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Gurbani Raag: Bihagara


Bihagara is very similar to the modern and yen , popular raga Biliag. The resemblance is so close that many performers have trouble maintaining the significance of each. Bihagara is not given in the Ragmald. Today it is classified under the Bilaval thdta. Guru Rain Das, Guru Arjan and Guru Teg_h Bahadur set a total of 17 sabdas, chhants and a vdr to this rdga. The performance time is between y p.m. and midnight, and the mood is devotional and tranquil. The texts composed to this raga describe the complete peace and response that come to man when he surrenders all to the Lord.

Aroh : Ni Sa Ga Ma Pa Ni Sa

Avroh : Sa Ni Dha Pa Ni Dha Pa Dha Ga Ma Ga Re Sa

Vadi : Ma

Samvadi : Sa


Excerpts taken from Encyclopedia of Sikhism
by Harbans Singh .
Published by Punjabi University, Patiala
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