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The Warrior and the Princess

Updated on May 16, 2020
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An Air Warrior who has published over a100 short stories in various magazines and two novels. A third book is heading for publication.

Background

This poem was written on the spur of the moment. It's a good idea to introduce the characters in the poem.

Firstly, we have Emperor Vikramaditya. His name is mentioned in the ancient Indian Vedic book called the Bhavishya Purana. The Bhavishya Purana was perhaps written around 4000-- 5000 BC. In Hindu mythology, Vikramaditya is supposed to be the epitome of knowledge, goodness, and bravery. He was a great hunter and is supposed to have ruled over Central India with his capital at Ujjain.

India right up to the 20th century was home to the greatest number of tigers in the world. Unfortunately, mass-scale hunting led to its depletion, and presently it is restricted to the protected reserves. It is a protected animal.

Rukmani is the name used for the most beautiful princess in Hindu mythology. Hari Singh was a warrior during the reign of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh and reportedly killed a lion with his bare hands. I have used the license of the fantasy writer to transport him to that era.

Princesses in that era when they became of marriageable age were invariably handed to the suitor who was the bravest of the brave during a test of bravery and skill called the Swayamvar. This practice continued until the 12th century.

Lord Shiva is the foremost Hindu deity and is both the creator and the destroyer.

Poem

Emperor Vikramaditya was a great hunter and coveted tigers,

He kept many in pits and cages,

His tigers fought, in a pit as a sport to entertain

The nobles sat and watched, and the ladies sat lovely and demure,

And among sat the great warrior Hari Singh

And truly he represented chivalry and love,

The tigers roared and pranced and all laughed;

They bit, roared again as hunger gnawed

The emperor stood up and heralded

bravest of the brave get's the lovely Rukmini,

There was thunderous applause;

Hari Singh stood up

The princess Rukmini sighed;

Looked at her love Hari Singh and recited a silent prayer;

A beauteous apsara a low-slung sari her forte,

A navel to entice,

Smiling lips and sharp sparkling eyes that shone

The emperor thundered any man is brave,

Does an act in the tigers’s den gets Rukmini for the nuptial night?

Rukmini looked at her love

Hari Singh drew his sword,

My love, I will prove,

Rukmini is mine.

He bowed, and leaped into the pit,

The tigers wild sensed prey.

The warrior faced the beasts.

His sword lethal as ever.

The god Shiva appeared: the sword of Hari Singh was magic

He killed the tigers and his return was quick,

presented his sword to the emperor.

"By God!" said the Emperor, "you are the bravest of the brave"

Hari Singh bowed low

The great emperor said “I take the sword but give it back”

“Also, I give the princess Rukmini for your nuptial night

I know lord Shiva was on your side”

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    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      10 days ago from Singapore

      Thank you, Chitra for commenting

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      10 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice poem, and nice pictures. Sounds like Dada-Dadi ki kahaniyan, of the childhood days.

      Thank you so much for sharing.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      13 days ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Alan, so far so good. How about you?

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      13 days ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      We live and - hopefully - we learn. Or else it's curtains. How's this Covid-19 thing going in your neck of thew woods, emge?

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      13 days ago from Singapore

      Pamela, thank you for commenting.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      13 days ago from Singapore

      Alan, you have a point, I missed that out as Hari was a "Bhakt" follower of Lord Shiva to who he prayed every day.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      13 days ago from Singapore

      Thank you Dreamer Meg, for reading and commenting

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      Hari Singh and Rukmini bth got what they wanted in this very good poem.

      It is a shame that tigers are now protected animals like so many all ver the world.

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      2 weeks ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Pays to have a god on your side, but how come it was Hari he too a shine to? This needs a prequel to explain that.

      Nice tale with several tails attached, emge

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      DreamerMeg 

      2 weeks ago from Northern Ireland

      Lucky for both of them that the Lord Shiva took a hand!

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 weeks ago from Singapore

      Chatra Ram, nice of you to have commented.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 weeks ago from Singapore

      Thank you Kikibird

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      CHATRA RAM 

      2 weeks ago from BARMER INDIA

      Very nice poen bro.....

      Jai Bhole Nath

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      Kikibird 

      2 weeks ago

      I am from London and I find this absolutely lovely and thrilling. I would prefer a warrior who had killed a tiger: a great lover as well.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 weeks ago from Singapore

      Rinita, thank you for sparing time and commenting

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      Rinita Sen 

      2 weeks ago

      Lovely tale with mythological and real twists.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 weeks ago from Singapore

      Jennifer, thanks a lot for commenting. Don't take it seriously it's only a poem.

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      Jennifer 

      2 weeks ago

      Loved the poem of love and chivalry but why is it necessary for the warrior to kill the poor tiger?

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      MG Singh 

      2 weeks ago from Singapore

      Lovely comment, Flourish, I have noted your concern on the big cats, who I also love and will attend to it.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      You do have the keen ability to transport the reader to a time long ago. My imagination and love for animals, especially those big majestic cats, made me focus, however, on how unjust it was for him to kill a tiger as well as for him to keep them in cages and pits for fighting. Made me wish the main character had been eaten instead or perhaps came back as someone who caused the killer great difficulty in his life. Divine retribution.

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