The Lord does not need anyone’s prayers, but if a devotee offers his prayers to the Lord, the devotee benefits greatly.
-Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9 Summary
Sri Narasimha Pranama
from the Nrsimha Purana
namas te nara-simhaya
"I offer my respectful obeisances unto You, Lord Nrsimhadeva. You are the giver of pleasure to Maharaja Prahlada, and Your nails cut the chest of Hiranyakasipu like a chisel cutting stone.
ito nrsimhah parato nrsimho
yato yato yami tato nrsimhah
bahir nrsimho hrdaye nrsimho
nrsimham adim saranam prapadye
"Lord Nrsimhadeva is here, and He is also there on the opposite side. Wherever I go, there I see Lord Nrsimhadeva. He is outside and within My heart. Therefore I take shelter of Lord Nrsimhadeva, the original Supreme Personality of Godhead."
Sri Narasimha Kavacha
sarva-rakshā karam punyam
I shall now recite the Narasimha-kavaca, formerly spoken by Prahlada Maharaja. It is most pious, vanquishes all kinds of impediments, and provides one all protection.
sarva-sampat-karam chaiva svarga-moksha-pradāyakam
dhyātvā narsimham devesham hema-simhāsana-sthitam
It bestows upon one all opulences and can give one elevation to the heavenly planets or liberation. One should meditate on Lord Nåsiàha, Lord of the universe, seated upon a golden throne.
vivrtāsyam tri-nayanam sharad-indu-sama-prabham
lakshmyālingita-vāmāngam vibhūtibhir upāshritam
His mouth is wide open, He has three eyes, and He is as radiant as the autumn moon. He holds the Goddess Lakshmi in an embrace on His left side, and is the resting place for all kinds of prosperity — material and spiritual.
catur-bhujam komalāngam svarna-kundala-shobhitam
saroja-shobito raskam ratna-keyūra-mudritam
The Lord has four arms, and His limbs are very soft. He is decorated with golden earrings. His chest is resplendent like the lotus flower, and His arms are decorated with jewel-studded ornaments.
indrādi-sura-maulishthah sphuran mānikya-dīptibhih
He is dressed in a spotless yellow garment, which exactly resembles molten gold. He is the original cause of existence, beyond the mundane sphere, for the great demigods headed by Indra. He appears bedecked with rubies which are blazingly effulgent.
garutmatā cha vinayāt stūyamānam mudānvitam
His two feet are very attractive, and He is armed with various weapons such as the conch, disc, etc. Garuda joyfully offers prayers with great reverence.
sva-hrt-kamala-samvāsam krtvā tu kavacham pathet
nrsimho me shirah pātu loka-rakshārtha-sambhavah
Having seated Lord Narasimhadeva upon the lotus of one’s heart, one should recite the following mantra: May Lord Narasimha, who protects all the planetary systems, protect my head.
sarvago ’pi stambha-vāsah phalam me rakshatu dhvanim
nrsimho me drshau pātu soma-sūryagni-lochanah
Although the Lord is all-pervading, He hid Himself within a pillar. May He protect my speech and the results of my activities. May Lord Narasimha, whose eyes are the sun, and fire, protect my eyes.
smrtim me pātu naraharih muni-varya-stuti-priyah
nāsam me simha-nāshas tu mukham lakshmi-mukha-priyah
May Lord Nrhari, who is pleased by the prayers offered by the best of sages, protect my memory. May He who has the nose of a lion protect my nose, and may He whose face is very dear to the goddess of fortune protect my mouth.
sarva-vidyādhipah pātu nrsimho rasanam mama
vaktram pātv indu-vadanam sadā prahlāda-vanditah
May Lord Narasimha, who is the knower of all sciences, protect my sense of taste. May He whose face is beautiful as the full moon and who is offered prayers by Prahlada Maharaja protect my face.
narasimhah pātu me kantham skandhau bhū-bhrd ānanta-krt
divyāstra-shobhita-bhujah narasimhah pātu me bhujau
May Lord Narasimha protect my throat. He is the sustainer of the earth and the performer of unlimitedly wonderful activities. May He protect my shoulders. His arms are resplendent with transcendental weapons. May He protect my shoulders.
karau me deva-varado narasimhah pātu sarvatah
hrdayam yogi-sādhyash cha ivāsam pātu me harih
May the Lord, who bestows benedictions upon the demigods, protect my hands, and may He protect me from all sides. May He who is achieved by the perfect yogis protect my heart, and may Lord Hari protect my dwelling place.
madhyam pātu hiranyāksha-vakshah-kukshi-vidāranah
nābhim me pātu naraharih sva-nābhi-brahma-samstutah
May He who ripped apart the chest and abdomen of the great demon Hiranyaksha protect my waist, and may Lord Nrhari protect my navel. He is offered prayers by Lord Brahma, who has sprung from his own navel.
brahmānda-kotayah katyām yasyāsau pātu me katim
guhyam me pātu guhyānām mantrānām guhya-rūpa-drk
May He on whose hips rest all the universes protect my hips. May the Lord protect my private parts. He is the knower of all mantras and all mysteries, but He Himself is not visible.
