अथ देव्यः कवचम्
श्री जगदम्बा प्रीत्यर्थे सप्तशती पाठाङ्गत्वेन जपे विनियोगः ॥
(Armour of the Goddess)
Devi Kavacham is a collection of 61 shlokas from the Markandeya Purana and is part of the Durga Saptashati. This Kavacham (armour) protects the reader in all parts of his body, in all places and in all difficulties. This great stotram comes as a prelude to the great Devi Mahatmya. It can also be chanted separately.
atha devyaḥ kavacam
om asya śrī caṇḍī kavacasya । brahmā ṛṣiḥ । anuṣṭup chandaḥ ।
cāmuṇḍā devatā । aṅganyāsokta mātaro bījam । navāvaraṇo mantraśaktiḥ । digbandha devatāḥ tatvam ।
śrī jagadambā prītyarthe saptaśatī pāṭhāṅgatvena jape viniyogaḥ ॥
Of this Devi Kavacham, Lord Brahma is the Rishi, Anushtup (eight syllables in a pada) is the meter, Chamunda is the deity and it is recited for the love of Shri Jagadamba as a part of Durga Saptashati.
mārkaṇḍeya uvāca ।
om yadguhyaṃ paramaṃ loke sarvarakṣākaraṃ nṛṇām ।
yanna kasyacidākhyātaṃ tanme brūhi pitāmaha ॥ 1॥
Oh Lord Brahma (Grand father of all) Please teach me that which is secret to all the world, which is great, which gives complete protection, and which has not been told to any one.
asti guhyatamaṃ vipra sarvabhūtopakārakam ।
devyāstu kavacaṃ puṇyaṃ tacchṛṇuṣva mahāmune ॥ 2 ॥
Hey great sage, There is a very secret Devi Kavacha (Armour of Goddess), which is useful to all animals and which has not been told to any one.
prathamaṃ śailaputrīti dvitīyaṃ brahmacāriṇī ।
tṛtīyaṃ candraghaṇṭeti kūṣmāṇḍeti caturthakam ॥ 3 ॥
pa˝camaṃ skandamāteti ṣaṣṭhaṃ kātyāyanī tathā ।
saptamaṃ kālarātriśca mahāgaurīti cāṣṭamam ॥ 4 ॥
navamaṃ siddhidātrī ca navadurgāḥ prakīrtitāḥ ।
uktānyetāni nāmāni brahmaṇaiva mahātmanā ॥ 5 ॥
I have with extreme happiness sung the fame of the nine mothers, Shailaputri (The daughter of Himalayas), Brahmacharini (She who leads you to salvation), Chandraghanta (she who hangs the crescent like a bell, Ghanta, on her forehead), Kushmanda (the mother of the universe), Skandamata (Mother of Lord Subrahmanya), Kathyayani (She who was born in the hermitage of Sage Kathyayana), Kalaratri (She who is the end of God of death), Mahagauri (The pure white Goddess) and Siddhidatri (She who gives Salvation). The great God has told these in the Vedas.
agninā dahyamānāstu śatrumadhyagatā raṇe ।
viṣame durgame caiva bhayārtāḥ śaraṇaṃ gatāḥ ॥ 6 ॥
na teṣāṃ jāyate ki˝cidaśubhaṃ raṇasaṅkaṭe ।
āpadaṃ na ca paśyanti śokaduḥkhabhayaṅkarīm ॥ 7 ॥
He who remembers these nine mothers will not suffer even if he is burnt in fire, even if he has gone to war, even if he is very sad, even if he is terribly afraid of war.
yaistu bhaktyā smṛtā nityaṃ teṣāṃ vṛddhiḥ prajāyate ।
Anyone who remembers those names with devotion is also are free of these fears and sorrows.
