पिसनहारी का कुआँ -प्रेमचंद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

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gomati ne mrityu-shayya par pade hue chaudhari vinayakasinh se kaha —chaudhari, mere jivan ki yahi lalasa thi.

chaudhari ne gambhir ho kar kaha —isaki kuchh chinta n karo kaki; tumhari lalasa bhagavanh poori karenge. main aj hi se majooron ko bula kar kam par lagaye deta hoon. daiv ne chaha, to tum apane kuen ka pani piyogi. tumane to gina hoga, kitane rupaye hain ?

gomati ne ek kshan ankhen bnd karake, bikhari huee smriti ko ekatr karake kaha —bhaiya, main kya janoon, kitane rupaye hain ? jo kuchh hain, vah isi handi men hain. itana karana ki itane hi men kam chal jae. kisake samane hath phailate phiroge ?

chaudhari ne bnd handi ko utha kar hathon se taulate hue kaha —aisa to karenge hi kaki; kaun denevala hai. ek chutaki bhikh to kisi ke ghar se nikalati nahin, kuan banavane ko kaun deta hai. dhany ho tum ki apani umr bhar ki kamaee is dharm-kaj ke lie de di.

gomati ne garv se kaha —bhaiya, tum to tab bahut chhote the. tumhare kaka mare to mere hath men ek kaudi bhi n thi. din-din bhar bhookhi padi rahati. jo kuchh unake pas tha, vah sab unaki bimari men uth gaya. vah bhagavanh

ke bade bhakt the. isilie bhagavanh ne unhen jaldi se bula liya. us din se aj tak tum dekh rahe ho ki kis tarah din kat rahi hoon. mainne ek-ek rat men man-man bhar anaj pisa hai; beta ! dekhanevale acharaj manate the. n-jane itani takat mujhamen kahan se a jati thi. bas, yahi lalasa rahi ki unake nam ka ek chhota-sa kuan ganv men ban jae. nam to chalana chahie. isilie to adami bete-beti ko rota hai.

is tarah chaudhari vinayakasinh ko vasiyat karake, usi rat ko budhiya gomati paralok sidhari. marate samay antim shabd, jo usake mukh se nikale, ve yahi the , kuan banavane men der n karana. usake pas dhan hai yah to logon ka anuman tha; lekin do hazar hai, isaka kisi ko anuman n tha. budhiya apane dhan ko aib ki tarah chhipati thi. chaudhari ganv ka mukhiya aur niyat ka saf adami tha. isalie budhiya ne use yah antim adesh kiya tha. chaudhari ne gomati ke kriya-karm men bahut rupaye kharch n kiye. jyonhi in snskaron se chhutti mili, vah apane bete haranathasinh ko bula kar eent, choona, patthar ka takhamina karane lage. haranath anaj ka vyapar karata tha. kuchh der tak to vah baitha sunata raha, phir bola — abhi do-char mahine kuan n bane to

koee bada haraj hai ?

chaudhari ne 'hunh !' karake kaha —haraj to kuchh nahin, lekin der karane ka kam hi kya hai. rupaye usane de hi diye hain, hamen to sent men yash milega. gomati ne marate-marate jald kuan banavane ko kaha tha.

haranath , han, kaha to tha, lekin ajakal bazar achchha hai. do-tin hazar ka anaj bhar liya jae, to agahan-poos tak savaya ho jayaga. main apako kuchh sood de doonga. chaudhari ka man shnka aur bhay ke duvidho men

pad gaya. do hazar ke kahin dhaee hazar ho gaye, to kya kahana. jagamohan men kuchh bel-boote banava doonga. lekin bhay tha ki kahin ghata ho gaya to ?

is shnka ko vah chhipa n sake, bole — jo kahin ghata ho gaya to ?

haranath ne tadap kar kaha —ghata kya ho jayaga, koee bat hai ?

