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Kin sang khelu holi – Meera Bai, Lata Mangeshkar

This song is more in the Chaiti spirit of virah. Chaitra comes soon after the month of Phalgun, and we see here a touch of the Chaiti in terms of longing for the beloved in a particular season.

Lata Mangeshkar sings Mira Bai’s Kin sang khelu holi…

Mira bai temple in Vrindavan

Meera Bai temple in Vrindavan is just off the crossroad which opens at Nidhivan on one side and faces Shah ji temple. As you face the entrance to the Shah ji temple, look to your left, a narrow lane by the temple's bounday wall marks the path to Mirabai temple. It is a simple structure in Rajasthani style architecture. The saligram shila deity is visible from the entrance of the temple itself. There is a patch of green plants in the aangan facing the Lord. Money plant and other ornamental greens surround a small water fountain that can be seen in operation in summer months here.

This is the place where Mira Bai stayed while she was in Vrindavan.

Meera Bai came to Vrindavana when Jiva Gosvami and Roop Goswami were there. She was born in Marwar, Jodhpur's village of Kudki, Rajasthan. Her father Samanta Ratan Singh gave her in marriage to prince Bhojraj, the eldest son of Maharana Samgram Singh of Chittor (Mewar, Rajasthan). Bhojraj died after four years. Bhojraj's brother Bikramjit Singh became the Rana of Chittor. He tried to stop Mira Bai's worship of Girdhar-Gopala (Krishna) and her dancing in ecstasy for Krishna. It is said that he tried to kill her by sending her a poisonous snake in a box. When Meera Bai opened the box she found a shalagrama-shila inside. This black shaligram shila is in this Mirabai temple in Vrindavan.

Meera bhajan by MS Subbulakshmi - lyrics and video

More to girdhar gopal, doosro na koi
Jaake sir mor mukut, mero pati soi, prabhu
Shankh chakra gada padma kanth-maal hoi

More to girdhar gopal, doosro na koi
Taat maat bandhu bhraat aapna na koi
Shaan gayi kul ki kaani, kya karega koi
Asuan jal seench seench prem bel boi, prabhu
daasi Meera prabhu lagan lagi,honi ho so hoi
More to girdhar gopal, doosro na koi

Meera bai bhajan - Mharo pranam Banke Bihari

Braj sahitya literature evolved around Krishna in Brajbhoomi - Vrindavan and its surrounding areas. Braj sahitya has lived in the oral tradition through music. Bhajan, sawaiya, dohe, pad, shloka, styles of writing poetry all find a place here. Similarly, the languages are as varied as the tongues that devotees' could speak. Sanskrit, the local dialect Braj-bhasha, Bangla, Marwari, and more regional dialects find place in Braj literature.


This Meera bhajan, sung by Kishori Amonkar is a fine example of Braj literature. This song is a greeting to Banke Bihari. It also describes him and Radha.More...

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