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Bhajans are simple songs sung in the praise of God. Complex spiritual truths are portrayed in the simple language of the farmers, merchants and other common people of the time.
Bhajan is an important part of a Hindu revivalist movement which swept through India during the mogul period: the Bhakti movement. The crux of the movement was simple, spiritual salvation was attainable to anyone who had a pure and selfness love of God. This was a spiritual empowerment of the masses.
Bhajan is difficult to describe musically because it is not defined by any musical characteristics, it is defined by a sense of devotion (bhakti).
The pietic content of the bhajan also covers abroad spectrum. The more traditional ones by great saint musicians such as Mira, Surdas or Kabirdas are considered to be of the highest literary quality.