The author of
this great work is Meppattur Narayana Bhattatiri, one of the foremost Sanskrit poets and
savants of Kerala. He was stricken with acute rheumatism. He tried every remedy known to
man but in vain. At last he went to the Lord of Guruvayur, the Divine Healer for relief.
There he composed his magnum opus of more than thousand slokas in praise of the Lord and
recited them before the deity.
Almost every one of the hundred dasakas (sets of ten verses) ends with a prayer to the
Lord of Guruvayur to cure the Poet's malady. And cured he was by the Grace of
Guruvayurappan. With this the glory of Guruvayurappan-and also of Bhattatiri-spread far