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Śrī Rāma-Raksha Stotra (श्रीरामरक्षास्तोत्र)

Śrī Rāma-Raksha Stotra

Śrī Rāma-raksha Stotra (श्रीरामरक्षास्तोत्र)

Śrī Rāma Rakṣā Stotra (Sanskrit: श्रीरामरक्षास्तोत्रम्) is one of the most powerful divine hymns (Sanskrit Stotra) in praise of Lord Śrī Rāma, recited as a prayer, and a request for the complete protection of Lord Rāma.

Vedic Sage Budha Kauśika was commanded in his dream by Lord Shiva to compose this hymn, and he composed the stotra, as soon as he awoke in the morning, thus this hymn has a divine origin.

'Rāma Rakṣā' literally means 'Protection of Lord Śrī Rāma (to us)'.

Śrī Rāma Rakṣā Stotra is also called Rāma-Kavācha, a shield of Protection by Lord Śrī Rāma, It is Śrī Rāma's armour called Vajrapanjar (वज्रपंजरनामेदं).

Whoever sincerely recites with all faith in Śrī Rāma, keeping its true meaning in heart, he not only gets the protection from Śrī Rāma, but He will also get all the necessary prosperity and powers, he will prosper in this world, and achieves liberation in the end.

Thus, this hymn is a complete prayer to Śrī Rāma in itself and recited with all faith and love by millions of devout Hindus and Śrī Rāma-Bhaktas every morning and on especial occasions such as Rāma Navamī, Navarātri etc.

In Chaitra-Navarātri and Āśvīn Navarātri, one should recite Rāma Rakṣā stotra at least 12 times each morning in Brahma-muhūrta (just before sun-rise) for all 9 days, keeping the true meaning of stotra in heart while reciting it.

1. Sings supreme glory of Śrī Rāma Nāma:

As like Śrī Rāma is the most attractive and also the ultimate refuge, similarly Śrī Rāma Nāma is the most beautiful and the best among all mantras for protection. Śrī Rāma Rakṣā stotra is also the song of supreme glory of Śrī Rāma Nāma.

The most beautiful Nāma which even Lord Shiva enjoys for chanting:

राम रामेति रामेति रमे रामे मनोरमे ।
सहस्रनाम तत्तुल्यं रामनाम वरानने ॥३८॥

rāma rāmēti rāmēti ramē rāmē manōramē ।
sahasranāma tattulyaṁ rāmanāma varānanē ॥38॥

Lord Shiva tells:

O' Fair-faced lady (Pārvatī)! My mind enjoys saying the beautiful Nāma - Rāma, Rāma, Rāma like this. Uttering once the name of Rāma is equal to the uttering of any other name of God, a thousand times ॥38॥

The most powerful among all mantras:

पातालभूतलव्योमचारिणश्छद्मचारिणः ।
न द्रष्टुमपि शक्तास्ते रक्षितं रामनामभिः ॥ ११॥

pātālabhūtalavyōmacāriṇaśchadmacāriṇaḥ ।
na draṣṭumapi śaktāstē rakṣitaṁ rāmanāmabhiḥ ॥ 11॥

They who travel in the hell, earth and heaven and who travel secretly (changing forms), would not be able to see (the one who reads) the one who is protected by the names of Śrī Rāma or Rāma Rakṣā Stotra. ॥11॥

जगजैत्रैकमंत्रेण रामनाम्नाभिरक्षितम् ।
यः कंठे धारयेत्तस्य करस्थाः सर्वसिद्धयः ॥ १३॥

jagajaitraikamaṁtrēṇa rāmanāmnābhirakṣitam ।
yaḥ kaṁṭhē dhārayēttasya karasthāḥ sarvasiddhayaḥ ॥ 13॥

In all three worlds, one who wears the hymn of the name of Rāma as a protection round his neck, would get all the powers and Siddhis (accomplishments) on his hand. ॥13॥

2. A treasure of sweet names of Śrī Rāma :

Śrī Rāma Rakṣā stotra contains many beautiful names of Śrī Rāma, so it is very much pleasing and nectarine to heart and mind for recitation.

