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Herana: A Traditional Nepali Christmas Song /

Herana हेरन

Khristiya Bhajan no. 35
ख्रीष्टीय भजन न. ३५
Arrangement by Aradhna

हेरन आकाशमा ताराको उज्यालो
नवजात प्रभुको दर्शन गर्न नगर बियाँलो (२)

ईश्वरको वचन पूरो गर्नलाई आए प्रभु जगमा (२)
मानवको सबै दुःख बुझ्नलाई पस्रिए डुंडैमा
(गोठालाहरू छक्क परे जब) देखे स्वर्गदूतलाई
ढाडस पाई रमाइ गए खबर दिनलाई (२)

तारालाई आफ्नो लक्ष बनाइ बढे ज्योतिषीगण (२)
भेटी चढाए दर्शन पाई गराए आनन्दित मन
(पापी जनको तारणहार) मानिसको रूपमा
ख्याल नराखी डाँडा-काँडा बढौँ सबै प्रभुमा (२)


Transliteration

herana aakaashmaa taaraako ujyaalo
nawjaat prabhuko darshan garna nagara biyaañlo

ishwarko bachan puro garnalaai aae prabhu jagmaa
maanawko sabai duukha bujhnalaai pasrie DuñDaimaa
goThaalaaharu chhakka pare jaba dekhe swargadutlaai
DhaaRas paai ramaai gae khabar dinalai

taaraalaai aaphno laksha banaai baRhe jyotishigaN
bheTi chaRhaae darshan paai garaae aanandit man
paapi janko taaraNahaar maanisko rupmaa
khyaal naraakhi DhaañRaa-kaaRaa baRhauñ sabai prabhumaa


Translation

Look at the brightness of the star in the sky
Don’t delay to appear before the newborn Lord

The Lord came to the world to fulfill the word of God
He laid humbly in a manger to understand man’s sorrows
Shepherds were amazed when they saw the angels
They were encouraged and happily went to share the news

A band of astrologers made their own way to the star
Obtaining an audience, offering presents, their hearts were filled with joy
Rescuer of sinful man, in the form of a man
Taking no thought of the ridicule, the journey, let’s all grow in the Lord


Key G, Time 3/4

G   D   G Em    C  G
हेरन आकाशमा ताराको उज्यालो
G     Am  C   Em G   D  G
नवजात प्रभुको दर्शन गर्न नगर बियाँलो (2)

G     D   Am  C   Em  D    G
ईश्वरको वचन पूरो गर्नलाई आए प्रभु जगमा (2)
G     Am C    Em       D G
मानवको सबै दुःख बुझ्नलाई पस्रिए डुंडैमा
Em    D G          C     D G
(गोठालाहरू छक्क परे जब) देखे स्वर्गदूतलाई
D       Am  C  Em  D G
ढाडस पाई रमाइ गए खबर दिनलाई (2)

G     D    Am   C Em  D    G
तारालाई आफ्नो लक्ष बनाइ बढे ज्योतिषीगण (2)
G    Am C  Em         D  G
भेटी चढाए दर्शन पाई गराए आनन्दित मन
Em      D G      C     D  G
(पापी जनको तारणहार) मानिसको रूपमा
D        Am  C   Em  D   G
ख्याल नराखी डाँडा-काँडा बढौँ सबै प्रभुमा (2)
Himalchuli: Aradhna’s Nepali Compilation /

Aradhna compiled an album of Nepali songs, Himalchuli: Spiritual Songs from Nepal (2009). Aradna’s lead singer and musician, Chris Hale, grew up in Nepal and studied sitar in India. The songs are folk songs and “bhajans” (devotional hymns), a fusion of east and west, sitar and guitar, tabla and drum kit.

Many of the songs are Nepali folk hymns arranged by Aradhna. The style and message fit a Hindu context but have been appreciated by Nepali and Western audiences wherever I’ve sung them with guitar.

The CD can be ordered at www.aradhnamusic.com. Aradhna makes the album available for free to those working with Bhutanese refugees. You can also compile the individual tracks from other albums. I listed the songs below with their original albums. Some of the songs are attributed to Olio, the band Hale formed before Aradhna. You can find song lyrics and loose translations listed with the original albums on Aradhna’s discography page.

  1. “Prabhu Ji,” Aparampar by Olio
  2. “Na Socha,” Deep Jalé by Aradhna
  3. “Himalchuli,” Aparampar by Olio
  4. “Khola Khola Dhoka,” Aparampar by Olio
  5. “Ishwarle,” Marga Darshan by Aradhna
  6. “Aayo Hai Aayo,” Amrit Vani by Aradhna
  7. “Lo Suna Saathi,” Marga Darshan by Aradhna
  8. “Surulurulu,” Aparampar by Olio
  9. “Prabhu Ko Darshan,” Marga Darshan by Aradhna
  10. “Ishwarle (Live),” Satsang by Aradhna

Aradhna also recorded a traditional Nepali Christmas song, “Herana,” on a later album, Namaste Saté (2011).