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Sri Rama Kavacham

 

By

Sage Sutheeshna

 

Translated by

P.R.Ramachander

 

1.Aajanu bahum aravindalayathaksham,

Aajanma  shuddha  rasa  hasa mukha prasadam,

Shyamam  graheeths sara chapa  mudhara roopam,

Ramam  sa ramamabhiramamanusmarami.

 

I think about Rama  who is  every second pretty,

Who has hands reaching  up to his thighs , who has lotus like eyes,

Who is pure all his life, who has a smiling face ,

Who is black , who holds bow and arrow  and has a generous form.

 

Asya Sri Rama Kavachasya  Agasthya rishi , anushtup Chanda , Sita lakshmnaopetha  Sri Ramachandra devathaa, Sri Ramachandra prasada sidhyarthe  jape viniyoga.

 

For the armour of Sri Rama, the sage is Agasthya, the meter is Anushtup , The god addressed  is Rama with his brother Lakshmana and Sita  and the chanting is done to get the grace of Sri Ramachandra.

 

Dhyanam

Meditation

 

2.Neela jeemootha sangasam Vidhyud varnambara vrutham,

Komalangam  Visalaksham  yuvannam athi sundaram,

 

He is of the colour of blue cloud , wears  shining coloured cloths,

Has pretty limbs , has broad eyes, is a  lad  and is very pretty.

 

3.Seetha  soumithri  sahitham  jata  makuta dharinam,

Sasi thoona  dhanur bana panim   dhanava mardhanam.

 

He is  with Sita and Lakshmana , has his tufted locks as crown,

He is armed with a sword , bow and arrows and kills asuras.

 

4.Yadha chora bhaye  , shatru bhaye thadhaa,

Dhyathwaa Raghupathim  krudham  kalanala  sama prabham.

 

He becomes  angry   at  the thieves and  enemies   and has the radiance of the deadly  fire,

If  someone out of fear for thieves or enemy  remembers him as Lord of Raghu clan.

 

5.Cheera krishnajina dharam  , basmodhoolitha vigraham,

Aakarna  krushta  shikha kodanda bhuja manditham.

 

He wears the hide of deer as cloth , his body is coated  with ashes,

He has a strong hand by which he pulls his bow Kodanda  till his ear.

 

6.Rane ripun Ravanadheem  stheeshna  margana vrushtibhi,

Samharantham  Maha veera mugra maindra Radha sthitham.

 

He rode on the chariot given by Indra  and by using  rain of arrows ,

Killed  his enemy  Ravana in a war, he  being a great valorous hero.

 

7.Lakshmanaadhyair maha veerai  vrutham  Hanumadhadhibhi,

Sugrwvadhyair  Maha veerai  shaila  vruksha  karodhyathai

 

8.Vegath karala  humkarair bhubhukara maharavai,

Nadhadhbhi  parivadhadhbhi  samara Ravanam prathi,

 

He was supported by  the penance of the great Hero Lakshmana as well as Hanuman and others,

Who was supported by  great heroes Like Sugreeva  who were armed with trees and mountains,

Accompanied by  fast and dark utterance of “Hum” and creating great sounds like “bhu, bhu”,

And also supported by his devotees and  others in the war against  Ravana.

 

9.Sri Rama shatru sandhaan  may hana  mardhaya , khadhaya,

Bhootha  pretha  pisachadheen  Sri Ramasu vinasaya.

 

Oh  Rama , aim at the enemies   and kill them, beat them and eat them,

And Oh Rama quickly destroy  ghosts , dead souls  and devils .

 

10.Yevam dhyathwa  Japed Rama Kavacham  Sidhi Dhayakam,

Sutheeshna  vajra kavacham srunu Vakshyamyanuthamam.

 

Meditaing like  this, chant the armour of Rama  which grants you strength ,

And which is  a sharp diamond armour .Please  hear that matchless armour.

 

Adha kavacham

Now the armour

 

11.Sri Rama pathu  may moordhni  poorve  cha Raghuvamsaja,

Dakshine  may Raghuvara  , Paschime pathu pavana

 

Let Sri Rama protect my head ,

Let my east side  be protected by him who belongs to Raghu clan,

Let my south side be protected  by the great one of Raghu clan,

Let the pure one protect my west side.

 

12.Uthare may Raghupathir , phalam Dasarathathmaja ,

Broovor  dhoorva dala  shyama asthayor Madhya Janardhana.

 

Let Lord of Raghu protect my north ,

Let son of Dasaratha protect my forehead,

Let my eyelids be protected by him who is black like the leaf of birch tree ,

And  let the middle of my bones be  protected by Janardhana.

 

13.Srothram pathu Rajendro  drusou  Rajeeva lochana,

Granam pathu   Rajarshir  Gandou  may Janakipathi.

 

Let  my ears be protected by Rajendra,

Let my eyes be protected by the lotus eyed one,

Let my nose  be protected  by the Royal sage ,

And let my neck be protected by the Lord of Janaki.

 

14.Karnamoole Kharadwamsi , phalam may RAghuvallabha,

Jihwam may Vakpathi  pathu Dandhapankthi Raguthama.

