Monday, 4 July 2011

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Karavalamba Stotram



Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Karavalamba Stotra by Adi Sankara Bhagawat Pada. Lakshmi Nrsimha Karavalamba Stotram, also known as Lakshmi Narasimha Karunarasa Stotram is a 17-verse Stotram in praise of Lakshmi Narasimha. The Stotram is so called because each of these verses ends with the same refrain “Lakshmi Narasimha, Mama Dehi Karavalambam” which means “Oh Lord Narasimha, please lend me your helping hand”.
We have added the English Translation and Meaning of Lakshmi Narsimha Karavalamba stotram. The English Meaning is added after each stanza in italics. We are indepted to Mr P.R.Ramachander Sir, who have provided the English translation of the stotra.
Lakshmi Narasimha Karavalamba Stotram dedicated to the feet of Lord Lakshmi Nrsimha.


Lyrics of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Karavalamba Stotram – Lakshmi Nrsimha Prayer

Srimat Payonidhi Nikethana Chakra Pane,
Bhogeendra Bhoga Mani Rajitha Punya Moorthe,
Yogeesa Saswatha Saranya Bhabdhi Potha,
Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi Karavalambam 1


Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha,
Who lives in the ocean of milk,
Who holds the holy wheel as weapon,
Who wears the gems of the head,
Of Adhisesha as ornaments,
Who has the form of good and holy deeds,
Who is the permanent protection of sages,
And who is the boat which helps us cross,
This ocean of misery called life,
Please give me the protection of your hands.


Brahmendra, Rudra Arka Kireeta Koti,
Sangattithangri Kamala Mala Kanthi Kantha,
Lakshmi Lasath Kucha Saroruha Raja Hamsa,
Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi Karavalambam 2


Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha,
Whose feet is touched by the crowns,
Of Brahma, Indra, Shiva and Sun,
Whose shining feet adds to his effulgence,
And who is the royal swan playing,
Near the breasts of Goddess Lakshmi,
Please give me the protection of your hands.


Samsara Gora Gahane Charathe Murare,
Marogra Bheekara Mruga Pravardhithasya,
Aarthasya Mathsara Nidha Chain Peedithasya,
Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi Karavalambam 3


Oh Great God Lakshmi Narsimha,
Oh Lord who killed the Asura called Mura,
I have been traveling in the dark forests of day to day life,
Where I have been terrified by the lion called desire,
And scorched by the heat called competition, and so,
Please give me the protection of your hands.


Samsara Koopam Adhi Ghora Magadha Moolam,
Samprapya Dukha Satha Sarpa Samakulasya,
Dheenasya Deva Krupana Padamagadasya,
Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi Karavalambam 4


Oh Great God Lakshmi Narasimha,
I have reached the very dangerous and deep,
Bottom of the well of day to day life,
And also being troubled by hundreds,
Of miseries which are like serpents,
And am really miserable and have,
Reached the state of wretchedness and so,
Please give me the protection of your hands.


Samsara Sagara Vishala Karala Kala,
Nakra Graham Grasana Nigraha Vigrahasya,
Vyagrasya Raga Rasanormini Peedithasya,
Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi Karavalambam 5

Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha,
I have reached this wide unfathomable ocean of day to day life,
And I have been caught by black deadly,
Crocodiles called time which are killing me
And I am also afflicted by waves of passion,
And attachments to pleasures like taste and so,
Please give me the protection of your hands.


Samasra Vrukshamagha Bheeja Manantha Karma,
Sakha Satham Karana Pathramananga Pushpam,
Aroohasya Dukha Phalitham Pathatho Dayalo,
Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi Karavalambam 6


Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha,
I have climbed the tree of worldly life,
Which grew from the seed of great sin,
Which has hundreds of branches of past karmas,
Which has leaves which are parts of my body,
Which has flowers which are the result of Venus,
And which has fruits called sorrow,
But I am falling down from it fast and so,
Please give me the protection of your hands.


Samsara Sarpa Ghana Vakthra Bhyogra Theevra,
Damshtra Karala Visha Daghdha Vinashta Murthe,
Naagari Vahana Sudhabhdhi Nivasa Soure,
Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi Karavalambam 7



Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha,
Oh, Lord who rides on the enemy of snakes,
Oh, Lord who lives in the ocean of nectar,
The serpent of family life has opened,
Its fearful mouth with very dangerous,
Fangs filled with terrible venom,
Which has destroyed me and so,
Please give me the protection of your hands.


