Ravidas Jayanti Essay In English | Short Essay (300 Words)

Ravidas Jayanti is the birthday of Saint Ravidas Ji who lived during the period of Kabirdas. He was born in 1376 in Kanshi village to Santokh Dass and Kalsa Devi. Ravidas belonged to Harijan family and was treated as untouchable. Ravidas Ji was a great Saint, poet, philosopher, social reformer and follower of the God. Ravidas was one of the famous and leading stars of the nirguna sampradaya. Ravidas worked for the Hindu-Muslim unity. Ravidas wrote several hymns in praise of God. Ravidas devoted his entire life fighting against injustice based on caste and class. The preaching’s of Guru Ravidas are formed in 'Shabds', which are part of the Shri Guru Granth Sahib where 40 Shabds are directly of Shri Guru Ravidas Ji. This Shabds cannot be read alone, it has to be combined with the teaching of other gurus teachings also. Attempts were made to remove the 40 Shabds from the book and to make it an individual book by well known priests, who were assassinated. The sign for the Ravidassia community is 'Har' which refers to 'ALL'. Ravidas was followed by many wealthy Kings and Queen but never accepted any wealthy gifts.

Guru Ravidas Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon day of Magh month in the Hindu calendar. According to English calendar it comes in the month of February/March. It is celebrated mainly in North India especially in Punjab.

Guru Ravidas Jayanti is the annual focal point for Ravidassia religion. On this day, Guru Ravidas portrait are taken out on streets of temple complex accompanied by music and dance. Devotees take holy dip in the river to perform rites. In bhawans, Guru Ravidas image is worshiped. At Shri Guru Ravidas Janam Asthan Mandir, Guru Ravidas Jayanti is celebrated grandly every year with lakhs of devotees coming around the world.