बभ्रुवाहन -जयशंकर प्रसाद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

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mani-prabhapoor manipur nagar ke prant men ek udyan ke dvar par pratichi disha-nayikanukool tarani ke arun-kiran ki prabha pad rahi hai. vasantik sandhy vayu ka pratap kramash: uday ho raha hai, poorv disha men apoorv sundar chandr ki malin abha dikhaee de rahi hai. aha! nilambaravrit vidhubadani ke badan ke saman svachchh nilambar men yah chandr kaisa sundar dikhaee de raha hai—

dhaval manohar drishti sukh dayak hiy anurag;
manahu sudha ke bimb men, lapatyo nalin-parag.
nav ghan, sundar shyama ur, manahun hirakabhas;
kalindi jal nil men kai aravind vikas.

andhakar ka adhikar to sarvatr ho gaya hai; parantu chandramukh ke samip krishn kesh-bhar ke andhakar ke saman jyotsana-sammilit andhakar men ek pathik usi dvar par aya aur sthan ke lie idhar-udhar drishti daudane laga.

akasmath ek manushy usi dvar se bahar hua aur ek aparichit manushy ko dekhakar poochha—‘‘ap kaun hain?’’—uttar mila—‘‘bhrant pathik’’ kintu sath hi usake—

ayat ujjval bhal, karikar ganjan kar yugal;
vilulit kuntal jal, vrishabh-kndh rajiv charu.
ati hi subhag saroop, rajat kotihun mar-chhavi;
mukh bidhu ko pratiroop, mishrit vir-shrringar-ras.
dekhat jan harashahin, kalit kalevar kalabh sam;
arigan hiye darahin bikat bhrikuti tat lakhe jehi.
vir vesh sajjit kripan kati mahin suchhajat;
bhare nishng tunir prishth kar chap surajat.
amit sved-kan ang manhi mukta jhalakavat;
kindhaun niradhar niravindu bhari ati sukh pavat.
sakal sujanata khan son shil nivas prakash yut;
mukh vinod barasat amal, mamata lahai n sindhu sut.

dekhakar upavan-rakshak ne pranamoparant kaha—‘‘yadi vishram karane ki ichchha ho, to upavan men chalie.’’

yah sunakar pathik malakar anugami hua.

upavan men pravesh karate makarand-lobhi mahat ne pathik ke mukh-kamal se madhuralingan karake shramal v makarandabindu ko aharan kar liya. phir vah yuvak upavan ki shobha dekhane laga—

lasai loni lata lapati taru te, sumanavali bharajhuki-si parai;
chhaki mod madhoo tyon milind badhoo luri phoolan pai arasi-si parai.
kal kokil kiran ko kalanad vipanchi sucharu baji-si karai ;
makarand son poori rahi puhumi sukh saurabh sisi khasi-si parai.

yon hi pad-sanchalan karate tatha chandrika men chamatkrit chancharik mnj gunjit praphull pushpavali par drishtipat karate hue yuvak pathik malakar ke bataye sthan par sab vastr aur shastr utarakar sandhyavandan ke lie sarovar ke mukhy tir par gaya. nity krity se kritakrity hokar pathik prakrit sushama nirakhane laga—

nil sarasi salit knj, sunil praphulit charu;
nil nabh ujjval anant, gambhir tasu agaru.
nishachchhadit rajahi, ati nil taruvar punj;
kokila kalarav kalapi, kir koojat kunj.
kaumudi pratibimb sarasi jal karat sukalol;
pavan vichalit jal lahari, lila dharati imi lol.
manahu ratanakar lutavat ratan gan ehi bhanti;
kabahun hirak panti parat kabahun nilam panti.
vyom varidhi min phansan nisha mahishi hal;
tarakavali jyon bikheryo tori mukata-mal.
nishakar nij kar pasari sudha madhur paripoor!
prakriti-lila ko hnsavat chhiraki rajat suchoor.

yuvak pathik drishy ke saundary-sagar men nimagn tha, aur prasann man se dekh raha tha ki akasmath usake karn kuhar men kisi kamini ka ek kantharav sunaee pada—

bikasahu kamalini kali-nikar nij saurabh so bhari;
uthahu kusum sar sadhi kusum dhanu nij kati dridh kari.
mudit hohu chakee ke yugal driganchal chanchal;
uday bhayi hai priy darshan darshan avasar bhal.

