Sapthamukhi Hanumath Kavacham
(Armour of Hanuman with seven faces)
(In spite of my detailed search I could not find reference in the epics as to why Lord Hanuman assumed the seven faces. At least in the web there is no reference to any temple of Hanuman with seven faces. The seven faces of Hanuman are monkey, Narasimha, Garuda, boar, horse, cow and man.The text in Devanagari is available in http://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_hanumaana/doc_hanumaana.html)
Om Sri Ganesaya Nama
Om salutations to Lord Ganesa
Om Asya saptha mukhi veera hanumath kavacha stotra maha manthrasya
Narada rishi , Anushtup chanda , Sri saptha mukhi kapi paramathma devatha,
Hraam bheejam, Hreem Shakthi hroom keelakam , mama sar vabheeshta sidhyarthe jape viniyoga
For the great Armour prayer to the seven headed valorous Hanuman , the sage is Narada, The meter is Anushtup, The god addressed is the seven faced monkey god, The seed is Hraam, the power is hreem , the nail is hroom, and I start the prayer for fulfilling all my desires.
Om hraam angushtabhyam nama
Om hreem thrajaneebhyam nama
Om hroom madhyamabhyam nama
Om hraim anamikabhyam nama
Om hroum kanishtakhabhyam nama
Om hrah kara thala kara prushtabhyam nama
Om hraam salutations by the thumb
OM hreem salutations by the second finger
Om hroom salutations by the middle finger
Om hraim salutations by the fourth finger
Om hraim salutations by the little finger
Om Hrah salutationd by the inside and outside palm.
Om hraam hrudhyaya nama
OM hreem shirase swaha
Om hroom shikhaya vashat
Om hraim kavachaya hoom
Om hroum nethrathrayaya voushat
Om hroom asthraya phat
Om hraam salutations to the heart
Om Hreem oblationsto the head
Om hroom Vashat for the hair
Om hom hraim armour
Om hroum voushat for the three eyes
Om hroom phat for the arrow
Vande vanara Simha sarpa ripu varahascha aswa gho manushair yuktham,
Saptha mukhai karair druma girim chakram gadhaam ketakam,
Gadwangam halam angusam phani sudha kumbhou sarbhajabhyan,
Soolam saptha shikham dadhanamarai sevyam kapim kamadham.
Salutation to the god who has seven heads which are
Monkey, Lion , Garuda ,Boar , horse, cow and man ,
Who carries in his hands the mountain , tree, wheel , mace , shield,
Sword , anga, plough , goad, snake, pot of nectar, arrow, Symbol of protection,
Trident . who has given his seven tufts for the service of devas,
Who is a monkey and one who fulfills desires.
Saptha seershana pravakshyami kavacham sarva sidhidham,
Japthwa Hanumatho nithyam sarva papai pramuchyathe. 1
I am narrating the armour of the seven headed one ,
Which helps one get all the divine powers and I also tell,
That chanting the name of Hanuman would help to get rid of all sins.
Saptha swarga pathi paayyachchikhaam may Maruthathmaja,
Saptha moordhaah siro avyanme saptharchir phala desakam. 2
The son of wind who is the lord of seven heavens may protect my braided hair,
He who has seven heads protect my forehead and he with seven flames protect my brow.
Tri saptha nethro , nethro avyath saptha swara gathi sruthi,
Naasam saptha padartho avyaan mukham saptha mukho avathu. 3
Let him with twenty one eyes protect my eyes,
Let him with seven notes protect my sound,
Let my nose be protected by him with seven forms,
Let him with seven faces protect my face.
Saptha jihwasthu rasanaam radhan saptha hayo avathu,
Saptha chandho hari pathu kandam pathu giristhadha. 4
Let him with seven toungues protect my taste,
Let him with seven horses protect my chariot,
Let the seven meters be protected by Lord Vishnu,
And let my neck be protected by one carrying the mountain.
Karou chathurdasa karo bhoodharaoyaam mamanguli.
Saptharshi dhyatho hrudayam, udaram kukshi sagara. 5
Let him with fourteen hands protect my hands,
Let him who carries the earth protect my fingers,
Let him who is meditated by seven sages protect my heart,
And let my stomach be protected by him with sea in the stomach.