'man lo, ghata ho gaya to ?'

haranath ne uttejit hokar kaha —yah kaho ki tum rupaye nahin dena chahate,bade dharmatma bane ho !

any vriddhajanon ki bhanti chaudhari bhi bete se dabate the. katar svar men bole — main yah kab kahata hoon ki rupaye n doonga. lekin paraya dhan hai, soch-samajh kar hi to usamen hath lagana chahie. banij-vyapar ka hal kaun janata hai. kahin bhav aur gir jae to ? anaj men ghun hi lag jae, koee muddee ghar men ag hi laga de. sab baten soch lo achchhi tarah.

haranath ne vyngy se kaha —is tarah sochana hai, to yah kyon nahin sochate ki koee chor hi utha le jae; ya bani-banayi divar baith jae ? ye baten bhi to hoti hi hain.

chaudhari ke pas ab aur koee dalil n thi, kamazor sipahi ne tal to thonki, akhade men utar pada; par talavar ki chamak dekhate hi hath-panv phool gaye. bagalen jhank kar chaudhari ne kaha —to kitana loge ?

haranath kushal yoddha ki bhanti, shatru ko pichhe hatata dekh kar, baphar kar bola — sab ka sab dijie, sau-pachas rupaye le kar kya khilavad karana hai ?

chaudhari raji ho gaye. gomati ko unhen rupaye dete kisi ne n dekha tha. lok-ninda ki snbhavana bhi n thi. haranath ne anaj bhara. anajon ke boron ka dher lag gaya. aram ki mithi nind sonevale chaudhari ab sari

rat boron ki rakhavali karate the, majal n thi ki koee chuhiya boron men ghus jae. chaudhari is tarah jhapatate the ki billi bhi har man leti. is tarah chh: mahine bit gaye. paush men anaj bika, poore 500 ru. ka labh hua.

haranath ne kaha —isamen se 50 ru. ap le len.

chaudhari ne jhalla kar kaha —50 ru. kya khairat le loon ? kisi mahajan se itane rupaye liye hote to kam se kam hm00 ru. sood ke hote; mujhe tum do-char rupaye kam de do, aur kya karoge ?

haranath ne zyada batabadhav n kiya. 150 ru. chaudhari ko de diya. chaudhari ki atma itani prasann kabhi n huee thi. rat ko vah apani kothari men sone gaya, to use aisa pratit hua ki budhiya gomati khadi muskara rahi

hai. chaudhari ka kaleja dhakh-dhakh karane laga. vah nind men n tha. koee nasha n khaya tha. gomati samane khadi muskara rahi thi. han, us murajhaye hue mukh par ek vichitr sphoorti thi.

kee sal bit gaye ! chaudhari barabar isi fikr men rahate ki haranath se rupaye nikal loon; lekin haranath hamesha hi hile-havale karata rahata tha. vah sal men thoda-sa byaj de deta, par mool ke lie hazar baten banata tha. kabhi lene ka rona tha, kabhi chukate ka. han, karobar badhata jata tha. akhir ek din chaudhari ne usase saph-saph kah diya ki tumhara kam chale ya doobe, mujhe parava nahin, is mahine men tumhen avashy rupaye chukane padenge. haranath ne bahut udanaghaiyan batayin, par chaudhari apane irade par jame rahe.

haranath ne jhunjhala kar kaha —kahata hoon ki do mahine aur thaharie. mal bikate hi main rupaye de doonga.

chaudhari ne dridhata se kaha —tumhara mal kabhi n bikega, aur n tumhare do mahine kabhi poore honge. main aj rupaye loonga.

haranath usi vakt krodh men bhara hua utha, aur do hazar rupaye la kar chaudhari ke samane zor se patak diye.

chaudhari ne kuchh jhenp kar kaha —rupaye to tumhare pas the.

'aur kya baton se rozagar hota hai ?'

'to mujhe is samay 500 rupaye de do, baki do mahine men dena. sab

aj hi to kharch n ho jaeenge.'

haranath ne tav dikha kar kaha —ap chahe kharch kijie, chahe jama kijie, mujhe rupayon ka kam nahin. duniya men kya mahajan mar gaye hain, jo apaki dhauns sahoon ?

chaudhari ne rupaye utha kar ek tak par rakh diye. kuen ki dagabel dalane ka sara utsah thnda pad gaya.

