Author: Smritilekha Chakraborty

Sabarimala And The Blood Demons

Twelfth day of Devipaksha. Moonlight was flooding the face of the earth. Goddess Durga & her children have returned to Kailash, just a few days back. Once crowded grounds have now fallen silent, quiet. The boy was in deep dark slumber. Pages of the book lying beside him, were turning with the pace of the wind. Old memories crept in the boy’s dreams. Memories that go back a few ages, perhaps a few births before this. In the boy’s head reverberated the shriek of a barbaric desert traveler. “You do not know what I’m about to do.” The priest of Somnath temple held his head down as Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni burst into a hysterical laughter. The year 1025. The date was 25th October. Records indicate Patan of Gujrat to be the site. The Gods have fallen. Resistance of Pagan Hindus have been demolished to the dust. 84,000 trained soldiers of Mahmud & 10,000 fanatic Ghazis have made this victory possible with relative ease. Bhimdeb, the king of Patan, Amar Singh, the king of Lodar …