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Holi song from Vrindavan, Ut mat jaa thaado Mukutvaaro

उत मत जा, ठाड़ो मुकुटवारो उत मत जा…

द्वारपाल सब सखा साथ में, घूम रह्यो मतवारो रे, उत मत जा…

अबीर-गुलाल के बादल छाये, उड़ रह्यो रंग टेसुवा रे, उत मत जा…

जाइत रोकत ताके नवेली, तक पिचकारी श्याम मारी, उत मत जा…

मैके गई सौभाग्यवती रे, रमण पिया मोहे रंग डारो, उत मत जा…

This song depicts a scene from the festival of Holi in Vrindavan, India:

There are clouds of colours all around. Krishna is playing Holi very enthusiastically, colouring anyone who comes his way! He looks out for the gopis and sprays them with colour. A Gopi is a master of the path of devotion, according to Narad Bhakti Sutra and other scriptures.

Upcoming festivals in India, Late November 2010

17 November:

  • Tulsi Vivah / Dev Uthani ekadashi: 4 months of chaturmas which started on dev shayani ekadashi, three days before Guru Purnima, get over on Dev Uthani Ekadashi
  • Bakrid


21 November:

  • Kartik Purnima, the month of raas which started on Sharad Purnima ends on Kartik Purnima
  • Guru Nanak Dev's Jaynati, Guru Purab
  • Dev Deepawali on the banks of River Ganges in Varanasi

22 November:

  • Indian month of Marg Shirsh begins. Krishna says in Gita: ‘Among months, I am the month of Marg Shirsha.’ This is also the month when Gopis of Vrindavan had performed Divine Mother Katyayni’s worship on the banks of River Yamuna, with a prayer to grow in devotion to Lord Krishna, and receive the consciousness that their sole sustainer, caretaker and beloved is Lord Krishna. The Gopis’ prayer in Sanskrit from Srimad Bhagwat Purana is:

Katyayni Mahamaaye Mahayoginya dheeshwari,
Nand Gop Sutam Devi, Patim Me Kurute Namah.

कात्यायनी महामाये महायोगिन्यधीश्वरी।
नंद्गोपसुतं देविं पतिं मे कुरुते नमः॥

Following the example of Gopis of Vrindavan, many people recite this prayer especially in the Indian month of Marga Shirsha, as a spiritual practice to grow in devotion and surrender to Lord Krishna. `कृष्णः एव गतिर्ममः, Krishna is my only refuge’ as Vaishnav saint Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya had reminded.

Kaliya Nag and Krishna, in a poem from Vrindavan, Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 49 of 144

४९.

कारेइ मोहन कारेइ सोहन, कारी कालेन्दजा के तट आयो।

खेलत गेंद गिरी दह में तब कारे से नाग लो जाय जगायो॥

नाग को नाथ लियो छिन में अरु कारे के सीस पै नृत्य करायो।

‘गोविंद’ यों प्रभु शोभा बखानत कारे कौ नाथ के नाथ कहायो॥४९॥

This Sawaiya verse depicts the episode of Kaliya-manthan in Vrindavan. Poet Govid says:

“Krishna was playing with a ball with his friends on the banks of dark, deep waters of River Yamuna, when his ball fell into Kaliya-dah, a part of the river where Kaliya Nag, the thousand-headed snake lived. Krishna fought with Kaliya and emerged victorious, dancing on Kaliya’s heads. I cannot describe in words the awesome scene…”

Kaliya Nag is a symbol of the 5 senses, and the episode signifies that the master of the senses should be Krishna, else the waters of life would be poisoned by the craving and misery that the senses are capable of bringing, just like the presence of Kaliya Nag in Kaliya-dah, Vrindavan, poisoned the fresh river water.

Raskhan ke dohe, Sri Banke Bihari ke sawaiya, 48 of 144

४८.

खंजन नैन फंसे छवि पिंजर, नाहिं रहैं थिर कैसेहु माई।

छूटि गई कुल कानि सखी ‘रसखान’ लखी मुसकानि सुहाई॥

चित्र लिखी सी भई सब देह न वैन कढ़ै मुख दीन्हें दुहाई।

कैसी करूं जित जाऊं तितै सब बोलि उठैं वह बांवरी आई॥४८॥

Meaning of this sawaiya verse by  Raskhan

My eyes have been arrested by the all attractive sight of Krishna :-)

On seeing Krishna, the treasure of bliss, smile at me, I forget my social attachments. My state is such that I am still like a picture, my body is still, no words escape my lips. Wherever I go, people say, ‘O, she is crazy!’

Darshan timings for Sri Banke Bihari temple, Vrindavan

Summer timings (Begin 2 days after Holi)

Morning Darshan: 7.55-11.55 am

Sringar Arti: 7.55 am

Raj Bhog Arti: 11.55 am

Evening Darshan: 5.30-9.30 pm

Shayan Bhog Arti: 9.30 pm

Winter timings (Begin from Yam dwitiya/Bhai Dooj festival, 2 days after Diwali)

Morning Darshan: 8.55-12.55 am

Sringar Arti: 8.55 am

Raj Bhog Arti: 12.55 am

Evening Darshan: 4.30-8.30 pm

Shayan Bhog Arti: 8.30 pm

Krishna bhajan, Bhoolu na yaad tumhaari suno Banvari

Krishna bhajan lyrics, Bhoolu na yaad tumhaari suno Banwari

भूलूं ना याद तुम्हारी सुनो बनवारी, कि जिया घबराय रहा रे

मेरे मन में उठी है उमंग रे, होरी खेलूं श्याम तोरे संग रे

श्याम रंग भरी पिचकारी तान मोहे मारी, भिजोय मोरी सारी

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Guru bhajan by Surdas, Druhn in charnan kero bharoso

दृढ़ इन चरनन केरो भरोसो, दृढ़ इन चरनन केरो

श्री वल्लभ नख चन्द्र छटा बिन, सब जग मांझ अंधेरो

साधन और नहीं या कलि में, जासो होत निबेरो

सूर कहा कहे दुविध आंधरो, बिना मोल को चेरो

Surdas and SrinathjiSurdas wrote this bhajan in Braj bhasha for his Guru, Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya. Surdas was a blind poet and musician, one of the Asht sakhas of Sri Govardhan Nath ji (now at Nathdwara, near Udaipur) who was at Govardhan hill (near Vrindavan) during Surdas’s lifetime. Suradas breathed his last in Braj. This song speaks of his faith in the Guru and his teachings.

Khanjan Nayan is a beautiful biography of Surdas by Amrit Lal Nagar, a famous writer from Chowk in Lucknow.

A bhajan video: Surdas

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