Varanasi Poem by Amar Agarwala


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Pilgrims and vagrants throng its Ghats
Beggars, seers and mendicants all,
Shrill peal of bells, the chant of hymns
And waters holy do enthrall.

Shiva's trident nudges the soul
The Dhamak Stupa stands forlorn,
Their speak of legends distant past
Of antiquity long bygone.

Come chant and sing a Vedic verse
Do prostrate at the altars high,
Know Moksha will then beckon you
From pyres lit where corpses lie.

Pray walk across its ancient lanes
Inhale the scent of wood and smoke,
Its din and dust will soon embrace
Your senses with its blessed cloak.

This mystic land its hallowed air
Bathes all men with its pious smear,
Here mortals come to breathe their last
For doors of heaven opens here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Topic(s) of this poem: life and death
As I write this piece on this venerated land of Gods and Goddesses, of Kings and Queens and of folklore which belie imagination, it makes me wonder if any of my readers would feel encouraged to visit Varanasi. After all, I am no celebrity who acts as brand ambassadors for a city or a state. Nor have I been paid by any government to advertise or showcase a land. This is at best a poet's inner call - and I know it will be hard to find takers. Nevertheless, it is devoid of any hidden agenda or barter. Therefore, I plead that you accept this as an invite from a holy land. For I believe whatever it be, a poet is ever close to the heavens and are known to be emissaries of divinity.
Kumarmani Mahakul 16 October 2018

Thank you very much for sharing this well penned beautiful poem which is a tribute poem to our beautiful beyond history spiritual, philosophical, cultural and business city named Varanasi which is previously known as Kashi. Shiva's trident nudges soul and pilgrims gather across the holy city. A nice golden photo is chosen as a cover to this is interesting. Mortals come here to breath and the mystic land motivates many for spiritual excellence. This is outstanding poem...10

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Amar Agarwala 17 October 2018

Dear Mr.Mahakul, Thank you so much for reading and liking my verses. Moreover, your kind and motivating words will add a touch of inspiration to my writing. Warm Regards

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