Friday, November 16, 2007

whats the difference between stotras and kavachs of deities and ther

From: Narasimha P.V.R. Rao <>
Date: Aug 3, 2007 5:34 AM
Subject: [vedic-wisdom] Re: whats the difference between stotras and kavachs of deities and ther

Namaste Sir,
The literal meaning of kavacha is a protective cover/shield. Kavachas of planets and gods are typically used for physical well-being, protection and removal of disease. If you follow the meanings of most kavachas, you are asking the planet or god in question for the protection of various body parts.
Two very powerful and comprehensive kavachas are Narayana kavacham from SrimadBhagavatam and Chandi Kavacham from Varaha Puranam.
It is a useful exercise to compare Vishnu kavacham with Narayana kavacham to understand the difference between Vishnu and Narayana.
If someone picks any kavacham and spends a couple of hours everyday chanting it many times over and keeps that habit for a few years, an invisible shield is formed around one's subtle body and protects one always. Kavachas are very powerful.
But some people these days have little time to devote to God and want results in 5-10 minutes. That is tough.
That is my quick 2 cents and I hope other learned scholars give more detailed and comprehensive answers.
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--- In, dheeraj khosla <khosladheeraj@...> wrote:
> Namaste  respected jyotishis,
>                                               please  explain  me  the  difference between kavach  and stotra.I  have various  books  in   sanskrit where kavachs  of  deities  and  planets  are  there
>   and  also this  include stotras of deities and  planets in sanskrit.
>              Can  any body explain  there main hidden  element and  there differences. How to  use these for  different  worships. Whats  the different uses of  these?
> If  i  am not  wrong ,  stotra  is the sort  of  stuti.  but  in  which  case we  use  it. Kavach also  must  have  some  unique  meaning   and to  the  point  use ( i  guess).
> yes  i    know this  time  too Pt. Dakshinamoorthyji  will  teach me this  divine  topic,  as  always his noble  gesture of  teaching ( great).
> thanks,
> regards,
> dheeraj  khosla  ( a  keen  observer of  astrology)

Brihaspati Gayatri, Vishwamitra/Gaathina Rishi Rig Veda 6.62.6