PoonthanamNambudiri (1547AD –1640AD) was a famous poet, and a great devotee of Guruvayurappan(A form of Lord Krishna), who lived in Kerala. Even now, several songs of Poonthanam are still famous in Kerala.
Poonthanamwho was born in 1547 in Malapuram district, Kerala hails from a Namboodiri Brahmin family. He was married at an early age and was gifted by God with a son, but soon he has died. After that, he consoled himself and considered Lord Krishna as his son.
The chief poems of Poonthanam are
Poonthanam preached among the people, that by uttering the god’s name, again and again, we can get salvation. Poonthanam has acquired a great status in Guruvayoor Temple. He presides in all temple functions. He was treated as a divine person by the temple authorities, and they have obeyed his instructions. But one day due to Lord Krishna’s instructions, he constructed a temple in his house and prayed to Lord Krishna from that temple.
According to legend, at the time of leaving his life from this earth, Poonthanamhas invited everyone to join him towards the journey to heaven, but no one has accepted his request. But a servant maid, who was a sincere devotee of Lord Krishna has joined him on his heavenly journey.
Poonthanam is a great poet, and also a great saint, and a great devotee of Lord Guruvayurappan is now residing at Vaikunta and serving Sriman Narayana and Lakshmi Devi. He is watching them with pure bhakti and he is enjoying the eternal bliss. He will reside in Vaikunda permanently and can worship them directly. Let us pray to the great saint “SREE POONTHANAM” and humbly request him to take us to “VAIKUNTA” and let us worship him and chant his name with pure bhakti.
OM SREE POONTHANAM NAMBUDRIYE NAMAHA
OM SREE GURUVAYUR KRISHNANE NAMAHA