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The birth of Kumāra

Author: Kālidāsa.; David Smith
Publisher: New York : New York University Press : JJC Foundation, 2005.
Series: Clay Sanskrit library.
Edition/Format:   Book : Poetry : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"This court epic describes events leading up to but not including the birth of Kumara (also known as Skanda or Karttikeya), the war god destined to defeat the demon Taraka." "The gods attempt to deploy Kama, the Indian Cupid, to set the ascetic supreme deity Shiva on fire with love for Uma (also known as Parvati), the daughter of the god of the Himalayan mountain range. Kama's mission fails, and Shiva, roused from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kālidāsa.; David Smith
ISBN: 0814740081 9780814740088
OCLC Number: 56834523
Language Note: In English and Sanskrit
Notes: Poem.
Description: 360 p. ; 17 cm.
Contents: Goddess reborn --
Brahma's advice to the gods --
Love's death --
Love's wife's lament --
Asceticism bears fruit --
Betrothal --
Marriage --
Consummation.
Series Title: Clay Sanskrit library.
Other Titles: Kumārasambhava.
Responsibility: by Kālidāsa ; translated by David Smith.
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"This court epic describes events leading up to but not including the birth of Kumara (also known as Skanda or Karttikeya), the war god destined to defeat the demon Taraka." "The gods attempt to deploy Kama, the Indian Cupid, to set the ascetic supreme deity Shiva on fire with love for Uma (also known as Parvati), the daughter of the god of the Himalayan mountain range. Kama's mission fails, and Shiva, roused from his meditative trance, turns his flaming third eye on the love god, burning him to ashes. Next, Parvati herself turns to intense asceticism in order to win spiritual power and thereby the husband for whom she longs. She succeeds, and the climax of the poem is Shiva and Parvati's marriage and cosmic lovemaking, and Kumara's divine conception."--BOOK JACKET.

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