Chandrapur was a village, which was abundant with farmers. The major occupation of the villagers was farming. Almost 90% of the population was involved in farming. Most of the farmers were well to do. Put together, all the farmers got all kinds of vegetables in their village. They were independent as far as vegetables were concerned. So it was like salt, oils and some spices for which they had to be dependent on the outside world. But the more important thing was that all the villagers lived happily and peacefully helping the others in need.
The Kumar’s were the head farmerof the village. They were the most affluent among the farmers. This Kumar couple was married for nearly 15 years. Still they had no offspring. Mr. Kumar was a devout devotee of Lord Shiva, while Mrs. Kumar worshiped Shri Swami Samartha. And so just by the grace of God and their penance, they were blessed with a boy, whose name was Somnath. So Somnath was their only kid.
Somnath was an apple ofhis parent’s eyes. He was pampered and overprotected a lot. There was no such thing that he demanded and did not get. He was brought up with such great love that he got used to all such mollycoddle. He was catered to quite promptly. This is how Somnath grew up.
Somnath had many a friend. And mostly all of them were the other farmer’s kids. As Somnath was special, special in the sense that firstly he was a rich farmer’s son and secondly he saw the light of the day quite late, he always dictated the terms. All had to listen to him and behave the way Somnath wanted. But in the real sense, he did all this just because he loved his friends a lot. He could rarely spend a minute without them. Living devoid of them, was unthinkable for Somnath. Now who were Somnath’s friends? Let us have a look at them.