Poem: A Sweet Lantern (Dedicated to my Dearest and Sweetest, Manatita)

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto, Canada
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto, Canada | Source

Diwali is a 'Festival of Lights' and it is celebrated with great ardour and pomp and show by Indians. It is held in honour of Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, good health and prosperity. This special festival has a history embedded in the story from the Ramayana. Diwali celebrates the return of Lord Rama and his wife, Sita to Ayodhya from 14 years of exile. The epic story marks a great doctrine in our Indian mythology, as it teaches us that how good wins over evil.

Listen to this beautiful Indian music on this Diwali!

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© Surabhi Kaura
© Surabhi Kaura
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Clicked by my lovely cousin, Hemangi, Delhi
Clicked by my lovely cousin, Hemangi, Delhi

Gaily, O’ gaily we glide and chant

Come, my sweet Lantern, come!

O’ how thou swing on the marigold chandelier,

O’ how thou climb the fountains of light,

O’ how thou set me ablaze with thy celestial fire,

O’ how thou tread in starry Delight,

Withhold not, O Love, for I have longed

To see thy luminous face.


Ah! Swathe me with the fresh scents of red Roses,

Paint my breath with tantalizing aroma of Holy Basil

And drench my Soul with Sandalwood oil.

Thy ethereal splendour enraptures my being

And we lay entwined in each other’s arms

Like magical petals of lotus lips,

That are heavenly charming and opiate-sweet.


I offer my hymns to thy lamp-lit skies,

Gaily, O’ gaily savour the sweets with mirth,

Feel the hues of Rangoli, and

The resonance of firecrackers on Earth,

For they are effusing Bliss to all abound.


O’ Mighty Lantern, thy grandeur is richly Supreme!

On this auspicious festive season of Diwali,

As echelons of infinite lights adorn

For the triumph of Light over darkness,

The gleam of a Golden tray whirls on Earth

And the matchless music chimes above.


~ Copyright © Surabhi Kaura 2015

© 2015 Surabhi Kaura

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manatita44 13 months ago from london

Very beautiful and colourful! Heralds us into an era of Light and pageanty. Ah! The regality of the Swami Narayan Mandir! They always make an effort.

Blazons a Happy New Year indeed!! You give glory to the Light and move it with vibrancy, celebration, adulation and praise, while singing its majesty with colours, incenses and lotuses supreme. Jai to this Surabhi's portrayal of Diwali, The Festival of Lights.


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Yep, it’s always a pleasure to visit Swaminarayan Mandir!

I appreciate you feedback, Manatita. So glad that you like it! That makes my day. Gratitude. Hari Om Tat Sat!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

What delightful poetry dedicated to a master poet manatita. Well done Surabhi.


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you, Jodah. My gift to you is due :)

I hope you liked the music. Om Shanti.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

Yes the music was beautiful also. Om Shanti.


Hemangi 13 months ago

Awwwww siso. Seriuosly in love wd it . its so pure . so peaceful to read its just like giving relaxation to ears with a so WOW factor . god bless you darlz :+*


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hey, Hemangi! My darling, I gave credit to your picture, see? :) I love you too, my lovely cousin! My heart is filled with joy that you actually visited this Hub and read this poem. Pay my regards to everyone in Delhi. Lots and lots of Love, my sweetheart. Kisses (muwaaahh) and Hugs!


Hemangi 13 months ago

Done . no need to say darlz i already spred love from your side over here . you just go further and touch the level of success upto the highest like this ever n frever .

We all love you too more dher sara . muuuuahhh :-*


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Awwww! Aaaja japphi paayee! God bless, my cutie pie! Hari Om!


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Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Beautiful hub with wonderful poetry and colourful images and an enchanting video song. You have chosen everything so beautifully. Enjoyed a lot. Thanks for sharing this wonderful presentation.


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The Subjugator 13 months ago from Howrah, West Bengal , India

superb.


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Missy Smith 13 months ago from Florida

This was a very nice hub and dedication to Manatita Surabhi. I agree with everyone; Beautiful story, and beautiful song and music. I have to say, I especially like the dancing. I always wanted to learn exotic dance like that. Good Job!


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manatita44 13 months ago from london

So I have returned again, my Sweet. More time for the video. Vibrant and flowing, like a river of joy. Much happiness in action and an epitome of beauty in your Lights. Hari.


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Venkatachari ji, you have a beautiful soul. So glad that you like this hub! A very Happy Diwali to you and your family. Om Shanti.

Shubhro, you mean the video or the poem? (ha ha). Thanks, bro.

Missy, thank you sweetheart, thank you. You can always learn Indian dance. There are many videos on YouTube. Give it a shot. I am sure you’ll love it :) Much love!

Manatita, my Dearest, I am glad that you re-visited. What else shall I say? Gratitude… gratitude… Hari Om.


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Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Surabhi, I love another beautiful song from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum film depicting the dance of Hrithik Roshan, Karina, Shahrukh and Kajol. Especially, I adore Kajol's role in that entire movie which makes my whole soul immerse in great happiness and bliss. Her role is wonderful and she suited best for it. I am giving a link to the song here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrz0BWFo7jQ


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Venkatachari ji, yes, 'Bole Chudiyan' is a lovely song. It's very nice family movie. Thanks for sharing the song.

Have you watched the movie Baghban? It's timeless!

Here’s a lovely family song from that movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrbbkH2TgCA


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Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Just watched the song. It is nice. There are so many movies during 1960s and 70s which are great for their human relationships , music and dances both in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil languages. I watched most movies during my school days and college days with greatest actors in all 3 languages.


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Yes, you are right. I am actually fond of old Hindi Cinema. Dilip Kumar, Raj Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Amitabh ji... there are many more wonderful actors which our Bollywood industry has produced. Pleasure to know your interest!


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The Subjugator 13 months ago from Howrah, West Bengal , India

The poem.


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manatita44 13 months ago from london

Yes, Great actors all. Aamir Khan, shashi Kapoor. Seen Humjoli; Ek Phool du Mali? Vayantimala and the immortal voices of Asha Bholse and her sister Latamangeska. Hari Om!


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Wow! Manatita! Glad to know... yep, cool. Hari Om.

And, now, I take my break from here. See you all soon.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 13 months ago from Riga, Latvia

A lovely and most colorful sight. As light and as bright as the poetry that Manatita writes.


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manatita44 13 months ago from london

Thank you, thank you, Gypsy. Surabhi is my Friend, I know that she would love to express her gratitude also. In Love and Light.


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Surabhi Kaura 12 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you, Gypsy. I appreciate your kind words. Manatita is Manatita :) I wish I could write like him though.

Manatita, Thank you. Much love to you, my friend.

God bless all.


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swalia 12 months ago

Belated Diwali wishes!

Beautiful poem with vivid images both written and visual! The festive spirit comes alive in your words.

By the way, my Diwali celebrations included watching 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo'. Such a dedicated Salman fan I am :)


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Surabhi Kaura 12 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

He he. Belated Happy Diwali, darling. So glad you enjoyed the poem and the movie. Gratitude. Much love :)


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word55 12 months ago from Chicago

This was beautiful with so much meaning and touching.


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manatita44 12 months ago from london

Thank you, Al. On behalf of my very dear Friend Surabhi. Meaningful and touching, yes, and sure, extremely beautiful!


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Surabhi Kaura 12 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you, Al and Manatita. Blessings to you both.

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