What is a Bhajan?

Famous Indian Bhajan Singers & Devotional Songs

The term ‘Bhajan’ is used in India to refer to any devotional song. Bhajans are sung all across the country to praise God and express one’s deep love & devotion towards the almighty. Bhajans are gentle, melodious songs which provide immense peace and happiness to the person/s who sing it and those people who listen to it.

Singing Bhajans

A bhajan can be sung with or without accompanying musical instruments. Usually, instruments such as dholak, manjira, jhanj, daphli and the chimta are played while singing devotional songs or bhajans.

Bhajans can be simple chants or a song which is constructed using ragas & other elements of Indian Classical Music. They can be sung individually or by groups of people together, in unison. Either way, they are known to spread good vibes and rekindle one’s love & faith in God.

History of Bhajans

The tradition of singing bhajans in India is age old. Some of the earliest composers of bhajans were devotees like Mira Bai, Surdas, Kabir, Tulsidas, etc. The most popular bhajan themes include verses from the Ramayan and other Hindu scriptures, praises of Gods & Goddesses and their glory.

In India, bhajans are sung in temples, at home and even played on CD’s at commercial places, health clinics & shops, etc, especially in the mornings. It is believed that everyone should begin their day thinking of God. This is why, singing the aarti or listening to a devotional song in the morning is known to help in spending a safe, pleasant and happy day.

Aarti, Bhajan & Kirtan

In India, people sing Bhajans and take part in Kirtans, especially during religious events, rituals & special days. The aarti is another significant part of Hindu religious proceedings.

Different Aartis are sung for different gods and goddesses. During a kirtan, the same chant or a series of bhajans are sung together by groups of people. Jagrans & kirtans are quite popular, especially in North India.

Well known Indian Bhajan Singers

Here is a list of some Bhajan Singers in India –

  1.     Anup Jalota
  2.     Anuradha Paudwal
  3.     Sharma Bandhu
  4.     Hari Om Sharan
  5.     Jagjit Singh
  6.     Mahendra Kapoor
  7.     Vani Jayaram
  8.     Lata Mangeshkar, etc.

Popular Bhajan by Hari Om Sharan

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