India | Rajasthan


Ratijagas are night long sessions of devotional songs recital. This form of congregational prayer is prevalent in parts of Rajasthan. It is a major attraction for the lovers of folk songs.

The songs sung during the Ratijagas mostly belong to the saint-poets of the medieval period. These recitals, sung during any religious event, are a thanksgiving to the local deity. The songs are also sung during the planting and harvesting season. They contain the people’s hope for a good harvest, for which the local deities are invoked. These songs, along with providing spiritual solace for the devotees, are also a means of entertainment.


Updated on 7th June, 2005


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