The abhisarika nayika is a heroine who sets out to meet her lover, heedless of the consequences. Often depicted walking in the rain with snakes out and about.
I know it is now time to part.
To part the wind, the clouds,
to part the rain and walk through
on my desire, clear as lightning, forked.
And yet, wrapped in cloud, gripping
the rain, I hesitate.
It’s the rain in my veins that rises red,
steadily, in my throat.
This thrum that grows.
The night is dark.
The lightning so fierce.
Hemendranath Mazumdar, Barsha (The Monsoon). Illustrated in Shilpi: An Illustrated Journal of Fine Arts, 1929