Sree Rama Panchasathi



Several poets praised Koodalmanikya Swami or Sangameswara, the Lord residing at Irinjalakkuda Temple, through their poems. Unnayi Varrier(Unnai Warrior)'s Sanskrit poem – Sree Rama Pancha Sathi Stotra is an abridged version of Ramayana in fifty dasakas dedicated to Lord Sangameswara. Unnayi Varrier who lived in the later part of the 17th century gave immense contributions to the art of Kathakali the classical dance-drama form of Kerala. He is widely renowned for his masterpiece Nalacharitham Attakatha. Unnayi Varrier's house 'Akathoottu Varriam' is situated near to the temple and he was a garland maker(traditional vocation of Varriers) by profession at Irinjalakkuda Koodalmanikyam Temple. Sree Rama Pancha Sathi was a literary garland offered by the poet at the lotus feet of Lord Sangameswara. The stotra contains 535 slokas in 50 dasakas and condenses the Valmiki Ramayana.

The work occupies a good place in Sanskrit literature, both because of the intense devotional fervour of the verses, and because of their literary merit. The stotra resembles the Narayaneeyam written by Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri and was an inspiration for Bhakthimanjari written by Swathi Thirunal. Sree Rama Panchasathi with the Malayalam commentary by Swami Chidananda Saraswathi has been published by Samgamagramam, Irinjalakkuda in January 2013.

For copies, please contact

Samgamagramam
Irinjalakkuda
Thrissur - 680 121
Phone: 9447136900

The book is available at shops near the Koodalmanikya Temple and also at Devaswom Book stall in Guruvayoor Temple.



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