Zil-Hijjah / Muharram 1423 H
Volume 16-03 No : 195
Camps \ Workshops
Surveying the stream of water for others
By Manzar Khan
Curiosity did not allow him to rest in peace. And the child’s mind started working and calculating at a speed. Slowly he tip-toed and caught hold of the unknown instrument which the stranger had used in the open premises of his house. He ran to the open space and suddenly at a particular point there was an unknown force moving the instrument. There was a strange feeling in the body. The stranger caught sight of this happening, his face beamed with joy. He had found a young disciple to whom he could pass on the legacy.
“This all happened when I was in the 10th standard. Late Dr. Samir Khan, the water diviner was at our place to survey and detect the spot to dig a well. It was at this time that he discovered the power in me. He requested my father to exploit the hidden water diviner’s power in me,” reveals M.S. Hasan, a water diviner from Chaoni area who has a inherent power to detect underground water. This, he has inherited from his maternal grandfather. He had his initial training in water survey under Late Dr. Samir Khan and a German priest who was in Nagpur for a long time.
Hasan had never imagined that all which started as fun would take the shape of a hobby and later turn into a profession. In the early days of this profession, he detected more than 100 points free of cost for the known and unknown. But later he took it up as a regular profession, He claims to get 99.9 per cent accurate results in his survey of locating the point from where the underground stream flows. The accuracy has been possible only due to his deep and thorough study of books written by German, British and American writers.
Born in a Malguzari’s family in Nagpur, Hasan had never thought of serving or taking up the water diviner’s profession as there were enough family businesses which had to be carried on. But then with the passage of time, the business either came to an end or had to be closed down. Hasan’s family comprises of one son, two daughters and his wife. Talking about the technicalities in this profession, he says, “ nothing much is needed for the profession. The only instrument that I use is a ‘Y’ shaped rod made of copper and brass called the water testing meter and a pendulum”. He holds the two ends of the ‘Y’ shaped rod in his hands and surveys the points. The moment he reaches close to the underground water stream, the rod rotates and as he gets closer, the movement becomes fast, however tight the grip of the hand may be. The same is the case with the pendulum which start swinging fast as he nears the point. Many a times the movement of the rod is so fast that he gets hurt badly. In villages, the water diviners still use the “Y” twigs of the branches, but this is not advisable as it is hard on the hands because of the roughness in the dry twigs and also because it keeps on breaking.
He says, “Water divining involves the static electrical and magnetic powers of the body.” When he approaches the underground water source, his blood pressure rises, he experiences palpitations and there is numbness in the body, drowsiness, slurrying of speech, dryness in the throat which is unbearable. This no doubt affects his body. He has dehydration, blisters on his hands due to friction and has to be administered injections and then advised complete rest for three to four days. Like all other professions, this too has a season which begins from November, December and continues till June. Summer is the peak season when people are more in need of his services due to scarcity of water. His services are not just confined to Nagpur, but he covers Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha and western Maharashtra. Surveying the stream of water for others, Hasan has also learnt the art of surveying the stream of happiness and joy in the hearts of people which he will continue till the end.
His services are open to all and M S Hasan can be contacted at:
House # 736-A, Behind Rashmi Gas Agency, Near Sita Rammandir, Nelson Square, Nagpur - 440 013
Phone : 2591781 / 2592093.
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