Friday, May 5, 2017

Manthena Damodara Chary writes


Dreams dwelling dry 
On the brink of despair  
Can be dazzlingly damp 
Sprouting in all splendour 
With blooming bowers  
Blossoming flowers

Smiles stunningly sheeny 
With glistening grandeur  
Savour serenity’s flavour 
Favouring many a lover 
Leaping in strides of joy 
With oratory of silence

Tremendous tapestry 
Is woven into chemistry  
Of two entwined bodies 
Love glances in mystery 
With a fresh leaf of history  
Love’s scintillating story 
Treasures mirth’s memory
 Couple in the sexual asana of Phanabhritpasha. Nepal, Bhaktapur, ca. 1700

1 comment:

  1. This sxual position, "The Knot of the Hooded One," was described in the "Ratiratnapradipika," written by Prauadha Deva Raya (maharaja of Vijayanagara): "When your lover passes her arms under her raised thighs and twines her fingers together behind your neck, pulling your face down to be kissed." [The Karnata Empire, with its capital at Vijayanagara (modern Hampi,Karnataka, India, was established in 1336 by Harihara Raya I (1336-1356) and his brother Bukka Raya I (1356-1377). Bukka's successor, Harihara Raya II (1377-1401),continued his military campaigns through southern India, taking control of coastal Andhra between Nellore and Kalinga and conquering the Addanki and Srisailam areas as well as most of the territory between the peninsula to the south of the Krishna river and l ports including Goa, Chaul, and Dabhol. After his death Deva Raya I (1406-1422) defeated his brothers Virupaksha Raya (1401-1405) and Bukka Raya II (1405-1406), allied with Warangal to partition the Reddi kingdom of Kondavidu, and defeated an invasion by the sultan Firoz Shah, forcing him to cede the southern and eastern districts of his kingdom. By the end of his reign he ruled territory up to the Krishna and Tungabhadra river and was followed by his sons Ramachandra Raya (1422) and Vira Vijaya Bukka Raya (1422–1424). Deva Raya II (1424–1446) conqured all of southern India, including Kondavidu, defeated the ruler of Quilon and others, and extending his empire from Odisha to Malabar and from Ceylon to Gulbarga. His successors, Mallikarjuna Raya (1446–1465), Virupaksha Raya II (1465–1485), and Praudha Deva Raya (1485), however, were nonentities. Praudha Deva Raya, the last of the Sangama Dynasty, did manage to compose an erotic classic in his short reign before he driven out of his capital by his able commander Saluva Narasimha Deva Raya. The kingdom thereafter declined in signigicance, though it lasted until 1646.]


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