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Sugata SaurabhaAn Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya$
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Todd T. Lewis and Subarna Man Tuladhar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195341829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.001.0001

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Lumbinī

Lumbinī

Chapter:
(p.21) 1 Lumbinī
Source:
Sugata Saurabha
Author(s):

Todd Lewis (Contributor Webpage)

Subarna Tuladhar

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.003.0002

The chapter begins with a description of the natural landscape of Lumbinī, the birthplace of Shakyamuni, the one destined to be the Buddha. The forest in springtime is evoked through many images common to kavya poetry, including the flowering trees, the animals of the forest, and buzzing bees and swooping birds. The verses present a scenic picture and highlight Chittadhar's skills as a romantic poet. The mellow light of the sun, the merry notes of the songbirds, and the dramatic sight of flora and fauna are conjured to open the reader's mind to a magnificent scene and enter poetic quietness. The chapter abounds in happiness‐conveying epithets, metaphors, and images drawn from everyday upper‐caste Newar life. In the poet's portrayal of the spring season, the grove in Lumbinī becomes a living personification where love is expressed. Near the end of the chapter, a royal entourage escorting Queen Māyā makes an appearance.

Keywords:   Lumbinī, kavya poetry, nature, birthplace, Newar

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