"The Man-Lion (Narasimha): a demon had been granted the boon that it could not be killed by man or animal; inside or outside its house; by day or by night. It roamed the world causing distress and chaos. Vishnu became half-man, half-lion to kill the demon. He was neither man nor animal. He executed the demon on its threshold, neither in nor out of the house, at sunset - neither day nor night".
1. Om narasimhaya namah
Obeisances unto the half-man half-lion Lord
2. Om mahasimhaya namah
Obeisances to the great lion
3. Om divya-simhaya namah
Obeisances to the Divine lion
4. Om mahabalaya namah
Obeisances to the greatly powerful
5. Om ugra-simhaya namah
Obeisances to the angry terrifying lion
6. Om mahadevaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord of lords
7. Om stambha-jaaya namah
Obeisances to One who appeared from the pillar
8. Om ugra-locanaya namah
Obeisances to one who possesses terrifying eyes
9. Om raudraya namah
Obeisances to the angry one
10. Om sarvadbhutaya namah
Obeisances to one who is wonderful in every way
11. Om srimanaya namah
Obeisances to the most beautiful
12. Om yoganandaya namah
Obeisances to the source of yogic bliss
13. Om trivikramaya namah
Obeisances to Lord Vamana
14. Om harine namah
Obeisances to Sri Hari
15. Om kolahalaya namah
Obeisances to the roaring (Varahadeva - Varaha-nrisimha)
16. Om cakrine namah
Obeisances to Him Who carries the disk
17. Om vijayaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is always victorious
18. Om jaya-vardhanaya namah
Obeisances unto Him Who has ever increasing glories
19. Om panchananaya namah
Obeisances unto Him Who is five-headed
20. Om param-brahmaaya namah
Obeisances unto Supreme Absolute Truth
21. Om aghoraya namah
Obeisances to Him Who for His devotees is not horrible
22. Om ghora-vikramaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who has terrifying activities
23. Om jvalan-mukhaya namah
Obeisances to One Who has an effulgent face
24. Om jvala-maline namah
Obeisances to Him with effulgent garland of flames
25. Om mahajvalaya namah
Obeisances to He Who is most effulgent
26. Om maha-prabhuhaya namah
Obeisances to the Supreme Master
27. Om niti-laksaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who possesses all good qualities
28. Om sahasraksaya namah
Obeisances to the thousand-eyed One
29. Om durniriksyaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is difficult to see
30. Om pratapanaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who oppresses His enemies with great heat
31. Om mahadamstraya namah
Obeisances to Him Who possesses huge teeth
32. Om yudha-prajnaya namah
Obeisances to the Supremely intelligent in battle
33. Om canda-kopine namah
Obeisances to Him Who is likened to an angry moon
34. Om sada-sivaya namah
Obeisances to the All auspicious Lord
35. Om hiranyakasipu-dhvamsine namah
Obeisance to Him Who destroys Hiranyakasipu
36. Om daitya-danava-bhanjanaya namah
Obeisances to He Who destroys the masses of the race of demons and giants
37. Om guna-bhadraya namah
Obeisances unto Narasimha Who is full of wonderful qualities
38. Om mahabhadraya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is very auspicious
39. Om bala-bhadraya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is auspiciously powerful
40. Om subhadrakaya namah
Obeisances to the extremely auspicious One
41. Om karalaya namah
Obeisances to He Who possesses a wide open mouth
42. Om vikaralaya namah
Obeisances to Him with very wide open mouth
43. Om vikartaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord Who performs wonderful activities
44. Om sarva-kartrikaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord Who performs all activities
45. Om sisumaraya namah
Obeisances to Him Who also appears as Matsya
46. Om trilokatmaya namah
Obeisances to the Soul of the three worlds
47. Om isaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord known as the controller
