Sheila Das, Council Member on
1)Introduction to the NArayaneeyam
As u would be knowing, NArayaneem is a Sanskrit text written by Melpathoor Narayana Bhatathiri.
It was written as an offering to Lord Vishnu after sitting in Bhajan at His feet at a place called Guruvayoor in South India. (in Central Kerala).
The reason for the offering was to cure him of his disease, which he had taken over from his Guru who was suffering from “vaatha ” thru a process called “karmavipaaka daana”, which no one could cure
It consists of 100 chapters with 1036 slokas. Most of the chapters end with the prayer “please cure me of my disease”.. Immediately after he finished the NArayaneeyam he was cured of his illness. . .There fore it is believed that chanting the NArayannem is good for curing diseases
However NArayneemis much more than that. It is s the essence of the Sree Maha Bhagvatham.
Sree Maha Bhagvatham consists of 18,000 slokas and is the essence of the four Vedas . To establish the trio of Bhakti, jnana and vairagya :
“Vyasa Maharshi took out the essence out of the vedas and wrote the Sree Maha Bhagvatham” (Bhagvata Mahatmiyam: 2: 71)
(“ Itham Bhagavatham Naam Puraanam Brahma-snmitham
SRIMAD NARAYANEEYAM is the story of Lord Narayana. It is a work consisting of 1036 slokas or verses, divided into 100 dasakams or chapters, each dasakam consisting of approximately 10 slokas. Composed by Melpathur Narayana Bhattatiri, it is a condensed version of Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam, which consists of 18,000 slokas authored by Veda Vyasa (Bhagavata-artha-sangraha). It is said that the work has the blessings of Lord Krishna or Guruvayoorappan, the presiding Deity of the shrine of Guruvayoor. As the story goes, the author, Melpathur Narayana Bhattatiri voluntarily transferred onto himself, the ailment of paralysis from his Guru and relative, Trikandiyur Achuta Pisharoti ritualistically, in order to save him. In the process, he himself became a paralytic. He then got himself carried to the shrine at Guruvayoor where he could take shelter at the feet of Lord Krishna and get divine intervention. As he was continuing to suffer from excruciating pain due to his malady, he sought advice from the celebrated contemporary poet, Thunjath Ezhuthatchan, who suggested that Bhattatiri should “start with the fish”. Bhattatiri, being quick to understand the implication of this suggestion, viz., that he should compose a hymn in praise of Lord Guruvayoorappan giving an account of all His sportive incarnations beginning with the incarnation as fish (Matsya-avatara), he sat at the feet of the Lord and composed this great work, a dasakam a day, with ardent devotion. At the end of the hundredth day, when he had completed all the one hundred dasakams, it is said that he had a glorious vision of the Lord and he was completely cured of his ailment. Bhattatiri composed Narayaneeyam when he was twenty-seven, completing it on November 27, 1587. This work, composed in praise of Lord Krishna, and which is said to have received divine intervention at different stages, is considered to be a short and sweet substitute for Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam and is recited by devotees all over the world as a general prayer and also as a panacea for all ailments causing impairment or loss of motor function of nerves. Innumerable devotees flock to the Guruvayoor temple and offer worship to the Lord, reciting this hymn of prayer in the firm hope, belief and trust that they would be cured of their ailments.
English version of the first verse: That is of the form of complete knowledge, happiness, incomparable, beyond time and space, ever unattached, although praised by 100,000 verses in the vedas and still beyond description.
This brahman, on seeing which one attains the purpose of life (the four purusharthas of dharma, artha, kama and moksha), is HERE shining, in front of us at Guruvayoor, for humble people to see as their own bagyam (fruit of vows). Indeed a blessing! Narayaneeyam was printed only during 1851 by Irayimman Thampi at the Government Press, Thiruvananthapuram
Dr. Sindu., Council Member on
This information comes from my own knowledge.
