Jagan-maṅgala Nāma Śrī Mahā Pratyaṅgirā Kavaca Stotram

  (जगन्मङ्गल नाम श्री महा प्रत्यङ्गिरा कवच स्तोत्रम्) -

Prologue – This kavacam (Shield of armor) called Jagan-maṅgala Nāma Śrī Mahā Pratyaṅgirā Kavaca Stotram, belongs to the class of extremely powerful and most potents stotras, which are also considered as mantras in their own right – mālā mantras. By definition, these powerful stotra mantras are to be recited only upon receiving a proper initiation and obtaining the consent of one’s own guru. In addition, the devotee should first practice a regular initiated mantra, which in this case can be any Śrī Mahā Pratyaṅgirā Devi mantras, that the guru sees fit, for the disciple to recite. Along with the mantra, the devotee must also perform the appropriate yantra āvaraṇa rituals, to gain access and permission to recite any kavaca of this class.

In dire times when one is completely helpless and facing life threatening situations and/or abject poverty, extreme hardships in their material and spiritual progress and simply unable to fulfill the pre-requisites, one may pray to the Divine Mother with full sincerity, to seek Her forgiveness for not following the pre-requisites and request for Her permission to proceed with the recitation of this stotram, or any others of this class/type.

It should be duly noted, that when one is out of danger and is in a position to follow the prescribed rituals, the same must not be skipped for any reason and should be duly fulfilled, to avoid any repurcussions in future.

Jagan-maṅgala denotes victory and auspiciousness in the entire realm of existence. This kavacam therefore has the ability to obtain anything that one may desire or long for. In particular, the Divine Mother Śrī Mahā Pratyaṅgirā Devi, is propitiated for getting rid of all types of enemies, internal and external, reversing the effects of black magic, as well as for ensuring victory in all undertakings, competitions etc. This particular kavacam is extremely effective in fighting incurable and highly dangerous and life threatening diseases and adverse health conditions.

May the Divine Mother bless all Her sincere devotees to overcome all the hurdles in life and also live life to the fullest extent! May they gain immensely in all walks of life and lead a balanced material and spiritual life and ultimately gain liberation by Her benevolent grace!

1.Viniyogaḥ  (विनियोगः) :-

Oṃ asya śrī atharvaṇa bhadrakālī ugra kṛtyā bhagavatī pratyaṅgirāmbā parameśvarī maha mantrasya ।

Bhairava ṛṣiḥ / Aṅgīrā ṛṣiḥ ।

Anuṣṭup chandaḥ / Devī Gāyatrī chandaḥ ।

Atharvaṇa bhadrakālī ugrakṛtyā bhagavatī pratyaṅgirāmbā parameśvarī devatā ।

Kṣam̐ bījam ।

Hrīm̐ śaktiḥ ।

Phaṭ kīlakam ।

Mama atharvaṇa bhadrakālī ugra kṛtyā bhagavatī pratyaṅgirāmbā parameśvarī devatā prītyarthe jape viniyogaḥ ॥

ॐ अस्य श्री अथर्वण भद्रकाली उग्र कृत्या भगवती प्रत्यङ्गिराम्बा परमेश्वरी मह मन्त्रस्य ।

भैरव ऋषिः / अङ्गीर ऋषिः ।

अनुष्टुप् छन्दः / देवी गायत्री छन्दः ।

अथर्वण भद्रकाली उग्रकृत्या भगवती प्रत्यङ्गिराम्बा परमेश्वरी देवता ।

क्षँ बीजम् ।

ह्रीँ शक्तिः ।

फट् कीलकम् ।

मम अथर्वण भद्रकाली उग्र कृत्या भगवती प्रत्यङ्गिराम्बा परमेश्वरी देवता प्रीत्यर्थे जपे विनियोगः ॥

Meaning:- This prayer/mantra japa is to invoke the most fierce and aggresive Divine Mother Śrī Pratyaṅgirā Devi and perform Her mantra japa to obtain Her complete grace in all aspects, especially for removal of all enmity and negativity afflicting us. The sage (ṛṣiḥ) is Bhairava (and sometimes Aṅgīrā), the meter (chandas) for the mantra is Anuṣṭup (some sources specify as Devī Gāyatrī) and the deity is Atharvaṇa Bhadrakālī Ugrakṛtyā Bhagavatī Pratyaṅgirāmbā Parameśvarī, the seed (bījaṃ) is kṣam̐, the power (śakti) is hrīm̐ and the key to unlock (kīlaka) is phaṭ.

1.Ṛṣyādi nyāsa ( ऋष्यादि न्यास ) :-

S.no.

IAST

Devanāgari

Procedure

1

Bhairava (Aṅgīrā) ṛṣaye namaḥ śirasi

भैरव (अङ्गीर) ऋषये नमः शिरसि

Open the right palm and touch the top of the forehead with the ring and thumb fingers joined at the top.

2

Anuṣṭup (Devī Gāyatrī) chandase namaḥ mukhe

अनुष्टुप् (देवी गायत्री) छन्दसे नमः मुखे

Now touch the lips of the mouth with the above mudrā.

3

Atharvaṇa bhadrakālī ugrakṛtyā bhagavatī pratyaṅgirāmbā parameśvarī  devatāyai namaḥ hṛdi

अथर्वण भद्रकाली उग्रकृत्या भगवती प्रत्यङ्गिराम्बा परमेश्वरी देवतायै नमः हृदि

Touch the heart with the right palm.

4

Kṣam̐ bījāya namaḥ guhye

क्षँ बीजाय नमः गुह्ये

Touch the genitalia with the right ring finger and thumb joined together.

5

Hrīm̐ śaktaye namaḥ pādayoḥ

ह्रीँ शक्तये नमः पादयोः 

Touch the feet with the right ring finger and thumb joined together.

6

Phaṭ kīlakāya namaḥ nābhau

फट् कीलकाय नमः नाभौ

Touch the navel area with the right ring finger and thumb joined together.

7

Mama atharvaṇa bhadrakālī ugra kṛtyā bhagavatī pratyaṅgirāmbā parameśvarī devatā prītyarthe jape viniyogāya namaḥ sarvāṅge

मम अथर्वण भद्रकाली उग्र कृत्या भगवती प्रत्यङ्गिराम्बा परमेश्वरी देवता प्रीत्यर्थे जपे विनियोगाय नमः सर्वाङ्गे

Run both the palms all over the body.

8

iti ṛṣyādi nyāsaḥ

इति ऋष्यादि न्यासः

 

2..Kṣaṃ ityādi kara nyāsa  :-

S.no.

IAST

Devanāgari

Procedure

1

kṣām̐ aṅguṣṭābhyāṃ namaḥ

क्षाँ अङ्गुष्ठाभ्यां नमः

Use both the index fingers and run them on both the thumbs.

2

kṣīm̐ tarjanībhyāṃ namaḥ

क्षीँ तर्जनीभ्यां नमः

Use both the thumbs and run them on both the index fingers.

3

kṣūm̐ madhyamābhyāṃ namaḥ

क्षूँ मध्यमाभ्यां नमः

Use both the thumbs on the middle fingers.

4

kṣaim̐ anamikābhyāṃ namaḥ

क्षैँ अनमिकाभ्यां नमः

Use both the thumbs on the ring fingers.

5

kṣaum̐ kaniṣṭhikābhyāṃ namaḥ

क्षौँ कनिष्ठिकाभ्यां नमः

Use both the thumbs on the little fingers.

6

kṣaḥ karatalakara pṛṣṭhābhyāṃ namaḥ

क्षः करतलकर पृष्ठाभ्यां नमः

Open both the palms; run the opened palms of the right hand on the front and back sides of the left palm and repeat the same for the other palm.

7

iti kara nyāsaḥ

इति कर न्यासः

 

3.Kṣaṃ ityādi aṅga nyāsa  :-

S.no.

IAST

Devanāgari

Procedure

1

kṣām̐ hṛdayāya namaḥ

क्षाँ हृदयाय नमः

Open index, middle and ring fingers of the right hand and place them on the heart chakra.

2

kṣīm̐ śirase svāha

क्षीँ शिरसे स्वाहा

Open middle and ring fingers of the right hand and touch the top of the forehead.

3

kṣūm̐ śikhāyai vaṣaṭ

क्षूँ  शिखायै वषट्

Open the right thumb and touch the back of the head. This is the point where the tuft of hair, is kept.

4

kṣaim̐ kavacāya huṃ

क्षैँ कवचाय हुं

Cross both the hands and run the fully opened palms from shoulders to finger tips.

5

kṣaum̐ netratrayāya vauṣaṭ

क्षौँ नेत्रत्रयाय वौषट्

Touch the eyes with the right index and ring fingers, with the middle finger touching the ājña cakra.

6

kṣaḥ astrāya phaṭ

क्षः अस्त्राय फट्

Open up the left palm and strike it three times with index and middle fingers of the right hand.

