Rodhra ロードゥラ

Symplocos racemosa (Lodh tree)

rodhra

A small tree smooth, light grey and white wood; leaves simple, alternate, very thick, lanceolate, aliptic or oblong, shortly acuminate at the apex, irregularly crenate or serrage; fruits globose, purple, ribbed drupes; seeds 1-3 testa thin. The outer bark is thin and the inner greenish or light brown, the cut surface of the thick bark of mature tree is reddish brown on drying; when broken, short thin fibre tips are seen. Flowering-fruiting November to May. (Ashok Sheth (Ed.). 2005 The herbs of ayurveda vol.4 Gujarat : Ashok Sheth. p1078)

हस्ते लीलाकमलमलकं बालकुन्दानुविद्धं

नीता रोध्रप्रसवरजसा पण्डुतामाननश्रीः ।

चूदापाशे नवकुरबकं चारु कर्णे शिरीषं

सीमन्ते च त्वदुपगमजं यत्र नीपं वधूनाम् ॥ ६५ ॥

There, in the women’s hand, is a red lotus to play with;
Her ringlet is adorned with young Kunda;
The grace of her face is made fair with the pollen of the Rodhra flowers;
On the braids at the head, fresh Kurabaka; on her hairs, lovely Śirīṣa;
And at the hairline, Nīpa which has sprung upon your approach. (65)

手には遊びの赤睡蓮[カマラ] 髪の一房は若きクンダの花で飾り
ロードゥラの花の粉は麗しき面[おもて]をほの白く染め
頭上の髪束には摘みたてのクラバカ 耳元には愛らしきシリーシャ
額の際にはきみの訪れに咲いたニーパの花を、女たちは(六五)


A description of (the women in) the Yakṣa’s hometown Alakā. Kimura (1962: 253) writes that they are flowers from different seasons but florishing all at once as this is a place of the demi-gods.

[Reference: Kimura, Hideo 1962. Kālidāsa Literature Series No.1: jojōshi kisetsushū kumo no shisha. Kyoto: Hyakka-en.]

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