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A traditional form of musical devotion still popular in India today. A '''bhajan''' is a spiritual song as well as group worship through music and song. Bhajans are customarily performed in a soloist-group format.  
 
A traditional form of musical devotion still popular in India today. A '''bhajan''' is a spiritual song as well as group worship through music and song. Bhajans are customarily performed in a soloist-group format.  
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For centuries, Hindu devotees have embraced the bhajan as a source of deep spiritual renewal. Today bhajans are performed on holy days, special occasions or with a gathering of relatives, friends and neighbors. An evening of bhajans can last for several hours, often lifting the participants to a state of religious exaltation. A soloist sings a verse and the group repeats it to the accompaniment of percussion and other instruments. Generally the recitation begins slowly and then speeds up.  
 
For centuries, Hindu devotees have embraced the bhajan as a source of deep spiritual renewal. Today bhajans are performed on holy days, special occasions or with a gathering of relatives, friends and neighbors. An evening of bhajans can last for several hours, often lifting the participants to a state of religious exaltation. A soloist sings a verse and the group repeats it to the accompaniment of percussion and other instruments. Generally the recitation begins slowly and then speeds up.  
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A distinctive element of the bhajan is the repetition of the names of God. According to Hindu tradition, singing and meditating upon the names of a deity evoke his or her power and presence. To the Hindu, the bhajan is also a medium of divine grace, bringing salvation to those who have erred.
 
A distinctive element of the bhajan is the repetition of the names of God. According to Hindu tradition, singing and meditating upon the names of a deity evoke his or her power and presence. To the Hindu, the bhajan is also a medium of divine grace, bringing salvation to those who have erred.
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[[Spoken Word]]
 
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''Shiva: Sacred Chants from the Heart of India'' (audio CD)
 
''Shiva: Sacred Chants from the Heart of India'' (audio CD)
 
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