Kailash Giri Brahamchari carries his mother. Picture by Mani Keshri
Maharo (Dumka), July 7: He has given life to the myth of Shravan Kumar, the epic hero of the Ramayan.
At a time when parents are forgotten once children become independent, 36-year-old Kailash Giri Brahamchari, a native of Wargi village near Sankat Mochan town in Madhya Pradesh, has proved to be the ideal son.
He is carrying his blind mother, Kirti Devi (80), on his shoulder for the past 12 years, keeping his promise to take her on a “char dham” yatra on foot.
Excited villagers greeted him when he passed through Maharo Chowk, the exit point of Dumka, last Friday.
Kailash has built a makeshift swing, similar to what Shravan Kumar had, to carry his mother. While the old lady sits on one side, clothes and utensils are kept on the other.
He has already taken her to Tarakeshwar, Ayodhya, Kashi, Chitrakut, Ganga Sagar and Tarapith. He reached Dumka on July 1 and after some rest left for the Basukinath Dham on Friday.
Kailash and his mother would stay at Basukinath Dham during the forthcoming Shravani Mela. Deoghar would be their next destination and after the month-long Shravani Mela, they would proceed ahead.
But the journey was far from easy for Kailash. “When I was around eight years old, I had climbed a tree top and then fallen down. I broke my hand and my blind mother prayed for my recovery. She pledged that if I got cured, she would set out on a religious voyage to all the important shrines in the country. I recovered very quickly without any medicines and realised the power of the God. When I was around 24, I decided to take her on the religious journey,” Kailash said.
Poverty has forced him to carry his mother on his shoulder. “Through the journey, people have helped us with shelter and food. God’s blessings are with me and I hope to fulfil my mother’s wishes,” Kailash said.
Villagers were in awe to see a devoted son like Kailash. “One should learn a lesson for him. At a time when parents are tortured and harassed when they become old, Kailash is setting an example,” a villager was heard whispering to his friends.