Narayan Kavach is from Shri-mad-Bhagwat Puran is a means and end for freedom from the bondage of the world. It is an Armour to protect ourselves from our enemies seen and unseen.
Kavacham should be learned from a Guru who is well versed in these systems and chanted under his guidance.
King Indra recaptured his lost kingdom after practicing the Narayan Kavach. Indra won the battle with asuras and became victorious.
The Narayan Kavach protects the sadhak from the seen and unseen events.
Narayan Kavach is key to becoming successful in every situation.
Narayan Kavach provides a shield of security from unsuitable food, gossip of society, problems created by men, evil effects, and thoughts of the Kali age.
Narayan Kavach demolishes Evil spirits, Yakshas, Rakshasas, and all the enemies. Narayan Kavach speedily burns and burns all the enemies.
Raja Parikshith, the son of Abhimanyu, asks his teacher, Sage Shuka for a means to guard himself against his enemies.
Sage Shuka then instructs him the Narayana Kavacham, which was originally taught by Sage Viswaroopa, the son of Thwashtra, to Indra.
It is supposed that the soul of the man who reads this Kavacha becomes remarkably holy and that anyone who reads this would be guarded by Lord Vishnu.
Shri Narayan Kavach with Meaning
यया गुप्तः सहस्राक्षः सवाहान् रिपुसैनिकान्
क्रीडन्निव विनिर्जित्य त्रिलोक्या बुभुजे श्रियम्
भगवंस्तन्ममाख्याहि वर्म नारायणात्मकम्
यथाऽऽततायिनः शत्रून् येन गुप्तोऽजयन्मृधे
Oh God please share with me that armour of Narayana,
By which the thousand-eyed Indra was able to drive away,
The well-armed soldiers of his enemy as if it is a play,
And gain control of the three worlds and wealth,
And also was safe on the battlefield and became victorious.
श्रीशुक उवाच ।
वृतः पुरोहितस्त्वाष्ट्रो महेन्द्रायानुपृच्छते
नारायणाख्यं वर्माह तदिहैकमनाः श्रृणु
Viswaroopa the son of Thwashtra, when he was made,
The priest Of Indra taught him this armour of Narayana,
And I will teach you that and please listen to it with concentration.
विश्वरूप उवाच ।
धौताङ्घ्रिपाणिराचम्य सपवित्र उदङ्मुखः
कृतस्वाङ्गकरन्यासो मन्त्राभ्यां वाग्यतः शुचिः
नारायणमयं वर्म सन्नह्येद्भय आगते
मुखे शिरस्यानुपूर्व्यादोंकारादीनि विन्यसेत्
When fear approaches you, after washing your feet and hand,
Do internal purification by achamana, wear the holy ring made of Durba,
Face the north, sit on a seat of Durva grass and do the hand symbols,
And do holy chants and attain cleanliness of speech.
You should then become silent, become engrossed in Narayana,
And do suitable actions to tie yourself with the armour of Narayana,
And using the eight letters starting with Om, touch the feet,
Knees, thighs, belly heart chest, face and head,
ॐ नमो नारायणायेति विपर्ययमथापि वा
करन्यासं ततः कुर्याद्द्वादशाक्षर विद्यया
न्यसेद्धृदय ओङ्कारं विकारमनु मूर्धनि
Then after touching the eight parts of the body,
The feet, Knees, thighs, belly heart chest, face and head,
Chanting the eight-letter Mantra “Om Namo Narayanaya”
Either in an ascending or descending order,
You have to perform the knowledge of the twelve letters,
षकारं तु भ्रुवोर्मध्ये णकारं शिखया दिशेत्
वेकारं नेत्रयोर्युञ्ज्यात् नकारं सर्वसन्धिषु
सविसर्गं फडन्तं तत् सर्वदिक्षु विनिर्दिशेत्
ॐ विष्णवे नम इति ॥
Tell “Sha” and touch the middle of the eye brows,
Tell “Na” and touch the top of the hair on your head
Tell “Ve” and touch both your eyes,
Tell “Na” and touch all your joints,
Facing all directions and say “Ma Astraya Phat”,
This would make even the dim-witted into a wise one,
And thus you tie all the six directions as directed,
And chant “Om salutations to Lord Vishnu.
आत्मानं परमं ध्यायेद्ध्येयं षट्शक्तिभिर्युतम्
Afterwards, meditate on Athma supported by the six strengths,
Of Wealth, charity, fame, goddess of wealth, wisdom and renunciation,
And chant the following which has the form of knowledge, power and meditation.
ॐ हरिर्विदध्यान्मम सर्वरक्षां
May all the protection to me be given by Hari,
Who keeps his lotus feet on the back of the bird,
Who is armed with conch, wheel, sword, mace,
Bow and a rope and who has eight qualities and eight hands.
