The Akhila Bharatiya Narayaneeya Mahotsava Samiti is celebrating the 425th anniversary of the Narayaneeyam, the magnum opus of Melpathoor Narayana Bhattathiripadu, from December 30 to January 6 in Kochi. According to the organisers, the main feature of the celebrations would be the chanting of hymns in praise of Lord Sreekrishna by 16,008 devotees and worshiping 16,008 of His idols on January 5 at the Nehru International Stadium in Kochi. In a statement here on Thursday, the Samiti said several organisations, including Chinmaya Mission, Mata Amritanandamayi Math, and the Sathya Sai Organisation, would participate in the event to be webcast on narayaneeyam.org.

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