The Message of the Koel – Leaving Kanchi

स्पष्टालक्ष्यस्त्वयि पिक समालम्बमानेऽम्बरान्तं

काञ्चीदेशः किमपि वसुधां भूषयन् गौरवेण ।

तत्सौन्दर्यापहृतहृदयो मा विलम्बस्व गन्तुं

बन्धुत्राणाद् बहुमतिपदं नापरं त्वद्विधानाम् ॥  २० ॥

Listen to this verse

‘As you approach the horizon, O koel,

Kāñcī will shrink into view,

adorning the earth in its splendour

as though you were pulling at the earth’s dress

to reveal her rounded thighs

But don’t delay your departure,

mesmerised by her beauty.

For someone like you,

nothing is more important

than helping a friend in distress.


Verse 20 – Pūrva Bhāga

कोकिलसन्देशः – उद्दणडशास्त्री । The Message of the Koel – Uddanda Śāstrī


Sharp-eyed (-eared) readers will have noticed that this week’s verse of the week includes an audio version of the Sanskrit, recited by the multi-talented Shankar Rajaraman.  Sanskrit poems were of course traditionally recited to an audience, not read silently in a book, and much of the effect of the poetry is lost without the sound.  We are considering producing an audio version of the poem as a whole to accompany the book if you, our readers, enjoy listening to kavya as much as we do.  So please send us your feedback on this verse and those to come.




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