Samsara Dava Dahanathura Bheekaroru,
Jwala Valee Birathi Dhighdha Nooruhasya,
Thwat Pada Padma Sarasi Saranagathasya,
Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi Karavalambam 8


Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha,
I have been scarred badly by the fire of daily life,
And even every single hair of my body,
Has been singed by its fearful flames,
And I have taken refuge in the lake of your lotus feet, and so,
Please give me the protection of your hands.


Samsara Jala Pathithasya Jagan Nivasa,
Sarvendriyartha Badisartha Jashopamasya,
Proth Ganditha Prachoora Thaluka Masthakasya,
Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi Karavalambam 9


Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha,
I have been caught in this net of daily life,
And all my organs are caught in that web,
And the five senses which is the hook,
Tears apart my head from me, and so,
Please give me the protection of your hands.


Samsara Bheekara Kareeendra Karabhigatha,
Nishpishta Marmma Vapusha Sakalarthi Nasa,
Prana Prayana Bhava Bhhethi Samakulasya,
Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi Karavalambam 10


Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha,
I have been struck by the fearful king of elephants,
Which is the worldly illusion, and my vital parts,
Have been completely crushed, and I suffer,
From thoughts of life and death, and so,
Please give me the protection of your hands.


Andhasya Me Viveka Maha Danasya,
Chorai Prabho Bhalibhi Rindriya Nama Deyai,
Mohanda Koopa Kuhare Vinipathathasya,
Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi Karavalambam 11


Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha,
I have become blind because, the sense of discrimination,
Has been stolen from me by the thieves of ‘senses’,
And I who am blind, have fallen in to the deep well of passion, and so,
Please give me the protection of your hands.


Baddhvaa Gale Yamabhataa Bahutarjayantah,
Karshhanti Yatra Bhavapaashashatairyutam Maam.
Ekaakinam Paravasham Chakitam Dayaalo
Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi Karavalambam 12


Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha,
I have been tied by the soldiers of the God of death,
By numerous ropes of worldly attachments,
And they are dragging me along by the noose around the neck,
And I am alone, tired and afraid, and so Oh mrciful one,
Please give me the protection of your hands.


Lakshmi Pathe Kamala Nabha Suresa Vishno,
Vaikunta Krishna Madhu Soodhana Vishwaroopa,
Brahmanya Kesava Janardhana Chakrapane,
Devesa Dehi Krupanasya Karavalambam 13


Oh King of Devas,
Who is the Lord of Lakshmi, who has a lotus on his belly,
Who is Vishnu, the lord of all heavenly beings, who is Vaikunta,
Who is Krishna , who is the slayer of Madhu,
Who is one with lotus eyes, Who is the knower of Brahman,
Who is Kesava, Janardhana, Vasudeva,
Please give me the protection of your hands.


Ekena Chakramaparena Karena Shamkha-
Manyena Sindhutanyaaamavalambya Tishhthan,
Vaame Karena Varadaabhayapadmachihnam,
Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi Karavalambam 14


Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha,
Who holds Sudarshana, the holy wheel in one hand,
Who holds the conch in the other hand,
Who embraces the daughter of ocean by one hand,
And the fourth hand signifies protection and boons, and so,
Please give me the protection of your hands.


Samsaara Saagara Nimajjana Muhyamaanam
Diinam Vilokaya Vibho Karunaanidhe Maam,
Prahlaada Kheda Parihaara Paraavataara
Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi Karavalambam 15


Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha,
I am drowned in the ocean of day to day life,
Please protect this poor one, oh, Lord, Oh treasure of compassion,
Just as you took a form to remove the sorrows of Prahlada, and so,
Please give me the protection of your hands.


Prahlaada Naarada Paraashara Pundariika-
Vyaasaadi Bhaagavata Pungavah Rinnivaasa ,
Bhaktaanurakta Paripaalana Paarijaata,
Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi Karavalambam 16


Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha,
Who dwells in the hearts of great sages like Prahlada,
Narada, Parashara, Pundarika and Vyasa,
Who loves his devotees and is the wish giving tree,
That protects them, and so,
Please give me the protection of your hands.