haranath ne rupaye lauta to diye the, par man men kuchh aur manasooba bandh rakha tha. adhi rat ko jab ghar men sannata chha gaya, to haranath chaudhari ke kothari ki chool khisaka kar andar ghusa. chaudhari bekhabar soye the. haranath ne chaha ki donon thailiyan utha kar bahar nikal aoon, lekin jyon hi hath badhaya use apane samane gomati khadi dikhayi di. vah donon thailiyon ko donon hathon se pakade hue thi. haranath bhayabhit ho kar pichhe hat gaya. phir yah soch kar ki shayad mujhe dhokha ho raha ho, usane phir hath badhaya, par abaki vah moorti itani bhaynkar ho gayi ki haranath ek kshan bhi vahan khada n rah saka. bhaga, par baramade hi men achet hokar gir pada. haranath ne charon taraph se apane rupaye vasool karake vyapariyon ko dene ke lie jama kar rakhe the. chaudhari ne ankhen dikhayin, to vahi rupaye la kar patak diya. dil men usi vakt soch liya tha ki rat ko rupaye uda laoonga. jhoothamooth chor ka gul macha doonga, to meri or sndeh bhi n hoga. par jab yah peshabndi thik n utari, to us par vyapariyon ke tagade hone lage. vadon par logon ko kahan tak talata, jitane bahane ho sakate the, sab kiye. akhir vah naubat a gayi ki log nalish karane ki dhamakiyan dene lage. ek ne to 300 ru. ki nalish kar bhi di. bechare chaudhari badi mushkil men phnse. dookan par haranath baithata tha, chaudhari ka usase koee vasta n tha, par usaki jo sakh thi vah chaudhari ke karan log chaudhari ko khara aur len-den ka saf adami samajhate the. ab bhi yadyapi koee unase takaja n karata tha, par vah sabase munh chhipate phirate the. lekin unhonne yah nishchay kar liya tha ki kuen ke rupaye n chhuoonga chahe kuchh a pade. rat ko ek vyapari ke musalaman chaparasi ne chaudhari ke dvar par a kar hajaron galiyan sunayin. chaudhari ko bar-bar krodh ata tha ki chal kar moonchhen ukhad loon, par man ko samajhaya, 'hamase matalab hi kya hai, bete ka karz chukana bap ka dharm nahin hai.'

jab bhojan karane gaye, to patni ne kaha —yah sab kya upadrav macha rakha hai ?

chaudhari ne kathor svar men kaha —mainne macha rakha hai ?

'aur kisane macha rakha hai ? bachcha kasam khate hain ki mere pas keval thoda-sa mal hai, rupaye to sab tumane mang liye.'

chaudhari - mang n leta to kya karata, halavaee ki dookan par dada ka phateha padhana mujhe pasnd nahin.

stri , yah nak-kataee achchhi lagati hai ?

chaudhari - to mera kya bas hai bhaee, kabhi kuan banega ki nahin ? panch sal ho gaye.

stri , is vakt usane kuchh nahin khaya. pahali joon bhi munh jootha karake uth gaya tha.

chaudhari - tumane samajhakar khilaya nahin, dana-pani chhod dene se to rupaye n milenge.

stri , tum kyon nahin ja kar samajha dete ?

chaudhari - mujhe to is vakt bairi samajh raha hoga !

stri , main rupaye le ja kar bachcha ko diye ati hoon, hath men jab rupaye a jaen, to kuan banava dena.

chaudhari - nahin, nahin, aisa gajab n karana, main itana bada vishvasaghat n karoonga, chahe ghar mitti hi men mil jae.

lekin stri ne in baton ki or dhyan n diya. vah lapak kar bhitar gayi aur thailiyon par hath dalana chahati thi ki ek chikh mar kar hat gayi. usaki sari deh sitar ke tar ki bhanti kanpane lagi.

chaudhari ne ghabara kar poochha—kya hua, kya ? tumhen chakkar to nahin a gaya ?

stri ne tak ki or bhayatur netron se dekh kar kaha —chudail vahan khadi hai ?

chaudhari ne tak ki or dekh kar kaha —kaun chudail ? mujhe to koee nahin dikhata.

stri , mera to kaleja dhakh-dhakh kar raha hai. aisa maloom hua, jaise us budhiya ne mera hath pakad liya hai.

chaudhari - yah sab bhram hai. budhiya ko mare panch sal ho gaye, ab tak vah yahan baithi hai ?

