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1.4

Of the hours which give the highest enjoyment

Women, be it observed, differ greatly in the seasons which they prefer for enjoyment, according to their classes and temperaments. The Padmini, for instance, takes no satisfaction in night congress; indeed, she is thoroughly averse to it. Like the Surya Kamala (day-lotus) which opens its eyes to the sunlight, so she is satisfied even by a boy-husband in the bright hours. The Chitrini and the Shankhini are like the Chandra Kamala, or night-lotus, that expands to the rays of the moon; and the Hastini, who is the coarsest, ignores all these delicate distinctions.

The following tables, then, show the Pahar, 12 or watch of the night and day, during which the four classes of women derive the greatest pleasure.

Table I

Regulating the Night Hours

1st Pahar
6-9 p.m.

2nd Pahar
9-12 p.m.

3rd Pahar
12-3 a.m.

4th Pahar
3-6 p.m.

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The Padmini

The Chitrini

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The Shankhini

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The Hastini

The Hastini

The Hastini

The Hastini

Table II

Regulating the Day Hours

1st Pahar
6-9 p.m.

2nd Pahar
9-12 p.m.

3rd Pahar
12-3 a.m.

4th Pahar
3-6 p.m.

The Padmini

The Padmini

The Padmini

The Padmini

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The Hastini

The Hastini

And here it will be observed that the Chitrini and the Shankhini derive no satisfaction from day congress.

Thus did the arch-poet, Kalyana Malla, relate unto Ladkhan Rajah how women are divided into four classes, each of which has its own peculiarity of body and mind, and its several times of enjoyments, according to the state of the moon and the hour of the day or night.