Narasimha Maha-Mantra ( Mantrarajapada Stotram)


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It is said that, Lord Narasimha is the "Poorna" avataara and one of the most powerful  incarnation of Lord Vishnu. I am truly blessed to have Lord Narasimha as our "Kul Deva". The Shloka or mantra (holy chants) are one of the forms mainly written in Sanskrit - with an intension to praise or worship God. One such chant is this Narasimha Maha Mantra.
 
I learned this from my grand father (Late. Srinivas Padiyar). According to him, this is the most powerful Shloka of its kind. I searched over the net to get more information on this. But in most of the relevant sites, I could find only the first shloka, which is believed to be the most powerful of all. The continuation of this mantra is not found anywhere over the net (I couldn't find...). 

I believe, the entire shloka written here is one of the rarest to find. May Lord Narasimha bless you all.

Update: One of the readers gave me link which has the meaning to these shlokas. I have incorporated the changes - corrected the grammatical mistake, added few missing lines and the meaning.

This shloka is from the Ahirbudhnya Samhita, a Paancharaatra text and is told by Lord Parameshwarar in praise of Lakshmi Narasimha.

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 ॐ उग्रं वीरं महाविष्णुं ज्वलन्तं सर्वतोमुखं   I


नरसिम्हम भीषणं भद्रं मृत्योऱ मृत्युं नमाम्यहम्   II १ II

(Om ugram veeram maha vishnum jwalantam sarvatomukham, narasimham bheeshanam bhadram mrityor mrityum namamyahum.)

Ferocious, Brave - great Vishnu,  whose face shines like fire in all directions,
Lord Narasimha who frightens and who takes care of, I salute to the God who is death to death itself...

वृत्तोत्फुल्ल विशालाक्षं  विपक्षक्षय दीक्षितम्   I 

निनादत्रस्तविश्वाण्डं विष्णुं उग्रं नमाम्यहम्   II २ II 

(Vrattotphulla vishalaksham vipakshkshaya dikshitam, ninadatrasta vishwandam vishnum ugram namamyahum.)
He who is having big and round eyes, He who has taken a vow to kill the enemies, He who by His fierce roars is shaking the entire world, to such a ferocious Lord, I offer my salutations


सर्वैरवध्यतां प्राप्तं सबलौघं दीतेः स्तुतम्   I 

नखाग्रैः शकालीचक्रे यस्तं विरं नमाम्यहम्   II ३ II 

(Sarvairavadyatam praptam sabalougham ditehastutam, nakhagraihe shakalichakre yastam veeram namamyahum.)
He who with His sharp nails tore to pieces the asura, the son of Diti who could not be killed by anyone along with His large armies. To such a valorous person, I offer my salutations


पादावष्टब्धपाताळं मूर्धाविष्ट त्रिविष्टपम्  I

भुजप्रविष्टाष्टदिशं महाविष्णुं नमाम्यहम्   II  ४ II 
(Padavishtabdha patalam mordha vishtha trivishthapam, bhuja pravishthashthadisham mahavishnum namamyahum. )
I offer my salutations to Maha Vishnu, whose feet touch the nether lands, whose forehead touches the heaven and whose hands spread in all directions


ज्योतींश्यक्रेन्दु नक्षत्र  ज्वलनादीन्यनुक्रमात्  I

ज्वलन्ती  तेजसा यस्य तं ज्वलन्तं नमाम्यहम्   II ५ II

(jyotimshyakrendu nakshatra jwalanadeetyanukramat, jwalanti tejasa yasha tam jwalantam namamyahum.)
He after whose luster the luminary bodies, the Sun, the Moon, the Stars and Fire are effulgent and are shining, to that resplendent One I offer my salutations.


सर्वेन्द्रियैरपि विना सर्वं सर्वत्र सर्वदा    I 

यो जनाति  नमाम्याद्यम् तमहं सर्वतोमुखम्  II ६ II 

(Sarvendriyairapi vina sarvam sarvatra sarvada, Yo janati namamyadhyam tamaham sarvatomukham. ) 
He who knows everything, all the time, and at all places, without the help of the senses, to such primal person who has faces in all directions, I offer my salutations


नरवत् सिंह वच्चैव यस्य रुपं महात्मनः   I

महासठं महादंष्ट्रम्  तं नृसिंहं नमाम्यहम्   II ७ II 
(Naravat simha vachaiva yasya roopam mahatmanaha, mahasatham mahadamshtram tam nrasimham namamyaham.)
To that Form of the Lord, which is half man and half lion, complete with the mane, the canine teeth, to such a divine Lord Nrsimha, I offer my salutations


यन्नामस्मरणाद्  भीताः भूतवेताळराक्षसाः   I

रोगाद्याश्च प्रणश्यन्ति भीषणं तं नमाम्यहम्   II ८ II 
(Yannamasmaranat bheetah bhuta vetala rakshasaha, rogadyashcha pranashyanti bheeshanam tam namamyahum.) 
By the mere thought of whose name, devils, demons, asuras get frightened, acute diseases get cured, to such a frightening One, I offer my salutations


सर्वोपि यं समाश्रित्य  सकलं भद्रमष्णुते   I 

श्रिया च भद्रया जुष्टो यस्तं भद्रं नमाम्यहम्   II ९ II 

(Sarvopi yam samashritya sakalam bhadramashnute, shriya cha bhadraya jushto yastam bhadram namamyahum) 
I offer my salutations to the Lord, the repository of good things, worshipping whom all the people are able to obtain auspicious things. 


