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Happy Diwali...Om Jai Jagdish Hare...By Leena

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Om Jai Jagdish Hare is a Hindu bhajan (devotional song), composed in or near the 1870s byPandit Shardha Ram Phillauri in Punjab, India. Although a Hindi language composition, it is widely sung by many Hindus within the Indian Diaspora, regardless of their mother tongues. It may have been inspired by the Dashavatara (दशावतार कीर्ति धवलम्) section of Gita Govinda ofJayadeva, a lyrical composition of 12th century, which has the same refrain The prayer is sung by the entire congregation at the time of Aarti, worship of the deity using a festal lamp.(video search) There are also variants of the song, using the same tune and structure, but with focus on different deities. These include Om Jai Lakshmi Mata, Om Jai Shiva Omkara and Om Jai Shiva Shakti Hare. In 1952 movie Anand Math, the Govinda damodar Stotram [2] of Sri BilvaMangala Thakura is adapted with the Jai Jagdish Hare refrain.(video search) In Purab Aur Paschim (1970), the prayer symbolizes the continiuity of the Indian tradition before and after India's independence.(video search) The prayer inspired the movie "Om Jai Jagadish" in 2002. Wishing all my family, friends and fans a Very Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak and thought of this devotional song on this beautiful occassion.