ye tvāṃ smaranti deveśi rakṣasi tānna saṃśayaḥ ॥ 8 ॥
pretasaṃsthā tu cāmuṇḍā vārāhī mahiṣāsanā ।
aindrī gajasamārūḍhā vaiṣṇavī garuḍāsanā ॥ 9 ॥
nārasiṃhī mahāvīryā śivadūtī mahābalā ।
māheśvarī vṛṣārūḍhā kaumārī śikhivāhanā ॥ 10 ॥
lakṣmīḥ padmāsanā devī padmahastā haripriyā ।
śvetarūpadharā devī īśvarī vṛṣavāhanā ॥ 11 ॥
brāhmī haṃsasamārūḍhā sarvābharaṇabhūṣitā ।
ityetā mātaraḥ sarvāḥ sarvayogasamanvitāḥ ॥ 12 ॥
nānābharaṇaśobhāḍhyā nānāratnopaśobhitāḥ ।
śraiṣṭhaiśca mauktikaiḥ sarvā divyahārapralambibhiḥ ॥ 13 ॥
indranīlairmahānīlaiḥ padmarāgaiḥ suśobhanaiḥ ।
dṛśyante rathamārūḍhā devyaḥ krodhasamākulāḥ ॥ 14 ॥
Kali rides on corpses, Varahi rides on Garuda, Maheswari on bull, Kaumari on Peacock, Brahmi on a swan and all of them wear different types of ornaments and have different types of luster, wear different type of gems and are seen on the chariots with very angry faces. (This is the description of the seven holy mothers)
śaṅkhaṃ cakraṃ gadāṃ śaktiṃ halaṃ ca musalāyudham ।
kheṭakaṃ tomaraṃ caiva paraśuṃ pāśameva ca ॥ 15 ॥
kuntāyudhaṃ triśūlaṃ ca śārṅgamāyudhamuttamam ।
daityānāṃ dehanāśāya bhaktānāmabhayāya ca ॥ 16 ॥
dhārayantyāyudhānītthaṃ devānāṃ ca hitāya vai ।
They hold in their hands conch, mace, spear, plough, shield, tall spear, axe, trident, strong bow made of horns so that they can kill asuras, bless devotees and for the good of devas.
namaste 'stu mahāraudre mahāghoraparākrame ॥ 17 ॥
mahābale mahotsāhe mahābhayavināśini ।
trāhi māṃ devi duṣprekṣye śatrūṇāṃ bhayavardhini ॥ 18 ॥
Hey strong Goddess, Hey enthusiastic Goddess, Hey goddess who removes fear of death, Hey Goddess who is extremely impossible to see and Hey Goddess, who increases the fear of your enemies, please protect us.
prācyāṃ rakṣatu māmaindrī āgneyyāmagnidevatā ।
dakṣiṇe 'vatu vārāhī nairṛtyāṃ khaḍgadhāriṇī ॥ 19 ॥
Let Indrani (power of Indra) protect me in the east, Agni (Female power of fire God), in the southeast, Varahi (the power of Varaha) in the south, and Gadgadharini (She holds a sword), in the southwest.
pratīcyāṃ vāruṇī rakṣedvāyavyāṃ mṛgavāhinī ।
udīcyāṃ pātu kauberī īśānyāṃ śūladhāriṇī ॥ 20 ॥
Let the power of Varuna (God of rain) protect me in the west, the power of wind in the northwest, Kaumari (the power of Lord Subrahmanya) in the north and Maheswari (The power of Lord Shiva) in the Northeast.
ūrdhvaṃ brahmāṇī me rakṣedadhastādvaiṣṇavī tathā ।
evaṃ daśa diśo rakṣeccāmuṇḍā śavavāhanā ॥ 21 ॥
Let Brahmani (Power of Lord Brahma) protect me at the top, let Vaishnavi (Power of Vishnu) protect me below and let Chamunda who sits on a seat of Corpse thus protect me on all the ten sides.
jayā māmagrataḥ pātu vijayā pātu pṛṣṭhataḥ ।
ajitā vāmapārśve tu dakṣiṇe cāparājitā ॥ 22 ॥
Let Jaya (She who is Victory) stand before me, let Vijaya (She who is always victorious) stand behind me, let Ajitha (She who cannot be won) stand to my left and Aparajitha (She who has never been defeated) stand on my right.
śikhāṃ me dyotinī rakṣedumā mūrdhni vyavasthitā ।
mālādharī lalāṭe ca bhruvau rakṣedyaśasvinī ॥ 23 ॥
Let Udhyotini (She who is ever prepared) protect my hair, Uma (Goddess Parvati) my head, Maladhari (She who wears a garland) my forehead and Yasasvini (She who is famous) my eye brows.
netrayościtranetrā ca yamaghaṇṭā tu pārśvake ।
trinetrā ca triśūlena bhruvormadhye ca caṇḍikā ॥ 24 ॥
śaṅkhinī cakṣuṣormadhye śrotrayordvāravāsinī ।
kapolau kālikā rakṣet karṇamūle tu śaṅkarī ॥ 25 ॥
Let Trinetra (She who has three eyes) protect the space between eye brows, Yamaghanta (death to God of death) protect my nose, Shankhini (She who has a conch) the space between two eyes, Dvara Vasini (She who lives deep inside) my ears, Kalika (the black goddess) my cheeks, Shankari (Wife of Lord Parameshwara) the ear lobes.
