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Can anyone experience life after death for a few days in his present life? Believe me, it was possible earlier. Around 1000 years back, anyone could go for a purgatory voyage to experience life after death for 12 days through a tunnel in Bharmaur, Himachal Pradesh. But no one could recall what happened to him during his purgatory voyage. Once, a person from Bundelkhand, named Kalidas went for a purgatory voyage. He experienced life after death and surprisingly, he was able to recall all those incidents of a different planet. After returning to his state, he embarked on a discourse about his purgatory voyage and his scary encounters with the King of Bundelkhand.
Could anyone believe in his riveting account of the voyage or people smelled a foul play?
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The novel "Purgatory Voyage" by Adarsh Kumar Khare is about a story that dates back to 925 AD of a village person, otherwise living peacefully, whose life is thrown into a turmoil consequent to an extraordinary experience of the afterlife, an outcome of his deed (karma) and sense of inquiry. The story is beautifully weaved with threads of mythology, traditional Hindu beliefs, and folklore. At the same time, there is a conscious effort to bring out the social behavior, rituals, and festivities of village life of that period along with the political order of the King with his subjects.
There is a gripping narration of Kali, the protagonist of the novel, of other-worldly experience of his visits to after-life planets of hells and heavens, of torments and punitive actions meted out to sinners, and accounts of suffering the souls have to undergo for the various sins committed in their earthly lives. The author seems to have largely drawn from the “Pretkalp” part of Garud Puran for making such a vivid description of the splendors of the city of Yam, the horrors of various hells, and the excruciating journey of an ordinary soul through all this.
The most interesting part of this novel is the day-by-day recount by Kali of incidents, pain, and suffering of his soul and other fellow souls in his 10-days sojourn to different types of hells and also exploring parts of Yam City and heaven. The curiosity of a reader is held on toes as the account of each day unfolds, much like the Arabian nights.
I find ‘Purgatory Voyage’ by Adarsh Khare a hugely fascinating story in which one cannot leave reading halfway. It latches on to your curiosity and leads your imagination till you reach the end and sigh a sense of relief and joy of having gone through the upheavals along with the protagonist of the story. I think this is the achievement of Adarsh Khare in writing this book.
--- Asit Kumar, Advisor in the Ministry of Petroleum, New Delhi.
Bharmaur had to suffer draughts for last five years due to the king's sins. The king, then decides to do this ritual which is more like a voyage, 'purgatory voyage', in which he would go to some other planet to wash off his sins and to fulfill his wishes by suffering. 'Kali', a citizen from the same village becomes interested in this voyage after hearing the king's decision and hence, he decides to accompany the king. It was believed that whosoever would go through that tunnel to this voyage to the yumlok, won't be able to remember his experiences after coming back to Earth. However, in the case of Kali, he remembered all his experiences from Yumraj's (King of Yumlok) world and the book has narrated the same to its readers.
This is a story that dates back to 925 AD and is based on ancient Hindu text called Garuda Purana, which describes the soul's journey. Kali, the protagonist, decides to go on a purgatory voyage to experience life after death. It is a journey through a cave for 12 days (10 + 2) where a person can experience everything they should go through, including heaven and hell after they die. This journey is for atonement or expiation of his sins. Unfortunately, all the details of this voyage will be removed from the people's brains undertaking the journey before the exit on the 12th day. When Kali, who made this journey with his King claims that he remembers every tiny detail about this journey, no one initially believes him. What happened to Kali during the voyage and after it forms the crux of this novel.
The story reminded me few Telugu movies that I have watched during my childhood that has the same storylines of Lord Yam, Chitragupta, Yamlok etc.
Spiritual mythological journey
Do you ever envisioned yourself visiting yamlok, where each one will face their punishment for their sins according to hindhu mythology. Can anyone visit yamlok during their lifetime as spiritual voyage?
Purgatory voyage by Adarsh khare helps us to visit yamlok during our lifetime. The story evolves around 925 AD where it is possible to visit yamlok for 12 days as a purgatory voyage. In those 12 days 2 days is for travel and 10 days they can stay in yamlok and see what's happening there. So that they can experience their life there after death. After the visit they cannot remember anything. But if one can remember the incidents after the visit... What will happen?
Kali the protagonist visits yam planet accompanying with the king who wants to find the reason why the country is suffering because of draught. After the visit king forgets all that happened in yam planet, but Kali remembers... The story is about Kali's knowledge about the yam planet.