Guru Ravidas Jayanti honors the birthday of Guru Ravidas and this festival is celebrated with extreme joviality in North India, preferably in the Indian state of Punjab. Guru Ravidas or Bhagat Ravidas was a renowned saint, who was renowned for his contribution to Bakti movement.
When Is Guru Ravidas Jayanti 2020
|Sunday, 9 February 2020||Guru Ravidas Jayanti||Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab|
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About Guru Ravidas
Guru Ravidas Jayanti marks the birthday of the Indian mystic poet-sant, Ravidas, and is celebrated on Magh Purnima. Ravidas was born in Seer Govardhanpur village, Uttar Pradesh in an underprivileged family. An advocate of human rights, Ravidas was a progressive thinker who spread the message of equality through his poems and teachings based on spirituality.
A known poet, his written verses are included in Sikh scriptures, Guru Granth Sahib. Meera Bai, an eminent personality in the sphere of Hindu spiritualism recognised Guru Ravidas as her spiritual guide. Ravidas is considered as the founder of the 21st-century Ravidassia religion.
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How is Guru Ravidas Birthday Celebrated?
Amritbani Guru Ravidas Ji is read to celebrate the Guru’s birthday. A special aarti is performed and a Nagar Kirtan possession is taken out on the streets. Hundreds of devotees gather to take a dip in the river, which forms a part of the customary practice. Prayers are offered in the temples dedicated to Guru Ravidas, especially in the bhawans.
To remember the Guru and his teachings, a huge celebration takes place at Shri Guru Ravidass Janam Asthan Mandir, Seer Goverdhanpur, Varanasi. Devotees from all over the country flock together to celebrate the Guru’s birthday.
Guru Ravidas Jayanti takes place on the full moon of the month of Magh according to Hindu calendar. As per the Gregorian calendar, the festival falls in the February month. The festival of Guru Ravidas Jayanti is of utmost significance for those who entrust in the beliefs and ideologies of Ravidas religion. It is the most significant day of the year.
Rituals And Celebrations – Guru Ravidas Jayanti 2020
- All gurudwaras across the country make special arrangements on this special occasion. They are adorned with colorful lights and special prayer meetings in adoration of Guru Ravidas are put in place.
- Amritbani, which is the holy book of Ravidassia religion, is read. Moreover, the official symbol of Ravidassia religion is changed in a special ceremony.
- The Nag Kirtan is the prime feature of the festival. A few people dressed up as Guru Ravidas and his supporters.
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