Some beautiful names of Śrī Rāma coming in this hymn are:

Śrī Rāma, Rāmabhadrā (Śrī Rāma, the most virtuous), Rāmachandra (Śrī Rāma whose countenance is like full moon), Rāghava, Raghunandan (the darling of Raghus), Raghunātha (the lord of Raghus), Daśarathātmajaḥ (the son of Daśaratha), Kausaleyā (the son of Kauśalyā), Vishwamitrapriy (favourite to Viśvāmitra), Saumitri-vatsal (affectionate to Lakshman), Sītāpati (the consort of Sītā), Jamadagnyajit (the conqueror of the son of Jamdagni), Bharatvandit (saluted by Bharat), Vidyanidhi (the ocean of wisdom), Khardhvansi (the destroyer of demon Khara), Jambvadashray (in whom Jambvan takes refuge), Sugrivesh (the lord of Sugrīva), Hanumatprabhu (the god of Hanuman Ji), Raghuttama (the best of Raghus), Dāsarathī (the son of Dāsarathī), Kākutstha (the scion of Raghus), Bharatagraj (the elder of Bharat) Puruṣa (Supreme Purusha of Vedas), Pūrṇa (the complete, the absolute one), Jānakīvallabha (the dearest [Vallabha] of Janaki), Purāṇa-Purushottam (the Puruṣottama renowned in scriptures), etc.

Each name of Śrī Rāma is so beautiful in Śrī Rāma Rakṣā Stotra, which makes this hymn a treasure of the sweet names of Śrī Rāma, so everyone should recite it daily to drink the pure nectar in form of sweet names of dear lord.

3. Suggest 'Sarvabhāvēna śaraṇāgati’: Surrender to Śrī Rāma with your whole being (heart) (all Bhāvas)

Śrī Rāma Rakṣā Stotra gives a very beautiful and unique verse dedicated for surrendering into lotus feet of Bhagavan Śrī Rāma. 'Sarvabhāvēna śaraṇāgati ' into supreme Purusha Śrī Rāma is the conclusion of Rāmāyaṇa as well as Gītā, Śrī Rāma Rakṣā Stotra also sings for the Sarvbhaven Śaraṇāgati (taking Śaraṇāgati of lord with whole heart).

माता रामो मत्पिता रामचंद्रः ।
स्वामी रामो मत्सखा रामचंद्रः ।
सर्वस्वं मे रामचंद्रो दयालुः ।
नान्यं जाने नैव जाने न जाने ॥ ३०॥

mātā rāmō matpitā rāmacaṁdraḥ ।
svāmī rāmō matsakhā rāmacaṁdraḥ ।
sarvasvaṁ mē rāmacaṁdrō dayāluḥ ।
nānyaṁ jānē naiva jānē na jānē ॥ 30॥

My mother is Śrī Rāma, my father is Bhagavan Śrī Rāmachandra, my Swami (lord, husband, master) is Śrī Rāma, my dearest friend is Śrī Rāmachandra, my everything is merciful Śrī Rāmachandra. I know none else, I know of no other like him, I really don't! ॥30॥

So here one pledges and takes śaraṇāgati (refuge) of Bhagavan Śrī Rāma with whole heart. It is for experiencing Śrī Rāma all the time. if one is not able to fix his/her heart in any one of the relations with Śrī Rāma, so s/he should take Śaraṇāgati (refuge) of lord with Sarva-Bhāvas - this is the complete meaning of Gita 18.62.

Conclusion of Gītā:

Take refuge in Him (Parabrahman Śrī Rāma who is inside the heart) alone with your whole being, O scion of the Bharata dynasty. Through His grace you will attain the supreme Peace and the eternal Abode.  ।।Gita 18.62।।

Here the meaning of 'Sarvabhāvena' is very mysterious, It means one should take refuge of supreme lord with whole heart in such a way that all the love directed towards our beloved ones should merge at a single place in lord himself. This is also told by Lord himself in Śrī Rāmacharita-mānasa:-

The ties of affection that bind a man to his mother, father, brother, son, wife, body, wealth, house, friends and relations are like so many threads which a pious soul gathers up and twists into a string wherewith he binds his soul to My feet. [Śrī Rāmacharitmanas 5.48.2-3]

A saint of this description abides in My heart even as mammon resides in the heart of a covetous man.

