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Baaje badhaayi aaj Nand ji ke dwaar

Posted on: August 29, 2013


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Jai Shri Krishna, and greetings all friends and readers, for the celebration of Nandotsav today (29th Aug, 2013.)

The wonderful saga of Sri Krishna, his pastimes, His stay on this earth, and the tales of His eternal abode is a limitless treasure of life and inspiration and love and knowledge. He is the Primal Entity in this universe, from Whom everything emanates, and to Whom everything eventually flows. He is the source of all living energy, all existence and all emotions. We are, because He is. We are in Him, we are a fractional part of Him, and we are always connected to Him.

The schema and the descriptions of time and its various layers and levels, in our Sanaatan culture is very detailed and very complex. The creation comes into existence, time and again, and it dissolves away time and again.

The definition of the eras of time is mind boggling. Starting with the Yugas, then we have the Chatur-yugi or the Maha Yuga (a cycle of four yugas -Satyug, Tretaa, Dwaapar and Kali), then come the Manvantaras, and then are the Kalpas. Above that is the life of Brahma, the creator. In every Manvantara, the repeated cycles of Maha Yugas and Chatur-Yugis lends itself to the creation of this existence, its sustenance and then its eventual dissolution. And in each of these cycles, the Primal Purusha, the source of everything, gets incarnated and manifests Himself as a part of His own creation.

Our scriptures tell us about the manifestations of this Supreme Being, as he appears and participates and influences the ongoing events in this creation. In every Kalpa, in every Manvantara and in every Yuga, this Supreme Being takes on various forms, based on the specific necessities of the specific time. And for every such incarnation, the details and histories are ensconced in the writings of our scriptures. San Tulsidas ji has written in Ramcharitmanas’ “Ramaayan Sat Koti Apaaraa” that there are a hundred crore different stories of the life of Sri Ram. The indication is that the Supreme Being has manifested Himself so many times in the history of this creation, that the sum total of every saga of His incarnation will total up to more than one hundred crores.

The current time is the 1st day of the 51st year of the age of Brahma. This day is the Shveta Varaaha Kalpa. Within this Kalpa (or day of Brahma), six Manvantaras have already passed and the seventh Manvantara, called the Vaivasvatha Manvantar is in progress. Within this Manvantara, 27 Maha Yugas have already passed and the 28 Maha Yuga is in progress. In the 28th Maha Yuga, the Satyug, Tretaa and Dwaapar Yugas have already passed and we are currently in the beginning portion of the Kali Yuga of the 28th Maha Yuga of the seventh Manvantara of the 1st day of the 51st year of Brahma. In the current time, His appearance in this creation is in the form of Sri Krishna who is the source of all knowledge and all emotions.

The appearance of Sri Krishna in the current Maha Yuga is recorded at a time point in the past which is approximately a little more than 5000 of earth years as we calculate them. His appearance occurred on the eighth day (ashtmi) of the waning cycle of the moon (Krishna paksha) of the month of Bhaadon (as represented in the calendars in certain areas. Alternatively, it also the month of Saawan, as per the belief system in certain areas.)

The historical details of his appearance are the most interesting. There is a whole history about his parents (Vasudev, and Devki) and his uncle (Kamsa). His uncle has been forewarned that his death is by the hands of his own nephew. So Kamsa had put his sister and brother in law in a prison, and he made sure that he would end the life of each and every child that is born to Devki and Vasudev. One by one, he consigns to death, seven new born infants. The eighth progeny of Devki is awaited. This event is destined to be the appearance of the Supreme Being. And thus, the entire universe conspires to ensure that Kamsa is not able to fulfill his vow to eradicate Devki’s children.

The appearance of the Divine Child occurs at midnight on the eighth day of the Krishna paksh of the month of Bhaadon. The night sky is overcast with brimming clouds. It is raining and all living beings are inside their respective shelters. When He appears, the powers of Divinity make strange things happen. All the guards fall deeply asleep, and all the locks in the prison open up by themselves. By a plan that has been pre-ordained, Vasudev wraps the new born infant in a small blanket and puts him in a basket made of straw shoots. Carrying this basket on his head, he leaves the sleeping guards and the prison gates. The entire city is asleep, and not a single soul abounds. Walking thru the deserted streets of Mathura, he reaches the banks of the River Yamuna. The river waters are in a spate and swirling waves look menacing in the moonless rainy night. Vasudev ventures into the waters, and as if by a Divine decree, the water rises up to his chest, but proceeds no further. He walks into the river, and no matter how deep the bottom of river is, how stormy the waves are around him, the waters always remain at the height of his chest.

