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Guru Ravidass Jayanti

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Introduction

Guru Ravidas Jayanti is celebrated to observe the birthday of Guru Ravidass, the founder of Bhakti Movement. It is celebrated on Magh Purnima day, which is the full moon day of the Magh month as per Hindu calendar. is observed as the most important day of Ravidassia religion. Also known as Rohidas in East India, the teachings of Ravidass during 15th century attained maximum publicity in the entire India. According to the available descriptions, it is believed that Guru Ravidas was born in Seer Govardhanpur in Varanasi (Benaras) of Uttar Pradesh.

 

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History of Guru Ravidass Jayanti

Guru Ravidass was a guru from India in fifteenth century. He was respected in some parts of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. He was social religious improver, a philosopher and Theosophist. He was also a good poet and use to travel around the world. Guru Ravidass was from the chamar cast also known as a shoe maker. His religious singles were also included in the Holy book of Sikh community. Guru Ravidass was rebellious in that his devoutness implicit was levelling of the social separations of class and gender. Yet he was able to promote the crossing of religious in the name of religion.

Guru Ravidass educated that one is eminent not by its class i.e. Jaati but by its behaviour or actions i.e. karma and he believes that every person has a right to visit the shrine or temple and also read the sacred books. He unlocked the forward attack against the structure of no-touching. He never accepted the customs of Brahmins intermediaries to get in touch with the god. He taught people that not to keep the caste secretive to reach god. Guru Ravidass became a role model for all his companions to overcome the obstacles of Brahmin culture.  He invented Begumpura fearless and grief-free State. Guru Ravidass raised the rank of the labour by highlighting the facts the honesty is the key for success.

 

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How to celebrate Guru Ravidass Jaynti

Grand celebrations are organized on the day of Guru Ravidas Jayanti each year by the devotees to show their respect for him. The day begins with the chanting of sacred hymns from Guru Granth Sahib. Later, a Nagar Kirtan is performed in the form of a gala procession bearing a huge portrait of Guru Ravidas. Devotees are known to take a holy dip in River Ganges as their mark of dedication. Adorned with colorful lights and seasonal flowers, Shri Guru Ravidass Janam Asthan Mandir in Seer Govardhanpur wears a festive look. Large number of devotees throngs the temple to offer their prayers. Insightful teachings of Guru Ravidas have been framed in the form of ‘Shabds’ in Amritbani Guru Ravidass Ji.

 

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