Anita Sharma


Pinnacle Of Shakuntala Part 1 (अभिज्ञानशाकुन्तलम्) The Sign Of Shakuntala - Poem by Anita Sharma

Vishwamitra was enraged
how he been duped
by Deity King Indra
felt ashamed of
lost all the virtue
gained through years
after penance and asceticism
distanced from mother so child
got back to penance.
Menaka birthing queen melody
left newborn in the forest
Abandoned by parents
sage Kanva found
A baby girl
in dark lovely woods
surrounded in the solitude
wilderness by Sakuntas birds
therefore, she been named
Shakuntala
foster father
kind gentle
The Greatest Sage
wise illustrious ascetic
radiant Rishi Kanwa
shakuntala blessed by
fatherly love of sage Kanva
O father kanva
you are merciful
kind hearted
I bow to you
million times
banks of the Malini River
Shivalik hills of the Himalayas
Shakuntala's girlhood so blessed
roaming around
greenery of the hills,
accompanied closest friends
Anasuya and Priyamvada
Shakuntala grew up
salient alluring,
young woman,
radiated youth, elegance
clad in cotton robe
ornaments of roses
sweetest melodies voice
honey like sober
So gentle soft-spoken
birds and animals
woods drawn to her
surrounded by timid animals
often petting deer
bark-dress conceals
the splendid orbs
hermitage blooms like lotus
beauty and love
she Radiates with own brightness,
like an ornament
hidden in the duckweed
the lotus glows,
dusky scars
face of the moon
heighten radiance
thus Sakuntala's Beauty
only revealed Conceals
indeed, beauty lies in
concealing beauty
The monarch is young
handsome and brave
hunting lasted for days now
He was tired,
thirsty and hungry
stood with reverence
before the sacred grounds
Rishi Kanva’s hermitage
It was inviolable
Anybody here?
echo came back
striking tentative heart
beautiful nymph came
simply attired
glowing with
innocence and charm
The king awe-struck
she queried politely
how could the Hermitage serve you?
O King! I await your command
Royal king Dushyanta
soundly Atoned
singular beauty,
her sweet demeanor
O charming one
O amiable one
Who are you?
faithfully
O beautiful one
Why are you in these woods?
such beauty and virtues
Whence have you come?
O charming one,
you touch my heart deeply
to be continued...................

Topic(s) of this poem: beauty, beauty of rose, childhood , love and life

Form: Epic


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Abhijñānashākuntala(अभिज्ञानशाकुन्तलम्) , is a well-known Sanskrit play by Kālidāsa, dramatizing the story of Shakuntala told in the epic Mahabharata.It is considered to be the best of Kālidāsa's works.The protagonist is Shakuntala, daughter of the sage Vishwamitra and the apsara Menaka. Abandoned at birth by her parents, Kanva was a great sage. He is best known as the sage who adopted Shakuntala, and at whose hermitage she met and fell in love with Dushyanta.to be continued...............

Comments about Pinnacle Of Shakuntala Part 1 (अभिज्ञानशाकुन्तलम्) The Sign Of Shakuntala by Anita Sharma

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/14/2015 11:54:00 AM)


    Excellent description of the epic....I liked it. (Report) Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/24/2015 12:52:00 PM)


    So nicely depicted the childhood of Sankuntala with best phraseology. Thrilling expression. Thanks for sharing., - 10 (Report) Reply

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (10/24/2015 5:48:00 AM)


    Verily, an informative piece of work
    Loved reading it.....10
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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 23, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, October 23, 2015


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