Gurudas Ravidas Jayanti

Guru Ravidas Jayanti was observed on February 16, 2022, in the honour of birthday of Guru Ravidas.

Key Facts

  • This festival is celebrated with joviality in North India, specifically in Punjab.
  • The day marks the birthday of Indian mystic poet-saint, Ravidas and is celebrated on Magh Purnima.

Who was Guru Ravidas?

  • Guru Ravidas or Bhagat Ravidas was a renowned saint, who is remembered for his contribution to Bhakti movement. He was contemporary to saint Kabir.
  • Guru Ravidas was born in Seer Goverdhanpur village in Uttar Pradesh in an underprivileged family.
  • He was an advocate of human rights and a progressive thinker who spread the message of equality by means of his poems and teachings based on spirituality.
  • His written verses are included in Sikh scriptures “Guru Granth Sahib”.
  • Meera Bai, who was an eminent personality in Hindu spiritualism, recognised Guru Ravidas as her spiritual guide.
  • He is considered as the founder of 21st-century Ravidassia religion.

How is the day celebrated?

To celebrate the Guru Ravidas Jayanti, Amritbani Guru Ravidas Ji is read. A special aarti is performed as well as Nagar Kirtan possession is taken out on the streets. Devotees gather to take a dip in the river, as a part of customary practice. Prayers are offered in temples dedicated to Guru Ravidas. Celebration takes place at Shri Guru Ravidass Janam Asthan Mandir at Seer Goverdhanpur in Varanasi, to remember him and his teachings.

When this day is celebrated?

Guru Ravidas Jayanti is observed on the full moon of Magh month, according to Hindu calendar. As per the Gregorian calendar, festival falls in February month.

Significance of the day

The Guru Ravidas Jayanti is of great significance for people, who entrust in beliefs and ideologies of Ravidas religion. It is considered as most significant day of the year.

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