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STOTRA KAVACHA (SHIELD OF PRAYERS)
[Stutis / Kavachaas, Ashtottaraas and Sahasranaamaas from the Series of Essence of Puranas]

Shri Lakshmi Stotra

Lord Indra’s eulogy to Devi Lakshi was as follows:

Namasye Sarvalokaanaam jananeemabdhi sambhavaam, Shriyamunnidra Padmaaksheem Vishnu vakhasthala sthitaam/ Twam Siddhistwam Swaaha Sudhaa twam Lokapaalini, Sandhya raatrih prabhaa bhutirmedhaa shraddhaa Saraswati/Yagna Vidya Maha Vidya Guhaa Vidya cha shobhaney, Atma Vidyaa cha Devi twam vimukti phaladayini/ Aanveekshaki Trayee Vaartaa dandanitis twameva cha, Sowmya sowmyam Jagadrupam tawaitatddevi puritam/ Ka tatwanya twaamrutey Devi Sarva Yagna mayam vapuhu, Adyhaastey Deva Devasya Yogichintyam gadaabhrutah/ Twaya Devi parithayktam Sakalam Bhuvanatrayam, Vinishtapraayamabhavat twayedaaneem samedhitam/ Daaraah purtaasthathagaaram suhruddhaanya dhanaadhikam, Bhavateytanmahaabhaagey nithyam twadveekshanaannrunaam/ Shareerarogya maiswaryamaripaksha khsayah sukham, Devi twadrushti drushtaanaam purushaanaam na durlabham/ Tweamambaa sarvabhutaanaam Devadevo Haih pitaa, Twayatad Vishnuunaachaamba Jagad vyaaptam charaacharam/ Maanam kosham tathaa kosdhtam maa gruham maa paricchhadam, Maa shariram kalatram cha thyajethaah Sarva paavani/ Maa putraan maasahrudvargaan maa pashua maa vibhushanam, Thyajethaa mama Devasya Vishnor vakhasthaalaaley/ Satyana samashauchaabhyaam tatha sheelaadibhirgunaih, Kulaaisvaryescha yujjantey purushaa nirgunaa api/ sashlyaghyah sa guni dhanyah sa kuleenah sa buddhimaan, sa surah sa cha vikraanto yasatvayaa Devi veekshitah/ Sadyo vaigunyamaayaanti  sheelaadyaah sakalaa gunahah, Paraanmikhee Jagaddhaatri yasya twam Vishnuvallabhey/  Na tey varnaayutam shattaa gunaan jimhaapi vedhasah, praseeda Devi Padmaakshi maasmaamssatyaakshih kadaachana/

My reverential salutations to you the Mother of Universe! Maha Lakshmi! You were materialised fom the Ocean, with magnificent eyes that are resplendent and are like opened up Lotus flowers occupying the chest of Vishnu; You are the hall-mark of Purity and the personification of propitiousness. You are the Siddhi, Swaha, Swadha, Sudha, Sandhya, Ratri, Prabha, Bhuti, Medha, Shraddhaa and Sarasvati.You are the Yagna Vidya, Maha Vidya, Guhya Vidya, and the Provider of Atma Vidya. You are the ‘Anveekshani’ or the Darshana Shastra, Trayi or the Form of Three Vedas viz. Ruk-Yajur and Sama; the ‘Vaarta’or the three most significant professions of human beings viz. Krishi / Agriculture, Goraksha or the security of Cows,Vanijya or business and Danda Niti or the Art of Defence and Attack. You are the Form of ‘Saumyata’ or of poise and composure; since You are ever-present; You are also the most charming and esteemed.  Are you not the singular woman sporting a mace called Kaumudi to defend the virtuous and punish the Evil! You are the Yagnamayi whom Yogis and Maharshis pray to and cogitate about. It is by your grace and magnanimity that the whole World got revived after its erstwhile destruction and is looking full and on-going. With your kindness that all the human beings and their families are fine and the womanfolk, children, households, and existence in general is contented and smooth enough with ‘Dhana-Dhaanyas’. Once your merciful looks are available, persons are healthy, wealthy, contented without enemies and hindrances.You are indeed the mother of all and  Vishnu is the father, controlling and preserving the ‘charaachara Jagat’ comprising the moveable and immoveable Benigs. You are our self-esteem, our Treasure-Hold, Anna Bhaandaar or Food-reservoir, the entire house-hold, our well being and families; do keep us safe and satisfied Devi! Those whom you leave away, their truthfulness, stability, virtuosity are all deserted instantly. Your benevolence would turn a miserable being surfeit with riches, a vicious entity into an ideal being worthy of reputation, courage, and perfection. A remote glance of yours would bring about a mind-blowing transformation of a human being. Even Brahma woud fail in estimating your qualities and how else marginal beings could possibly do! Mother, my earnest prayer to you is to bless me and never ever leave me enven by mistake!. [Essence of Agni Purana]  

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Stutis / Kavachas

 

Ganesha Kavacha
Shri Krishna Stuti
Brahmanda Nayaka Krishna Kavacha
Shiva Kavacha and Shiva Mantraraja
Saraswati’s Vishwa Vijaya Kavacha

Saraswati’s Stuti by Yagnyavalkya

Lakshmi Stuti by Indra

Durga Stuti and Kavacha

Maha Devi Stuti

Ambika Devi Stuti

Shri Durga Sapta Shloki

Surya Stutis by Devaas and Trimurthis

Shri Lakshmi Stotra

Vishnu Panjara Stotra

Marjana /Apamarjana Stotras for Raksha

Paapa Naashaka Stotra

Pundarikaaksha Gadaadhara Mantras

Durga Stuti

Maha Purusha Stuti by Rudra

Vaishnavi Stuti

Chamundi Stuti

Shiva Stuti
Kartikeya Stuti by Devas
Nrisimha Stuti by Aditi Devi

Vishnu Stutis by Brahma and Devi Aditi

Vamana Stutis by Brahma and Bhu Devi
Varaha Stuti

Stutis to Vishnu and Shiva at Amrita Manthana

Shiva Stuti and Shiva Kavacha
Vishnu Panjara Stotra
Vishnu Stutis by Kashyapa , Devi Aditi and Brahma
Brihad Vamana Swarupa Stuti
Sweta Madhava Stuti

Ashtottaras

 

  Surya Ashtottaram
  Kartikeya Ashtottaram
  Shata Rudreeyam
  Shri Rama Shata Naamaavali


Sahasra Naamaas

 

  Siva Sahasra Naamas
  Siva Sahasranama (Thousand Names of Siva)
  Yugala Sahasranama of Radha-Krishna
  Vishnu Sahasranama
  Shri Vishnu Sahasra Naama Stotra
  Gayathri Sahasranama

 

 


This series of Stutis /Kavachas, Ashtottaras and Sahasranamas from the series of Essence of Puranas have been Compiled and edited by Sri. V.D.N.Rao,devotee of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and Retired Official of the Government of India. The author can be contacted at raovdn@gmail.com


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