Who is Bhakta Salabega
The Oriya Bhajan "Aahe Nila Shaila" written by Salabega and composed by Bhikari Bala is the most beautiful Oriya Bhajan till date.
Salabega was an Oriya religious poet of 17th century. He was a Muslim by caste but a true devotee of Lord Jagannath. He was born to Lalbega, an officer in Mughal Empire and a close friend of the King Jahangir. Because of his Muslim origin, he was refused to enter into the famous Jagannath temple. The folk story goes like this, when he has been restricted to enter into the temple, he went towards North India. After, one year on his way back to Puri, he fell ill. So, he prayed to the Lord Jagannath, to wait till he reaches at Puri. That year, on the chariot festival, the Lord jagannath's chariot Nandighosh did not move till Salabega arrived at Puri.
Lyrics of Aahe Nila Shaila
Here is the lyrics of Aahe Nila Shaila; the famous Oriya Bhajan.
Aahe Nila Shaila; Prabal matta Varan
mo aarata nalinee bana ku kara dalana!
Gajaraja chinta kala thai ghora jalena,
Chakra peshi nakra nashi, uddhrile aapana!
Ghorabane mrugini ku padithila kashana,
Kede bada beepatti ru kariaccha tarana.
Kurusabha tale suni Draupadi ra janana,
Koti bastra dei hele lajja kala barana!
Ravana ra bhai Bivishana gala saran,
Saran sambhali tanku, Lanke kala raajana.
Prahlada pita se je bada dushta daruna,
Stambha ru bahari taku bidarila takhana.
Kahe Salabega hina jaati re me jabana,
Sriranga charan tale karuachhi janana.
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