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Sri Gopala Akshaya Kavacham
[The perennial armour of Gopala]
Translated by P. R. Ramachander
[Gopala means a cowherd or even one who looks after all beings. The Kavacha in Devanagari script is available in http://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_vishhnu/gopaalaakshayakavacha.html]
Sri Narada Uvacha:-
1. Indradhya amara vargeshu Brahman yath paramathbutham,
Akshaya kavacham mnama kadhyaswa mama prabho.
Yadhruthwa aakarnya veerasthu triloka vijayee bhavedh.
Oh God Brahma, please teach me the perennial armour,
Which is greatly wonderful to Indra and other devas,
Wearing which the great heroes would win over the three worlds.
Lord Brahma said:-
2. Srunu puthra muni sreshta kavacham paramadbutham.
Hear oh son who is a great sage, the most wonderful armour.
3. Indradhi deva vrundhascha Narayana mukhachatham,
Trilokya vijayasthaasya kavachasya prajapathi,
Rishi chandho devatha cha sada Narayana Prabhu,
This armour which was personally taught by Narayana to Indra and other devas,
Led to their victory over three worlds and the sage is Prajapathi,
The meter and God addressed are Narayana himself.
Asya Sri trilokya vijayakshya kavachasya Prajapathi rishi, anushtup Chanda, Sri Narayana Paramathma devatha, Dharmartha kama moksharthe jape viniyoga.
For the perennial armour leading to victory over the three worlds, the sage is Prajapathi, meter is anushtup, the God addressed is Lord Narayana and this is being chanted to get Dharma, wealth, desires, and salvation.
4. Padhou rakshathu Govindo, Jange pathu Jagat Prabhu
Let Govinda protect my feet and let my calf be protected by the Lord of the universe.
5. Ooru dhow Kesava pathu, katee Damodara sthadha,
Vadanam Sri hari pathu Nadi desam cha may Achyutha.
Let Kesava protect both my thighs,
Let my waist be protected by Damodhara,
Let my face be protected by Sri Hari,
And the area of the pulse be protected by Achyutha.
6. Vama parswam thadha Vishnur, dakshinam cha Sudarsana,
Bahu mole vasu devo, Hrudayam cha Janardhana.
Let my left side be protected Lord Vishnu,
Let my south side be protected by Sudarsana,
Let my arm joints be protected by Vasudeva,
And let my heart be protected by Janardhana.
7. Kandam pathiu varahascha, Krishnascha mukha mandalam,
Karnou may Madhava pathu, Hrishikesascha Nasike,
Let Vasudeva protect my neck,
Let Krishna protect my face,
Let my ears be protected by Madhava,
And let my nose be protected by Hrishikesa.
8. Nethre Narayana pathu lalalatam Garuda dwaja,
Kapolam Kesava pathu Chakrapani sirasthadha.
Let Narayana protect my eyes,
Let my forehead be protected by him who has a flag of Garuda,
Let Kesava protect my skull,
And Let him who has the wheel protect my head.
9. Prabhathe Madhava pathu, Madyahne Madhu soodhana,
Dinanthe Daithyanasancha, Rathrou rakshathu chandrama.
Let Madhava protect me in the mornings,
Let the killer of Madhu protect in the afternoon,
Let killer of asuras protect in the afternoon,
And let the moon protect me at night.
10. Poorvasyam Pundarikaksho, Vayavyam cha Janardhana,
Ithi they khaditham vathsa sarva manthrougha vigraham.
Let my east be protected by the lotus eyed,
Let my north west be protected by Janardhana,
Son, thus has been told the personification of all chants.
11. Thava snehanmaya aakhyathaam na vakthavyam thu kasyachith,
Kavacham dharayadhyasthu sadhako Dakshine bhuje
12. Devaa, manushyaa Gandharwaa, Yakshaa sthasya na samsaya,
Yoshid vama bhuje chaiva, sadhako dakshine bhuje.
13. Nibhruyath kavacham punyam sarva sidhi yutho bhave,
Kande yo dharayedath kavacham mathsya roopinam
14. YUdhe Jayamapnothi dhyuthe vadhe cha sadhaka,
SArvadhaa jayamapnothi, nischitham janma janmani.
I cannot fully describe the effect of this very friendly narration to you,
And if the practitioner wears it on his right hand,
Without doubt devas, men, gandharwas and Yakshas would be his.
If a lady wears it on her left hand and a man on his right hand,
And chants the Armour, he or she would get all occult powers.
But if the armour in the fish form is worn on the neck,
He would achieve victory in war and also in debates,
And always surely achieve victory birth after birth.
15. Aputhro labhathe puthram, roganasasthadha bhaveth,
Sarva thapa pramukthascha, Vishnu lokam sa gachathi
One without son will get a son, diseases and illness would be destroyed.
One would get freedom from all troubles and he would go to the land of Vishnu.
Ithi Sri Brahma samhithayam Sri Gopalakshaya kavacham sampoornam.
Thus ends the Gopala Akshaya kavacham which occurs in Brahma Samhitha.