Bhajans

નાદબ્રહ્મ પદ - ૭૬૨, રાગ - ધોળ
Nādbrahma pada 762, rāga - dhol

ગોવિંદજી પરણે નંદજી પરણાવે, તે રે દિવસ સખી ક્યારે આવે;
સાંજી દેવ ત્યાં આણી બોલાવે, તો ચારે મંગલ ગાઇશું રે ... ટેક
goviňd-ji parane naňda-ji par-nāve, te re divas sakhi kyāre āve
sāňji dev tyāň āni bolāve, to chāre maňgal gā-ii-shuň re ... repeat

જશોદાજી આપણને બોલાવે, ખોળામાં કંઇ નૌતમ લાવે;
નવું નવું કરીને ગવડાવે, તો ચારે મંગલ ગાઇશું રે ... ૧
jashodā-ji āpan-ne bolāve, kholā-māň kaň-ii na-u-tam lāve
navu navu kari-ne gav-dāve, to chāre maňgal gā-ii-shuň re ... 1

વર વનમાલી આવીને જુએ, સાંભળતા સૌ દુઃખડા ખુએ;
તે સમે માવડી ગાવડી દુહે, તો ચારે મંગલ ગાઇશું રે ... ૨
var van-māli āvi-ne ju-e, sāmbhal-tā sa-u dukhadā khu-e
te same māvadi gāvadi duhe, to chāre maňgal gā-ii-shuň re ... 2

આવીને ત્યાં કહાનની પાસે, માતાનું મન રૂડું રે થાશે;
નિરખી સ્વરૂપ રસિક સોહાસે, તો ચારે મંગલ ગાઇશું રે ... ૩
āvi-ne tyāň kahān-ni pāse, mātā-nu man rudu re thāshe
nirakhi svarup rasik sohāse, to chāre maňgal gā-ii-shuň re ... 3

વરઘોડે વર જ્યારે ચઢશે, વ્રજમેં સૌ કોઇની દષ્ટિએ પડશે;
વલ્લભનું મન ત્યાં ગળશે, તો ચારે મંગલ ગાઇશું રે ... ૪
var-ghode var jyāre chaDh-she, vraj-meň sa-u ko-ii-ni dashti-e pad-she
val-labh-nu man tyāň gal-she, to chāre maňgal ga-ii-shuň re ... 4

YouTube Video(s):
1. Shree Ramkabir Mandir Bhajan Mandal - October 2007, Phoenix, Arizona

English Translation:
[In Hindu culture, marriage is a pious bond of a man and a woman. It is considered as the most propitious obsequies (Sanskaar). It is an auspicious unification of the souls of two individual - a man and a woman! A bride and bridegroom take different vows, as per the Vedic dictates of mutual faithfulness and to share joy and pains of life, while fulfilling social duties and living as wedded husband and wife. The marriage is not just a wedding ceremony, but it is also a unification of two different families.

Traditionally right from the evening prior to the wedding day final preparations and joyful singing begins.  The songs sung through different events in a wedding ceremony hold greater significance in terms of Hindu culture and religion.

While a priest chants Vedic verses, the bride and bridegroom take four rounds around the pyre of the holy fire. Each of these rounds signifies industriousness in four different aspects of human life - Dharma (Faith or Duty), Artha (Wealth), Kaama (Sexual Passion) and Moksha (Emancipation). In the first three rounds a man takes the lead, signifying duties to be fulfilled, earning livelihood and act to carry forward the genealogy. According to the first book of the Bible - Genesis (1:26-28) we are told that God made the human race by creating Adam and Eve. Most of the spiritual scriptures prescribe husbands and wives to engage in sexual activity within their committed marital relationship and have children. The Vedic scriptures too, assert that God designed and created all living beings, inclusive of the human race to have sexual passion.

In the last round, signifying Moksha, a woman is bestowed with the Supreme task to take lead to seek emancipation for her husband and self, by accomplishing the duties on her part with love, devotion, virtuousness and forbearance, paving the way for emancipation for herself and her husband. The Hindu religious and cultural values describe this ritual of four rounds around the holy pyre as "Mangal Phera" is a combination of two words, 'Mangal' meaning propitious and 'Phera' as a round. Through all the first three rounds, the wife avows to go along with her husband; in the last round the husband avows to go with his wife in her spiritual pursuit, and thus both of them avow remain mutually faithful and respect each other.]

0. Wedding of Lord Krishna, the Govind! How spectacular pageantry it could be! Looking forward to the invitation from Nand Ji, devout women of Gokul, anxiously wonders, when Nand Ji would arrange the wedding of his son, Krishna and invite them to sing songs in the evening prior to the wedding day. As songs are sung in the evening, these are called 'Saanji', and womenfolk are eager to sing ritual songs during four rounds the newlywed couple take.

1. The womenfolk expect Jashoda to invite them for Krishna's wedding. Also, the women propose to take along the finest gifts. The enthusiastic devout women of Gokul, want to sing newer songs to memorialize the four auspicious events of the wedding of Shri Krishna.

2. Adorning a garland of flowers of forest, when the bridegroom Krishna arrives to listen the singing, womenfolk promise to bless him. And at that moment, they would all sing auspicious songs at all the four events when some mother milks a cow.

3. For the women of Gokul, Krishna mattered most, as they expressed their affection with a sense of motherly feeling. Fervently loving women pleased to have seen Krishna appearing before them, they reiterate singing the songs of all the four auspicious events of the wedding.

4. As Govind, prepare to proceed for wedding ceremony riding a horse, the people of the town - Brij, would rejoice. And when Vallabh (the poet of this Bhajan) absorbs the sublime joy of perceiving the Lord, we will sing songs of all the four propitious events.