Prayers to Lord Narasimhadeva
Powerful mantras for protection to the Lord's half-lion incarnation and His weapons. These are for protection from such things as malevolent spirits and material desires, as well as increased devotion and a peaceful world. Also contains the Nrisimha Kavacha.

Prayers to the Lord’s Weapons

To the Chakra

chakram yugantanala-tigma-nemi
bhramat samantad bhagavat-prayuktam
dandagdhi dandagdhy ari-sainyam ashu
kaksham yatha vata-sakho hutashaha 
Set into motion by the Supreme Personality of Godhead and wandering in all the four directions, the disc of the Supreme Lord has sharp edges as destructive as the fire of devastation at the end of the millennium. As a blazing fire burns dry grass to ashes with the assistance of the breeze, may the Sudarshana chakra burn our enemies to ashes.


To the Club


gade ‘shani-sparshana-visphulinge
nishpindhi nishpindhy ajita-priyasi
kushmanda-vainayaka-yaksha-raksho
bhuta-grahamsh churnaya churnayarin 
O club in the hand of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, you produce sparks of fire as powerful as thunderbolts, and you are extremely dear to the Lord. I am also His servant. Therefore kindly help me pound to pieces the evil living beings known as Kushmandas, Vainayakas, Yakshas, Rakshasas, Bhutas and Grahas. Please pulverize them. 


To the Conchshell


tvam yatudhana-pramatha-preta-matri
pishacha-vipragraha-ghora-drishtin
darendra vidravaya krishna-purito
bhima-svano ‘rer hridayani kampayan 
O best of the conchshells, O Panchajanya in the hands of the Lord, you are always filled with the breath of Lord Krishna. Therefore you create a fearful sound vibration that causes trembling in the hearts of enemies like the Rakshasas, Pramatha ghosts, Pretas, Matas, Pishachas and brahmana ghosts with fearful eyes.


Sudarshana Nrisimha Mantra
Om Sahasrara Jivalavartine
Ksaum Ham Ham Hum Phat Swaha
Om Shri Nrisinghaye namaha
Om Jaya Jaya Sri Nrisimhaye namaha
Om Nrim Nrim Nrim Nrisimhaye namaha


To Lord Narasimhadeva

vag-isha yasya vadane
laksmir yasya cha vakshasi
yasyate hridaye samvit
tam nrisimham aham bhaje
"Lord Nrisimhadeva is always assisted by Sarasvati, the goddess of learning and He is always embracing to His chest the goddess of fortune. The Lord is always complete in knowledge within Himself. Let us offer obeisances unto Nrisimhadeva." (By Sridhara Swami in his commentary on Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.87.1)
 

vidikshu dikshurdhvam adhah samantad
antar bahir bhagavan narasimhah
prahapayal loka-bhayam svanena
sva-tejasa grasta-samasta-tejaha
“Prahlada Maharaja loudly chanted the holy name of Lord Nrisimha. May Lord Nrisimhadeva, roaring for His devotee, Prahlada Maharaja, protect us from all fear of dangers created by stalwart leaders in all directions through poison, weapons, water, fire, air, and so on. May the Lord cover their influence by His own transcendental influence. May Nrisimhadeva protect us from all directions and in all corners, above, below, within and without.” (Bhag.6.8.34)

ko nv atra te ‘khila-guro bhagavan prayasa
uttarane shva bhava-sambhava-lopa-hetoho
mudheshu vai mahad-anugraha arta-bandho
kim tena te priya-janan anusevatam naha 
            “O my Lord, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, original spiritual master of the entire world, what is the difficulty for You, who manages the affairs of the universe, in delivering the fallen souls engaged in Your devotional service? You are the friend of all suffering humanity, and for great personalities it is necessary to show mercy to the foolish. Therefore, I think that you will show your causeless mercy to persons like us who engage in Your service.” (Bhag.7.9.42)
 
om kraum narasimhaya namaha
om ksaum namo bhagavate narasimhaya
jvala-maline dipta-damstrayagni-netraya
sarva-raksho-ghnaya sarva-bhuta vinashaya
sarva-jvara-vinashaya daha daha pacha pacha
raksha raksha hum phat
"Obeisances to the Lord Nrisimhaya, burning with His own scorching effulgence which are ablaze and whose eyes pour forth torrents of living fire, matched only by the glow of His glowing teeth. Obeisances to the destroyer of all demons, to the slayer of all ghosts, to the destroyer of all sorts of fever. Burn and burn, cook and cook, preserve and preserve."

shri nrisimha, jaya nrisimha, jaya jaya nrisimha
prahladesha jaya padma-mukha-padma bringa
"All glories to Nrisimhadeva, who is the Lord of Prahlada Maharaja and, like the honey bee, is always engaged in beholding the lotus-like face of the goddess of fortune."

prahlada-hridayahladam
bhaktavidya-vidaram
sharad-indu-ruchim vande
parindra-vandanam harim
"Let me offer my obeisances unto Lord Nrisimhadeva who is always enlightening Prahlada Maharaja within his heart and who always kills the nescience that attacks the devotees. His mercy is distributed like the moonshine, and His face is like that of a lion. Let me offer my obeisances unto Him again and again."

