shrI rAma kavacha – shlOkas 1, 2, 3

– by srI vAdirAja tIrtha

kapikaTakadhureeNaH kAmurkanyastabANaH
kshapitaditijasainyaH kshatriyEshvagragaNyaH |
jaladhirachitasEturjAnakItOShahEtuH
pathi pathi guNasAndraH pAtu mAM rAmachandraH || 1 ||

kapi – vaanara
kaTaka – troupe
dhureeNa – leader
kaarmuka – bow
nyasta – fixed
baaNa – arrow
kshapita – destroyed
ditija – daitya
sainya – army
kshatriyeshu – amongst kshatriyas
agragaNya – the foremost
jaladhi – ocean
rachita – constructed
setu – bridge
jaanaki – seeta
tosha – happiness
hetu – reason
pathi – in the journey
gunasaandra – one who is embodiment of all guNas
paatu – protect
maam – me
raamchandra – LORD rAmachandra

O LORD rAmachandra! the leader of the troupe of vaanaras, the One who always has the arrow fixed in his bow, the One who destroyed the entire army of the daitya(s), the One who is the foremost and most desired (best) amongst kshatriyas, the One who used the happiness of seeta devi as a reason to build the bridge across the ocean, the One who is the embodiment of all guNas – please protect me!

shlOka 2

shrImatkirITavibhrAjishirA rAmaH shirOSvatu |
kuTilAlakasamshObhilalATAnta surArthithaH || 2 ||

shrImat – the One with shrI
kirITa – crown
vibhrAji – shining
shirA – head
rAmaH – O LORD rAmA
shiraH – head
avatu – protect
kuTi – brows
lAlaka – fondling
samshObhi – resplendent
lalATAnta – end of the forehead
sura – devatas
arthithaH – desired

O LORD rAma, the One who is always with shrI, the One who is desired by (even the) devatas, the One with a shining crown on His head, please protect my shira. Your forehead is resplendent and the brows are fondling (the forehead) at the end.

shloka number 3

mANikyamauktikOdbhAsitilakaH sUryavamshajaH |
lalATaM pAtu subhrUrmE kausalyAnandanO bhruvau || 3 ||

mANikya – ruby
mauktika – pearl
udbhAsi – radiating
tilakaH – nAma
sUryavamshajaH – the One born in the lineage of sUrya
lalATam – forehead
pAtu – protect
subhrUH – excellent brows
mE – me
kausalyAnandanaH – One dear to kausalya
bhruvau – the two (eye)brows

O LORD rAma! the One who is very dear to kausalya, the One who is born in the dynasty of sUrya (best in the sUrya vamsha), the One whose forehead is radiating with a tilaka and decorated with ruby and pearls, the One with excellent (auspicious) brows, please protect my eyebrows.

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