vipanchidhvani vimohit mantr mrig ke saman usi madhur svar ka anusaran karake vah yuvak ek matt milind-milit malati-lata-mandir ke samip pahuncha, aur lata ki ot se dekhane laga, to use do sundari usamen baithi dikhaee din, jo parasr kuchh hns-hnsakar vatrtalap kar rahi thin.

ek boli—sakhi! chandrama kyon itana sundar hai? aur usi se ratri ki shobha kyon hoti hai? dekh—

mallikadik suman te suchi rachyo dharani vitan;
jatit hirak-tar nabh pat sakhi odhi़ saman.
shit surabhit malay marut vijan sachi chachain;
sudhakar son milan baithi svachchh raka rain.

doosari, jo kuchh usase vayask thi, boli-sakhi! tumhen abhi isaka poorn gyan nahin hai. abhi tumhare lie sab vastu anandamay hai. dekh—

shitalaee sudhakar men hai nahin sunu sanch;
sakhi! yake kiran men suanokhiye hai anch.
jaun n aisi hoy to kyon vimal saravar vari;
bich sarasiji murajhi ke giri jay lakhu sukumari.

ab to yuvak se n raha gaya! vah bol utha—

sumukhi sundar shil roop suval sunu dhari kan;
yahai to sabahi kahai nij bhagy hai ju pradhan.
sudha son paritript hiy jaki rahai aviram;
tahi nishi men nishanath amand det aram.

is aparichit shabd ko sunakar praudha bahar aee; parantu yuvak ko dekhakar saham kar khadi ho gayi, aur kuchh krodhit hokar boli—ap kaun hain?

yuvak—ek bhrant pathik.

praudha—is upavan men kaise aye? kya apako yah nahin gyat ki rajakumari is samay yahan hain?

yuvak—kya yah manipur ki rajakumari hain? yadi aisa ho, to kshama kijiye. sarale! bhrant pathik is samvad se avagat nahin tha.

praudha—nahin, ap avashy dandaniy hain.

yuvak—(hnsakar)—yadi aisa hai, to adhikari ke samaksh le chalie.

praudha—yah vakchaturi rahane dijie......

rajakumari se n raha gaya, vah bol uthi—sakhi, kya hai?

yuvak ko sath men lekar praudha us lata-mandir ke dvar par pahunchi. vastav men adhishthatri lata-mandir hi ki nahin,—sundari saundary-upavan ki adhishthatri van devi ke saman thi.

usaka yauvan nivid kadambini men saudamini ke saman, alak-pash men hirakhand ke saman, madhukar nikar anasvadit praphullarajiv ke saman, ujjval madhur tatha manohar tha.

kintu yuvak ka manohar avayav bhi apani samata n rakhata tha. jalabaddh chakor ke saman sundari ke yugal netr nispand, nirnimesh ho rahe the. idhar mantramugdh ke saman yuvak us naisargik saundaryamayi bala ka mukh nirikshan kar raha tha. sakhi donon ka yah apoorv drishy dekhakar chakit ho gee, aur hriday dridh karake boli—rajakumari! dekho, yah mahashay nirbhay is sthan tak chale aye hain, hamen gyat hota hai ki yah koee chatur vyakti hain, kyonki—

soodhe dekhan men bane karat atapati bat.
kapati nahar ke manahun chhipi nakhan ki pant..

yadi apaki agya ho, to inhen prahari ki agya men bhej diya jay.

yuvak (hnsakar)—

alak-pash son bandhi chahai rakhi to rahi sakai.
kidhaun rakhain avaradhi natu ham bandhan yogu nahin..

sakhi (sakrodh)—rajakumari ki agya ho, to tumhari pragalbhata ka phal tumhen abhi mile.

yuvak—unhin ki agya ki apeksha to mujhe bhi hai, kyonki ab ham vishram karana chahate hain.

rajakumari—sakhi! vyarth vad se kya labh, pahale tumhen inase poornaroop se parichay le lena chahiye.

yuvak—rajakumari! jo kuchh poochhana ho, poochha jay, ham spasht uttar denge.

praudha—ap apana vnsh-parichay dijie.

yuvak—sundari! samay ke anurodh se ham keval itana kah sakate hain ki yah tumhara atithi pauravavnsh ka kshatriyakumar hai, tirth-paryatan karate-karate yahan tak a pahuncha hai.

