Vishnu Kavacham

Vishnu Kavacham
[Armour of Vishnu]
Translated by P. R. Ramachander

Asya Sri Vishnu kavacha sytotra manthrasya Brahma Rishi, Anushtup Chanda, Sriman Narayano Devatha

For the Armour of Vishnu the sage is Brahma, the meter is Anushtup and the God addressed is Lord Narayana.

Adha Kara Nyasam (Rituals of hand)

Kesavaya Angushtabhyam nama - Salutations with Thumb to Kesava
Narayanaya Tharjeenibhyam nama - Salutations with pointer finger to Narayana
Madhavaya Madhyamabhyam nama - Salutations to Madhava with middle finger
Govindhaya Anamikabhyam nama - Salutations to Govinda with ring finer
Vishnave kanishtikabhyaam nama - Salutations to Vishnu with little finger
Madhu soodanaya Karathala kara prushtabhyam nama - Salutations with front and back of palm to killer of Madhu

Adha hrudayaadhi nyasam (Rituals of heart)

Trikramaya Hrudayaya nama - Salutations to Trivikrama touching the chest
Vamanaya Sirase Swaha - Salutations to Vamana touching the head
Sridharaya Shikaya Vashat - Salutations to Sridhara touching hair on head
Hrishikesaya Kavachaya hum - Salutations to Hrishikesa for the Armour
Padmanabhaya Nethra thrayaya Voushat - Salutations to Padmanabha and Lord Shiva
Idhi Di bandha - Like this I tie all the directions

Adha Dhyanam
1. Santhakaram Bujaga sayanam Padmanabham suresam,
Viswadharam Gagana sadrusam Megha varnam shubangam
Lakshmi kantham kamala nayanam Yogi hrid dyana gamyam
Vande vishnum bava bhayaharam sava lokaika nadham 3

I bow before the God Vishnu,
Who is personification of peace,
Who sleeps on his folded arms,
Who has a lotus on his belly,
Who is the God of gods,
Who is the basis of earth,
Who is similar to the sky,
Who is of the colour of the cloud,
Who has beautiful limbs,
Who is the consort of Lakshmi,
Who has lotus like eyes,
Who is seen by saints through thought,
Who kills all worries and fears,
And who is the lord of all the worlds.

Kavacham

2. Poorvatha maam Hari Pathu, Paschad Chakri cha Dakshine,
Krishna utharatha pathu Sriso, Vishnuscha Sarvasa

Let me be protected in the east by Hari, West by he holds the Wheel,
South by Krishna, North by lord of Lakshmi, In all places by Lord Vishnu.

3. Oordhwam anandakruth pathu, adasthath sarnga bruth Thadha.
Padhou pathu Sarojangri, Janghe pathu Janardhana.

Let my top be protected by one who makes us happy and down protected by one who holds Saranga,
Let my feet be protected by one who has lotus like feet and Janardhana protect my shanks/

4. Januni may Jagannadha, ooru pathu Trivikrama,
Guhyam pathu Hrishikesa, Prushtam pathu Mamavyaya

Let my knees be protected by Lord of earth, let Trivikrama protect my thighs
Let Hrishikesa protect my private parts, let my back be protected by my non decaying one.

5. Pathu Naabhim mamanantha, Kukshim Rakshasa mardhana,
Damodharo may Hrudayam, Vaksha pathu Nrukesari.

Let my Anantha protect my stomach and the killer of Rakshasas protect my abdomen,
Let Damodhara protect my chest and let the lion like king protect my bosom.

6. Karou may Kaliyarathi, Bhujou Bhaktharthi Bhanjana,
Kandam Kalkambudha Shyama, skandho may Kamsa mardhana

Let my hands be protected by enemy of Kalya and my arm be protected by the destroyer of desire of devotees,
Let my neck be protected one who is black like dark cloud, let killer of Kamsa protect my shoulders.

7. Narayanovyaanasam may karnou Kesi Bhanjana,
Kapalo pathu Vaikundo, Jihwaam pathu Dhayanidhi

Let the decay less Narayana protect our nose and let killer of Kesi protect our ears,
Let The God in Vaikunta protect our skull and let treasure of mercy protect our tongue.

8. Aasyam Dasasya hanthaa Aavyath, Nethre may Harilochana,
Bruvow parhu Bhoomeeso, Lalatam may Sadachyutha.

Let sound box be protected by killer of Ravana, Let the green eyed one protect my eyes,
Let the consort of earth protect my eye brows and let my forehead be protected by the forever Achyutha.

9. Mukham may pathu Govinda, Siro Garuda Vahana,
Maam Sesha sayi sarvebhyo, Vyadhibhyo Bhaktha vathsala.

Let my face be protected by Govinda, head by one who rides on eagle,
Let the one who sleeps on serpent protect all my parts and the one who loves devotees my sicknesses

10. Pisachagni Jalebhyo maam aapadbhyo aavatha Vamana,
Sarvebhyo Durithebhyascha pathu maam Purushothama

Let Vamana protect me from dangers cased by ghosts, fire and water,
Let Puruhothama protect me from all sorts of sufferings.

11. Idham Vishnu Kavacham, Sarva Mangala dhayakam,
Sarva Roga prasamanam, Sarva Sathru vinasanam.

This is the Armour of Vishnu which gives all sorts of auspiciousness,
Which cures all diseases and destroyer of all enemies

Ithi Sri Vishnu Kavacham Sampoornam

Thus ends the Armour of Vishnu.

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