Guru Ravidas Jayanti 2023: Know The Date, Time & Historical Significance

guru ravidas jayanti and his life history and celebrations of ravidas jayanti 2023 in India

Many famous poets and religious gurus who have contributed a great deal of knowledge and wisdom to the world lived during the height of the Bhakti movement, which was prevalent between the 15th and 17th centuries. Additionally, they have shown off their secret genius and shared their work through poetry, bhajans, chandhas, and other types of content. And Guru Ravidas was one of them. Let us know a little more about him on Ravidas Jayanti 2023.

Ravidas is a well-known mystic poet and lyricist who lived between 1400 and 1500 AD, and he is one of the many poets and religious gurus. People of the Bhakti movement got influenced by Guru Ravidas, which Hinduism refers to as a spiritual devotional movement. Sikhism began as a later evolution of this movement. His devotional verses incorporated into the Sikh texts under the name of Guru Granth Sahib.  

However, in the twenty-first century, his adherents founded the religion called “Ravidasia.” Every year, Guru Ravidas Jayanti gets solemnly observed by the Ravidasia community. The melodies and lyrics of Guru Ravidas get chanted, and devotees engage in numerous rites. Moreover, everyone who is a devotee walks in a procession while carrying Guru Ravidas’ image and bathes in the Ganges River. Additionally, some people make pilgrimages to the Ravidas temple, where they pray.

2023 Ravidas Jayanti: Date & Time

The Ravidas Jayanti in 2023 will be on February 5, 2023. However, the Purnima starts on February 4 at 09:29 PM and ends on February 5, 2023, at 11:58 PM.

Historical significance of Guru Ravidas

Guru Ravidas (Raidas) was born in Kashi on the Magha Purnima day, a Sunday in Samvat 1433, even though there is no certain and precise information regarding the spiritual poet’s origin. The other name for Guru Ravidas was Raidas. He was raised in the village of Seer Goverdhanpur, which is now in Uttar Pradesh and is close to Varanasi. People recognize his birthplace Sri Guru Ravidas’ birthplace.

Ravidas used to make a living by making shoes. He made Sant Ramanand his guru to further his quest for knowledge. Also, he made Sant Ramanand his master after being inspired by Saint Kabir; Guru Kabir Saheb had been his first guru. Because of his pleasant demeanor, Guru Ravidas made everyone experience a pleasing environment with his persona and aura. He was incredibly charitable and friendly and enjoyed nothing more than assisting those in need.

Typically, Bhakti-inclined individuals like Ravidas take special joy in supporting sages and saints. Ravidas distributed shoes without accepting payment. His parents felt dissatisfaction with him because of his personality and behavior. Due to their dissatisfaction with Ravidas’ financial situation. Ravidas and his wife got eviction from their home. They moved into a rented house in a nearby building and began living with his wife. People used to devote most of their time to worshipping the Lord and participating in saints’ and sages’ Satsang.

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How did Guru Ravidas attain sainthood?

According to the most popular narrative surrounding Sant Ravidas, once, he was playing with a companion. The next day, Sant Ravidas Ji visited the same location, but his friend was absent. In this regard, he decided to look for him, but he was unaware that his friend had passed away. He was so distraught by this news that he hurried to the spot where the dead body was lying and muttered that it was not the time for play or sleep. His companion stood up after hearing this.

Sant Ravidas had supernatural abilities, and on that day, people started believing in his abilities. As time went on, he began devoting much of his time to the worship of Lord Ram and Lord Krishna, and by adhering to religious traditions, he attained the status of a saint. 

On the day of Magha Purnima, Sant Ravi Das, a man endowed with magical abilities, celebrates his birthday. He allegedly began mending people’s shoes when he was a young child. He consistently advocated for interfaith harmony and against prejudice towards others based on their caste, religion, or creed. People still adhere to and learn from his teachings. 

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The impact of Guru Nanak Dev

Several academics concur that Ravidas deeply got influenced by Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. As a result of his reverence for the Sikh religion, he incorporated 41 poems about it. One of the earliest sources of his ideas and writings was these poems. The scripture, written 170 years after Ravidas’s death in 1693, is one of the Seventeen Saints in Indian religious tradition.

Both, Nabhadas’s Bhaktmal from the seventeenth century and Anantadas’s Parsi contain chapters about Ravidas. Many other written sources about his life, including those by Ravidas’s followers, got written in the early 20th century. These sources include Sikh traditional texts and Hindu Dadupanthi traditions.

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Ravidas Jayanti 2023 celebrations across India

The Sikh community mostly celebrates the Ravidas Jayanti celebration. People of other communities and religions nevertheless continue to observe this occasion. In various places, devotees of Guru Ravidas bathe in the holy water. When the followers arrive at their birthplace, they take part in this spectacular event, making it an annual celebration.

You may see the following arrangements on Ravidas Jayanti this year:

  • People decorate Gurudwaras with lights and flowers. Moreover, they also make special arrangements with meetings for prayer in his honor.
  • People read the holy text of Ravidas, Amritbani.
  • At various locations on Ravidas Jayanti, devotees hold processions where they hold an image of Ravidas while saying prayers.
  • Some locations hold Nagar Kirtans when participants dress like Saint Ravidas. Additionally, his followers also organize plays to spread his beliefs.
  • On Ravidas Jayanti 2023, his devotees’ bath in holy rivers and seek guidance from his teachings and experiences.
  • His life contains many instances that serve as examples of how to live a good and tranquil life, and his followers perform an assembly to share that with more people.
  • Millions of his devotees congregate at his birthplace to observe this day as an annual festival and celebrate the event with utmost devotion and spirituality.
  • Moreover, on Ravidas Jayanti 2023, all around the world people organize numerous large-scale celebrations and recite his couplets.
  • People will also perform devotional worship (Bhajan-Kirtan), and via his spoken verses, they can celebrate the Jayanti of Guru Ravidas this year.

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Posted On - January 12, 2023 | Posted By - Kasturi Chaudhari | Read By -


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