Gurudev Shri Mukund Hari Ji Maharaj
For Shri Vinod Agarwal, "Naam Sankirtan" or "Bhajan Gayan" is not just singing or doing 'Kirtan', rather it is an intense meditation of merging with the melodies of Shri Gurudev.
It is an attempt to keep the holy stream of 'Shri Harinaam Sankirtan' flowing. His singing is a holy tribute to the sacred memory of his Gurudev.
Undoubtedly, Shri Vinod Agarwal's voice and style of singing is different and divine. It goes deep from ears to heart and from heart to soul. This has been gifted to him by his Satguru in 'initiation'.
Hence, to understand sweetness of voice and uniqueness of style of Shri Vinod Agarwal Ji, we shall have to know about his Gurudev Swami Mukund Hari Ji Maharaj and take a dip in holy stream of his Sankirtan.
In the world of Shri Harinam Sankirtan, Shri 1008 Swami Mukand Hari Ji Maharaj is famous as 'Rasikan Ke Pran' and 'Sankirtan Samrat'. His divine and melodious voice touched the souls of millions.
Physically, Shri Mukund Hari ji was born on 11th May 1914 at Rama Mandi village of Bathinda Distt.(Punjab). His parents Pt. Piyare Lal and Smt. Narayani Devi named him 'Rajinder'.
From the early childhood, he had shown keen interest in music and singing. He used to lead school’s daily prayers. Headmaster of school was so impressed with his sweet voice that he pre-fixed 'Koyal' (Cuckoo) with his name and thus Rajinder became famous as 'Rajinder Kokil'.
Shri Vinod Agarwal
In 1962, at the age of 7 years he came to Mumbai when his parents migrated from Delhi. His parents were believers of lord Krishna.
At the age of 12 years he learned to play Harmonium. He is studied upto Higher Secondary. He has been interested in God & Bhajans since a very young age.
He got married at the age of 20 years to Smt. Kusum Lata Agarwal from Delhi and has two children; son Jatin and daughter Shikha. Both the children are now married. He has received a lot of unconditional support from his wife, who is also religious and often accompanies him for his programs.
Since 1978 he has been conducting Hari Naam Sankirtan every Sunday morning at his elder brother's office. In 1979 he took Diksha from his Guru, Late Shri Mukund Hari Ji Maharaj of Bhatinda, Punjab. He was called Sankirtan Samrat. He has written a lot in languages such as Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. Mr. Vinod Agarwal was bestowed by His blessings on His own without having to search for his Guru.
It was his Guru's deep desire and wish that Vinod Agarwal would spread Hari Naam Sankirtan all over the world. Making his Guru's desire as the aim of his life, Mr. Vinod Agarwal has been going to various cities in different states of the country and conducting live programs as a hobby since 1993 without charging any fees for the same. He feels the reason for his success is all due to his Guru's & Parents Blessings.