7

iti ṣaḍaṅga nyāsaḥ

इति षडङ्ग न्यासः

 

Bhūr-bhuvas-suvarom-iti dig-bandhaḥ

भूर्भुवस्सुवरोमिति दिग्बन्धः

3.Dhyānam (ध्यानम्)  :-

śyāmābhām veda hastām trinayana bhāsitām simha vaktrodhva keśīm

śūlam muṇḍam ca sarpam ḍamaru bhujayutām kuntavanyugra damṣṭrām

rakteṣvālīḍa yuktām sphuradanila sāvitrī gāyatrī yuktāṃ

dyāyet pratyaṅgirām mama ripu vyādhi dāridra nāśām

श्यामाभाम् वेद हस्ताम् त्रिनयन भासिताम् सिम्ह वक्त्रोध्व केशीम् ।

शूलम् मुण्डम् च सर्पम् डमरु भुजयुताम्  कुन्तवन्युग्र दम्ष्ट्राम् ॥

रक्तेष्वालीड युक्ताम् स्फुरदनिल सावित्री गायत्री युक्तां ।

द्यायेत् प्रत्यङ्गिराम् मम रिपु व्याधि दारिद्र नाशाम् ॥

Meaning:- May the divine mother Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī, adorning a dark grayish, smoky complexion, bearing the Vedas in one arm and a skull in another, illuminating the knowledge of all the vedas, bearing the resemblance of a lion with a wide gaping mouth and powerful jaws, holding a trident with serpents coiled over Her arms, shoulders and head, holding a drum whose vibrations align the stars and galaxies, sporting very large, sharp and diamond teeth, with a large fiery red tongue sticking out, breathing heavily and emitting fire and also representing the combined knowledge of the great divine mothers Sāvitrī and Gāyatrī, to whom we offer our humble obeisance, shower Her divine grace upon us all and destroy all diseases, poverty and negativity within and around us!

Her dark smoky complexion represents the vast and infinite space, dark matter and all the subtle forces manifested in the entire Creation. The Vedas represent all the spiritual knowledge that can lead us towards self-realization. The skull represents an empty mind bereft of ego, pride and all attachments and also representing a receptacle ready to be filled with Divine bliss and the True knowledge of the Absolute! The wide gaping mouth and the sharp diamond teeth represent all the subtle energies manifested by the Divine Mother to consume our karmas and remove all negative influences. The trident helps pierce all the triads of the entire Creation, helping us overcome them, as well as gaining prominence and victory in all aspects. The long tongue consumes all our thoughts and extraneous activities and brings stability in our pursuits. The confluence of all knowledge within Her signifies Her Supremacy and ability to confer the same upon us, to help excel in the material and spiritual pursuits. Finally, with Her Divine grace and blessings, we will become victorious in overcoming the greatest of hurdles, diseases, poverty and all types of miseries.

Without any doubt through Her grace, one will become prosperous, wealthy and successful in all aspects of life!

4.laṃ ityādi pañcapūjam (लं इत्यादि पञ्चपूजम्) :-

S.no.

IAST

Devanāgari

Procedure

1

lam̐ - pṛthivyātmikāyai gandhaṁ samarpayāmi

 

लँ - पृथिव्यात्मिकायै गन्धं समर्पयामि

 

Hold the lower tip of the bottom phalange of the little fingers of both hands with the upper tip of the thumbs, with the back of the hand facing us.

2

ham̐ - ākāśātmikāyai puṣpaiḥ pūjayāmi

 

हँ - आकाशात्मिकायै पुष्पैः पूजयामि

 

Hold the lower tip of the bottom phalange of the thumbs of both hands with the upper tip/nails of the index fingers, with the back of the hand facing us.

3

yam̐ - vāyvātmikāyai dhūpamāghrāpayāmi

 

यँ - वाय्वात्मिकायै धूपमाघ्रापयामि

 

Hold the lower tip of the bottom phalange of the index fingers of both hands with the upper tip of the thumbs, with the back of the hand facing us.

4

ram̐ - agnyātmikāyai dīpaṁ darśayāmi

 

रँ - अग्न्यात्मिकायै दीपं दर्शयामि

 

Hold the lower tip of the bottom phalange of the middle fingers of both hands with the upper tip of the thumbs, with the back of the hand facing us.

5

vam̐ - amṛtātmikāyai amṛtaṁ mahānaivedyaṁ nivedayāmi

 

वँ - अमृतात्मिकायै अमृतं महानैवेद्यं निवेदयामि

 

Hold the lower tip of the bottom phalange of the ring fingers of both hands with the upper tip of the thumbs, with the back of the hand facing us.

6

sam̐ - sarvātmikāyai sarvopacāra pūjām samarpayāmi

 

सँ - सर्वात्मिकायै सर्वोपचार पूजाम् समर्पयामि

 

Hold the fingers of each palm in a folded manner with the tips of each fingers of both hands touching each other and the thumbs facing the heart, in a Namaste position.

       7

iti pañcapūjā

इति पञ्चपूजा

 

5.Pārvatyuvāca (पार्वत्युवाच)  :-

deva deva mahā deva sarvajña karuṇā nidhe

pratyaṅgirāyāḥ kavacam ṛk mantrasya svarūpakam 1

देव देव महा देव सर्वज्ञ करुणा निधे ।

प्रत्यङ्गिरायाः कवचम् ऋक् मन्त्रस्य स्वरूपकम् ॥१॥

Śakti (Pārvati) speaks:-

O Lord Mahādeva, the Supreme godhead and the most compassionate one! Can you please illumine me with the splendrous knowledge of the Śrī Pratyaṅgirā Kavacam, that’s praised in the Vedas and by itself is considered a practical and purposeful mantra?

jagan mangalam nāma prasiddham bhuvanatraye

sarva rakṣākaram nṛṇām rahasya mapi tanvada 2

जगन् मन्गलम् नाम प्रसिद्धम् भुवनत्रये ।

सर्व रक्षाकरम् नृणाम् रहस्य मपि तन्वद ॥२॥

Dear Lord! May you please narrate this kavacha mantra that’s popularly known in the entire universe as “jagan-mangala nama kavacam” and is famed to offer immense and utmost protection from all elements, enemies and forces, both internal and external! Please reveal this most secretive mantra that’s found great praise among the denizens of all realms and thereby quench my inner desire?

Īśvarovāca (ईश्वरोवाच) :-

śṛṇu kalyāṇi vadayāmi kavacam śatru nigraham

paraprekṣita karmāpi tatra śalyādi bhakṣaṇam

mahābhicāra śamanam sarva kārya pradam nṛṇām 3

शृणु कल्याणि वदयामि कवचम् शत्रु निग्रहम् ।

परप्रेक्षित कर्मापि तत्र शल्यादि भक्षणम् ।

महाभिचार शमनम् सर्व कार्य प्रदम् नृणाम् ॥ ३ ॥

Śiva (Īśvara) speaks:-

O my dear Kalyāṇi, the one capable of bestowing success in all efforts, please listen attentively and I shall speak of this most secretive and powerful kavacam, that’s capable of destroying all enemies, internal and external, if one were to apply it with great devotion and faith! May I say, that the mere glance of Śrī Pratyaṅgirā, is enough to consume and annihilate all the bad karmas causing immense torment to the devotees. The strength of the Kavacam is so strong, that any incantation against the devotee performed by enemies or opponents, to immobilize and weaken, gets nullified at once and can never come to fruition! Additionally, the sincere devotee can also deploy the kavacam, to obtain all worldly accomplishments to the fullest extent possible.

parasenā samohetya rājñāmuddhiśca maṇḍalāt

japa mātrena deveśī samyak uccāṭanam bhavet 4

परसेना समोहेत्य राज्ञामुद्धिश्च मण्डलात् ।

जप मात्रेन देवेशी सम्यक् उच्चाटनम् भवेत् ॥ ४ ॥

To state further, an entire army of invaders surrounding the King’s carriage cannot harm him, if he possesses and chants this kavacam! O dear Devi! The one who does the mantra japa of Śrī Pratyaṅgirā, will be able to drive away all misery from his/her life and also acquire the power of tranquilizing the enemies that obstruct his/her progress.

sarva tantra praśamanam mahā graha vināśanam

mahā roga praśamanam kārāgṛha vimocanam 5

सर्व तन्त्र प्रशमनम् महा ग्रह विनाशनम् ।

महा रोग प्रशमनम् कारागृह विमोचनम् ॥ ५ ॥

All the effects of black magic and related tantric procedures performed against the devotee will be destroyed by the application of this kavacam. One would also be able to nullify the bad effects of the grahas (influences, planetary effects) such as bhūta, preta, piśāca, rākṣasa, brahmarākṣasa, bālagraha, nivāta, ḍākinī, śākinī, rudragraha, viṣṇugraha, brahmagraha, krtyāgraha, kūṣmāṇḍa-graha, yakṣiṇī-graha, kāmagraha, madagraha, unmādagraha, unmattagraha, jalagraha, skandagraha, vaināyakagraha, dhanagraha, devagraha, vetāla, kinnarīgraha, bhūtinī, daitya, apsaragraha, nāginīgraha etc, as well as the harmful effects of heavenly grahas such as Rāhu (dragon’s head) and Śani (Saturn), impacting one’s life. The kavacam is capable of vanquishing all major, incurable and life-threatening diseases and health conditions of all sorts, as well as freeing one up from imprisonment of all sorts. The imprisonment is not also indicative of jails, but also at a subtle level of the ātmā (soul) from the sthūla (gross), sūkṣma (subtle and astral) and kāraṇa (most subtle and causal) śarīras (bodies).