He reaches the other bank and the village of Gokul. All living and breathing entities are deep asleep. Walking through the lanes of Gokul, Vasudev arrives at the home of Nand Baba and Yashoda. Ma Yashoda has also been expecting, and by design, a girl child is born to her at the same time that Krishna appeared in the prison in Mathura. The household of Nand Baba is also in deep slumber. Ma Yashoda is also in deep sleep. Quietly, Vasudev puts down the basket next to Ma Yashoda’s bed. He puts the infant Krishna next to Ma Yashoda and picks up the girl child, who is in fact Yogmaya, the Divine Energy of Krishna Himself. Quietly he retreats from the house, and retracing his path across the swirling river, he regains entrance to Mathura, reaches the prison, and lets himself in. The guards are still fast asleep as are all the inhabitants of the city. Silently, he enters his prison chamber, and places the girl child by the side of Devki. And then they fall asleep.

Morning comes, the guards wake up, surprised at their own slumber. They are then alarmed to see the all the prison doors unlocked. In panic they check the prison chamber and are relieved to see the imprisoned family asleep, with a new born child sleeping between them. Quickly and quietly they lock the doors, with promise to each other that none would ever reveal the story of unlocked doors and their own slumber. And a messenger is sent to Kamsa, to inform him of the arrival of the eighth child. The history records that Kamsa comes and snatches the girl child from the hands of his sister. Holding the child by Her ankles, he is about to smash Her on the large stone, when the child flies out from his hand, and appears above him in Her full form as Yogmaya. And she speaks telling him who she is, and that the child who would be the curse of his life, is already safely deposited somewhere in the villages across the river. And then she disappears.

Thus ends this chapter of the birth of Sri Krishna, as it happened in Mathura.

And now, consider the scenario in Gokul. The time is about 4 am, and the wise and elderly are awakening in the Brahm Muhurat, to start another day. Yashoda and Rohini awaken, and are happily surprised to find the most lovely and the most endearing boy child sleeping next to Yashoda. In a matter of minutes the entire household is up with the shouts of joy and congratulations. The word spreads thru the streets of Gokul. Nand Baba is the chief of the village, and a long awaited event of happiness has finally occurred in his family. Emerging from their homes, all the people converge to Nand Baba’s home. The air is full of celebration and festivities and everyone is eager to get a glimpse of the child Whose face, they say, is shining brighter than a moon. His features are enchanting and His eyes are captivating. His baby smile will descend into your heart. It will disarm you, and will make you fall to your knees praying to Ma Yashoda to let her allow the Child to be given in your hands for just one moment so that you can look closely and hold Him close to your heart.

The crowd at the door of Nand Baba keeps growing. Realizing that a huge celebration seems to be in store, Nand Baba instructs for a large kitchen to be set up, and to start preparing delicacies and sweets for rush of humanity that is appearing at his doorstep as his guests today. He instructs his followers to bring out the trunks containing the treasures and gold, and he starts to distribute gifts to whoever comes to him. On this day, he will grant any wish to any person who appears on his doorstep. He gives away cows and calf, horses and elephants, and food grains and fruits, and gold and jewels, and fancy apparel and items of personal decoration. . .anything, just anything anyone asks and he is given thus on this day. That is the bliss of the arrival of this Divine Child.

The gwaalaas and the gopis are singing and dancing the courtyard of Nand Baba’s home. They have brought in huge amounts of flowers and are showering it on the child and on the people celebrating. Some people have brought colors and are throwing it in the winds, and the colors are swirling everywhere in the courtyard. All the faces are full of colors, all the lips are full of laughter and smiles, all the eyes are full of happiness, and the whole crowd is singing

Nand ghar anand bhayo
Jai Kanhaiyalal ki

A bliss full happiness has descended upon the home of Nand Baba
Praise be to infant Kanhaiyaa

The festivities will last all day. The gifts are all given, and still the treasures are full, the guests have all had their full and still the kitchen is overflowing. Everyone has had his or her turn to have a glimpse of the child, and touch the paalnaa(child’s crib), and touch the feet of this
captivating baby. And yet, the heart is not satisfied and wants to keep going back to Ma Yashoda, just to gaze at the child, yet once more.

