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Lakshmana Kavacham

 

Translated by

 

P.R.Ramachander

 

(Lakshmana the younger brother of Lord Rama  is considered as incarnation of Adhi Sesha. There is a temple dedicated o him in Moozhikulam Kerala. There is also a temple for him in Khajuraho, Orissa . This rare prayer addressed to him is taken from a Malayalam book, “49 Kavachangal” published by Vidhyarambham press..)

 

Agasthya Uvacha:-

  Soumithrim raghu nayakasya charana dwandwekshanam, shyamalam

  Bhibrantham swakarena rama sirasi chathram vichithrambaram.

  Bhibrantham Raghunayakasya sumahath kodhanda banasane,

 Tham Vande kamalekshanam janakaja vakhye sada thathparam.

 

Sage Agasthya told:-

 

My salutations to the lotus eyed one,

Who is the son of queen Sumithra,

Who always sees the pair of feet,

Of the Lord of the Raghu clan and is black,

Who with his own hands holds ,

The umbrella over Rama’s head and wears pretty cloths,

Who carries the great Kodanda bow ,

Of the leader of Raghu clan in his hand,

And who is always interested in ,

The words of Rama who is like his father.

 

Asya Sri Lakshmana Kavacha manthrasya , agasthya rishi, anushtup chanda, Sri Lakshmana devatha, sesha ithi bheejam , Sumithra nandana ithi Shakthi, Ramanuja ithi keelakam, Rama dasa ithyasthram, , Raghu vamsatha ithi kavacham Soumithrir ithi mantra, Sri Lakshmana preethyartham , sakala mano abhilashitha sidhyartham jape viniyoga.

 

For the arm our of Lakshmana, the sage is Agasthya, the meter is anushtup, The god addressed is Lakshmana, The seed is Adhi Sesha, the power is the son of Sumithra , the nail is the brother of Rama, the arrow is the servant of Rama , The one who belongs to Raghu’s clan  is the armour , the chant is son of Sumithra  and this is being chanted to please Lakshmana  as well as to attain all the desires of the mind.

 

Adha Kara Nyasa:-

Now the  rituals with hand:-

 

Om Lakshmanaya Angushtabhyam nama

Om Seshaya Tharjaneebhyam nama

Om Sumithra nandanaya  madhyamabhyam nama

Om Ramanujaya anamikabhyam nama

Om Rama dasaya kanishtikabhyam nama

Om Raghu vamsajaya kara thala kara prushtabhyam nama

 

Om salutations to Lakshmana  touch with the thumb

Om Salutations to Adhi Sesha , touch with the second finger

Om salutations to son of Sumithra touch with  the middle finger

Om salutations to brother of Rama touch with the fourth finger

Om Salutations to the servant of Rama touch with the little finger

Om salutations to the one of Raghu clan touch with the front and back of the hand.

 

Adha anga Nyasa

Now rituals with organs

 

Om Lakshmanaya Hrudayaya nama

Om SEshaya sirase swaha

Om Sumithra nandanaya shikhayai voushat

Om Ramanujaya kavachaya hoom,

Om Rama dasaya nethraya voushat

Om Raghu vamsaya Ashthraya phat

Om Soumithraye ithi dig bandha

   Ithi Hrudhyadhi Shadanga Nyasa

 

Om salutations to Lakshmna with touching of the heart

Om Salutation to Sesha with touching of head,

Om salutations to son of Sumithra touching the hair,

Om brother of Rama thinking of the armour

Om salutations to servant of Rama, touching the eye

Om salutations to the member of Raghu clan , meditate on the arrow

Om Son of Sumithra and tie all the directions

 

     Thus complete the ritual of the six organs.

 

Adha dhyanam

Now meditation

 

1.Rama prushta sthitham , ramyam , rathna kundala dharinam,

Neelothpala dala shyamam, rathna kankana manditham.

 

Meditate on him who is in the back  side of Rama,

Who is pretty , wears gem studded ear globes,

Who is black like the blue lotus  and wears gem studded bangles.

 

2.Ramasya masthake divyam , bhibratham chatham uthamam,

Vara peethambara daram , mukatenathi shobhitham

 

He who holds the great Umbrella over the divine head of Rama,

Who wears the blessed yellow silk  and shines with  his crown.

 

3.Thuneeram karmukam  chapi bhibratham  cha smithananam,

Rathna mala dharam  divyam pushpa mala virajitham.

 

Carrying the bow and arrow case, having a smiling face ,

Wearing a gem studded necklace  and also wearing a holy flower garland.

 

4.Evam dhyathwa Lakshmanam  cha Ragahava  anyastha lochanam,

Kavacham japaneeyam  hi thatho Bhakthyathra manavai

 

After meditating on Lakshmana like this and seeing Rama in the other eye,

Later the devotes would chant this armour .

 

5.Lakshmana pathu may poorvam , dakshine Raghavanuja,

Pratheechyam pathu Soumithri, pathu udeechyam Raghuthama

 

Let Lakshmana protect my east , Let brother of Rama protect my south,

Let son of Sumithra protect my west  and the good son of Raghu clan protect my north .

 

6.Adha pathu Maha veera , schordhwam  pathu nrupathmaja,

Madhye pathu Rama dasa, sarvadha Sathya palaka

 

Let my beginning be protected by the great hero,

My top by the son of the king , middle by the servant of Rama,

And all my form by the protector of truth.