Lakshminrisimha Charana Abja Madhuvratena
Stotram Kritam Shubhakaram Bhuvi Shankarena
Ye Tatpathanti Manujaa Haribhakti Yuktaa-
Ste Yaanti Tatpada Saroja Makhandaruupam 17


This prayer which blesses earth with good things,
Is composed by Sankara who is a bee,
Drinking deeply the honey from the lotus feet of Lakshmi Nrsimha,
And those humans who are blessed with devotion to Hari,
Will attain the lotus feet of the Brahman.

Sri Lakshmi Nrsimha Padarpanamasthu


Sri Lakshmi-Narasimha karuna-rasa-stotra

This was written by Adi Shankaracharya for the mercy of Sri Sri Lakshmi-Narasimha. It reflects the same devotional mood as his Govindashtakam and Prabhodashudhakara, and does not hold any of his impersonalistic teachings.


1. Shrimat-pavo-nidhi-niketana chakra-pane

bhogindra-bhoga-mani-rajita punya-murte

yogisha shashvata sharanya bhavabdhi-pota

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


Lord, Your form is all beautiful because you are the master of the goddess of fortune. You reside in the ocean of milk, and You carry the Sudarshana disc in Your hand. Your all-auspicious form is made even more resplendent by the jewel-like body of Anantadeva, the king of serpents upon whom You rest. You are the eternal deliverer from the ocean of birth and death for all those who seek Your shelter and You are the master of all mystics. O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands.


2. Brahmendra rudra-marud arka-kirita-koti

sanghattitangri-kamalamala-kanti-kanta

lakshmi lasat-kucha saroruha-raja-hamsa

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


Lord Brahma, Lord Indra, Lord Shiva, the Maruts and the sun-god all fall down with their tens and millions of helmets at Your lotus feet, which are most dear to the goddess of fortune, Lakshmi, who appears as beautiful as a royal swan enjoying the lotus flower of Your chest. O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands.


3. Samsara-dava dahanakula bhishanoru

jvalavalibhih ati-daghda tanuru-hasya

tvat pada-padmasarasim sharanagatasya

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


The conditioned soul suffers on the path of repeated birth and death exactly like one caught in a forest fire. Being fearful, his body burnt by the licking flames, he cries most pitiably. Just as one tormented by a forest fire may take shelter in a pond. Your lotus feet are just like a pond giving refuge to the surrendered soul from the forest fire of samsara. O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands.


4. Samsara-jala-patitasya jagan-nivasa

sarvendriyarta-badishagra-jhashopamasya

protkampita-prachurataluka-mastakasya

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


O abode of the universe, I have fallen into the net of repeated birth and death. Just like an aquatic animal, I eagerly accept the hook baited with the sense objects. And just as the fish is caught trembling, and his head is cut off, so my real consciousness is lost as I am punished by the material nature. O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands.


5. Samsara-kupam ati-ghoram agadha-mulam

samprapya dukha-shata-sarpa-samakulasya

dinasya deva kripaya padam agatasya

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


Having fallen into the horrible and bottomless well of repeated birth and death, I am tormented by the serpent of hundred fold miseries. In this fallen condition, O Lord, by Your mercy I am surrendered to Your lotus feet. O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands.


6. Samsara-bhikara-karindra-karabhighata

nishpidyamana-vapushah sakalarti-nasa

prana-prayana bhava-bhiti-samakulasya

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


You slay the king of the demons, Hiranyakashipu, whose body is as strong as an elephant by squeezing him with your hands. In this way You destroy all miseries by breaking the fearful cycle of birth and death. You are the ultimate goal of life for those who are disturbed by fear of material existence. O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands.


7. Samsara-sarpa-visha-digdha mahogra-tivra

damstragra-koti-paridashta vinashta-murte

nagari-vahana sudhabdhi-nivasa shaure

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


I have been bitten by the tens of millions of terrible sharp fangs of the snake of material existence. Having been injected with its powerful poison, I have lost my consciousness as the eternal servant of Krishna. The best remedy for snakebite is nectar, therefore O Lord Shauri, You reside in the ocean of nectar and Your carrier is Garuda the great enemy of snakes. O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands.