A note about the celebrations for today. As is shown in the above narrative, a the time of His appearance, the only two people awake and aware were Devki and Vasudev. None else in this world was even aware that this event of cosmic influences has occurred. The Child is taken to Gokul and placed there next to Ma Yashoda. And nobody knows. It is only when the dawn is breaking on the ninth day, that the news breaks out, the awareness spreads and the joy and happiness of celebrations is let loose.

And so, traditionally the birth of Sri Krishna is on the ashtami (the eighth day), but the actual celebration is on the navmi (the ninth day), which is known and celebrated all over as Nandotsav. In Mathura and elsewhere, the tradition has it that the celebrations for this event happen on the midnight of the eighth day. That is what we have always see as part of our growing up lives.

But in Brindavan, in Gokul, in fact all across Braj, the night of the eighth day is quiet and peaceful. And then, on the early morning of the ninth day, all the celebrations break loose in these towns. The temple bells, the drums, the conch shells all. . . the celebration is all happening on the ninth day.

This used to be the tradition Braj till as recently as maybe a couple of decades ago. Things have changed somewhat, and the festivities on the night of the eighth day have also become part of the celebrations now. But still, in the Braj, there are people and there are temples, who would be quietly asleep on the night of the eighth day, and will have their celebrations on the morning of the ninth. Their logic is simple. What happened in Mathura the previous night, oh we do not know anything about it. It is just early this morning someone knocked my door and shared the news about the Child Son being born to Ma Yashoda, and so I am headed there.

And thus the Nandotsav is celebrated as the larger celebration of the birth of Sri Krishna. Congratulations and the joy of greetings to all.

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This event has innumerable appearances in Hindi films, and there are many a songs written for this occasion. Today, I present a very rare song from the 1951 film ‘Nandkishore’. The song celebrates the spirit of this day, as has been attempted to be described above. The words of this song are written by Pt. Narendra Sharma, and the music is from the baton of Snehal Bhatkar. The singing voice is that of Lata, supported by chorus.

Listen to this wonderful song of joy and delight, as people are gathering and bringing gifts for the newborn. All the emotions are of happiness, except that there is one tiny indication of a forewarning of impending doom also. The last line in the last antaraa says

kahin pe duhaai kahin jai jaikaar

Somewhere there is fear and trepidation
Other places it is celebrations and happiness

This fear and trepidation refers to the people if the ilk of Kamsa and his retinue of demons and evil doers. For the rest, it is a message of happiness and joy.

Let there be happiness – Ma Yashoda’s Child is here.


Song-Baaje badhaayi aaj nand ji ke dwaar (Nandkishore )(1951) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Pt Narendra Sharma, MD-Snehal Bhatkar
Female chorus
Male chorus

Lyrics

baaje badhaai aaj nand ji ke dwaar
baaje badhaai aaj nand ji ke dwaar
nand ghar jhoola jhoole gokul ka haar
aaj gokul ka haar
nand ghar jhoola jhoole gokul ka haar
aaj gokul ka haar
aaj gokul ka gokul ka gokul ka haar

laalna ka paalna sajaaye koi aaj
sajaaye koi aaj
laalna ka paalna sajaaye koi aaj
sajaaye koi aaj
lai koi gwaalaniaa nannhe ka saaj
aaj nannhe ka saaj
lai koi gwaalaniaa nannhe ka saaj
aaj nannhe ka saaj
nainon mein rahaa nand nandan biraaj
nand nandan biraaj
nainon mein rahaa nand nandan biraaj
nand nandan biraaj
baithe yashoda kare solaah singaar
kare solaah singaar
baithe yashoda kare solaah singaar
kare solaah singaar
baaje badhaai aaj nand ji ke dwaar
baaje badhaai aaj nand ji ke dwaar
nand ghar jhoola jhoole gokul ka haar
aaj gokul ka haar
nand ghar jhoola jhoole gokul ka haar
aaj gokul ka haar
aaj gokul ka gokul ka gokul ka haar

vasumati jasumati chanda sa laal
vasumati jasumati chanda sa laal
gwaalan ki godi mein khele gopaal
aaj khele gopaal
gwaalan ki godi mein khele gopaal
aaj khele gopaal

