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Nagar Tana Riri

Tana – Riri the legendary Sisters for Indian classic singers of Vadnagar. Vadnagar means Nagar and Nagar means Vadnagar. “Vad” “Nagar”. Nagar means the branches of Narsinh Mehta’s cast. He is the nearer and dearer of Lord Krishna, and Hatkeshwar Mahadeva. The Vadnagar gave birth to Nagar and its culture. All Nagars are from Vadnagar and located to the Surastra, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. From this area many more are migrated to India and World. They are at the top position on management side. Nagar, “Nag” “Gar” “Nar” “Rag” “Gan” “Aag” all are important / key in its own way.

Vadnagar gave birth to Tana Riri two girls heritage of or say granddaughter of Narsinh Mehta the great saint in India is considered to be Sansari Sadhu. Narsinh Mehta was the legend in bhajan and Bhakti. The same roots were with Tana Riri, were the branches of Narsinh Mehta. Although Narsinh Mehta spend much of the time at Junaghad are of Saurashtra as Junaghad is the very important place from the point of religion.

Tana Riri became great devotees in Indian history, were born around 1554, who sacrificed for their family, cast, nagar, culture, and Vadnagar. The king Akbar gave Farman to both the sisters to sing in his court, the Malhar Rag. But as Nagar, they both had taken Vow to sing before the village deity’s idol only, as such, there was no alternate for them. On another side, the Akbar army chief came to Vadnagar, to take away the Tana Riri forcibly. To escape from this situation, they both committed suicide by jumping into the well.

When King Akbar came to know this great sacrifice, he became very unhappy- shad, he apologized to the father of Tana Riri and Tansen, the singer of his court, asked to fabricate new Rag to honor the sacrifice of Tana Riri. Tansen set a new rag for King, and the same has been named and declared in history, as Tana – Riri rag.

Thus, Nagars are very firm for their words, statements, principle, culture, Vow, and ethic. For ethic, principle, code, culture, some of the Nagars, they became or call as Nagar Bandhan Hara or Nagar Bandhara.

Nagars are basically Brahmin and wearing Janoi, but one group of Nagar, is not wearing Janoi, because, they had not fulfilled the demand of king in Yagya, against this, they were required to remove Janoi. As such they were called as Nagar Bandhan Hara. Later on the word was pronounced as Nagar Bandhara or Bandhara.

This is, just for information and high lights, never to be considered as historical evidence. Even than, if any body is interested should refer the history of Vadnagar, and its cultural, and religious development during the ancient age.