नीरवता ती तशीच
धुंद तेच चांदणे
छायांनी रेखियले
चित्र तेच देखणे
जाई चा कुंज तोच
तीच गंधमोहिनी

एकांती मज समीप
तीच तु ही कामिनी….

तोच चंद्रमा नभात

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I am not a linguist. But I never understood “sweetness of Urdu” as bragged by so many Bollywood types.

The word “चैत्रयामिनी” conveys the night of Chaitra month (which is in Vasant season filled with fragrant flowers) is one of the most beautiful seasons for a “memorable night”
Memorable night with lover, as described in the poem. Usually Nights of Sharad and Vasant season are excellent "to be memorable" :) Not too hot, not too cold, fragrant and full of flowers and laden with fruits.

These words convey so many subtler feelings with ease.
There is no need to have Persian or Arabic words (in excess as used in bollywood songs) for the song to touch the hearts of listeners.

Even after decades, it conveys exactly what Shantabai wanted to convey when she penned down this poem.
Even modern Marathi erotic dance numbers like "apsaraa aali" is sanskritized.

कोमल काया की मोहमाया पुनव चांदणं न्हाले
सोन्यात सजले, रुप्यात भिजले रत्नप्रभा तनु ल्याले
ही नटली थटली जशी उमटली चांदणी रंगमहाली
मी यौवन बिजली पाहून थिजली इन्द्रसभा भवताली

The sweetness one perceives in a language is subjective. Not disputing that.

What I have problem with is popular lyricist prefering Persian words instead of Sanskritic words saying Sanskritic words are heavy and therefore not suitable for conveying subtler feelings in meter.
The word चैत्रयामिनी is definitely a big, heavy and mouthful.

But it is poet's prowess to arrange it in such a fashion in her composition that it feels just perfect.

Without that inspiration, even simplest words can feel out of place if they are out of place.
It is incompetence on the part of Bollywood's lyricists that they cannot arrange sanskritik words in their art and rely of Persian motifs etc.

It is either incompetence or laziness or deliberate choice (which sounds sinister).

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Again curated by panDit @vvaayu ji

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The Noon protocol is thus.

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Soothing. EU lost something very valuable when they accepted monotheism

It was once recited by mothers, brothers, spouses for safe return of their loved ones from journeys

Perhaps this was to Greeks the way we chant Hanumān chālisā. Or Shri Rāmarakshā

पातालभूतलव्योम चारिणः छद्मचारिण:
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The divinity still exists in this prayer by Achilles. But no devotee left who sees divinity being invoked in these lines
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All these beautiful prayers are nothing but poetry lessons.

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