Ayyappa Kavacham [Tamil]
Armour to Ayyappa
Translated by P. R. Ramchander
[I have taken this very devotional prayer from Sri ayyappa nithya Parayanam, a tamil book published by Giri Traders, Madras. Like ancient Tamil prayers, there are three sections to this prayer.]
Harihara puthranai, aananda roopanai,
Iru moorthi maindanai, aaru mugan thambiyai,
Sabari gireesanai, Santha swaroopanai,
Dinam dinam pothi paninthiduvome.
Ayyappa devan kavacham idhanai,
Anu thinam solla allalgal ozhiyum,
Thinam thinam thuthikka theerum vinaigal yellam,
Nadiya porulam nalamum varume.
We would every day praise and salute,
The son of Shiva and Vishnu, The personification of joy,
The son of two Gods, The brother of six faced Subramanya,
The Lord of Sabari mountain and the God who is peaceful.
If this armour of God Ayyappa,
Is recited daily, all problems would get solved,
Day by day as it is read all results of bad karma would get destroyed,
And Whatever we desire, we would get.
1. Mannulagamellam katharul cheyya,
Mani kanda deva varuga, varuga
Maayon maindha varuga, varuga,
Iynkaran sodharaa varuga varuga.
For protecting all this earth,
Oh God with a gem in his neck, come, come,
Son of Lord Vishnu, come, come,
Brother of five armed Ganesa, come, come.
2. Puli vahanane, varuga, varuga,
Puviyellam kathida Varuga, varuga,
Pooranai nathane varuga, varuga,
Punniya moorthiye varuga, varuga.
God who rides on a tiger, come, come,
Come, come, to protect all the earth,
Oh Consort of Poorna*, come, come,
Oh consolidation of good deeds, come, come.
* Some people consider Poorna and Pushkala are the wives of Ayyappa.
3. Bhootha nayaga varuga, varuga,
Pushkalai pathiye varuga, varuga,
Ponnambalathurai eesa varuga, varuga,
Adiyaarai anbudan kaaka varuga, varuga.
Lord of the Bhoothas come, come,
Consort of Pushkala come, come,
Oh god who lives in golden temple come, come,
Come, come to protect your devotees with love.
4. Varuga varuga vaasavan mainthaa,
Varuga varuga veera manikanda,
Vanchanai neekida varuga, varuga,
valvinai pokkida varuga, varuga.
Come, come son of lord Vishnu,
Oh valorous Mani Kanda, come, come,
Come, come to remove deceit,
Come, come to remove effect of karma.
5. Ayyam thavithida Ayyappa varuga,
Acham agathida anbane varuga,
Iru vinai kalinthe yennai aatkolla,
Iru moorthi mainthaa varuga, varuga
For removing my doubts, Ayyappa please come,
For removing my fear, Friend, please come,
After removing past and present Karmas,
Come to rule over me, Oh son of two gods,
Please come, please come.
6. Pathinen padiyai manathil ninaikka,
Panniya pavam podi podiyagum,
Ayyappa saranam endru koorida,
Iym boothangalum adi paniyume.
When we think of those eighteen steps,
The sins committed would be powdered,
When we say I surrender to you Ayyappa,
The five elements would salute us.
7. Sabari giresanai ninaithe neerida,
Thunbangal yellam thool thoolagum,
Saranam saranam yendru chollida,
Sidhigal yavum vandhu adainthidume.
When we think of the Lord of Sabari and put sacred ash,
All the sorrows would get pulverized,
When we say, I surrender, I surrender,
All occult powers would come and become ours.
8. Pambayin balan peyar chollidavum,
Pagaivargal yellam paninthe vananguvar,
Ayyappan padam anudinam ninaikka,
Avaniyil ullor adi paninthu yethuvar.
When we tell the name of the lad of Pamba,
All our enemies will bow down and salute us,
When we daily think of the feet of Ayyappa,
All the people of earth will salute and praise us.