nāsikāyāṃ sugandhā ca uttaroṣṭhe ca carcikā ।
adhare cāmṛtābālā jihvāyāṃ ca sarasvatī ॥ 26 ॥
Let Sugandha (She who smells nice) protect the nose bridge and Charchiga (she who is above description) outside my mouth. Let my lips be protected by Chandra Kala, (she who wears the crescent moon) Sarasvati (Goddess of learning) my tongue.
dantān rakṣatu kaumārī kaṇṭhadeśe tu caṇḍikā ।
ghaṇṭikāṃ citraghaṇṭā ca mahāmāyā ca tāluke ॥ 27 ॥
Let Kaumari (She who is a young girl) my teeth and Chandika (she who cannot be measured) the middle of my neck. Let my throat be protected by Chitra Ganda (She who is picturesque), Mahamaya (great enchantress) protect the small tongue.
kāmākṣī cibukaṃ rakṣedvācaṃ me sarvamaṅgalā ।
grīvāyāṃ bhadrakālī ca pṛṣṭhavaṃśe dhanurdharī ॥ 28 ॥
Let Kamakshi (She who has attractive eyes) protect my beard and voice be protected by Sarva Mangala (She who gives all that is good). Let Badrakali (the black goddess who protects) protect my neck.
nīlagrīvā bahiḥ kaṇṭhe nalikāṃ nalakūbarī ।
skandhayoḥ khaḍginī rakṣed bāhū me vajradhāriṇī ॥ 29 ॥
Neelagreeva (the Goddess who is blue) protect the back portion of my neck, Nalakoobari protect the neck joint, Gadgadharini (She who holds the sword) protect my shoulders, Vajradharini (She who holds Vajrayudha) protect my arms.
hastayordaṇḍinī rakṣedambikā cāṅgulīṣu ca ।
nakhā˝chūleśvarī rakṣet kukṣau rakṣennareśvarī ॥ 30 ॥
Let Dhandini (She who punishes) protect my hands and Ambika (She who is the mother of the world) protect my fingers. Soolesvari (She who holds the spear) protect my nails, Nalesvari protect my abdomen.
stanau rakṣenmahādevī manaḥśokavināśinī ।
hṛdaye lalitā devī udare śūladhāriṇī ॥ 31 ॥
Let Mahadevi (The great goddess) protect my breasts and let Shoka nasini (She who destroys sorrows) protect my mind. Let Lalita (The goddess who is easy to attain) protect my heart, let Shooladharini (She who holds the trident) protect my stomach.
nābhau ca kāminī rakṣed guhyaṃ guhyeśvarī tathā ।
meḍhraṃ rakṣatu durgandhā pāyuṃ me guhyavāhinī ॥ 32 ॥
Let Kamini (She who is lovable) protect my belly and let Guhyeshvari (She who is secret) protect my reproductive organs. Let my penis be protected by Bhoothanada (She who is the ruler of all beings), my behind protected by Mahisha vahini (She who rides on buffalo).
kaṭyāṃ bhagavatī rakṣedūrū me meghavāhanā ।
jaṅghe mahābalā rakṣet jānū mādhavanāyikā ॥ 33 ॥
Let my thighs be protected by Bhagavathi (She who is the goddess) and knees by Vindhyavasini. (She who lives on Vindhya Mountains). Let my knee cap be protected by Mahabala (she who is very strong) who has been mentioned in the Vedas, the center of the knee be protected by Vinayaki, (She who helps us carry out things without obstruction).
gulphayornārasiṃhī ca pādapṛṣṭhe tu kauśikī ।
pādāṅgulīḥ śrīdharī ca talaṃ pātālavāsinī ॥ 34 ॥
Let the legs be protected by Narasimhi (The female power of Lord Narasimha), the top of the feet be protected by Kausiki, the fingers of the feet be protected by Sreedhari (She who holds Maha lakshmi), the bottom of the feet by Patalavasini.
nakhān daṃṣṭrakarālī ca keśāṃścaivordhvakeśinī ।
romakūpeṣu kaumārī tvacaṃ yogīśvarī tathā ॥ 35 ॥
Nails of the feet by Karali (She who is black with anger), and hair all over the body by Urdhvakeshi. (Goddess having long hair). Let the hair pores all over the body be protected by Kaumari (the Power of Abundance), skin be protected by Yogheesvari, (the sovereign of ascetics).
