Guru Ravidas Jayanti 2023 is a discretionary celebration held on the full moon of the Magh month. It honours Guru Ravidas, who was born in 1450 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. He was a poet-saint, reformer, and spiritual figure who founded the religion of Ravidassia. He is renowned for his vast number of devotees. This day is celebrated by taking a holy bath and then performing a special aarti to seek the Guru’s blessings. At the Shri Guru Ravidas Janam Asthan Mandir, the most important pilgrimage site or spiritual centre for followers of the Ravidassia religion, including Ad-Dharmis, Ramdasia Sikhs, Chamars, Jatavs, and Mochis, a large number of people gather to celebrate the festival. The devotees of Guru Ravidas don costumes resembling him in order to participate in ‘Nagar Kirtan,’ an event of great significance on this extraordinary day.
HISTORY OF GURU RAVIDAS JAYANTI
Guru Ravidas Jayanti is celebrated on Magh Purnima, the full moon day of the Magh month, in honour of Guru Ravidas’ birthday. It has an annual significance for the religion of Ravidassia. People from various nations gather in India to celebrate this special occasion. To fulfil rituals, devotees take a holy dip in the river.
Ravidas Ji was born in 1450 in the Uttar Pradesh village of Seer Goverdhanpur. He was born into a disadvantaged family, and he was one of the first few individuals to wage war against the caste system. According to legend, Ravidas Ji was reincarnated from a previous life as a brahmin. This great man passed away, and as he lay dying, he fell in love with a Chamar woman and wished that she would become his mother; consequently, he was reincarnated as Ravidas Ji from the womb of the same woman.
He was contemporaneous with Kabir Ji and has several recorded spiritual conversations with Kabir Ji. His disciples bathe in the holy waters on this day. Then, they draw inspiration and understanding from their Guru Ravidas Ji by recalling the great events and miraculous occurrences associated with his life. On Ravidas Jayanti, his followers travel to his place of birth to celebrate his birthday. Ravidas Jayanti is of particular significance to those who follow the Ravidassia religion, Ravidas Ji’s followers, and those who honour Ravidas Ji in any way, such as some Kabirpanthis, Sikhs, and other gurus. It is believed that Guru Ravidas was Meera Bai’s spiritual guide and that he contributed 41 devotional songs and poems to the Guru Granth Sahib.
Guru Ravidas Jayanti 2023: Date
Ravidas Jayanti date – Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Full moon date starts – 21:42 Feb 15, 2022, Poornima date ends – 22:25 Feb 16, 2022
Guru Ravidas Jayanti Celebration
In his honour, the disciples of Guru Ravidas perform aarti and puja. At the Sri Guru Ravidas Janmasthan Temple, constructed at his birthplace in Varanasi, grand celebrations are held. On this day, Ravidas’s followers also bathe in the holy river. Guru Ravidas once remarked regarding Humanism, “If God truly resides in every human being, then it is utterly pointless to divide people based on caste, creed, and other hierarchical social orders.”
Guru Ravidas Jayanti Wishes and Quotes
“With all your heart and soul, submit to the Lord. You will enjoy tranquilly and happiness. Happy Guru Ravidas Jayanti.”
“If your heart is pure, your bathtub water is holy water. You do not have to travel anywhere to take a holy dip. Happy Guru Ravidas Jayanti.”
“Best wishes to you and your family on Guru Ravi Das Jayanti. May guruji bless your entire family.”
“You reveal to us the light of wisdom and dispel the darkness of folly. Happy Guru Ravidas Jayanti.”
“On the occasion of guruji’s birthday, let us recall all of his great sermons and travel the path of wisdom. Happy Guru Ravidas Jayanti.”
Guru Ravidas Jayanti Quotes in English
Everyday is a new beginning, there is sunrise and sunset too, life goes on, people around us also go far away from us, and till today no one could escape from death. If there is anything true in the world, it is God and death. Best wishes on Guru Jayanti for Sant Ravidas.
We should not understand any difference between water and its waves in the same way you and God both are not different. Best wishes on Guru Ravidas Jayanti.
If you can’t do good for someone, then take care that you don’t harm anyone unknowingly. If you cannot become a flower, avoid spreading thorns. Happy Guru Ravidas Jayanti.
Always sing the Lord’s true songs, chant His name, and become His servants, that is, the Lord’s servants. Happy Sant Ravidas Jayanti.
Have this faith in the heart for God that you are showing us the light of wisdom and turning us away from the ignorance of foolishness. Regards on the occasion of Saint Ravidas Day