praudha—ap hamare atithi kaise? kya ap yahin par thahare hain?

yuvak—

kamalini-madhulobhi madhup lahi marnd ki as.
kumud-kananahin chhodi ke kahan sakai kari bas..

praudha—pun: ve hi vyarth ki baten!

yuvak—to apane nahin samajha, isaka tatpary yah hai ki upavan-rakshak ne shrant pathik janakar apane grih-samip men mujhe rahane ka sthan diya hai, isi se ham ap logon ke atithi hain. avashyak vastu sab prastut hai, ab yadi agya ho, to ham vishram karen, kyonki hamane yahan tak akar ap logon ko bada kasht diya.

rajakumari ke ingit karane par sakhi ne poochha—ap kab tak thaharenge? kya ap ham logon ke atithy se asantusht hain?

yuvak—pathik ka kya thikana!

praudha—to bhi kuchh din thaharana hovehi ga?

yuvak—jaisi rajakumari ki agya.

praudha—achchha, ab kal bhent hogi.

yuvak—kal to meri ichchha hai ki yahan ka nagar-nirikshan karen , aur maharaj ka bhi darshan karen.

praudha—avashy.

itana kahakar rajaprasad ki or, rajakumari ke pichhe-pichhe chali. par , yuvak us maralagati men mugdh khada tha.

dvitiy parichchhed

vistrit kuntal bhar poor shram ambu kani ke.
rati shram jal lav mandit shrant vadan ramani ke..
lakhi lajaee man manhi sahit tara sahachar gan.
chahat chhipan pashchim men yah lanchhit shashi lanchhan..
airavat kari kumbh arun-sindoor-vibhooshit.
sam lakhat prachi men tarani-vishv arunanchit..
malin chandr sah nakhat-panti pashchimahin sidharat.
nav ooshapat odhi़ dhara nav roop sudharat..
shishir-kiran son poori rahyo hariyali upavan.
viharat vayu manohar lahi parimal saroj ban..
tarani-kiran kari kari pravesh samput saroj men.
vikasavat harashavat madhukar ganahin oj men..
malayanil saurabhit subarasat suman kali bahu.
mridul kanth son gavat dvij kul shakha men kahun..
sarita mand pravah lahar lai chalat lahar son.
vikach nalin sah nal hilat makarand jhahar son.
kanchaniy ravi-kiran dari nij abha sundar.
pit karat hai sit saroj gan ko ati manahar..
sanchahun kami madhup saman madhup nalani sah.
jhoomi jhoomi gunjar madhur alap manahun kahn..

aisi prabhatik shobha dekhata hua vah pathik manipur ke rajamarg se chala ja raha hai. is yuva ka vah viravesh nahin hai; kintu vah gayakavesh men rajakiy mandir ke samip pahuncha. vahan ki shobha men usaka man mugdh ho gaya. vahan use vina, mridng ke sath stuti-svar sunaee pada.

yuvak yah janakar ki rajakiy shivalay men prabhatik poojan ho raha hai, usi or chala. shivalay ke suvistrit prangan men manohar mandir madhyavarti moorti ko pranam kar yuvak bhi anand se apani vina bajakar gane laga—

he shiv, dhany tumhari maya.
jehi bas bhooli bhramat hain sabahi sur aru asur nikaya.
bhanu bhramat aru bahat samiran prakat jiv samudaya..
tav mahima ko par n pavat jehi par karahu n chhaya.
das dinata dekhi dayanidhi begi karahu ab daya..

yuvak ne aise bhaktipoorit svar se gaya ki mandir men ke sab manushy mohit ho gaye. yuvak to ga chuka; kintu vina ki jhnkar jo usake kal-kanth se mishrit goonj rahi thi, mandir ko svar-may kiye huee thi.

isi samay do dirghakay ujjval varn purush samane se ate hue drishtigat hue aur kshanabhar men nikat a pahunche. yuvak ko dekhakar ek ne samipasth vyakti se poochha—mantrivar, yah kaun vyakti hai?

lai bina kar mahin bajavat yadapi ahai yah.
tadapi kahat kar-chihn dhanush ko akarshak yah..
vidyadhar sam kanti ju mukh sahaj batavat.
tabahu yah rajany kumar saris mohin bhavat..

