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In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences faced by Indian American children after exposure to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We demonstrate that there is an intimate connection—an almost exact correspondence—between James Mill’s colonial-racist discourse (Mill was the head of the British East India Company) and the current school textbook discourse. This racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces the same psychological impacts on Indian American children that racism typically causes: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon akin to racelessness, where children dissociate from the traditions and culture of their ancestors.

This book is the result of four years of rigorous research and academic peer-review, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.

Chandra Kavacham

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated by P. R. Ramachander

This Kavacham gives protection from all problems caused by the Moon. It should be chanted every Monday, if the horoscope indicates that the Moon is causing problems.

Asya Sri Chandra Kavacha stotra Maha Manthrasya

What follows is the great prayer called “Armour of the moon.”

Gowthama Rishi
Anushtup Chanda,
Chandro Devatha
Chandra preethyartham jape viniyoga.

Sage for this prayer is Gowthama, meter is Anushtup, God is the moon and this is being chanted to please the moon.


Samam, chathurbhujam vande, keyura makutojjwalam,
Vasudevasya nayanam, Shankarasya cha bhooshanam., 1

I salute the four armed Moon god who is calm,
Who shines in a gem studded great crown,
Who is the eye of Lord Vishnu,
And the ornament of Lord Shiva.

Yevam dhyathwa japen nithyam shasina kavacham shubham,
Shasi pathu shiro desam, phalam pathu kala nidhi., 2

Thus praying,this holy armour of moon, should be chanted daily,
Let my head be protected by moon, and hairs be protected by the treasure of arts.

Chakshushi chandrama pathu, shruthi pathu nisha pathi,
Pranam krupakara pathu,mukham kumuda bhandhava., 3

Let my eyes be protected by he who has moon light,
Let my ears be protected by the Lord of the night,
Let my soul be protected by he who is merciful,
And my face be protected by the relative of Lotus.

Pathu kantam cha may soma, skande jaivathrukasthadha,
Karou sudhakara pathu, vaksha pathu nisakara., 4

Let Soma protect my neck,
Let my shoulder be protected by one who is long lived,
Let the maker of nectar protect my hands,
And the maker of night protect my chest.

Hrudayam pathu may chandro, nabhim shankara bhooshana,
Madhyam pathu sura sreshta, katim pathu sudhakara., 5

Let my heart be protected by moon,
Let my belly be protected by ornament of Shiva,
Let my middle be protected by chief of devas,
And my hip be protected by he who makes nectar.

Ooru tharapathi pathu, mrugango januni sada,
Abdhija padhu may jange,padhu, padou vidhu sada., 6

Let my thighs be protected by the Lord of the stars,
Let he who has a deer protect my knees,
Let the maker of time protect my calves,
Let my feet be protected by Moon.

Sarvan anyani changaani pathu, chandro akhilam vapu,
Ethdhi kavacham punyam bhukthi mukthi pradayakam., 7

Let all my other organs be protected by Chandra who is everywhere
And this armour would give one devotion and salvation.

Ya padeth srunyadhvapi sarvathra vijayi bbhaveth., 8

If one reads or hears this, he would win in everything.

Ithi Sri Chandra kavacham sampoornam.

Thus ends the armour of the moon.