Started in 1322 B.S. (1915), Narayan was a Bengali literary monthly, first edited by Chittaranjan Das. The journal published poems, songs, short stories, plays and novels along with essays, commentaries, travelogues, and musical notations.
The journal focused on literature, history, religion, philosophy, science, journalism, and women. Published articles included Asutosh Mukhopadhyay’s ‘Banga Sahityer Bhobisyot’ (The Future of Bengali Literature); Girijasankar Ray Chaudhury’s ‘Swami Bibekananda o Tatkalin Bangasamaj’ (Swami Vivekananda and Contemporary Bengali Society); Charuchandra Basu’s ‘Ashoker Dharmalipi’ (Asoka’s Religious Inscriptions); Nalini Kanta Gupta’s ‘Chalit Bhasha o Sadhu Bhasha’ (Spoken Language and Written Word); Bipin Chandra Pal’s ‘Mahajanpader Iswar Tattva’ (Divine Theory of Mahajanapada); Monomohun Gangopadhyay’s ‘Mahisur Bhraman’ (Tour of Mysore); Panchanan Smrititirtha’s ‘Narir Adhikar’ (Women’s Rights); and Haraprasad Sastri’s ‘Bouddha Dharma’ (Buddhist Religion).
Biographical articles were published on Debendranath Tagore, Rammohun Roy, Krittibas Ojha, and Michael Madhusudan Dutt.
The journal occasionally published illustrations.