**Kendrapada:** Bhagyaban (meaning lucky) was only six years old when he got lost at Rayagada bus stand. Originally hailing from Odisha’s Kendrapada, he had been to his uncle’s place Dasbantpur village in Koraput with his father for a visit in 2004. On his way back, when he was to board a bus to Kumaruni village, their native place, he went missing.
In spite of frantic search by his father Kailash Rath, he was nowhere to be found.
Meanwhile he was rescued by a person D Raja Rao, who took him to an orphanage named ‘Shri Jagannath Niketan’ in Rayagada. Bhagyaban was unable to recollect his address and remembered only his name. The police was also unable to get any information regarding him.
Since then, he stayed in the orphanage and pursued his studies. He completed his diploma in mechanical engineering from Centurion University in Rayagada in April this year.
Recently, Bhagyaban stumbled upon the name ‘Dasbantpur’ village which he he could recollect as his uncle’s village. He had faint memories of his uncle of being a priest in a Hanuman temple.
So, he started his search on Google. This simple google search did the trick and he located the temple in Dasbantpur village. Few days back, on Friday (October 19) he visited the village with his friend. Situated 125 kms away from Rayagada, both not only located the temple but also the house of his uncle Umesh Rath.
He got numb when he came face to face with his uncle. Joy knew no bounds when both recognized each other. Umesh immediately informed his parents in Kendrapada district and his father Kailash rushed to re-unite with his long lost son.
Both then came to their native place, Kumaruni village where the mother-son union overflowed with emotions.
“It was my happiest moment of life. I got back my son. I can ask of nothing else. It was no less than a miracle to be re-united after a long gap of 14 years. My prayers have been answered,” cried out Bhagyaban’s mother in joy.
Bhagyaban has been really lucky as his name suggests, and is simply thrilled to be back with his family. A feast is on the cards for this long lost son in the village.