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Vaaheguroo jee ka khalsa, Vaaheguroo jee kee fateh

In the words of Sri Guru Arjan, the love of the lord is the true manifestation of Basant or spring. In the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, our Gurus have often used metaphors, drawn from nature to explain the human condition. Of the 31 Ragas in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, two Ragas in particular – Basant and Malhar, associated with the changing seasons, are used to express these metaphors.

The references to Basant for instance, are usually about the flowering of the soul; the message is always conveyed with dazzling beauty :

Rut aayeelai saras basant mah

The season of spring, so delightful, has come.

rung ratai ruvoh is teyrai chae

Those imbued with love for You, chant Your Name with joy.

kis pooj charavo lugo payee

Whom else should I worship? At whose feet should I bow? ||1||

One of the enduring traditions in the world of Gurmat Sangeet is the singing of Raga Basant and associated Ragas such as Hindol, Basant Hindol, Bahar, Basant Bahar from the Sangrand of Magh to Hola Mohalla. During this period every Kirtaniya is enjoined to sing Bani in Raga Basant from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib in these Ragas. It is also customary to sing the paudis of Basant Ki Var during this period. This tradition is faithfully followed at Sri Harmandir Sahib even today.

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