Dakshina Murthy Krishna Kumar (40) is presently in Arunachal Pradesh. He speaks excitedly, over cellphone, about his unbelievable journey that began final yr. It’s unbelievable as a result of he has traversed, alongside together with his mom Choondarathna, 48,898 kilometres, and has even travelled so far as Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar, on his 20-year-old Bajaj Chetak scooter, gifted by his father, who handed away just a few years in the past. “Our story and videos have gone viral. People have begun to recognise us!” says Kumar, who hails from Mysuru.
His travelling saga started final yr, when he requested his 70-year-old mom if she had ever been to the well-known temples of Karnataka—Belur and Halebidu. “It broke my heart when she said she hadn’t ever been outside Mysuru. At that moment, I determined that as long as I am there, I will not only take her to Belur and Halebidu, but also to temples across India.” Thus born Krishna Kumar’s ‘Mathru Seva Sankalpa Yatra’. The duo has travelled via each type of terrain, from deep valleys to rainforests.
Kumar says thus far his scooter hasn’t ever damaged down. He ascribes this to his father’s blessings. “I am comfortable to drive, especially because my mother is with me. I also strongly believe my father is also accompanying us on this journey. I manage the roads because it is my priority to fulfil my mother’s dream. Strain and stress are only concepts in Physics, but not in my life. I don’t feel any of that.”
Kumar says he makes use of the map solely typically. “I primarily go by local people’s suggestions.” He faces no points with communication. “I converse in Hindi and English, which works everywhere. Nepal, for example, is almost like India, so there was no language barrier as such. Apart from my mother tongue, Kannada, I also know Tamil and Telugu.”
The complete journey is being funded by Kumar’s financial savings. “I labored as a company staff chief for near 13 years. We strictly don’t take any cash and presents. We take shelter in temples and gurusthans, and we eat twice a day. I’ve used all my hard-earned cash for the journey.”
He provides: “The journey is not just a temple tour, we enjoy everything, from nature to meeting good people. People have shown us alot of affection and love. Apart from relatives, we should have good relations with people in society. Our lives have expanded. Our experiences have made our lives bigger.”
He says the journey has reworked him. “Travelling is education. You can learn so many things.”
Kumar’s mom Choondarathna sounds as ecstatic as her son when she describes her journey. A former Hindi instructor, she left her job to care for her household. In fluent Hindi, she says: “I am feeling happy that my son has taken me to so many places. My son is taking care of my health and taking care of my needs. What I have enjoyed the most is the beautiful landscapes and the love of the people.” She says the structure and craftsmanship of Belur and Halebidu left her spellbound. “They are beautiful temples.” However ask her which right here favorite vacation spot has been and he or she says: “In God’s eyes everything is beautiful. One place is not more beautiful than the other.”
Earlier than taking off to his subsequent vacation spot, Kumar insists a message should be given to everybody. “Our parents have given us life, they have taken care of us, so we must take care of them while they are alive.”