Bhajan for Holi Festival :

Holi is a festival with great celebration, and immense devotion towards the lords. Holi is celebrated for more than one reason in different parts of India, and even the kind of the celebration differ slightly from regions to regions. But the unwavered devotion of the people remains the same. In some places Holi celebration is mainly centred around burning of bonfires, holika, and playing with colours whereas in other places it is more about singing and dancing, celebrating the love of Radha and Krishna.

Whatever be the way the people celebrate holi, bhajans form a central part of these celebrations. Bhajans are nothing but devotional songs, sung for the deities, there are many songs describing the festival in its full galore. Some songs might be dedicated to certain part or story, whereas other songs might be on special characters that make Holi such a colourful festival. Different regions have their versions of bhajans, and their legends, thus adding to the beauty of the diversified culture yet united people of India.

The bhajans generally sung are Holi khelan aayo sham which literally means come play holi this evening, Raseya ko nari banayo re which means make the guy a woman, this particular bhajans sung in barsana where the tradition of dressing up a man as a woman and making him dance is followed till date. People in Bihar generally take out the idols of Radha and Lord Krishna in palanquin, these palanquins are ornately decorated, and people move around these palanquins singing devotional songs.

There is a magical quality in these songs and transcends the singers and the listeners to a different level of devotional state. Played with varied instruments, the bhajans are beautiful musicals with lucid lyrics and wonderful tunes that fill the listeners with great devotion. There are many different forms of Bhajans these days, but some have become favourites amongst the devotees.

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Music is the soul of life for many people and if the music is devotional, there is nothing more divine than this music. The bhajans are the soulful devotional songs that have deep roots in the Indian traditions. The bhajans are a source of expressing the deep love and faith in God by the people. There are many facets of this true love for the Almighty. The bhajans are often sung by groups of people or devotees.

The ground work of bhajans is present in the Sama Veda of Hinduism. This is the fourth Veda of Hindus. The bhajans often are the anecdotes of lves of some great saints or Gods and their heroic acts on earth. The languags of bhajans is easy and colloquial and therefore one and all are able to easily pick up the music and tone. There is usually a leader of the group when bhajans are sung in groups. There are fixed tunes for bhajans and the words are repeated so often that they become easy to learn. In Hinduism, it is believed that an expecting mother must listen to bhajans so that the child is able to learn good things of life while he is still in the womb. The bhjans are supposed to be an integral part of the traditional value system in India.

There are different types of bhajans. If we look at the history of bhajans, we realize that the genre of bhajans has come a long way. There are Goratknathi, Nirguni, Vallabhapanthi, Madhura-bhakti, and Ashtachhap sects of Hinduism and each of these sects are known to have some specific bhajans associated with them. Also, there are particular styles of singing bhajans for each sect. Bhajans of Tulsidas, Surdas, Meera Bai and Kabir are still very populay among the masses across the country.

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