4. Gives Śaraṇāgati Mantra :

Here is the Mantra for taking Śaraṇāgati of the lotus feet of Bhagavan Śrī Rāmachandra:

श्रीरामचन्द्रचरणौ मनसा स्मरामि ।
श्रीरामचन्द्रचरणौ वचसा गृणामि ।
श्रीरामचन्द्रचरणौ शिरसा नमामि ।
श्रीरामचन्द्रचरणौ शरणं प्रपद्ये ॥२९॥

śrīrāmacandracaraṇau manasā smarāmi ।
śrīrāmacandracaraṇau vacasā gṛṇāmi ।
śrīrāmacandracaraṇau śirasā namāmi ।
śrīrāmacandracaraṇau śaraṇaṁ prapadyē ॥29॥

I remember the feet of Śrī Rāmachandra in my mind. I praise the feet of Śrī Rāmachandra by my speech. I make salutation into the lotus feet of Śrī Rāmachandra by bowing down my head. I take refuge on the feet of Śrī Rāmachandra by bowing myself down. ॥29॥

5. Bestower of everything :

Śrī Rāma Rakṣā Stotra removes all the dangers and obstacles, and It bestows everything Bhakti, Mukti, protection, and Sarva-Samprada (divine as well as material)!

Whoever recites Śrī Rāma Rakṣā Stotra will find:

1. Bhakti [devotion of Śrī Śrī Sītā Rāma] , 2. Mukti [supreme liberation] , 3. Bhukti [all enjoyments in this world] 4. Accomplishments [Gets all powers and Siddhis] , 5. Shield of protection (Rakṣā) from Śrī Rāma himself against all types of fears and obstacles, 6. Victory (success) and auspiciousness everywhere [Jay-Maṅgalam] , 6) Long life (Chirayu) , 7. Happiness (becomes blessed) [Sukha] , 8. Humility [becomes Vinayi], 9. children and good family, 10. all sorts of wealth [both divine and material wealth], etc.

So whoever recites gets Supreme Bhakti:-

रामो राजमणिः सदा विजयते रामं रमेशं भजे ।
रामेणाभिहता निशाचरचमू रामाय तस्मै नमः ।
रामान्नास्ति परायणं परतरं रामस्य दासोस्म्यहम् ।
रामे चित्तलयः सदा भवतु मे भो राम मामुद्धर ॥ ३७॥

rāmō rājamaṇiḥ sadā vijayatē rāmaṁ ramēśaṁ bhajē ।
rāmēṇābhihatā niśācaracamū rāmāya tasmai namaḥ ।
rāmānnāsti parāyaṇaṁ parataraṁ rāmasya dāsōsmyaham ।
rāmē cittalayaḥ sadā bhavatu mē bhō rāma māmuddhara ॥ 37॥

I worship Śrī Rāma who is jewel (among kings), who is always victorious, and who is lord of Rāma (Sītā or Lakshmi the goddess of wealth). By him the hordes of demons who move at night have been destroyed, I salute that Rāma, To him is said my prayer! Beyond him there is nothing to be worshipped, (and thus) I am servant of that Śrī Rāma alone!! My mind is totally absorbed in Śrī Rāma. O Rāma, please lift me up (from lower to higher self) ॥37॥

Gets Bhukti (all enjoyments of good life) and Mukti (supreme liberation):-

रामेति रामभद्रेति रामचंद्रेति वा स्मरन् ।
नरो न लिप्यते पापैः भुक्तिं मुक्तिं च विन्दति ॥ १२॥

rāmēti rāmabhadrēti rāmacaṁdrēti vā smaran ।
narō na lipyatē pāpaiḥ bhuktiṁ muktiṁ ca vindati ॥ 12॥

 (The one who) remembers Rāma, Rāmabhadra and Rāmachandra (the names of Bhagavan Śrī Rāma), sins never get attached to him, he gets all enjoyments (throughout the life) and liberation (in the end).॥12॥

Gets long life , happiness, humility, children , and victory (success) :

एतां रामबलोपेतां रक्षां यः सुकृती पठेत् ।
स चिरायुः सुखी पुत्री विजयी विनयी भवेत् ॥ १०॥

