Unmatched Sanskrit poetry by Ramaswamy Sastry

Yet another masterpiece of Sanskrit poetry. Bhojaraja places the letters on the eight petals of the lotus as shown below :





and composes a shloka following the sequence :


1 - 2 - 3 - 2    1 - 4 - 5 - 4     1 - 6 - 7 - 6   1 - 8 - 9 - 8   1 - 10 - 11 - 10   1 - 12 - 13 - 12


1 - 14 - 15 - 14    1 - 16 - 17 - 16


The flow starts from the center of the lotus, goes into the petal on top returns to the center, goes into the petal on right of it returns to the center and so on .


The shloka is -


न शशीशनवे भावे नमत्काम नतव्रत ।

नमामि माननमनं ननु त्वानुनयन्नयम् ॥


न(1) श (2) शी (3) श (2) न (1) वे (4) भा (5) वे (4) न (1) म (6) त्का (7) म (6) न (1) त (8) व्र (9) त (8) ।

न (1) मा (10) मि (11) मा (10) न (1) न (12) म (13) नं (12)  न (1) नु (14) त्वा (15) नु (14) न (1) य (16) न्न (17) यम् (16) ॥



For Sanskrit enthusiasts ,





The meaning is , " I am not saluting you because of the newly acquired form ( out of devotion ) of Moon, but for you being the destroyer of kama, for fulfilling the vows of your devotees and for destroying the pride of the foes " .


It is addressed to Lord Shiva.


Isn't it unique and unmatched ?



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