Today's Beautiful Gem: "Godavari" by Kalidaasa, translated by me.
The topic of River Godavari came up for discussion
recently in another forum. That brought memories of
Kalidasa to me. After the victory over Ravana,
Rama, Sita and Lakshmana were returning to Ayodhya in the
Pushpaka vimaana. Then when they were flying over the river
Godaavari, Rama uttered the following shlokaas. [The
transliteration scheme is for Sanskrit.] These are some
of the most beautiful shlokas in Raghuvamsha. Enjoy!
shR^itvaa svanaM kaa.nchana-ki.nkiNeenaam.h
In the inner recesses of the plane,
the golden bells are ringing;
may be they have listened to the sounds,
the cranes of godaavari are flying to greet us!
eshhaa tvayaa peshala-madhya-yaapi
dR^ishhTaa chiraat-pa.nchavaTee mano me
Though frail and thin-waisted, you still carried
the pot and watered the young mango plants;
Do you see them and those deer with raised heads?
O, there's the panchavati that we haven't seen
for a long long time!
atra+anugodaM mR^igayaa nivR^ittaH+
smaraami vaaneera-gR^iheshhu suptaH
In those days, after hunting, I used to get tired;
the moist breeze of Godaavari soothed me then;
Do you remember, in that bamboo grove,
I used to doze off with my head in your laps!
om shaantiH Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao