चित्तौड़-उद्धार -जयशंकर प्रसाद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

dipamalaen apas men kuchh hil-hilakar ingit kar rahi hain, kintu maun hain. sajjit mandir men lage hue chitr ekatak ek-doosare ko dekh rahe hain, shabd nahin hain. shital samir ata hai, kintu dhire-se vatayan-path ke par ho jata hai, do sajiv chitron ko dekhakar vah kuchh nahin kah sakata hai. parynk par bhagyashali mastak unnat kiye hue chupachap baitha hua yuvak, svarn-putali ki or dekh raha hai, jo kone men nirvat dipashikha ki tarah prakoshth ko alokit kiye hue hai. niravata ka sundar drishy, bhav-vibhor hone ka pratyaksh praman, spasht us grih men alokit ho raha hai.
akasmat gambhir kanth se yuvak udveg men bhar bol utha - sundari! aj se tum meri dharm-patni ho, phir mujhase snkoch kyon?
yuvati kokil-svar se bol - maharajakumar! yah apaki daya hai, jo dasi ko apanana chahate hain, kintu vastav men dasi apake yogy nahin hai.
yuvak - meri dharmaparinita vadhoo, maladev ki kanya avashy mere yogy hai. yah chatookti mujhe pasand nahin. tumhare pita ne, yadyapi vah mere chir-shatru hain, tumhare byah ke lie nariyal bheja, aur mainne rajapoot dharmanusar use svikar kiya, phir bhi tumhari-aisi sundari ko pakar ham pravanchit nahin hue aur isi avasar par apane poorv-purushon ki janmabhoomi ka bhi darshan mila.
‘udar hriday rajakumar! mujhe kshama kijiye. devata se chhalana manushy nahin kar sakata. main is samman ke yogy nahin ki parynk par baithoon, kintu charan-prant men baithakar ek bar nari-jivan ka svarg bhog kar lene men apake-aise devata badha n denge.’

itana kahakar yuvati ne parynk se latakate hue rajakumar ke charanon ko pakad liya.
vir kumar hammir avak hokar dekhane lage. phir usaka hath pakadakar pas men baitha liya. rajakumari shighrata se utarakar palng ke niche baith gayi.
dampaty-sukh se aparichit kumar ki bhnve kuchh chadh gayin, kintu usi kshan yauvan ke navin ullas ne unhen utar diya. hammir ne kaha - phir kyon tum itana utkanthit kar rahi ho? sundari! kaho, kya bat hai?
rajakumari - main vidhava hoon. sat varsh ki avastha men, suna hai ki mera byah hua aur athaven varsh vidhava huee. yah bhi suna hai ki vidhava ka sharir apavitr hota hai. tab, jagatpavitr shishaudiya-kul ke kumar ko chhoone ka kaise sahas kar sakati hoon?
hammir - hain! tum kya vidhava ho? phir tumhara byah pita ne kyon kiya?
rajakumari - keval devata ko apamanit karane ke liye.
hammir ki talavar men svayn ek jhnkar utpann huee. phir bhi unhonne shant hokar kaha - apaman isase nahin hota, kintu parinita vadhoo ko chhod dene men avashy apaman hai.
rajakumari - prabho! patita ko lekar ap kyon kalnkit hote hain?
hammir ne muskurakar kaha - aise nirdosh aur sachche ratn ko lekar kaun kalnkit ho sakata hai?
rajakumari snkuchit ho gayi. hammir ne hath pakadakar uthakar palng par baithaya, aur kaha - ao, tumhen mujhase samaj, snsar, koee bhi nahin alag kar sakata.
rajakumari ne vashparuddh kanth se kaha - is anathini ko sanath karake apane chir-rini banaya, aur vihval hokar hammir ke ank men sir rakh diya.

bhag 2

kailavada pradesh ke chhote-se durg ke ek prakoshth men rajakumar hammir baithe hue chinta men nimagn hain. soch rahe the - jis din munj ka sir mainne kata, usi din ek bhari bojh mere sir diya gaya, vah pitrivy ka diya hua maharana - vnsh ka rajatilak hai, usaka poora nirvah jivan bhar karana kartavy hai. chittaur ka uddhar karana hi mera pradhan lakshy hai. par dekhoon, eeshvar kaise ise poora karata hai. is chhoti-si sena se, yathochit dhan ka abhav rahate, vah kyonkar ho sakata hai? rani mujhe chintagrast dekhakar yahi samajhati hai ki vivah hi mere chintit hone ka karan hai. main usaki or dekhakar maladev par koee atyachar karane par snkuchit hota hoon. eeshvar ki kripa se ek putr bhi hua, kintu mujhe nity chintit dekhakar rani pita ke yahan chali gayi hai. yadyapi devata-poojan karane ke liye hi vahan unaka jana hua hai, kintu meri udasinata bhi karan hai. bhagavan ekalingeshvar kaise is du:sadhy kary ko poorn karate hain, yah vahi janen.

