The literal meaning of Kavacha is armor or breast plate that the soldiers wear during wars to protect their bodies from the deadly weapons. In the same manner, the Kavacha mantras act as protective shields to safeguard the welfare of the devotees. If so, then imagine how powerful Narasimha Mantra could be when the sole purpose behind the incarnation of Lord Naraismha is to save his devotee. Lord Narasimha is highly benign and merciful though he might appear ferocious.
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The Lord appeared with human body and lion head to kill Asura King Hiranyakashipu, the latter having obtained a blessing insisting that neither the beast nor the humans could kill him. Therefore, by appearing as a lion-man, Lord Narasimha could kill King Asura without violating the blessing. This Avatar of Maha Vishnu indicates that, although Hiranyakashipu is an Asura, he is blessed by the Lord since the Lord appears before him and also cradles him on his laps, consumes him and brings him to Himself, when Lord Nrisimha appeared, he was in an extremely angry form known as Ugra Narasimha or Jwala Nrisimha.
The mode of anger continued even after the destruction of the evil Asura king Hiranyakashipu. Shri Mahalakshmi then appeared to calm the Lord. So she sat on his lap and held him to get him to the Shanti peaceful mode. By worshiping Lord Nrisimha swamy with Mahalakshmi, the devotee is endowed with wealth, health, prosperity, longevity, and protects the faithful against the diseases and evil effects of the planets. In addition, it ensures the destruction of the forces of evil and ensures the establishment of universal peace.
Mostly the Vaishnava followers worship Lord Narasimha Swamy. There are countless temples throughout the world where Lord Nrusimha is worshiped in different forms, such as Ugra-Narasimha, Yoga-Narasimha and Lakshmi-Narasimha. Many also worship Lord Narasimha as family Deity and Ishta devata. Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha, Oh Lord who killed the Asura called Mura, I have been traveling in the dark forests of day to day life, Where I have been terrified by the lion called desire, And scorched by the heat called competition , and so, Please give me the protection of your hands.
Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha, I have reached the very dangerous and deep, Bottom of the well of day to day life, And also being troubled by hundreds, Of miseries which are like serpents, And am really miserable and have, Reached the state of wretchedness and so, Please give me the protection of your hands.
Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha, I have reached this wide unfathomable ocean of day to day life, And I have been caught by black deadly, Crocodiles called time which are killing me And I am also afflicted by waves of passion, And attachments to pleasures like taste and so, Please give me the protection of your hands. Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha, I have climbed the tree of worldly life, Which grew from the seed of great sin, Which has hundreds of branches of past karmas, Which has leaves which are parts of my body, Which has flowers which are the result of Venus, And which has fruits called sorrow, But I am falling down from it fast and so, Please give me the protection of your hands.
Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha, Oh , Lord who rides on the enemy of snakes, Oh, Lord who lives in the ocean of nectar, The serpent of family life has opened, Its fearful mouth with very dangerous, Fangs filled with terrible venom, Which has destroyed me and so, Please give me the protection of your hands. Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha, I have been caught in this net of daily life, And all my organs are caught in that web, And the five senses which is the hook, Tears apart my head from me, and so, Please give me the protection of your hands.
Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha, I have been struck by the fearful king of elephants, Which is the worldly illusion, and my vital parts, Have been completely crushed,and I suffer, From thoughts of life and death , and so, Please give me the protection of your hands. Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha, I have been tied by the soldiers of the God of death, By numerous ropes of worldly attachments, And they are dragging me along by the noose around the neck, And I am alone, tired and afraid, and so Oh merciful one, Please give me the protection of your hands.
Oh king of devas, Who is the Lord of Lakshmi, who has a lotus on his belly, Who is Vishnu, the lord of all heavenly beings, who is Vaikunta, Who is Krishna , who is the slayer of Madhu, Who is one with lotus eyes, Who is the knower of Brahman, Who is Kesava, Janardhana, Vasudeva, Please give me the protection of your hands.
Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha, Who holds Sudarshana, the holy wheel in one hand, Who holds the conch in the other hand, Who embraces the daughter of ocean by one hand, And the fourth hand signifies protection and boons, and so, Please give me the protection of your hands.
Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha, I am drowned in the ocean of day to day life, Please protect this poor one, oh, Lord, Oh treasure of compassion, Just as you took a form to remove the sorrows of Prahlada, and so, Please give me the protection of your hands. Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha, Who dwells in the hearts of great sages like Prahlada, Narada, Parashara, Pundarika and Vyasa, Who loves his devotees and is the wish giving tree, That protects them, and so, Please give me the protection of your hands.
This prayer which blesses earth with good things, Is composed by Sankara who is a bee, Drinking deeply the honey from the lotus feet of Lakshmi Nrsimha, And those humans who are blessed with devotion to Hari, Will attain the lotus feet of the Brahman.
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