stri , mainne saf dekha, vahi thi. bachcha bhi kahate the ki unhonne rat ko thailiyon par hath rakhe dekha tha !

chaudhari - vah rat ko meri kothari men kab aya ?

stri , tumase kuchh rupayon ke vishay hi men kahane aya tha. use dekhate hi bhaga.

chaudhari - achchha; phir to andar jao, main dekh raha hoon.

stri ne kan par hath rakh kar kaha —n baba, ab main us kamare men qadam n rakhoongi.

chaudhari - achchha, main ja kar dekhata hoon.

chaudhari ne kothari men ja kar donon thailiyan tak par se utha lin. kisi prakar ki shnka n huee. gomati ki chhaya ka kahin nam bhi n tha. stri dvar par khadi jhank rahi thi. chaudhari ne a kar garv se kaha —mujhe to kahin

kuchh n dikhayi diya. vahan hoti, to kahan chali jati ?

stri , kya jane, tumhen kyon nahin dikhayi di ? tumase use sneh tha, isi se hat gayi hogi.

chaudhari - tumhen bhram tha, aur kuchh nahin.

stri , bachcha ko bula kar puchhaye deti hoon.

chaudhari - khada to hoon, a kar dekh kyon nahin letin ?

stri ko kuchh ashvasan hua. usane tak ke pas ja kar darate-darate hath badhaya , zor se chilla kar bhagi aur angan men a kar dam liya. chaudhari bhi usake sath angan men a gaya aur vismay se bola — kya

tha, kya ? vyarth men bhagi chali ayi. mujhe to kuchh n dikhayi diya. stri ne hanphate hue tiraskarapoorn svar men kaha —chalo hato, ab tak to tumane meri jan hi le li thi. n-jane tumhari ankhon ko kya ho gaya hai.

khadi to hai vah dayan !

itane men haranath bhi vahan a gaya. mata ko angan men khade dekh kar bola — kya hai amman, kaisa ji hai ?

stri , vah chudail aj do bar dikhayi di, beta. mainne kaha —lao, tumhen rupaye de doon. phir jab hath men ja jaenge, to kuan banava diya jayaga. lekin jyon hi thailiyon par hath rakha, us chudail ne mera hath pakad liya. pran-se nikal gaye.

haranath ne kaha —kisi achchhe ojha ko bulana chahie, jo ise mar bhagaye.

chaudhari - kya rat ko tumhen bhi dikhaee di thi ?

haranath , han, main tumhare pas ek mamale men salah karane aya tha. jyon hi andar qadam rakha, vah chudail tak ke pas khadi dikhayi di, main badahavas ho kar bhaga.

chaudhari - achchha, phir to jao.

stri , kaun, ab to main n jane doon, chahe koee lakh rupaye hi kyon n de.

haranath , main ap n jaoonga.

chaudhari - magar mujhe kuchh dikhayi nahin deta. yah bat kya hai ?

haranath , kya jane, apase darati hogi. aj kisi ojha ko bulana chahie.

chaudhari - kuchh samajh men nahin ata, kya majara hai. kya hua baijoo pande ki digri ka ?

haranath in dinon chaudhari se itana jalata tha ki apani dookan ke vishay ki koee bat unase n kahata tha. angan ki taraph takata hua mano hava se bola — jo hona hoga, vah hoga, meri jan ke siva aur koee kya le lega ? jo kha gaya hoon, vah to ugal nahin sakata.

chaudhari - kahin usane digri jari kar di to ?

haranath , to kya ? dookan men char-panch sau ka mal hai, vah nilam ho jayaga.

chaudhari - karobar to sab chaupat ho jayaga ?

haranath , ab karobar ke nam ko kahan tak rooon. agar pahale se maloom hota ki kuan banavane ki itani jaldi hai, to yah kam chhedata hi kyon ? roti-dal to pahale bhi mil jati thi. bahut hoga, to-char mahine

havalat men rahana padega. isake siva aur kya ho sakata hai ? mata ne kaha —jo tumhen havalat men le jae, usaka munh jhulas doon ! hamare jite-ji tum havalat men jaoge !

haranath ne darshanik ban kar kaha —man-bap janm ke sathi hote hain, kisi ke karm ke sathi nahin hote.

