10 Popular Ram Bhajans For Your Diwali Playlist

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Ram Bhajans - Playlist for Diwali
Ram Bhajans – Playlist for Diwali, Image Source – Shutterstock

Diwali is the biggest festival of India. Diwali means shopping for new clothes, new gadgets, for the trading community it means the new year and of course it is the beginning of winter season when you can eat a lot of Mithai. However, what we are celebrating primarily is the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after killing Ravana in Sri Lanka.

It is said that in Kaliyug – the 4th era of Hindu Calendar, taking the name of ‘Ram’ would be enough to take care of you. Ram Naam or Ram Dhun is a part of Indian ethos.

Ram Bhajans

This Diwali compiling some of the popular Ram Bhajans for you:

Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram – Most Popular of Ram Bhajans

Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram is a Ram Dhun that has been partially taken from a text called – Nama Ramayana. Nama Ramayana is the concise 108 Shlok Ramayana. So instead of reading the 24,000 verses of Valmiki Ramayana, this is something that you can chant every day.

This Ram Bhajan gained popularity when Gandhi Ji adopted it for the freedom struggle. He changed the original lyrics for the freedom movement. Here are the original and Gandhi Ji’s lyrics for you:

Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram - Ram Bhajan for Diwali
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram – Ram Bhajan for Diwali

Now, my favorite rendition of this Bhajan is this instrumental version of Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram on Shehnai by Ustad Bismillah Khan.

Other brilliant renditions are by Pt D V Paluskar,  Hari Om Sharan, and M S Subbulakshmi with a lovely Ram Dhun at the end.

Sri Ram Chandra Kripalu Bhajman by Goswami Tulsi Das

Shri Ram Chandra Kripalu Bhajman is a Sanskrit Ram Bhajan by Goswami Tulsidas. It has been sung by almost all singers. I chose this version sung by a young Sooryagayathri – it is a delight to see this kid sing the Sanskrit Ram Bhajan so well.

For the more popular and mature versions listen to MS Subbulakshmi sing it so effortlessly in Raag Sindhu Bhairavi. This rendition by Rajan Mishra & Sajan Mishra in Raag Yaman Kalyan is another popular version.

If you want to sing along here are the lyrics of Shri Ram Chandra Kripalu Bhaj Man… it is all about the Mahatmaya of Shri Ram.

Ram Bhajan - Shri Ram Chandra Kripalu Bhajman Lyrics
Ram Bhajan – Shri Ram Chandra Kripalu Bhajman Lyrics

Thumak Chalat Ram Chandra by Goswami Tulsi Das

In the Ram Bhajan ‘Thumak Chalat Ram Bhajan’ Goswami Tulsi Das describes a baby or Bal Rama. He describes him as a toddler, who falls in an attempt to walk and how the queens of Dasrath indulge him by sweet talk. Eventually, Tulsidas says looking at this Chhavi or the image of Bal Rama – you also become like him.

This is also a popular Ram Bhajan sung by many popular singers. My favorite rendition is by Purshottam Das Jalota.

Here listen to his son Anup Jalota reciting it and explaining the eternal poetry of Goswami Tulsi Das.

Hear the instrumental version on Flute by Pt Ronu Mazumdar.

Thumak Chalat Ram Chandra lyrics to sing along:

Thumak Chalat Ram Chandra - Lyrics
Thumak Chalat Ram Chandra – Lyrics

The rendition by Lata Mangeshkar brings out the Vatsalya Rasa of this Ram Bhajan that is about the love between the child and the mother. A classic rendition is by Pt D V Paluskar.

Paayo ji Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Paayo – Ram Bhajan by Mira Bai

In the era of Bhakti, we know Mira Bai to be a devotee. In this Bhajan though she describes the joy of finding Ram whom she called the treasure. It is a treasure that no one can take away and that grows every day.

