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Vaishnava jana to is one of the most popular Hindu Bhajans, written in the 15th century by the poet Narsinh Mehta. It is in the Gujarati language. The bhajan was included in Mahatma Gandhi’s daily prayer. The bhajan speaks about the life, ideals and mentality of a Vaishnav Jana (a follower of Vishnu or Krishna).
Lyrics of the bhajan:
વૈષ્ણવ જન તો તેને કહિયે જે પીડ પરાયી જાણે રે
वैष्णव जन तो तेने कहिये जे पीड परायी जाणे रे।
Vaishnav (devotees of Vishnu) people are those who,
- This bhajan has inspired many people, and was one of the favourite bhajans of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi also known as Mahatma Gandhi.
- In 1999, this song has been rendered in a single album by top artistes such as classical vocalists, Gangubai Hangal and Pandit Jasraj and pop star Remo Fernandes and also including, Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Narayan on the sarangi, flute maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia and santoor exponent Shivkumar Sharma played an instrumental rendition of this song.
- Along with Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram, Vaishnava jana to is also sung regularly by Delhi's best known western classical choral groups — The Capital City Minstrels at its annual Peace Concerts coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti.
- Carnatic guitarist Baiju Dharmajan created an instrumental guitar version of the prayer in 2013
- "Gandhi's Favourite Hymns".
- "Album on Gandhi’s hymn". Tribune. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
- Nalini Natarajan; Emmanuel Sampath Nelson (1996). Handbook of Twentieth-Century Literatures of India. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 100–. ISBN 978-0-313-28778-7. Retrieved 10 October 2012.