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Kahaan chhupe ho raaja Raam aaja Raam

Posted on: August 26, 2014


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

In the mid 50s,there were several religious movies and hundreds of melodious Bhajans in them. Those readers who were grown up enough to enjoy Radio in that period will recall several bhajans from that era which had become commonplace in most household. Today we will enjoy one such bhajan from the film Tulsidas-1954.

During the period between 7th century to about 17th century, viz. a period of a 1000 years was a testing time for the people in India. Outside invaders attacked India, looted it and forced conversions. Small states in India fought with each othersand the invaders took full advantage of it. The rich became richer, the poor poorer. Common people were beset with serios problems such as lack of education, caste system, superstition and such other social evils. They felt directionless.

It was here that the rise of BHAKTI MOVEMENT in India came as a welcome relief for the people in distress. It started in the 7th Century, initially in the south. The peak period of this movement was from the 14th to 17th Centuries. It was a religious movement of the medieval period that promoted the belief that Salvation was attainable by everyone. The Islamic Sufism also appeared around the same time. Both advocated that a personal expression of devotion to God is the way to become one with Him.

The movement spread from South to North. In the South, it was devotion to Shiva( Shankaracharya ), Vishnu ( Madhvacharya ), and other Avtars. In North ,it was devotion to Rama and Krishna. Several saints and religious great souls propagated and helped the common people to remove the burden of rituals and Castes. They were given a simpler approach to God by these Saints who were also social reformers. Saints like Thyagaraja, Dnyaneshwar, Tulsidas and Chaitanya MahaPrabhu tried to enlighten people and united them with awareness of a common thread of Religion. Sant Ramdas, Tukaram, Gyaneshwar, Namdev, Ravidas, Basava, Sankardeva, Vallabhacharya, Annammacharya, B.Ramdass, Thyagraja, Surdas, Kabir, Meerabai, Guru Nanak etc were some of the major contributors to Bhakti Movement.

Due to illiteracy and ignorance, people found it difficult to understand religion. During this period Devotional literature were created in the vernacular languages. To influence people, even Miracles were performed.

What is a Miracle ? ” That which causes wonder ” is the simple definition. It is something that contradicts or is beyond ordinary experience or is caused by super natural powers. In a Miracle, the laws of Nature are suspended. Ignorant people followed the sayings of a person who did Miracles. In this way, several saints took the help of Miracles to teach people. In most cases, even the die hard opponents were floored by Miracles. Thus, we read in the Biographies of Saints about their Miracles-which was a part f attracting, influencing and teaching the masses.

Thyagaraja kritis, Dnyaneshwari or Ramcharitmanas made the Sanskrit literature of Puranas, Ramayana etc easy to understand for the common masses.

One of the famous saints of the Bhakti Movement was Tulsidas. I will not go into the details of his Biography, which is too well known and available easily with a click of the mouse. The film Tulsidas-54 became very famous due to its wonderful songs and Bhajans.

Today’s bhajan is only the third song from this film to be posted in the blog. 7 more songs from the movie are yet to be discussed here.

Tulsidas,during his lifetime did many Miracles ( also some Miracles were later added by devotees to enhance his stature). The film Tulsidas also shows some miracles. This particular song is sung by Tulsidas to revive a dead man.

TULSIDAS-1954 was a Ratnadeep Pictures,Bombay film,directed by Harsukh Bhatt and Bhalchandra Shukla. The music was by Chitragupta (Assistant-Dilip Dholakiya). It had 10 sweet songs and the cast was Mahipal, Shyama, Lalita Pawar, Ramesh Sinha, Dulari, Chaman Puri, Bhagwan etc.

The story of the film was-
A boy Rambola, hated by all and sympathised by none happens to meet Saint Narharidas (Uma Dutt). Seeing a spark of greatness hidden in the boy, he brings him to his Ashram. Here Rambola is renamed as Tulsidas (Mahipal).

Studying all the shastras Tulsidas becomes a scholar. Tulsidas, now grown up, composes lucid poems in Hindi, thus making the art of poetry enjoyable for scholars as well as for those who do not know Sanskrit. Ravidatta (Chaman Puri), a student of the same Ashrama, is jealous of Tulsidas. According to Ravidatta, to write in a language other than Sanskrit is a blasphemy and an insult to that great divine language. Further Ravidatta’s anger knows no bounds when he sees Tulsidas making love to Ratnavali( Shyama) who is to be betrothed to him (Ravidatta) But ultimately her father Dinabandhu Pathak(Ramesh Sinha) chooses Tulsidas for Ratnavali’s hand. Ravidatta burning with jealousy leaves the Ashram of Narharidas to go to Benares. Haladhar (Bhagwan) another student follows Him.

Tulsidas and Ratna are married in the midst of celestial music and blessings of Narharidas, Dinabandhu Pathak, and other guests from from Badaria and Soro. After marriage the intesity of Tulsidass love for Ratna increases to such an extent that he forgets his devotion to Shree Ram. Tulsidas’s madness for Ratnavali becomes the talk of the town. One day Ratna’s brother Shambhu takes her with him to Badana where father Pathakji is seriously ill. Tulsidas comes home bringing a beautiful pair of bracelets for Ratna but instead of her he finds a note left by her that she had gone to see her father who was ill. But Tulsidas cannot live without his wife. In rain and storm he comes to Badaria and stealthily gets into Pathak house. The neighbours of Pathak first mistake Tulsidas as a thief, but ultimately they recognise him.

