हिमालय का पथिक -जयशंकर प्रसाद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

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‘‘giri-path men him-varsha ho rahi hai, is samay tum kaise yahan pahunche? kis prabal akarshan se tum khinch aye?’’ khidaqi kholakar ek vyakti ne poochha. amal-dhaval chandrika tushar se ghanibhoot ho rahi thi. jahan tak drishti jati hai, gagan-chumbi shail-shikhar, jin par barf ka mota lihaph pada tha, thithurakar so rahe the. aise hi samay pathik us kutir ke dvar par khada tha. vah bola-‘‘pahale bhitar ane do, pran bachen!’’

barf jam gee thi, dvar parishram se khula. pathik ne bhitar jakar use band kar liya. ag ke pas pahuncha, aur ushnata ka anubhav karane laga. oopar se aur do kambal dal diye gaye. kuchh kal bitane par pathik hosh men aya. dekha, shail-bhar men ek chhota-sa grih dhundhali prabha se alokit hai. ek vriddh hai aur usaki kanya. balika-yuvati ho chali hai.

vriddh bola-‘‘kuchh bhojan karoge?’’

pathik-‘‘han, bhookh to lagi hai.’’

vriddh ne balika ki or dekhakar kaha-‘‘kinnari, kuchh le ao.’’

kinnari uthi aur kuchh khane ko le aee. pathik dattachitt hokar use khane laga.

kinnari chupachap ag ke pas baithi dekh rahi thi. yuvak-pathik ko dekhane men use kuchh snkoch n tha. pathik bhojan kar lene ke bad ghooma, aur dekha. kinnari sachamuch himalay ki kinnari hai. ooni lamba kurata pahane hai, khule hue bal ek kapade se kase hain, jo sir ke charon or top ke saman bndha hai. kanon men do bade-bade phiroje latakate hain. saundary hai, jaise himanimandit upatyaka men vasant ki phooli huee vallari par madhyahn ka atap apani sukhad kanti barasa raha ho. hriday ko chikana kar dene vala rookha yauvan pratyek ang men lalima ki lahari utpann kar raha hai. pathik dekh kar bhi anichchha se sir jhukakar sochane laga.

vriddh ne poochha-‘‘kaho, tumhara agaman kaise hua?’’

pathik-‘‘niruddeshy ghoom raha hoon, kabhi rajamarg, kabhi khaddh, kabhi sindhutat aur kabhi giri-path dekhata-phirata hoon. ankhon ki trishna mujhe bujhati nahin dikhaee deti. yah sab kyon dekhana chahata hoon, kah nahin sakata.’’

‘‘tab bhi bhraman kar rahe ho!’’

pathik-‘‘han, abaki ichchha hai, ki himalay men hi vicharan karoon. isi ke samane door tak chala jaoon!’’

vriddh-‘‘tumhare pita-mata hain?’’

pathik-‘‘nahin.’’

kinnari-‘‘tabhi tum ghoomate ho! mujhe to pitaji thodi door bhi nahin jane dete.’’-vah hnsane lagi.

vriddh ne usaki pith par hath rakhakar kaha-‘‘badi pagali hai!’’

kinnari khilakhila uthi.

pathik-‘‘aparichit deshon men ek rat ramana aur phir chal dena. man ke saman chanchal ho raha hoon, jaise pairon ke niche chinagari ho!’’

kinnari-‘‘ham log to kahin jate nahin; sabase aparichit hain, koee nahin janata. n koee yahan ata hai. himalay ki nirjar shikhar-shreni aur barf ki jhadi, kastoori mrig aur barf ke choohe, ye hi mere svajan hain.’’

vriddh-‘‘kyon ri kinnari! main kaun hoon?’’

