Kalidasa: The Description of Uma’s Lovemaking

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Kumarasambhavam, Kalidasa's epic poem, one of his finest works, describes the metaphorical love between Shiva and Parvati

Shiva taught her how to make love
in their bed; Parvati offered him back
herself, full of the grace of a young woman,
like a present one gives to one’s guru

She trembled in pain as her bitten
lower lip was released slowly
Parvati took a deep breath of cool air
coming from the crescent moon in Shiva’s hair

While kissing her long hair
dust fell into Shiva’s third eye
Parvati blew it off with her perfumed breath
fragrant as the smell of a blossoming lotus

So the lord of the beasts whose mount is Nandi-
the Bull, gratifying Kama, the God of Love
by immersing himself in pleasures of senses
lived for a month with Uma in the Mountain King’s palace.

* Transcreated from Sanskrit by Abhay K from Kumarasambhava 8.17-8.20

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