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Bhavani Kavacham

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated By P.R.Ramachander

Here is a rare Kavacham of Bhavani. From the Nyasa it appears that Lord Shiva himself was the author.


Asya Sri Bhavani kavacha maha manthrasya Bhagwan Maha devo rishi, Aadhyaa Shakthi, Bhavani Devatha
Sreem Bheejam, Hreem Shakthi, Kleem Keelakam, Mama samastha kaaman sidhyarthe jape viniyoga

For the prayer called “Armour of Bhavani” The sage is Lord Shiva, the strength is the primeval power and Goddess addressed is Bhavani.
Sreem is the seed, Hreem is the power, Kleem is the stopper and it is being chanted for fulfillment of all desires.


1.Bhavani may Sira pathu, Lalatam Panchami Thadhaa,
Nethre Kama pradha pathu mukham Bhuvana Sundari.

Let my head be protected by Bhavani,
My forehead be protected by the fifth one,
Let my eyes be protected by she who grants desire,
And let my face by protected by the universe’s prettiest one.

2.Nasikaam Narasimhi cha jihwam Jwalamukhi thadha,
Smruthi roopa Jagad dhatri Karou, Hrud Bindu vasini.

Let Narasimhi protect my nose,
Let my toungue be protected by she who has flame as face,
Let the universal mother who is the Vedas protect my hands,
And let my heart be protected by she who lives in the dot of Sri Chakra.

3.Udharam moha damanee, Kundali Nabhi mandale,
Parswa prushta katee guhyam guhyasthana nivasini.

Let my lips be protected by she who destroys passion,
Let Kundalee protect my stomach.
And let her who lives secretly protect,
Ribs Back, hip and the private parts.

4.Ooru Jange thada saiva sarva vigna vinasini,
Raksha raksha maha maye Padme, Padmalaye, Shive.

Let she who removes all obstacles protect,
The thigh, knee and all other parts of my body.
Protect and protect, Oh Great enchantress,
Oh lotus flower, Oh Goddess in the lotus, Oh consort of Shiva.

5.Vanchitham poorayithriyasu Bhavani pathu sarvatha,
Ya idham kavacham devya vijanadhi sa manthra vid.

If this armour of the Goddess is mastered by an expert in manthra,
Then all his desires would be fulfilled and Bhavani will protect him always.

6.Raja dware, Smasane, Bhootha pretha upacharake,
Bandane cha Maha dukhe Bhaye, Shathru sangame,

7. Smaranth kavachasyasya labha sarvathra jayathe,
Prayogam upacharam cha bhavanya karthu michathi.

By remembering the armour in the gates of the palace,
Cremation ground, in places of devils and ghosts,
In case of bondage, in case of great sorrow, in presence of enemy,
All sort of profits would be realized everywhere.
Bhavani would desire you to follow proper procedures,
And also treat her with all courtesy and happiness.

8.Kavacham prapadedadhou thada sidhi mavapnuyath,
Poorja pathre likhithwa thu Kavacham yasthu darayeth.

9.Dehe cha yathra kuthrarapi sarva sidhir bhaveth dhruvam,
Sasthrasthrebhyo bhayam naiva bhoothathibhyo bhayam na hi.

Even if this armour is taught to another, one would get occult powers,
Even if it is written on the leaf of a tree and worn,
On the body or elsewhere, definitely all powers would be mastered,
And there would not be any fear against weapons,
And there would not be any fear of ghosts and devils.

10.Gurubhakthim samasadhya Bhavanyaa sthavanam Guru,
Sahasranama padana kavacham prathamam Guru

With devotion to guru, it is to be learned from a Guru,
And then the thousand names of Goddess,
Should be recited and this also before the Guru.

11.Nandhine kaditham Devi thavagre cha prakasitham,
Sankatha jayathe devi nanyadha Giri Nandhini.

This armour was told by Nandhi and has been revealed to you,
And would please the Goddess who is the daughter of the mountain.

12.Idham kavacham jnathwa Bhavanya sthouthi yo nara,
Kalpakotti sathenabhi nab ha veth sidhi dhayini.

After learning this armour, if a man prays to Goddess Bhavani,
Even in hundreds of eons the Goddess would give him all powers.

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