Rajaram Ramachandran

Gold Star - 23,027 Points (13-7-31 (see reverse) / Chennai born, now at Juhu, Mumbai, India)

Lk23. Ravana Receives Curse - Poem by Rajaram Ramachandran

LAVA KUSA (UTTARAKANDA)

Ravana met nymph Ramba
In the abode of Indra
And fell for her beauty
As she was so pretty.

She was decked with jewels
And adorned with flowers,
She had captivating eyes
With her eye brows like bows

Like the moon, her face was.
Her hands were soft like leaves,
She possessed a body frame
That was splendour and fame.

Ravana at once asked her,
"You're going where?
Nowhere have I seen
Such a beautiful women."

"Who's there with you?
About me, I shall tell you.
As the Lord of three worlds
Here, before you, I stand."

"Why not you accept me?
You'll, any time, be free
In my kingdom to remain
As a beautiful queen."

Ramba replied, "Oh Lord,
You're like a powerful God.
As your daughter-in-law I bow
Before your lotus feet now."

Ravana said, "No son of mine
Married you in my domain
No such relationship exist
In this land of Indra, in fact."

She replied, "Kindly listen,
"I'm the wife of your son,
Also the son of your brother
Kubera; thus both are my father."

Infatuated by her charm
Ravana did her harm
By spoiling her chastity
That betrayed her modesty.

To her husband Nalakubara
The dear son of Kubera,
She told how Ravana was behaving
Despite her repeated pleadings,

The enraged Nalakubara cursed,
"Oh Dear, as you stand violated
By Demon Ravana perforce,
He'll have to reap this curse."

"When he violates any woman
Who has no desire of her own,
That moment the head of his
Will split into seven pieces."

All the gods, headed by Brahma,
Celebrated the curse on Ravana
Who, thereafter, was too careful
To avoid any unwilling girl.

Topic(s) of this poem: story

Form: Prose Poem


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 21, 2018



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