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The Raam Bhajan Prayer is a unique traditional observance, which was handed down through successive generations by our forefathers. The majority being Vaishnavites, worshippers of Lord Narayana and His various incarnations such as Lord Narasimha Deva, Lord Rama and Lord Krishna.
The performance of Raam Bhajan is undertaken by Sri Raam Bhajana Mandiram. The main reason for Hindus observing the Raam Bhajan Prayer is because it serves as a form of thanksgiving to God Almighty for the bountiful blessings that He has bestowed upon us.
The main features of this prayer is that for the entire evening the Raam Bhajan Group dance around in a circular motion with performing various Telugu recitals and dance sequences in praise of Sriman Narayana and His Avatars. The dancing and singing is accompanied by members playing cymbals as well as percussion drum instruments. These members dance and sing around a Bhajan Chettu, which is a large brass lamp with smaller lamps attached, which is symbolic of a tree.
The lamps are brightly lit and burn all night. Around the Bhajan Chettu, parsadham consisting of sweetmeats are placed as offerings to the Lord. The Raam Bhajans are sung in traditional South Indian dialect with a lead singer and the rest of the group as chorus. The majority of the bhajans describe the glory of Lord Narayana and Lord Rama as depicted in our sacred Hindu scriptures, the Ramayana and Vishnu Purana. These Bhajans are dynamic, soul-stirring and steeped with meaningful insights into these scriptures.
There is no doubt that the beauty of the South Indian languages comes to the fore in these beautiful, symmetrical and rhythmical rendition of these Bhajans. Invocations (Padyams or Varanams), which are also recited, are South Indian poems composed thousands of years ago by various saints, sages and philosophers. These invocations convey a message of high moral values and are recited before a particular Bhajan is rendered.
Another important aspect of the Raam Bhajan, is the carrying of the Kolas, that is two lamp torches. When the kola is lit, this marks the beginning of the Raam Bhajan prayer and it remains burning the entire duration of the prayer symbolising the triumph of good over evil and dispelling darkness with light. The enchanting Bhajans continue until the Aarthi is sung to conclude the prayer
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