An Embrace

Umayal goes to the 
 shrine where Shiva

Draped in red kurai pudavai
 intricately woven with motifs 
of peacock she is astounding.

Bejewelled and decked with flowers.
 Umayal  looks gorgeous,
 like a bride.

Rag kalyani flows with a flourish,
 the melam exponents play  thani avaartana, 
with such vigour, 

the jathis spurt and jump. with a force
rhythmic and rejuvenating, Shivacharyas
 perform the aarathi,

Shiva and Umayal enter the palliyarai,
 the private chamber, where milk 
and fruits are placed in golden plates.

The  doors closes to  exceptional 
   rendition  of rag Neelamabri.,
a bliss to hear, tranquillity  reigns.