One day I asked my mother, "Can you tell me about an unforgettable experience you have had in your past?" My mother replied, "Yes. It was a pleasent experience and I will never forget that cherishable memory." Then she told me the story, when she was studying in the college.
It was the day of "Tripuri Pournima". Mother and her college friends decided to visit the "Kapaleshwar Shiv Mandir" at night. And their group of about 15 - 20 college students reached the temple at 8.00 p.m. It was a full moon night. All the temple was decorated with Diwali Diyas called as 'Panati' and the vertical deepmalas were arranged. In the temple, ladies were burning the 'Tripur'. The sanctum was decorated with flowers. The Shiv Lingam was decorated with a "Ardha Nari Nateshwar" mask showing Shiv and Parvati together. All those friends prayed to Shiva, but their mind was diverted to the pleasent fragrance, which was coming from outside the temple.
When they came out of the temple, they eagerly started walking to the place from where the fragrance was coming. It was the huge climber of Rat-rani (Cestrum Nocturnum) which was grown in the backyard of the temple. The Rat-rani was in full bloom spreading the fragrance in the surroundings. All of them immediately sat down on the stone seats arranged below the Rat-rani plant. Their was no street lamp, but full moon was brightly shining in the sky in the starry night and it's bright light was sufficient to see clearly. At some distance the small earthen diyas (panati) were burning, adding in the beauty of the night and the bewitched fragrance of Rat-rani was suggesting that the beauty has a scent also which was pleasing the mind. In that pleasent mood all of them sat in a relaxed mood and started chatting. They were not aware of how much time was passed in chatting but when someone called one of them, they became aware of time. Now it was time to go home. With heavy hearts they went to their houses. But that experience was carved on their minds forever. Still when they meet each other, they recalls that fragrant moment.
Note - This post is written as an entry for the contest "Inspire a Fragrance" on Indiblogger.