The central theme of Narayaneeyam is Bhakti (devotion). In literary merit, the Narayaneeyam holds pride of place in Sanskrit poetry.
According to legend, Bhattathiri acquired the dreaded condition of paralysis, voluntarily, by praying to the Lord Krishna, for transferring the disease to him from his teacher of Sanskrit grammar, Achyuta Pisharoty, who had been suffering from it, thereby relieving his Guru from the ailment. Subsequently, Bhattathiri had himself carried to the temple of Lord Krishna at Guruvayur, and lying prostrate before the Lord, he sought shelter and relief at the Lord's Lotus-Feet.
It Composed in 1600 AD by Meppattur Bhattathiri in praise of Lord Narayana/Krishna at Guruvayoor Temple,Kerala,South India,to get rid of his debilitating arthritic ailment ,”Narayaneeyam” is a solid expression of Intense Devotion.
Needless to say,Bhattathiri was fully cured at the end of the composition.
Comprising of 100 Dasakas,each dasaka having 10 Stanzas,the composition is a recapitulation of the Entire Mahabhagavatham!
Sriman Narayaneeyam Dasakam
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