The ‘Parayana' of Narayaneeyam is believed to possess the wonderful power of healing afflictions, both mental and physical, of the devotees. The personal experiences of the poet himself have proved this beyond doubt. The "Nithyaparayana” of Narayaneeyam will enable the devotees to attain " Ayurarogyasoukhyam”.You have to maintain absolute physical and mental purity while reading it alont with complete surrender to lord "guruvayoorappan". As for rules to be followed during the daily chant, basically, one should not stop in the middle of a dashakam, one should chant related dashakams together, like Sri Rama Avataram ie 34 and 35. or dashakams 24 and 25 - Narasimha Avataram. One should end the chant on a positive note.At first it will be difficult to understand the meaning of verses. But you will understand when you read it continuosly.One more thing i would like to add...One of my grand old aunt advised me to keep a copy of "narayanneyam" with me even while travelling.
Narayaneeyam is a devotional Sanskrit work, in the form of a poetical hymn, consisting of 1034 verses (called 'slokas' in Sanskrit). It was written by Melputhoor Narayana Bhattapathar and gives a summary of 14,000 verses of the Bhagavata Purana. Narayaneeyam was written during 1586.
It is believed that careful reading of Narayaneeyam can cure painful conditions like Arthritis. People follow the ritual with the same faith as undergoing a physiotherapy/Yoga treatment. There is no better cure than faith for the deadliest of diseases even.
This work, composed in praise of Lord Krishna, and which is said to have received divine intervention at different stages, is considered to be a short and sweet substitute for Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam and is recited by devotees all over the world as a general prayer and also as a panacea for all ailments causing impairment or loss of motor function of nerves. Innumerable devotees flock to the Guruvayoor temple and offer worship to the Lord, reciting this hymn of prayer in the firm hope, belief and trust that they would be cured of their ailments.
you can chant dashakams 1(Greatness of Sri Krishna at Guruvayur) -36 (Parashurama avataram) on Day 1 37 (prelude to krishnavataram) - 75 (Kamsa Vadham) on Day 2 76 (Uddhava Doothu) - 100 (Keshadhipaadam) on Day 3.
As for rules to be followed during the daily chant, basically, one should not stop in the middle of a dashakam, one should chant related dashakams together, like Sri Rama Avataram ie 34 and 35. or dashakams 24 and 25 - Narasimha Avataram. One should end the chant on a positive note. Last ten dashakams are longish and difficult to chant, hence only 25 dashakams for the 3rd day.
)Is there any rule in reading narayaneeyam?
I guess you are asking about a complete recital. The rules are similar to Srimad Bhagavatha parayanam, with the customary introductory shlokas praising Vyasa, Suka and other great Rishis (we add Melputtur also in our chant) in the beginning and end with the mangala shlokas. The naivedhyam also is the same as what one gives for Srimad Bhagavatham. It's given in detail in the Narayanaeeyam text with translation in Malayalam published by Guruvayur Devaswom.
In my family we do the complete recital of the text once in a month (prasadam is either paal payasam or chundal), and the Dashakam 10 alone every day. The latter is done along with other daily chants like Vishnu Sahasranamam.
2) Some people say, narayaneeyam need to be chanted only in the morning before sunrise. Is it correct?
I have not heard or read about any such rule.
3) I have trouble in reading sanskrit, i have a narayaneeyam book that has both sanskirt and Tamil meaning. I am reading only tamil meaning. Is that correct way of reading?
In my opinion, since the Narayaneeyam is not a mantram rather a stotram praising the divine, chanting the tamil meaning alone is not an incorrect way of reading the work. At the same time, I would like to add that Sanskrit words have unique energies and a majesty (possibly hidden powers as well) which might not be captured as such in a Tamil translation. Furthermore, Melputtur with his great scholarship has selected words and unique vrittams each most admirably suiting the situation he describes and this makes the Sanskrit parayanam wonderful and highly enjoyable. When I read such cantos like Narasimhavatharam or Rasakreeda or Kaliyamardhanam according to the meter it's written, I feel a thrill and joy and an exhilaration which I am sure would never be recreated even in the best translations, be it in Malayalam or Tamil.