48. Om sarvesvaraya namah
Obeisances to that supreme controller
49. Om vibhuaya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Who is the Best
50. Om bhaivaradambaraya namah
Obeisances to Him Who causes terror by roaring in the sky
51. Om divyaya namah
Obeisances to That Divine Person Narasimha
52. Om acyutaya namah
Obeisances to our infallible Lord Narasimha
53. Om kavine namah
Obeisances to the Supreme intelligent (poet)
54. Om madhavaya namah
Obeisances to the husband of Srimati Lakshmi Devi
55. Om adhoksajaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is beyond understanding
56. Om aksaraya namah
Obeisances to the infallible One
57. Om sarvaya namah
Obeisances to He Who is the origin of everything
58. Om vanamaline namah
Obeisances to Him Who wears garland of forest flowers
59. Om varapradaya namah
Obeisances to the Merciful Lord Who grants boons to the deserving like Prahlada
60. Om visvambaraya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Who maintains the universe
61. Om adbhutaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is wonderful
62. Om bhavyaya namah
Obeisances to He Who determines the future (Who is the future for His devotees)
63. Om sri-visnave namah
Obeisances to that Narasimha Who is the all pervading Lord Vishnu
64. Om purusottamaya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Who is the Supreme Enjoyer
65. Om anaghastra namah
Obeisances to Him Who can never be wounded by weapons
66. Om nakhastraya namah
Obeisances to Him Who has sharp nails for weapons
67. Om surya-jyotine namah
Obeisances to Narasimha the source of Suns rays
68. Om suresvaraya namah
Obeisances to Narasimhadev, Lord of devatas
69. Om sahasra-bahuaya namah
Obeisances to Nara-hari the thousand-armed Lord
70. Om sarva-jnaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is the all-knowing
71. Om sarva-siddhi-pradayakaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who awards all perfections to the sadhakas
72. Om vajra-damstraya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Who has teeth like lightning bolts
73. Om vajra-nakhaya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Who possesses nails like piercing lightning bolts
74. Om mahanandaya namah
Obeisances to the source of supreme bliss - Atmananda - Narasimha
75. Om param-tapaya namah
Obeisances to the source of All austerities, spiritual energy (and taptah - heat)
76. Om sarva-mantraika-rupa namah
Obeisances to that Divine Personality Who although one, he appears as the many mantrika formulas
77. Om sarva-yantra-vidaramaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who destroys all machines (demoniac plans/arrangements/vehicles for demoniac works)
78. Om sarva-tantratmakaya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha the essence of, and proprioter of all tantras (ritual rites - pujas)
79. Om avyaktaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord Who appears unmanifest
80. Om suvyaktaya namah
Obeisances unto Nara-simha Who for His devotees becomes wonderfully manifest from the pillar (or when needed)
81. Om bhakta-vatsala namah
Obeisances to the Lord Who always has the well-being of His devotee at heart
82. Om vaisakha-sukla-bhototthaya namah
Obeisances to That Narasimhadeva Who appeared during waxing moon of the month of Visakha (April-May)
83. Om saranagata-vatsalaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord Who is kind to those surrendered to Him
84. Om udara-kirtine namah
Obeisances to Nara-simha Who is universally famous
85. Om punyatmaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is the essence of piety
86. Om mahatmaya namah
Obeisances to That great personality, Nara-simha
87. Om candra-vikramaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is the performer of moonlike or great deeds, or who performs deeds that eclipse all others.