raktamajjāvasāmāṃsānyasthimedāṃsi pārvatī ।
antrāṇi kālarātriśca pittaṃ ca mukuṭeśvarī ॥ 36 ॥
Let Parvati (The daughter of the Mountain) protect my blood, flesh, juices, bones and fat. Let my intestines be protected by Kala Ratri, (Goddess of Dark night) the bile be protected by Makutesvari (the Supreme Sovereign).
padmāvatī padmakośe kaphe cūḍāmaṇistathā ।
jvālāmukhī nakhajvālāmabhedyā sarvasandhiṣu ॥ 37 ॥
Let heart be protected by Padmavathi (Goddess who sits on lotus) and let Choodamani (Goddess who is a great gem) protect my phlegm. Let the shine of my nails be protected by Jwalamukhi (She who has a face of a flame), all the joints be protected by Abhedya (She who cannot be injured).
śukraṃ brahmāṇī me rakṣecchāyāṃ chatreśvarī tathā ।
ahaṅkāraṃ mano buddhiṃ rakṣenme dharmadhāriṇī ॥ 38 ॥
Oh Brahmani (the female Power of Lord Brahma) protect my semen and may my shadow be protected by Chatreswari (She who protects like an umbrella). Hey Dharmadharini (She who walks on the path of Dharma), please protect my mind, intellect and my ego.
prāṇāpānau tathā vyānamudānaṃ ca samānakam ।
vajrahastā ca me rakṣet prāṇān kalyāṇaśobhanā ॥ 39 ॥
Let the winds of the body (Prana, Apana, Vyana, Samana, Udhana), as well as fame, good name and wealth be protected by Vajrahasta (She who wields the thunderbolt) and prana (life force) by Kalyanashobhana (She who is beautiful and well mannered).
rase rūpe ca gandhe ca śabde sparśe ca yoginī ।
sattvaṃ rajastamaścaiva rakṣennārāyaṇī sadā ॥ 40 ॥
May Yogini (She who is the master of spiritual knowledge) protect the sense organs, that is, the faculties of tasting, seeing, smelling, hearing and touching. May Narayani (Power of Narayana) protect sattva, rajas and tamas gunas (the mental structure).
āyū rakṣatu vārāhī dharmaṃ rakṣatu pārvatī ।
yaśaḥ kīrtiṃ ca lakṣmīṃ ca sadā rakṣatu vaiṣṇavī ॥ 41 ॥
May Varahi (feminine energy of Varaha, the boar Avatar) protect the life, Vaishnavi (the invincible sister of Lord Vishnu) protect dharma, Lakshmi (Goddess of fortune) protect my success and fame and Chakrini (She who has the discus) protect wealth and knowledge.
gotramindrāṇī me rakṣet paśūn rakṣecca caṇḍikā ।
putrān rakṣenmahālakṣmīrbhāryāṃ rakṣatu bhairavī ॥ 42 ॥
May Indrani (The female power of Lord Indra) protect my progeny and Chandika (She who cannot be measured) protect my cows. May Mahalakshmi protect my sons and Bhairavi (terrifying aspect of the Devi) protect my wife.
dhaneśvarī dhanaṃ rakṣet kaumārī kanyakāṃ tathā ।
panthānaṃ supathā rakṣenmārgaṃ kṣemaṅkarī tathā ॥ 43 ॥
May the Goddess Dhaneshvari (the divinity of wealth) protect my wealth and Kaumari (the adolescent Goddess) protect my daughter. May Supatha (she who is the virtuous path) protect my journey and Kshemakari (She who looks after) my way.
rājadvāre mahālakṣmīrvijayā satata sthitā ।
rakṣāhīnaṃ tu yat sthānaṃ varjitaṃ kavacena tu ॥ 44 ॥
May Mahalakshmi protect me in the king's court and Vijaya (She who is always victorious) everywhere.
tatsarvaṃ rakṣa me devi jayantī pāpanāśinī ।
sarvarakṣākaraṃ puṇyaṃ kavacaṃ sarvadā japet ॥ 45 ॥
idaṃ rahasyaṃ viprarṣe bhaktyā tava mayoditam ।
pādamekaṃ na gacchet tu yadīcchecchubhamātmanaḥ ॥ 46 ॥
kavacenāvṛto nityaṃ yatra yatraiva gacchati ।
tatra tatrārthalābhaśva vijayaḥ sārvakālikaḥ ॥ 47 ॥
yaṃ yaṃ cintayate kāmaṃ taṃ taṃ prāpnoti niścitam ।
paramaiśvaryamatulaṃ prāpsyate bhūtale pumān ॥ 48 ॥
The greatest of Brahmans has revealed this secret with devotion.
