Guru Ravidas Jayanti 2024: Date, Significance, Celebrations

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Guru Ravidas Jayanti

Every year India celebrates Guru Ravidas Jayanti to commemorate his birth anniversary. Ravidas was a famous Indian mystic poet-saint who was born in Seer Govardhan village in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Moreover, his Jayanti is celebrated on Magh Purnima, or the full moon day in the month of Magh. interestingly, Guru Ravidas Jayanti is celebrated with great enthusiasm and pride in northern India especially in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Chandigarh. 

Full name Guru Ravidas
Other names Guru Raidas
Jayanti observed on24 February 2024
Day Saturday 
Birthplace Uttar Pradesh, India

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When is Guru Ravidas Jayanti?

In 2024, Guru Ravidas Jayanti will be celebrated on 24 February. According to the Hindu calendar, it will be observed on the full moon day of the month of Magh. Moreover, it is among the most important days and dates for the followers of the Ravidassa religion. 

Who was Guru Ravidas?

  • According to scholars, Guru Ravidas was born approximately in 1450 CE and passed away in 1520 CE.
  • He was born to Mata Kalsi and Santokh Dass into the untouchable caste of the society who worked in the leather industry. Thus, he faced numerous hardships during his life. 
  • From an early age, Guru Ravidas dedicated most of his time to spiritual pursuits by the Ganges riverbank.
  • Anantadas Parcai, one of the earliest biographies of the Bhakti movement, contains details about the birth of Guru Ravidas. 

Also Read: Bhakti Movement: Origin, Causes, Impact & More

Why is Guru Ravidas Famous?

Owing to his strong beliefs, Guru Ravidas had gained loyal followers from the oppressed and weaker sections of society. Additionally, prominent upper-caste people such as the King of Chittor and Queen Meera Bai were also stunned by his beliefs. 

  • Sant Guru Ravidas is recognized for his noble thoughts and the idea of social and gender equality.
  • He was against the idea of a society that is formed and runs on the ideas of caste, gender, and social status of a person.
  • Instead, he advocated for the ideals of social equality and human rights for all members of society. 
  • He was also a firm believer and spread the ideals of spirituality. 
  • He contributed over 41 devotional poems and songs to Guru Granth Sahib.
  • While fighting the discrimination against the relationship of a human with the supreme divine, Ravidas said that every person, irrespective of his caste, is untouchable to God. 
  • In other words, a person who thinks of himself as a true believer and follower of the Lord is neither rich nor poor, nor high caste or low caste. 
  • It is also believed that Sant Guru Ravidas also met Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikh tradition. 

How is Guru Ravidas Jayanti celebrated?

In India, Guru Ravidas Jayanti is celebrated in different ways such as:

  • On this day, people read Amritbani Guru Ravidas Ji.
  • People also conduct Nagar Kirtans and change the Nishaan Sahib.
  • Numerous events are organized at the birthplace of Shri Guru Ravidas to remember him and pay respects.
  • Some people also take a holy dip at the ghats of his birthplace.
  • Huge processions with Guru Ravidas’s portraits are carried out on the streets. 

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5 Guru Ravidas Jayanti Quotes

  • On this Guru Ravidas Jayanti, get inspired by his teachings and become a beacon of compassion.
  • On Guru Ravidas Jayanti, let his teachings instill the values of love, equality, and spiritual growth among everyone. 
  • May the divine teachings of Guru Ravidas guide us all towards a path of righteousness.
  • On this auspicious day of Sant Guru Ravidas Jayanti, may his messages of unity continue to live in us.
  • May the divine teachings of Guru Ravidas bless us with wisdom and compassion on his Jayanti.

What is the Significance of Guru Ravidas Jayanti?

Guru Ravidas Jayanti holds great significance for different reasons such as: 

  • It celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas, a social reformer, and a revered saint and poet. 
  • The day spreads the ideals of Guru Ravidas such as love, religious harmony, equality, unity, and devotion to God. 
  • It serves as a reminder of the immense contributions of this saint and provides us an opportunity to reflect on his teachings. 
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Why is Guru Ravidas Jayanti celebrated?

Guru Ravidas Jayanti is celebrated with great enthusiasm in India. This day commemorates the birth anniversary of Ravidas, who is greatly renowned for making numerous attempts to remove the caste system of India. Moreover, he also greatly contributed to the Bhakti movement.

Is Ravidas Jayanti a national holiday?

No, Guru Ravidas Jayanti is an optional holiday in India. Some employees may choose to take the day off depending on personal circumstances. However, most offices remain open.

Which religion celebrates Ravidas Jayanti?

Sant Ravidas Jayanti is celebrated with great enthusiasm and pride across India especially in the Ravidassia religion, also known as Ravidas Panth or Ravidasia Dharm. It was originally founded in the 14th century.

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