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

Shiva Kavacha and Shiva Mantraraja 

SANSAARA PAAVANASYAYA KAVACHAYA PRAJAPATHIH, RISHISCHHANDASCHA GAYATRI DEVOHAH CHA MAHESWARA, DHARMAARTHA KAAMAMOKSHESHU VINIYOGAH PRAKIRTITAH/ PANCHALAKSHA JAPEYNAIVA SHIDDHIDAM KAVACHAM BHAVET/ YO BHAVET SIDDHAKAVACHO MAMA TULYO BHAVED BHUVI, TEJASA SIDDHI YOGENA TAPASAA VIKRAMENACHA/ SHAMBHURMEY MASTAKAM PAATU MUKHAM PAATU MAHESHWARAH, DANTAPANKTIM CHA NEELAKANTHOPYA -DHARESHTHUM HARAH SWAYAM/ KANTHAM PAATU CHANDRACHOODAH SKANDHOU VRISHVAAHANAH, VAKSHASTHALAM NEELAKANTHAH PAATU PRUSHTHAM DIGAMBARAH/ SARVAANGAM PAATU VISHVESHAH SARVADIKSHU CHA SARVADAA, SWAPNEY JAAGARANEY CHAIVA STHANURMEY PAATU SANTATAM/ ITI TEY KATHITAM BAANA KAVACHAM PARAMAADBHUTAM, YASMAI KASMAI NA DAATAVYAM GOPANEEYAM PRAYATNATAH/YAT PHALAM SARVA TEERTHAANAAM SNAANENA LABHATEY NARAH,  TAT PHALAM LABHATEY NUNAM KAVACHASWAIVA DHAARANAAT/ IDAM KAVACHAMAJNAATWA BHJENMAAM YAH SUMANDADHIH, SHATA LAKSHA PRAJASTOPI NA MANTRAH SIDDHIDAAYIKAH/

Design

 (This Samsaara paavana Shiva Kavacha has Prajapati as Rishi, Gayatri as Chhanda and Maheswara as Devata. Its Viniyoga or usage is to secure Dharma, Artha, Kaama and Moksha: Om asyashri Samsaara paavana naamadheyasya Shiva Kavachasya Prajaapatirrishi Gayatri cchando Maheswaro Devataa Dharaartha Kaama moksha siddhow Viniyogah.The effectiveness of the Kavacha is subject to its recitation by five lakhs and its Siddhi bestows great body-glow, Siddhi yoga and ‘Bala Parakrama’ or Strength and Gallantry equalling none on Earth. The meaning of the Kavacha states: May Shambhu protect my head and Maheswara my face. May Nilakantha shield my teeth and Hara Deva my lips; Chandrachuda my throat and Vrishabha vaahana my shoulders; Nilakantha my chest and Digambara my rear portion; may Vishvesha shield all my limbs from all directions; may Shtaanu Deva defend me always while I sleep or am woken up. Maha Deva told Baanaasura that this Invaluable Kavacha ought not to be taught to every body without discretion and in fact try to keep it confidential. Those who wear this Kavacha yield the fruits of Titha Yatras instantly. Even a dull person would become agile and active.

Design

Shiva Mantra Raja : In the past, the following Kalpa Vriksha ‘Mantra Raja’ was handed over to posterity as follows:

OM NAMO MAHAA DEVAAYA NAMAH, OM NAMAS -SIVAAYA!
VANDEY SURAANAAM SAARAMCHA SURESHAM NEELALOHITAM, YOGEESWARAM YOGABEEJAM YOGINAAM CHA SUROORGURUM/ JANAANANDAM
  JNAANARUPAM JNAANABEEJAM SANAATANAM, TAPASAAM PHALADAATAARAM DAATAARAM SARVASAMPADAAM/ TAPORUPAM TAPOBEEJAM TAPODHANADHANAM VARAM, VARAM VARENYAM  VARADAMEEDYAM  SIDDHAGANAIRVAREYH/    KAARANAM BHUKTI MUKTEENAM NARAKAARNAVA TAARANAM, ASHUTOSHAM PRASANNAASYAM KARUNAAGARA SAAGARAM/ HIMACHANDANA KUNDENDU KUMUDAAMBHOJA SAMNIBHAM, BRAHMAJYOTIH SWARUPAMCHA BHAKTA -ANUGRAHA VIGRAHAM/ VISHAYAANAM VIBHEDENA VIBHRAANTAM BAHURUPAKAM, JALARUPAM AGNIRUPAMAAKAASHA RUPAMEESWARAM/              
VAAYURUPAM CHANDRARUPAM SUTYARUPAM MAHATPRABHUM, AATMANAH SWAPADAM DAANTUM SAMARTHAMAVA LEELAYAA/ BHAKTA JEEVANAMEESHAM CHA BHAKTAANUGRAHAKAATARAM, VEDAA NA SHAKTAA YAM STOTUM KIMAHAM STOUMI TAM PRABHUM/ APARICCHHINNA MEESHAANAMAHO VAANGMANASOH PARAM, VYAAGHRA CHARMAAMBARADHARAM VRISHAMASTHAM DIGAMBARAM/ TRISHULA PATTISHAADHARAM SASMITAM CHANDRASEKHARAM/ ITYUKTWAA STAVARAAJENA NITYAM BAANAH SAMYUTAH, PRAANAMACCHAMKARAM BHAVATYAA DURVAASHAASCHA MUNEESWARAH/

Design

 (I salute Bhagavan Shiva, Mahadeva, Suresha and Neela lohita! who is the quintessence of all ‘Tatwaas’; the Chief of all Devatas; the embodiment of Yoga as its germinator and its Master; the personification of ‘Jnaana’as Jnaana Swarupa, Jnaana beeja, and Jnaana Pradaata; the Supreme Being of Tapasya, its root, ramifications and phala / the end result; the Fund  of Prosperity, Boons and Benefits to Siddhaganas; the Desire, Sadhana / Facility and Destination of Moksha; the highest Form of Brahma Jyoti; the manifestations of Primary Elements like  Prithvi, Water , Radiance, Air, and Sky as also the Sun and the Moon; the highest  image of Bhakti and its applications; the Magnificent Form unaffected by Desha, Kaala and Vastu ie. Place, Time and Material; that Parameswara beyond recognition of thought, speech and action; and the Digambara Rupa, the Bull-rider, Trishula Dhaari and Chandra Shekhara. That’s how Baanasura saluted Bhagavan Shiva by reciting the above ‘Stavaraja’or the Hymn of Eulogy and bending his head down the reverential feet of Shankara with humility and dedication. And so did Maha Muni Durwasa too.) Those who recite the above ‘Stotra Raja’even for a month with devotion and sincerity every morning would be cured of long standing diseases, imprisonments, childlessness, poverty, and any kind of difficulty in life by the mere lifting of Bhagavan’s Trishula![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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