One should cover oneself with this Kavacha, wherever he goes and should not walk even a step without it if he wishes all good to happen to him. He will be successful everywhere and all his desires will be fulfilled and will enjoy great prosperity on the earth.
nirbhayo jāyate martyaḥ saṅgrāmeṣvaparājitaḥ ।
trailokye tu bhavetpūjyaḥ kavacenāvṛtaḥ pumān ॥ 49 ॥
The person who covers himself with this Kavacha becomes fearless, is never defeated in the battle, and becomes worthy of being worshipped in the three worlds.
idaṃ tu devyāḥ kavacaṃ devānāmapi durlabham ।
yaḥ paṭhetprayato nityaṃ trisandhyaṃ śraddhayānvitaḥ ॥ 50 ॥
daivīkalā bhavettasya trailokye cāparājitaḥ ।
jīvedvarṣaśataṃ sāgramapamṛtyuvivarjitaḥ ॥ 51 ॥
One who reads with devotion every day in dawn, noon and dusk, the Kavacha of the Devi, which is inaccessible even to the Gods, receives the Divine Arts, is undefeated in the three worlds, lives for a hundred years, and is free from accidental death.
naśyanti vyādhayaḥ sarve lūtāvisphoṭakādayaḥ ।
sthāvaraṃ jaṅgamaṃ caiva kṛtrimaṃ caiva yadviṣam ॥ 52 ॥
All disease will be destroyed. All the poisons, from animals or others, cannot hurt him.
abhicārāṇi sarvāṇi mantrayantrāṇi bhūtale ।
bhūcarāḥ khecarāścaiva kulajāścaupadeśikāḥ ॥ 53 ॥
sahajā kulajā mālā ḍākinī śākinī tathā ।
antarikṣacarā ghorā ḍākinyaśca mahāravāḥ ॥ 54 ॥
grahabhūtapiśācāśca yakṣagandharvarākṣasāḥ ।
brahmarākṣasavetālāḥ kūṣmāṇḍā bhairavādayaḥ ॥ 55 ॥
naśyanti darśanāttasya kavacenāvṛto hi yaḥ ।
mānonnatirbhavedrāj˝astejovṛddhiḥ parā bhavet ॥ 56 ॥
All those, who cast magical spells, by mantras or yantras, on other for evil purposes, all ghosts, goblins, or bad spirits moving on the earth and in the sky, all those who mesmerize others, like Kulaja, Mala, Shakini and Dakini, all Yakshas and Gandharvas, all Rakshasas, Brahmarakshasas, Vetalas, Kooshmandas and Bhairavis are destroyed just by the sight of the person having this Kavacha in his heart.
yaśovṛddhirbhavet puṃsāṃ kīrtivṛddhiśca jāyate ।
tasmāt japet sadā bhaktaḥ kavacaṃ kāmadaṃ mune ॥ 57 ॥
japet saptaśatīṃ caṇḍīṃ kṛtvā tu kavacaṃ purā ।
nirvighnena bhavet siddhiścaṇḍījapasamudbhavā ॥ 58 ॥
That person will have more and more respect and prowess. In this world his fame and prosperity will increase by reading the Kavacha and Saptashati.
yāvadbhūmaṇḍalaṃ dhatte saśailavanakānanam ।
tāvattiṣṭhati medinyāṃ santatiḥ putrapautrikī ॥ 59 ॥
dehānte paramaṃ sthānaṃ surairapi sudurlabham ।
prāpnoti puruṣo nityaṃ mahāmāyāprasādataḥ ॥ 60 ॥
tatra gacchati gatvāsau punaścāgamanaṃ nahi ।
labhate paramaṃ sthānaṃ śivena samatāṃ vrajet ॥ 61 ॥
His progeny will live as long as the earth with mountains and forests. By the grace of Mahamaya, he will attain the highest realization, that is inaccessible even to the Gods and will be eternally blissful in the company of Lord Shiva.
॥ iti śrīmārkaṇḍeyapurāṇe hariharabrahmaviracitaṃ devīkavacaṃ samāptam ॥
Here ends the Devi Kavacham from the Markandeya Purana.