A jagran in honour of a Devi, a Hindu goddess.

Jagarana (Sanskrit: जागरण, romanizedJāgaraṇa),[1] also rendered Jagran, Jagarata (Sanskrit: जगराता, romanizedJagarātā), and Jaga is a Hindu ritual, mainly practised in North India. It comprises the performance of all-night vigils,[2] as well as puja, songs, and dances for the veneration of a deity. A jagarana is generally performed for the veneration of Hindu goddesses, major deities such as Shiva and Krishna,[3] as well as various folk deities like Khandoba[4] and Devnarayan.[5] Devotees worship the deity throughout the night by singing bhajans, performing arati, and listening to legends of the deity.[6]


  1. ^ Williams, Monier (1883). Religious Thoughts and Life in India: An Account of the Religions of the Indian Peoples, based on a Life's Study of their Literature and on Personal Investigations in their own Country, Part I.- Vedism, Brahmanism and Hinduism. John Murray (London). p. 426.
  2. ^ Pintchman, Tracy (25 August 2005). Guests at God's Wedding: Celebrating Kartik among the Women of Benares. SUNY Press. p. 24. ISBN 978-0-7914-6595-0.
  3. ^ Bryant, Edwin F. (18 June 2007). Krishna: A Sourcebook. Oxford University Press. p. 538. ISBN 978-0-19-028756-6.
  4. ^ Richard Keith Barz; Monika Thiel-Horstmann (1989). Living Texts from India. Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. pp. 46–. ISBN 978-3-447-02967-4.
  5. ^ Peter J. Claus; Sarah Diamond; Margaret Ann Mills (2003). South Asian Folklore: An Encyclopedia : Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. Taylor & Francis. pp. 146–. ISBN 978-0-415-93919-5.
  6. ^ Scott, Jamie S. (15 March 2012). The Religions of Canadians. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-1-4426-0518-3.