,
Let my hair be protected by the pretty one,
And let me be protected at night by One who practices good Dharma.
21. Divaa may Sathya sandho aavyad Bhojane sarasathkara,
Gamane kala kando aavyath sarvadaa lavananthaka.
Let me protected in day time by the truthful one,
Let me protected at time of eating by one who is hospitable,
Let the black necked one protect me while I am travelling,
Let me always be protected by the killer of Lavanasura.
22. Yevam Shatrugna kavacham maya they samoodheeritham,
Ye padanthi nara swethath they naraa Soukhya bhagina
This armour of Shatrugna which I have told for your betterment,
If read by men would make them filed with pleasure and luck.
23. Shatrugnasya varam chedham Kavacham mangala pradham,
Padaneeyam narair bhakthya puthra pouthra pravardhanam.
Due to the blessings of Shatrugna, this armour would lead to good,
And if read with devotion by human beings would give them sons and grand sons.
24. Asya stotrasya padena yam yam kamam naro arthayedh,
Tham tham labhen nischayena sathyamethad vacho mama.
The human beings who read this for wanting whatever they want,
Would be blessed with what they want, And my words are true.
25. Putharthi prapnuyath puthram, Dhanarthi dhanamapnuyath,
Ichaa kamam thu kamarthi prapnyath padanaa dhinaa.
He who wants son will get sons. H who wants wealth would get wealth,
And the one who has desires would fulfill his wishes by reading it daily.
26. Kavachasyasya bhoomyaam hi shatrugnasya vinischayath,
Thasma dhethath sada bhakthyaapadaneeyam narai shubham.
Due to the decision of Shatrugna, in this earth, it is certain,
People will read this with devotion and would attain good things.
Ithi Srimad Ananda Ramayane Sutheesha Agasthya samvade Sharygna Kavacham samaptham
Thus ends the Armour of Shatrugna occurring in the discussion between Agasthya and Sutheeshna found in the Ananda Ramayana.