kṣayāpasmāra kuṣṭhādi tāpajvara nivāraṇam

putradam dhanadam śrīdam puṇyadam pāpa nāśanam 6

क्षयापस्मार क्रुष्ठादि तापज्वर निवारणम् ।

पुत्रदम् धनदम् श्रीदम् पुण्यदम् पाप नाशनम् ॥ ६ ॥

Epilepsy, memory loss, parkinson’s, leprosy, high fever and any other major life threatening or debilitating diseases or health conditions, can be cured through the sincere and devoted recitation of this kavacam and mantras of Śrī Pratyaṅgirā Devi. Children, wealth, prosperity, piety and virtues are gained optimally by Her divine grace. Further, all sins and bad karma, are also destroyed by the benevolent grace of the sacred mantras and kavacams of Śrī Pratyaṅgirā Devi.

vijaya(vaśya) pradam mahā rājñām viśeṣāś-chatru nāśanam

sarva rakṣākaram śūnya graha pīḍā vināśanam 7

विजय(वश्य) प्रदम् महा राज्ञाम् विशेषाश्छत्रु नाशनम् ।

सर्व रक्षाकरम् शून्य ग्रह पीडा विनाशनम् ॥ ७ ॥

One can easily attract and gain enormous wealth equal to royalty, become victorious in every effort. One will also gain the capabilities to defeat learned opponents in all competitions. The kavacam is all-protective and gets rid of all the malevolent effects of the śūnya graha, a mysterious unseen heavenly entity, capable of absorbing all our accumulated benefits and making us devoid of everything! In addition, the kavacam is also capable of mitigating the undesirable influences of malevolent planets impacting one’s life, due to their transit and inherited fate of the natal horoscope.

bindu trikoṇa-dvandva pañca koṇam-aṣṭaścadam ṣoḍaśa

patra-yuktam mahīpurīṇa vṛttam ambujākṣi likhet

manum rāvaṇa magratopi yām yām purīm yāti ripuḥ 8

बिन्दु त्रिकोणद्वन्द्व पञ्च कोणमष्टश्चदम् षोडश ।

पत्रयुक्तम् महीपुरीण वृत्तम् अम्बुजाक्षि लिखेत् ।

मनुम् रावण मग्रतोपि याम् याम् पुरीम् याति रिपुः ॥ ८ ॥

The divine Mother appears with Her consort Bhairava as a dot (bindu) at the center of the Śrī Pratyaṅgirā devi yantra, surrounded by two triangles in opposite directions. Further surrounding them is a larger inverted triangle, with five triangles appearing all around the three sides of this large inverted triangle. The sixteen lotuses around a circle combined with the palace gates (bhūpura), makes up the yantra of Śrī Pratyaṅgirā devi. All the cries and wails of sincere sādhakas, who are honorable, pure and truthful persons will be set to rest and their enemies, both internal and external, will be relegated to hell.

The wise and intelligent, follow the discipline and procedures of worship set forth by the blessed emperor and conqueror of all realms, Śrī Rāvaṇa Brahma, in worshipping the yantra before reciting the Śrī Pratyaṅgirā devi kavacam. Those who do not, may soon suffer immensely and get condemned to hell or Yama loka, to take residence amongst deceitful souls.

(There are many variations of the Śrī Pratyaṅgirā devi yantra. The reference is to the Mahā Pratyaṅgirā devi yantra).

prayogānyān tan nivṛttiḥ ratinātha (raghunātha) bījān

mahīpurān pūrvameva dvā trimśat patra mālikhet 9

प्रयोगान्यान् तन्  निवृत्तिः रतिनाथ (रघुनाथ) बीजान् ।

महीपुरान् पूर्वमेव द्वा त्रिम्शत् पत्र मालिखेत् ॥ ९ ॥

The application of the kavacam would be invalid without the āvaraṇa puja and therefore does not come to fruition.

(The Śrī Pratyaṅgirā devi yantra āvaraṇa pūja must be performed prior to the recitation of the kavacam).

Before applying any of the recommended procedures of Śrī Pratyaṅgirā devi, for annihilation of enemies or for acquiring immense fortune, One must cease from all other activities and continue with the preparation of the Śrī Pratyaṅgirā devi yantra, by inserting thirty two petals housing the āvaraṇa (enclosure) deities, followed by the enclosure gates to the above yantra. By doing so in this manner, the Divine Mother’s grace is invoked, to facilitate the fulfillment of all wishes and to gain immense protection.

[Raghunātha is another name for Śrī  Rāma. All the references of this Kavacam containing this śloka (verse) reference Raghunātha bīja. The composer of this hymn Meghanāda (Indrajita), son of emperor and conqueror of all realms, Śrī Rāvaṇa Brahma, an enemy of Śrī Rāma, would not have used His reference in all probability. Also, there is no Raghunātha bīja mentioned in the tantric dictionaries that are currently available to us. The stotram itself was probably invoked and perfected by Śrī Rāvaṇa Brahma, who may have likely used it to facilitate his conquests. If used in the context of Śrī Raghunātha bīja, then it would be for gaining the protection equivalent of Śrī Rāma’s bīja mantra rām̐.

In my personal opinion, it is probably the Ratinātha bīja klīm̐, referencing Lord Kāma and indicating the  fulfillment of all our cherished desires and wishes.] 

tadante bhūpuram likhya koṇānte kṣmrūm̐ samālikhet

bhadrakāli manum likhya mantram pratyangir-ātmakam 10

तदन्ते भूपुरम् लिख्य कोणान्ते क्ष्म्रूँ समालिखेत् ।

भद्रकालि मनुम् लिख्य मन्त्रम् प्रत्यन्गिरात्मकम् ॥ १० ॥

The yantra is to be enclosed within the palace gates (bhūpura). At the end of the bhūpura, the bījā kṣmrūṃ should be evenly written on all the four sides of the palace gates. The wise and intelligent, will also write the bhadrakāli mantra to invoke the complete grace of Śrī Atharvaṇa Bhadrakāli Pratyaṅgirā Devi and transform it into Her mantra by adding the appropriate syllables and will also undertake the efforts of performing the rituals to infuse life into the yantra.

Links to Download the Images:

English: https://www.manblunder.com/galleryimages/Jagan-Mangala-Kavacham.jpg

Devangari: https://www.manblunder.com/galleryimages/Pratyangira-Yantram-Devanagari.jpg

[The yantra mentioned in the article is represented above.]

bhadrakāl-yukta mārgeṇa pūjyā pratyangirām śivām

rakta puṣpai samabhyarcya kavacam japam-ārabhet 11

भद्रकाल्युक्त मार्गेण पूज्या प्रत्यन्गिराम् शिवाम् ।

रक्त पुष्पै समभ्यर्च्य कवचम् जपमारभेत् ॥ ११ ॥

Śrī Atharvaṇa Bhadrakāli Pratyaṅgirā must be worshipped along with the avaraṇa deities, who are none other than the various manifestations of Her and Her consort Lord Mahā-bhairava (Śiva). All of them must be duly worshipped to invoke their complete grace. Pūja (worship) can be done with red flowers, following which, one can begin the recitation of the kavacam, which can also be recited in the form of a mantra japa, if desired.

sakṛt paṭhana mātreṇa sarva-śatrur vinaśyati

śatravaśca palāyanta tasya darśana mātrataḥ 12

सकृत् पठन मात्रेण सर्वशत्रुर् विनश्यति ।

शत्रवश्च पलायन्त तस्य दर्शन मात्रतः ॥ १२ ॥

Those reciting very sincerely, will very soon be able to annihilate their enemies.   The mere presence of the devotee, strikes great fear and trembling among the enemies forcing them to flee. All the competition to the devotee gets dissolved and the devotee becomes victorious in all pursuits.

Kavacam ārambham  (कवचमारम्भम्) -

[The Kavacam begins from this point onwards]

māsa mātram japādeva sarva śatruḥ vinaśyati

yām kalpayanti pūrva diśam rakṣet kālī sā atharvaṇī 13

मास मात्रम् जपादेव सर्व शत्रुः विनश्यति ।

याम् कल्पयन्ति पूर्व दिशम् रक्षेत् काली सा अथर्वणी ॥ १३ ॥

A recitation of the kavacam over a duration of a month, is enough to exterminate all enemies. The Kavacam offers complete protection to the devotee from all forces emerging in all directions. The details of the deities and their associated directions start below.

