Piety Overshadows Beauty


I am captivated at the temple’s splendour.
Each day it unfolds a characteristic  magnificence.

One day I am amazed at the shrine’s hugeness,
the next day  astonished by the embellishments.

The eyes travel through the niceties of art.
The sculptures speak volumes, see with a curiosity.

A frequenter I observe new features  during every visit.
How I missed these so long? I wonder.

The leaves and flowers engraved in stone
look original.

The stones, reproduce the episodes of “Thiruvilayadal ”
define the “‘Karnams”, “mudras”.

I walk past in a hurry to reach the sanctum.
It is time for worship.

Devotion overwhelms. Piety overshadows
beauty.

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