Ratna hears the taunts of the neighbours that Tulsidas is a mad lover to come to meet his wife at her father’s house. She comes to Tulsidas and with anger, sorrow and pain hates this shameful deed of his. She tells him the piercing words `Your love for my frail body made of flesh and bones is futile. Had you transformed this intense love from this human body to Shree Ram, both you and I could have escaped from this merry-go-round of life and death”. Saying this she goes away. Her words were like lightening in the dark sky. The thunder of this lightning is echoed in his heart where starts a great storm. The wind of this storm blows away the heap of sand that covered the gem of devotion to Shree Ram. He goes away from here with a decision to renounce the world.

When Ratna comes back in the room she finds a note in which he had written “Leaving the worldly ties and the love of my wife. I am going to some unknown place with the aim of meeting Ram.” She almost faints.

Repeatedly calling Shree Ram like a lunatic, Tulsidas falls on the trunk of a tree. A spirit living in this tree shows him the way to meet Ram. On coming to Chitrakoot he sees Ram who appears before him. Tears of joy flow from his eyes. Being inspired from this event he comes to Ayodhya and writes. “Ramcharit Manas”, his famous epic poem on Shree Rams life. Preaching Ram-Bhakti (devotion to Ram) to the people he comes to Benares. In Benares Ravidatta and other pandits, the champions of Sanskrit, oppose his Rammayana wirtten in easy Hindi language. But they are all convinced when one day Lord Vishwanath himself endorses his Ramayana and accepts it as a real work of poetry and devotion. But Ravidatta is adamant. He thinks that is just the black-magic. He decides to set Tulsidas’ hut on fire.

Ratna and Shambhu’s wife come to Benares, where, to their shock hear that Tulsidas’s hut is set on fire. They rush to the spot. Shambhu and his wife meet Ratna, who on seeing Tulsidas’s life in danger runs into the hut and finds that the fire is not touching Tulsidas at all. The fire subsides and all see Tulsidas safe. Ravidatta feels ashamed and he prostrates himself before Tulsidas and asks for his pardon.

Now let us hear and enjoy the melodious Bhajan, sung by Mohd. Rafi. Lyrics are by G S Nepali and Music is by Chitragupta.

Audio

Video

Song-Kahaan chhupe ho Raaja Raam aaja Raam(Tulsidas)(1954) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Gopal Singh Nepali, MD-Chitragupta

Lyrics

Naam tumhaara hum rakhte hain
naam bhakt ka tum rahkte ho
aaj bachaake suhaag sati ka
mera vachan nibha sakte ho

kahaan chhupe ho raaja Raam
aaja Raam
deepak bujha jala ja Raam
kahaan chhupe ho raaja Raam
aaja Raam
deepak bujha
jala ja Raam

nar naari se hai sansaar
ek bina dooja bekaar
nar naari se hai sansaar
ek bina dooja bekaar
pati us paar sati is paar
kaise paar kare manjhdhaar
pati us par sati is paar
kaise paar kare manjhdhaar
chhoota saath milaaja Raam
aaja Raam
deepak bujha jala ja Raam
kahaan chhupe ho raaja Raam
aaja Raam
deepak bujha jala ja Raam

roko inhen nahin jaane do
apne ghar ko phir aane do
roko inhen nahin jaane do
apne ghar ko phir aane do
do din to tum ithlaane do
teri daya par itraane do
do din to tum ithlaane do
teri daya par itraane do
mera wachan nibhaaja raam
aaja raam
deepak bujha
jala ja Raam
kahaan chhupe ho raaja Raam
aaja raam
deepak bujha jala ja Raam

Raam raaja Raam Raam
Raam jai jai Raam Raam
Jai Raam jai jai Raam jai Raam
Jai Raam raaja Raam jai Raam
Jai Raam raaja Raam jai Raam
jai jai Raam jai jai Raam
jai jai Raam jai jai Raam
jai jai Raam jai jai Raam
jai jai Raam jai jai Raam
raaja Raam raaja Raam raaja Raam aaja Raam
Jai jai Raam jai jai Raam jai jai Raam jai jai Raam
raaja Raam raaja Raam raaja Raam aaja Raam
Jai jai Raam jai jai Raam jai jai Raam jai jai Raam
raaja Raam raaja Raam raaja Raam aaja Raam
Jai jai Raam jai jai Raam jai jai Raam jai jai Raam
raaja Raam raaja Raam raaja Raam aaja Raam
Jai jai Raam jai jai Raam jai jai Raam jai jai Raam
raaja Raam raaja Raam raaja Raam aaja Raam
Jai jai Raam jai jai Raam jai jai Raam jai jai Raam

3 Responses to "Kahaan chhupe ho raaja Raam aaja Raam"

Arunji,
I like bhajans if sung by Rafi. Thanks

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naam tumhara ham rat-te hai

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Arun Ji,
Nice Bhajan. Thanks for the post and song.

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