Raga Mangal Bhairav

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Raga Mangal Bhairav

Raga Mangal Bhairav is a part of Bhairav Family. Raga Gunakree (Gunakali - Bhairav Thata) employs S,r,M,P and d and is a very melodious raga. Raga Mangal Bhairav in its base form is pentatonic; however, Komal Dhaivat d is replaced by Shuddha Dhaivat D. The raga therefore, can be considered as a Jodraga of Bhairav and Durga. Although Komal Dhaivat is replaced by Shuddha Dhaivat, the prominent presence of Komal Rishabh shows its close relation with Bhairav Anga. A mention of the raga Mangal Bhairav is not found in Pandit Bhatkhande’s books; hence the raga appears to be of recent origin. 

Two other variants of the Raga are also found - one employing Shuddha Nishad N in Aroha and Shudha Gandhar G in Avaroha (Type II); and the other using Shuddha Gandhar  G in Aroha and Avaroha (Type III). Audios of all the three types are included in the web site. Prof. B Subbarao documents another variant belonging to Melakarta No. 5 Manavati employing S,r,R,M,P,D and N as raga Manoranjini.


   Raga structure of Mangal Bhairav

Thaat : Bhairav 

Aroh : S - r - m - P - D - S'

Avroh : S' - D - P - m - (G)r, S - r - G - r - S, (S)'D - 'D - S

Pakad : m - P - D - P, m - (G)r, S - r - S, (S)'D - 'D - S

Time : First prahar of the Day (6AM to 9AM)

Alternate names : Durga Bhairav, Durgakali and Manoranjini. 

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