साक्षात् स्वकाले संप्राप्तं मृत्युम्  शत्रुगणान्वितम्   I

भक्तानां  नाशयेद्  यस्तु  मृत्यु मृत्युं नमाम्यहम्   II १० II

(Sakshaat swakale sampraptam mrityum shatrugananvitam, bhaktanam nashayed yastu mrityu mrityum namamyaham)
He who is "Death to Death" and He who destroys death and hosts of enemies of the devotees by arriving at the right moment, to Him I offer my salutations


नमस्कारात्मकं यस्मै विधायात्मनिवेदनम्   I 

तथ्वा त्यक्तादुःखो खिलान् कामान् अश्नन्तम् नमाम्यहम् II ११ II
 
(Namasakaratmakam yasmai vidhayatmanivedamanam, tathva dukhokhilan kaman ashnushetam namamyahum.) 
I bow down to the One by offering obeisance to whom in the form of One’s own self, people get rid of all miseries and obtain their desired objects


दासभूताः स्वतस्सर्वे  ह्यात्मानः परमात्मनः  I

अतोहमपिते दासः इति मत्वा नमाम्यहम्      II १२ II 

(Dasabhutah svatassarve hyatamanaha paramatmanah, athoh mapitedasa iti matwa namamyaham) 
All the living beings are, by nature, servants of the Supreme Being, I am prostrating to You, with the awareness that I am also for the same reason, Your servant


शंकरेणादरात प्रोक्तं पदानां तत्त्वनिर्णयम्  I

त्रिसन्ध्यं  यः  पठेत् नित्यं  तस्य श्री विद्दा आयुश्च  वर्धते II १३ II 

(Shankarenadarat proktam padaznam tatvanirnayam, trisandhyam yaha pathet nityam tasya shree vidya aayushcha vardhate)
The meaning of the words had been explained by Lord Siva out of affection. Whosoever reads this rhymn with faith, thrice a day (at Sunrise, mid-day and evening) would have a great increase in prosperity (shree) knowledge (vidya) longevity (Ayush)
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Comments

Paddy, while I was just browsing through the Internet, I hit upon your post on Nrisimha Maha Mantra! I was so very happy, in fact, ecstatic to read that sloka. We - the serious devotees of Nrisimha in Tamil Nadu call it "Mantra Rajapatha Stotra! It's said that this is THE mantra preached by Lord Shiva to Parvathi, because of all the mantras, Lord Shiva liked this the most.
I recite the mantra innumerable times everyday: in the puja room, while driving, or anywhere and everywhere. I'm a very serious devotee of Lord Nrisimha. HE revealed HIMSELF to me, when I didn't know HIM at all. There are innumerable miracles HE has conducted, and showed me who HE is! But, I keep crying why of all persons, HE's chosen me to reveal all such things to me, for I'm a very ignorant and good-for-nothing chap.
Interestingly, I worked in KMC, Manipal as Assistant Professor in Pharmacology during the period between 1973 and 1979.
The fact that I happened to see your site, and am writing 'something' on Lord Nrisimha in the evening of the holiest month in Tamil Nadu, namely "Margazhi" - that too on the very first day - itself is proof that the Lord guides me. HE's made me see your post, and made me to blog this as a reply. How very compassionate HE is!
I'll keep visiting your site for the love I've on Lord Nrisimha, and HIS devotees!
Continue your divine work, Pady! The Lord HIMSELF will help you in ALL your endevors. Thank you, and bye for now. - Bose.
Sunil Padiyar said…
Hi Chandrabose,

