I grew up in Patna, a capital town on the banks of river Ganga. The river Ganga with flows with a composure through the city showing her aggressive side during the monsoons. My childhood was marked by visit to Darbhanga house, kali temple, that stood on the banks of the river. Ganga held poetry and a certain mystery for me. I would love to go down the slippery stairs, only to be greeted by a polluted river that was still to be packeted in bottles andd put in Puja. Never quite understood the inconsistencies of this river.
My mom ( I have inherited - appreciation of the Hindi language from her, to my mind I have never met anyone who can write quite like my mom). once wrote for my hindi debate - " Aab Ganga ka ganga jal mandiro kee sampatee naheen raheen, woh to junta janardaan ke jivkoparjan ka sadhan ban gaya hain.
My mother dymistifed Ganga in one moment for me. and yet Ganga with her mysteries, her absorption, her inconsistencies continues to inspire me. Have tried to contain my thoughts on the river Ganga in this poem.
Writing Hindi poem after nearly two decades. Could not use Hindi fonts, dont have it.
Ganga, itnee lachaar, itnee grast kyun ho ?
Srijan kee dhyotak, praan ka sanchaar ho
saundrya, sadhna, tyaag, matreetv ke bhavana ho
phir itnee garima raheet, itnee stabdh kyo ho ?
Mujhe bhee sikhnee hain tumse ye lay ganga
ye roop tumhare, haridwar ke jananee,
patliputra ka pay, preyasi benaras ke,
kabhee vidyut tarang, kabhee pralay ganga
Tere bahaav mein darshit, ek aasaktee ganga
tere shannt dharo, mein rishiyo ke viraktee ganga
shareer to miti hain, iska ek lakshya hain ganga
paap- punya rakh aur anchal pasare matree tulya ganga
tumhare kinaro per jeevan sanchay hota hain
kheto kee hariyali, bramahno kee daasi banee ganga ?
kitno ke moondan janaue kiye hain maa ne
pran dene wali, kyon sanghar kee pyasi banee ganga
ganga yeh tere panee mein mishrit kiska rakhth hain
woh to apne pariwaar ke liye ek ghara bhar raha tha
haste rahein use dalit keh, jab woh gira tere seene pe
uskee maut se hua tera chehra kitna veenbhast hain
Ganga tere dushan mein bhee brahmvaad ka ant hain
simaat raha hain sansaar, dekho vishwa ek gaaon hai
jahan hote hain janaue, waaju bhee waheen honge
vidyut nekklenge tere har lay se, wohee moolmantra hain !