The slim curve that shines immature low
Hiding its indefinite immense vast glow
Appears the crescent form so pleasing
After the long dark night gone appeasing
The night that this new moon brings afore
Followed by the monthly Amavasya before
Where it forsakes the vast blues above its skirt
Being Symbolic of a death that is followed by a birth.
The calm and quiet of the loud sky magnificent
At times heard, at times unheard so silent
The musical notes that it doth inspire
Cause many a musicians to perspire
Then as it grows to a crescent bigger
The fourth night of its shimmery glow
Observed as Chaturthi of the ascension
Of the periodic Shukla paksha of the month
Progressing to its ritualistic growing volume
The crescent moves from an arc ahead to bloom
And the curve defines its new structure profound
As it appears to become a perfect shape round
Playing hide and seek with clouds all around
The vast sky becoming its large football ground
The full moon stands bright in its mighty glory
The Purnima of this saintly Chandrama is holy.
Celebration begins with this perfect sphere
Of the shape that on earth we see from here
The perfection of this adorable Hero among stars
That sets our nights bright beyond twinkling stars
The Hindu faithful all gather in groups to worship
They pray to the glories of the Moon’s Lordship
Satya Narain prayers are hence conducted
Significantly his holy-ness in our lives connected
The Full moon of the holy month of shravan
Comes with a unique sibling love celebration
It encourages brothers and sisters to exchange
Vows and commitments held together by a thread
A mere thread that provides a trust of protection
A sweet fed by the sisters to brothers’ satisfaction
The Bhaiya is honored with kumkum & rice oblation
The Behna is revered with a hug and gift presentation
Adorable is this bond filled Raksha Bandhan jollification
The spherical appearance of the moon’s full form
Doth shine to a golden bright aura filled charm
The day being a special one in Hindu calendar
Ashwin month comes with Sharad Purnima jubilation
Pots full of sweetened rice puddings in veneration
Under the moonlight cooling without fermentation
Raas Garbha performed on this Harvest Festival
A love filled day of Radha Krishna conjugation.
Whence it brings alongside the Guru Purnima
A day to honour the Guru by paying salutations
The full moon of Hindu Lunar month of Ashadha
Paying obeisance to the dispeller of darkness
The day marking the first sermon of Gautama Buddha
It’s called Vyas Purnima in respect of the holy sage
Veda Vyasa: the author and a character of Mahabharata.
The last month entered in the Hindu calendar Holy
This twelfth month Phalgun comes with festivity so jolly
On the Purnima or the emergence of the moon full
A spark of colour is added to the life that was dull
Bhakt Prahalad remembered along with his aunt Holika
Historical scene created by setting ablaze symbolic Holika
Triumph of truthful spirituality over the evil notions
The Holi Festival brings merriment with playful emotions
The new moon of Chaitra Month of Hindu affiliation
Ushering in the New Year of Vikram Samvat recognition
That which comes along with Spring Navratri solemnization
The Nine days and nights of religious celibate dedication
The fasting for nine forms of Goddess in unique unison
Followed fervently by Ram Navami on the ninth day finalization
Of the first bright half of this month that we pray in glorification
Celebrating the Birth Anniversary of reverent Lord Rama
The seventh incarnation of the creator Vishnu Bhagwan
A fortnight post the Chaitra Hindu New Year observation
Comes the Full moon with yet another Hindu felicitation
Hanuman Jayanti conducted with the Chalisa rendition
A day of worship of the orange reddish God’s memorialization
Praying to the Ramayana’s Vanara Bhagwan’s characterization
This monkey God is symbolic of Lord’s reflection and reveration
In our lives we aspire such humble purity in dedication
That each breath we breathe in Divine gratification.
The moon half or full or even a crescent or absent
Playing a vital role in Hindu Religious sentiment
Moments of reverence and festive observance
In tandem to the days and shapes of lunar emergence
This bright night star on the astronomical chart
Influences many a decisions as it appears in parts
Worshipped as a Devata or God incarnation apart
The lunar role is significant in my religion smart.
Photo credits: GoogleImages
Published in the Shri Sanatan Dharma Sabha Temple, Nairobi ‘s Centenary Year Celebration: Coffee Table Book.
6 thoughts on “THE LUNAR HINDUISM”
I love the moon analogy. The waxing and waning of the moon. The cycle of the moon as it brings various festivals.
Festivals that remind us to be in tune with the elements and Mother Earth.
Rituals with deeper meaning. Thank you for the insight Monica.
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Thank you for the comment Shariffa Ji. The moon plays a significant part in our lives.
This is magnificent…..😊👏👏
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First of, very beautiful rendering. Kudos!
Also, may be you would like the way moon is described in soundarya lahari and Lalita sahasra nama.
To add few interesting points, moons revolutions influence woman’s period (hence 28 days). 14 + 14 also symbolise the manvantaras (14 during brahma day and 14 during Brahma night). Moon comes from root ‘mann’ (Manas) hence it controls our mind: ‘chandrama manasa… Jataschakshoo…..’ as Purusha sokta says… Moon also is Lord for Pitrus and sun is Lord of devas. Hence ramayan has chandra vamsa and surya vamsa…. Many more…
These would add additional beauty to your epic poem!
Thank you for this valuable input. I also agree to the information you have shared.
Since this poem is already published in the souvenir book, I will pen down another one using your ideas very soon.
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