विराम-चिह्न -जयशंकर प्रसाद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

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dev-mandir ke sinhadvar se kuchh door hat kar vah chhoti-si dukan thi. supari ke ghane kunj ke niche ek maile kapade par sookhi huee dhar men tin-char kele, char kachche papite, do hare nariyal aur chh: ande the. mandir se darshan karake lautate hue bhakt log donon patti men saji huee hari-bhari dukanon ko dekhakar usaki or dhyan dene ki avashyakata hi nahin samajhate the.

arddh-nagn vriddha dookanavali bhi kisi ko apani vastu lene ke lie nahin bulati thi. vah chupachap apane kelon aur papiton ko dekh leti. madhyahn bit chala. usaki koee vastu n biki. munh ki hi nahin, usake sharir par ki bhi jhurriyan rookhi hokar ainthi ja rahi thin. mooly dekar bhat-dal ki handiy़an liye log chale ja rahe the. mandir men bhagavanh ke vishram ka samay ho gaya tha. un handiyon ko dekhakar usaki bhookhi ankhon men lalach ki chamak badhi, kintu paise kahan the? aj tisara din tha, use do-ek kele khakar bitate hue. usane ek bar bhookh se bhagavanh ki bhent karakar kshan-bhar ke lie vishram paya; kintu bhookh ki vah patali lahar abhi dabane men poori tarah samarth n ho saki thi, ki radhe akar use gurerane laga. usane bharapet tadi pi li thi. ankhe lal, munh se bat karane men jhag nikal raha tha. hath nachakar vah kahane laga-

‘‘sab log jakar kha-pikar so rahe hain. too yahan baithi huee devata ka darshan kar rahi hai. achchha, to aj bhi kuchh khane ko nahin?’’

‘‘beta! ek paise ka bhi nahin bika, kya karoon? are, to bhi too kitani tadi pi aya hai.’’

‘‘vah samane tere thakur dikhaee pad rahe hain. too bhi pikar dekh n!’’

us samay sinhadvar ke samane ki vistrit bhoomi nirjan ho rahi thi. keval jalati huee dhoop us par kilol kar rahi thi. bazar band tha. radhe ne dekha, do-char kaue kanv-kanv karate hue samane nariyal-kunj ki hariyali men ghus rahe the. use apana tadikhana smaran ho aya. usane andon ko bator liya.

budhiy़a ‘han, han’ karati hi rah gayi, vah chala gaya. dukanavali ne angoothe aur tarjani se donon ankhon ka kichad saf kiya, aur phir mitti ke patr se jal lekar munh dhoya.

bahut soch-vichar kar adhik utara hua ek kela usane chhilakar apani anjali men rakh use mandir ki or naivedy lagane ke lie badhakar ankh band kar lin. bhagavanh ne us achhoot ka naivedy grahan kiya ya nahin, kaun jane; kintu budhiy़a ne use prasad samajhakar hi grahan kiya.

apani dukan jholi men samete hue, jis kunj men kaue ghuse the, usi men vah bhi ghusi. pual se chhayi huee tattaron ki jhopadi men vishram liya.

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usaki sthavar sampatti men vahi nariyal ka kunj, char ped papite aur chhoti-si pokhari ke kinare par ke kuchh kele ke vriksh the. usaki pokhari men ek chhota-sa jhund battakhon ka bhi tha, jo ande dekar budhiy़a ke ay men vriddhi karata. radhe atyant madyap tha. usaki stri ne use bahut din hue chhod diya tha.

budhiy़a ko bhagavanh ka bharosa tha, usi dev-mandir ke bhagavanh ka, jisamen vah kabhi nahin jane payi thi!

abhi vah vishram ki jhapaki hi leti thi ki mahantaji ke jamadar kunj ne kade svar men pukara-‘‘radhe, are radhava, bolata kyon nahin re!’’

budhiy़a ne akar hath jodate hue kaha-‘‘kya hai maharaj?’’

‘‘suna hai ki kal tera ladaqa kuchh achhooton ke sath mandir men ghusakar darshan karane jayaga?’’

