Hayagreeva Kavacham II
(I had earlier an occasion to translate a Hayagreeva Kavacham which occurs in Atharva Veda. I found this Kavacha in a book called Jaya Mangala stotra.)
Goddess Parvathi asked :-
1.Deva deva Mahadeva , Karunakara Sankara,
Thwayaa prasada seelena kadhithaani ramapathe ,
2.Bahunaam avatharaanaam bahooni kavachani cha ,
Idhanim srothumichami hyasya kavacham Vibho.
1-2 Oh God, Oh God , Oh great God, Oh Sankara who is merciful,
Sue to your grace I have heard from you prayers ,
Addressed several incarnations and several armours of Lord Vishnu,
And now I would like to hear from you , the armour of the horse headed Hayagreeva.
Lord Shiva told:-
3.Devi priye thubhyam rahasyamapi mathpriye,
Kalasaa ambhoodhi peeyusham hayasya kavacham Vadhe.
3.Oh Goddess since you are my love , I will tell you ,
The secret armour of Hayagreeva which is ,
Like the nectar that was churned out from the ocean.
4.Maha kalpantha taminyaam sancharamsthu Hari swayam,
Leelaayaa Haya Vakthaakhyaa roopamasadhya yo aharath.
4.Lord Vishnu himself travelled at the night of the great deluge,
And playfully assumed a form with horse’s head and killed ,
The Asura called Hayagreeva who had stolen the Vedas.
5.Putha vathsalyatho mahyam virinchi roopamadishtavaan,
Hayaasya kavachasyasya Rishir Brahma Prakeerthitha.
5.This was taught by Lord Brahma to me due to the affection for his son,
And it has been told that the sage of this Hayagreeva armour is Lord Brahma.
6.CHando anushtup thadhaa devo Hayagreeva udahruthaa,
Hroum Beejam thu samakhyaatham hreem sakthi samudahruthaa,
Om Keelakam samakhyaatha uchairuth kjeelakam THadhaa
6. The meter for this is Anushtup and the God addressed is Hayagreeva,
The seed is “Hroum”. Hreem is the power , Om is the nail ,
And telling loudly it is told as Uthkeelakam.
7.Lakshmi karomburuha hema Kumbha peeyusha poorer abhishiktha seersham,
Vyakhyaa aksha malambuja pusthakaani hasthair vahantham haya thunda meede.
7.I am praying that Hayagreeva whose head is anointed by the nectar,
Falling from the golden pot held in the lotus like hands of Lakshmi,
And who shows divine sign and holds rosary , lotus flower and book in his hands.
8.Sudha siktha sisira pathu phalam pathu Sasi Prabha,
Drusou rakshathu daithyaari nasaam vagjrumbha varanidhi.
8.Let the nectar drenched God protect my head,
Let Him who has a moon like forehead protect my head,
Let him who is the enemy of Asuras protect my eyes,
Let him whose words flow like ocean protect my nose ,
9.Srothram pathu sthirasrothra, kapolou karuna nidhi,
Mukham pathu giraam swami , jihwaam pathu surarihruth.
9.Let him who has very stable ears protect my ears,
Let ocean of mercy protect my cheeks,
Let the lord of spoken word protect my face ,
And let him who destroys the enemies of devas protect my toungue.
10.Hanum Hanumatha sevya, Kandam Vaikunda nayaka,
Greevaam pathu Hayagreeva, Hrudayam Kamala kara.
10.Let the Lord served by Hanuman protect my jaw,
Let the lord of Vaikunda protect my joints,
Let my neck be protected by neck,
Let my heart be rotected by he in whom Lakshmi stays.
11.Udaram viswabruth pathu, nabhim pankaja lochana ,
Medram prajapathi pathu , OOru pathu gadhadhara.
11.Let he who carries the earth protect the abdomen,
Let he who has lotus like eyes protect his belly ,
Let my private parts be protected by lord of all people,
Let he who holds the mace protect my knees.
12.Januni Viswabruth pathu , Jange cha jagathaam pathi,
Gulphou pathu hayadwamsi, Padhou vijnana varidhi .
12.Let him who lifts the earth protect my thighs ,
Let the lord of the universe protect my shanks,
Let my ankles be protected by the killer of the horse ,
Let my feet be protected by the ocean of wisdom.
13.Prachyam rakshathu Vagesa, dakshinasyaam varayudha,
Pratheechyaam Viswabruth pathu , udeechyam shiva vanditha.
13.Let my east be protected by the God of words,
Let my south be protected by he who has divine weapons,
Let the west be protected by him who lifts the universe,
Let the north be protected by him who is saluted by Lord Shiva.
14,OOrdhwam pathu Hari Sakshad, Adha pathu gunaakara,
Anthareekshe Hari pathu , Viswatha pathu viswasrut.
14.Let the real Hari protect the above direction,
Let him who is store house of good qualities protect the direction below,
Let the environment be protected by Lord Hari,
Let the universe be protected by he who created the world.
15.Ya yethath kavacham dheemaan sannahyo nija vigrahe,
Dhoorvaathi Rakshasa vyoohai sa kadachith badyathe.
15.If a wise man reads this armour touching different,
Parts of his body , he would never get troubled by ,
People who unnecessarily argue nor by crowd of Rakshasas
16.Padeth yethath kavacham trisandhyam Bhakthi bhaavitha ,
Moodopi geeshpathispardhi jayathe naathra samsaya.
16.If one who reads this at dawn, noon and dusk with great devotion,
Even if by nature he is a fool , without any doubt , he would equal the teacher of devas.