20 Deusi Bhailo Tihar Songs That Are Very Popular Among Nepalese


Deusi Bhailo Tihar Song’s 2074 Happy Deepawali Tihar

Facts about Tihar festival

Tihar is one of the most important festivals for Hindus in Nepal. Nepal is a small country between India and China. It has a population of about 23 million, most of whom are Hindu. The festival of Tihar takes place in late autumn and lasts for five days. This festival is also called the festival of lights. It is a time when all the houses light oil lamps, and the city is full of lights and decorations. This festival is about worshipping different animals such as the crow,1 the dog, and the cow. During Tihar, the people also worship their brothers and sisters and the goddess of wealth, Laxmi. On the first day of the festival, people worship cows. Every family cooks a delicious meal in the morning. Before they eat, each member of the family puts some food on a plate of leaves and places it outside for the crows to eat.

People believe crows are the messenger of the Lord of Death. They worship crows to keep sadness away. The second day, people worship dogs. They decorate dogs with garlands of flowers around their necks. They give dogs delicious food and put a red tika(a special powder) on their foreheads. They even do this to stray dogs. It is a day to respect all dogs. They pray for the dogs to guard their homes. Dogs with garlands of flowers can be seen everywhere.The third day is the most significant day of the festival. People worship the cow in the early morning. The cow is the symbol of wealth and is the holiest animal for Hindus. They put tika on the cows’ foreheads and a garland of flowers around their necks. They give the cows nice things to eat. People place the cows’ manure in different parts of their houses. Later, in the evening, they worship the goddess Laxmi. If people please the goddess, she will give them wealth. People clean and decorate their houses. They put oil lamps in every door and window.

A female member of the family performs a special ceremony or puja. She then puts a red mud footprint on the floor entering the home and makes trail to the room where the family worships the goddess. In this room, there are pictures and an icon of the goddess. The things people worship on the fourth day depending on their cultural background. Most people worship the ox. Theyputtikaon the oxen and a garland around their necks. They also give the delicious food. Other people make a small hill out of cow manure, put some grass on it, and perform a special ceremony, or puja, on it. Yet other people worship themselves. The fifth day is the day of brothers and sisters. Sisters wish their brothers long life and prosperity. If you do not have a brother or sister, you can make one of your relatives or friends a brother or a sister.

On this day, sisters perform a puja and apply a special tika on their brothers for their long life and prosperity. Sisters put garlands around the neck of their brothers and offer them special gifts of food. In return, brothers input tika and they put garlands around their necks and give them gifts of clothes and money. This festival finally ends after five days of cooking, decorating, eating, singing, dancing, shopping, relaxing, gift giving and worshipping. There is no doubt that Tihar is the most popular festival in Nepal.

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In Tihar festival, children and teenagers go to various places and sing the bhailo song and dance. They give blessing for the prosperity of house and in return at the end, they get sweets, money, and food. Boys sing deusi and girls sing Bhailo. DeusiBhailo is played from the night of Laxmi puja. It is said that money should be given after Laxmi puja. The origin of Deusibhailo is not known. The song is related with King Bali. According to the Hindu myths, king Bali gave his head to the fifth incarnation of Vishnu, Vamana. Vamana approaches Bali and asked the three paces of land when Baliwas performing the Ashwamedhya yajna.

At that time, Bali was very popular in giving alms to anybody who came to his palace and Bali agreed to fulfill the demand of Vamana and Vamana covered the earth and universe with his two steps and he asked the king where he would place his third step and the king offered his head. Vishnu blessed Bali seeing his devotion and promoted him to Suthala which is the supreme position of Heaven. It is believed that, in the month of Kartik, King Bali offered his head and it is believed that, if person donates something then in return, he will get a blessing from Bali Raja.Deusi- bhailo provides a cultural entertainment in the local area by the groups. The lead person in the group generally wishes some blessings for the happiness and prosperity of owners of the properties where they begin their shows.

In villages, deusi groups use madal, a music instrument while singing songs. Various organized groups take this festival as an opportunity to raise funds for the social welfare.With the team of singers and dancers, they play deusi-bhailo and in one spot, they remain for half an hour. In Terai region, deusi is played only up to the fifth day, Bhai tika but in the hilly region, it is played for 8/9 days. If someone died in the house then, in such house, deusi is not played. In deusi- bhailo program, efforts are done by the group to make the people of the house happy and the people of the house according to their status give the money and foods. If the owner of the house didn’t give anything in return then also the blessings are given with smiley face.

Nowadays, we can see very fewer teams playing deusibhailo in our locality. It is our culture to play deusi-bhailo in the festival of Tihar. We should preserve our culture, not forgetting it to practice.

