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Maa Chilika,
I remember seeing
your alluring beauty
The deep blue water and the little waves
Your sunbathed beauty in golden rays
I had seen the temple Kalijai
in the middle of your heart
I had watched those
migratory birds
Who used to come flying
By crossing thousands of miles.

I had seen the dolphins
Jumping and vanishing in your water
And seen happiness of children
Boating on your waves.

I fondly remember the scenery of
The fishing boats swaying on your water
The bluish beauty of the hills
'Mamu and Bhanaja' and also
The islands Parikuda - Maluda
visible from a distance.

You are a lake of salty water.
Did you take birth from
the tears of Goddess Kalijai
Or originated from the tear of a father
Who lost his daughter in the storm?

Like a loving and caring mother
You had drawn Lord Jagannath to your bosom
Who like a child running in fear of Kalapahada
Took shelter in your calm water.

Now you are under the holds of prawn mafia
Your heart is getting buried in sand
The brave Odia sailors
Who had written their history of pride
By sailing on your water
Have grown insensitive to your pains
They are dividing your water
And fighting for profit
Unmindful of the harms done
To a mother's love!
This is a translation of the poem Chilika- A Poem In Odia Language by Bharati Nayak
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Topic(s) of this poem: lake,history,legend,nature,environment
Footnotes [Maa--In Odia language it is an address for a Mother Chilika-It is the largest water lagoon of India and the largest brackish water lagoon of the world. Kalijai-Kalijai is a temple for Goddess Kalijai situated on a hill top inside Chilika lake. A legend says that Kalijai 's father was going on a boat through Chilika with his newly married daughter to leave her in her father-in-law's house.In the middle of water, a storm struck and the boat capsized.When the storm subsided, the girl had disappeared. Heartbroken father cried and cried and wondered what answer he would give to the girl's mother and the people waiting in her in-law's house.Legend says the newly wed girl Kalijai turned into a Devi(Goddess) and stays in the hilltop inside Chilika.She protects people from storm or danger.It is customary that all visitors visiting Chilika lake also visit Kalijai temple and offer prayers. Parikuda and Maluda are two islands lying inside Chilika. Lord Jagannath-A Hindu God Kalapahada was a converted Muslim who was attacking Hindu temples for vengeance and plunder..During such an attack on Lord Jagannath's temple in Puri, King Ramachandradev took the idols away secretly and hid them inside a place in Chilika lake.]
You have made the poem alluring with the legend of Goddess Kalijai with her abode on the hilltop in the lake of Chillika. Very much nformative, insightful and captivating.. Please don't forget to spare a few minutes on my poemss
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