Praises and Mantra Recitation for the Epidemic Repelling Buddhist Goddess Parnashavari

The goddess Parnashavari (Sanskrit) or Logyönma (lo gyon ma) in Tibetan, the so-called ‘leaf-clad Goddess’ of the ‘mountain retreat’ or fastness of the aboriginal forest is renowned in Tibetan Buddhism as a resolver of epidemic diseases and fevers. As one of the twenty one emanations of the female Buddha or Saviouress Tara/Drolma, Parnashavari is regularly invoked to remove spiritual obstacles and promote health and longevity, and special medicinal pills which bear her name are manufactured for use against epidemic diseases, feverish conditions, and various other maladies. These pills or rilbu (ril bu) are typically consecrated by ritual specialists who recite Parnashavari’s praises and mantras and visualize her form to incite her potentizing blessings.

Since the start of the global coronavirus pandemic, several Tibetan lamas and physicians have recommended that Buddhist practitioners recite Logyönma’s mantra, either by itself or with accompanying visualizations. Whether practiced as part of an extensive sadhana practice or on its own, many different Tibetan authorities seem to agree that it is a very useful and powerful practice for our current times. 

Accordingly, here is one example of a prayer to Logyönma, along with mantra recitation, as sung by Tsering Donla. The Tibetan prayer of praise and mantra is included below, along with an English transliteration and translation by Ben Joffe of Sky Press. May health, healing, and happiness abound!

རྒྱལ་བ་ཀུན་གྱི་ཡེ་ཤེས་སྒྱུ་མ་ཡི།། ཆོ་འཕྲུལ་རྣམ་པར་དག་པ་ལས་ཐོན་པའི།

ལྷ་མོ་གང་གི་སྤྲུལ་པས་ནད་གདོན་བགེགས།། ཀུན་ཏུ་ཞི་མཛད་མ་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ།།


Gyalwa kun gi yeshe gyuma yi/ chotrul nampar dakpa le tönpe/

lhamo gang gi tulpe ne dön gek/ kuntu zhidze ma la chaktsel lo


oṃ piśāci-parṇa-śavari sarva-jvara-praśamanaye svāhā [Sanskrit mantra pronunciation]

“O Goddess, who emerges from the miraculous, wholly pure display that

is the magical, illusory form of the primordial gnosis of all the victorious

Buddhas, whose emanations completely pacify all diseases, demonic provocations,

and obstructions, to you I pay homage!”

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