जलेषु मां रक्षतु मत्स्यमूर्ति-
र्यादोगणेभ्यो वरुणस्य पाशात्
त्रिविक्रमः खेऽवतु विश्वरूपः
Let me be protected in the water by Fish incarnation,
From the animals of the sea and rope of Varuna,
Let me be protected in the Land by Vamana, the illusory boy,
And in the sky Trivikrama and viswaroopa form.
विमुञ्चतो यस्य महाट्टहासं
दिशो विनेदुर्न्यपतंश्च गर्भाः
In forts, forests, dangerous places and war,
Let me be protected by Lord Narasimha,
Who by his mighty roar shook all directions,
Broke open the army formation of Asura,
And caused a pregnant asura woman to abort.
रक्षत्वसौ माध्वनि यज्ञकल्पः
Let me be protected on my way by Lord Varaha,
Who is Yagna personified and who by his protruding teeth,
Lifted and carried the earth to safety,
Let me be protected on a mountain top by Lord Parasurama
Let me be protected when I am abroad By Lord Rama,
Who is the elder brother of Bharatha and Lakshmana?
नारायणः पातु नरश्च हासात्
पायाद्गुणेशः कपिलः कर्मबन्धात्
Let me be protected by Lord Narayana,
When I am transgressing Dharma or committing mistakes,
Let me be protected from my pride by Sage Nara,
Let me be protected by Sage Dathathreya,
For not engaging in Yoga, meditation and other activities
And let sage Kapila protect me from the bondage of Karma.
हयशीर्षा मां पथि देवहेलनात्
कूर्मो हरिर्मां निरयादशेषात्
Let sage Sanath Kumara protect me from the cupid,
Let Lord Hayagreeva protect me while I am on travel,
As well as when I do an action that insults the Devas,
Let SageNarada protect me from sins of non-worship of devas,
And let Hari who took the form of a tortoise,
Protect me from different types of hell.
Let Lord Dhanwanthari protect me from unsuitable food,
Let Rishabha, the renounced soul protect me.
From the fear of the contradictory dualities,
Let Sage Yajna protect me from the gossip of society,
Let Lord Balarama protect me from problems created by men,
And let Adhi sesha protect me from my anger.
बुद्धस्तु पाखण्डगणात् प्रमादात्
कल्किः कलेः कालमलात्प्रपातु
Let Sage Vyasa protect me from lack of awakening,
Let sage Budha protect me from hypocrisy and ignorance,
Let Lord Kalki, who would be born to salvage Dharma,
Protect me from the evil effects and thoughts of the Kali age.
मां केशवो गदया प्रातरव्यात्
नारायणः प्राह्ण उदात्तशक्ति-
May I be protected in the morn by Kesava with his mace,
May I be protected two hours later By Govinda by his flute,
Two more hours later let Lord Narayana protect by his strength,
And at noon let Lord Vishnu protect my holy wheel.
सायं त्रिधामावतु माधवो माम्
दोषे हृषीकेश उतार्धरात्रे
निशीथ एकोऽवतु पद्मनाभः
Afternoon let me be protected by Madhu with his great bow,
In the evening Let Madhwa in the form of trinity protect me,
Between dawn and midnight let Lord Hrishi kesa protect me,
And at midnight let Lord Padmanabha alone protect me.
प्रत्युष ईशोऽसिधरो जनार्दनः
विश्वेश्वरो भगवान् कालमूर्तिः
Let me be protected by remaining part of the night,
By the Lord in whom Srivathsa lives,
Let me be protected just before dawn,
By Lord Janardhana who holds the sword,
Let me be protected at sunrise,
By Lord Damodara and just before morn,
Let Lord Visweshwara give me protection.
दन्दग्धि दन्दग्ध्यरि सैन्यमाशु
कक्षं यथा वातसखो हुताशः
Oh holy Wheel, your edges are like the raging fire of deluge,
You are sent by God and rotate and travel everywhere,
And so like the fire with the help of wind,
Burns into ashes the dried up wood of a forest,
Speedily and speedily burn and burn all my enemies.
Oh mace, the spark raising touches of yours,
Are unbearable like the touch of Vajra,
And you are dear to the invincible lord and his servant,
And so please powder and powder again,
Evil spirits, Yakshas, Rakshasas and all my enemies.
त्वं यातुधान प्रमथ प्रेतमातृ-
दरेन्द्र विद्रावय कृष्णपूरितो
Oh Conch, when Lord Krishan flows in you,
You create a huge and loud sound and confuse my enemies,
And drive away ghouls, devils, ghosts, Pramadhas,
Brahma Rakshas and other fearful beings.
मीशप्रयुक्तो मम छिन्धि छिन्धि
चक्षूंषि चर्मञ्छतचन्द्र छादय
द्विषामघोनां हर पापचक्षुषाम्
Oh holy sword, Be sent by the Lord himself,
And cut and cut my enemy army into pieces,
Oh shield of the lord, shining like hundred moons,
Please make my enemies full of sins look blind.
