2000 featured the Navaratri kritis of Maharaja Swati Tirunal. This year,
we feature the rare Navavaranam-s of Oothukkadu
Venkatasubbayyar, who is
believed to have been the first to compose such a thematic set. The
Navavaranam set includes a total of 12 songs - an invocatory piece on
Lord Ganesha, a Dhyana kriti on Devi and nine Avarana kritis, one for
each day of the nava-ratri (nine nights), and a final Mangala kriti.
Independently or otherwise, Muthuswami Dikshitar also seems to have
followed the same pattern.
The Navavaranam signifies the worship of the three Goddesses - Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati, embodying power, wealth and knowledge respectively - in the form of Srividya, through the Srichakra.
Click on the hyperlinks below to get the lyrics and meanings of the Oothukkadu Navavaranam-s for each day. In addition, you will find the lyrics of Dikshitar's Kamalamba Navavaranam, Abhayamba and Neelotpalamba kriti sets in the Composition Bank (Group kritis). We thank Dr. P P Narayanaswami for his interest and patience in generating the pdf files. Vidyasankar Sundaresan has provided the meanings of the Oothukkadu Navavarana kritis.