88. Om vedatrayaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord of the three original Vedas (Rg, Yajur, Sama)
89. Om prapujyaya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Who is supremely worshipable
90. Om bhagavanaya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha the Supreme Personality of Godhead
91. Om paramesvaraya namah
Obeisances to He Who is the Supreme Controller (Nara-simha-deva)
92. Om srivatsamkaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord Who is just like Krishna, being marked with symbol of Lakshmi
93. Om jagat-vyapine namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Who pervades the entire universe
94. Om jagan-mayaya namah
Obeisances to the Supreme Mystic Who makes the material world seem real
95. Om jagat-palaya namah
Obeisances to the protector of the universe (Nara-simha)
96. Om jagannathaya namah
Obeisances to the Lord of Universe
97. Om mahakhagaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who moves in the air or with the movement of the air (is everywhere)
98. Om dvi-rupa-bhrtaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who has double form (man-lion)
99. Om paramatmaya namah
Obeisances to Him Who is the Supersoul of All beings
100. Om param-jyotine namah
Obeisances to Him Whose effulgence is the source of Brahman
101. Om nirgunaya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Who possesses transcendental qualities (not those of the material nature)
102. Om nrkesarine namah
Obeisances unto Him man-lion (or having a lion's mane while appearing part human)
103. Om para-tattvaya namah
Obeisances to the Supreme Absolute Truth (One Who is of the Supreme nature)
104. Om param-dhamaya namah
Obeisances to He Who comes from the Supreme Abode
105. Om sat-cit-ananda-vigrahaya namah
Obeisances to Narasimha Whose Form is made of eternal knowledge and bliss
106. Om laksmi-nrsimhaya namah
Obeisances unto the Man-Lion Form together with the Supreme Goddess of Fortune Srimati Laksmi-devi
107. Om sarvatmaya namah
Obeisances unto the universal, primeval soul (the Supreme Personality of Godhead - Narasimhadeva)
108. Om dhiraya namah
Obeisances unto Narasimha who is always sober (being never bewildered)
Sri Nrisimha Kavacha of Prahlad from Brahmanada Purana.
.. shrii nR^isi.nhakavachastotram.h ..
prahlaadenoditaM puraa .
sarvopadravanaashanam.h .. 1 ..
I shall now recite the Narasimha-kavacha, formerly spoken by Prahlaada Mahaaraaja. It is most pious, vanquishes all kinds of impediments, and provides one all protection.
sarva sampatkaraM chaiva
dhyaatvaa nR^isi.nhaM deveshaM
hemasi.nhaasanasthitam.h .. 2 ..
It bestows upon one all opulences and can give one elevation to the heavenly planets or liberation. One should meditate on Lord Narasimha, Lord of the universe, seated upon a golden throne.
trinayanaM sharadindusamaprabham.h .
vibhuutibhirupaashritam.h .. 3 ..
His mouth is wide open, He has three eyes, and He is as radiant as the autumn moon. He is embraced by Lakshmiidevii on his left side, and His form is the shelter of all opulences, both material and spiritual.
ratnakeyuuramudritam.h .. 4 ..
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.
sphuranmaaNikyadiiptibhiH .. 5 ..
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.
virajitapadadvandvam.h sankhachakradihetibhiH .
garutmatma cha vinayat.h
stuyamanam.h mudanvitam.h .. 6 ..
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.
kamalasamvaasaM kR^itvaa tu kavachaM pathet.h .. 7 ..
Having seated Lord Narasimhadeva upon the lotus of one's heart, one should recite the following mantra:
me shiraH paatu lokarakshaarthasambhavaH .. 8 ..
May Lord Narasimha, who protects all the planetary systems, protect my head.
phalaM me rakshatu dhvanim.h .
nR^isi.nho me dR^ishau paatu
somasuuryaagnilochanaH .. 9 ..
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.
paatu nR^ihariH munivaaryastutipriyaH .
naasaM me si.nhanaashastu
mukhaM lakshmiimukhapriyaH .. 10 ..
May Lord Nrihari, 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.
nR^isi.nho rasanaM mama .
sadaa prahlaadavanditaH .. 11 ..
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 Prahlaada Mahaaraaja protect my face.
paatu me kaNThaM
skandhau bhuubhR^idanantakR^it.h .
nR^isi.nhaH paatu me bhujau .. 12 ..
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.
nR^isi.nhaH paatu sarvataH .
nivaasaM paatu me hariH .. 13 ..
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 yogiis protect my heart, and may Lord Hari protect my dwelling place.
naabhiM me paatu nR^ihariH
svanaabhibrahmasa.nstutaH .. 14 ..