Saptha dweepa pathi schitham, saptha vyahruthi roopavaan,
Katim may saptha samstha artha dayaka sakthini mama. 6
Let the lord of the seven islands protect my mind,
Let him who speaks seven different ways look after my beauty,
Let him who establishes in seven ways protect my hip,
And let the giver of wealth protect my thighs.
Saptha graha swaroopi may jahnuni jangayosthadha,
Saptha dhanya Priya padhou saptha patala dharaka. 7
Let him who is the form of seven planets protect my knee .
Let him who likes seven grains protect my calf,
And let him who carries the seven under worlds protect my feet.
Pasoon dhanam cha dhanyam cha lakshmeem Lakshmi pradho aavathu,
Dhaaraan puthramscha kanyasch kutumbam viswa palaka. 8
Let the bestower of Lakshmi give me cows, charity , grains and wealth,
And let him who is the guardian of the universe give me wife, sons, daughters and family.
Anuktha sthanam api may payad vayu sutha sthadha,
Chowrebhyo vyala dhamshtribhya srungeebhyo bhootha rakshasath. 9
Dythyebhyo apyatha Yakshebhyo Brahma Rakshasa jabdyath,
DAmshtra karala vadhano Hanuman maa sada aavathu. 10
Let all those places which are not protected,may be protected by son of Wind God,
Let the furious Hanuman with black face always protect me from thieves,
Clutches of wicked people, from mountain peaks , from ghosts, from Rakshasas,
From asuras , From Yakshas and From attack Brahma Rakshasas .
Para Sasthra manthra yanthra sasthragni jala vidhyutha,
Rudhramsa Shathru sangramaath sarva avasthasu sarva bruth. 11
Let the all carrying one protect me, from arrows , chants , evil machines,
The fire created by arrows. from water , from lightning , from war by angry enemies.
Om namo bhagawathe saptha vadanaya aadhya kapi mukhaya Veera Hanumathe,
SArva shathru samharanaya tam tam tam tam tam tam tam Om nama swaha. 12
Offering in fire to the seven faced one who had first a monkey face ,
Who is the valorous Hanuman who is the killer of all one’s enemies.
With the chant “Om Namo Bhagawathe tam tam tam tam tam tam tam Om”
Om namo bhagawathe saptha vadanaya Dwitheeya Naarasimhaasyaya athy u gra
Bheeshanya bhaya nasanaya ham ham ham ham ham ham ham Om nama Swaha. 13
Offering in fire to the seven faced one, who had secondly the face of very angry Narasimha,
Who is fearsome and destroyer of fear with the chant ,
“ Om namo bhagwathe ham ham ham ham ham hm ham “
Om namo bhagwathe saptha vadanaya tritheeya garuda vakthraya Vajra Damshtraya,
Maha balaya sarva roga vinasanaya mam mam mam mam mam mam mam Om nama swaha 14
Offering in fire to the seven faced one who has thirdly face of Garuda with diamond like teeth,
Who is very strong and who is the destroyer of all diseases with the chant,
“Om namo bhagawathe mam mam mam mam mam mam mam On nama swaha”
Om namo bhagawathe saptha vadanaya chathrutha kroda thundaya Soumithri rakshakaya,
Puthrathabhi vrudhi karaya lam lam lam lam lam lam lam om nama swaha. 15
Offering in fire to the seven faced one who has fourthly the face of a boar , who saved the earth,
Who blesses with increased number of children with the chant,
“Om namo Bhagwathe lam lam lkamlam lam lam lam Om nama swaha”
Om namo Bhagwathe saptha vadanaya Panchamaswa vadhanaya Rudhra murthaye,
Sarva vasikaranaya sarva nigama swaroopaya rum rum rum rum rum rum rum Om namo swaha. 16
Offering in fire to the seven faced one , who has fifthly the face of a very angry horse,
Which attracts everything and is personification of all conclusions with a chant,
“Om namo Bhagwathe rum rum rum rum rum rum rum om nama swaha”
Om namo Bhagwathe saptha vadanaya Sashta go mukhaya Surya swaroopaya,
Sarva roga haraya mukthi dhathre o mom o mom o mom om , om nama swaha. 17
Offering in fire to the seven faced one who has sixthly the face of a cow with Sun’s form,
Who cures all diseases and one who gives salvation with the chant,
“Om namo bhagwathe om om om om om om om , om nama swaha. 18
Om namo bhagwathe saptha vadanaya sapthama manisha mukhaya rudravatharaya,
Anjani suthaya , sakala dig yaso vistharakaya , Vajra dehaya, Sugrreva sahya karaya,
