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Hey mahadev meri laaj rahey

Posted on: February 25, 2014


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this bog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

When Dhundiraj Govind Phalke aka Dadasaheb Phalke(1890-1944), the father of Indian Cinema, made his/India’s first silent feature film,” Raja Harishchandra”-1913, he introduced the Genre of Mythological films in our country. It is well known that he was inspired by the English film ” The life of Christ”. He decided to bring to the screen Indian Gods and stories associated with them.

Thus he made Mohini Bhasmasur, Satyawan Savitri, Lanka Dahan, Shrikrishna Janma, Kaliya Mardan and Bhakta Pralhad. The first and the only Talkie that he made was also of the same Genre-Gangavataran-37.

Mythology has been a popular source of entertainment for masses through hundreds of years. Shows like Ramleela, Raasleela, Krishnaleela are organised every year during the relevant festivals. When stage plays and dramas started, they too were mainly based on Religious topics. This played a major role in keeping people together as a Nation.

Stories for films and dramas were drawn not only from Religion and Mythology indigenous to the country, but foreign stories, viz Persian and Arabic stories with plenty of magic were also used. Miracles and divine intervention were the common features in these, as were magic and supernatural acts.

What these stories achieved was to promote virtuous conduct and confirmation of triumph of Good over Evil. At least in enjoying these films, dramas and acts, the educated and the uneducated segments of society came together, and thus these movies served as a binding factor for the masses, even if only inadvertently.

Following Phalke, many film companies came up with lot of Mythological films, incorporating spectacular magical scenes with the help of special effects.

Similarly many films on the life and work of Saints in India were made. Due to the inclusion of several elements in common with mythological films, viz magic, miracles etc, these films also appealed to movie goers. Films on well known saints like Kabir, Tulsidas, Tukaram, Ramdas were welcomed whole heatrtedly by the audience. So, companies like Prabhat Film Co. made such films in the 30s and the 40s.

In the 40s, Prakash pictures and Vijay Bhatt made films like Bharat Milap-42 and Ram Rajya-43,which won nationwide acclaim and popularity. Some of the famous landmark films in this genre were Seeta-34, Gopalkrishna-38, Ramrajya-43,Har Har Mahadev-50, Sampoorna Ramayan-61 and Jai Santoshi Maa-75.

Unfortunately, Mythological and Religious films almost disappeared from 1976 onwards, only to reappear in a new avatar on Television. Ramanand Sagar’s 74 episodes of Ramayan(25-1-1987 to 31-7-1988) and B.R.Chopra’s 94 episodes of MahaBharat( 2-10-1988 to 24-6-1990 ) revived the fortunes of Mythology as a popular topic among movie/ TV producers and played a pivotal role in generating interest of the newer Generations in Religion and Mythology. Nowadays, serials with Mythological contents are a regular feature on Television and they command reasonably good TRPs too !

Gulshan Kumar’s T Series also played a vital role in popularising Bhajans in Hindi, by mass producing economically priced cassettes and introducing new Lyricists and Singers. It was unfortunate that Gulshan Kumar died suddenly in tragic circumstances.

Today’s Bhajan is from the film “Tulsidas”-1954. Plenty of literature is available on this well known Saint of India, who wrote ” Ramcharit Manas ” in Awadhi language, so that the common people could read and understand, what Valmiki had written in Sanskrit as Ramayana.

Reading Ramcharitmanas is a divine experience. During the period from 1948-49, we were staying in Benares, on the banks of Ganga and very near to the temple of Kashi Vishweshwar. I still remember the daily reading of Ramcharitmanas in the temple and how there was a huge crowd to listen to it and enjoy.

Here is a very melodious Bhajan by Mohd. Rafi from this film. The Lyricist is Gopal singh Nepali and the Music is by Chitragupta. So,enjoy.

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Song-Hey mahadev meri laaj rahey (Tulsidas)(1954) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Gopal Singh Nepali, MD-Chitragupta
Chorus

Lyrics

giri swarg se ganga
tumne sir dhar
saagar tak pahunchaaya
main charnon mein gira
to tumne palkon ko
ooper na uthhaaya
o o
o o o
o o o
o o o

hey mahaadev meri laaj rahey
hey mahaadev meri laaj rahey
meri laaj rahey
tera raaj rahey
hey mahaadev meri laaj rahey

zehar kanthh mein
naag galey mein
aag nayan mein
zehar kanthh mein
naag galey mein
aag nayan mein
phir bhi amrit tumhi lutaate
is tribhuvan mein
aaj bhakt par bheer padi hai
aaj bhakt par bheer padi hai
phir tum kahaan biraaj rahey
hey mahaadev meri laaj rahey
meri laaj rahey
tera raaj rahey
hey mahaadev meri laaj rahey

naath bata do
is mandir mein vishvanaath ho
naath bata do
is mandir mein vishvanaath ho
aaj dikha do
koyi na jiska
uske saath ho
rahi gareebi bhakton ki phir
rahi gareebi bhakton ki phir
kaise gareebnivaaz rahey
hey mahaadev meri laaj rahey
meri laaj rahey
tera raaj rahey
hey mahaadev meri laaj rahey

bhent dharoon kya raambhakta se raamaayan lo
naaraayan ki amar katha ko naaraayan lo
raamsakha tum raamdaas main
raamsakha tum raamdaas main
kuchh to naath lihaaj rahey
hey mahaadev meri laaj rahey
meri laaj rahey
tera raaj rahey
hey mahaadev meri laaj rahey
hey mahaadev
hey mahaadev
hey mahaadev
hey mahaadev
hey mahaadev meri laaj rahey(hey mahaadev)
hey mahaadev meri laaj rahey(hey mahaadev)
hey mahaadev meri laaj rahey

10 Responses to "Hey mahadev meri laaj rahey"

Sir, reading this post is an altogether a different experience itself !!
Thank you very much !!

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Thanks.

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All the songs of Tulsidas are great.

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Yes,I agree.

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Nicely written and well presented article.

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Thank you.

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Rendered by Rafi Saab with the fervour the bhajan deserves. I am sure Radio Ceylon will play this song on Maha Shivaratri, Thursday, Feb 27.

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Great upload. Thanks a lot.

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Hats off to Arunkumarji. Truly, reading Ramcharitmanas is a divine experience. That is the reason it attracted great artists such as Pt. D V Paluskar and later on Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar to sing bhajans penned by Sant Tulsidas.
The above song belongs to a class of its own, wherein the devotees are graced with a ‘darshan’ by the Lord. There is another scene in the same film, at the Ghat of Chitrakoot where Sant Tulsidas is blessed with the darshan of Lord Ram and Sri Hanuman sounds an alert to him, again in the voice of Rafi sahab.
Basant Bahar-56 has Bhay bhanjana vandana sun hamari; by Manna da; Narsi Bhagat -57 has Aaj Faisla tere dwar par darshan do Ghanashyam nath mori sung by Manna da; Durga Mata -61 has Manikya Veena Bhoopalalyanti madalsa manjul vagvilas…..Jai su Bhavani Jai Kalyani by Manna da.
Surely there are many more such sequences. I think a separate category say “darshan songs” needs to be created for them, if not already done.
Well done Arunkumar ji for the writeup and bhajan coming close to Maha Shiv Ratri on 28/02/2014.

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Mohan ji,
I am glad I could present a song which you liked and thanks for your appreciation. Such comments make my day,honestly !
-AD

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