Srimad Bhagavatham starting on Amrita TV's Sandhya Deepam

MUMBAI: Amrita TV's Sandhya Deepam, Malayalam's leading spiritual programme that had been bringing the essence of ancient Indian scriptural wisdom to its viewers over its previous 1200 episodes, will present Shrimad Bhagavatham from June 30th .

Coming in place of Narayaneeyam, the recital of which had proved to be an enriching experience for devotees world wide, the Bhagavatham will be telecast every day of the week, Monday to Sunday at 6.30 pm.

The sacred verses of the greatest of all Maha Puranas , will be recited by Priya R.Pai and Rajashree Warrier and its interpretation or saramsh narrated by Brahmashree Kandamangalam Parameshwaran Namboothiri.

Widely believed to be the last spiritual work penned by Bhagavan Vyas, the compiler of all Vedic literature, Bhagavatham is a massive tome of around 18,000 Sanskrit slokas compiled in story format and recited by Suha to his father Pariksith who is on his death bed.

Though it touches upon all the incarnations of Maha Vishnu, the major part of this most popular Puranic text in Sanskrit literature is devoted to Lord Krishan, especially his early years. The Bhagavatham is the source of most tales of his endearing boyhood antics that have been part of the Indian psyche for thousands of years and it is the eloquent lines of the divine testament that have traced those mystic images in our imagination: the toddler who steals butter and ghee, the boy who lifts up the Govardhan mountain on his little finger , the strip of a lad who danced on the head of Kaliya and subdued him, the cowherd who charms the young gopikas with his melodious flute and so on.

Chanting the hymns of most scriptures is auspicious, but reciting the incantations of the Bhagavatham, with its emphasis on the practice of bhakti is considered to be the most beneficial.

Regular reading of this Purana which contains the essence of Vedantic philosophy, is believed to free us from fear, help overcome miseries and purify the soul. The 'literary incarnation of God', Bhagavatham is especially relevant in Kaluyug, helping to fortify against evil, in this age of vice and depravity.