pancakanya venkat at CIEFL.AC.IN
Wed Feb 12 19:52:28 UTC 2003

Nearly after 40 years later I hear the pancakanya sloka.  My mother used to
recite this before going to bed along with another (now I realize ) Sanskrit
sloka to ward off snakes, scorpions and other harmful creatures.  The verse,
from memory run like this:

Karakotakasya naagasya ...damayanti cha rutuparanasya
rajarshi teerthanam kalinashanam

and then

Ahaylay draupadi kunti taara mandodari
tatha pancakanya smare nityam mahapataknashanam

These were recited five times before going to bed.
I now realize that they have puranic sources.

D. Venkat Rao

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