Dussehra is one of the most popular and important festivals of India and is celebrated with much pomp, fervor and devotion all over the country. Dussehra is celebrated at the end of Navratri and signifies the killing of Ravana at the hands of Lord Rama. This year the festival is celebrated on September 30, 2017. The festival is symbolic of good triumphing over evil. It falls on the tenth day of the Hindu month of Ashwin which typically coincides with September or October in the Gregorian calendar. Dussehra is celebrated to commemorate the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana who had kidnapped Sita, Lord Rama’s wife. On this day, huge effigies of Ravana are burnt with fireworks that depict the dispelling of darkness with light. Many devotees who have been fasting for the previous nine days of Navratri break their fast on Dussehra with delectable food items specially prepared for that day.Also Read - Suhana Khan is Heartbroken As She Is Set To Leave New York But Will Remain A Newyorker | See Her Post
Dussehra festival is related to Lord Rama one of the most revered deities in Hindu religion and people pray to him for prosperity, wisdom and good life. Lord Rama is believed to be the perfect and most noble man and Indians believe that he was a benevolent king who upheld righteousness and whose qualities should be emulated in real life. Ramlila, a popular form of play based on Ramayana and Ramcharitmanas are held on the occasion of Dussehra in many parts of India. So in order to pray to this lovable deity, we have compiled a list of devotional songs and bhajans that would help you shower praise and worship Lord Rama. Also Read - MS Dhoni Watches Shahrukh Khan's Last-Ball Six to Win Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 Final, Pic Goes Viral; Fans Calls Tamil Nadu Batter CSK's Next Finisher
1.Shree Ramachandra Kripalu Bhajamana
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Shree Ramachandra Kripalu Bhajamana is a very popular bhajan that hails Lord Rama for his serene and calm demeanor as well as his achievements. This bhajan talks about the benign and gentle nature of Lord Rama who upheld the rules and yet overcame all the vices without losing his cool or rebelling against the treatment meted out to him. The bhajan explains the physical appearance of the Lord as well as talks about the achievements that he attained in his life on Earth.
2.Bhay Prakat Kripala
Bhay Prakat Kripala is a bhajan that has a very profound meaning and if understood correctly will appeal to every mother in the world. The bhajan commemorates the birth of Lord Rama and his appearance when he was born. According to Hindu mythology when Lord Vishnu took avatar in the form of Lord Rama he appeared in his divine form to Kaushalya (wife of King Dasharatha and mother of Lord Rama). However, he was adorned with ornaments and had his own armaments as well. People sang his praises looking at him and his achievements were foretold and the Lord showed Kaushalya his different forms to impress her. However, Kaushalya was unhappy because she had got the boon of becoming a mother after a long time and was looking forward to fulfilling her duties of a mother. She wanted to express her maternal instincts and love her child the way any normal mother would do. So in this bhajan she entreats him and tells Lord Rama that taking care of a child is one of the most fulfilling aspects of a woman’s life which she was looking forward to. Listening to her requests Lord Rama eventually takes the form of a child so that his mother Kaushalya gets the opportunity to rear him like a normal woman does.
3.Payo Ji Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Payo
Payo Ji Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Payo is one of the most popular bhajans sung to praise Lord Rama. This devotional song is written from Lord Rama’s mother Kaushalya’s view point where she is thanking her stars that she received the Lord as her son. The song depicts the love of a mother who says that she has found the most valuable treasure in life which can never be stolen but day-by-day it increases as Lord Rama is growing up and she has the opportunity to love him and mother him.
4.Thumak Chalat Ram Chandra
Thumak Chalat Ram Chandra is a lovable and adorable bhajan that talks about the toddler age of Lord Rama. The song talks about the unsteady gait of a very young Lord Rama who has just learned to walk and talk. It talks about how Lord Rama is walking on his unsteady feet with his anklets making soulful sound and how when he is about to fall over he is quickly saved by the arms of Kaushalya, Kaikeyi and Sumitra (King Dashratha’s wives). The song hails Lord Rama like a regular child who talks sweet words with hand gestures and has curly hair which falls over his cute face.
5. Mangal Bhavan Amangal Hari
This bhajan hails Lord Rama for the fact that his name brings good vibes and peace to the heart. Reciting his name gives immense peace and all the obstacles are overcome. The song also talks about destiny and the fact that whatever is foretold will happen, everything in the world happens because of Lord Rama’s divine intervention and designs.
6.Pal Pal Hai Bhari – Swades
This song from the popular Shah Rukh Khan and Ashutosh Gowariker directed movie Swades is the best rendition of the virtues of Lord Rama and the qualities that the epic Ramayana exhibited and the God stood for. In today’s present state when Ramayana and Lord Rama’s values are a contention of debate this song explains why the deity is still relevant today and why he would always be revered even though his name might get corrupted as the years go by. This song is well written by Javed Akhtar, sung by Ashutosh Gowariker, Vijay Prakash and Madhushree and composed by AR Rahman. The song is an integral part of the movie Swades and tells the fact that Lord Rama is just not a god who is present in an idol but resides in everyone’s heart and whoever chooses to follow his guidance instead of following the negative path of Ravan will find salvation and peace.
Dussehra is a festival that brings family and near-and-dear ones closer, it helps you purify your thoughts, ask for forgiveness and win over jealousy, negativity, and anger. With these devotional songs and bhajans we hope you pray to Lord Rama with utmost devotion and dedication so that your life becomes a good one.