9. Saranam, saranam Ayyappa,
Saranam, saranam Sabari Giresa,
Saranam, saranam sad guru nadha,
Saranam, saranam Swamiye Saranam.
I Surrender, I surrender, Oh Ayyappa,
I Surrender, I surrender, Oh Lord of Sabari,
I Surrender, I surrender, Oh great Lord who is my teacher,
I Surrender, I surrender, Oh God, I surrender
10. Sivaranar magan yen sirasinai kaakka,
Nedul maal mainthan, yen nethiyai kaakka,
Gajamukhan thambi, yen kanninai kaakka,
Naranan Balan yen nasiyai kaakka,
Let the son of Shiva protect my head,
Let son of Lord Vishnu protect my forehead,
Let the brother of Ganesa protect my eyes,
Let the lad of Narayana protect my nose.
11. Irumoorthi mainthan yen iru chevi kaakka,
Vavarin thozhan vayinai kaakka,
Pambayin balan parkkalai kaakka,
Naan mukha poojyan naavinai kaaka,
Let the son of two gods protect my two ears,
Let the friend of Vaavar protect my mouth,
Let the lad of Pamba protect my teeth,
Let he who is worshiped by the four headed one protect my toungue.
12. Kaliyugavaradan yen kazhuthinai kaakka,
Kumaran thambi yen kura valai kaakka,
Pushkalai naadhan bujangangali kaakka,
Mukkannan balan muzhangaikalai kaakka.
Let my neck be protected by God who blesses me in Kali age,
Let the younger brother of Subramanya protect my throat,
Let the consort of Pushkala protect my arms,
Let the son of three eyed god protect my forearm.
13. Veeramani kandan viralgali kaakka,
Kayilai maindhan kaigalai kaakka,
Mani kanda devan marbinai kaakka,
Van puli vahaanan vayittinai kaakka
Let the valorous Mani Kanda protect my fingers,
Let the son of Kailasa protect my hands,
Let the God Mani Kanda protect my chest,
Let he who rides on big tiger protect my stomach.
14. Muzhu mudar kadavul yen mudiginai kaakka,
Iru mudi priyan yen iduppinai kaakka,
Pirambayudan yen pittangal kaakka,
Dharma sastha yen thudai thanai kaakka.
Let the first complete God protect my back side,
Let he who likes two packets(mudi) protect my waist,
Let he who uses a cane as weapon protect my posterior,
Let the Dharma Sastha protect my thighs.
15. Muruga sodharan yen muzhankalagalai kaakka,
Karpoora jyothi yen kanamkal kaakka,
Pandala balan yen padaithinai kaakka,
Vijaya kumaran yen viralgalai kaakka.
Let the brother of Subramanya protect my knee,
Let the light of camphor protect my feet joint,
Let the lad of Pandala protect my feet,
Let the victorious lad protect my fingers.
16. Annadhana prabhu angamellaam kaakka,
Ariyamkavu jyothi anbudan kaakka,
Kattala roopi kalayil kaakka,
Navagraha nadhan nadupagal kaakka.
Let the Lord of gift of food protect all my limbs,
Let the light of Aryankavu protect me with love,
Let the god in tribal form protect me in the morning,
Let the lord of nine planets protect me at noon.
17. Maalin maganaar maalayil kaakka,
Harihara suthanaar anthiyil kaakka,
Inbamaya jothi iravinil kaakka,
Yerimeli saastha yendrume kaakka.
Let son of Lord Vishnu protect me in the evening,
Let the son of Hari and Hara protect me at dusk,
Let the sweet flame of light protect at night,
Let the Sastha of Yerumeli protect me always.
18. Hariyin maganaar anu dhinam kaakka,
Natarajan Balan naal thorum kaakka,
Vasavan chelvan valappuram kaakka,
Irumudi eesan idappuram kaakka,
Let the son of Hari protect me daily,
Let the son of Nataraja protect me always,
Let son of Lord Vishnu protect my right,
Let the God of Irumudi protect my left side.
