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Cherussery Krishnagatha in Malayalam PDF Download

Cherussery Krishnagatha is a classic Malayalam epic poem that narrates the life and deeds of Lord Krishna. It is considered as one of the finest examples of Malayalam literature and a masterpiece of bhakti poetry. The author of this poem is believed to be Cherussery Namboothiri, a Brahmin poet who lived in the 15th century CE near Vadakara in Kerala.


The poem consists of about 1600 verses, divided into 47 chapters. It covers the story of Krishna from his birth to his ascension to heaven, based on the Bhagavata Purana and other sources. The poem is written in a simple and elegant Malayalam language, with minimal use of Sanskrit words. The poet uses various poetic devices such as alliteration, rhyme, simile, metaphor, and imagery to create a vivid and captivating picture of Krishna's divine play. The poem also expresses the poet's deep devotion and love for Krishna, as well as his philosophical insights and moral teachings.

Cherussery Krishnagatha is widely read and recited by devout Malayali Hindus, especially during the month of Chingam (August-September), which is considered as the birthday month of Krishna. The poem is also regarded as a source of inspiration and guidance for many Malayali poets and writers. Some of the famous adaptations and translations of Cherussery Krishnagatha are:

  • Krishnagatha Champu by Kunchan Nambiar, a 17th century poet who wrote a humorous and satirical version of the poem in the champu style.

  • Krishnagatha Paribhasha by Kunjan Pillai, a 19th century scholar who wrote a commentary and explanation of the poem in prose.

  • Krishnagatha Bhasha by Vallathol Narayana Menon, a 20th century poet who translated the poem into modern Malayalam verse.

  • Krishnagatha English by K.P. Balachandran, a 21st century writer who translated the poem into English prose.

If you are interested in reading Cherussery Krishnagatha in Malayalam PDF format, you can download it from the following link:

This is a scanned copy of the original printed edition of the poem, published by Kerala Sahitya Akademi in 1964. The PDF file contains 256 pages and has a size of 14.6 MB.

I hope you enjoy reading this beautiful and sublime poem. Thank you for your interest.


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