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Hinduism - What Is A Kirtan In Hindu Worship?


 (“repeating”) Short lyrics, generally multiple interpretations of the holy name, are sung or chanted as a kind of devotional singing or chanting.

This is often done in a call-and-response format, in which the leader sings one line and the audience repeats it.

The chanting of the holy name is the main focus of this ritual.

The Name is said to carry divine power as the distinguishing mark of divinity, benefitting both those who hear and those who pronounce it.

Kirtan is particularly popular among worshippers of the deity Vishnu (bhakta), who have historically placed a higher emphasis on the ology of the Name.

Kirtan is a popular pastime at congregational meetings known as satsang, which means "company of nice people," and is said to offer spiritual benefits for those who participate. 


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Hinduism - What Is A Katha Or Kathas?


 (“conversation”) Recitation and explication of a religious text are the foundations of this kind of public religious presentation.

The Ramcharitmanas, a rendition of the epic Ramayana penned by the poet saint Tulsidas, are most often linked with Katha, although it may also be used to explain other holy works.

Kathas may be presented in a variety of ways: the speaker can go through huge sections of the text, provide comprehensive analysis and commentary on a tiny segment of the text, choose passages from the text to exemplify a certain subject, or provide a wholly spontaneous and free-floating explanation.

Attending such concerts is not only aesthetically pleasant for listeners, but it is also seen as a type of satsang or religious fellowship.

These meetings were (and continue to be) one of the most important methods for illiterate people to remember huge portions of these core books.

For further detail, check Philip Lutgendorf's 1991 book The Life of a Text. 


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