19. Kaakka kaakka karunayaal kaakka,
Paarkka paarkka yen paapam podi pada,
Immayum marumayum illathu ozhinthida,
Eesan magan yennai endrumay kaakka.
Protect protect, mercifully protect,
See, see so that my sins are powdered,
For the destruction of past and present,
Let the son of God protect me always.
20. Kodiya vishangalum, kollai noygalum,
Kuruthiyai kudikkum dusha peygalum,
Kandamalai thanai karuthil kondita,
Kalangi marainthida karunai purivai.
Aweful poisons and dangerous diseases,
And those bad ghosts that drink our blood,
May please become confused and afraid,
When we think of the magnetic mountain in our mind.
21. Pilli sooniyam, pala vidha vanchanai,
Pambayin balan peyar chollidavum,
Panjay parakka varam yenakku arulvai,
Bhayangalai pokki abhayam alippai.
When I say the name of the Lord of Pamba,
Please give me a boon, for black magic and great deceit,
To fly away like a whiff of cotton,
And please remove my fears and give me protection.
22. Vatham pitham slettumanthudane,
Vandhiyum, bhediyum, valippum, sulukkum,
Yevvitha noyum, yenai anugaamal,
Yendru may kaapai, yerumeli deva.
Oh God of Yerumeli, let not,
Rhematism, anemia, disease of indigestion,
Omitting, dysentery, epilepsy, sprain,
and all other diseases approach me.
23. Kalviyum chelvamum, kallamilla manamum,
Nallor uravum naalum arul vai,
Nalla manathudan unai naan thudikka,
Nithiyamum arulvai, Sabari Gireesa.
Please give me education, wealth and a pure mind,
And good relations for ever and shower your grace,
Oh Lord of the Sabari Mountain, daily,
Make me pray you with a good heart.
24. Kamam, krodham, lobham, moham,
Madamathsaryam yenum aru perum peeygal,
Endrume yennai anuga vidamal,
Ayappa devaa varamenakku arulvai.
Oh Lord Ayyappa give me a boon that
The six big devils of passion, anger
Avarice, passion, exuberance,
And competition do never come near me.
25. Choothu, poramai, poy, kopam illamal,
Choram, lobham, dunmargam kallamal,
Veda neri thanai vilagi nillamal,
Veeramani kanda, varamenakku arulvai.
Oh valorous Mani Kanda, give me a boon,
That Deceit, jealousy, lie, anger and also,
Bad behaviour with married women,
Shortage of everything and bad character,
Are not ever learned by me and,
That I should not go away from Vedic life.
26. Moopum, piniyum, varumayum, pasiyum,
Vandu yennai vatti vathai cheyyamal,
Ullanbudane un thiru namam,
Anudinam solla arul tharuvaye.
Let not old age, sickness, poverty and hunger,
Come to me and trouble me greatly,
And please by grace, make me,
Tell your name with love.
27. Harihara puthraa, anbaa, namo nama,
Sabari gireesaa, sasthaa namo nama,
Pathinen padi vaazh paramaa namo nama,
Iyngaran sodhara, ayyappa namo nama.
Salutations to son of Hari and hara and to my friend,
Salutations to Sastha and the Lord of Sabari mountain,
Salutations to the divine one living on eighteen steps,
Salutations to the brother five armed Ganesa.
28. Poonambalathu urai punyaa namo nama,
Pulippal eentha punyaa namo nama,
Kariyayuthamudai sundaraa namo nama,
Mahishi mardhanaa mani kandaa namo nama.
Salutations to the divine God of the golden temple,
Salutations to the divine God who brought milk of tiger,
Salutations to the pretty one who has elephant as a weapon,
Salutations to Manikanda who killed Mahishi.
29. Saranam saranam Sabari gireesaa,
Saranam saranam sathya swaroopaa,
Saranam saranam sarva dayalaa,
Saranam, saranam swamiye saranam.
I surrender, surrender to lord of Sabari hills,
I surrender, surrender to personification of truth,
I surrender, surrender to one who is kind to all,
I Surrender, Surrender, I surrender to God.