mantrivar—manipur ke rajavnsh men pray: ek hi santan hota hua aya hai........

raja—(jo vastav men manipur ke maharaj the)—isase kya tatpary hai?

mantrivar—kumari chitrangada jab utpann huee thin, us samay ap bahut du:khi hue the. us samay maharshi ne apase kaha ki—rajanh chintit mat ho, yah kumari bade uchch rajavnsh ko svayn varan karegi, aur usaka sakshath pahale usi purush se hoga, usase ek sundar putr rajakumari ko hoga, jo ki apake vnsh ko ujjval karane-vala hoga—astu, mujhe unhin maharshiji ke bataye hue pratyek lakshan is yuvak men dikhaee padate hain.

yah sunate hi maharaj ko poorv ki katha ka smaran ho aya. unhonne saharsh us yuvak ke samip akar poochha—

nij sukhamay agaman son diyo pramod anand.
kehi kul udugan ke ahau kahau manohar chnd?

yuvak ne pranam karake kaha—rajanh , is samay to main ek gayak hoon.

kuchh vicharakar yuvak ko liye hue maharaj rajamandir men aye, aur ek sundar grih men baithakar vartalap karane lage.

maharaj—vats, ab adhik n chhipao.

dhanu akarshan ke yugal kar men chihn lakhat.
bina savyasachi nahin, dooje men yah bat..

yuvak (namrabhav se)—yadi ap jan gaye ki main arjun hoon, to barambar kyon lajjit karate hain?

maharaj—keval isalie ki is vesh men ap kaise yahan aye? dharmaraj to sakushal hain n?

yuvak—

gorakshan ke hetu jab, bipran kari pukar.
hauhoon tab turate gayo, jahn mam shastragar..
nrip kul choodamani tahan, dharmaraj asin.
krishna ke sng lakhyo ham, kiyo pratigyahin..
karan hetu tehi pap ko, utkat prayashchit.
tirath ke payryatan men thanyon tab nij chitt..

maharaj—

sahi ke du:kh anek, tajat nahin nij dharm ko.
rakhat ko as tek, bina chandr kul chand ke..

to yahan ap kahan nivas karate hain aur kab rajy ko pavitr kiya?

arjun—rajanh , abhi kal hi to main yahan aya hoon , aur nagar ke samip hi ek udyan men thahara hoon.

maharaj—par ab main apase do baten chahata hoon, asha hai ki ap use man lenge?

arjun—kaun kary hai? yadi mere kiye ho, to main saharsh karane ke lie taiyar hoon.

maharaj—pratham ap hamara atithy svikar karen, aur doosare is rajy ki raksha karen.

arjun—pahala to ham saharsh svikar karate hain. aur manipur-rajy par mere rahate koee apatti nahin a sakati.

maharaj—yah to thik hai; par ham apase nivedan karate hain ki is rajavnsh men pray: ek santati hoti aee hai, kintu ab keval ek rajakumari hi hai, phir rajy ka uttaradhikari kaun hoga? isi hetu mera vichar hai ki—

jag zahir jag band chandakul ko sab janat.
ta kul ke tum hau kumar lakhi hiy sukh manat..
tumako kanya deee kaun badabhagi as.
sab vidhi ko sukh ahai aur yahi men hai bahu yas..
pai shulk-roop ham leihain ta sut ko yah janihaun.
manipur surajy ko vahai bhavi raja manihaun..

arjun—jaisi apaki agya.

nidan maharaj ke agyanusar shubh samay men vaivahik ayojan hua, aur arjun aur chitrangada vivah-mandap men dikhaee dene lage.

havan dhoom ke ot men jodi bhali lakhay.
manahun jalad ke patal men yug thir chnd lakhay..

yatha riti vaivahik kary sampann hone par brahman log ashirvad dene lage—

yug-yug yah jodi jiye, avichal hovai raj.
premalata tum duhunn ki, phalai suphal sukh saj..

tritiy parichchhed

piya bisarayo kaune het?
tan man dhan sarbas jehi saunpyo, se karat nachet..
jehi ke rng rngyo hai hiy-pat liyo sukhay snvari.
dekhi parat nahin jahi udhaon kusum visikh anuhari..
bina megh damini nahin rahati chandanihu bin chnd.
ao jivan moori milo ab bhuj bhari-bhari svachchhand..

