Submissions for the first Rasāla annual anthology, ‘Śarvarī’ or ‘The Night’, close this week. This famous verse, describing the moonlight, is one of the many beautiful stanzas readers and poets have submitted so far. To see the full list, click here.
पिनष्टीव तरङ्गाग्रै: समुद्र: फेनचन्दनम्।
तदादाय करैरिन्दु: लिम्पतीव दिगङ्गना:॥
It as if the ocean
using its waves to grind
prepares a sandal-wood paste of foam
which the moon then uses
to anoint each of the eight directions,
as though they were beautiful women,
his rays serving as hands.
Quoted in the Kuvalayānanda under utprekṣā and samaprādhanyasaṃkara
Submitted by Sunita Ramanathan