यन्नो भयं ग्रहेभ्योऽभूत्केतुभ्यो नृभ्य एव च
सरीसृपेभ्यो दंष्ट्रिभ्यो भूतेभ्योंऽहोभ्य एव वा
प्रयान्तु संक्षयं सद्यो ये नः श्रेयःप्रतीपकाः
The fear that we have due to planets, comets, Kethu and kings,
The fear that we had from teethed serpents, ghosts and sin,
And the fear that prevents our well being may all be destroyed,
Oh God, by the praise of your names and weapons.
गरुडो भगवान् स्तोत्रस्तोभश्छन्दोमयः प्रभुः
रक्षत्वशेषकृच्छ्रेभ्यो विष्वक्सेनः स्वनामभिः
The Garuda, who is being praised by great musical stotras of Vedas,
Who are a god and the lord of the world, may protect me from all troubles,
By singing of his names as well as that of the Lord Vishwak sena.
सर्वापद्भ्यो हरेर्नामरूपयानायुधानि नः
Let the names and forms of Vishnu, his steed,
His weapons and important assistants may protect,
My mind, senses and soul, from all the dangers and sins.
यथा हि भगवानेव वस्तुतः सदसच्च यत्
सत्येनानेन नः सर्वे यान्तु नाशमुपद्रवाः
The truth that God is all beings and things,
May destroy all the troubles that we face.
यथैकात्म्यानुभावानां विकल्परहितः स्वयम्
भूषणायुधलिङ्गाख्या धत्ते शक्तीः स्वमायया
तेनैव सत्यमानेन सर्वज्ञो भगवान् हरिः
पातु सर्वैः स्वरूपैर्नः सदा सर्वत्र सर्वगः
Those great savants who think, that God does not have any forms,
And his weapons and ornaments are only symbols without power,
And due to this truth, the God Hari is everywhere,
And let him protect me always and everywhere.
विदिक्षु दिक्षूर्ध्वमधः समन्ता-
Let the Lord Narasimha who due to his power,
Destroyed elephants, serpents and other beings
And saved Prahlada, and removed the fear of the world,
Protect me in all directions and non-directions,
Top and below, inside and outside and in all places.
मघवन्निदमाख्यातं वर्म नारायणात्मकम्
विजेष्यस्यञ्जसा येन दंशितोऽसुरयूथपान्
Oh Indra, thus I have told you, the great armour of Narayana,
And using this you protect yourselves and easily,
Defeat the commanders of the army of Rakshasas.
Benefits Narayan Kavach
एतद्धारयमाणस्तु यं यं पश्यति चक्षुषा
पदा वा संस्पृशेत्सद्यः साध्वसात्स विमुच्यते
If he who wears his armour sees anyone by his eyes,
Or even touches him by his feet, that man,
Would be able to get rid of all his fears.
न कुतश्चिद्भयं तस्य विद्यां धारयतो भवेत्
राजदस्युग्रहादिभ्यो व्याघ्रादिभ्यश्च कर्हिचित्
He who wears this armour will never have any fear,
From kings, enemies, planets and animals like the tiger.
इमां विद्यां पुरा कश्चित्कौशिको धारयन् द्विजः
योगधारणया स्वाङ्गं जहौ स मरुधन्वनि
A long time ago, this knowledge was worn by a Brahmin,
From Koushika Gothra and he gave up his life in a desert
तस्योपरि विमानेन गन्धर्वपतिरेकदा
ययौ चित्ररथः स्त्रीभिर्वृतो यत्र द्विजक्षयः
A Gandharva called Chithra Radha was travelling in a plane.
Along with his ladies, where the Brahmins' body was lying.
गगनान्न्यपतत्सद्यः सविमानो ह्यवाक्षिराः
स वालखिल्यवचनादस्थीन्यादाय विस्मितः
प्रास्य प्राचीसरस्वत्यां स्नात्वा धाम स्वमन्वगात्
At that spot, his plane stopped and he fell there along with his ladies,
And he was perplexed and was advised by the sages called Balakhilya,
And obeying their advice took the bones of the Brahmin,
And put it in the river Saraswathi, took bath and went back to his home.
श्रीशुक उवाच ।
य इदं शृणुयात्काले यो धारयति चादृतः
तं नमस्यन्ति भूतानि मुच्यते सर्वतो भयात्
एतां विद्यामधिगतो विश्वरूपाच्छतक्रतुः
त्रैलोक्यलक्ष्मीं बुभुजे विनिर्जित्य मृधेऽसुरान्
He who wears or hears this armour of Narayana,
He who wears or hears this armour of Narayana,
Would be saluted by all beings and he would get rid of all fears.
Learning this knowledge from Viswaroopa, Indra,
Won in the battle overall asuras and,
Got the blessings of the wealth of the three worlds,
॥ श्रीमद्भागवतमहापुराणे पारमहंस्यां संहितायां षष्ठस्कन्धे नारायणवर्मकथनं नामाष्टमोऽध्यायः ॥