The Divine Mother Atharvaṇa Bhadrakāli, the extremely fierce One, protects the Eastern direction.

rakṣet karṇavaty-āgneyām sadāmām simha vāhinīm

yām yām diśam sadā rakṣet kṣam bhakṣa jvālā rūpinī

nairṛtyām rakṣatu sadāmāsmān mṛccheranta rājaḥ  (anāgasaḥ) 14

रक्षेत् कर्णवत्याग्नेयाम् सदामाम् सिम्ह वाहिनीम् ।

याम् याम् दिशम् सदा रक्षेत् क्षम् भक्ष ज्वाला रूपिनी ।

नैरृत्याम् रक्षतु सदामास्मान् मृच्छेरन्त राजः (अनागसः)॥ १४ ॥

The Divine Mother Simha Vāhinī, the One who rides a fierce lion and is very keenly attentive to all the fears and miseries of Her devotees, protects the South Eastern direction. The Southern direction is protected through the mantra kṣam̐, by the fierce, fiery and devouring Divine Mother Jvālārūpinī. The blemishless and auspicious Divine Mother Antarāja/Anāgasa, protects us steadfastly and deservingly from the South Western direction.

vāruṇyām rakṣatu mama pūjām ca puruṣārdinī

vāyavyām tu tadā (sadā) rakṣet sarvām ca pātu dānyataḥ (mamākhilāḥ) 15

वारुण्याम् रक्षतु मम पूजाम् च पुरुषार्दिनी ।

वायव्याम् तु तदा (सदा) रक्षेत् सर्वाम् च पातु दान्यतः  (ममाखिलाः) ॥ १५ ॥

The Western direction is protected at all times by the pious Divine Mother Puruṣārdinī. The North Western direction is protected always by the Universal Divine Mother Dānyata/Mamākhila.

damṣṭrā karāla vadanā kauberyām vaṭavānala (baḍabānala)

īśānyām me sadā rakṣet vīrāmstyāsya nibarhaṇā 16

दम्ष्ट्रा कराल वदना कौबेर्याम् वटवानल (बडबानल)

ईशान्याम् मे सदा रक्षेत् वीराम्स्त्यास्य निबर्हणा ॥ १६ ॥

The one with the most formidable teeth and wide mouth, Divine Mother Vaṭavānala/Baḍabānala, most fiercely protects the Northern direction. The North Eastern direction is fiercely protected by the valiant Divine Mother Nibarhaṇā devi.

ugrā rakṣet adho bhāge māyā mantra svarūpiṇī

ūrdhvam kapālinī rakṣet kṣam̐ hrīm̐ hum̐ phaṭ svarūpiṇī 17

उग्रा रक्षेत् अधो भागे माया मन्त्र स्वरूपिणी ।

ऊर्ध्वम् कपालिनी रक्षेत् क्षँ ह्रीँ हुँ फट् स्वरूपिणी ॥ १७ ॥

The downward direction is fiercely protected by the cosmic illusion manifesting Divine Mother Māyā mantra svarūpiṇī (hrīm̐). The top/upward direction is guarded and protected by the most fierce Śrī Pratyaṅgirā, in the form of the mantras “kṣam̐ hrīm̐ hum̐ phaṭ”.

pālyāt sarvadiśam rakṣet kurukullāyā virodinī

vipra citta sadā rakṣet divārātram diśo niśam 18

पाल्यात् सर्वदिशम् रक्षेत् कुरुकुल्लाया विरोदिनी ।

विप्र चित्त सदा रक्षेत् दिवारात्रम् दिशो निशम् ॥ १८ ॥

All other directions are governed by the Divine Mother Kurukulla Virodini. Protection at all times, day and night, are offered by the most sublime and all-knowing Divine Mother Vipra-ctitta.

kurukulyāpi me putrān bhāryā (bhartā bāndhyān) me ugra rūpiṇī

prabhā dīptā gṛham rakṣet mātāpitror sva mātṛjān 19

कुरुकुल्यापि मे पुत्रान् भार्या (भर्ता बान्ध्यान्) मे उग्र रूपिणी ।

प्रभा दीप्ता गृहम् रक्षेत् मातापित्रोर् स्व मातृजान् ॥ १९ ॥

The great protectress and Divine Mother Kurukullā, protects the children. Likewise, the terrific Ugra rūpiṇī, protects the spouse. The residence and home are protected by the splendrous and radiant Divine Mother Prabhā dīptā. The All knowing Divine Mother Mātṛjā (Śrī Pratyaṅgirā), who shines forth with blazing radiance and splendor, protects our parents, grand parents and all elders of the household as Her own.

sabhṛnyān me sadā pāyāt pālikān me paśūn sadā

jale rakṣet kṛṣṇavāsī sthale simhāsane sthitaḥ 20

सभृन्यान् मे सदा पायात् पालिकान् मे पशून् सदा ।

जले रक्षेत् कृष्णवासी स्थले सिम्हासने स्थितः ॥ २० ॥

She’s very ably assisted by the attendant deities, who protect the cattle and other domestic animals. The dark complexioned Divine Mother Kṛṣṇavāsī, protects us on high seas and all water bodies.  Protection on land is offered by the Divine Mother Simhāsane-sthitaḥ, seated on a splendid throne signifying Her opulence, ensures our welfare and takes care of our needs at all times!

sahasra-vadan-ākhyā pāyānme kannikā sadā

ajitā me śiro rakṣet aparājita kāmadā

keśān rakṣet sahasrāṇī trinetra kāla rātrikā 21

सहस्रवदनाख्या पायान्मे कन्निका सदा ।

अजिता मे शिरो रक्षेत् अपराजित कामदा ।

केशान् रक्षेत् सहस्राणी त्रिनेत्र काल रात्रिका ॥ २१ ॥

The Divine Mother Śrī Pratyaṅgirā, with an appearance of thousand heads, protects us from all sins. The unsurpassable, unconquerable and ever victorious Divine Mother Ajitā, who never fails in fulfilling our desired wishes as Aparājita kāmadā, protects the head at all times. The hair follicles are protected by the three-eyed, fully awakened, thousand headed and armed Divine Mother Kāla-rātrikā, representing the infinite dark void.

phālam pātu mahā krūra piṅgakeśī śiroruhā

bhruvorme krūra vadanā pāyāccha (pāyāc-caṇḍī) pracaṇḍikā 22

फालम् पातु महा क्रूर पिङ्गकेशी शिरोरुहा ।

भ्रुवोर्मे क्रूर वदना पायाच्छ (पायाच्चण्डी) प्रचण्डिका ॥ २२ ॥

The forehead is protected by the most fierce, blonde haired Divine Mother Śiroruhā.

The eyebrows are protected by the fierce looking and extremely formidable Divine Mother Pracaṇḍikā.

śrotrayor-ubhayam (śrotrayor-yugalam) pātu sadāme śava (śaṅkha) kuṇḍalā

pratīcīn tāmasi (preta cityāsanā)  pāyāt pāyāt netra yugam mama 23

श्रोत्रयोरुभयम् (श्रोत्रयोर्युगलम् ) पातु सदामे शव (शङ्ख) कुण्डला ।

प्रतीचीन् तामसि पायात् पायात् नेत्र युगम् मम ॥ २३ ॥

The ears are always protected by the ear studded and always attentive Śava Kuṇḍalā/Śaṅkha Kuṇḍalā, who also protects us from the unseen, silent and hidden dangers arising from the netherworld of the dead. The rearside of the body and the eyes, are protected by the aggressive Divine Mother Tāmasī.

mama nāsā yuga-dvandvam brahmarociṣṇava mitra

kapolam me sadāpātu bhṛgavaścāpa sedhire 24

मम नासा युगद्वन्द्वम् ब्रह्मरोचिष्णव मित्र ।

कपोलम् मे सदापातु भृगवश्चाप सेधिरे ॥ २४ ॥

The nostrils are protected by the illustrious Divine Mother Brahmarociṣṇava Mitra and the cheeks are always protected from any harm, by the bow wielding descendant of sage Bhṛgu - Bhṛgavaścāpa Sedhire.

ūrdhvam-oṣṭam sadāpātu rathasyeva vibhurthidhaḥ (vibhurdhiyā)

adhar-oṣṭam pātu mama ājñātasti sayañjanāḥ 25

ऊर्ध्वमोष्टम् सदापातु रथस्येव विभुर्थिधः (विभुर्धिया)

अधरोष्टम् पातु मम आज्ञातस्ति सयञ्जनाः ॥ २५ ॥

The upper lips are protected at all times by the chariot riding, all-pervading, omnipresent Divine Mother Vibhurthidhā/Vibhurdhiyā.  The lower lips are protected constantly by the Divine Mother Sayañjanā, the One possessed of unlimited power.

danta pankti-dvayam pātu brahmarūpi karālinī

vācam vāgīśvarī rakṣet rasanām jananī mama

cubukam pātu me indrāṇi tanobhir-ucchasva helitā (hekitā) 26

दन्त पन्क्तिद्वयम् पातु ब्रह्मरूपि करालिनी ।

वाचम् वागीश्वरी रक्षेत् रसनाम् जननी मम ।

चुबुकम् पातु मे इन्द्राणि तनोभिरुच्छस्व हेलिता (हेकिता) ॥ २६ ॥

The upper and lower teeth are protected by the humungous wide gaping mouthed Divine Mother Brahmarūpi Karālinī. The divine mother Vāgīśvarī, protects the mouth and speech at all times. The taste buds and the tongue, are protected by the Divine Mother Jananī, the cause of the entire Creation. The chin is protected by the highly respected and slender waisted Indrāṇi. The bare skin is protected by the Divine Mother Helitā, the easily delighted, carefree and spiritually elevated One.

