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Gurbani Raag: Jaitsri

Jaitsri does not appear in the Ragmala nor is it found in the modern literature on the subject. Bhatkhande gives,Jait-Kalyan but this is not to be confused with the above. However, jaitsri does appear in a 17th century classification, but not in later ones. Guru Ram Das, Guru Arjan and Guru Tegh Bahadur composed 30 hymns, a var and several slokas to this raga. Today raga Jait is found under the Marva thata and is assigned to the evening hours. A mood of gentle quietness and mystery pervades this raga. The texts describe the meditative thoughts of a devotee who has surrendered himself to his Guru and Lord. Raga Jait has two forms and the second includes some elements from Sin Raga and perhaps this is nearest the original Jaitsri.

Aroh : Sa Ga Ma Pa Ni Sa

Avroh : Sa Ni _Dha Pa Ma Ga Re Sa

Pakar : Sa, Ga Pa M'a Dha Pa M'a Ga,M'a  Ga Re Sa Vadi : Ga

Samvadi : Ni

Because of the two different ways of singing this raga, melodic patterns are not fixed.

Excerpts taken from Encyclopedia of Sikhism
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