|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
Naradiya Kirtan Paddhati
Generally our Haridas, while performing the Kirtan, wear a Gala and full dress. They put on a head-dress either a Pheta or a turban, a long flowing coat with a shirt inside, an Uparani (short Dhotar) on the shoulders and the usual long Dhotar from the waist below. After dressing himself in this fashion for some Kirtan in the Shirdi village, Das Ganu once went to Baba for prostrating before Him. Baba asked him, “Well, bridegroom! Where are you going dressed so beautifully like this?” “For doing a Kirtan”, came the reply.
Then Baba said, “Why do you want all this paraphemalia-coat, Uparani and Pheta etc, lay off all that before Me, why wear them on the body?” Das Ganu immediately took them off and placed them at the Baba’s Feet. Thenceforth Das Ganu never wore these things, while doing the Kirtan. He was always bare from waist upwards, a pair of ‘Chiplis’ was in his hand and a garland round his neck. This is not in consonance with the practice generally followed by all the Haridas, but this is the best and the purest method.
The sage Narada from whom the Kirtan Paddhati originated, wore nothing on his torso and head. He carried a ‘Veena’ in his hand and wandered from place to place, singing the glory of the Lord.
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITA (Chapter XV)
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