Dadu’s Temple Tales: #Fiction

Dadu’s Temple Tales

We roam around the streets of Katwa without a care in the world, without any qualms and baggages of our city bred life. We left the city lights, to soak in the pristine simplicity of this lazy town that lies sprawled by the banks of the river Ganges. 

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Dadu grew up in Katwa, and spent all his years serving the community; while Thakuma supported him relentlessly by pitching in and raising their progeny of six.

We, the grandchildren, walk through the narrow alleys of Mahaprabhu para, that leads to Gourangabari. The temple bells chime in unison.

Like clock work, Dadu went for his leisurely walks at 5 A.M. and would stop at Gourangabari to chat with the priest and carry back Gourangabari’s, red Hibiscus blooms. 

A true Brahmin, he completed his morning ablutions on reaching home. Thereafter, he would decorate his Kaali Bari with the fresh blooms. His resounding chants of “Om Bhoor Bhuwah Swaha” would wash away our sins and soul, all at the same time.

Memories never leave you, people do.

 

Dadu:  Paternal Grandfather        Thakuma: Paternal Grandmother
Para: Locality            Kaali Bari:    Goddess Kaali’s temple        Om Bhur Bhuwah Swaha: Gayatri mantra

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Total Word Count: 175

Linking this post to Priceless Joy’s, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story or poem in around 150 – 175 words, based on the weekly photo prompt. Thank you Priceless Joy, for this lovely prompt. For more information visit here..

To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit here.

29 thoughts on “Dadu’s Temple Tales: #Fiction

  1. Vishal Bheeroo says:

    The story brings alive the powerful vibes through the description and scent of the place filing through the senses. I could imagine this story through your words and of course the Om that reverberates.

  2. KP says:

    Simply beautiful story taking one to the very scene, the small temple, the priest,the clanging bells, the Ganges and the red hibiscus flowers and ending with chanting of Gayatri.
    You have packed so much in so few words!
    Congratulations!

  3. Esha says:

    So beautifully narrated that I was able to “see” the story unfold before my eyes. You are so gifted with your words, Natasha! Loved this one. <3

    • Natasha says:

      Hi Priceless,
      Thank you for this lovely prompt. It did take me down memory lane and dig up some treasures from the past. So yes, this was not a piece of fiction at all. 🙂
      I’m so glad to have recently started associating myself with your prompt.

      Were you not able to decipher the word meanings, I put at the end of the post?

      Cheerio! And thank you for reading and commenting.

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