Kohima: Forty-year-old D Krishna Kumar and his 70-year-old mother Choodarathna are on a pan-India pilgrimage since January last year. The duo were in Kohima recently, after covering almost 44,100 km, and bracing the eroding roads in the state.
Their journey to the hilly town was a difficult one, with cold weather and terrible roads. However, speaking with EastMojo, Krishna said, “The people here welcomed us and entertained us. There was so much of love and affection, explaining their culture.”
During their brief stay in the hill town, they visited the Kohima War Cemetry, Heritage village and a few other places within the capital limits.
The mother-son pair, and their 20-year-old Bajaj Chetak scooter, are on a pilgrimage, unlike any other. As reported earlier by EastMojo, the scooter was gifted to Krishna by his father before his demise in 2015. With the two-wheeler along with the duo on the trip, they feel that their father is along with them on the holy journey.
Krishna said that by experiencing and travelling around the country, they are learning about the “real India” and its different culture. “We’re all Indians and so we’re all together. Nagaland is a beautiful place and blessed with good nature and nature is God”, he said.
Krishna’s mother, Choodarathna said: “I am loving my stay in Nagaland. The hills are spectacular, the views are amazing and the people are welcoming. I’m very happy to be here. There are road problems but I’m enjoying it”.
They have been covering the travel expenses through the interest of a fixed deposit which Krishna saved in his mother’s bank account. He said that they do not accept money or gifts from anyone and, “We will only take shelter in Aashrams, matas, mandirs and those willing to shelter us in their homes.”
He then said, “We have to understand our parents’ value when they’re alive – dignity before death…. We need to spend quality time with our parents with full heart. At old age, parents need emotional support from their own children. We have to create opportunity to live with them. Today what we are is because of them. They should be taken care like our own children.”
In their pilgrimage, the duo are carrying six bags with them and they survive on two meals a day. After completion of the yatra, Krishna wishes to engage in social work.
On their journey, Krishna said, “Our first priority is our motherland, and if my mother wishes to travel outside, I will definitely fulfill it. We’ve [already] covered Nepal, Bhutan by our scooter.”
The duo were noticed by the media months after their journey started but what concerns Krishna is not the fame. He said: “I am only concerned about my mother’s wellbeing and happiness… There is no such high feeling about being [in] the limelight.” He is now recognised as “Shravan Kumar” and his scooter as his father.
Choodarathna said, “My son has awakened the energy in me, which was also unknown to me. I had spent majority of my life in household chores and had never seen the outside world but my son’s love and determination have energised me to embark on this journey. I’m satisfied with what my son is doing.”
While Krishna has no plans of getting married, his mother said, “I have requested him to get married and settle down but he convinced me that he would dedicate his life loving the whole of India, so I stopped pestering him about marriage.”
The duo left for Imphal on Sunday last week and wishes to return to Nagaland if they get an interesting opportunity.