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

Shri Krishna Stuti 

Vandey tam Paramaataanam Sarva Kaarana Kaaranam, Vinaa yena shavaah sarveyh praanino jagateetaley/ Nirliptam Saakshi rupam cha Sarveshaam sarva karmasu, Vidyaamaanam na drushtam cha Sarveh Sarvatra sarvadaa/ Yena Srashtaacha Prakritih Sarvaadhara Paraatparaa, Brahma Vishnu Shivaa deenaam Prasuryaa Trigunaatmikaa/ Jagatsrashtaaswayam Brahmaa niyato yasya sevayaa, Paataa Vishnushcha Jagataam Samhartaam Shankarah swayam/ Dhyaayantey yam Suraah Sarvey Munayo Manavastathaa, Sidhhaascha yoginah Santah Prakriyeh param/ Saakaaramcha Niraakaaram Param Swecchhaamayam Vibhum,Varam Varenyam Varadam Varaaham Vara kaaranam/Tapah phalam Tapo-beejam tapasaamcha phalapradam, Swayam Tapah Swarupam cha Sarva rupamcha sarvatah/ Sarvaadhaaram Sarva beejam karma tatkarmanaa phalam, Teshaamcha Phaladaataaram tadbeeja kshaya kaaranam/ Swayam tejah swarupam cha Bhakta –anugraha vigraham, Sevaadhyaanam na ghatatey Bhaktaanaam Vigraham binaa/Tat tejo mandalaakaaram Suryakoti samaprabham, Ateeva Karmayeeyam cha Rupam tatra manoharam/Naveena neerada Shyaamam Sharatpankaja lochanam, Sharad paavarna Chandraasyameeshad bhaaswadaasya samanvitam/ Koti kandarpa laavanyam leelaadhaama manoharam, chandanokshita saavargam Ratna bhushitabhushitam/ Dwibhujam Muraleehastam Peetakousheya vaasasam, Kishora vayasam Shaantam Raadhaakanta manantakam/ Gopaanganaa parivrutam kutrachinnirjaney vaney, Kutrachitraa samadhyastham Raadhayaa parisevitam/ Kutrachid Gopavesham cha veshtitam Gopabaalakaih, Shatashringaachalotkrushtey Ramye viridaavaney vaney/ Nikaram Kaamadhenuunaam rakshatam shishurupinam, Golokey Virajaateerey Paarijaata vaney Vaney/ Venum kvanaantam madhuram gopi-sammoha kaaranam, Niraamaey cha Vaikunthey kutrichiccha chaturbhujam/Lakshmi kaantam paarshadaischa sevitam cha Chaturbhujaiih, Kutrachit Swaamsha rupena  Jagataam paalanaayacha/ Swetadweepey Vishnu rupam padmayaa parisevitam, Kutrachit swaamsha kalayaa Brahmaandey Brahma rupinam/ Shiva swarupam Shivadam Saamshena shivarupinam, Swaatmanah Shodashaamshena Sarva -adhaaram Paraatparam/ Swayam Maha Viraadrupam Vishvogham yasya lomasu, Leelaayaa Swaamshakalayaa jagataam paalanaaya cha/ Naanaavataaram Vibhrantam beejam teshaam sanaatanam, Vaantam Krutrachit santam yoginaam hridaye sataam/ Praana rupam Praaninaam cha Paramaatmaana meeswaram, tam cha stutomashaktaamabalaa Nirgunam Vibhum/ Nirlakshyam cha nireehamcha saaram Vangmanasoparam, yam stotumakshayo nantah Sahasravadanena cha/ Panchavaktraschaturvaktro Gajavaktrah Shadaananah, yam stotrum na kshamaa Maayaa Mohitaa yaya Maayaa/Yam stotum na  kshamaa Shrischa Jadibhutaa Saraswati, Vedaa na Shaktaa yam stotum ko vaa Vidwamscha Vedavit/ Kim stoumi tamaneeham cha shokaartaa  stree Paraatparum/

Design

 I salute Paramaatma who is the Cause of Causes, without whom the whole World and its inhabitants are non-existent as he is the under-current and the Evidence of each and every activity of all Beings; he is the fulcrum of the Universe and the Creation of Tri-Gunaatmika Prakriti who in turn is the Creator of every thing including Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva entrusted with their own activities of Srishti, Palana and Samharana; She is also the Creator  of all Devatas, Manus, Siddhaas,Yogis and Saints who are eternally engaged in the devotion of that Paramatma who is far above the Prakriti; that Paramatma who has Visible and at the same time Invisible, who is ‘Aaakara’or possessive of Form, yet ‘Naraakaara’ or without Form; who is the boon, the boon-giver, the reason of giving a boon; the seed, the plant, the  tree,  the fruit and the enjoyer of the fruit, the taste of the fruit as also the destroyer of the fruit. He is a huge fund of Tejas (radiance) but to enable devotees take various Forms, Names, Typical Appearances, and Features. Specified Boons are expected from the Bhaktas like good progeny, knowledge, powers, wealth, good health, fame, or Salvation and indeed he is the instant Provider. He is an Epithet of Radiance with unimaginable shine of crores of Suryas; his Rupa is readily attractive like crores of Kandarpas with the complexion of blue sky with Sharad season’s lotus-like eyes; he has a physique smeared with Sandalwood paste all over and ornamented with jewellery and fresh flower garlands full of intoxicating fragrance; with high shoulders wearing scented and sift silks with a Murali in hands full of youthful vigour in the company of Radhaakanta and countless of Gopikas and Gopabalas; visualised sometimes in the Form of a Bala Gopala who did the miracle of lifting the Govardhana mountain with his litle finger; some times in the most charming Brindavana forests pressing his tender fingers to produce the celestial music of flute leaning on a tree with crossed legs; some other times in yoga nidra while Devi Lakshmi was pressing his tender feet on the Sesha Nag’s bed of coiled softness; yet other times in the Form of Vishnu with four arms adorned with shankha, chakra, gada and Padma while Devas and Sages were singing praiseful hymns and rhythemic utterances of Veda Mantras; while assuming the Swarupa of Parana Shiva at the Shiva dhaama; like a Brahma as the Creator of the ‘Charaachara Jagat’ and as the Veda Swarupa outlining virtues and their practices and recognising the sublimity of the Unique Paramatma; and as the Virat Swarupa with the Universe within him as the make-believe kaleidoscope with endless variations who is at once a reality but a fantasy full of Maya that is visible yet invisble; legible yet illegible; distinct yet amorphous! Devi Malavati finally said that it would never be possible to gauge what Paramatma was all about,even as Tri Murtis failed in defining him/her/it / and this or that or other! Pancha mukha Maha Deva, Chaturmukha Brahma, Gajaanana Ganesha, Shadaanana Kartikeya, Maya herself lost her way in seeking to define Krishna Deva; Lakshmi and Saraswati made determined efforts but in vain; when such was the reality, a grief-striken helpless woman like Malavati could only betray her pettiness to define that Maha Shakti called Paramatma!). [Essence of Brahma Vaivarta Purana]


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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