Deusi Bhailo, Tihar is also a musical festival. There is a tradition of dancing at this time. And, interestingly, the festival has its own unique song. The skill of presenting it is also of its own kind.
Even more so on the day of Gaitihar, women go from house to house chanting ‘Bhalini Ain Aangan’ in unison. Listening to this song gives us a glimpse of the festival and thrills the mind.
How did the practice of Deusi Bhailo started?
In fact, ‘Deusire’ is believed to have come from Dev Shri Ram. The people of Ayodhya lit candles to celebrate the arrival of their king. That black night, the light of the lamp shone on the earth. At that time, people were walking around the house, toll plaza calling the name of Lord Rama. It is said that this practice has now developed into Deusire.
Here is another story.
There was a king called Bali. He was very generous. He used to eat only by donating every day. This work of his virtue gained great fame. His glory began to shake the heavens.
Then the gods went to Lord Vishnu to suppress the sacrifice. Vishnu disguised himself as a dwarf (Brahmin) to deceive the victim. And, begged for a donation of three feet of land. Read more
Bali thought, ‘This Brahmin is small and his legs are also small. He asked for a small plot of land. ‘He decided to donate. Soon the dwarf’s face became huge. One foot covered the whole earth. The other foot fell to the sky and the third foot fell to the abyss. He finally prayed to Vishnu that once a year, during the festival, the earth could be rotated.
Acknowledging this, Vishnu allowed Bali to travel around the earth once a year. Therefore, the same sacrifice is performed on the day of Tihar with the religious belief of lighting a lamp and playing deusi bhalo.
The gods did not come to sacrifice the king. They say that the sacrifice has come according to the king’s order.