Sunday, July 10, 2011

Raghupati Raghav Raajaaraam

This post suggests to learn a famous Hindu bhajan (religious song). It is often sung during various poojas (devotional prayers). We took this video in our neighbors house. It was winter and the neighbors organized this pooja in order to thank God for whatever good happened to them. On these occasions special people (a band) are invited and payed for singing bhajans. Usually everyone is invited and distributed prashad (food offerings or blessed food) like laddus (round Indian sweets), coconuts and dried fruits.


The version popularized by Vishnu Digambar Paluskar and the Gandhian movement:

रघुपति राघव राजाराम,
raghupati raaghav raajaaraam,
chief of the house of Raghu, Lord Rama
पतित पावन सीताराम
patit paavan sitaram
Uplifters of those who have fallen
सीताराम सीताराम,
siitaaraam, sitaram
Sita and Rama
भज प्यारे तू सीताराम
bhaj pyaare tu sitaram
O beloved, praise Sita and Rama
ईश्वर अल्लाह तेरो नाम,
Iishvar Allah tero naam,
God and Allah are your names
सब को सन्मति दे भगवान
sab ko sanmati de bhagavaan
Bless everyone with this wisdom, Lord

*In the bhajan sung in the video these words are added too:

जय रघुनंदन जय सिया राम
जानकी वल्लभ सीताराम

Jai Raghunandan, Jai Siyaa Raam,
Jaanakii Vallabh Siita Raam.

A 'unfinished' to paint goddess

The mistree or the man who paints the deity sculptures and builds temples.


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