Cleopatra and Mark Antony
Nala was the son of Veersena and the king of Nishadha Kingdom. He was known for his skills with horses. He was a great cook. He also scribed a book on cookery, which is known to be the world’s first cookery book.
He felt in love with Damayanti, the princess of Vidarbha Kingdom. A Swaymavara was organized for Damyanti’s marriage where many princes were invited. In it, she chose Nala as her husband. It is a very marvelously woven love story.
Adam – Eve
Laila – Majnu
The Arabic arena is full of stories. Laila – Majnu is one of the stories from Arabic tells. This love story is a great piece of literature by the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi. Laila, a very beautiful girl and Majnu (Qais) were born in rival clans.
Majnu was deeply involved in Laila. Once the religious leader asked him to write the name of god but he wrote Laila’s name on hand. When beaten on his hand Laila’s hand started bleeding. Finally, Majnu turned mad in her love.
Shirin – Farhad
Scholars believe that this is also a script written by the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi. It is a love triangle between Persian king Khosrow, Armenian princess Shirin and her lover Farhad. This love story has a very tragic end.
The king fells in love with Shirin and wants to marry her against her will. Farhad, a sculptor sees Shirin and fells in her love. The king sends Farhad to carve stairs in a mountain. He jumps from the top knowing about false news of Shirin’s death.
Bajirao – Mastani
Here in India, in the state of Maharashtra on Deccan plateau, a grand love story is remembered. Bajirao was the commander or fourth Chatrapati (King) of the Marathe empire, Shahu Maharaj. He was well known for his prowess.
He had a wife named Kashibai. He fell in love with one of the dancer of his palace, named Mastani. He built a palace and lake for her. They gave birth to a son. Being belonging to different religions they were not accepted by society.
Heer – Ranza
This is again a beautiful piece of writing by Waris Shah. Some scholars say that it is the real-life story of Waris Shah which has been written on his own tragedy. Some others say that this love story is based on real persons.
Heer and Ranza were immersed in deep love. But Heer was not allowed to marry Ranza. Then Ranza turned Jogi renouncing worldly life. Both of their bodies were buried in the village Jhang, in Punjab at the native place of heer.
Sohni – Mahiwal
This is a tragic love story from Punjab. Sohni was married to a person which she did not like. Every night she went to meet her lover Mahiwal crossing the river. She used a mud pot to float in the river while swimming.
One night her sister in law replace the mud pot with an unbaked mud pot. Sohni, taking the pot proceeds to her lover. The pot melts down in the river and Sohni starts drowning. She begs for help but no one comes forward and her life ends.
Radha – Krishna
This is a moral love story that exists in the hearts of people from thousands of years. Radha – Krishna’s love blossomed in Vrindavan, an area located in Uttar Pradesh of India. There are many temples and places of pilgrimage in their names.
Radha is the lover of Lord Krishna. Many of her friends also admired Krishna but Krishna was in love with Radha. Their love was not merely physical. It is believed that their love is eternal, spiritual, and everlasting.
Dona – Paula
There is a famous location called ‘Dona Paula’, in Goa. This is situated at the beach known with the same name. There is a statue of a young girl waiting for his lover is carved on a hill. This is a very popular place and a love story.
Dona was a princess, who fell in love with a local fisher boy. She strongly insisted to marry the boy. The king threw a ring deep in the sea and asked the boy to search for it. Dona is still believed to be waiting for the boy.
All five elements are full of love. Every corner of the world breezes love. Every flower brings you the fragrance of love. You can feel and experience all these things if you have a heart filled with love. These are a few literary pieces depicting love around the globe. Each love story will mesmerize you at least for some time. If you know one and want to write, you can share it here. Please let me know in the comment section.