On The Ganga Ghat Analysis

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On the Ganga Ghat(The page numbers in brackets are the page numbers of this book): Raja Rao’s third collection of short stories published in 1989 entitled On the Ganga Ghat containseleven stories and they explore the play of life as they “unfold in Benares, the cherished ultimate destination of millions of Indians, the holy city to die in. (Publisher’s page). It looks that Raja Rao has written these stories in a spiritual trance, divinely experienced with the grace of Guru. In these stories, the ultimate reality in human life is made explicit and wonderfully displayed on the screen of Benares. Even the mundane and insipid issues in life are churned with reason and extracted eternal wisdom. The Ganga is taken as a holy river by the Hindus…show more content…
A holy dip in this celestial river is supposed to wash off all their sins and liberate them from the cycles of birth and death. Throughout these eleven stories the river Ganga is venerated as mother goddess, and the holy city of Benares is viewed as the abode of Lord Shiva.“ ‘Even a cur in Benares is blessed,’ said the great Sri Sankara, and who can say what these curs were, what ancient souls reborn for their ultimate salvation on the Ganga banks…In Benares there seems no reason for a cause, thus the result is, no effect. No act breeds an act. And so eternity, the bent meaning of the river”(7-8). The author says, “Silence in India is always wise. But over there on the Ganges bank it seems to sparkle. The darkness yields slowly to an unearthly luminescence. As the Ganges dissolves all acts of man so does silence dissolve all of…show more content…
He treats the Ganga as the real Mother and Mohini, her daughter. He prays, “Gangaji, you know my heart is all with you. I worship you, Mother, as a calf worships its cow” (31). Even the ordinary scene assumes spiritual significance in the deft hands of Raja Rao. Even the dogs know from Madhobha’s movements whether the dead is a good soul or a bad one. When he liked some dead person, all the curs know that the dead is a good person and they will come in a procession behind Madhobha because it’s a good soul that is dead. “And when the pyre is lit, this time all the curs bark. There is more mystery in the world than you know” (37). In the fourth story, the spiritual journey of Muthradas of Vrindavan is wonderfully depicted. Having had bitter experiences in life, he becomes desperate and reaches Benares with his Ramayana, takes initiation from a Guru after three years of rigorous spiritual practices. Now he eagerly waits for death as one waits for a car that will take him to the railway station. “What a procession life is till you get to the station…If death does not know time, pray who does? Time, however, is so evasive with man” (44). In the fifth story, Jhaveri Bai, the fine brahmin cow is beautifully depicted. When it steps one leg into water, “she contemplates now as if she were the flow of the Ganga and after she has looked across the ghats, over the pyres and the

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