Narayeenam is a condensed version of Bhagavata.The original Bhagavata,which received its present textual shape between the 6th and the 8th century A.d.is considered one of the eighteen Mahapuranas,and is today the most widely accepted religious literature of its kind.
A Mahapurana deals with the following ten topics
.1.Sarga or Primary Creation.
2.Visarga or Secondary Creation.
3.Vritti or Means of Sustenance.
4.Raksha or Protection.
5.Manvantara or Epoch of Manus.
6.Vamsa or genealogy
7.Vamsanucharitra or Dynastic History.
8.Samstha or Dissolution.
9.Hetu or Purpose and finally
10.Apasraya or Ultimate support.Narayaneeyam follows the same format.
Narayeenayam is a condensed version of Bhagavata and this book presents the original Sanskrit Sloka or poem followed by English translation.
The English translation is ably rendered by Swami Tapasyananda of Sri Ramakrishna Order.Originally published in 1976 it has run into many editins.
Mepatthur Narayana Bhattatiri,was a Nambudri Brahmin of Kerala.He was a prodigy.The book Narayaneeyam was completed in hundred days.Though the author is today famous for Narayaneeyam,a devotional work his achievements in the field of scholarship and his fame among contemporaries had a much broader basis.