Guru Ravidas Jayanti History and Observation

Guru Ravidas Jayanti

Though the precise year of Guru Ravidas’ birth is unknown, it is commonly accepted that he was born in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, in 1377 CE. During Magh Poornima, his birth anniversary is observed (the full moon day in the month of Magh).

The date is February 16 this year. On Magh Purnima, the day of the full moon in the month of February, Guru Ravidas’ birthday, known as Guru Ravidass Jayanti, is celebrated. It serves as the Ravidassia religion’s annual focal point. This unique occasion is celebrated in India by people from all over the world.

Guru Ravidas Jayanti
Guru Ravidas Jayanti

In addition, worshippers execute rituals by taking a sacred bath in the river. Because of his efforts to combat casteism, he is seen as both a spiritual leader and a social reformer. He lived at the same time as Kabir, the saint. Seer Goverdhanpur is where Ravidas Ji was born.

He had a lot of recorded conversations about spirituality with Kabir Ji because they were both alive at the same time. It is called Guru Ravidas Jayanti to celebrate his birth. Guru Ravidas is respected for his spirituality and efforts to combat casteism.

A man of faith, he. His devotees take a dip in the sacred rivers on this day. Then, by recalling the noteworthy occasions and wonders associated with their Guru Ravidas Ji’s life, they are inspired. To celebrate his birthday on Ravidas Jayanti, his followers travel to the city of his birth.

On the day of Ravidas Jayanti, Ravidas Ji was born. It is well known that Ravidas Ji works to end the caste system. He has also made contributions to the Bhakti movement[8], and he is well-known for being a close friend and student of Kabir Ji.

He had a pupil named Mirabai. In the Ravidassia religion, which is practiced exclusively by Ravidas Ji, as well as among other groups that in some way honor Ravidas Ji, such as some Kabirpanthis, Sikhs, and other gurus, Ravidas Ji’s birthday is celebrated with special significance.

A well-known saint of the Bhakti Movement was Guru Ravidas, also known as Raidas, Rohidas, and Ruhidas. He had a profound influence on the Bhakti movement with his devotional songs and poetry.

History of Guru Ravi Das Jayanti

On Magh Purnima, the day of the full moon in the month of Magh, a celebration is held in honor of Guru Ravidas’ birthday. The Ravidassia faith has essential yearly significance. For the celebration of this unique occasion in India, people from all nations assemble.

Guru Ravidas Jayanti
Guru Ravidas Jayanti

In addition, followers perform rituals by taking a sacred bath in the river. The year 1450 saw the birth of Ravidas Ji in the Uttar Pradesh village of Seer Goverdhanpur. He came from a poor background and was among the first few individuals to declare war against the caste system.

A myth claims that before being reincarnated, Ravidas Ji was a brahmin. This magnificent man passed away, and as he was passing away, he developed feelings for a woman of the Chamar caste. He desired that the lovely woman would have him, children, thus after his death, he was reincarnated as Ravidas Ji from the womb of the same woman.

He shared time with Kabir Ji and had numerous conversations with him about spirituality that were recorded. His followers bathe in the holy waters on this day. They then recall the significant occurrences and miracles connected to their Guru Ravidas Ji in order to gain inspiration and knowledge from him. On Ravidas Jayanti, his devotees visit his birthplace to celebrate his birthday.

Ravidas Jayanti is especially significant to those who practice the Ravidassia religion, to those who are Ravidas Ji’s followers alone, and to anybody else who honors Ravidas Ji in any form, including certain Kabirpanthis, Sikhs, and other gurus. The “Guru Granth Sahib” is supposed to contain 41 hymns and poems of devotion written by Guru Ravidas, who was considered Meera Bai’s spiritual leader.


On the day of the full moon in the month of Magh, there is an optional holiday known as Guru Ravidas Jayanti. It honors Guru Ravidas, who was born in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi in 1450. He established the Ravidassia religion and rose to become a reformer, poet-saint, and spiritual leader.

For having such a huge following, he is praised. In order to obtain the blessings of the illustrious Guru, people mark this day by performing a particular aarti after having a holy bath. 

A sizable crowd gathers to celebrate the festival at the Shri Guru Ravidas Janam Asthan Mandir, the principal site of pilgrimage or spiritual center for adherents of the Ravidassia religion from groups including Ad-Dharmis, Ramdasia Sikhs, Chamars, Jatavs, and Mochis.

On this extraordinary day, Guru Ravidas’ admirers dress as him to take part in “Nagar Kirtan,” which is very important. 

Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Punjab in India all observe this day as a holiday. On the day of the full moon in the month of Magh, it is observed. It is stated that Guru Ravidas was Guru to Meera bai, a respected figure in Hindu spiritualism.

Guru Ravidas Jayanti
Guru Ravidas Jayanti

The Ravidassia religion is now based on the teachings of the Guru.  Ravidassia has recently broken away from the traditional Sikh framework as a result of the difficulties this has produced with Sikhs in recent years. To commemorate his birthday, processions with his photo are held in the streets, especially in Seer Govardhanpur, which becomes a center of attraction for many worshippers.

In the shrines devoted to Guru Ravidas, Sikh scriptures are recited and prayers are offered. On this particular day, elaborate preparations are made at every gurudwara throughout the nation. In honor of Guru Ravidas, special prayer gatherings are held and they are decorated with brilliant lights.

Readings from the Ravidassia religion’s sacred book, Amritbani, take place. A special ceremony is held to update the Ravidassia religion’s official symbol. Among the festival’s main attractions is the Nag Kirtan. A small number of people appeared as Guru Ravidas’s supporters. 

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