om namo bhagavate narasimhaya
namas tejas-tejase avir-avirbhava
vajra-nakha vajra-damshtra karmashayan
randhaya randhaya tamo grasa grasa om svaha.
Abhayam abhayam atmani bhuyishtha om ksraum.
"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Nrisimhadeva, the source of all power. O my Lord who possesses nails and teeth just like thunderbolts, kindly vanquish our demon-like desires for fruitive activity in this material world. Please appear in our hearts and drive away our ignorance so that by Your mercy we may become fearless in the struggle for existence in this material world." (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 5.18.8)

svasty astu vishvasya khalah prasidatam
dhyayantu bhutani shivam mitho dhiya
namash cha bhadram bhajatad adhokshaje
aveshyatam no matir apy ahaituki
"May there be good fortune throughout the universe, and may all envious persons be pacified. May all living entities become calm by practicing bhakti-yoga, for by accepting devotional service they will think of each other's welfare. Therefore, let us all engage in the service of the supreme transcendence, Lord Sri Krishna, and always remain absorbed in thought of Him." (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 5.18.9)

ugro 'py anugra evayam
sva-bhaktanam nri-keshari
kesarivo sva-potanam
anyesham ugra-vikramaha
"Although very ferocious, the lioness is very kind to her cubs. Similarly, although very ferocious to non-devotees like Hiranyakashipu, Lord Nrisimhadeva is very, very soft and kind to devotees like Prahlada Maharaja."

durgesv atavy-aji-mukhadishu prabhuh
payan nrisimha shura-yuthaparihi
vimunchato yasya mahatta-hasam
disho vinedur hyapatamsh cha garbhaha
"May Lord Nrisimhadeva, who appeared as the enemy of Hiranyakashipu, protect me in all directions. His loud laughing vibrated in all directions and caused the pregnant wives of the asuras (the demoniac) to have miscarriages. May that Lord be kind enough to protect me in difficult places like the forest and battlefront." (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 6.8.14)
 
Ugra-Nrisimha Dhyana
(Meditation on the angry form of Lord Nrisimhadave)

mimamsamanasya samutthito ‘grato
nrisimha-rupas tad alam bhayanakam

pratapa-chamikara-chanda-lochanam
sphurat sata-keshara-jrimbhitananam
karala-damstram karavala-chanchala
kshuranta-jihvam bhrukuti-mukholbanam

stabdhordhva-karnam giri-kandaradbhuta
vyattasya-nasam hanu-bheda-bhishanam
divi-sprishat kayam adirgha-pivara
grivoru-vakshah-sthalam alpa-madhyamam

chandramshu-gauraish churitam tanuruhair
vishvag bhujanika-shatam nakhayudham
durasadam sarva-nijetarayudha-
praveka-vidravita-daitya-danavam

 “Hiranyakashipu studied the form of the Lord, trying to decide who the form of Nrisimhadeva standing before him was. The Lord’s form was extremely fearsome because of His angry eyes, which resembled molten gold; His shining mane, which expanded the dimensions of His fearful face; His deadly teeth; and His razor-sharp tongue, which moved about like a dueling sword. His ears were erect and motionless, and His nostrils and gaping mouth appeared like caves of a mountain. His jaws parted fearfully, and His entire body touched the sky. His neck was very short and thick, His chest broad, His waist thin, and the hairs on His body as white as the rays of the moon. His arms, which resembled flanks of soldiers, spread in all directions as He killed the demons, rogues and atheists with His conchshell, disc, club, lotus and other natural weapons.” (Bhag.7.8.19-22)   

Sri Nrisimha Pranama
(from the Nrisimha Purana, offered by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to Lord Jagannatha in Jagannatha Puri)
namas te narasimhaya
prahladahlada-dayine
hiranyakashipor vakshaha
shila-tanka-nakhalaye
"I offer my respectful obeisances unto You, Lord Nrisimhadeva. You are the giver of pleasure to Prahlada Maharaja, and your nails cut the chest of Hiranyakashipu like a chisel cutting stone." 
ito nrisimhah parato nrisimho
yato yato yami tato nrisimhah
bahir nrisimho hridaye nrisimho
nrisimham adim sharanam prapadye
"Lord Nrisimha is here and also there. Wherever I go Lord Nrisimha is there. He is in the heart and is outside as well. I surrender to Lord Nrisimha, the origin of all things and the supreme refuge."

The Nrisimha Gayatris

Om Nrisimhaye vidmahe
vajranakhaya dhimahi
tan nah simhah pracodayat
"Om. Let us think well aware of Nrisimha, the lightning-nailed. May the Lion promote our thought."


vajra nakhaya vidmahe
tikshna damstraya dhimahi
tan no narasimhah prachodayat
"Let us meditate on He who is known as the possessor of nails as hard as thunderbolts and sharp teeth. Let us be enthused by Lord Narasimhadeva."


Sri Nrisimha Maha-mantra

ugram viram maha-vishnum
jvalantam sarvato mukham
nrisimham bhishanam bhadram
mrityur mrityum namamy aham
"I bow down to Lord Narasimha who is ferocious and heroic like Lord Vishnu. He is burning from every side. He is terrific, auspicious and the death of death personified."

    It is stated in Shastra that this mantra is the essence of all kavacha mantras, or mantras meant for wearing in a kavacha (capsule). The mantra is often written on a small piece of bark, such as from the botch tree. Then it is sealed in the capsule with a tulasi leaf or even flower petals that have been offered to the deity of Lord Narasimha. After worshipping the deity of Lord Narasimha with sixteen upacharas or items of worship, the pujari or priest performs a ritual called prana-pratistha: he calls the Lord to reside in the kavacha. He then worships thekavacha. Then it has full protective power. Men wear the kavacha around the neck or on the upper right arm, while women wear it around the neck or on the upper left arm. The Kavacha may be worn in all circumstances, at any time, or in any place.

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