May He who ripped apart the chest and abdomen of the great demon HiraNyaaksha protect my waist, and may Lord Nrihari protect my navel. He is offered prayers by Lord Brahmaa, who has sprung from his own navel.
yasyaasau paatu me kaTim.h .
guhyaM me paatu guhyaanaaM
mantraanaaM guhyaruupadR^ik.h .. 15 ..
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.
jaanunii nararuupadR^ik.h .
jaN^ghe paatu dharaabhara\-
hartaa yo.asau nR^ikesharii .. 16 ..
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.
paadau me nR^ihariishvaraH .
paatu me sarvashastanum.h .. 17 ..
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.
mahaajvalastu nairR^itaH .. 18 ..
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.
dishi me sarvatomukhaH .
nR^isi.nhaH paatu vaayavyaaM
saumyaaM bhuushhaNavigrahaH .. 19 ..
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 Vaayu, and may He whose form is in itself the supreme ornament protect me from the north, where Soma resides.
paatu bhadro me
mR^ityor.h mR^ityur.h nR^ikesharii .. 20 ..
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.
bhaktimaan.h yaH pathenaityaM
sarvapaapaiH pramuchyate .. 21 ..
This Narasimha-kavacha has been ornamented by issuing from the mouth of Prahlaada Mahaaraaja. A devotee who reads this becomes freed from all sins.
kaamayate yaM yaM kaamaM
taM taM praapnotyasa.nshayam.h .. 22 ..
Whatever one desires in this world he can attain without doubt. One can have wealth, many sons, and a long life.
jayamaapnoti sarvatra vijayii bhavet.h .
grahaanaaM vinivaaraNam.h .. 23 ..
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.
vishhaapaharaNaM param.h .
duurotsaaraNakaaraNam.h .. 24 ..
This is the supreme remedy for the poisonous effects of serpents and scorpions, and Brahma-raakshasa ghosts and Yakshas are driven away.
kavachaM likhitaM shubham.h .
karamuule dhR^itaM yena
sidhyeyuH karmasiddhayaH .. 25 ..
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.
manushhyeshhu svaM svameva jayaM labhet.h .
ekasandhyaM trisandhyaM vaa
yaH paThenniyato naraH .. 26 ..
One who regularly chants this prayer, whether once or thrice (daily), he becomes victorious whether among demigods, demons, or human beings.
bhuktiM muktiM cha vindati .
pathet.h shuddhaatmanaaM nR^iNaam .. 27 ..
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.
kavachasyaasya mantrasya mantrasiddhiH prajaayate .
kR^itvaa bhasmaabhirmantraanaam.h .. 28 ..
This Kavacha-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.
vinyasedyastu asya grahabhayaM haret.h .
trivaaraM japamaanastu dattaM vaaryaabhimantrya cha .. 29 ..
Having marked ones body with tilaka, taking aachamana with water, and reciting this mantra three times, one will find that the fear of all inauspicious planets is removed.
yo naro mantraM nR^isi.nhadhyaanamaacharet.h .
tasya rogaH praNashyanti ye cha syuH kukshisambhavaaH .. 30 ..
That person who recites this mantra, meditating upon Lord Narasimhadeva, has all of his diseases vanquished, including those ofthe abdomen.
garjantaM gaarjayantaM nijabhujapatalaM sphoTayantaM hatantaM
ruupyantaM taapayantaM divi bhuvi ditijaM kshepayantam kshipantam.h .
krandantaM roshhayantaM dishi dishi satataM sa.nharantaM bharantaM
viikshantaM puurNayantaM karanikarashatairdivyasi.nhaM namaami .. 31 ..
Lord Narasimha roars loudly and causes others to roar. With His mulitudes of arms He tears the demons asunder and kills them in this way. He is always seeking out and tormenting the demonic descendants of Diti, both on this earth planet and in the higher planets, and Hs throws them down and scatters them. 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.
.. iti shriibrahmaaNDapuraaNe prahlaadoktaM
shriinR^isi.nhakavachaM sampuurNam.h ..
Thus ends the Narasimha-kavacha as it is described by Prahlaada Mahaaraaja in the BrahmaaNDa PuraaNa.