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Tumhi mere mandir tumhi meri poojaa tumhi devtaa ho

Posted on: July 28, 2010


Most of the stories in Bollywood movies are derived from the Indian traditions. And in Indian tradition, though a married woman is called “ardhaanigini” (significant half- let us say), but on the other hand, she is required to treat her husband as a superior being, her god, and her place is supposed to be at his feet.

Many of the Bollywood movies and their songs depict this “Bhaartiya Naari” as mentioned in the ancient scriptures.

Here is a song from “Khaandaan” (1965) that shows how an Ideal Indian woman- “aadarsh bhaartiyaa naari” should deal with her husband. she should treat him as her temple, her worship, her god.

This song is written by Rajinder Krishan, and it is sung by Lata. One must say that the lyrics are superb, and Lata sang this song with feeeling, and Ravi’s music was outstanding. This song touched the right heart strings of the audience as well, and this song has become an iconic song ever since. That year, viz 1965, this song had finished at number 5 in the Binaca geetmala annual programme of 1965. This song earned more bouquets at the Filmfare awards of 1965. Lata won the prize for the best female playback singer of the year for this song, and rajinder Krishan won the award for the best lyricist of the year for this song. As for Ravi, he was adjusted as the best music director of the year for his musi in this movie. And these awards were richly deserved awards too.

The song was picturised beautifully on Nutan and Sunil Dutt. This song has indeed gone on to become an evergreen iconic song, and considering who the music director was, I am not surprised. I have always maintained that majority of iconi songs in Bollywood music are the creations of Ravi.

Here is a this lovely song. Listen to it, and watch it and savour it. But I will not advise you to practice it at home. 😀 I do not think that a woman should be conditioned to be sub-servient to her husband. She is supposed to complement her husband by being right with him rather than lying at her feet.

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Song-Tumhi mere mandir tumhi meri poojaa tumhi devta ho (Khaandaan) (1965) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Ravi

Lyrics

tumhi mere mandir,
tumhi meri poojaa,
tumhi devtaa ho
tumhi devtaa ho
tumhi mere mandir,
tumhi meri poojaa,
tumhi devtaa ho
tumhi devtaa ho
koyi meri aankhon se
dekhe to samjhe,
ke tum mere kyaa ho
ke tum mere kyaa ho
tumhi mere mandir,
tumhi meri poojaa,
tumhi devtaa ho
tumhi devtaa ho

jidhar dekhti hoon
udhar tum hi tum ho
na jaane magar
kin khayaalon mein gum ho
jidhar dekhti hoon
udhar tum hi tum ho
na jaane magar
kin khayaalon mein gum ho
mujhe dekhkar tum
zaraa muskuraa do
nahin to main samjhoongi,
mujhse khafaa ho
tumhi mere mandir,
tumhi meri poojaa,
tumhi devtaa ho
tumhi devtaa ho

tumhi mere maathe ki
bindiyaa ki jhil-mil
tumhi mere haathon ke
gajron ki manzil
tumhi mere maathe ki
bindiyaa ki jhil-mil
tumhi mere haathon ke
gajron ki manzil
main hoon ek chhoti-si
maati ki gudiyaa
tumhi praan mere,
tumhi aatmaa ho
tumhi mere mandir,
tumhi meri poojaa,
tumhi devtaa ho
tumhi devtaa ho

bahut raat beeti
chalo main sulaa doon
pawan chhede sargam
main lori sunaa doon
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
bahut raat beeti
chalo main sulaa doon
pawan chhede sargam
main lori sunaa doon
tumhen dekhkar ye
khayaal aa rahaa hai
ki jaise farishtaa
koyi so rahaa ho
tumhi mere mandir,
tumhi meri poojaa,
tumhi devtaa ho
tumhi devtaa ho
tumhi mere mandir,
tumhi meri poojaa,
tumhi devtaa ho
tumhi devtaa ho

9 Responses to "Tumhi mere mandir tumhi meri poojaa tumhi devtaa ho"

I think this song is lovely, although you know the whole “man is god and woman should worship him” is anathema to me…but if you take it in the sense (which I do, maybe because nuances of the lyrics are lost on me) of people you love being people you should really also CARE for, it’s beautiful.

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It is a very sweet song really, and this song quickly became an iconic song as I have mentioned in my write up.

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The other thing about this song in context with the film is that she is comforting him—he thinks that he is not a worthy husband to her, and she is telling him that he is, which is very sweet.

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Yes, that explanation makes perfect sense.

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This is a lovely, lovely song – and indeed iconic. I find some Lata songs too squeaky/shrill for my taste but this one is just perfect. She is able to get into the mood of the song just so beautifully – the music of Ravi is ideal for this. Nutan and Sunil Dutt do a great job at picturising this too.

Songs of this movie (and from “Gauri” – another Nutan movie, although quite avoidable), and from “Deewaana”) used to be blared from loudspeakers during my school days. That is how I knew songs of these movies at that time, by heart. 🙂

This “Khandaan” had some other good songs too.

And yes, this song is more about “showing that you care about the person you love” rather than “being subservient” or “falling at somebody’s feet”. Nutan needed to give Sunil Dutt a confidence-boost, from what I remember of the movie.

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sweet song

and good wording,thouching ,full of life

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Each time I heard this song during its popular days, I secretly thought that my wife should have the similiar attutude as described in this song towards me, all through our married life. Yes. I shall not and will not allow her to remain my devotee but I shall make her EQUAL to me in every respect, just for the simple reason that she will make me her god. Being her god, I will have all powers to treat her very very lovingly.

The REALITY is different. I still plunge into the thoughts of my DREAM-WIFE.

Isn’t it true that ” If wishes were horses, every begger would ride “.

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