Jnanappana is a devotional poem, which was written by the famous Malayalam poet Sri Poonthanam who lived during the 16th century AD in Kerala. This poem was written in praise of Lord Guruvayurappan, a form of Lord Krishna in Malayalam. Later it was translated into English, in order to make it to reach throughout the globe.
Jnanappana is considered similar to Srimad Bhagavatham by the Malayalees. This poem was written in a simple and easily understandable language, in order to reach it out even to the ordinary people. The Jnanappana reflects the sincere devotion of Poonthanam on Lord Guruvayoorappan.
Jnanappana consists of the plays and miracles performed by Lord Krishna during his childhood, and it was attracted for its spiritual significance.In the Jnanappana, Poonthanam expresses his sorrow, about the sudden death of his son, and then he tries to console himself, by saying, when we consider Lord Krishna as our own child, then there is no need to have our own children? While expressing his sorrow, he mentions his deep devotion on Guruvayurappan.
Jnanappana, is praised similar to the ancient holy texts, and it is considered as an important literature in Malayalam. This holy text is considered equivalent to Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri’s ‘Narayaneeyam’. Both of them were friends, and they had shared their spiritual experiences on Lord Guruvayurappan with each other.
Still now, Malayalee Hindus used to recite the devotional hymn ‘Kandu Kandangirikkum Janangale’ which is from the Jnanappana, while doing their household chores, and also during the time of doing their work at their work place.
Poonthanam dedicated his life on worshipping Lord Guruvayurappan similar to his child, and he used to regularly visit Guruvayur Temple, to watch the divine child Guruvayurappan at his shrine. It is believed, that Poonthanam had attained the abode of Lord Vishnu, at his old age, along with his holy servant maid woman. At this present day world, doing the “NAAM JAPAM”, alone would purify our souls, and would enlightenment us. Let us worship Lord Guruvayurappan by considering him as our own child, and let us offer our daily prayers along with Prasad items like Butter, Ghee and Sweet and snacks items to him.