8. Samsara-vriksha agha-bijam ananta-karma

shakha-yutam karana-patram ananga-pushpam

aruhya dukha-phalinam patitam dayalo

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


The tree of samsara, or material existence, is sprouted from the seed of sinful desire. The unlimited reactions to fruitive activities are its branches, the senses are its leaves and its flowers is Cupid’s attraction of sex desire. O merciful one, I climbed up this tree but I have only obtained the fruit of misery and am now fallen. O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands.


9. Samsara-sagara-vishala-karala-kala

nakra-graha-grasita-nigraha-vigrahasya

vyadhasya raga-nichayormini piditasya

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


In the broad ocean of material existence I am broken and smashed again and again by the powerful waves of my accumulated attachments. Grasped in the jaws of the fearful crocodile of the external time factor, I am pierced, ripped apart, and swallowed. O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands.


10. Samsara-sagara-nimajjana-muhyamanam

dinam vilokaya vibho karuna-nidhe mam

prahlada-kheda-parihara-kritavatara

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


O all-powerful, ocean of mercy, cast Your glance upon me. I am bewildered, helplessly sinking in the sea of samsara. You descended to remove the distress of your devotee Prahlada Maharaja. O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands.


11. Samsara-ghora-gahane charato murare

marogra vbhikara mriga prachurarditasya

artasya matsara-nidagdha-suduhkhitasya

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


O Murari, I have fallen into the pit of material existence and I am wandering just like an animal greatly tormented by fear of horrible death that awaits him. Distressed and miserable, I am burnt by envy. O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands.


12. Baddhva gale yama-bhata bahu taryajantaha

karshanti yatra bhava-pasha-shatair yutam mam

ekakinam para-vasha chakitam dayalo

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


Binding me with ropes, the servants of Yamaraja drag me to his abode, beating me severely along the path. Bound by material existence in hundreds of ways, I stand alone, helpless and trembling, under the influence of the superior force of daiva maya. O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands.


13. Lakshmi-pate kamala-nabha suresha vishno

yajnesha yajna madhusudana vishvarupa

brahmanya keshava janardana vasudeva

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


You are the Lord of Lakshmi and the master of the demigods. O Vishnu, Your navel is just like a lotus. You are the Lord of sacrifice and the embodiment of sacrificial performance. O Madhusudana, Vishvarupa, You are always favorably disposed to the brahmanas. O Keshava, Janardana, Vasudeva, O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands.


14. Ekena chakram aparena karena shankham

anyena sindhu-tanayam avalambya tishthan

vametarena varadabhaya-padma-chihnam

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


In one of Your four hands You hold the Sudarshana disc and in another a conch. With another You embrace Lakshmi, who was born from the milk ocean, and with another on the left You bestow fearlessness. The palm of that hand which is raised to give the benediction is marked with the lotus symbol. O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands.


15. Andhasya me hrita-viveka-maha-dhanasya

corair mahabalibhir indriya-namadheyaiha

mohandhakara-kuhare vinipatitasya

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


Although I was very wealthy, I am blind and without discrimination. I have been robbed of my great treasure (Krishna consciousness) by the thieves known as the senses. Despite all my attempts to appease them with different types of offerings, they have thrown me into the pit of illusion and darkness. O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands.


16. Prahlada-narada-parasara-pundarika

vyasadi-bhagavata-pungava-hrin-nivasa

bhaktanurakta-paripalana-parijata

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


You reside in the hearts of the best devotees such as Prahlada Maharaja, Narada Muni, Parashara Muni, Pundarika, Vyasadeva and others. You are very fond of Your devotees and You are their parijata tree of protection. O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands.


17. Lakshmi-nrisimha-charanabja-madhu-vratena

stotram kritam shubha-karam bhuvi shankarena

ye tatpathanti manuja hari-bhakti-yuktaha

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam


This prayer, bestowing auspiciousness in this world, has been composed by Shankaracharya, who is a honeybee in the lotus flower of the feet of Sri-Sri Lakshmi-Nrisimha. Those who read this prayer with devotion to Lord Krishna attain the shelter of Sri Sri Lakshmi-Nrisimha’s lotus feet and also attain their eternal spiritual form, which is never annihilated

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