|Bhajans: Way of Worship|
The Sanskrit word for worship is bhakti ; one who worships is a bhakta ; and one way of worship is to sing bhajans, i.e. devotional songs.
Traditional religious ceremonies in India are highly structured; elaborate and expensive rituals are conducted by a priest in Sanskrit. In contrast, bhajan sessions eliminate the priest; the singer addresses the Almighty himself in simple vernacular to rudimentary music of cymbals, tabla, and harmonium.