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Jagrata is performed all through the night to thank the holy mother for her blessings and all the love she has bestowed upon us. It is believed that one who approaches the mother with a pure heart never returns empty handed.

All major relegions of the world have prayers written in praise of the almighty. Some prayers are meant to be whispered, some chanted aloud and some are to be sung. Hinduism has a vast category of devotional songs too. Most of these songs were written thousands of years ago by rishis, munis and prominent Indian philosophers of those times. The songs were mostly written on dried leaves and therefore were very difficult to preserve. Each century has contributed to this vast array, although names of authors are mostly unkown. Surprisingly, most of their work has traveled down the times by word of mouth and by their sheer popularity.

There are many distinct categories of singing styles prevalent in the diverse culture of India (Bharat). Devotional songs in northern part of India fall into several popular categories like Bhajan, Bhent, Mantra (snippets in sanskrit), Shlok (snippets in sanskrit and other popular languages), Kirtan etc. These are not to be confused with the classical Indian singing styles which are bound to discrete disciplines and are well defined. Although a bhajan may be based on a Raag, the relationship between the two is only loosely bound.

In a jagrata (also called jagran), the holy mother is invoked by singing aloud the devotional songs (bhents) and invited to grace the gathering with her presence. It is believed that the mother visits in form of a jot (flame) which is lit before the ceremony.

Please note that we perform a smaller version of the jagrata called a chaunki that normally lasts from 9 pm until midnight. This is because we understand that most of the devotees (bhagats) travel very long distances, sometimes braving a harsh weather, to attend the jagrata and many of them with little children. As per suggestions from a lot of our patrons, the time of 9 pm to midnight was agreed upon to encourage maximum participation from everybody.



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Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
ॐ त्र्यमबकम् यजामहे
सुगन्धिम पुष्टिवर्धनम।
ऊर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्
मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात।।
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Lyrics
Om jai jagdish hare
Aja aja aja maa
Aeo dwara maia da
Ambe tu hai jagdambe
Amrit ki barse badariya
Daya ki moorat
Hai jag se bemisal sakhi
Jina rakhiyan
Kar sher sawari ao ma
Lal chola lai
Lag charni
Maia hai meri shero wali
Meri dati sabte mehar kare

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Philosophy
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