20 Deusi Bhailo Tihar Songs That Are Very Popular Among Nepalese

Tihar is a festival that is the second greatest festival of all the Nepalese. Nepalese all over the world celebrate this festival with lights and sweets and different festivities. Not only Nepalese, it is actually a festival that is observed by all the Hindus living in different corners of the world. This festival which lasts for a few days is celebrated with a lot of celebrations that are for each day of the tihar. In Nepal it is known as Tihar, whereas it is known as Diwali in India. Indians that are Hindus also celebrate it with a lot of fanfare. But, the concept of DeusiBhailo is one thing that is practiced in Nepal only. Nepalese all over the country, on the days of Tihar go door to door and do dancing and singing that are typical for Tihar. These songs are the ones that have been around for hundreds of years among all the Nepalese. These groups of youngesters or people of any age group go from door to door singing, dancing and having a good time. After this, they are given money and things to eat because of the fun they had.

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There are few typical songs that are sung in the festival of Tihar for Deusi and Bhailo. Bhailo are typically for women and girls whereas Deusi is meant for men. There are different days specific for both these types of songs to be sung during Deepawali. Apart from the traditional songs, even the songs made by the music industry and pop songs or movie songs are also much popular among people in Nepal as Deusi-Bhailo Song. All of those songs are very good and are popular among everyone.  Here in this article, we are going to list 20 of those DeusiBhailo songs which are much popular among Nepalese. These songs have been heard repeatedly year after year for a long time during the festival of Tihar in Nepal.

  1. Tiharai Aayo Lau Jhilimili

If you ask anyone, be it a child or an adult, the first song that comes to the mind is ‘TiharaiAayo Lau Jhilimili’ picturized for the movie Sworga. This song has been around for more than a decade. And still, after all these years, this song is sung every Deepawali by men and women who play DeusiBhailo. Because this song is such a heart touching song, it has been around for all these years. All the little girls from our neighborhood still dance to this song during Tihar and we also did the same in our time. This is the only song we tend to hear time after time every Tihar. Every Bhaili and Deusi group will definitely prepare and dance or sing this song during the Bhaili or Deusi performance.

  1. Deusire Song ‘Bhana Bhana Bhai Ho’

The most popular song during the Tihar is definitely the one which goes ‘AhaiBhanabhanaBhai Ho’. This is not a definite songs but a way of making songs. It is just a phrase which is repeated time and again by adding your own kinds of couplets in between. For those who know how to sing it properly, it can be a very beautiful song. This song not only includes the songs about DeusiBhailo and Tihar but also wishing good for everyone. This is the first and foremost song that every Deusi Group will sing as soon as they start their deusi program. This is a very typical and traditional singing style which has remained unchanged for hundreds of years in Nepal. The way it is sung, it shows how Nepalese are creative when it comes to singing for Tihar. The more creative one is, one can come up with better song following this line of singing. There are many Deusire songs that have been created by different people and are made popular. But rather than following others words, it is always better to make your own as you go. It will be a very fun song that way and everybody will like it even more.

Given here is one of the examples of this type of singing.

  1. Tihar Song By Axata

In the recent times, if there is one song which has been much popular among Deusi and Bhailo goers, it is the song titled ‘Tihar Song’ sung by Axata. It is a modern rendition to the age old song of Tihar from Nepal. This popular song is traditional in its core but the way it has been sung with the modern singing style and musical instruments, it gives a beautiful vibe to the whole song. Nowadays, this song has become a replacement for the traditional old style singing of the song. Every youngesters who go for Deusi or Bhailo like to sing this song.  The modern style of the song is very popular among teenagers and the young adults. It is a creative and beautiful take on the age old song which should be appreciated for its creativity.

  1. Jhilimili yo Sanjh deepawali ko

Another exclusively Tihar song is ‘JhilimiliYoSanjhDeepwaliko’ which has been sung by AnjuPanta. This is a beautifully sung and created song which has also been included in a movie. It is comparatively a new song which has been created only a few years back, but the classical feel of this song makes this song a very good song for Deepawali. BEautifuuly sung by AnjuPanta, the song talks about how this festival is about the bond of brother and sisters and also the traditional way in which we should celebrate it. The video is also very touching. Danced by Mithila Sharma, this song creates a good sentiment among Nepalese for this festival. The beauty of this song lies in its good words, beautiful choreography, heart touching composition and the touch of tradition that has been included into it. Here is the song for you:

  1. Diyo Bali Sanjha Ko

A song that has been around for years and is still sounding fresh is the song ‘Diyo Bali SanjhaKo’. This song has been around for more than a decade. It is a beautiful song which talks about the beauty of the festival tihar and the rituals associated with it, like lighting the ‘diyo’, putting on lights and all the offerrings to the God. It is more like a song talking about the Goddess Laxmi who is the God that we rever to during this festival of Tihar. Beautiful picturisation, heart touching words and soothing singing by AshaBhosle has made this song a very beautiful song. This is a song from an old Nepali movie. This beautiful song has been one of the best songs that have been around in Nepali celebration of Tihar. Here is the song for you:

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Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a Writer of 12 Nepali Books, Director of Maithili films, Founder of Radio Stations, Designer of Websites and Editor of Some Nepali Blogs.

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