‘‘nahin, nahin, kaun kahata hai maharaj! vah sharabi, bhala mandir men use kab se bhakti huee hai?’’

‘‘nahin, main tujhase kahe deta hoon, apani khopadi snbhalakar rakhane ke lie use samajha dena. nahin to teri aur usaki; donon ki durdasha ho jayagi.’’

radhe ne pichhe se ate hue kroor svar men kaha-‘‘jaoonga, sab tere bap ke bhagavanh hain! too hota kaun hai re!’’

‘‘are, chup re radhe! aisa bhi koee kahata hai re. are, too jayaga, mandir men? bhagavanh ka kop kaise rokega, re?’’ budhiy़a gidagida kar kahane lagi. kunjabihari jamadar ne radhe ki lathi dekhate hi dhili bol di. usane kaha-‘‘jana radhe kal, dekha jayaga.’’-jamadar dhire-dhire khisakane laga.

‘‘akele-akele baithakar bhog-prasad khate-khate bachchoo logon ko charabi chadh gayi hai. darashan nahin re-tera bhat chhinakar khaoonga. dekhoonga, kaun rokata hai.’’-radhe gurrane laga. kunj to chala gaya, budhiy़a ne kaha-‘‘radhe beta, aj tak toone kaun-se achchhe kam kiye hain, jinake bal par mandir men jane ka sahas karata hai? na beta, yah kam kabhi mat karana. are, aisa bhi koee karata hai.’’

‘‘toone bhat banaya hai aj?’’

‘‘nahin beta! aj tin din se paise nahin mile. chaval hai nahin.’’

‘‘in mandir valon ne apani joothan bhi tujhe di?’’

‘‘main kyon leti, unhonne di bhi nahin.’’

‘‘tab bhi too kahati hai ki mandir men ham log n jayn! jaynge; sab achhoot jaynge.’’

‘‘n beta, kisi ne tujhako bahaka diya hai. bhagavanh ke pavitr mandir men ham log aj tak kabhi nahin gaye. vahan jane ke lie tapasya karani chahie.’’

‘‘ham log to jaynge.’’

‘‘na, aisa kabhi n hoga.’’

‘‘hoga, phir hoga. jata hoon tadikhane, vahin par sabaki ray se kal kya hoga, yah dekhana.’’-radhe ainthata hua chala gaya. budhiy़a ekatak mandir ki or vicharane lagi-

‘‘bhagavanh, kya hone vala hai!’’

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doosare din mandir ke dvar par bhari jamaghat tha. astik bhakton ka jhund apavitrata se bhagavanh ki raksha karane ke lie dridh hokar khada tha. udhar saikadon achhooton ke sath radhe mandir men pravesh karane ke lie tatpar tha.

latth chale, sir phoote. radhe age badh hi raha tha. kunjabihari ne bagal se ghoomakar radhe ke sir par karari chot di. vah lahoo se lathapath vahin lotane laga. pravesharthi bhage. unaka saradar gir gaya tha. pulis bhi pahunch gayi thi. radhe ke antarng mitr ginati men 10-12 the. ve hi rah gaye.

kshan bhar ke lie vahan shithilata chha gayi thi. sahasa budhiy़a bhid chirakar vahin pahunch gayi. usane radhe ko rakt se sana hua dekha. usaki ankhe lahoo se bhar gayin. usane kaha-‘‘radhe ki loth mandir men jayagi.’’ vah apane nirbal hathon se radhe ko uthane lagi..

usake sathi badhe. mandir ka dal bhi hunkar karane laga; kintu budhiy़a ki ankhon ke samane thaharane ka kisi ko sahas n raha. vah age badhi; par sinhadvar ki dehali par jakar sahasa ruk gayi. usaki ankhon ki putali men jo moorti-bhanjak chhayachitr tha, vahi galakar bahane laga.

radhe ka shav dehali ke samip rakh diya gaya. budhiy़a ne dehali par sir jhukaya; par vah sir utha n saki. mandir men ghusanevale achhooton ke age budhiy़a viram-chihn-si padi thi.

tika tippani aur sndarbh


bahari kadiyan

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