Dear Nandini, Narayaneeyam is a devotional Sanskrit work, in the form of a poetical hymn, consisting of 1034 verses (called 'slokas' in Sanskrit). It was written by Melputhoor Narayana Bhattapathar and gives a summary of 14,000 verses of the Bhagavata Purana. Narayaneeyam was written during 1586.
It is a portrayal of the life of Sri Krishna. It is believed that careful reading of Narayaneeyam can cure painful conditions like Arthritis. People follow the ritual with the same faith as undergoing a physiotherapy/Yoga treatment. There is no better cure than faith for the deadliest of diseases even.
Anu Babu, Council Member on
This information comes from my own knowledge.
Narayaneeyam is in praise of Lord Narayana (Vishnu) on the equation between NARA and NARAYANA. Narayaneeyam is a summary of the Bhagavatha and its parayana (reading) confers great benefits; it is an effective faith therapy. It makes one God-conscious , it concerns mainly about our present life - Aarogyam (health and freedom from diseases) and saukhyam (happiness).
To Guruvayur also, Narayaneeyam is of utmost importance. No work of this magnitude has ever been dedicated and addressed to the deity of any other temple in India. It offers to the devout devotee an opportunity to visualise and worship Mahavishnu by reading it or listening to its rendition. It will shine and conjure up at Guruvayur in the heart of posterity. The Devaswom celebrates the Narayaneeyam Day every year with great enthusiasm and splendor.
Regular Parayanam(reading) of Narayaneeyam enables to cure all sorts of illness.
DEDICATED TO ARDENT SERVICE AT THE LOTUS FEET OF LORD Narayana, the presiding deity of Guruvayoor, Brahmasri Melpathur Narayana Bhattatiri, who gave to the world this great devotional hymn, Srimad Naryaneeyam, was a great Sanskrit scholar, well-versed in Vedas, free from all attachments, and a great devotee of the Lord.
Through this work, SRIMAD NARAYANEEYAM, the author enters the path of unshakable devotion to the Lord. Being concerned with and affectionate to his fellow-beings, he wants to reveal to them, the greatness and superiority of his self-chosen path of devotion to the Lord so that they are also encouraged to adopt the same path to God-realisation.
Srimad Narayaneeyam is nothing but a condensation of Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam, a much more detailed account of the stories of Lord Mahavishnu. It has, however, marvellously captured the essence of the latter.
In the opening chapter, the author gives a vivid description of the greatness and glory of the Supreme Brahman. The author brings out clearly that it is Lord Vishnu who is shining resplendently in the divine and charming image in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple at Guruvayoor while portraying the origin, composition, the all-surpassing beauty of His form, His affection towards His devotees, His readiness to grant their desires, even unasked, His superiority over other Gods, and finally, how He alone is entitled to the epithet of “Bhagavan”.
Please see this link for NARAYANEEYAM : BHAKTARANJINI COMMENTARY
Hai, The Narayaneeyam, a great Sanskrit epic, is a brilliant condensation in 1036 shlokams (stanzas) of the great epic Bhaagavatham composed by Sage Vyaasa. The Bhaagavatham describes the entire Hindu beliefs and philosophy of the origin of the Universe and the purpose of human existence. It also describes the various incarnations of the Supreme Being to re-establish righteousness and order in the Universe from time to time. According to Hindu thought, all beings are subject to continual cycles of birth-life-death-rebirth. Bhaagavatham contains advice and instructions for human beings to achieve Moksha (Salvation) to break out of this eternal cycle and attain Union with the Supreme Being at His Lotus-Feet
The final verse of every Dasakam concludes with an invocation to the Lord of Guruvayur to cure him of all his illnesses and protect him from all afflictions and sorrows. http://sanskritdocuments.org… This website is Completely about that. Try it. BE HAPPY
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