Uttara Huddar - Sharada IV
The Sharada phases lasted from a day up to 6 weeks. The median duration was approximately 2 days but the average duration, because of two long phases that lasted 41 and 43 days, was slightly over eight and a half days.
Despite initially being unaware of each other both Uttara and Sharada over time began to drop hints that they were growing accustomed to each other. Uttara from what I have read so far appears to be an auspicious or fortuitous child.
I am going to revert back, temporarily at least, to Uttara’s parents. Prior to her birth Uttara’s mother had received intimation of being bitten on the foot by a cobra (Sharada died as a result of being bitten on the toe by a cobra and she would withdraw her foot in fear whenever a cobra was mentioned).
Working along the same lines, Uttara’s father had a fascination for Bengali people and all things Bengali and it leads me to the conclusion that Sharada’s parents whose names she gave as Brajanath Chattopadhaya (father) and Renuka Devi (mother) were G.M. Huddar and Manorama in their past lives.
According to Hindu marital customs all couples who are married in the orthodox Hindu manner remain married for 7 lifetimes. I tend to take it as an eternity because after 7 lifetimes they achieve either salvation or liberation and are not reborn. There are exceptions of course but the exceptions do not apply here.
These couples normally have the same children unless there is a cusp child i.e. a child that is born between two families (that is the best way I can think of describing these children).
So Brajanath Chattopadhaya and Renuka Devi had in addition to Sharada, 6 other children including Uttara. The number should correspond with the exact number of children G.M. Huddar and Manorama had minus the one child who was Sharada.
I don’t think Sharada was ever reincarnated, while her parents and her siblings were. She for some reason or the other, being exceptionally devoted to the Goddess Durga, was spared the rigors of mortal existence; having said that all cusp children come under the auspice of the Goddess Durga.
Initially Sharada’s parents did not notice a pattern in Sharada’s appearance but later they realized that her appearance coincided with the 8th day of the waxing or the waning moon.
In the Hindu calendar, these days are called Ashtami days and these days are particularly significant to the Goddess Durga. These are the days that are devoted to the worship of the Goddess.
Maha Durga Ashtami is the most significant of all Ashtami days and it is the day, the Goddess Durga appeared in the form of Mahishasura Mardini to slay the buffalo headed demon Mahishasura (that is why buffalos are sometimes slaughtered during the festivities i.e. to reenact the slaying of the demon Mahishasura).
Though Sharada’s appearance did not coincide with Ashtami all the time it happened consistently or significantly enough to form a trend or a pattern. If I were to hazard a guess, I’d say that the Sharada personality would have been strongest on Maha Durga Ashtami.
Sharada gave the interviewers as much information as possible. For example, she wrote her husband’s name down as Swami Vishwanath Mukhopadhaya and wrote her father in-law’s name down as Nand Kishore Mukhopadhaya.
She gave details of how she had travelled from Burdwan (West Bengal) to Kalighat in Calcutta and how she had gone to Shivpur (Bangladesh) with her husband. From Shivpur she had gone to the Tara Devi Temple at Shikarpur (Bangladesh) by boat. She also told interviewers of her visit to the Hansheshwari Temple at Bansberia. All in all, she was fairly religious.
She also mentioned that she’d had two miscarriages and that she had not given birth to any children. When she was 7 months pregnant with the 3rd child, a snake had bitten her on her toe while she was gathering some flowers and she fell unconscious. She was 22 at the time and died as a result.
I think that her death came as a shock and that she had appeared to spend some time with her parents who I suspect were on their 7th or last marriage cycle. Sharada wasn’t prepared or ready for death and maybe she just wanted to say her goodbyes.
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