ētāṁ rāmabalōpētāṁ rakṣāṁ yaḥ sukṛtī paṭhēt ।
sa cirāyuḥ sukhī putrī vijayī vinayī bhavēt ॥ 10॥

May the good man who reads this hymn (stotra) which has all the power of Śrī Rāma, be blessed with long life, happiness, children, victory (success) and humility. ॥10॥

Gets victory (success) everywhere:-

वज्रपंजरनामेदं यो रामकवचं स्मरेत् ।
अव्याहताज्ञः सर्वत्र लभते जयमंगलम् ॥ १४॥

vajrapaṁjaranāmēdaṁ yō rāmakavacaṁ smarēt ।
avyāhatājñaḥ sarvatra labhatē jayamaṁgalam ॥ 14॥

He who recites or remembers this armour (shield) called 'Vajrapanjara' will be unscathed and will be victorious (successful) everywhere .॥14॥

Gets all sorts of wealth (Sarva-Sampada) and becomes free from all the dangers and obstacles:-

आपदामपहर्तारं दातारं सर्वसंपदाम् ।
लोकाभिरामं श्रीरामं भूयो भूयो नमाम्यहम् ॥३५॥

āpadāmapahartāraṁ dātāraṁ sarvasaṁpadām ।
lōkābhirāmaṁ śrīrāmaṁ bhūyō bhūyō namāmyaham ॥35॥

Who is destroyer all the dangers and obstacles, and consecrator of all sorts of wealth (divine and of material nature both). I again and again salute that Śrī Rāma who is delight and cynosure of eyes of all the people. ॥35॥

There are many other secret features of Śrī Rāma Rakṣā Stotra.


Śrī Rāma Rakṣā Stotra

Thus begins the Rāma-raksha Stotra
(the hymn of Lord Rāma for complete protection).

॥ śrīrāmarakṣāstōtra ॥

viniyōgaḥ
asya śrīrāmarakṣāstōtramaṁtrasya । budhakauśika ṛṣiḥ ।
śrīsītārāmacaṁdrō dēvatā । anuṣṭup chaṁdaḥ ।
sītā śaktiḥ । śrīmad hanumāna kīlakam ।
śrīrāmacaṁdraprītyarthē rāmarakṣāstōtrajapē viniyōgaḥ ॥

The author of this hymn is Budha Kauśika Rishi.
The deity is Śrī Sītā-Rāmachandra.
The meter is Anuṣṭup [eight syllables in a quarter].
Power (energy of mother nature) is Sītā.
Limit (protector) is Hanumān.
The usage is recitation for pleasing Lord Sītā-Rāmachandra [Yugal Brahman].

॥ atha dhyānam ॥

Now meditate (on Śrī Śrī Sītā Rāma)

dhyāyēdājānubāhuṁ dhṛtaśaradhanuṣaṁ baddhapadmāsanastham ।
pītaṁ vāsō vasānaṁ navakamaladalaspardhinētraṁ prasannam ।
vāmāṁkārūḍha sītāmukhakamalamilallōcanaṁ nīradābham ।
nānālaṁkāradīptaṁ dadhatamurujaṭāmaṁḍanaṁ rāmacaṁdram ॥

I meditate on Bhagavan Śrī Rāmachandra who has long arms reaching his knees, who is holding a bow [Śārṅga] and arrows, who is seated in a lotus pose, who is wearing yellow clothes, whose eyes compete with petals of a fresh lotus, who looks contented, Whose sight is fixed on the lotus face of Sītā, sitting on his left thigh, whose colour is like that of rain cloud, Who shines in various ornaments and has matted hair which can reach till thighs.

