Help & General Info
Offline Access of Kirtans: You can store kirtans for offline access by clicking on icon. Once stored, you can retrieve the kirtan text even when not connected to the Internet as long as you haven't closed this page.
Favorites: Need to add several kirtans to your favorits list? Click on icon to add your favorites. Adding kirtans to your favorites list does not store the words locally. To store kirtans for offline retrieval, use the "Offline Access" icon .
Presentation mode. Click on the icon to view the kirtan in presentation so that it can be broadcast on screen in sabha. You can easily switch back to the kirtan selection mode by clicking on the icon.
Complete sets. The kirtan selection menu now includes "Complete Sets", which include Arti, Chesta, Godi, Dhoon, and, Oradana Pado. This allows you to sing along the complete arti, chesta, etc. without having to click on the next item.
Finding and Selecting Kirtans
The selection menu is both intuitive and comprehensive. You can find kirtans based on their alphabetical listing, by category, by writer, artist or the publication media.
Moreover, you'll be able to search the kirtan text (title and body including). Search queries must be in Unicode Gujarati or English.
Get started with finding your kirtan using the selection menu on the left for desktop version or bottom for mobile version.
Alternatively, you can enter the part and kirtan number in the "Go To" box , then click "Go" to quickly view your kirtan. Enter the part and number as "X YYY" or "X-YYY". For example, "1 34" or "1-545".
Language and Font
This site has 3 options for selecting and displaying kirtan selection text (on left) and kirtan text: Unicode Gujarati, English transliteration, and Harikrishna Gujarati.
- Unicode Gujarati - the text of all kirtans was typed in Unicode Gujarati, which is viewable in most popular operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux distributions. If you cannot view the Unicode Gujarati text, see All about Gujarati Typing for information on how to install Gujarati language support.
- English transliteration, as from the BAPS published English Kirtan Muktavali where available.
- Harikrishna Gujarati - this text is in non-Unicode format using the popular Harikrishna font. Although I'm not in favor of non-Unicode text as Unicode is superior, I've include this text using my Unicode to non-Unicode conversion tool. This option is best suited for mobile devices that do not support Unicode Gujarati yet.
This site is best viewed with Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or higher, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Opera. The site works with IE 7 and 8 but will lack design elements that are seen with IE 9.
The site is also compatible with mobile browsers such as Safari on the iPhone, stock browser on Android, mobile Firefox, mobile Google Chrome and Dolphin Browser.
Google Android finally supports Gujarati Unicode starting with version 4.0 (Icecream Sandwich). However, the Gujarati font is not included. This site uses an embedded font to display Unicode Gujarati.
Bookmarking kirtans for later retrieval has been made easy. To do so, find the kirtan you are searching for, then click on the bookmark icon . The URL will change to http://www.anirdesh.com/kirtan/index.php?part=X&no=Y, where X is the Kirtan Muktavali Part and Y is the kirtan number. This page can be bookmarked. You can conveniently and directly show any kirtan by using this format if you know the kirtan number.
If a kirtan has been sung and published in a cassette or CD by BAPS, then this information is included for the kirtan. If I'm missing information, please feel free to contact me so I can update my database.