Listen to this soulful rendition by Pt D V Paluskar

Here is the Lata Mangeshkar version and the instrumental on Flute by Pt Ronu Majumdar

Paayo ji Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Paayo Lyrics for Singing Along

Mira Bai's - Paayo ji Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Paayo - Ram Bhajan
Mira Bai’s – Paayo ji Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Paayo – Ram Bhajan

Ram Simar Ram – A Shabd by Guru Nanak

Guru Granth Sahib talks a lot about Ram Naam. Here is a Nanak Shabd – sung soulfully by Jagjit Singh

I was surprised to see that this has been sung by MS Subbulakshmi as well.

Jab Janaki Nath Sahay Kare by Goswami Tulsi Das

This is another beautiful Ram Bhajan by Goswami Tulsi Das where he tells that when Lord Ram or Janaki’s Nath is there to protect you – who can harm you. He takes you through all the bad elements – be it the notorious stars like Rahu & Ketu or the bad characters like Dusashan, he will protect you from them.

I choose a rendition by Pt Chhanulal Mishra for you

To sing along, here are the lyrics for you:

Jab Janaki Nath Sahay Kare - Ram BHajan by Goswami Tulsi Das
Jab Janaki Nath Sahay Kare – Ram BHajan by Goswami Tulsi Das

Other Notable renditions are by stalwarts Pt D V Paluskar and Pt Ajoy Chakravarty. I also enjoyed listening to Ruchira Kedar, and Pt Ronu Majumdar‘s flute version.

Ram Rang Rangile Man –  A Marathi Ram Bhajan

I discovered this in my better half’s collection of Pt Bhimsen Joshi Bhajans. It is a very small bhajan that tells you to soak yourself in the Ram Rang, in Atma Rang & in Vishwa Rang. My interpretation of Ram Rang Rangile Man is that the poet is telling us to soak in Ram Rasa at all levels of existence – be it worldly or at an emotional level.

Hear the Maestro sing it in Raag Mishra Pahadi:

Shri Ram Kahe Samjhayi

This Ram Bhajan is a scene after Lord Ram is given exile by his father making his younger brother Lakshman angry. In this bhajan, he is telling Lakshman that he has accepted his father’s command. He does not blame Kaikayee for this as all this is driven by destiny and not doing of a person. I am not saddened and you should not be either. The Bhajan tells us to accept the destiny and be not impacted by it.

Hear Pt Bhimsen Joshi sing this in Raag Jaunpuri:

Sree Ramam Charanam Samasta Jagataam – Ram Stuti

This Ram Sturi simply says the whole world lies at the feet of Lord Rama – it is soaked in Bhakti Rasa. Sung by Pt Jasraj

Ranjeeti Ram Rau Aaye

This is one of the few Ram Bhajans that is truly meant for Diwali. It celebrates the homecoming of Ram after he wins the battle.

Hear the Gundecha brothers sing it in Dhrupad tradition

Dear Aditya Sengupta, a big thank you for compiling this list of Ram Bhajans for IndiTales. It was a great journey to compile this post as I heard versions and versions of these Ram Bhajans. I soaked in the world of Ram and Ram Bhakti. It seems for the first time I am having a musical Bhakti Ras soaked musical Diwali.

If your favorite Ram Bhajans are not on this list, please share them in the comments below.

May this Diwali lighten up your lives with Happiness, Joy, and Prosperity!

6 COMMENTS

  1. I am sure the song most sound great when the words a sung aloud. For me diwali is still something exotic but from all Indian festivals it’s the one I like the most simply because it reminds me a bit of Christmas. I am not religious but I do like the candle light ambiance and the feeling you get by enjoying some time with family and friends.

    • I curated this post because music is an often forgotten part of the festivals these days. It used to be an integral part of the festivals. Music brings out the essence of te festivals and reconnects us with our roots.

  2. Beautiful compilation of Ram bhajans. Timely post on the occasion of Diwali. Jab janaki nath sahay karen is my personal favorite I am sharing this post on Facebook so that my friends can enjoy these songs as well.

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