urū manobhavah pātu januni nara-rūpa-drk
janghe pātu dharā-bhāra-harta yo ’sau nr-keshari
May He who is the original Cupid protect my thighs. May He who exhibits a human-like form protect my knees. May the remover of the burden of the earth, who appears in a form which is half-man and half-lion, protect my calves.
sura-rājya-pradah pātu pādau me nrharishvarah
sahasra-shirshā purushah pātu me sarvashas tanum
May the bestower of heavenly opulence protect my feet. He is the Supreme Controller in the form of a man and lion combined. May the thousand-headed Supreme enjoyer protect my body from all sides and in all respects.
mahograh pūrvatah pātu mahā-vīrāgrajo ’gnitah
mahā-vishnur dakshine tu mahā-jvalas tu nairrtah
May that most ferocious personality protect me from the east. May He who is superior to the greatest heroes protect me from the southeast, which is presided over by Agni. May the Supreme Vishnu protect me from the south, and may that person of blazing luster protect me from the southwest.
pashchime pātu sarvesho dishi me sarvatomukhah
narasimhah pātu vāyavyām saumyām bhūshana-vigrahah
May the Lord of everything protect me from the west. His faces are everywhere, so please may He protect me from this direction. May Lord Narasimha protect me from the northwest, which is predominated by Vayu, and may He whose form is in itself the supreme ornament protect me from the north, where Soma resides.
īshanyam pātu bhadro me sarva-mangala-dāyakah
samsāra-bhayatah pātu mrtyor mrtyur nr-kesharī
May the all-auspicious Lord, who Himself bestows all-auspiciousness, protect from the northeast, the direction of the sun-god, and may He who is death personified protect me from fear of death and rotation in this material world.
idam narasimha-kavacham prahlāda-mukha-manditam bhaktimān yah pathenaityam sarva-papaih pramucyate
This Narasimha-kavaca has been ornamented by issuing from the mouth of Prahlada Maharaja. A devotee who reads this becomes freed from all sins.
putravān dhanavān loke dīrghāyur upajāyate yam yam kāmayate kāmam tam tam prāpnoty asamshayam
Whatever one desires in this world he can attain without doubt. One can have wealth, many sons, and a long life.
sarvatra jayam āpnoti sarvatra vijayī bhavet
bhūmy antarīksha-divyānām grahānām vinivāranam
He becomes victorious who desires victory, and indeed becomes a conqueror. He wards off the influence of all planets, earthly, heavenly, and everything in between.
vrshchikoraga-sambhūta-vishāpaharanam param brahma-rākshasa-yakshānām dūrotsārana-kāranam
This is the supreme remedy for the poisonous effects of serpents and scorpions, and Brahma-rakshasa ghosts and Yakshas are driven away.
bhuje vā tāla-patre vā kavacam likhitam shubham kara-mūle dhrtam yena sidhyeyuh karma-siddhayah
One may write this most auspicious prayer on his arm, or inscribe it on a palm-leaf and attach it to his wrist, and all his activities will become perfect.
sarva-mangala-māngalyam bhuktim muktim cha vindati
dvā-trimshati-sahasrani pathet shuddhatmanām nrnām
One who with purified heart recites this prayer 32,000 times attains the most auspicious of all auspicious things, and material enjoyment and liberation are already understood to be available to such a person.
tilakam vinyased yas tu tasya graha-bhayam haret
tri-vāram japamanas tu dattam vāryabhimantrya ca
Having marked one’s body with tilaka, taking acamana with water, and reciting this mantra three times, one will find that the fear of all inauspicious planets is removed.
garjantam gārjayantam nija-bhuja-patalam sphotayantam hatantam
rūpyantam tāpayantam divi bhuvi ditijam kshepayantam kshipantam
Lord Narasimha roars loudly and causes others to roar. With His multitudes of arms He tears the demons asunder and kills them in this way. He is always seeking out and tormenting the demoniac descendants of Diti, both on this earth planet and in the higher planets, and He throws them down and scatters them.
iti shri-brahmānda-purāne prahlādoktam shri-narasimha-kavacam sampūrnam
Thus ends the Narasimha-kavaca as it is described by Prahlada Maharaja in the Brahmanda Purana.
devāsura-manushyeshu svam svam eva jayam labhet
eka-sandhyam tri-sandhyam va yah pathen niyato narah
One who regularly chants this prayer, whether once or thrice (daily), he becomes victorious whether among demigods, demons, or human beings.
kavachasyāsya mantrasya mantra-siddhih prajāyate
anena mantra-rājena krtvā bhasmābhi mantranham
This Kavaca-mantra is the king of all mantras. One attains by it what would be attained by anointing oneself with ashes and chanting all other mantras.
prāsayed yo naro mantram narasimha-dhyānam ācharet
tasya rogāh pranashyanti ye cha syuh kukshi-sambhavāh
That person who recites this mantra, meditating upon Lord Narasimhadeva, has all of his diseases vanquished, including those of the abdomen.
krandantam roshayantam dishi dishi satatam samharantam bharantam
vīkshantam purnayantam kara-nikara-shatair divya-simham namāmi
He cries with great anger as He destroys the demons in all directions, yet with His unlimited hands He sustains, protects, and nourishes the cosmic manifestation. I offer my respectful obeisances to the Lord, who has assumed the form of a transcendental lion.
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