॥ iti dhyānam ॥

Thus meditate (on Śrī Śrī Sītā Rāma).

caritaṁ raghunāthasya śatakōṭi pravistaram ।
ēkaikamakṣaraṁ puṁsāṁ mahāpātakanāśanam ॥ 1॥

The life story of Śrī Rāma is spread across billions of verses. Recitation of each and every word [of his life story] is capable of destroying even the greatest sins. ॥1॥

dhyātvā nīlōtpalaśyāmaṁ rāmaṁ rājīvalōcanam ।
jānakīlakṣmaṇōpētaṁ jaṭāmukuṭamaṁḍitam ॥ 2॥

Let us meditate on the blue lotus-eyed, dark-complexioned Śrī Rāma, Who is accompanied with Sītā and Lakshmana and is well-adorned with crown of matted hairs. ॥2॥

sāsitūṇadhanurbāṇapāṇiṁ naktaṁcarāntakam ।
svalīlayā jagatrātuṁ āvirbhūtaṁ ajaṁ vibhum ॥ 3॥

(Let us meditate Śrī Rāma) Who has a sword in a receptacle, and bows and arrows, who destroyed the demons, Who is birthless (beyond birth and death) but is incarnated by his own will to protect this world. ॥3॥

rāmarakṣāṁ paṭhētprājñaḥ pāpaghnīṁ sarvakāmadām ।
śirōmē rāghavaḥ pātu bhālaṁ daśarathātmajaḥ ॥ 4॥

May the wise read the Hymn of Lord Śrī Rāma, which destroys all sins and grants all desires. (Here Begins the listing details of the body to be protected) May Śrī Rāma who is Raghu's descendant protect my head. May Rāma, Daśaratha’s son (Rāma) protect my forehead. ॥4॥

kausalyēyō dṛśau pātu viśvāmitrapriyaśrutī ।
ghrāṇaṁ pātu makhatrātā mukhaṁ saumitrivatsalaḥ ॥ 5॥

May Kauśalya’s son protect my eyes, may favourite (disciple) of Viśvāmitra protect my ears, may saviour of Yajñas (sacrificial fire) protect my nose, may affectionate to Lakshmana protect my mouth. ॥5॥

jivhāṁ vidyānidhiḥ pātu kaṁṭhaṁ bharatavaṁditaḥ ।
skaṁdhau divyāyudhaḥ pātu bhujau bhagnēśakārmukaḥ ॥ 6॥

May ocean of wisdom (Śrī Rāma) protect my tongue, may Rāma who is saluted by Bhārata protect my neck, may Śrī Rāma, the bearer of celestial weapons protect my shoulders, may Rāma who broke (Lord Shiva's) bow protect my arms ॥6॥

karau sītāpatiḥ pātu hṛdayaṁ jāmadagnyajit ।
madhyaṁ pātu kharadhvaṁsī nābhiṁ jāmbavadāśrayaḥ ॥ 7॥

May the husband of Sītā protect my hands, may Śrī Rāma the conqueror of Paraśurāma protect my heart, may slayer of Khara (demon) protect my abdomen, may he who gave refuge to Jāmbavat protect my navel. ॥7॥

sugrīvēśaḥ kaṭī pātu sakthinī hanumatprabhuḥ ।
ūrū raghūttamaḥ pātu rakṣaḥkulavināśakṛt ॥ 8॥

May master of Sugreeva protect my waist, may god of Hanuman protect my hips, may the best of Raghus (Rāma) and the destroyer of the lineage of demons protect my thighs. ॥8॥

jānunī sētukṛtpātu jaṁghē daśamukhāntakaḥ ।
pādau bibhīṣaṇaśrīdaḥ pātu rāmōkhilaṁ vapuḥ ॥ 9॥

May Śrī Rāma who built the bridge (over ocean) protect my knees, may he who killed the ten-faced one (Ravana) protect my shins, may consecrator of wealth to Bibhishana protect my feet, may Śrī Rāma protect my entire body. ॥9॥

ētāṁ rāmabalōpētāṁ rakṣāṁ yaḥ sukṛtī paṭhēt ।
sa cirāyuḥ sukhī putrī vijayī vinayī bhavēt ॥ 10॥

May the good man who reads this hymn (stotra) which has all the power of Śrī Rāma, be blessed with long life, happiness, children, victory (success) and humility. ॥10॥

pātālabhūtalavyōmacāriṇaśchadmacāriṇaḥ ।
na draṣṭumapi śaktāstē rakṣitaṁ rāmanāmabhiḥ ॥ 11॥

Those who wanders below the earth (netherworld) or on the earth or above the earth (sky), or those who wander surreptitiously changing their forms would not be even able to see the one who is protected by the name of Rāma. Let alone bring any harm to him. ॥11॥

rāmēti rāmabhadrēti rāmacaṁdrēti vā smaran ।
narō na lipyatē pāpaiḥ bhuktiṁ muktiṁ ca vindati ॥ 12॥

