Guru Ravidas Jayanti celebrated to mark the birthday of Guru Ravidas a North Indian mystic poet-saint and founder of the bhakti movement during the 15th to 16th century CE. His birthday is celebrated on Magh Purnima, the full moon day in the month of Magh month. It is a very important day for the Ravidassia religion.
On this day Amritbani Guru Ravidass Ji is read and there are special Nagar kirtans and aarti is performed. Devotees take guru’s portrait along with music through the streets of the temple locality. A holy dip is taken in rivers, a grand celebration at Shri Guru Ravidass Janam Asthan Mandir, Seer Goverdhanpur, Varanasi takes place to mark the occasion.
About Guru Ravidas
Guru Ravidas was a great poet his songs are included in the Sikh Scriptures, Guru Granth Sahib. Dadupanthi tradition within Hinduism also includes his songs in Panch Vani text. Guru Ravidas Ji taught the removal of social divisions of caste and gender and promoted unity in the pursuit of personal spiritual freedoms.
Ravidas was born in the village of Seer Goverdhanpur, near Varanasi in what is now Uttar Pradesh, India. His birthplace is now known as Shri Guru Ravidas Janam Asthan. The Adi Granth of Sikhs and Panchvani of the Hindu warrior-ascetic group Dadupanthis are the two oldest attested sources of the literary works of Ravidas.
The Adi Granth has 41 poems of Guru Ravidas, he is one of thirty-six contributors to this foremost canonical scripture of Sikhism. Ravidassia religion is a spin-off religion from Sikhism, formed in the 21st century, by the followers of Ravidass’s teachings. The Ravidassia religion compiled a new holy book, Amritbani Guru Ravidass Ji. Based entirely on the writings and teaching of Ravidas, it contains 240 hymns.