Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 6 Chapter 8:16-22

Book 6: Chapter 8

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 6: Chapter 8: Verses 16-22
The text of the (holy) Narayana-Kavaca (a prayer invoking the protection of Lord Narayana) taught (to Indra)

May (the divine sage) Narayana keep me aloof from violent religious practices (such as the employment of spells for malevolent purposes) and all (sins of) omission; and the sage Nara, from pride. May Datta (Lord Dattatreya), the Master of Yoga, guard me against (the risk of) abandoning the practice of Yoga and may Lord Kapila, the Lord of Prakrti (consisting of the three Gunas), save me from the bondage of actions (prompted by the aforesaid three Gunas). May (the divine sage) Sanatkumara guard me against (the shafts of) Love; Lord Hayagriva (having the head of a horse), from (the sin of) neglecting (omitting to salute) the (images of) gods met with on the way; Narada (the foremost of celestial sages), against drawbacks in the worship of the Deity (in the shape of the thirty-two transgressions[1] enumerated in the works on Devotion); and may Sri Hari manifested as the divine Tortoise keep me away from every description of hell. May Lord Dhanwantari guard me against unwholesome diet and Lord Rsabhadeva, whose mind is perfectly subdued, from the fear of the pairs of opposites. Again, may Lord Yana save me from public scandal; Lord Balarama (the elder Brother of Sri Krsna), from death at the hands of a human being and Sesa (the lord of serpents), from (the clutches of) the class of serpents known as the Krodhavasas.

May Lord Dwaipayana (the divine sage Vedavyasa, so-called because He was born in an island) guard me against ignorance and Lord Buddha, against heretical creeds and neglect of duties. (And) may Lord Kalki, who assumed that glorious manifestation for the preservation of righteousness protect me from (the impurities of) the Kali age, the refuse (dirtiest period) of time. May Lord Kesava (the Supreme Deity the Ruler of even Brahma and Siva) protect me with His mace in the morning (the first of the six divisions of the day, each consisting of two hours); Sri Krsna (the Protector of cows), who holds a flute (in His hand), through the Sangava hours (the second part of the day); Lord Narayana (who has His abode in water and who weild an uplifted javelin), in the forenoon and (the all-pervading) Lord Visnu, carrying Sudarsana (the chief of all discuses) in His hand, at midday. May Lord Madhusudana (the Slayer of the demon Madhu), who wields a terrible bow, protect me in the afternoon and Lord Madhava (the Spouse of Goddess Laksmi) manifested in three glorious forms (Brahma, Visnu and Siva), at dusk. May Lord Hrsikesa guard me in the first part of the night (and) Lord Padmanabha (Who has a lotus spring from His navel), alone, during the second part (till midnight) as well as at midnight (during the third part). May the Lord bearing the mark of Srivatsa (a white curl of hair representing the foot-print of the sage Bhrgu) on His chest, protect me in the latter (fourth) part of the night; Lord Janardana (who is supplicated by men), carrying a sword (in His hand), at the close (during the fifth part) of the night; Damodara (Lord Sri Krsna as bound at the waist with a string to a wooden mortar used for threshing paddy etc.), by mother Yatoda as a punishment for His childish pranks), at dawn and Lord Visweswara (the Ruler of the universe), manifested as the Time-Spirit (or Death), during both twilights (morning and evening).



  1. The thirty-two transgressions to which a worshipper of the Deity is liable are as follows:-(1) To ride into the premises sacred to a deity or to enter a place of worship (even) with wooden sandals under one's feet; (2) failure to celebrate or attend (when invited) sacred festivals such as the Rathayatra (conducting the Deity in a festive procession on a chariot on the day appointed for the same). Janmastami (the Birthday of Lord Sri Krsna) and so on; (3) failure to salute an image of the Deity after beholding it; (4) to visit a temple in a an impure state; (5) to salute the Deity by raising only one hand; (6) to go on walking round the Lord without pausing a while before Him after every full round, or merely walking round in front of the Lord; (7) to ' squat with one's legs stretched in front of the Deity; (8) to squat with one's kness up and encircled by one's arms before the Deity; (9) to lie down before the Lord; (10) to dine before the Deity; (11) to tell a lie before the Deity; (12) to speak loudly before the Deity; (13) to talk with another before the Deity; (14) to exclaim in front of the Lord; (15) to quarrel in front of the Deity; (16) to torment another before the Lord; (17) to bless another before the Deity; (18) to speak harsh words to another before the Deity; (19) to cover oneself all over with a blanket before the Deity; (20) to revile another before the Deity; (21) to extol another before the Deity; (22) to utter indecent words before the Deity; (23) to fast before the Deity; (24) to worship the Lord with ordinary materials even when one can afford to offer Him more valuable articles; (25) to eat or drink anything that has not been offered to the Deity; (26) failure to offer to the Lord a fruit peculiar to the season before giving it to anyone else; (27) to offer some fruit or vegetable with its front part removed from it for being cooked as food for the use of the Deity; (28) to sit with one's back over against the Deity; (29) to salute anyone else before the Deity; (30) failure to greet one's preceptor, enquire after his health and extol him; (31) to indulge in self-praise and (32) to revile any Deity whatsoever.