ममता -जयशंकर प्रसाद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

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rohatas-durg ke prakoshth men baithi huee yuvati mamata, shon ke tikshn gambhir pravah ko dekh rahi hai. mamata vidhava thi. usaka yauvan shon ke saman hi umad raha tha. man men vedana, mastak men andhi, ankhon men pani ki barasat liye, vah sukh ke kantak-shayan men vikal thi. vah rohatas-durgapati ke mantri choodamani ki akeli duhita thi, phir usake lie kuchh abhav hona asambhav tha, parantu vah vidhava thi-hindoo-vidhava snsar men sabase tuchchh nirashray prani hai-tab usaki vidambana ka kahan ant tha?

choodamani ne chupachap usake prakoshth men pravesh kiya. shon ke pravah men, usake kal-nad men apana jivan milane men vah besudh thi. pita ka ana n jan saki. choodamani vyathit ho uthe. sneh-palita putri ke lie kya karen, yah sthir n kar sakate the. lautakar bahar chale gaye. aisa pray: hota, par aj mantri ke man men badi dushchinta thi. pair sidhe n padate the.

ek pahar bit jane par ve phir mamata ke pas aye. us samay unake pichhe das sevak chandi ke bade thalon men kuchh liye hue khade the; kitane hi manushyon ke pad-shabd sun mamata ne ghoom kar dekha. mantri ne sab thalon ko rakhane ka snket kiya. anuchar thal rakhakar chale gaye.

mamata ne poochha-‘‘yah kya hai, pitaji?’’

‘‘tere liye beti! upahar hai.’’-kahakar choodamani ne usaka avaran ulat diya. svarn ka pilapan us sunahali sandhya men vikirn hone laga. mamata chaunk uthi-

‘‘itana svarn! yaha kahan se aya?’’

‘‘chup raho mamata, yah tumhare liye hai!’’

‘‘to kya apane mlechchh ka utkoch svikar kar liya? pitaji yah anarth hai, arth nahin. lauta dijiye. pitaji! ham log brahman hain, itana sona lekar kya karenge?’’

‘‘is patanonmukh prachin samant-vnsh ka ant samip hai, beti! kisi bhi din sherashah rohitashv par adhikar kar sakata hai; us din mantritv n rahega, tab ke lie beti!’’

‘‘he bhagavan! tab ke lie! vipad ke lie! itana ayojan! param pita ki ichchha ke viruddh itana sahas! pitaji, kya bhikh n milegi? kya koee hindoo bhoo-prishth par n bacha rah jayega, jo brahman ko do muththi ann de sake? yah asambhav hai. pher dijie pitaji, main kanp rahi hoon-isaki chamak ankhon ko andha bana rahi hai.’’

‘‘moorkh hai’’-kahakar choodamani chale gaye.

doosare din jab doliyon ka tanta bhitar a raha tha, brahman-mantri choodamani ka hriday dhakh-dhak karane laga. vah apane ko rok n saka. usane jakar rohitashv durg ke toran par doliyon ka avaran khulavana chaha. pathanon ne kaha-

‘‘yah mahilaon ka apaman karana hai.’’

bat badh gee. talavaren khinchin, brahman vahin mara gaya aur raja-rani aur kosh sab chhali sherashah ke hath pade; nikal gee mamata. doli men bhare hue pathan-sainik durg bhar men phail gaye, par mamata n mili.

bhag 2

kashi ke uttar dharmachakr vihar, maury aur gupt samraton ki kirti ka khndahar tha. bhagn chooda, trin-gulmon se dhake hue prachir, eenton ki dher men bikhari huee bharatiy shilp ki vibhooti, grishm ki chandrika men apane ko shital kar rahi thi.

jahan panchavargiy bhikshu gautam ka upadesh grahan karane ke lie pahale mile the, usi stoop ke bhagnavashesh ki malin chhaya men ek jhopadi ke dipalok men ek stri path kar rahi thi-

‘‘ananyashchintayanto man ye jana: paryupasate .....’’

path ruk gaya. ek bhishan aur hatash akriti dip ke mand prakash men samane khadi thi. stri uthi, usane kapat band karana chaha. parantu us vyakti ne kaha-‘‘mata! mujhe ashray chahiye.’’

‘‘tum kaun ho?’’-stri ne poochha.

‘‘main mugal hoon. chausa-yuddh men sherashah se vipann hokar raksha chahata hoon. is rat ab age chalane men asamarth hoon.’’

‘‘kya sherashah se?’’-stri ne apane oth kat liye.

‘‘han, mata!’’

‘‘parantu tum bhi vaise hi kroor ho, vahi bhishan rakt ki pyas, vahi nishthur pratibimb, tumhare mukh par bhi hai! sainik! meri kuti men sthan nahin. jao, kahin doosara ashray khoj lo.’’

