Guru Ravidas was a famous saint of the Bhakti Movement and was born in 1377 C.E. at Mandhuadhe which is located in Uttar Pradesh, India. His birth date is still not determined while some say he was born in 1377 while others say it is 1399. His birth place is now popularly known as Shri Guru Ravidas Janam Asthan, which has become the place of pilgrimage for his followers. This year Guru Ravidas Jayanti is being celebrated on February 10, 2017. This special event is observed by the entire Ravidassia religion and it is said that he was born on Magha Purnima – the full moon day in the month of Magh month. Guru Ravidas birth anniversary is celebrated as per the Hindu lunar calendar and therefore has no fixed date attached to it.
Guru Ravidas was also known as Raidas, Rohidas or Ruhidas. Guru Ravidas’s teachings, devotional songs, verses made a lasting impact upon the Bhakti Movement. On this special day, devotees have a special aarti and a Nagar Kirtan procession which takes place in various temples. Devotees even take a holy dip in the River Ganges and perform special rites and worship his image while chanting sacred hymns from Guru Granth Sahib. There is a grand celebration which takes place at Shri Guru Ravidass Janam Asthan Mandir, Seer Goverdhanpur, Varanasi. Lakhs of devotees gather from all around the globe and celebrate this occasion with lot of zeal and enthusiasm. Guru Ravidas’s teachings gained a lot of attention during the 15th century.
Here we have the auspicious muhurat timings to celebrate Guru Ravidas 640th birth anniversary, have a look at it:
Purnima Tithi Begins = 07:30 on 10/Feb/2017
Purnima Tithi Ends = 06:02 on 11/Feb/2017
It is believed that the queen of Chittorgarh was a devout disciple of Guru Ravidas. Some even believe that she was Meera who got married to the King of Chittorgarh. Guru Ravidas’s parents belonged to a leather-working ‘Chamar’ community which made him belong to a lower caste and was termed untouchables. Due to Guru Ravidas’s immense popularity because of his teachings the Brahmins of Kashi got jealous and enraged by the fact that a person from a lower community is gaining such reverence which should ideally be bestowed on a Brahmin. Soon, they came together and complained to the king and a meeting was organised only to honor the guru with his observations and teachings through a shobha yatra. One of Guru Ravidas’s famous words were “Man changa tow kathoti mein Ganga”, which means that if the heart is pure then Ganga River will be right in your bathtub.