While trekking in Jaipur, early morning on a Sunday, I reached a beautiful spot which is devoid of human activity as its located deep in the jungle called Hathni Kund. It takes more than an hour to reach this place, traversing through the jungle and hills on foot. I met with a soft spoken man.
I have been to this place earlier as well but this was the first time I met him. He was relaxing in his small house located on the edge of the hill. There are two temples in the vicinity, which are taken care of by this person called – Sheoram.
whats your name?
do you live here in this house?
I have visited this place couple of times before too, but never met you.
I have to visit the city, too….to get supplies & food
So what do you do?
I used to ride a cycle rickshaw couple of years back. Now I don’;t.
You’ve been living here all your life?
No! for last 15-20 years.
Where are you originally from?
why did you decide to live here, in such a secluded spot?
I used to visit this place since I was a kid & I like it here. Many Years ago a baba used to reside here.
Do leopards frequent this area?
No, I have not seen any, and if they do they never stay here for long.
And anti social elements?
Anyone can come here.
How much time does it take you to reach the city?
Around an hour.
what do you do here?
I undertake aarti & puja in both temples. You must visit the Hanuman Ji temple; it’s an old temple, at least few centuries old. In case, you need water to drink you can find it there.
I sensed he didn’t want to take this conversation any further. I visited the ancient temple and left Hathni Kund.