Sri Chandi kavacha Explanation part 1of 3


श्री गुरुभ्यॊ नमः श्री परम गुरुभ्यॊ नमः श्री परमॆष्ठि गुरुभ्यॊ नमः

शान्ता विमला प्रकाअश आत्मा गुहा चिद्यॊगास्य श्री परानन्दादि सद्गुरून् नमाम्यहं पुनः पुनः

Reciting Sri Devyāḥ Kavacam “Armor of the Devī”, or Chandi Kavaca, is for protection. The verses invoke individual śaktis who together represent the full array of the Devī’s protective energies residing within us.

It is the prerequisite to recite Sri Chandi kavacham before doing Sri Durga Saptashati Parayana.

ब्रह्मोवाच ।

अस्ति गुह्यतमं विप्र सर्वभूतोपकारकम् ।

देव्यास्तु कवचं पुण्यं तच्छृणुष्व महामुने ॥ २॥

Mārkaṇḍeya, assuming the role of disciple, asks Brahmā to reveal the supreme secret. The god replies that such hidden knowledge exists in the form of the Devī’s indwelling presence.

प्रथमं शैलपुत्री च द्वितीयं ब्रह्मचारिणी ।

तृतीयं चन्द्रघण्टेति कूष्माण्डेति चतुर्थकम् ॥ ३॥

पञ्चमं स्कन्दमातेति षष्ठं कात्यायनीति च ।

सप्तमं कालरात्रीति महागौरीति चाष्टमम् ॥ ४॥

नवमं सिद्धिदात्री च नवदुर्गाः प्रकीर्तिताः ।

उक्तान्येतानि नामानि ब्रह्मणैव महात्मना ॥ ५॥

Brahmā first reveals the names of Durgā’s nine aspects. Sailaputrl (“daughter of the mountain peak”) denotes her power of purification as Gaṇgā, flowing from the Himālayas.

Brahmacāriṇī “the one who moves in Brahman” denotes her dynamic power, Brahmacharini or Brahmachari need to be understood in its right perspective.

Candraghaṇtā “she whose bell is like the moon” emphasizes benign creativity. KooshmAṇdA, derived from the word for a plump gourd, represents fertility. Skandamātā is the mother of the war god, Skanda. Kātyāyanl represents the Devī’s supreme form, containing the three guṇas. Kālarātri “black night” indicates her power of cosmic dissolution. In total contrast, MahāgaurI “great shining one” signifies the dazzling light of knowledge. Finally, Siddhidātrī designates the Mother’s power to grant supreme spiritual attainment.

LOKA SAMASTA SUKHINO BHAVANTU SAMASTA SANMANGALANI BHAVANTU

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