dekh nandlaal ko hain nand ji nihaal
aaj nand ji nihaal
dekh nandlaal ko hain nand ji nihaal
aaj nand ji nihaal
kahin pe duhaai kahin jai jaikaar
kahin jai jaikaar

aaya re aayaa
govind gokul aaya
aaya re aayaa
govind gokul aaya
aaya re aayaa
gopal gokul aaya
govind aaya re gopaal aaya re
govind aaya re gopaal aaya re
govind aaya re gopaal aaya re
govind aaya re gopaal aaya re
govind aaya re gopaal aaya re
govind aaya re gopaal aaya re
govind aaya re gopaal aaya re
govind aaya re gopaal aaya re
govind gopaal
govind gopaal
govind gopaal
govind gopaal
govind gopaal
govind gopaal
govind gopaal
govind gopaal
govind gopaal
govind gopaal
govind gopaal

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बाजे बधाई आज नन्द जी के द्वार
बाजे बधाई आज नन्द जी के द्वार
नन्द घर झूला झूले गोकुल का हार
आज गोकुल का हार
नन्द घर झूला झूले गोकुल का हार
आज गोकुल का हार
आज गोकुल का गोकुल का गोकुल का हार

लालना का पालना सजाये कोई आज
सजाये कोई आज
लालना का पालना सजाये कोई आज
सजाये कोई आज
लाई कोई ग्वालनीया नन्हे का साज
आज नन्हे का साज
लाई कोई ग्वालनीया नन्हे का साज
आज नन्हे का साज
नैनों में रहा नन्द नन्दन बिराज
नन्द नन्दन बिराज
नैनों में रहा नन्द नन्दन बिराज
नन्द नन्दन बिराज
बैठी यशोदा करे सोलह सिंगार
करे सोलह सिंगार
बैठी यशोदा करे सोलह सिंगार
करे सोलह सिंगार
बाजे बधाई आज नन्द जी के द्वार
बाजे बधाई आज नन्द जी के द्वार
नन्द घर झूला झूले गोकुल का हार
आज गोकुल का हार
नन्द घर झूला झूले गोकुल का हार
आज गोकुल का हार
आज गोकुल का गोकुल का गोकुल का हार

वसुमती जसुमति चंदा सा लाल
वसुमती जसुमति चंदा सा लाल
ग्वालन की गोदी में खेले गोपाल
आज खेले गोपाल
ग्वालन की गोदी में खेले गोपाल
आज खेले गोपाल

देख नंदलाल को हैं नन्द जी निहाल
आज नन्द जी निहाल
देख नंदलाल को हैं नन्द जी निहाल
आज नन्द जी निहाल
कहीं पे दुहाई कहीं जय जयकार
कहीं जय जयकार

आया रे आया
गोविंद गोकुल आया
आया रे आया
गोविंद गोकुल आया
आया रे आया
गोपाल गोकुल आया
गोविंद आया रे गोपाल आया रे
गोविंद आया रे गोपाल आया रे
गोविंद आया रे गोपाल आया रे
गोविंद आया रे गोपाल आया रे
गोविंद आया रे गोपाल आया रे
गोविंद आया रे गोपाल आया रे
गोविंद आया रे गोपाल आया रे
गोविंद आया रे गोपाल आया रे
गोविंद गोपाल
गोविंद गोपाल
गोविंद गोपाल
गोविंद गोपाल
गोविंद गोपाल
गोविंद गोपाल
गोविंद गोपाल
गोविंद गोपाल
गोविंद गोपाल
गोविंद गोपाल
गोविंद गोपाल

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4 Responses to "Baaje badhaayi aaj Nand ji ke dwaar"

Thank you very much Sudhirji. As always your posts are so very informative and this is no exception.

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Aparna ji,

Thanks for your kind appreaciation. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Thank you Sudhir ji
Papaji is Pandit Narendra Sharma for me
& you have written detailed article
much appreciated

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Lavanya ji,

We are so glad to read your comments. Thanks for keeping in touch. Papa ji – Pandit ji has left behind so many wonderful poetical memories, for all of us to be happy about. On this blog, we try to keep track of special occasions and anniversaries, to ensure that the celebration of memories is always alive. And to honor the great artists who have built this wondrous treasure of music and songs. 🙂

Thanks and regards
Sudhir

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