mani-jatit parynk par leti huee ek sundari donon hathon se apane vaksh-sthal ko dabaye hue katar drishti se avaran-mukt dvar ki or nihar rahi hai. usake kunchit keshakalap vatayan se a rahe malayanil ki prerana se us ramani ke hriday ki bhanti kabhi-kabhi kanp uthate hain.

samane baithi huee ek stri kokil-kanth se alapati huee oopar likha git ga rahi hai, aur doosari, vina ka svar, usi sngit ki lay men mila rahi hai. sngit samapt hote-hote vah ramani vatayan ke samip khade hokar kalanadini nadi ke mand pravah ko nirakhane lagi. nadi ki chanchal tarngabhngi dekhakar usaka chitt aur bhi chanchal hone laga. yadyapi vah apani antarik abhilasha ko talasthayi muktaphalon ki bhanti gupt rakhana chahati hai, tathapi vah ashruroop se nikal hi padati hai. ramani ke netron se nikale hue ashru-binduon ko kamal-krida karane vala malay pavan makarandabindu janakar har le jata hai.

vasant ki manohar sandhya, usaki tara-mal-mandit manohar moorti aur tarapati ki kshin dipti chitrangada ko poorv smriti ki jhalak dikha deti hai. srotasvini ke apar tat ke kunjon se oopar uthata hua chandr jagath ko rajat-ranjit bana raha hai, parantu chitrangada ka hriday andhakaramay hai.

arjun se viyog hue kee varsh bit gaye, chitrangada ne kabhi darshan bhi nahin paya.

rahe banabas sahe bahu kasht.
kiyo nij bairin ko mand nasht..
layo sukh raj mile sab bhrat.
nahin hiy mahin anand samat..
vyatit bhaye bahu basar jat.
n parath poochhat hain ik bat..
sudhiraj hay dharen kimi pran.
liyo nahin khoj aho sukhadan..

isi se chitrangada ka hriday vyathit ho raha hai. chitrangada ne nishvas le kar sakhi se kaha—sakhi! kuchh aur aisa hi gao. sakhi ne yah pady gana prarambh kiya—

madhukar priti ki riti nee.
nij din dekhat hau gulab ko kaliyan kalit nee.
kantan se urajhat ghoomat ho sudhi budhi bisari gee.
khilat n malayanil son jau laun tau laun dhig thaharavo.
leee puhup ras nij svarath rat phir nahin munh darasavo..

kokil-kanth-vinirgat vah madhur rag ghar bhar men goonj gaya aur chitrangada ki hriday-vipanchi pancham svar se baj uthi. usaki anand-smriti-sudha usake nayan-nirjhar se ashruroop hokar jharane lagi. usane usi avesh men kahana prarambh kiya—

sakhi!
yauvan oosha pratham prakat jab hiye bhee hai.
shaishav taranikar malinata dhay lee hai..
naval rag son rngyo gayo hiyanabh-pat aiso.
sahyo chandakar tap tadapi sandhya men taiso..
hay pranay-smriti-soory uday nit hiy-nabh hovai.
poorv rag bistari alaukik rng snjovai..
puni dhari tichhan kiran barasi birahagini jvala.
shant hot lahi ashruvari dharahin vishala..
tab puni dharat rag vahai jo pratham bhayo hai.
madhur karun sukh-roop hriday saurabhit kiyo hai..
nav basant ki sandhy maha sukhama-si sohai.
sahai yadapi bahu kasht tadapi man vahi mahn mohai..

‘‘sakhi! dekho to, itane din hue, prananath ne is dasi ka kuchh bhi dhyan nahin kiya. yadyapi apana chihn-svaroop lochananandadayak hridayamani yah sukumar kumar babhruvahan hamen de gaye hain; par, kya unhen isako bhi dekhane ke lie n ana chahie! han! jivanadhar! tumako kuchh bhi daya nahin hai?’’

jyonhi itana kahakar vah chup ho rahi ki mrigaya-vesh se susajjit ek sundar kumar ata hua dikh pada. chitrangada ne anchal se ansoo ponchhate hue us kumar ko uthakar god men le liya.

kumar babhruvahan us samay ek anirvachaniy anand se hns raha tha, use yon hnsate dekhakar chitrangada ne poochha—vats, aj kya hai, jo itana hns rahe ho?