karṇa sthānam mama sadā rakṣatām kambhu kandharā

kaṇṭha dhvani sadā pātu nāda-brahma-mayī mama 27

कर्ण स्थानम् मम सदा रक्षताम् कम्भु कन्धरा ।

कण्ठ ध्वनि सदा पातु नादब्रह्ममयी मम ॥ २७ ॥

The ears are always protected by the most fragrant Kambhu Kandarā. The throat and the voice generated from it, are always protected by the cause of all sound, the subtlest and primordial Nāda-brahma-mayī.

jaṭharam aṅgiraḥ putrīḥ me vakṣaḥ pātu kiñcana (kāñcanī)

pātume bhujayor mūlam jāta veda svarūpiṇī

dakṣiṇam me bhujam pātu satatam kāla rātrikā 28

जठरम् अङ्गिरः पुत्रीः मे वक्षः पातु किञ्चन (काञ्चनी) ।

पातुमे भुजयोर् मूलम् जात वेद स्वरूपिणी ।

दक्षिणम् मे भुजम् पातु सततम् काल रात्रिका ॥ २८ ॥

The abdomen is protected by the daughter of sage Aṅgira (a reference to Śrī Pratyaṅgirā Herself). The bosoms/chest are protected by Divine Mother Kiñcana/Kāñcanī, the One who readily accepts any offerrings of the devotees and is also purposeful and wealth bestowing. The arm and shoulder joints are protected by the all possessing Jātaveda Svarūpiṇī. The right arms are protected by the Divine Mother Kāla-rātrikā, representing the dark and empty void.

vāma bhujam vāmakeśī pāyānme paramāvatu (parāyantī parāvatī)

pātume kūrpara dvandvam manasāhyapi dāsani (manastatvābidhā satī) 29

वाम भुजम् वामकेशी पायान्मे परमावतु (परायन्ती परावती)

पातुमे कूर्पर द्वन्द्वम् मनसाह्यपि दासनि (मनस्तत्वाबिधा सती) ॥ २९ ॥

The left arms are strongly protected by the adversely reacting Vāmakeśī, who’s served by two white serpents coiled around Her heart. The elbow joints of both arms are protected by the humble and most endearing Divine Mother Sati, also described as Manasāhyapi dāsani (Manastatvābidhā satī).

mudreśvarī sadā pātu prakoṣṭa yugalam mama

maṇi-dvandvam pātu mama dūḍyenāsmad-yugāyasa (dhumrā śatru-jighāmsayā)

pāyāt karatala dvandvam kadambavana vāsini 30

मुद्रेश्वरी सदा पातु प्रकोष्ट युगलम् मम ।

मणिद्वन्द्वम् प्पातु मम दूड्येनास्मद्युगायस (धूम्रा शत्रुजिघाम्सया)

पायात् करतल द्वन्द्वम् कदम्बवन वासिनि ॥ ३० ॥

The forearms of both hands are protected by the Divine Mother Mudreśvarī. The wrists of both hands are protected by the dark smoky complexioned and enemy annihilating Divine Mother Dūḍyenāsmad-yugāyasa/Dhumrā śatru-jighāmsayā. The palms of both the hands are protected by the nature protecting and forest dwelling Divine Mother Kadamba-vana-vāsini.

vāma pāṇyangulī pātu hinastu harasāśani

savya (dakṣa) pāṇyangulī pātu vāmādi pariveṣṭitā 31

वाम पाण्यन्गुली पातु हिनस्तु हरसाशनि ।

सव्य (दक्ष) पाण्यन्गुली पातु वामादि परिवेष्टिता ॥ ३१ ॥

The fingers of the left hands are protected by the Divine Mother Harasāśani, the One who is desired by the Divine Father Lord Hara (Śiva) Himself. The fingers of the right hand are always protected by the most beautiful and elegant Divine Mother Pariveṣṭitā.

karadyor me nakam pātu pratyāṅgirātmikām

sarveśī jñatṛṇī pātu vakṣo me vāruṇī priyā

stana dvandvam sadā pātu mama jīmūta vāhanā 32

करद्योर् मे नकम् पातु प्रत्याङ्गिरात्मिकाम् ।

सर्वेशी ज्ञतृणी पातु वक्षो मे वारुणी प्रिया ।

स्तन द्वन्द्वम् सदा पातु मम जीमूत वाहना ॥ ३२ ॥

The finger nails are strongly protected by the Divine Mother Pratyāṅgirā Devi. The breasts are  protected by the omniscient and the all-knowing Divine Mother Vāruṇī-priyā. The nipples are always protected by the all-seeing and thundering Divine Mother Jīmūta-vāhanā (Indrāṇī).

hṛdayam daharān tatā kroḍam kroḍa-mukhī satī

talodary-udaram pātu yadi veśī catuṣpati

nābhi nityam sadā pātu jvālā bhairava rūpiṇī 33

हृदयम् दहरान् तता क्रोडम् क्रोडमुखी सती ।

तलोदर्युदरम् पातु यदि वेशी चतुष्पति ।

नाभि नित्यम् सदा पातु ज्वाला भैरव रूपिणी  ॥ ३३

The heart is delicately protected at all times by the large hearted Divine Father Daharā. The lower abdomen is protected at all times by the boar snouted and extremely aggressive and karma devouring Divine Mother Kroḍamukhī (Vārāhī Devi). The abdomen and belly, are always protected by the needle like Divine Mother Veśī-catuṣpati. The belly button is always protected by the blazing and fiery Divine Mother Jvālā bhairava rūpiṇī.

pañcāśat pīṭha nilayā pātu me pārśvayor yugam

pṛṣṭham vajreśvarī (prajñeśvarī) pātu kaṭim pṛthu nitambinī 34

पञ्चाशत् पीठ निलया पातु मे पार्श्वयोर् युगम् ।

पृष्ठम् वज्रेश्वरी (प्रज्ञेश्वरी) पातु कटिम् पृथु नितम्बिनी ॥ ३४ ॥

The ribs are fully protected by the Divine Mother manifesting Herself in 105 power spots as Pañcāśat pīṭha nilayā. The backside is protected by the strong and impenetratable Divine Mother Vajreśvarī/Prajñeśvarī and the entire waist region is protected by the massive Divine Mother Pṛthu-nitambinī.

guhyamānam ya rūpāsyā yaṇḍa (daṇḍa) brahmāṇḍa nāyakī

pāyān mama gudasthānam indu bhūsā (mauli) ca me śubhā 35

गुह्यमानम् य रूपास्या यण्ड (दण्ड) ब्रह्माण्ड नायकी ।

पायान् मम गुदस्थानम् इन्दु भूसा (मौलि) च मे शुभा ॥ ३५ ॥

The reproductive organs and the surrounding portion of the body are protected by the goad wielding Brahmāṇḍa-nāyakī (Vārāhī Devi). The anal region is always protected by the all-seeing and thundering Divine Mother Indu bhūsā (mauli) śubhā.

bījam mama sadā pātu durgā duhkhārti (durgārti) hāriṇī

ūrū me pātu śāntātmitam (kṣāntātmā tvam) pratyasya svamṛtya me 36

बीजम् मम सदा पातु दुर्गा दुह्खार्ति (दुर्गार्ति) हारिणी ।

ऊरू मे पातु शान्तात्मितम् (क्षान्तात्मा त्वम्) प्रत्यस्य स्वमृत्य मे ॥ ३६ ॥

The reproductive essence is always protected by the one who relieves us of all difficulties and afflictions, the Divine Mother Durgā duhkhārti (durgārti) hāriṇī. The thighs are protected by the load bearing, calm and composed Divine Mother Śāntātmitā/Kṣāntātmā (Bhūdevi – Earth) from deterioration.

vanadurgā sadā pātu jānuni vana-vāsinī

janghā kaṇḍa dvayam pātu yaśca jāmīśa yāminī (pātinaḥ) 37

वनदुर्गा सदा पातु जानुनि वनवासिनी ।

जन्घा कण्ड द्वयम् पातु यश्च जामीश यामिनी (पातिनः) ॥ ३७ ॥

The knees are always protected by the forest dwelling Divine Mother Vanadurgā vana-vāsinī. The thigh muscles on both legs are protected at all times by the honorable Divine Mother Jāmīśa yāminī/ pātinaḥ.

gulphayor yugalam pātu yosmāka mabhidā satī (yo smān dveṣṭi vadhasva tam)

pada-dvayam sadā vame padābhi sthūr yataściraḥ 38

गुल्फयोर् युगलम् पातु योस्माक मभिदा सती (यो स्मान् द्वेष्टि वधस्व तम्)

पदद्वयम् सदा वमे पदाभि स्थूर् यतश्चिरः ॥ ३८

The ankles of both legs are absolutely protected at all times by the most generous and benevolent Divine Mother Abhidā satī/Dveṣṭi vadhasva. The feet are very strongly protected by the immortal Divine Mother Yataściraḥ.

abhipremī sahasrākṣī pādayor-angulīr mama

pāyāt pādatala dvandvam dahant vagnirivo hradam 39

अभिप्रेमी सहस्राक्षी पादयोरन्गुलीर् मम ।

पायात् पादतल द्वन्द्वम् दहन्त् वग्निरिवो ह्रदम् ॥ ३९ ॥

The deeply loved and highly honored Divine Mother Abhipremī and the thousand eyed Divine Mother Sahasrākṣī (Śrī Pratyāṅgirā devi), protect our toes at all times. The toe nails of both feet are protected by the blazing Divine Mother Dahant-vagni.

sarvāngān pātu me kṛtyā sarva prakṛti rūpiṇī

mantram pratyaṅgirātvatyam kṛtyāmśca suhṛdo suhṛd 40

सर्वान्गान् पातु मे कृत्या सर्व प्रकृति रूपिणी ।

मन्त्रम् प्रत्यङ्गिरात्वत्यम् कृत्याम्श्च सुहृदो सुहृद् ॥ ४० ॥

The entire body is protected by the full grace of the Divine Mother Sarva prakṛti rūpiṇī (Śrī Pratyāṅgirā devī), the manifestor of the material Creation. This magical spell and kavaca mantra of Śrī Pratyāṅgirā devī, manifests the deeply desired results and removes all afflictions that pain us.

