Daily Prompt: Three Coins in the Fountain

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I never had the privilege of throwing three coins  in the fountain, there were no fountains near where I lived to toss a few coins. Besides if there were fountains, there were signs put up not to mess them up, never mind the coins, these were wealthy people who owned them, and they were not interested to to see pennies at the bottom.

But there was a place in Chittagong, Bangladesh, where I visited with my mother,they had a lot of red strings hanging from the branches of one tree.  There were stories told by people guarding the place  to make a wish and tie the knot. Also if our wish was fulfilled we must go back and untie the knot.

I remember tying a knot but couldn’t remember what my wish was and also I lived in a different town to untie the knot I’d have to go back by train , it takes four hours from my place . It didn’t happen. I did ask my mother how will I know which one was mine, she said it didn’t matter I could untie anyone. I get it, this is one way of making us untie at least  one knot so the next person wouldn’t have to untie  to tie a knot. Isn’t it  a smart thing?


40 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Three Coins in the Fountain

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  3. awhh we have this place in India as well where they do this. And I heard at some Sufi shrines there is also a ritual of tying a thread at the marble windows of this Dargah. I haven’t seen one yet, but I’d love to see it one day! Thank you for sharing this with us ❤

    Much love and light,

    • Thank you,my husband and I went to Sylhet once to go to Shah Jalal’s Dargah,there is nothing to tie, but if one prays for
      something it is successful.In this case it was his land that was taken by his own relative. He managed to get it free and sold it.

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  8. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you for this post. There is something special and attractive about fountains, springs, and trees.

    All good wishes,


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