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Introduction

Narayaneeyam is a highly devotional text. The author, Sri Meppattur Narayana Bhattathiri, was
cured of his Vatha Roga (rheumatism), attained great devotion and the vision of the Lord, by
composing and singing Narayaneeyam in front of the Lord at the temple of Guruvayur.
There are eighteen main Purarnas, in the Hindu scriptures. The most important is Sreemad
Bhagavatham. It has 18000 slokas. Narayaneeyam is a condensation of this vast Purana, and
contains only 1036 slokas, with its philosophical and devotional contents intact.
Narayan Bhattathiri was born in 1560 AD and mastered the scriptures at the age of 16. However, he
was not very devoted at that age. Once when he was rebuked by his Guru Achutha Pisharodi, he
became very repentant and devoted to his Guru.
He became an ardent scholar. About ten years later his Guru was affected by rheumatism and
Naraynan Bhattathiri prayed to the Lord to relieve his Guru of the disease and transfer it to him. His
prayer was heard. His Guru regained health and instead the disease came to Narayan Bhattathiri.
He had the deep faith that his prayer will be heard and he will be relieved of the disease. Hence he
decided to surrender himself at the feet of Lord Krishna in the temple of Guruvaayur, and seek His
Grace.
Bhattathiri requested the guidance of the philosopher and devotee of that time Thunchant
(Thunjath Ramanuja) Ezhuthachan. The mahatma instructed him to Start with fish. Bhattathiri was
quick to take the indication of glorifying the Lord with the various avataras starting with
Matsyavatara (the incarnation as fish). The 10 avataras (10 incarnations) of Lord Vishnu are
extolled in the Bhaagavata Purana. This prompted him to compose the abridged version of the
Purana in the form of Shriman Naarayaneyam Stotram.
In his acute rheumatism Bhattathiri somehow reached the temple of Guruvaayur and fully
surrendered himself at the feet of the Lord. He prostrated in deep devotion and started to pray,
singing His glory and worship him everyday. He composed and rendered one Dashakam each day to
the Lord. Thus, in 100 days of sincere worship, Narayaneeyam consisting of 100 Dashakam was
composed.
These verses written in pain and agony of the author invoiced the sympathy and grace of the Lord.
At the end of each Dasakam, each day, he would pray for the mercy and kindness of the Lord to
cure his disease. Soon the Lords grace showered on him and on the 100th day the Lord blessed him
with His vision. Bhattathiri was overwhelmed with ecstasy and in the 100th Daskakam he cries out
Agre Pashyami here I see him in front of me and he gives a vivid description of the most
enchanting form of the Lord he saw from head to foot Keshaadi Paadam. From that day his
ailments vanished and he got totally cured.
Narayaneeyam Bhattathiri composed Narayaneeyam at the age of 27 years. With the Lord's grace

showering on him, he lived as a respected philosopher, poet and saint to the age of 96 years. He
has to his credit many masterly compositions of poetry, essays and books on philosophy and
Sanskrit grammar.
The unique features of Narayananeeyam, which endear it to devotees, are firstly it has been
written in great pain and agony and so echoes the poets heart felt prayer and high devotion.
Secondly it is written in first person singular as a direct conversation with the Lord. So anybody
reading it would also be addressing the Lord directly in person. This has a magnetic effect of the
devotees nearness to the Lord. Thirdly, since this hymn has practically demonstrated the cure of
the poets disease, tonic for Aayu, Aarogya, Sauchyam longevity, health and happiness, for all
those who approach it with sincerity of faith and devotion.

mnarayNym-

1 Bgvmhma

2 Bgvpm-

10

3 Bvpm-

13

4 Aza| g ygm-

16

5 vraz- p xpt:

19

6 vraz- vpm-

22

7 hrygBI pt:

25

8 p# l y:

28

9 jgs z:

32

10 s zBE d :

35

11 snkadna| vW k [ Zp# v E S :

38

12 vrahavtar:

41

13 hryaXvD:

44

14 kplavtar:

47

15 kplpdE S :

50

16 nrnarayNvtar:

53

17 D#vcrtm-

56

18 p T c rtm-

59

19 dXpt:

62

20 %xBygrcrtm-

65

21 Bgvd^ p asnap# k ara:

67

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mnarayNym-

22 AjamlmX:

70

23 dXcOkE t rtm-

73

24 p# adcrOm-

76

25 nrshavtar:

79

26 gjE d# m X:

82

27 XraDmTnE k\ m aR v tar

84

28 lm vy| v r:

87

29 mhn Avtar:

89

30 vamnavtar:

92

31 bldpI CE d :

95

32 myavtar:

98

33 Abrxcrtm-

100

34 ramavtar: (1)

103

35 ramavtar: (2)

106

36 prS r amavtar:

109

37 k] Navtar p# tav:

112

38 k] Navtar:

115

39 k] Njmsv:

118

40 p t namX:

121

41 p t nadE h dah:

123

42 Skzas r ng# h :

125

43 t N avtR v D:

127

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mnarayNym-

44 namkrNm-

130

45 bal lla

132

46 vpp# d SR t vNR nm-

135

47 ul KlbDnm-

137

48 nlk\ b rmNg# vy: SapmX:

139

49 b davn gmnm-

141

50 vsas r bkas r y: vD:

143

51 AGas r vD

146

52 b# gvR Smnm-

149

53 DE n k as r vD:

152

54 ym nadE kaly:

154

55 kalymdR nm-

157

56 kaly An g # h :

159

57 p# l bas r vD:

161

58 davanmX

163

59 vENganm-

166

60 gpvOaphrNm-

168

61 vp# pnAn g # h :

170

62 gvR nbl:

173

63 gvR nuarNm-

176

64 gvdaBxE k :

178

65 gpna| Bgvsmp gmnm-

180

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66 gpjnaadnm-

183

67 Bgvt: trDanm-

185

68 gpkana| prmaad:

187

69 ras@fa

189

70 s d SR n Sap mX:

192

71 kESvD: ymasrvD: c

194

72 A@\ r Aagmnm-

196

73 Bgvt: mD r ap r yaOa

199

74 Bgvt: mT r ap r p# v E S :

201

75 k| s vD

204

76 uvdoym-

207

77 jras

210

78 blram vvahm-

213

79 mN vvahm-

215

80 ymtk upayanm-

217

81 nrkas r vD:

220

82 baN y m-

223

83 pf k vD:

226

84 smtpkyaOa

229

85 jrasD SS p al c vD:

232

86 Bart y m-

235

87 k[ c E l v Oat:

238

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mnarayNym-

88 stangpal:

241

89 v k as r vD:

244

90 vN mhv Tapnm-

247

91 B mhvm-

250

92 kmR m B:

253

93 ct vR S t: g r v:

256

94 tv Oan upO:

259

95 yan yg:

262

96 Bgvt- vB t y:

265

97 makR fE y kTa

268

98 nkl b# upasnm-

271

99 vE d vpm-

274

100 kE S adpad vNR nm-

277

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