Om Jai Jagdish Hare
is a Hindu bhajan (devotional song), composed in or near the 1870s by Pandit Shardha Ram Phillauri
. Even though it is in Hindi
, it is universally used by Hindus
around the world speaking any of the numerous Indian languages
, or belonging to any one of many sects.
It may have been inspired by the Dashavatara (दशावतार कीर्ति धवलम्) section of Gita Govinda
, a lyrical composition of 12th century, which has the same refrain:
प्रलयपयोधिजले धृतवानसि वेदम् ॥ <br>विहितवहित्रचरित्रमखेदम्॥<br>केशवाधृतमीनशरीर जयजगदीशहरे॥
The prayer is sung by the entire congregation at the time of Aarti
, worship of the deity using a festal lamp.()
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 some temples, "Prabhu" is sung instead of "Swami".
- Om: a bijakshara
- Jagdish: Lord of the universe
- Jay: glory, victory
- Hare: O! Hari (may imply either saguna Vishnu/Krishna or nirguna lord implied in a later verse)
- Thakur: an archaic term for......