chaudhari ko putr se pragadh prem tha. unhen shnka ho gayi thi ki haranath rupaye hajam karane ke lie tal-matol kar raha hai. isalie unhonne agrah karake rupaye vasool kar liye the. ab unhen anubhav hua ki haranath ke pran

sachamuch snkat men hain. socha , agar ladake ko havalat ho gayi, ya dookan par kurki a gayi; to kul-maryada dhool men mil jayagi. kya haraj hai, agar gomati ke rupaye de doon. akhir dookan chalati hi hai, kabhi n kabhi to rupaye hath men a hi jaenge.

ekaek kisi ne bahar se pukara , 'haranathasinh !' haranath ke mukh par havaiyan udane lagin. chaudhari ne poochha—kaun hai ?

'kurk amin.'

'kya dookan kurk karane aya hai ?'

'han, maloom to hota hai.'

'kitane rupayon ki digri hai ?'

'1500 ru. ki.'

'kurk-amin kuchh lene-dene se n talega ?'

'tal to jata par mahajan bhi to usake sath hoga. use jo kuchh lena hai, udhar se le chuka hoga.'

'n ho, 1500 ru. gomati ke rupayon men se de do.'

'usake rupaye kaun chhuega. n-jane ghar par kya aphat aye.'

'usake rupaye koee hajam thodi hi kiye leta hai; chalo, main de doon !'

chaudhari ko is samay bhay hua, kahin mujhe bhi vah n dikhayi de. lekin unaki shnka nirmool thi. unhonne ek thaili se 550 ru. nikale aur doosari thaili men rakh kar haranath ko de diye. sndhya tak in 5000 ru. men ek rupaya bhi n bacha.

barah sal gujar gaye. n chaudhari ab is snsar men hain, n haranath. chaudhari jab tak jiye, unhen kuen ki chinta bani rahi; yahan tak ki marate dam bhi unaki jaban par kuen ki rat lagi huee thi. lekin dookan men sadaiv rupayon

ka toda raha. chaudhari ke marate hi sara karobar chaupat ho gaya. haranath ne ane rupaye labh se sntusht n ho kar doone-tigune labh par hath mara , jua khelana shuroo kiya. sal bhi n gujarane paya tha ki dookan bnd ho gayi.

gahane-pati, baratan bhande, sab mitti men mil gaye. chaudhari ki mrityu ke thik sal bhar bad, haranath ne bhi is hani-labh ke snsar se payan kiya. mata ke jivan ka ab koee sahara n raha. bimar padi, par dava-darpan n ho saki. tin-char mahine tak nana prakar ke kasht jhel kar vah bhi chal basi. ab keval bahoo thi, aur vah bhi garbhini. us bechari ke lie ab koee adhar n tha. is dasha men mazadoori bhi n kar sakati thi. padosiyon ke kapade si-si kar usane kisi bhanti panch-chh: mahine kate. tere ladaka hoga. sare lakshan balak ke-se the. yahi ek jivan ka adhar tha. jab kanya huee, to yah adhar bhi jata raha. mata ne apana hriday itana kathor kar liya ki navajat shishu ko chhati bhi n lagati thi. padosiyon ke bahut samajhane-bujhane par chhati se lagaya, par usaki chhati men doodh ki ek boond bhi n thi. us samay abhagini mata ke hriday men karuna, vatsaly aur moh ka ek bhookamp-sa a gaya. agar kisi upay se usake stan ki antim boond doodh ban jati, to vah apane ko dhany manati. balika ki vah bholi, din, yachanamay, satrishn chhavi dekh kar usaka

matri-hriday mano sahastr netron se rudan karane laga tha. usake hriday ki sari shubhechchhaen, sara ashirvad, sari vibhooti, sara anurag mano usaki ankhon se nikal kar us balika ko usi bhanti rnjit kar deta tha jaise indu ka shital prakash pushp ko rnjit kar deta hai; par us balika ke bhagy men matriprem ke sukh n bade the ! mata ne kuchh apana rakt, kuchh oopar ka doodh pila kar use jilaya; par usaki dasha dinondin jirn hoti jati thi.

