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Gurbani Raag: Devagandhari


Today Devagandhari is a rare, little known, ancient raga. Its performance time is the morning hours. Historically it has had three forms; the less ornamented type is described here. In the Ragmala, Devagandhari is a ragini of Malkauhsa. Today it belongs to the Asavari thata. Its mood is one of prayerful supplication presenting a heroic effect. The texts set to this raga reveal a heroic search for these qualities which lead one to the Lord. This raga was used primarily by Guru Arjan. Forty-Seven hymns were composed to it including three by Guru Teg_h Bahadur and six by Guru Ram Das.

Aroh : Sa Re Nfa Pa Dha Sa

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

Pakar : Dha Ni Dha Pa, Ma Ga, Sa Re Ma, Ga Sa Re Ga Sa

Vadi : Ma

Samvadi : Sa


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