 

7.Smithanana sira pathu, Phalam cha thu Urmiladhava,

Brovor madhye  dhanur dhari, sumithranandhano akshini.

 

Let the smiling faced one protect my head,

Let my forehead be protected by the husband of Urmila,

Let he who is armed with a bow protect the place in between my eyes,

And let the son of Sumithra  protect  my eyes.

 

8.Kaple Rama manthri cha sarvadha pathu vai mama,

Karna moole sada pathu Kabanda bhuja khandana.

 

Let the minister of Rama always protect my skull,

Let the tip of my ears be protected by he who cut off the hands of Kabandha.

 

9.Nasagram may sada pathu  Sumithrananda vardhana,

Ramanyasthe Kshana pathu sada  may athra mukham bhuvi.

 

Let he who increases the happiness of Sumithra protect the tip of my nose,

Let my mouth be protected by he who protects Rama always.

 

10.Sita vakya kara pathu may vanim sada thrahi,

Soumya roopa  pathu jihwam, anatha pathu dwijaan.

 

Let he who obeys the word of Sita always protect my voice,

Let the calm looking one protect my toungue ,

And let the God Anantha protect the Brahmins.

 

11.Chibukam pathu rakshogna, kandam pathwa suradhana,

Skandhou pathu jitharathir , bhujou pankaja lochana

 

Let the killer of Rakshasa protect my chin,

Let the killer of Asuras protect my neck,

Let he who has won over the night protect my shoulders,

Let the lotus eyed one protect my arms.

 

12.Karou kankana dhari  cha nakhaan rathna nakhovathu,

Kukshim pathu vinidhro may Vaksha pathu Jithendriya

 

Let my hands be protected by one who wears bracelet,

Let my nails be protected by one who has pearl like nails,

Let the sleepless one protect my abdomen,

And let the one who has won over his senses protect my breast

 

13.Parsve Raghava prushtastha, prushtadesam mano rama,

Nabhim Gambheera nabhisthu, katim charukma mekhala.

 

Let my sides be protected by he who is behind Rama,

Let my back be protected  by the one entertains the mind,

Let my navel be protected  by one who has a great navel,

Let my hip be protected by one who has a pretty girdle.

 

14.Guhyam pathu saharasrasya, pathu lingam haripriya,

Ooru pathu Vishnu thulya, Sumukho aavathu jahnuni

 

Let my private parts be protected by the thousand tongued one,

Let the friend of Vishnu protect my penis,

Let my thigh be protected  by one equal to Vishnu,

And let the pleasant one protect  my knee.

 

15.Nagendra pathu may jange , gulphou noopuravaan mama,

Pada vanga thatho avyath, pathwangini sulochana.

 

Let the king of serpents protect my thigh,

Let my ankle be protected by he who wears anklets,

Let my feet be protected by father of Vanga,

And let the good eyed one protect my smart limbs

 

16.Chithra Kethu pitha pathu mama padanguli sada,

Romani may sada pathu ravi vamsa samudhbhava.

 

Let the father of Chithra Kethu always protect my fingers of legs,

Let my hair be protected  by one who was born in clan of Sun.

 

17.Dasaratha sutha pathu nisayaam mama sadaram,

Bhoogoladhari  maam pathu divase divase sadaa

 

Let the son of Dasaratha protect me at night with care,

Let the one who lifts the earth protect me during day time

 

18.Sarva kaleshu maam indra jit hantha aavathu sarvada,

Evam soumithri kavacham Sutheeshna kaditham yo.

 

Let at all times  I may be protected by the killer of Indra jit.

This is the armour of Lakshmana as told by Sutheeshna.

 

19.Idham pratha samuthaya  ye padanthyathra manava,

They dhanya manavaa loke  theshaam cha saphalo bhava.

 

If this can be read by man as soon as he rises up in the morning,

That blessed man would achieve positive results.

 

20.Soumithre kavachasyasya  padaan nischayena hi,

Puthrarthi labhathe puthran , dhanarthi dhanam aapnuyath,

 

It is definitely true that if this armour of Lakshmana is read,

He who wants to get a son will get a son,

And one who is interested in wealth will get wealth.

 

21.Pathnee kamo labeth pathnim  , go dhanarthyi  thu godhanam,

Dhanyarthi prapnuyath dhanyam , rajyarthi Rajyamapnuyath.

 

He who wishes for a wife will get a wife,

He who wishes for wealth of cows with get cow wealth,

He who is interested in grains would get grains.

And he who wants a kingdom will get a kingdom.

 

22.Paditham Rama kavacham , Soumithri kavacham vinaa,

Gruthena heenam naivedhyam , thena datham na samsaya

 

Reading of armour of Rama without reading  this armour of Lakshmana,

Is without doubt like offering food offering to God without ghee.

 

23.Kevalam rama kavacham paditham manavair yadhi,

Thath padenaa thu santhushto  ne bhaved Raghu nandana,

 

Those people who read only the armour of Lord Rama,

Should know that Rama  will not become happy by this.

 

24.Atha prayathnatha chedam Soumithri kavacham narai,

Padaneyam sarva dhaiva  sarva vanchitha dayakam.

 

This reading of Armour of Lakshmana would give a man,

All that he wishes and would please all gods.

 

 Ithi Srimad Ananda Ramayane Sutheeshnaa agasthya samvadhe ,

Sri Lakshmna Kavacham sampoornam.

 

Thus ends the armour of Lakshmana which occurs in the

Conversation between Agasthya and Sutheeshna which occurs in Ananda Ramayana.