Maharshi Valmiki Jayanti is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth anniversary of Valmiki—a famous Hindu poet best know for authoring Ramayana. This year, Valmiki’s birthday will be celebrated on the 31st of October.
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Early Life Of Valmiki
Rishi Valmiki was believed to be a highway dacoit. His earlier name was Ratnakara. He used to rob people during his early life. When he met Narad Muni, who was a Hindu messenger, there was a big turn in his life. He started following Lord Rama and meditated for several years. His atonement was declared successful by a divine voice one fine day. He was renamed as Valmiki. In Hinduism, this Sanskrit poet has a great spiritual relevance.
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Celebration Of Valmiki Jayanti
Sometimes, the birth of Maharshi Valmiki is referred to as Pragat Diwas. Hindu devotees shall celebrate the day with enthusiasm. The day is celebrated with meetings and shobha yatras. Free food is offered by devotees to mark the day. Prayers are recited as well. The temples of Maharshi Valmiki are attractively decorated with different flowers of a variety of colours.. The entire atmosphere will be exciting to watch.
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Facts About Maharshi Valmiki Temple
- The largest festival of Maharshi Valmiki is situated in Thiruvanmiyur in Chennai. This is a 1,300 years old temple. Rishi Valmiki rested at this location after penciling Ramayana. Later on, the temple was built in his name.
- Brahmotsavam festival is held every year in March. On full moon light, special prayers shall be organised every month.
- Marundeeswarar Temple supervises Maharshi Valmiki Temple. During the sovereignty of Chola, Marundeeswarar Temple was constructed.
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