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Black Marigolds

By Mathers, E. Powys

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Title: Black Marigolds  
Author: Mathers, E. Powys
Language: English
Subject: Sacred Texts, Hinduism, Brahman Bilhana Had a Clandestine Love Affair with Princess Yaminipurnatilaka
Collections: Classic Sacred Texts
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Publisher: Sacred Text


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Description: This is a versified translation of the Caurapancasika. This love poem of fifty stanzas was written by the Kasmiri poet Bilhana Kavi in the 11th century. The story runs that the Brahman Bilhana had a clandestine love affair with Princess Yaminipurnatilaka, the daughter of King Madanabhirama. He was discovered and Bilhana wrote this poem in prison before he learned whether he would be executed or banished. The historic outcome is unknown, which adds to the readers' suspense. Initially this poem was transmitted orally, and by the time it was written down, there several variations: the South Indian versions tend to have a happy ending, and the Northern, Kashmiri, recension has an open ending.


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