isi tarah ki anek vichar-tarngen manas men uth rahi thin. sandhya ki shobha samane ki giri-shreni par apani lila dikha rakhi hai, kintu chintit hammir ko usaka anand nahin. dekhate-dekhate andhakar ne giripradesh ko dhnk liya. hammir uthe, vaise hi dvarapal ne akar kaha - maharaj vijayi hon. chittaur se ek sainik, maharani ka bheja hua, aya hai.
thodi hi der men sainik laya gaya aur abhivadan karane ke bad usane ek patr hammir ke hath men diya. hammir ne use lekar sainik ko vida kiya, aur patr padhऩe lage-
prananath, jivanasarvasv ke charanon men
kotish: pranam.
dev! apaki kripa hi mere liye kushal hai. mujhe yahan aye itane din hue, kintu ek bar bhi apane poochha nahin. itani udasinata kyon? kya, sahas men bharakar jo mujhe apane svikar kiya, usaka pratikar kar rahe hain? devata! aisa n chahiye. mera aparadh hi kya? main apaka chintit mukh nahin dekh sakati, isilie kuchh dinon ke lie yahan chali ayi hoon, kintu bina us mukh ke dekhe bhi shanti nahin. ab kahiye, kya karoon? dev! jis bhoomi ki darshanabhilasha ne hi apako mujhase byah karane ke liye badhy kiya, usi bhoomi men ane se mera hriday ab kahata hai ki ap byah karake nahin pashchattap kar rahe hain, kintu apaki udasinata keval chittaur-uddhar ke liye hai. main isamen badha-svaroop apako dikhaee padati hoon. mere hi sneh se ap pita ke oopar chadhaee nahin kar sakate, aur pitaron ke rin se uddhar nahin pa rahe hain. is janm men to apase uddhar nahin ho sakati aur hone ki ichchha bhi nahin - kabhi, kisi bhi janm men. chittaur-adhishthatri devi ne mujhe svapn men jo agya di hai, main usi kary ke liye ruki hoon. pita is samay chittaur men nahin hain, isase yah n samajhiye ki main apako kayar samajhati hoon, kintu isaliye ki yuddh men unake n rahane se unaki koee sharirik kshati nahin hogi. mere karan jise ap bachate hain, vah bat bach jayegi. saradaron se rakshit chittaur - durg ke vir sainikon ke sath sammukh yuddh men is samay vijay prapt kar sakate hain. mujhe nishchay hai, bhavani apaki raksha karegi. aur, mujhe chittaur se apane sath liva n jakar yahin sinhasan par baithiye. dasi charan-seva karake kritarth hogi.

bhag 3

chittaur-durg ke sinhadvar par ek sahasr rajapoot-savar aur utane hi bhil-dhanurdhar padatik unmukt shastr liye hue maharana hammir ki jay ka bhim-nad kar rahe hain.
durg-rakshak sachesht hokar burjiyon par se agni-varsha kara raha hai, kintu in dridh pratigy viron ko hatane men asamarth hai. durgadvar bnd hai. akramanakariyon ke pas durgadvar todane ka koee sadhan nahin hai, to bhi ve adamy utsah se akraman kar rahe hain. vir hammir katipay utsahi viron ke sath agrasar hokar prachir par chadhऩe ka udyog karane lage, kintu vyarth, koee phal nahin hua. bhilon ki ban-varsha se hammir ka shatrupaksh nirbal hota tha, par ve surakshit the. charon or bhishan hatyakand ho raha hai. akasmat durg ka sinhadvar sashabd khula.

hammir ki sena ne samajha ki shatru maidan men, yuddh karane ke liye a gaye, bade ullas se akraman kiya gaya. kintu dekhate hain to samane ek sau kshatraniyan hath men talavar liye hue durg ke bhitar khadi hain! hammir pahale to snkuchit hue, phir jab dekha ki svayn rajakumari hi un kshatraniyon ki netri hain aur unake hath men bhi talavar hai, to vah age badhe. rajakumari ne pranam karake talavar maharana ke hathon men de di, rajapooton ne bhim-nad ke sath ‘ekaling ki jay’ ghoshit kiya.

vir hammir agrasar nahin ho rahe hain. durg se rakshak sasainy usi sthan par a gaya, kintu vahan ka drishy dekhakar vah bhi avak ho gaya. hammir ne kaha - senapate! main is tarah durg-adhikar pa tumhen bandi nahin karana chahata, tum sasainy svatantr ho. yadi ichchha ho, to yuddh karo. chittaur-durg rana-vnsh ka hai. yadi hamara hoga, to ekaling-bhagavan ki kripa se use ham hastagat karenge hi.

durg-rakshak ne kuchh sochakar kaha - bhagavan ki ichchha hai ki apako apaka paitrik durg mile, use kaun rok sakata hai? sambhav hai ki isamen rajapooton ki bhalaee ho. isase bandhuon ka raktapat ham nahin karana chahate. apako chittaur ka sinhasan sukhad ho, desh ki shri-vriddhi ho, hinduon ka soory mevad-gagan men ek bar phir udit ho. bhil, rajapoot, shatruon ne milakar maharana ka jayanad kiya, dundubhi baj uthi. mngal-gan ke sath sapatnik hammir paitrik sinhasan par asin hue. abhivadan grahan kar lene par maharana ne mahishi se kaha - kya ab bhi tum kahogi ki tum hamare yogy nahin ho?

tika tippani aur sndarbh

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