खंडहर की लिपि -जयशंकर प्रसाद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

Icon-edit.gif is lekh ka punarikshan evn sampadan hona avashyak hai. ap isamen sahayata kar sakate hain. "sujhav"

jab basant ki pahali lahar apana pila rng sima ke kheton par chadha layi, kali koyal ne use barajana arambh kiya aur bhaunre gunaguna kar kana-phoonsi karane lage, usi samay ek samadhi ke pas lage hue gulab ne munh kholane ka upakram kiya. kintu kisi yuvak ke chanchal hath ne usaka hausala bhi tod diya. dakshin pavan ne usase kuchh jhatak lena chaha, bichare ki pnkhudiy़an jhad gayin. yuvak ne idhar-udhar dekha. ek udasi aur abhilashamayi shoonyata ne usaki pratyashi drishti ko kuchh uttar n diya. basant-pavan ka ek bhari jhonka ‘ha-ha’ karata usaki hnsi udata chala gaya.

sati huee tekari ki tooti-phooti sidhi par yuvak chadhऩe laga. pachas sidhiy़an chadhऩe ke bad vah bagal ki bahut purani dalan men vishram lene ke lie thahar gaya. oopar jo jirn mandir tha, usaka dhvnsavashesh dekhane ko vah bar-bar jata tha. us bhagn stoop se yuvak ko amantrit karati huee ‘ao ao’ ki aparisphut pukar bulaya karati. jane kab ke atit ne use smaran kar rakkha hai. mandap ke bhagn kon men ek patthar ke oopar n jane kaun-si lipi thi, jo kisi koradar patthar men likhi gayi thi. vah nagari to kadapi nahin thi. yuvak ne aj phir usi or dekhate-dekhate use padhऩa chaha. bahut der tak ghoomata-ghoomata vah thak gaya tha, isase use nidra ane lagi. vah svapn dekhane laga.

kamalon ka kamaniy vikas jhil ki shobha ko dvigunit kar raha hai. usake amod ke sath vina ki jhanakar, jhil ke sparsh ke shital aur surabhit pavan men bhar rahi thi. sudoor pratichi men ek sahasradal svarn-kamal apani shesh svarn-kiran ki bhi mrinal par vyom-nidhi men khil raha hai. vah lajjit hona chahata hai. vina ke taron par usaki antim abha ki chamak pad rahi hai. ek anandapoorn vishad se yuvak apani chanchal anguliyon ko nacha raha hai. ek dasi svarnapatr men kesar, aguru, chandan-mishrit angarag aur navamallika ki mala, kee tambool liye hue ayi, pranam karake usane kaha-‘‘mahashreshthi dhanamitr ki kanya ne shrimanh ke lie upahar bhejakar prarthana ki hai ki aj ke udyan goshth men ap avashy padharane ki kripa karen. anand vihar ke samip upavan men apaki pratiksha karati huee kamini devi bahut der tak rahengi.’’

yuvak ne virakt hokar kaha-‘‘abhi kee din hue hain, main sinhal se a raha hoon, mera pot samudr men doob gaya hai. main hi kisi tarah bacha hoon. apani svamini se kah dena ki meri abhi aisi avastha nahin hai ki main upavan ke anand ka upabhog kar sakoon.’’

‘‘to prabhu, kya main yahi uttar de doon? ‘‘dasi ne kaha.

‘‘han, aur yah bhi kah dena ki-tum sarikhi avishvasini striyon se main aur bhi door bhagana chahata hoon, jo pralay ke samudr ki prachand andhi men ek jarjar pot se bhi durbal aur us duba denevali lahar se bhi bhayanak hai.’’ yuvak ne apani vina snvarate hue kaha.

‘‘ve us upavan men kabhi ki ja chuki hain, aur hamase yah bhi kaha hai ki yadi ve goshth men n ana chahen, to stoop ki sidhi ke vishram-mandap men mujhase ek bar avashy mil len, main nirdosh hoon.’’ dasi ne savinay kaha.

yuva ne rosh-bhari drishti se dekha. dasi pranam karake chali gayi. samane ka ek kamal sandhya ke prabhav se kumhala raha tha. yuvak ko pratit hua ki vah dhanamitr ki kanya ka mukh hai. usase makarand nahin, ashru gir rahe hain. ‘main nirdosh hoon’, yahi bhaunre bhi goonjakar kah rahe hain.

yuvak ne svapn men chaunkakar kaha-‘‘main aoonga.’’ ankh n kholane par bhi usane us jirn dalan ki lipi padh li-‘‘nishthur! ant ko tum nahin aye.’’ yuvak sachet hokar uthane ko tha ki vah kee sau baras ki purani chhat dham se giri.

vayumandal men-‘‘ao-ao’’ ka shabd goonjane laga.

tika tippani aur sndarbh


bahari kadiyan

snbndhit lekh

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