(The one who) sings or remembers Rāma, Rāmabhadrā and Rāmachandra (the names of Bhagavan Śrī Rāma), sins never get attached to him, he gets all enjoyments (throughout the life) and liberation (in the end). ॥12॥

jagajaitraikamaṁtrēṇa rāmanāmnābhirakṣitam ।
yaḥ kaṁṭhē dhārayēttasya karasthāḥ sarvasiddhayaḥ ॥ 13॥

In all three worlds, one who wears the hymn of the name of Rāma which has conquered the world as a protection round his neck, would get all the powers on his hand. ॥13॥

vajrapaṁjaranāmēdaṁ yō rāmakavacaṁ smarēt ।
avyāhatājñaḥ sarvatra labhatē jayamaṁgalam ॥ 14॥

He who recites or remembers this armour (shield) called 'Vajrapanjara' will be unscathed and will be victorious (successful) everywhere .॥14॥

ādiṣṭavān yathā svapnē rāmarakṣāṁmimāṁ haraḥ ।
tathā likhitavān prātaḥ prabhuddhō budhakauśikaḥ ॥ 15॥

This protective hymn of Śrī Rāma was told by Shiva (Lord of destruction) in the dream, and was written down as it is by Vedic sage Budha koushika the very next morning. ॥15॥

ārāmaḥ kalpavṛkṣāṇāṁ virāmaḥ sakalāpadām ।
abhirāmastrilōkānāṁ rāmaḥ śrīmān sa naḥ prabhuḥ ॥ 16॥

Who is like a wish Yielding tree and who removes all obstacles, and who is the praise of all three worlds, Śrī Rāma, is our 'Lord' indeed. ॥16॥

taruṇau rūpasaṁpannau sukumārau mahābalau ।
puṁḍarīkaviśālākṣau cīrakṛṣṇājināmbarau ॥ 17॥

May the two brothers (Śrī Rāma and Lakshmana) who are young, full of beauty, and very strong, who have broad eyes like lotus, who wear the hides of trees, (continued..)॥17॥

phalamūlāśinau dāntau tāpasau brahmacāriṇau ।
putrau daśarathasyaitau bhrātarau rāmalakṣmaṇau ॥ 18॥

Two sons of Daśaratha, the two brothers (Śrī Rāma and Lakshman) who are subsisting on roots and fruits, and practicing penance and celibacy, (continued ..)॥18॥

śaraṇyau sarvasattvānāṁ śrēṣṭhau sarvadhanuṣmatām ।
rakṣaḥ kulanihaṁtārau trāyētāṁ nō raghūttamau ॥ 19॥

who give protection to all beings and who are foremost among all the archers, who destroy whole race of demons, (may they) protect us, O' best of scions of Raghu (Śrī Rāma and Lakshmana)!॥19॥

āttasajjadhanuṣāviṣuspṛśāvakṣayāśuganiṣaṁgasaṁginau ।
rakṣaṇāya mama rāmalakṣmaṇāvagrataḥ pathi sadaiva gacchatām ॥ 20॥

Who bows pulled and ready, their hands on the arrows packed in ever full quivers carried on their backs, May Śrī Rāma and Lakshmana always escort me in my path, for my protection. ॥20॥

sannaddhaḥ kavacī khaḍgī cāpabāṇadharō yuvā ।
gacchanmanōrathōsmākaṁ rāmaḥ pātu salakṣmaṇaḥ ॥ 21॥

Ever prepared and armed with sword, shield, bow and arrows and followed by Lakshmana, Śrī Rāma is like our cherished thoughts come to life. May he, along with Lakshman, both ever youthful, protect us. ॥21॥

rāmō dāśarathiḥ śūrō lakṣmaṇānucarō balī ।
kākutsthaḥ puruṣaḥ pūrṇaḥ kausalyēyō raghuttamaḥ ॥ 22॥

Śrī Rāma, the son of Dasaratha, ever accompanied by Lakshmana, the scion of Raghus, the son of Kauśalyā, is all powerful and is the perfect man. ॥22॥

vēdāntavēdyō yajñēśaḥ purāṇapuruṣōttamaḥ ।
jānakīvallabhaḥ śrīmān apramēya parākramaḥ ॥ 23॥

