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Meghaduta

Meghadu-ta (literally "cloud messenger") is a lyric poem written by Ka-lida-sa, considered to be one of the greatest Sanskrit poets.

A short poem of only 111 stanzas, it is one of Ka-lida-sa's most famous works. It recounts how a yaks.a, or attendant of Kubera (the God of Wealth) after being exiled for a year to central India for some unknown transgression, convinces a passing cloud to take a message to his wife on Mount Kaila-sa in the Hima-laya mountains. The yaks.a accomplishes this by describing the many beautiful sights the cloud will see on its northward course to the city of Alaka-, where his wife awaits his return.

In 1813, the poem was first translated into English by Horace Hayman Wilson. An excerpt is quoted in Canadian director Deepa Mehta's film, Water.



 

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