Mahalaya

Today is a special day for all Bengalis. It marks the beginning of an auspicious time, “Devi pakshya”. This new moon ( amavasya ) day or Mahalaya happens seven days before the start of Durga Puja. It is marked by a ritual of welcoming Ma Durga to visit her earthly abode or baper bari.

It has been a tradition for the Bengalis to wake up in the wee hours of dawn and to listen to the melodious invocation of Goddess Durga, on the radio. This AIR (All India Radio) programme “Mahisasurmardini” was first broadcast in 1931. The welcoming songs (agamani sangeet) sung by renowned artists, and mantras (Chandipath) chanted by Birendra Krishna Bhadra still touch every Bengali’s heart.

Some families also observe Tarpan and pay homage to their ancestors on this day.

I am very thankful to my friend for sending me the recording of this programme yesterday with a reminder to listen to it. I woke up at around 3:30am and used my headphones so that others did not get disturbed. I listened intently recognising all the songs and mantras, I had heard over so many years. They still create a magical sensation in my heart. A feeling of purity surrounded me as I visualized the divine beauty and power of Maa Dugra before my eyes. At some point, not even sure what triggered it, I could not help moving my hands and body to the rythmn of the songs. It was a lovely experience. The programme ended a little before 5 am. I went back to bed still cherishing the pure vibrations. I was almost wanting more.

Around 5:30 am, my husband woke up and started playing “Masisashurmardini” on his phone. My daughter woke up too. We listened to it, all together this time.

Happy Mahalaya and Durga Puja to all.

Bhajan

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – low(2)

Mere Man Ke Andh Tamas Mein,
Jyotirmayi Utaro,

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – low (2)

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – med (2)

(s)Kaha Yaha Devo Ka Nandan,
Malyachal Ka Abhinav Chandan,
Mere Rur Ke Udje Man Main,
Karunamayi Vicharo,

Mere Man Ke Andh Tamas Mein,
Jyotirmayi Utaro,

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – low (2)

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – med (2)

{r)Nahi Kahi Kuch Mujh Mein Sundar,
Kajal Sa Kala Yeh Antar,
Parano Ke Gehre Gehwar Mein,
Mamtamayi Vigharo

Mere Man Ke Andh Tamas Mein,
Jyotirmayi Utaro,

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – low (2)

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – med (2)

{Varde Varde varde varde

Varde varde varde Veena Vadini varde, } X2

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – low (2)

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – med (2)

(r)Sathya mayi too hai, gyan mayi too hai
Prem mayi bhee too hai, ham bachcho ko varde

{Varde Varde varde varde

Varde varde varde Veena Vadini varde,} X2

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – low (2)

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – med (2)

(s)Nirmal mann karde, prem atul karde
Sabki sabal mathi ho, aisa humko varde

{Varde Varde varde varde

Varde varde varde Veena Vadini varde,} X2

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – low (2)

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – med (2)

(r)Sarswati bhee too hai, mahalakshmi too hai
Maha kali bhee too hai, ham bhakto ko varde

{Varde Varde varde varde

Varde varde varde Veena Vadini varde,} X2

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – low (2)

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – med (2)

Varde varde Varde Varde (2)

My first Bengali post

সৎবুদ্ধি

বুদ্ধু আর বুদ্ধ
নামের অল্প তফাৎ
চিন্তাহীন প্রসন্ন
নির্মল তাদের স্বভাব

সহজ সোজা চাল
একের পড়ে ভুল
কালো আর সাদা
অন্যেরটা নির্ভুল

দেখছে পাশে বোদ্ধা
ভালো মন্দের বিভেদ
চিন্তায় মগ্ন মাথা
দ্বন্দে ভরা বিবেক

চালের পর চাল
সাহসী বেপরোয়া
হারা আর জেতা
আনন্দভরা খেলা||

FREEDOM

If I die now

Let me breathe my last

Deep fulfilling air

Cherishing all that’s past

 

If I live more

Let every moment’s gift

Reflect true grace

In every word and deed

 