‘‘gala sookh raha hai, sathi chhoot gaye hain, ashv gir pada hai-itana thaka hua hoon-itana!’’-kahate-kahate vah vyakti dham-se baith gaya aur usake samane brahmand ghoomane laga. stri ne socha, yah vipatti kahan se aee! usane jal diya, mugal ke pranon ki raksha huee. vah sochane lagi-‘‘ye sab vidharmi daya ke patr nahin-mere pita ka vadh karane vale atatayi!’’ ghrina se usaka man virakt ho gaya.

svasth hokar mugal ne kaha-‘‘mata! to phir main chala jaoon?’’

stri vichar kar rahi thi-‘main brahmani hoon, mujhe to apane dharm-atithidev ki upasana-ka palan karana chahie. parantu yahan...nahin-nahin ye sab vidharmi daya ke patr nahin. parantu yah daya to nahin .... kartavy karana hai. tab?’’

mugal apani talavar tekakar khada hua. mamata ne kaha-‘‘kya ashchary hai ki tum bhi chhal karo; thaharo.’’

‘‘chhal! nahin, tab nahin-stri! jata hoon, taimoor ka vnshadhar stri se chhal karega? jata hoon. bhagy ka khel hai.’’

mamata ne man men kaha-‘‘yahan kaun durg hai! yahi jhopadi n; jo chahe le-le, mujhe to apana kartavy karana padega.’’ vah bahar chali aee aur mugal se boli-‘‘jao bhitar, thake hue bhayabhit pathik! tum chahe koee ho, main tumhen ashray deti hoon. main brahman-kumari hoon; sab apana dharm chhod den,to main bhi kyon chhod doon?’’ mugal ne chandrama ke mand prakash men vah mahimamay mukhamandal dekha, usane man-hi-man namaskar kiya. mamata pas ki tooti huee divaron men chali gee. bhitar, thake pathik ne jhopadi men vishram kiya.

prabhat men khndahar ki sandhi se mamata ne dekha, saikadon ashvarohi us prant men ghoom rahe hain. vah apani moorkhata par apane ko kosane lagi.

ab us jhopadi se nikalakar us pathik ne kaha-‘‘miraja! main yahan hoon.’’

shabd sunate hi prasannata ki chitkar-dhvani se vah prant goonj utha. mamata adhik bhayabhit huee. pathik ne kaha-‘‘vah stri kahan hai? use khoj nikalo.’’ mamata chhipane ke lie adhik sachesht huee. vah mrig-dav men chali gee. din-bhar usamen se n nikali. sandhya men jab un logon ke jane ka upakram hua, to mamata ne suna, pathik ghode par savar hote hue kah raha hai-‘‘miraja! us stri ko main kuchh de n saka. usaka ghar banava dena, kyonki mainne vipatti men yahan vishram paya tha. yah sthan bhoolana mat.’’-isake bad ve chale gaye.

chausa ke mugal-pathan-yuddh ko bahut din bit gaye. mamata ab sattar varsh ki vriddha hai. vah apani jhopadi men ek din padi thi. shitakal ka prabhat tha. usaka jirn-knkal khansi se goonj raha tha. mamata ki seva ke liye ganv ki do-tin striyan use gher kar baithi thin; kyonki vah ajivan sabake sukh-du:kh ki samabhagini rahi.

mamata ne jal pina chaha, ek stri ne sipi se jal pilaya. sahasa ek ashvarohi usi jhopadi ke dvar par dikhaee pada. vah apani dhun men kahane laga-‘‘miraja ne jo chitr banakar diya hai, vah to isi jagah ka hona chahiye. vah budhiy़a mar gee hogi, ab kisase poochhoon ki ek din shahnshah humayoon kis chhappar ke niche baithe the? yah ghatana bhi to saintalis varsh se oopar ki huee!’’

mamata ne apane vikal kanon se suna. usane pas ki stri se kaha-‘‘use bulao.’’

ashvarohi pas aya. mamata ne ruk-rukakar kaha-‘‘main nahin janati ki vah shahnshah tha, ya sadharan mugal par ek din isi jhopadi ke niche vah raha. mainne suna tha ki vah mera ghar banavane ki agya de chuka tha! bhagavanh ne sun liya, main aj ise chhode jati hoon. ab tum isaka makan banao ya mahal, main apane chir-vishram-grih men jati hoon!’’

vah ashvarohi avakh khada tha. budhiy़a ke pran-pakshi anant men ud gaye.

vahan ek ashtakon mandir bana; aur us par shilalekh lagaya gaya-

‘‘saton desh ke naresh humayoon ne ek din yahan vishram kiya tha. unake putr akabar ne unaki smriti men yah gaganachumbi mandir banaya.’’

par usamen mamata ka kahin nam nahin.

tika tippani aur sndarbh


bahari kadiyan

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