ivi yeanun satataMbu naayeDa garaMbishTaMbulai yuMDu baa
yavu bhuudeavakulaabhitarpaNa mahiiyah priitiyun bhaarata
SravaNaasaktiyu baarvatiipati padaabjadhyaana puujaa mahoe
tsavamun saMtata daanaSiilatayu SaSvatsaadhu saaMgatyamun.
ఇవి యేనున్ సతతంబు నాయెడ గరంబిష్టంబులై యుండు బా
యవు భూదేవకులాభితర్పణ మహీయః ప్రీతియున్ భారత
శ్రవణాసక్తియు బార్వతీపతి పదాబ్జధ్యాన పూజా మహో
త్సవమున్ సంతత దానశీలతయు శశ్వత్సాధు సాంగత్యమున్.
These five always remain dear to my heart, they won’t leave;
Honoring the gods on earth, the Brahmans, listening to the
Story of Mahabharata, surrendering at the feet of Lord Shiva,
Eternal desire to give and ever to be in company of Ascetics.
This poem best describes the personality of Rajaraja Narendra and his likes as well. There is nothing wrong in the thinking that these might be his own words, which Nannaya put into the form of a poem, in ‘Mattebha’ meter, in writing.
The beauty of this poem is the way it has been taken up in the first line and the the flow that was given in the remaining three lines, giving it a form of a dialogue in progress between Rajaraja Narendra and the learned men present before him.
The link between the first line and the remaining three lines was very graciously provided with the word ‘paayavu’ (పాయవు) which means ‘they always will be there with me, they don’t leave my heart’. In addition to being a link word, it was also intended to be the word for emphasizing his ‘likes’ that were to be told and also as an indication of ensuring (or to avouch) their existence in future as well.