Guru Ravidas Jayanti is the birthday of Guru Ravidas. It is celebrated as per the Hindu lunar calendar and hence the date changes every year. It falls on Magh Purnima, the full moon day in the month of Magh. This year is the 641st Birth Anniversary of Guru Ravidas. The day falls on January 31, 2018. People who follow Ravidassia religion celebrate the day with a procession and special prayers. Nagar Kirtan procession with guru’s portrait is taken on the streets of the temple locality. Devotees also take a holy dip in the river to perform rites.
Guru Ravidas’s image is worshipped and grand celebrations are held at Shri Guru Ravidas Janam Asthan Mandir, Seer Goverdhanpur in Varanasi, where he was born. Lakhs of devotees from around the world arrive at the temple to mark the occasion. Time and muhurat of Ravidas Jayanti Purnima Tithi Begins = 00:52 on 31/Jan/2018 Purnima Tithi Ends = 21:26 on 31/Jan/2018
Ravidas who was born in Varanasi is revered in Buddhism, Sikhism and Hinduism. Born in Varanasi in the 14th century, Sant Ravidas was born was a leading figure in the Bhakti Movement. He left behind a great legacy and a 21st-century cult called Ravidassia follows his teachings. His devotional songs and verses made a lasting impact on the Bhakti Movement.
While the life details of Ravidas are uncertain and contested, most scholars believe he was born about 1450 CE and died in 1520. The two oldest attested sources of the literary works of Ravidas are Adi Granth of Sikhs and Panchvani of the Hindu group Dadupanthis. Ravidassia religion which was formed in the 21st century is a spin-off religion from Sikhism. His followers consider him as living symbol of religious protest and not as a spiritual symbol.