Phalaśruti (फलश्रुति) -

[ Benefits obtained from reciting the kavacam, in due course of time ]

parābhicāra kṛtyān me samityama jāta vedasa

parapreṣita calyām me tapito (tamito) nāśayāmasi 41

पराभिचार कृत्यान् मे समित्यम जात वेदस ।

परप्रेषित चल्याम् मे तपितो (तमितो) नाशयामसि ॥ ४१ ॥

The spells become very effective, when offered as part of homā or the fire ritual, with all the special offerings such as red chillis etc., which should be consecrated and offered to Lord Jāta-vedasa/Agni or fire. Her movement initiates the dance of death and destruction of all enemies, internal and external.

vṛtāpi (vṛkṣādi) prati rūpām me śivam dakṣiṇata kṛdhi

abhayam satatam paścāt bhadra muttarato gṛhe 42

वृतापि (वृक्षादि) प्रति रूपाम् मे शिवम् दक्षिणत कृधि ।

अभयम् सततम् पश्चात् भद्र मुत्तरतो गृहे ॥ ४२ ॥

Each and every attribute of Her described in Her stotras such as the aṣṭottara-śatanāmāvali (108 attributes), sahasranāmāvali (1000 attributes) etc are extremely auspicious and constitue the left and right portions of Her. The upper and bottom portions of Her, offer complete protection at all times and the well-being of the household.

bhūta preta piśācādhyān preṣitām jahimām prati

bhūta pretādi śalyādi paratantra vināśinī 43

भूत प्रेत पिशाचाध्यान् प्रेषिताम् जहिमाम् प्रति ।

भूत प्रेतादि शल्यादि परतन्त्र विनाशिनी ॥ ४३ ॥

She is victorious over all types of interdimensional and celestial entities such as bhūtas, pretas, piśācās and rids us of their influence on our lives and karma. The malevolent entities cannot dare come near the sincere devotee of Śrī Atharvaṇa Bhadrakāli Pratyāṅgirā devī. Her very movement and dance are set to destroy the influences of all bhūtas, pretas and other such malevolent entities. She is the best cure for the destruction of all bad influences impacting us from malevolent black magic and similar tantric procedures performed against us. She is verily the Supreme Divine Mother Ādiśakti, to whom we surrender and uphold in high reverence.

parābhicāra śamanam dhāraṇāt sarva siddhitam

bhūrja patre svarṇa paṭṭe likhitvā dhārayetyadi 44

पराभिचार शमनम् धारणात् सर्व सिद्धितम् ।

भूर्ज पत्रे स्वर्ण पट्टे लिखित्वा धारयेत्यदि ॥ ४४ ॥

Anyone who wears this kavacam will be able to overcome any perceived fears of the unknown. Further, all bad influences, however strong they may be, will be quelled to obtain everlasting peace. Such a person will also receive the full grace of Śrī Atharvaṇa Bhadrakāli Pratyāṅgirā devī and thereby obtains Her full grace and siddhi (fruition) of Her mantras. The kavacam can be written on a gold plate or on the bark of a birch tree (bhūrja patra) and then worn on the person.

One can also print the kavacam on paper and wear it as a talisman, preferably made of brass. Reciting the kavacam and consecrating the talisman prior to wearing, would be more beneficial.

sarva siddhi mavāpnoti sarvatra vijayī bhavet

ekāvṛtti japāteva sarvaṛk japatam bhavet 45

सर्व सिद्धि मवाप्नोति सर्वत्र विजयी भवेत् ।

एकावृत्ति जपातेव सर्वऋक् जपतम् भवेत् ॥ ४५ ॥

One who is tightly bound, in terms of faith to this kavacam, will achieve victory in all his/her efforts at all times. A single repetition of the Śrī Pratyāṅgirā devī kavacam, with single pointed faith and devotion as a mantra, will achieve the same benefit of reciting the numerous procedural Ṛk mantras associated with Her.

bhadrakālī prasannā bhūdabhīṣṭa phaladā bhavet

bandhī-gṛhe sapta-rātram cora-dravyeṣṭa rātrakam 46

भद्रकाली प्रसन्ना भूदभीष्ट फलदा भवेत् ।

बन्धीगृहे सप्तरात्रम् चोरद्रव्येष्ट रात्रकम् ॥ ४६ ॥

One achieves all the cherished worldly desires and obtains the abundant blessings of Bhadrakālī Śrī Pratyāṅgirā devī, when She’s pleased by the devotion and sincere faith of the devotee. One who perform the ritual of homam or pūja for seven nights with the cora dravyā (sickle-fruit hypecoum flowers, stems, roots etc.) homam material, will get freedom from prison and all types of bondage that one’s suffering from.

mahā jvare sapta rātram uccāṭe māsa mātrataḥ

mahā vyādhi nivṛttośyāt maṇḍalam japam-ācaret 47

महा ज्वरे सप्त रात्रम् उच्चाटे मास मात्रतः ।

महा व्याधि निवृत्तोश्यात् मण्डलम् जपमाचरेत् ॥ ४७ ॥

High fever and any other fever inducing or extremely harmful and life-threatening diseases (like Corona Virus/Covid etc.), may disappear with a recitation of the kavacam week long on all seven nights. To get rid of enemies and ruin them, a repetition for a month is recommended. Any other major diseases and health conditions may also get cured, if the japa is performed for a maṇḍala of 30 days of a lunar cycle or sometimes up to 40 to 48 days, when a grace period is applied.

putra kārya māsamātram mahā-śatrautu maṇḍalām

yuddha kārye maṇḍalam syāt dhāryam sarveṣu karmasu 48

पुत्र कार्य मासमात्रम् महाशत्रौतु मण्डलाम् ।

युद्ध कार्ये मण्डलम् स्यात् धार्यम् सर्वेषु कर्मसु ॥ ४८ ॥

A recitation for a month of the kavacam may help with child birth for the childless couple or those desiring more children. A recitation for a maṇḍala of 40 to 45 days may certainly help get rid of very strong enemies or opponents, internal and external. A recitation for a period of a maṇḍala, can also help in all battles and wars that one has to face in their daily struggles due to their karma.

asmin mantram samāvāhya rakta puṣpai samarpayet

praṇatvā kartu marhanti viṣurūpi gṛhān sadā 49

अस्मिन् मन्त्रम् समावाह्य रक्त पुष्पै समर्पयेत् ।

प्रणत्वा कर्तु मर्हन्ति विषुरूपि गृहान् सदा ॥ ४९ ॥

To bring forth or manifest the benefits of this mantra kavacam, one must offer red flowers to Śrī Pratyāṅgirā devī, preferably to Her idol and even more preferred, would be Her yantra - Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī yantram.

Bowing reverently with full faith and adoration to the supreme form of Śakti - Śrī Pratyāṅgirā devī, the all powerful, all pervading omniscient goddess, One would be able to obtain Her full grace, that would bestow everlasting peace and prosperity, at home, work and everywhere!