Śrī Rāma, who is perceived through Vedanta, who is lord of sacrificial fire (Yajñas), who is ancient, and the best among all men, who is the beloved of Janaki (Sītā), and whose bravery is immeasurable. ॥23॥

ityētāni japannityaṁ madbhaktaḥ śraddhayānvitaḥ ।
aśvamēdhādhikaṁ puṇyaṁ saṁprāpnōti na saṁśayaḥ ॥ 24॥

(Thus lord Shiva said) My devotee who recites these names of Rāma with faith, He, without any doubt, will get religious merits more than the performance of Yajñas like Aśvamedha, etc. ॥24॥

rāmaṁ durvādalaśyāmaṁ padmākṣaṁ pītavāsasam ।
stuvaṁti nāmabhirdivyaiḥ na tē saṁsāriṇō naraḥ ॥ 25॥

Those who sing the praise of Śrī Rāma who is dark-complexioned like leaf of green grass, who is lotus-eyed and dressed in yellow clothes , through this hymn are no longer ordinary men trapped in the world (they are liberated). ॥25॥

rāmaṁ lakṣmaṇapūrvajaṁ raghuvaraṁ sītāpatiṁ suṁdaram ।
kākutsthaṁ karuṇārṇavaṁ guṇanidhiṁ viprapriyaṁ dhārmikam ।
rājēṁdraṁ satyasaṁdhaṁ daśarathatanayaṁ śyāmalaṁ śāṁtamūrtim ।
vaṁdē lōkābhirāmaṁ raghukulatilakaṁ rāghavaṁ rāvaṇārim ॥ 26॥

I salute that Śrī Rāma who is handsome, the elder brother of Lakshmana, the best of the scions of the Raghu-race, the husband of Sītā, the ocean of compassion, the treasure of virtues, the most beloved of the religious people, and protector of dharma, Him who is the Lord emperor of kings, embodiment of truth, the son of Daśaratha, dark-complexioned, and the personification of peace and tranquillity, Him who is the enemy of Ravana, the crown jewel of Raghu dynasty, and the cynosure of eyes of all the people. ॥26॥

rāmāya rāmabhadrāya rāmacaṁdrāya vēdhasē ।
raghunāthāya nāthāya sītāyāḥ patayē namaḥ ॥ 27॥

I salute Rāma, (my) beloved Rāma, and moon like peaceful Rāma, I salute Lord of Raghus, Lord of all the worlds, and the husband of Sītā. ॥27॥

śrīrāma rāma raghunaṁdana rāma rāma ।
śrīrāma rāma bharatāgraja rāma rāma ।
śrīrāma rāma raṇakarkaśa rāma rāma ।
śrīrāma rāma śaraṇaṁ bhava rāma rāma ॥ 28॥

I take refuge of Śrī Rāma who is the delight of the Raghus,
Śrī Rāma who is elder brother of Bharata,
Śrī Rāma who is tormentor of his enemies in the war.
I come under refuge of God Rāma. ॥28॥

śrīrāmacaṁdracaraṇau manasā smarāmi ।
śrīrāmacaṁdracaraṇau vacasā gṛṇāmi ।
śrīrāmacaṁdracaraṇau śirasā namāmi ।
śrīrāmacaṁdracaraṇau śaraṇaṁ prapadyē ॥ 29॥

I remember the feet of Śrī Rāmachandra in my mind.
I praise the feet of Śrī Rāmachandra by my speech.
I salut the feet of Śrī Rāmachandra by bowing down my head.
I take refuge on the feet of Śrī Rāmachandra by bowing myself down ॥29॥

mātā rāmō matpitā rāmacaṁdraḥ ।
svāmī rāmō matsakhā rāmacaṁdraḥ ।
sarvasvaṁ mē rāmacaṁdrō dayāluḥ ।
nānyaṁ jānē naiva jānē na jānē ॥ 30॥

