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The Kalidas Smarak at Ramtek

Kālidāsa (Devanāgarī: कालिदास) was a Sanskrit poet and dramatist, his title Kavikulaguru (Preceptor of All Poets) bearing testimony to his stature. Known to be an ardent worshipper of Shiva, he wrote his plays and poetry largely based around Hindu mythology and philosophy. His name means, literally, "Kali's servant." His life cannot be dated with precision, but most likely falls within the Gupta period, probably in the 4th or 5th century.


  • अनुभवति हि मूर्ध्ना पादपस्तीव्रमुष्णं ।
    शमयति परितापं छायया संश्रितानाम् ॥
    • The tree bears the intense heat on its head while it lessens the heat for those who take shelter under it.
  • स्रजमपि शिरस्यन्धः क्षिप्तं धुनोत्यहिशंकया
    • One who is blind throws away even a garland of flower placed on his head, thinking it is a snake.
  • न रत्नमन्विष्यति मृग्यते हि तत्
    • A jewel is sought after and has not to seek.
      • Kumarasambhava, Canto V, 45; translated by M. R. Kale


  • Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
    Look to this Day!
    For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
    In its brief Course lie all the
    Varieties and Realities of your Existence:
    The Bliss of Growth,
    The Glory of Action,
    The Splendour of Beauty;
    For Yesterday is but a Dream
    And Tomorrow is only a Vision;
    But Today well lived makes
    Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
    And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
    Look well therefore to this Day!
    Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!

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