Nature embellishes with

The advent of autumn,

The blooming of sewali,

The swaying of kohuwa,

To herald Divine Mother,

Who alights with her children,

For an annual sojourn,

Bedecked in ornaments,

Equipped with weapons,

To represent

Elimination of evil

And symbolize

Victory of the virtuous.

Her earthly sojourn

Delights every worshipper,

Enthralls the youngsters

And elderly equally,

To the rhythm of dhak,

To the sound of uruli,

To the illuminated mandap,

To the instant jalebi.

Her sojourn ends

On the tenth day

Of the moon’s phase

And she proceeds

Towards the river

With divine grace,

Along with the crowd

Who follows her

With utmost reverence.


[Published in the e-magazine ‘’ in October 2011 issue]


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