kumar—mata, aj bade anand ka samachar hai.

chitrangada—vah kya?

kumar—pandavon ke ashvamedh ygy ka ghoda hamare rajy ke samip pahunch gaya hai, kal savere ham use pakad lavenge.

chitrangada—(prasann hokar) achchha beta—

kumar (apani dhun men)—mata, suna hai ki vah ashv bahut sundar hai.

chitrangada—kaisa ashv, vats?

kumar—vahi-vahi pandavon ke ashvamedh ka.

chitrangada—(chihunkakar)—pandavon ka? kaisa? ashvamedh ka?

kumar—apane nahin suna? dharmaraj ashvamedh kar rahe hain?

chitrangada—vats, usamen yuddh karana hoga.

kumar—mata, phir tumhare putr ko aur kya karana chahie?

chitrangada—(hnsakar) achchha vats, yah to kaho ki ashv ka rakshak kaun hai?

kumar—so to abhi nahin maloom. koee bhi ho, jo hoga usase yuddh kar ashv ko avashy le aoonga.

chitrangada—achchha, prat:kal—

putr, tumhen pahanay kavach nij hathan hi te.
saji vastr sab ang deee ashish suhi te..
gorochan ko tilak bhal mngalamay daike.
lakhihaun bir prasooti hvai annd hiy laike..

chaturth parichchhed

chitrangada udyan men ghoom rahi hai. udyan ki shobha dekhate-dekhate chitrangada ne sakhi se kaha—sakhi! kuchh is udyan ka varnan kar.

sakhi kahane lagi—

dinakar kiran prabhat men. kusum kalin ki ghat men..
nirakhat oosha-ot te. ambar pat men lotate..
taru bahu kusuman bhavate. bhari sugandh ras-bhar te..
mod bhare hain jhoomate. dhara dhay kai choomate..
doorvadal ati shyamale. shishir sikt chhabi son bhale..
panyan son mili jat hain. tab ati sukhad janat hain..
kyari kusumit kunj ki. papiha parimal punj ki..
malayanil mili mohate. sukhad saras hvai sohate..

chitrangada—vah sakhi, vah! (thodi der chup rahakar)—han sakhi, yah to bata ki ashvarakshak kaun hai, kuchh pata laga?

sakhi (sir jhukakar)—maharaj dhananjay hain.

chitrangada—kya prananath?

sakhi—han devi, vah dekho kumar bhi chale a rahe hain.

chitrangada—ah, ab main kya karoon?

kumar—mata ke charanon men pranam. ab shighr agya kijie, kyonki anucharon ne ashv ko bandh liya hai aur yah samachar pakar pandavon ne yuddh ka udyog kiya hai. main yuddh-yatra se pahale apaka ashirvad lene ke liye aya hoon.

chitrangada—(kampit svar se)—ab to main tumako yahi ashirvad deti hoon ki tum apane pita se bhi ashirvad pao.

kumar—kya man, kya kaha?

sakhi—kumar, apake pita madhyam pandav dhananjay hi us ghode ke rakshak hain?

chitrangada—han vats, jao, dev-bhakti se apane pita ka poojan kar prasann karo.

kumar—jaisi apaki agya.

yon kahakar kumar chal diye, aur mangalik vastu v poojanopachar lekar mantri ke sath yuddh-bhoomi men pahunche.

sena ke madhy se khade hue arjun ne us tejasvi kumar ko ate hue dekha—

vir badan mahn vibha, gaman janu kehari shavak.
kar kripan jhalamalai, tej janu jvala pavak..
bhrikuti vikat vilol, kesh kndhar pai chhajai.
janu jvala kahn dhoom, gherikai atishay rajai..

poojan ki samagri lie hue mantri aur kumar ne vijay ko dandavath kiya aur mantri ne kaha—

rajy apako hi ahai ya men snshay nahin.
chhamahu chook anucharan ki jate shnka jahi..

arjun—achchha mantrivar, apane yah achchha socha. aise hi chatur mantriyon se rajy ki raksha hoti hai. par, yah to kaho, yah kumar kaun hai? isaka kya nam hai?

mantri—maharaj, yah apahi ke chiranjiv babhruvahan hain, aur yahi manipur rajy ke uttaradhikari hain.