Ever-present by me

Like the morning rays

Warm caring touch

Brightening my days

 

I feel the strong love

Flowing like a river

Blessing simple lives

Surrendered to the Giver

Prayer

o palanhare, nirgun aur nyare -2, tumare bin hamara kaunon nahee
hamaree uljhan suljhao bhagwan, tumare bin hamara kaunon nahee
tumhe hamaka ho sambhale, tumhe hamare rakhwale
tumare bin hamara kaunon nahee - (3)

O Protector, who is beyond good or bad, who is unique
We are alone without you...
You are the one who can solve our problem
We are helpless without you..

You have guided us, you have saved us
You are the only one for us.


chanda me tumhe toh bhare ho chandni, suraj me ujala tumhe se
yeh gagan hai magan, tumhe toh diye ho isse tare
bhagwan yeh jivan tumhe naa sanwaroge, toh kya koee sanware
o palanhare nirgun aur nyare, (tumare bin hamara kaunon nahee -2)

You have given moon it's beautiful silver beam
You have made the Sun shine so bright
The sky is lost in it's depth, you have given it the stars.
O God, no one has the power to make this life beautiful other than you
O Protector, who is beyond good or bad, who is unique
We are alone without you...
jo suno toh kahe prabhuji hamaree hai binati,
dukhi jan ko dhiraj do hare nahee woh kabhee dukh se 
tum nirbal ko raksha do, reh paye nirbal sukh se 
bhakti ko shakti do - (2) 
jag ke jo swami ho, itani toh araj suno 
hai path me andhiyare, dedo vardan me ujiyare 

O Master if you hear me, I have a humble request
Please give patience to those who suffer
So they do not give up when faced with misery
Please protect the weak, so they are not bullied
Please give strength to the devotees
The Lord of this whole universe, hear my earnest prayer
When darkness hides the way, give us the gift of light
(o palanhare, nirgun aur nyare, 
tumare bin hamara kaunon nahee 
hamaree uljhan suljhao bhagwan, 
tumare bin hamara kaunon nahee) - (3)

O Protector, who is beyond good or bad, who is unique
We are alone without you...
You are the one who can solve our problem
We are helpless without you..

Touching song by Shreya


Composed by: Shantanu Banerjee
Lyrics: Nawab Arzoo
Singer: Shreya Ghoshal

Full Lyrics:

hm hm aa ha aha ha
aa ha aa ha aha..
hm hm hm ..aa ha aa ha aha..
aa ha aha ha

Khoyi khoyi yaadein
Sooni sooni raatein
Woh..  beeti baatein
Sapnon ki baaraatein
Jab bhi mujhko chhun jaatin hain
Nam hotin hain aankhen
X 2

Those lost memories,
These lonely nights,
All those shared moments
are like a parade of dreams.
When they touch my heart,
My eyes get misty.


Aahatein huyin dil ko yun laga jaise
Aagaye hon tum mujhko yun laga kaise
Dekhun galiyo mein dur tak koi na than
Khali raste thein aur dil mera tutan huwan

My heart felt that there was a footfall
I don’t know how I thought you had come
When I looked down the alley, there was no one in sight.
The road was empty and it broke my heart.


Khoyi khoyi yaadein
Sooni sooni raatein
Woh.. beeti baatein
Sapnon ki baaraatein
Jab bhi mujhko chhun jaatin hain
nam hoti hai aankhen


Das gayin mujhe yaadon ki woh purvaayi
Phir rula gayin shaam ki yeh tanhaayi
Mere paas aaken kehten hai suhaane pal
Roko aansuo ko laut aayenge woh kal

I was stung by the east wind of memories
The lonely evening made me cry again
Coming close, the golden moment reassured me
To stop the tears,
“The yearned past will come back.”


Khoyi khoyi yaadein
Sooni sooni raatein
Woh.. beeti baatein
Sapnon ki baaraatein
Jab bhi mujhko chhun jaatin hain
nam hoti hai aankhen
X 2