śāstālaye catuṣpade svagṛhe devatā (gehalī) sthale

nikhanedyam triśalyādīn tatkīrtim prāpayāśu me 50

शास्तालये चतुष्पदे स्वगृहे देवता (गेहली) स्थले ।

निखनेद्यम् त्रिशल्यादीन् तत्कीर्तिम् प्रापयाशु मे ॥ ५० ॥

The four walls of the sādhakas (devotees) home become equivalent to that of a place of learning. Just the way a trident digs into its target, the fame and name of the devotees will spread across and establish in the minds of many, by the grace of the Divine Mother Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī.

māsyorcchiṣṭo dvipadam mūrti kiñca catuṣpadam

mājñātiranujān sarvān māveśī prativeśinau 51

मास्योर्च्छिष्टो द्विपदम् मूर्ति किञ्च चतुष्पदम् ।

माज्ञातिरनुजान् सर्वान् मावेशी प्रतिवेशिनौ ॥ ५१ ॥

One who prays to the Divine Mother Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī by means of this kavacam, both during the waning and waxing phases of the lunar cycle and the remaining days of the month, or during any four weeks duration with continuity, will in due course of time obtain authority over one’s siblings, co-workers and those working under the devotee. Authority and power to command groups that one is associated with, is also obtained.

janam (bale) sapta-sthale (svapna-sthale) rakṣet yome pāpam cikīrṣati

āpāda mastakam rakṣet tameva prati dhāvati 52

जनम् (बले ) सप्तस्थले (स्वप्नस्थले) रक्षेत् योमे पापम् चिकीर्षति ।

आपाद मस्तकम् रक्षेत् तमेव प्रति धावति ॥ ५२ ॥

She protects from birth related complications, showers Her grace in performing weddings. When one is cornered from all directions physically, emotionally, mentally or even in a dream state and is struggling to survive with matters worsenen and calamities are up to the head, She comes forth rushing in order to rescue and release the devotee from all the sins committed previously and bad karma accumulated from the previous lifetimes and the current one. She rescues and aids in the complete recovery and ensures the well-being of the devotee. She assures and ensures that the devotee holds his head in high esteem and Her protection is unmatched and everlasting!

pratisara mati dhāva kumārīva pitṛ grahān

mūrdhāna meṣān sphoṭaya vadhameṣām phale (kule) kṛdhi (jahi) 53

प्रतिसर मति धाव कुमारीव पितृ ग्रहान् ।

मूर्धान मेषान् स्फोटय वधमेषाम् फले (कुले) कृधि (जहि) ॥ ५३ ॥

An amulet bearing the kavacam can be worn during prayer, while eating food or washing oneself and also on children as well, to prevent any harm to the family members and loved ones. Like a ram that surges in and attacks with its horns, She charges in to annihilate and conquer all our fears, to protect the family and showers Her everlasting grace upon us.

yan me manasā vācā yacchapāpam cikīrṣati

tat sarvam rakṣa mām devī jahi śatrūn sadā mama 54

यन् मे मनसा वाचा यच्छपापम् चिकीर्षति ।

तत् सर्वम् रक्ष माम् देवी जहि शत्रून् सदा मम ॥ ५४ ॥

Those who give their heart and soul to Her and strive for Her grace to rid themselves of all their sins, will receive the grace of Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī, the One who never fails in rescuing Her sincere devotees from all worries and also ridding them of all enemies, both internal and external!

khaṭ phaṭ jahi mahā kṛtye vidhūmāgni sama-prabhe

devi devi mahā devi mama śatrūn vināśaya

trikālam rakṣatām nityam paṭhatām pāpa nāśanam

sarva śatru kṣayakaram sarva vyādhi vināśanam 55

खट् फट् जहि महा कृत्ये विधूमाग्नि समप्रभे ।

देवि देवि महा देवि मम शत्रून् विनाशय ।

त्रिकालम् रक्षताम् नित्यम् पठताम् पाप नाशनम् ।

सर्व शत्रु क्षयकरम् सर्व व्याधि विनाशनम् ॥ ५५ ॥

All desires and wishes to destroy the enemies, internal and external that are hurting our progress, will be attained through the sincere recitation of the kavacam and by the grace of the fiery and smoky complexioned Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī. She protects us in the morning, afternoon, night and at all times. One may recite the kavacam at any time to dissolve all sins, cure malicious and hard to cure diseases and rid ourselves of all disturbances, either internal or external, through Her most benevolent grace!

idam kavacam ajñātvā japet pratyaṅgirā rucam

śata lakṣam japitvāpi tasya vidyā na siddhyati 56

इदम् कवचम् अज्ञात्वा जपेत् प्रत्यङ्गिरा रुचम् ।

शत लक्षम् जपित्वापि तस्य विद्या न सिद्ध्यति ॥ ५६ ॥

Those who recite the mantras of the Divine Mother Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī, without the knowledge of this kavacam and its proper deployment, would not receive the benefits of Her mantras even if performed over millions of counts.        

mantra svarūpa kavacam eka kālam paṭhet yadi

bhadra kālī prasannātmā sarvābhīṣṭam dadāti 57

मन्त्र स्वरूप कवचम् एक कालम् पठेत् यदि ।

भद्र काली प्रसन्नात्मा सर्वाभीष्टम् ददाति ॥ ५७ ॥

Those who recite this kavacam as a mantra in one session at least once a day, will surely win the grace of Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī (Bhadra kālī), who will fulfill every desire of the devotee.

mahā tapta mahā roge mahā grahyādi pīḍane

kavacam prathamam japtvā paścāt ṛk japamācaret 58

महा तप्त महा रोगे महा ग्रह्यादि पीडने ।

कवचम् प्रथमम् जप्त्वा पश्चात् ऋक् जपमाचरेत् ॥ ५८ ॥

Those afflicted by high fever or any other major disease, or suffering under the influence of malefic planets, or the phases of planetary motion, must first recite the kavacam followed by the recitation of Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī ṛk mantras, derived from the ṛg veda, for faster results.

pakṣa mātram sarva rogam naśyayat ye vahi niścayam

mahā dhana pradam pumsām mahā dus-svapna nāśanam 59

पक्ष मात्रम् सर्व रोगम् नश्ययत् ये वहि निश्चयम् ।

महा धन प्रदम् पुम्साम् महा दुस्स्वप्न नाशनम् ॥ ५९ ॥

Within a fortnight of a lunar month, all the diseases are cured. This is a certainity asserted by the kavacam of Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī. Immense fortune that mankind can only dream of, is imminent as well. Further, removal of all bad dreams and thoughts by the recitation of the kavacam, are also guaranteed.

sarva mangaladam nityam vāñchitārtha phala pradam

kṛtyādi preṣite graste purastāt juhuyāt yati 60

सर्व मङ्गलदम् नित्यम् वाञ्छितार्थ फल प्रदम् ।

कृत्यादि प्रेषिते ग्रस्ते पुरस्तात् जुहुयात् यति ॥ ६० ॥

All welfare, happiness, felicity, bliss and desires are granted. All tasks that were halted due to obstacles faced in the past, would once again begin to progress, after oblations are offered in the fire using this kavaca mantra.

preṣitam puruṣam prāpya vināśam pradadāti

svagṛhyottu vidhānena pratiṣṭhabhya hutāśana 61

प्रेषितम् पुरुषम् प्राप्य विनाशम् प्रददाति ।

स्वगृह्योत्तु विधानेन प्रतिष्ठभ्य हुताशन ॥ ६१ ॥

She offers Her protection to Her sincere devotees and aids in the destruction of all negativity, to help them attain peace. To propitiate the Divine Mother, one can also offer fire oblations – homa at home, after establishing Her presence through the life infusing prāṇa pratiṣṭha rituals.

trikoṇa kuṇḍeca āvāhya ṣoḍaśair-upacārataḥ

yo me karoti  mantreṇa khaṭ-phaṭ-guhiti mantrataḥ

hunedeyuta mātreṇa mantrasya purato dvijaḥ 62

त्रिकोण कुण्डेच आवाह्य षोडशैरुपचारतः ।

यो मे करोति  मन्त्रेण खट्फट्गुहिति मन्त्रतः ।

हुनेदेयुत मात्रेण मन्त्रस्य पुरतो द्विजः ॥ ६२ ॥

The homa of Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī, must be performed using a triangular shaped vessel - kuṇḍa. She must be invoked and invited using the sixteen fold ṣoḍaśairupacāra pūja. She can be called upon by invoking the secretive mantras, consisting of khaṭ for fulfilling desires and phaṭ for dispelling negativity conjoined with various mantras associated with Her. The kavaca mantra and other mantras, must be recited as prescribed in the tantras, prior to the fire rituals, in order to gain the authority to invoke Her presence in the homa rituals.

kṣaṇā deveśam-āpnoti bhūta graste kalebare

vibhītakamapā mārgam viṣa vṛkṣa samudbhavam 63

क्षणा देवेशमाप्नोति भूत ग्रस्ते कलेबरे ।

विभीतकमपा मार्गम् विष वृक्ष समुद्भवम् ॥ ६३ ॥

Within minutes of invoking this ritual and inviting Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī, those possessed of evil spirits within the vicinity, experience immediate relief! The entire area and the surroundings, where the homam ritual is performed, are fully cleansed of the inhabitation of all evil spirits. The wood of Terminalia belerica - vibhītaka and other narcotic, pungent and poisonous trees, can be used in Her fire rituals, to dispel all negativity in and around us.