arjun—(chaunkakar) kya chitrangada ka putr?

kumar—han pitaji.

itana kah daudakar kumar arjun ke gale se lipat gaye, aur arjun ne bhi vatsaly-sneh se kumar ko ank men le liya.

phir savadhan hokar jab donon samane khade hue, tab arjun ne mantri se kaha—mantri, tum vastav men manipur rajy ke mantri hone ke yogy ho. yadi tum pandavon ke mantri hote, to kumar ko kabhi aisi shiksha n dete.

is par kumar ne chidhaqar kaha—kyon pitaji, kaisi shiksha?

arjun—

"kshatradharm mahn hoy guruhun son kari ladaee.
devavrat se gaye jaun kul lahi badaee..
tero pitu haun soee dharm mahn dikshit hvai kai.
kari ladaee maharudr son sahas kai kai..
too soee nij janak ko arati kai rijhavan chahai.
dhikkar ahai tav matu ko laj ajaun too na gahai..
sunikatu vachan amarash-bhare, tab kopi kathin kumarane.
agyakari rath lavane ko, tir dhanu jo dridh bane..
puni kaho teri supandavahin, " sannaddh sngar ko rahau.
yadyapi pita tum ho tadapi, haun main tumhari sut ahaun..

rath a gaya. yuddhavesh se sajjit kumar ne arjun ke samane akar pranam kiya, aur phir dhanush tnkara.

dhaye dhari dhanu sayak sapachchh. sab vir jure dekhat sulachchh..
tab chale tir taravar bhall. kari darp dabi bhidi gaye mall..
it vijay aur unako kumar. daure duhun pai duhun gak bar..
duhun ki sena pooran umng. tab karan lagi mili yuddh rng..
kah teri sarathi son kumar. dabahun dushtan ko ek bar..
haun tumhen dikhao kala koti. nachain kabandh shir parain loti..
imi kahyau jabai kopit kumar. sainahin davyo sarathi sudhar..
lagyo pahiravan tab hajar. banan ke biran-gale har..
so kapat mitr se kanth mahi. lagi kai katat hiy son uchhahi..
puni tikhe shar jalahi pasar. pandav kumar kiy andhakar..
tab tinhain kati dinhon subir. madhyam pandav bahu chhodi tir..
turatahi shar jalan dinh chhay. pandav kumar puni pitahi dhay..
sab katat hain arjun sushastr. shir dhari anupam svarn-chhatr..
manu jalad-patal begihin snvari. dinanath prakat hvai jat tari..
turatahi chhavat shar jal dari. kaushal kumar karikai vichari..
tab krodhit hvaike vijay vir. maryo kumar ke kathin tir..
moorchchhit hvai balak dand ek. puni uthyo shastr dharikai satek..
chhadyo tichhan ik mahabhall. giri paryo dhannjay maha mall..
tab kolahal bhi katak mahn. sab chakit bhaye yah drishy chah..
turatahi ik sundar ramani roop. lakhi chakit bhaye duhun dal anoop..

vimukt-kuntala ujjval kantimayi ramani ne tatkal akar us gire hue vir dhananjay ko utha liya aur rath par arohan kar sabake dekhate-dekhate us sena se nikal gee.

kumar bhi chakit hokar niharane lage. itane men mantri ne akar kaha ki chaliye, maharani ne apako bulaya hai.

kumar aur mantri donon rajabhavan ki or padhare. senapatiyon ke n rahane ke karan senaen apane-apane sthan ko laut geen.

susajjit prakoshth men parynk par arjun lete hue hain, aur chitrangada unake mukh par sugandhit salil sinchan kar rahi hai. kumar ne bhayabhit bhav se mata ko pranam kiya.

dhananjay ko chet hua, unhonne apane ko ek vichitr-manimay bhavan men paya, samane dekha to chitrangada virajaman hai. arjun ne gadgadh kanth se kaha—priye! kshama karana.

chitrangada ne tatkal pranam karake kaha—aryaputr, yah ap kya kahate hain, is balak ke aparadh ko kshama kijie.

arjun ne hnsakar kaha—

chirajivi sab bhanti yah,
rahe raj sukh pai..
nij kul kahn ujjal karai.
tin lok yash chhai..

tika tippani aur sndarbh


bahari kadiyan

snbndhit lekh

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