The Campu Ramayana

The next three verses of the week are taken from Bhojarāja’s Campū Rāmāyaṇa, a much shortened re-telling of the famous epic rich in śabdālaṃkāra (word-play for the sake of sound).  This first stanza is to be read aloud or listened to, the beauty lies in the sound.

नारायणाय नलिनायतलोचनाय

नामावशेषितमहाबलिवैभवाय ।


नाभीपुटाय पुरुषाय नमः परस्मै ॥

Listen to this verse

Beautiful eyes long as lotuses.

Breaker of Bali whose might is now but a memory.

Birthplace of Brahma, creator of all, moving and unmoving.

Obeisance to Viṣṇu the Supreme.


Campū Rāmāyaṇa – Bālakāṇḍa 16


This verse was recited by the sweet-voiced Gayatri and Sai Rashmi of Maitreyee Gurukulam, Puttur, Karnataka.

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