ek din logon ne ja kar dekha, to vah bhoomi par padi huee thi, aur balika usaki chhati se chipati usake stanon ko choos rahi thi. shok aur daridrata se ahat sharir men rakt kahan jisase doodh banata. vahi balika padosiyon ki daya-bhiksha se pal-pal kar ek din ghas khodati huee us sthan par ja pahunchi, jahan budhiya gomati ka ghar tha. chhappar kab ke pnchabhooton men mil chuke the. keval jahan-tahan divaron ke chihn baki the. kahin-kahin adhi-adhi divaren khadi thin. balika ne n-jane kya soch kar khurapi se gandha khodana shuroo kiya. dopahar se sanjh tak vah gandha khodati rahi. n khane ki sudh thi, n pine ki. n koee shnka thi, n bhay. andhera

ho gaya; par vah jyon ki tyon baithi gandha khod rahi thi. us samay kisan log bhool kar bhi udhar se n nikalate the; par balika nishshnk baithi bhoomi se mitti nikal rahi thi. jab andhera ho gaya to vah chali gayi.

doosare din vah bade sabere uthi aur itani ghas khodi, jitani vah kabhi din bhar men n khodati thi. dopahar ke bad vah apani khanchi aur khurapi liye phir usi sthan par pahunchi; par vah aj akeli n thi, usake sath do balak aur bhi the. tinon vahan sanjh tak 'kuan-kuan' khodate rahe. balika gandhe ke andar khodati thi aur donon balak mitti nikal-nikal kar phenkate the.

tisare din do ladake aur bhi us khel men mil gaye. sham tak khel hota raha. aj gandha do hath gahara ho gaya tha. ganv ke balak-balikaon men is vilakshan khel ne abhoopoorv utsah bhar diya tha. chauthe din aur bhi kee balak a mile. salah huee, kaun andar jae, kaun mitti uthaye, kaun jhaua khinche. gandha ab char hath gahara ho gaya tha, par abhi tak balakon ke siva aur kisi ko usaki khabar n thi. ek din rat ko ek kisan apani khoyi huee bhains dhoondhata hua us khndahar men ja nikala. andar mitti ka ooncha dher, ek bada-sa gandha aur ek timatimata hua dipak dekha, to dar kar bhaga. auron ne bhi a kar dekha, kee adami the. koee shnka n thi. samip ja kar dekha, to balika baithi thi. ek adami ne poochha—are, kya toone yah gandha khoda hai ?

balika ne kaha —han.

'gandha khod kar kya karegi ?'

'yahan kuan banaoongi ?'

'kuan kaise banayegi ?'

'jaise itana khoda hai vaise hi itana aur khod loongi. ganv ke sab ladake khelane ate hain.'

'maloom hota hai, too apani jan degi aur apane sath aur ladakon ko bhi maregi. khabaradar, jo kal se gandha khoda !'

doosare din aur ladake n aye, balika bhi din bhar majoori karati rahi. lekin sndhya-samay vahan phir dipak jala aur phir vah khurapi hath men liye vahan baithi dikhayi di.

ganv valon ne use mara-pita, kothari men bnd kiya, par vah avakash pate hi vahan ja pahunchati. ganv ke log pray: shrriddhalu hote hi hain, balika ke is alaukik anurag ne akhir unamen bhi anurag utpann kiya. kuan khudane laga. idhar kuan khud raha tha, udhar balika mitti se eenten banati thi. is khel men sare ganv ke ladake sharik hote the. ujali raton men jab sab logaso jate, tab bhi vah eenten thapati dikhayi deti. n-jane itani lagan usamen kahan se a gayi thi. sat varsh ki umr koee umr hoti hai ? lekin sat varsh ki vah ladaki buddhi aur batachit men apani tiguni umr valon ke kan katati thi. akhir ek din vah bhi aya ki kuan bndha gaya aur usaki pakki jagath taiyar ho gayi. us din balika usi jagath par soyi . aj usake harsh ki sima n thi. gati thi, chahakati thi. prat:kal us jagath par keval usaki lash mili. us din se logon ne kahana shuroo kiya, yah vahi budhiya gomati thi ! is kuen ka nam 'pisanahari ka kuan' pada.

tika tippani aur sndarbh

bahari kadiyan

snbndhit lekh

varnamala kramanusar lekh khoj

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