My mother is Śrī Rāma, My father is Śrī Rāma,
My Swami (lord, master, husband) is Śrī Rāma,
My dearest friend is Rāmachandra.
Indeed the kind-hearted Śrī Rāma is all I have!
I know none else, I know of no other like him, I really don't! ॥30॥

dakṣiṇē lakṣmaṇō yasya vāmē tu janakātmajā ।
puratō mārutiryasya taṁ vaṁdē raghunaṁdanam ॥ 31॥

I salute that Rāma the delight of the Raghus, who has Lakshmana on his right and the daughter of Janaka (Sītā) on the left, and who has Hanuman in his front. ॥31॥

lōkābhirāmaṁ raṇaraṁgadhīram rājīvanētraṁ raghuvaṁśanātham ।
kāruṇyarūpaṁ karuṇākaraṁ taṁ śrīrāmacaṁdram śaraṇaṁ prapadyē ॥ 32॥

I surrender to (that) Lord Śrī Rāma who is the delight of all the worlds, most courageous in war, lotus-eyed, lord of the Raghu-race and the Personification of compassion. ॥32॥

manōjavaṁ mārutatulyavēgaṁ jitēndriyaṁ buddhimatāṁ variṣṭham ।
vātātmajaṁ vānarayūthamukhyaṁ śrīrāmadūtaṁ śaraṇaṁ prapadyē ॥ 33॥

I take refuge in the lord Hanuman who is as fast as the mind, equals his father the wind-God in speed, is the master of the senses, the foremost amongst the learned, the leader of the monkey forces, and the great messenger of Śrī Rāma. ॥33॥

kūjaṁtaṁ rāma rāmēti madhuraṁ madhurākṣaram ।
āruhya kavitāśākhāṁ vaṁdē vālmīkikōkilam ॥ 34॥

I salute the great Sage Vālmīki who sings the sweet name of Rāma, sweet letters of Rāma Nāma (in form of Rāmāyaṇa) as sweetly as a cuckoo will sing sitting atop a tree. ॥34॥

āpadāṁ apahartāraṁ dātāraṁ sarvasaṁpadām ।
lōkābhirāmaṁ śrīrāmaṁ bhūyō bhūyō namāmyaham ॥ 35॥

Who is destroyer all the dangers and obstacles, and consecrator of all sorts of wealth, I again and again salute that Śrī Rāma who is delight of all the worlds. ॥35॥

bharjanaṁ bhavabījānāṁ arjanaṁ sukhasampadām ।
tarjanaṁ yamadūtānāṁ rāma rāmēti garjanam ॥ 36॥

The road of the name of Rāma destructs of the cause of rebirth (grants liberation), generates happiness and wealth, and a scare to Yama's (lord of death) messengers. ॥36॥

rāmō rājamaṇiḥ sadā vijayatē rāmaṁ ramēśaṁ bhajē ।
rāmēṇābhihatā niśācaracamū rāmāya tasmai namaḥ ।
rāmānnāsti parāyaṇaṁ parataraṁ rāmasya dāsōsmyaham ।
rāmē cittalayaḥ sadā bhavatu mē bhō rāma māmuddhara ॥ 37॥

I worship Śrī Rāma who is jewel (among kings), who always wins, and who is lord of Rāma (Sītā or Lakshmi the goddess of wealth). By him the hordes of demons who move at night have been destroyed, I salute that Rāma, To him is said my prayer! Beyond him there is nothing to be worshipped, (and thus) I am servant of that Śrī Rāma alone!! My mind is totally absorbed in Śrī Rāma. O Rāma, please lift me up (from lower to higher self). ॥37॥

rāma rāmēti rāmēti ramē rāmē manōramē ।
sahasranāma tattulyaṁ rāmanāma varānanē ॥ 38॥

Lord Shiva tells:
O' Fair-faced lady (Parvati)! My mind enjoys saying the beautiful nama - Rāma, Rāma, Rāma like this. Uttering once the name of Rāma is equal to the uttering of any other name of God, a thousand times. ॥38॥

iti śrībudhakauśikaviracitaṁ śrīrāmarakṣāstōtraṁ saṁpūrṇam ॥

॥ Thus ends Hymn (of Lord) Rāma (for) protection and composed by Budha Kauśika ॥

॥ śrīsītārāmacaṁdrārpaṇamastu ॥

Obeisances to Śrī Sītā and Rāmacandra!