srini at engin.umich.edu
Fri Mar 14 03:25:53 UTC 1997
Naaraaya.nabha.t.ta uses the expression kalaayaavalii several
times in his famous poem Naaraayaa.niiya. As far as I can tell,
it must be kalaaya + aavalii, a row/line of kalaaya. The dictionary
meaning of kalaaya (Apte) is "green peas", (vaa.taa.naa in Marathi).
I wonder if anyone knows the significance of this expression in the
context of describing the Krishna image in the temple at Guruvaayur?
S.N.Sastri, in his book S'rimannaaraaya.niiyam, translates kalaaya as
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