Dan posted a question which mentioned Radha, a beloved goddess of India and that reminded me of the story of Savitri,,,yes, sixty years ago I was 13 years old and reading the Mahabharata...I even remember the name of the translator, it was Romesh Dutt!
Anyway, Savitri was a much loved daughter who married her own true love, not sure I recall very well but it seems that Mother and Father disapproved for some reason?
Anyway, after a short time the new husband died. But Savitri could not accept this so she went on a pilgrimage to Yama, the Lord of Death. Her pleas were so powerful that not even Yama could resist the tsunami of her love, and finally returned Savitri's husband to life!
Savitri held her husband's head on her lap as he revived, and here are the final lines of the beautiful poem (which I memorized sixty years ago and still remember)...still brings tears, and now I am asking if something like this can really happen?
"Then she rose and tied her tresses, gently helped her lord to rise,
Walked with him the pathless jungle, looked with love into his eyes;
On her neck his clasping left arm sweetly winds in soft embrace
Round his waist Savitri's right arm doth as sweetly interlace...
Thus they walked the darksome jungle, silent stars looked from above,
And the hushed and throbbing midnight watched Savitri's deathless love!"