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

Vishnu Panjara Stotra

Mahatma Pushkar revealed the significance of Vishnu Panjara Stotra to Parashu Rama, which would provide Raksha to whoever recites it. In the past, Bhagavan Brahma endowed the Stotra to Shankara Deva to provide with him safety at the time of battle with Tripuraasura and the same was furnished to Indra by Brihaspati while terminating the demon Bali. This Stotra is popular as a means of securing protection and well being, besides functioning as a shield while facing any impending danger or risk as also to accomplish success and victory:

Vishnuh praacyaam sthitaschakri  Harir-dakshinato Gadee, Prateetchaam Shaarangadhrug Vishnurjishnuh khadgee mamottarey/ Hrishikesho Vikoneshu tatcchidreshu Janaardanah, Krodarupee Herirbhumow Narasimheswrarey mama/ Kshuraantamamalam chakram bhramatyetat Sudarshanam, Asyaamshumaalaa dushprekshya hantum pretanishaacharaan/ Gadaa cheyam Sahasraarchih pradeepta paavakojjvalaa, Raksho bhuta pisaachaanaam Daakineenaam cha naashani/ Sharanga visphurjitah chaiva Vasudevasya madrapuun, Tiryangmanushya kushmaanada preeytaadeena hantwa seshatah/ Khangadhharojjwala jyotsnaana nirdhuta ye samaahitaah, tey yaantu shaamyataam sadyo Garudeneva Pannagaah/ Yey Kushmaandasthaa Yaksha ye Daityaa ye Nishaacharaah, Pretaa vinaayakaah kruraa Manushyaa  Jaambhagaah Khagaah/ Simhaadayascha pashavo danda suukaascha pannagaah, Sarvey bhavantu tey sowmyah Krishnashankharavaaritaah/ Chittavrittiharaa ye mey ye janaah  smriti haarakaah, Balowjasaam cha hartaarascchaayaa vibhramschakaascha ye/ Ye Chopabhoga hartaaro  ye cha lakshana naasakaah, Kushmaandastey pranashyantu Vishnu chakra ravaahitaah/ Buddhi swasthyam Mah swasthyam swasthya –maindriyakam tathaa, Mamaastu Deva devasya Vaasudevasya keertanaat/ Pushthey purastaanmama Dakshinottarey vikonatchaastu Janaardano Haarih, Tameedyameeshaana manantamacyhutam Janaardanam pranipatito na seedati/ Yathaa param Brahma Haristathaa paro Jagatswarupascha sa eva Keshavah, Satyena teynaachyuta naama keertanaat pranashyetu trividham  mamaashubham

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 In the Eastern side is Chakradhaari Vishnu and in the Southern side is Gadaadhaari Shrihari. Bhagavaan Hrishikesha is protecting in the ‘Dikkonas’ or side-angles, Janaardana is situated in the middle portion. Varaaha dhaari Shrihari is protecting on the Bhumi and Bhagavan Nrisimha shields on the Shy. In the other side-lines Sudarshana Chakra is constantly on the move and provides guard all over. If ‘Pretas’ or ‘Nishaacharas’-the night-long tormentors-seek to bother, they woud find it impossible to withstand the extreme dazzle of the Sudarshana Chakra. Bhagavan Shri Hari’s ‘Gadaa’ (Mace) called Kaumudi sparkles with thousands of highly explosive rays. These sizzling rays destroy Rakshasas, Bhutas, Piscachas and Daakinis instantly. Bagavan Vaasudeva’s Sharanga Dhanush creates such deafening and reverberating sound waves that ‘Shatru Bhuta Manushya’(most cruel humans), ‘Kushmandas’, ‘Pretas’, ‘Tiryagyoni’ Praanis or these frightening species on way back to be reborn again are extinguished at once. Those named or unnamed enemies to the devotees would get flooded in the tempestuous flows of overwhelming sparks of the ‘Khadga’ (Sword) of Shri Hari, in the same maaner as Garuda Deva exteminates serpents. All the species that seek to torture Vishnu’s devotees-be they Kushmanadas, Yakshas, Rakshasas, Pretas, Viyayakas, cruel human beings, hunting birds of huge or miniscule sizes, animals  like lions or tigers, snakes, or of any evil spirits, would get overpowered by the ‘Shankha naada’ of Bhagava. May Vishnu Kirtana provide me ‘Buddhi’, ‘Man’ and physical control and bestow ‘Swasthya labha’or multi-sided equilibrium to my inner- conciousness and purify my Soul to be worthy of the grace of Bhagavan Vishnu. Dedicated Bhaktaas are never let down by the most merciful ‘Paramaatma’; May this ‘Vishnu Panjara’ shield me from wordly distress and lead me on to the Sacred Path of Mukti. [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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