Narayaneeyam is composed by Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri around 1560-1666 A.D.

The people of Kerala worship Krishna in His deity form as Guruvayurappan in the temple town of Guruvayur. According to local legends, Bhattathiri had a Guru by the name of Achyuta Pisharati, who fell victim to a severe attack of paralysis, and suffered unbearable pain. Bhattathiri desired to find a cure for his master and fervently prayed for the disease to be transferred to himself, freeing his Guru from suffering. According to the legend, Lord Krishna granted Bhattathiri his wish, and he soon became a cripple.

Once, when Bhattathiri, unable to move, was carried into the Guruvayur temple, he met Tunchath Ezhuthachan, an eminent Malayalam poet of the time. Ezhuthachan advised Bhattathiri that he could be cured if he "began his treatment with fish". The disciples of Bhattathiri who heard this were shocked because Bhattathiri was a devout Hindu and therefore a vegetarian who would consider it sinful to eat fish. Bhattathiri however understood what Ezhuthachan really meant - that he would be cured if he could compose a hymn glorifying the incarnations of Lord Krishna beginning with the fish incarnation, known as Matsya.

Accordingly, he started composing the Narayaniyam. It is said that he would recite one dasakam, consisting of ten verses, every day. The local legend says that on the hundredth day he had a vision of the Lord, and rendered a graphic description of this form, after which he was immediately cured of his disease.

It is believed that whoever renders Narayaneeyam daily, will be cured of any diseases.

Lot of renowned singers have sung this great treasure so that everyone can listen this everyday. However in Kerala the version sung by P.Leela is being the most preferred.

Narayaneeyam Audio CD sung by P.Leela

If you are looking for an English translation with original Sanskrit slokas in book format you may buy the following book:
Narayaneeyam Text with English Translation
Book by Revathi Balasubramaniyan

For Downloading Narayaneeyam by  Trichur V Ramachandran, Click Here.

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