[Seek the advice of your guru and other havan experts before using any poisonous substances, as the fumes can be very harmful to us].

gavmūrchām (guḍīcīm) vikamkatārtham ca maṅkola nimba-vṛkṣakam

vikaṭum rārṣapam śigrum laśanam bhrāmakām phalam 64

गव्मूर्छाम् (गुडीचीम्) विकम्कतार्थम् च मङ्कोल निम्बवृक्षकम् ।

विकटुम् रार्षपम् शिग्रुम् लशनम् भ्रामकाम् फलम् ॥ ६४ ॥

The barks or branches of shrubs and trees like gavmūrchām (shaped like a cow)/guḍīcīm or the milk of a newly calved cow or sticks from a maṅkola or neem plant, as well as that of a lime/lemon tree can be used in the rituals. Fruits of a vikaṭa or trikaṭa (Asteracantha longifolia) plant, or that of śigrum (Moringa plant), laśanam or bhrāmakām plants, are highly desirable for the fire rituals of Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī.

pañca ṛkbhirasam (ṛkbhissu) pārdyer(sampādya) ācāryas-sahita śuciḥ

dinam prati sahasram tu hunet dhyāna puraścaram 65

पञ्च ऋक्भिरसम् (ऋक्भिस्सु) पार्द्येर्(सम्पाद्य) आचार्यस्सहित शुचिः ।

दिनम् प्रति सहस्रम् तु हुनेत् ध्यान पुरश्चरम् ॥ ६५ ॥

One must perform the kavaca mantra after taking the due blessings of one’s guru and can also be recited in their presence. The kavaca mantra can be recited five times a day following the complete prescribed procedure with a clean mind and body. A total of thousand recitations of the Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī  kavaca mantra, followed by a 10th (100) oblations offered in the fire ritual, will complete the process of puraścaraṇa. This can be done to obtain maximum benefits.

sarvābhīṣṭam sarva śāntim bhaviṣyati na samśayaḥ

śatrūn pratyeva mevam syāt hunetyadi samāhitaḥ

saśatru putra mitrādi yukto yamapuram vrajet 66

सर्वाभीष्टम् सर्व शान्तिम् भविष्यति न सम्शयः ।

शत्रून् प्रत्येव मेवम् स्यात् हुनेत्यदि समाहितः ।

सशत्रु पुत्र मित्रादि युक्तो यमपुरम् व्रजेत् ॥ ६६ ॥

Everlasting peace, wish fulfillment will soon be established in the lives of the devotees. All types of enemies and even the conspiring family members and associates, will burn in the fires of hell.

brahmāpi rakṣitum naiva śaktaḥ prati nivartane

mahat kārya samudyāge yevameva samācaret 67

ब्रह्मापि रक्षितुम् नैव शक्तः प्रति निवर्तने ।

महत् कार्य समुद्यागे येवमेव समाचरेत् ॥ ६७ ॥

Even the extremely evil, immensely powerful and great harm inducing Brahma rakṣasa type of tormentors, will turn back and run away from the devotees of Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī. Any major tasks can be started and accomplished, without any hurdles, by Her sincere devotees with the aid of this kavacam.

tatkārya saphalam prāpya vāñchitam labhate janaḥ

idam rahasyam deveśī mantra yuktam tavānaghe 68

तत्कार्य सफलम् प्राप्य वाञ्छितम् लभते जनः ।

इदम् रहस्यम् देवेशी मन्त्र युक्तम् तवानघे ॥ ६८ ॥

All the current tasks and pending work will be successful and all the desired results will be obtained by the devotee. This is a very secretive mantra of the Divine sinless mother Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī.

śiṣyāya bhakti yuktāya vaktavyam nānya mevahi

nikumbhilām indrajitā kṛtam jaya nivṛndaye 69

शिष्याय भक्ति युक्ताय वक्तव्यम् नान्य मेवहि ।

निकुम्बला चेन्द्र  पिता कृतम् जय निवृन्दये ॥ ६९ ॥

All the devotees and their apprentices together can undoubtedly recite the kavacam of Śrī Mahā Pratyāṅgirā devī. May Śrī Nikumbhilā (another name of Śrī Pratyāṅgirā) devī kavacam, written and worshipped by the magnificent and valiant warrior prince Indrajita, son of the mighty king of kings Rāvaa, grant us victory in all our pursuits at all times!

iti śrī mahālakṣmī-tantre pratyakṣa siddhi prade umāmaheśvara samvāde śrī śaṅkareṇa viracite jagan-maṅgala nāma śrī mahā pratyaṅgirā kavacam

इति श्री महालक्ष्मीतन्त्रे प्रत्यक्ष सिद्धि प्रदे उमामहेश्वर सम्वादे श्री शङ्करेण विरचिते श्री प्रत्यङ्गिरा कवचम्

Derived from the Śrī Mahālakṣmī Tantra, the all wish fulfilling, divine grace bestowing and desires manifesting kavacam, emerging from the conversation between the divinities Śiva and Śakti and recited by Lord Śiva, for the welfare of all beings!

6.Kṣaṃ ityādi aṅga nyāsa  :-

S.no.

IAST

Devanāgari

Procedure

1

kṣām̐ hṛdayāya namaḥ

क्षाँ हृदयाय नमः

Open index, middle and ring fingers of the right hand and place them on the heart chakra.

2

kṣīm̐ śirase svāha

क्षीँ शिरसे स्वाहा

Open middle and ring fingers of the right hand and touch the top of the forehead.

3

kṣūm̐ śikhāyai vaṣaṭ

क्षूँ  शिखायै वषट्

Open the right thumb and touch the back of the head. This is the point where the tuft of hair, is kept.

4

kṣaim̐ kavacāya huṃ

क्षैँ कवचाय हुं

Cross both the hands and run the fully opened palms from shoulders to finger tips.

5

kṣaum̐ netratrayāya vauṣaṭ

क्षौँ नेत्रत्रयाय वौषट्

Touch the eyes with the right index and ring fingers, with the middle finger touching the ājña cakra.

6

kṣaḥ astrāya phaṭ

क्षः अस्त्राय फट्

Open up the left palm and strike it three times with index and middle fingers of the right hand.

7

iti ṣaḍaṅga nyāsaḥ

इति षडङ्ग न्यासः

 

bhūrbhuvassuvaromiti digvimokaḥ ॥

भूर्भुवस्सुवरोमिति दिग्विमोकः

7.Dhyānam (ध्यानम्)  :-

śyāmabhām veda hastām trinayana bhāsitām simha vaktrodhva keśīm ।

śūlam muṇḍam ca sarpam ḍamaru bhujayutām kuntavanyugra damṣṭrām ॥

rakteṣvālīḍa yuktām sphuradanila sāvitrī gāyatrī yuktāṃ ।

dyāyet pratyaṅgirām mama ripu vyādhi dāridra nāśām ॥

श्यामभाम् वेद हस्ताम् त्रिनयन भासिताम् सिम्ह वक्त्रोध्व केशीम् ।

शूलम् मुण्डम् च सर्पम् डमरु भुजयुताम् कुन्तवन्युग्र दम्ष्ट्राम् ॥

रक्तेष्वालीड युक्ताम् स्फुरदनिल सावित्री गायत्री युक्तां ।

द्यायेत् प्रत्यङ्गिराम् मम रिपु व्याधि दारिद्र नाशाम् ॥

8.Laṃ ityādi pañcapūjam (लं इत्यादि पञ्चपूजम्) :-

S.no.

IAST

Devanāgari

Procedure

1

lam̐ - pṛthivyātmikāyai gandhaṁ samarpayāmi

 

लँ - पृथिव्यात्मिकायै गन्धं समर्पयामि

 

Hold the lower tip of the bottom phalange of the little fingers of both hands with the upper tip of the thumbs, with the back of the hand facing us.

2

ham̐ - ākāśātmikāyai puṣpaiḥ pūjayāmi

 

हँ - आकाशात्मिकायै पुष्पैः पूजयामि

 

Hold the lower tip of the bottom phalange of the thumbs of both hands with the upper tip/nails of the index fingers, with the back of the hand facing us.

3

yam̐ - vāyvātmikāyai dhūpamāghrāpayāmi

 

यँ - वाय्वात्मिकायै धूपमाघ्रापयामि

 

Hold the lower tip of the bottom phalange of the index fingers of both hands with the upper tip of the thumbs, with the back of the hand facing us.

4

ram̐ - agnyātmikāyai dīpaṁ darśayāmi

 

रँ - अग्न्यात्मिकायै दीपं दर्शयामि

 

Hold the lower tip of the bottom phalange of the middle fingers of both hands with the upper tip of the thumbs, with the back of the hand facing us.

5

vam̐ - amṛtātmikāyai amṛtaṁ mahānaivedyaṁ nivedayāmi

 

वँ - अमृतात्मिकायै अमृतं महानैवेद्यं निवेदयामि

 

Hold the lower tip of the bottom phalange of the ring fingers of both hands with the upper tip of the thumbs, with the back of the hand facing us.

6

sam̐ - sarvātmikāyai sarvopacāra pūjām samarpayāmi

 

सँ - सर्वात्मिकायै सर्वोपचार पूजाम् समर्पयामि

 

Hold the fingers of each palm in a folded manner with the tips of each fingers of both hands touching each other and the thumbs facing the heart, in a Namaste position.

       7

iti pañcapūjā

इति पञ्चपूजा

 

9.Samarpaṇam  :-

Take water in uttaraṇi (spoon) and by reciting the following śloka, offer the water to the earth.

guhyātiguhyagoptā tvaṃ gṛhāṇāsmat-kṛtaṃ japam

siddhirbhavatu me deva tvatprasādānmayi sthirā

गुह्यातिगुह्यगोप्ता त्वं गृहाणास्मत्-कृतं जपम्।

सिद्धिर्भवतु मे देव त्वत्प्रसादान्मयि स्थिरा॥

This article is written by Krishna Vallapareddy and can be contacted at Krishna@manblunder.com