रूप की छाया -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"

kashi ke ghaton ki saudh-shreni jahnavi ke pashchim tat par dhaval shailamala-si khadi hai. unake pichhe divakar chhip chuke. sidhiy़on par vibhinn vesh-bhooshavale bharat ke pratyek prant ke log tahal rahe hain. kirtan, katha aur kolahal se janhavi-tat par chahal-pahal hai.

ek yuvati bhid se alag ekant men oonchi sidhi par baithi huee bhikhari ka git sun rahi hai, yuvati kanon se git sun rahi hai, ankhon se samane ka drishy dekh rahi hai. hriday shoony tha, tara-mandal ke virath gagan ke saman shoony aur udas. samane gnga ke us par chamakili ret bichhi thi. usake bad vrikshon ki hariyali ke oopar nila akash, jisamen poornima ka chandr, phike badal ke gol tukade ke sadrish, abhi din rahate hi gnga ke oopar dikhaee de raha hai. jaise mandakini men jal-vihar karane vale kisi dev-dvndv ki nauka ka gol pal. drishy ke svachchh pat men kale-kale vindu daudate hue nikal ge. yuvati ne dekha, vah kisi uchch mandir men se ude kapoton ka ek jhund tha. drishti phirakar vahan gee, jahan tooti kath ki chauki par vivarn-mukh, lnbe asnyat bal aur kot pahane ek yuvak koee pustak padhऩe men nimagn tha.

yuvati ka hriday phadakane laga. vah utarakar ek bar yuvak ke pas tak aee, phir laut gee. sidhiy़on ke oopar chadhate-chadhate usaki ek praudha sngini mil gee. usase badi ghabarahat men yuvati ne kuchh kaha aur svayn vahan se chali gee

praudha ne akar yuvak ke ekant adhyayan men badha di aur poochha-‘‘tum vidyarthi ho?’’

‘‘han, main hindoo-skool men padhata hoon .’’

‘‘kya tumhare ghar ke log yahin hain?’’

‘‘nahin, main ek videshi, nissahay vidyarthi hoon.’’

‘‘tab tumhen sahayata ki avashyakata hai?’’

‘‘yadi mil jay, mujhe rahane ke sthan ka bada kasht hai.’’

‘‘ham log do-tin striyan hain. koee adachan n ho, to ham logon ke sath rah sakate ho.’’

‘‘badi prasannata se, ap logon ka koee chhota-mota kam bhi kar diya karoonga.’’

‘‘abhi chal sakate ho?’’

‘‘kuchh pustak aur saman hai, unhen leta aoon.’’

‘‘le ao, main baithi hoon.’’

yuvak chala gaya.

gnga-tat par ek kamare men ujjval prakash phail raha tha. yuvak vidyarthi baitha hua vyaloo kar raha tha. ab vah kalej ke chhatron men hai. usaka rahan-sahan badal gaya hai. vah ek suruchi-sampann yuvak ho gaya hai. abhav usase door ho gaye the.

praudha parasati huee boli-‘‘kyon shailanath! tumhen apani chachi ka smaran hota hai?’’

‘‘nahin to, mere koee chachi nahin hai.’’

door baithi huee yuvati ne kaha-‘‘jo apani smriti ke sath vishvasaghat karata hai, use kaun smaran dila sakata hai.’’

yuvak ne hnsakar is vyng ko uda diya. chupachap ghadi ka tik-tik shabd sunata aur munh chalata ja raha tha. man men manovigyan ka path sochata jata tha-‘‘man kyon ek bar hi ek vishay ka vichar kar sakata hai?’’

praudha chali gee. yuvak hath-munh dho chuka tha. sarala ne pan bana kar diya aur kaha-‘‘kya ek bat main bhi poochh sakati hoon?’’

‘‘uttar dene hi men to chhatron ka samay bitata hai, poochhiye.’’

‘‘kabhi tumhen ramaganv ka smaran hota hai? yamuna ki lol lahariyon men se nikalata hua arun aur usake shyamal tat ka prabhat smaran hota hai? smaran hota hai, ek din ham log kartik poornima-snan ko gaye the, main balika thi, tumane mujhe phisalate dekhakar hath pakad liya tha, is par sath ki striyan hns padi thin, tum lajjit ho gaye the.’’

pachis varsh ke bad yuvak chhatr ne apane jivan-bhar men jaise aj hi ek ashchary ki bat suni ho, vah bol utha-‘‘nahin to.’’

kee din bit gaye.

gnga ke sthir jal men pair dale hue, niche ki sidhiy़on par sarala baithi huee thi. karukary-khachit-kanchuki ke oopar kandhe ke pas sikudi huee sadi; adha khula hua sir, bnkim griva aur mastak men kunkum-bindu-mahin chadar men-sab alag-alag dikhaee de rahe the. moti palakonvali badi-badi ankhe gnga ke hriday men se machhaliyon ko dhnoodh nikalana chahati thin. kabhi-kabhi vah bich dhara men bahati huee dongi ko dekhane lagati. khenevala jidhar ja raha hai udhar dekhata hi nahin. ulate baithakar dand chala raha hai. kahan jana hai, isaki use chinta nahin.

sahasa shailanath ne akar poochha-

‘‘mujhe kyon bulaya hai?’’

‘‘baith jao.’’

shailanath pas hi baith gaya. sarala ne kaha-‘‘ab tum nahin chhip sakate. tumhin mere pati ho, tumhin se mera bal-vivah hua tha, ek din chachi ke bigadane par sahasa ghar se nikalakar kahin chale gaye, phir n laute. ham log ajakal anek tirthon men tumhen khojati huee bhatak rahi hain. tumhin mere devata ho; tumhin mere sarvasv ho. kah do-han!’’

sarala jaise unmadini ho gee hai. yauvan ki utkantha usake badan par bikhar rahi thi. pratyek ang men angadaee, svar men maror, shabdon men vedana ka sanchar tha. shailanath ne dekha, kumudon se praphullit sharatkal ke tal-sa bhara yauvan. sarvasv lutakar charanon men lot jane ke yogy saundary-pratima. man ko machala denevala vibhram, dhairy ko hilanevali lavanyalila. vakshasthal men hriday jaise phailane laga. vah ‘han’ kahane hi ko tha parantu sahasa usake munh se nikal pada-

‘‘yah sab tumhara bhram hai. bhadre! mujhe hriday ke sath hi mastishk bhi hai.’’

‘‘gngajal chhookar bol rahe ho! phir se sach kaho!’’

yuvak ne dekha, godhooli-malina-jahnavi ke jal men sarala ke ujjval roop ki chhaya chandrika ke saman pad rahi hai. gnga ka utana ansh mukut-sadrish dhaval tha. usi men apana mukh dekhate hue shailanath ne kaha-

‘‘bhram hai sundari, tumhen pap hoga.’’

‘‘han, parantu vah pap, puny banane ke liye utsuk hai.’’

‘‘main jata hoon. sarala, tumhen roop ki chhaya ne bhrant kar diya hai. abhagon ko sukh bhi du:kh hi deta hai. mujhe aur kahin ashray khojana pada.’’

shailanath utha aur chala gaya.

vimoodh sarala kuchh n bol saki. vah kshobh aur lajja se gadi jane lagi. kramash: ghanibhoot rat men sarala ke roop ki chhaya bhi vilin ho gee.

tika tippani aur sndarbh


bahari kadiyan

snbndhit lekh

varnamala kramanusar lekh khoj

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