Where Lotuses Bloom ‘Above’ the Sun!

In a verse in Kumarasambhava, poet Kalidasa, tries to give an idea of the loftiness of the Himalaya mountains. He says:

“From a lake on the Himalayas, the sapta rishis took some lotus buds ; the rest of the buds bloomed when the rising sun from below them kissed them with his ascending rays.”

(Transliteration: saptharSHihasthAvachithAvasheSHANaDHO vivasvAn parivarthamAnaha / padhmAni yasyAgrasarOruhANi pravarDHayathyUrDHvamuKHair mayUKHaihi)

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