‘‘kinnari-tumhara to koee naya parichay nahin hai; vahi mere purane baba bane ho!’’

vriddh sochane laga.

pathik hnsane laga. kinnari apratibh ho gee. vriddh gambhir hokar kambal odhऩe laga.

pathik ko us kuti men rahate kee din ho gaye. n jane kis bandhan ne use yatra se vanchit kar diya hai. paryatak yuvak alasi banakar chupachap khuli dhoop men, bahudha devadaru ki lambi chhaya men baitha himalay khand ki nirjan kamaniyata ki or ekatak dekha karata hai. jab kabhi achanak akar kinnari usaka kandha pakadakar hila deti hai, to usake tusharatuly hriday men bijali-si daud jati hai. kinnari hnsane lagati hai-jaise barf gal jane par lata ke phool nikhar ate hain.’’

ek din pathik ne kaha-‘‘kal main jaoonga.’’

kinnari ne poochha-‘‘kidhar?’’

pathik ne him-giri ki choti dikhalate hue kaha-‘‘udhar, jahan koee n gaya ho!’’

kinnari ne poochha-‘‘vahan jakar kya karoge?’’

‘‘dekhakar laut aoonga.’’

‘‘abhi se kyon nahin jana rokate, jab laut hi ana hai?’’

‘‘dekhakar aoonga; tum logon se milate hue desh ko laut jaoonga. vahan jakar yahan ka sab samachar sunaoonga.’’

‘‘vahan kya tumhara koee parichit hai?’’

‘‘yahan par kaun tha?’’

‘‘chale jane men tumako kuchh kasht nahin hoga?’’

‘‘kuchh nahin; han ek bar jinaka smaran hoga, unake lie ji kachotega. parantu aise kitane hi hain!’’

‘‘kitane honge?’’

‘‘bahut se, jinake yahan do ghadi se lekar do-char din tak ashray le chuka hoon. un dayaluon ki kritgyta se vimukh nahin hota.’’

‘‘meri ichchha hoti hai ki us shikhar tak main bhi tumhare sath chalakar dekhoon. baba se poochh loon.’’

‘‘na-na, aisa mat karana.’’ pathik ne dekha, barf ki chattan par shyamal doorva ugane lagi hai. matavale hathi ke pair men phooli huee lata lipatakar sankal banana chahati hai. vah uthakar phool binane laga. ek mala banaee. phir kinnari ke sir ka bandhan kholakar vahin mala ataka di. kinnari ke mukh par koee bhav n tha. vah chupachap thi. kisi ne pukara-‘‘kinnari.’’

donon ne ghoomakar dekha, vriddh ka munh lal tha. usane poochha-‘‘pathik! tumane devata ka nirmaly dooshit karana chaha-tumhara dand kya hai?’’

pathik ne gambhir svar se kaha-‘nirvasan.’’

‘‘aur bhi kuchh?’’

‘‘isase vishesh tumhen adhikar nahin; kyonki tum devata nahin, jo pap ki vastavikata samajh lo!’’

‘‘hoon!’’

‘‘aur, mainne devata ke nirmaly ko aur bhi pavitr banaya hai. use prem ke gandhajal se surabhit kar diya hai. use tum devata ko arpan kar sakate ho.’’-itana kahakar pathik utha, aur giripath se jane laga.

vriddh ne pukarakar kaha-‘‘tum kahan jaoge? vah samane bhayanak shikhar hai!’’

pathik ne lautakar khaddh men utarana chaha. kinnari pukarati huee daudi-‘‘han-han, mat utarana, nahin to pran n bachenge!’’

pathik ek kshan ke lie ruk gaya. kinnari ne vriddh se ghoomakar poochha-‘‘baba, kya yah devata nahin hai?’’

vriddh kuchh kah n saka. kinnari aur age badhi. usi kshan ek lal dhundhali andhi ke sadrish badal dikhalaee pada. kinnari aur pathik giri-path se chadh rahe the. ve ab do shyam-bindu ki tarah vriddh ki ankhon men dikhaee dete the. vah raktamalin megh samip a raha tha. vriddh kutir ki or pukarata hua chala-‘‘donon laut ao; khooni barf a rahi hai!’’ parantu jab pukarana tha, tab vah chup raha. ab ve sun nahin sakate the.

doosare hi kshan khooni barph, vriddh aur donon ke bich men thi.

tika tippani aur sndarbh


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