Sri Narayana Bhattatri
Translated by P.R. Kannan
‘Sri Melpattur Narayana Bhattatri is the celebrated author of Narayaneeyam, a devotional poem of about 1000 verses in soulful praise of Lord Krishna, the god of Guruvayur in Kerala. Sri Bhattatri though cured of ailment in his foot longed for peace of mind and bliss which still eluded him. Tradition has it that the lord of Guruvayur appeared in his dream and directed him to a place called Mukthisthala and to worship Devi Durga. Bhattatri, upon Darshan of the goddess, burst out in 70 moving verses in praise of Devi’s Holy Feet entitled Sripada Saptati.