Narayanabhattathiri, is a masterly
summary of Srimad Bhagavatam in 1034
sanskrit slokas of great poetic merit.
The whole work is divided into 100 dasakas of mostly ten slokas each. It was completed in 100 days at the end
of which Bhattathiri, who was suffering from chronic rheumatic disease, was
completely cured and also had a beatific vision of the Lord of Guruvayoor as Venugopala
. In the last sloka of each dasaka Bhattathiri cries out his heart, praying to the Lord to end his afflictions
and restore his health.
of the 100th dasaka wherein Bhattatiri has a glorious, enthralling vision of the Lord of Guruvayoor
and the ecstatic outpourings of the devotee who is, as it were, submerged in an
ocean of supreme bliss.
॥ १ ॥
effulgence, as enthralling as a thick
blossom of (dark blue) kalaya flowers. I feel as if I am bathed in an ocean of nectar. Then, in the heart of the effulgence I see a
divine teenage boy enchanting in his budding
youth, surrounded by sages like
Naarada whose hairs stand on end by the thrilling
experience of Supreme Bliss, and by Upanishads taking the form of beautiful
फालबालेन्दुवीथीम् ॥ २ ॥
clean, beautifully held together,
bejewelled and surrounded by a plume of peacock feathers having shining
eyes and encircled by a garland of mandara flowers. I also see your pretty forehead resembling
the crescent moon, adorned with smooth white sandal paste mark pointing upwards.
विभो ते ।
मय्यनाथे ॥ ३ ॥
Your eyes create playful movements in
your eyebrows and these,
coupled with the soft blue eye lashes,
captivate every heart. Densely
lustrous, shaped like large
red lotus petals and having beautiful pupils, they cool the world by
their playful glances full of mercy. May those glances be cast on me who is
without any other refuge.
वक्त्रमुद्भासतां मे ॥ ४ ॥
O Lord! your face, having
a prominent pretty nose, lighted
up witha pair of oscillating fish-shaped
gem-studded ear globes reflected on the
cheeks resembling mirrors of blue sapphire, with shining white teeth between
parted lips red as the bimba fruit and
with a sweet smile dripping love and affection – May that face of yours clearly
shine before my eyes.
सिञ्च मे कर्णवीथीम् ॥ ५ ॥
my ears with divine music, Brahman itself in sweet sound form, cooling the whole universe, freely flowing from the flute placed at Your
lotus mouth. The flute is held in your hands adorned with gem-studded bracelets and it takes on multiple colours from the rays
from Your finger nails (which play on
रत्नमालाम् ॥ ६ ॥
radiating lustre of Your Kaustubha jewel; on Your chest adorned by the the
Srivatsa mark and clusters of swinging
radiant necklaces; and also on garlands of forest flowers, tender leaf buds and bunches of multicoloured blossoms, with bees
hovering around them, and necklaces of
precious stones adorning your chest.
मण्डितं त्वाम् ॥ ७ ॥
perfumes, whose middle is slender like a
creeper though carrying within itself the whole of the three worlds, who is
attired in a yellow silk which resembles
molten gold placed on blue sapphire and
who wears a radiant girdle studded with gems
and having tiny bells attached to it.
जङ्घे निषेवे ॥ ८ ॥
thighs , fleshy and smooth, which steal the heart of Lakshmi and which
are always covered with yellow silk cloth
for fear of exciting the whole world, Your knees which are like two caskets holding all the desired
objects for Your devotees and Your forelegs which are beautifully tapered and
मङ्गलामङ्गुलीनाम् ॥ ९ ॥
announce, in their sweet tinkling sound,
that your worship confers everything auspicious, on the upper part of your feet shaped like tortoise which lifts up the mind of devotees
who prostrate before You (in the same way the Lord, in his Koorma incarnation, lifted up the Mandara mountain which was sinking during the churning of the Milky
ocean for amrit) and on the
auspicious rows of your toes which are slightly raised, very red and
shining like the moon light expelling
the darkness of the sorrows of Your devotees.
परमानन्दसन्दोहलक्ष्मीम् ॥ १० ॥
soles of your feet which are the sweetest part of your body for the great sages. The liberated ones reside there. They are like
the leaf buds of the celestial tree (Kalpa Vriksha), raining all the desires of your devotees. O Lord of Guruvaayur! May those feet always
rest in my heart. O Ocean of Compassion! destroy all my sorrows and confer a
full abundant flow of Supreme Bliss.
स्तोत्रं चैतत्सहस्रोत्तरमधिकतरं त्वत्प्रसादाय
द्वेधा नारायणीयं श्रुतिषु च जनुषा स्तुत्यता वर्णनेन
स्फीतं लीलावतारैरिदमिह कुरुतामायुरारोग्यसौख्यम्
said here, not knowing fully Thy greatness. This hymn consisting of more than a thousand verses should be
blessed by you with all your grace as this which is called Narayaneeyam, is
both about Narayana as well that which is written by Narayana. May this
hymn which describes in accordance with the Vedas, Your creative actions and Your
playful incarnations (leelavataras)
, bestow long life, good health and happiness on one and all in this world.