Udhadhi langanaya Sita shudhi karaya Lanka dahanaya , Aneka rakshasanthakaya,
Ramananda dayakaya , Aneka pravathothpatakaya, Sethu bhandakaya, Kapi sainya nayakaya,
Ravananthakaya, Brahma charya sramine, Koupeena brahma suthra dharakaya , Rama hrudhyaya,
SArva dushta graha nivaranaya, sakini dakini Vetala Brahma Rakshasa Bhairava graham,
Yaksha graham, Pisacha graham , Brahma Graha, Kshatriya Graha, Vaisya Graha ,
Sudhra graham, anthyaja graham mlecha graham sarpa grahochatakaya mama
Sarva karya sadhakaya , SArva shathru samharakaya, Simha vyagradhi dushta sathvakarshakayai,
Kahi kadhi vividha jwara chedhakaya , para manthra thanthra yanthra nasakaya,
SArva vyadhi nikrunthakaya , Sarpadi sarva sthavara jangama visha sthmana karaya,
Sarva raja bhaya, chora bhaya, agni bhaya prasamanaya ,Aadhythmikhaadhi , dAivikaadhi , bhothika thapathraya nivaranaya, SArva vidhya sarva sampath SArva purushartha dhayakaya,
Asadhya karya sadhakaya, Sarva vara pradhaya, Sarvabheeshta karaya
Om hraam hreem hroom hraim hroum hrah om nama swaha. 19
Offering to the seven faced one whose seventh face is that of a man, who is the incarnation of Rudhra, who is the son of Anjana, whose fame spreads in all directions, who has a diamond body, who was engaged in helping Sugreeva, who crossed the sea, who cleaned up the problems of Sita, who burnt Lanka, who killed several Rakshasas, who gave happiness to Rama, who threw several mountains, who helped in building the bridge, who was the chief of army of monkeys, who helped in putting an end to Ravana, who observed celibacy, who wore the sacred thread and loin cloth, whose heart is full of Rama, who counter acted all bad planets, who charmed the houses of SAkini, DAkini, Ghosts, Brahma Rakshasa , Bhairava, Yaksha, Devil, Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Merchant class, Shudras, the down trodden, foreigners and Snake, who helps me in completing all my jobs, who kills all his enemies, who keeps u nder control bad animals like and tiger, who cuts of the fever of the body, who destroys the chants, talismans and thanthras sent by others, Who cures all sort of diseases, who removes the bad effects of poison of snakes and all mobile and immobile beings , who puts down fear of king, thieves and fire, who provides cure for the three types of suffering due to spiritual , godly and ghostly sources, who grants all education, all wealth and all the needs of men, who gets done the impossible, who grants all boons and who fulfills all desires, with the chant “Om namo Bhagwathe om hraam hreem hroom hraim hroum hrah om nama”
Ya idham kavacham nithyam sapthaasyaasya hanumatha,
Trisandhyaam japathe nithyam sarva shathru vinasanam. 19
Puthra pouthra pradham sarva sampath rajya pradham param,
Sarva roga haram cha Aayu keerthidham punya vardhanam. 20
If this armour of Hanuman with seven faces is chanted daily,
At dawn, noon and dusk , all your enemies would be destroyed.
It Would result in sons and grand sons , would get you all types of wealth and a country,
Would cure all diseases , would get you fame through out life and increase blessed deeds.
Rajaanaam cha vasam neethwa tri lokya vijayee bhaveth,
Idham hi paramam gopyam deyam bhakthi yuthaya cha. 21
For the king it would increase his fame and make him victorious in all three worlds,
This is very secret even from devas and those having devotion.
Na deyam bhakthi heenaaya dathwa cha nirayam vrajeth. 22
And should not be given to those without devotion ,
For if given would result in hell to them.
Naamaani sarvanya apavargadhani roopani viswani cha yasya santhi,
Karmani devairapi durghataani Tham maruthim saptha mukham prapadhye. 23
I salute the seven faces of Hanuman,
And complete names of Lord Vishnu,
So that peace descends on earth,
And no problems come in performance of duties of Gods.
Ithi sri Adharvana rahasye saptha mukhi hanumath kavacham sampoornam.
Thus ends the armour f seven faced Hanuman which occurs in the book Adharva Rahasya.