ASA DI VAAR
Asa Di Vaar is a
collection of 24 pauris or stanzas written by Guru Nanak Devji
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib, page 462-475). The founder of Sikhism,
Guru Nanak Dev ji wrote the first 9 together on one occasion and
later wrote 15 more stanzas on a different occasion. These two
parts were then compiled together by the 5th Guru, Guru Arjan
Dev ji in 1604 AD.
When Guru Arjan Dev
ji was compiling the Holy Granth, he added a few Sloks of Guru
Nanak and in some cases Guru Angad Dev ji, the second Guru of
the Sikhs. These Sloks are tied together in a way that they
relate to the same theme as highlighted in the pauri. In its
present form, the Asa Di War contains a few more shabads recited
by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru.
The Asa Di Vaar
kirtan is recited in the early morning hours in a very melodious
way and style as mentioned by Guru Arjan Dev Ji called "Tunde
Asraje Ki Dhuni" after the name of the contemporary brave and
pious king Asraj. One of the hands of the king was amputated, so
he was called Tunda meaning crippled. The deeds and the ode of
this king was sung by the bards in that typical fashion which
then was extremely popular and melodious and was therefore
adopted to performing Asa Di War.
information has been culled from
Lovers of Gurbani visiting this
Website will be pleased to know that we have been able to secure
some Links to Asa Di Vaar sung by some Raagi Sahiban.