Thank you for visiting and the comments. Also, for knowledge bite that you have written about the shloka... Yes, we are blessed to have lord narasimha as our ishta deva... As they say, he is the only poorna avatara and the most powerful one of all... I can only say, once we believe in him, he makes us walk in the right path no matter how ignorant we are.. Happy to meet one such devotee... May lord narasimha bless you and your family :)
Pady, thank you for your quick response to my blog, although you claimed yourself you're lazy and sedantary. Again, see what the lord has done to me. He's blessed my family and me "in your words". That too on a very auspicious day - ie, today: May 17th is "Vaikunda Ekadasi". Ekadasi was over this afternoon, and had given to Dwadasi now (but, Ekadasi thithi). Dwadasi is a good time to pray on Him. "Gnaanathmakaaya gnaanaaya vishvaeshaaya paramaathmanae/ Yaekaathmanae namasthupyam, namasthae dwaadashathmanae!/") The two lines are from Sri Lakshmi Nrisimha Sahasranaamam, and I've quoted those lines only to show dwaadasi belongs to Him. My wife and me would be leaving to a Nrisimhar temple in an hour to have his darshan. Isn't this again His miracle? That's wishing my family and me good 'through' you on a VERY auspicious day? This is because He clearly is biased to help His devotees. OK, I'll tell you more in my future blogs. Another mantra that's equally very rewarding is known by the name, Nrisimha Prapathi. I've tried to given the stotra below. There's no need to translate this mantra, as you can easily follow the meaning yourself (I too don't know sanskrit).
Nrisimha Prapathi
Maathaa Nrismha
Pithaa Nrisimha
Praadhaa Nrisimha
Saka Nrisimha

Vidhyaa Nrisimha
Dhravinam Nrisimha
Swami Nrisimha
Sakalam Nrisimha

Idho Nrisimha
Paratho Nrisimha
Yatho yatho yaahi, dhatho Nrisimha

Nrisimha daevaadhth parona kaschith
Thasmaan Nrisimha charanam prapathiyae!

I pray Lord Nrisimhar to bless you (otherwise also, you're already blessed by Him, or else, you simply couldn't have fallen in love with Him).

Bye, Bose.
Sunil Padiyar said…
Thanks for your valuable inputs Bose. I wish and pray to the lord, may you get success in everything you wish and ask :)
Kaku said…
Thank you for your great post:)
here you can find many other prayers including Mantra Rajapatha Stotra in devangari, roman, telugu and tamil. enjoy:)

http://www.prapatti.com/slokas/sanskrit/mantraraajapadastotram.pdf

http://www.prapatti.com/slokas/slokasbyname.html
Kaku said…
oh, and here you have it with English translation.

http://murpriya.blogspot.com/2010/09/mantra-raja-patha-stotram-with-meening.html

Hope it is helpful :)
Sunil Padiyar said…
Thanks a TON Kaku!!!! Really helpful and much appreciated!!!
Kaku said…
im glad you like it:) have a good day
Anonymous said…
Jay Sri Nrsimhadev!

this is my favourite site for slokas:

prapatti.com

there are also mp3!
salim michael said…
Please chant this everyday
Geetha Murthi said…
I am a lady and Have been saying Ugram Veeram 108 times every day for the last 6 months as I am in deep trouble. Can I say this as well as in morning , mid day , evening withou being initiated into it.

Please reply
Thanks
Geeta
sunil padiyar said…
Hi Geeta,

There are no such restrictions. You can chant the shlokas any number time or at any time during the day. It doesn't necessarily be done in a particular way or place.. As long as your faith and dedication is strong rest doesn't matter. I hope & pray that all your problems get resolved very soon...
dear sunil, thanks for the translation....and yes the sloka is rare....
please find the gramatically correct devanagiri script of this sloka at
http://prapatti.com/slokas/sanskrit/mantraraajapadastotram.pdf
and tamil/roma sanskrit at
http://murpriya.blogspot.in/2010/09/mantra-raja-patha-stotram-with-meening.html#comment-form
jai narashima
sunil padiyar said…
Thank you so much Nagendra Abhishek! That is perfect!!
Dear Sunil,

I have got a confusion on the lat two words of Mahamantra .i.e Ugram Veeram maha vishnu. I want to know is it Mrityor Mrityum or is it Mrityum Mrityum. Because in Sanskrit you have written Mrityor Mrityum and in english you have written Mrityum Mrityum. Kindly confirm.

Regards

Rajesh
Franz Andrini said…
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Franz Andrini said…
Devanagari is the correct version: Mrityor Mrityum
Kanna Chowdhary said…
It means death of the death in true translation or the death fear of death in explanatory way!
Kanna Chowdhary said…
Hi Sunil,

I have a doubt in the pronunciation of this word : त्यक्तादुःखो. Can you please verify?
rkrish said…
Hi Kanna, The pronounciation is as follows;

' Thyakthadhukho'.
rkrish said…
It is split as; Thyaktha Dhukho
Mahesh said…
very useful mantra! can you please provide mahalakshmi stotram ...
Mangaldeep said…
Narasimha who is one of the most powerful avatars of Lord Vishnu is known to be fierce to fight and remove all that is evil and as a result protect all his devotees from every negative aspect of life.Narasimha Mantras, also known as Kavacha mantras have the power of protecting those who chant it.
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Hello,

Do anyone have audio on "Samastha Paap Prashman strotra".

Regards

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