 

Let the root of my ears be protected by the killer of Khara,

Let my forehead be protected by Lord of Raghu clan,

Let my toungue be  protected by the Lord of words,

And the best among Raghus protect  my row of teeth.

 

15.Oshtou Sri Ramachandro  may Mukham pathu parathpaa,

Kantam pthu  Jagat vandhya , skandhou may Ravananthaka

 

Let my lips be protected by Sri Ramachandra ,

Let my face be protected by  the ultimate God,

Let my neck be protected by him who is worshipped by universe,

And let my shoulder be worshipped by killer of Ravana.

 

16.Dhanur bana dhara pathu Bhujou, may Bali mardhana,

Sarvanyanguli  parvana  hasthou  may Rakshanthaka.

 

Let my arms be protected by one who is armed with bow and arrow,

Let all my fingers  be protected  by the killer of Bali,

And let my hands be protected by killer of Rakshasas.

 

17.Vaksho may pathu Kakustha , pathu may Hrudayam Hari,

Sthanou Sithapathi  pathu parswam may Jagadheeswara.

 

Let Kakustha  protect my chest ,

Let Hari protect my heart,

Let my breasts be protected by Lord of Sita,

And let my ribs  be protected by God of the universe.

 

16.Madhyam may pathu Lakshmeeso , nabhim may Raghunayaka,

Kousalyeya kati pathu , prushtam  durgathi nasana

 

Let my middle be protected by Lord of Lakshmi,

Let my navel be protected  by the chief of Raghu clan,

Let  my waist be protected by son of Kausalya,

And let my back be protected  by he who destroys bad future.

 

17.Guhyam pathu hrishikesa , sakdhini Sathya Vikrama,

OOru sarngadhara  pathu Januni  Hanumath Priya.

 

Let my private parts be protected by Hrishikesa,

Let my thigh  be protected  by hero of truth,

Let my thigh  be protected  by holder of Sarnga,

Let my knee  be protected  by he who is liked by Hanuman.

 

18.Jange pathu Jagat vyapi, Padhou may Thadakanthaka,

Sarvangam pathu may Vishnu , ,Sarva sandhhen anamaya.

 

Let my shanks be protected by he who has spread all over the universe,

Let my feet  be protected  by killer of Thadaga,

Lat all my body parts be protected by Lord Vishnu,

And let my all  my joints be protected by  he who is free from all diseases.

 

19.Jnanendriyani  pranaadheen  pathu may Madhusoodhana,

Pathu Sri Ramabhadro  may Sabhdhadheen vishayanapi.

 

Let killer of Madhu protect all my senses of discrimination  and my different  airs,

Let Ramabhadra  protect all my  sounds  and  faculties .

 

20.Dwipadhadheeni  bhoothani  math sambandhini  yani cha,

Jamadagnya maha darpa dalana  pathu thani may.

 

Let  all my human assistants , and spirits  and all that,

Is concerning me be protected  by the one,

Who  removed the conceit of  the son of Jamadagni.

 

21.Soumithri poorvaja  pathu  vagvadinidriyani  cha,

Romanguranyaseshani  pathu Sugreeva rajhyadha.

 

Let my organs necessary to control voice  be protected by Elder brother of Lakshmana,

Let my hair  pores and other organs be protected  by he wjho made Sugreeva , the king.

 

22.Vang mano budhi  ahankarait  Jnana Ajnana kruthani cha,

Janmanthara kruthaneeha  paapani vividhani cha

 

23. Thani sarvani  dhdhwasu hara kodanda bandhana,

Pathu maam  sarvatho rama  Sarnga bana  dhara  sadaa.

 

 

Let  all the various type of  sins done in various births  by,

Speech, mind , wisdom , egoism, , intelligence and ignorance,

May be pardoned by  the Lord who tied the Kodanda bow,

Oh Rama , Oh holder of Saranga  always protect me.

 

24.Ithi Ramachandrasya  kavacham  Vajra samjnitham,

 Guhyad  guhyathamam  divyam  Sutheeshna muni sathama

 

This is the armour of Ramachandra  which is termed as diamond ,

And is the divine  secret of secrets  written by sage Sutheeshna.

 

25.Ya padeth   srunayad vaa  api  sravaayedh vaa  samahitha,

Sa yathi paramam sthanam  Ramachandra prasadatha.

 

If this  complete armour is read  or heard or made to be heard by others ,

Then by the grace of God  Ramachandra  he would attain a great place.

 

26.Maha pathaka yuktho  vaa ghoghno  vaa broonahaa thadhaa,

Sri Ramachandra  kavacham  padanath  shudhimapnuyath.

 

One who has done great crimes, has killed a cow or induced abortion,

Would be made greatly pure by reading the armour of Ramachandra.

 

27. Brahma hathyabhi  paapair muchyathe  nathra samsaya ,

Bho Sutheeshna yadha prushtam  thwaya mama puraa shubham,

Thatha sri Rama Kavacham  mayaa they  viniveditham.

 

He would without any doubt get rid of sins like  Brahma hathya,

So writes  Sutheeshna  to me so that I would be auspicious,

And thus I announce  the armour  of Sri Ramachandra.

 

                      Ithi Rama Kavacham  sampoornam

                      Thus ends the armour of Sri Rama.