Why do we celebrate Guru Ravidas Jayanti?

Guru Ravidas Jayanti marks the birthday of Saint Ravidas Ji who lived during the period of Kabirdas. Ravidas Ji was born in 1376 in Kanshi village; Uttar Pradesh in India. The day is celebrated on 16th or 21st February annually all over India but primarily in Punjab and North India.

Guru Ravidas Jayanti

Ravidas Ji belonged to Harijan family who were treated as untouchable. He worked for the Hindu-Muslim unity. He wrote several hymns in praise of God. There are 41 verses of Ravidas Ji in Guru Granth Sahib Ji which is a holy book of the Sikhs. Hindus as well as Sikhs celebrate this festival. He devoted his entire life fighting against prejudice based on caste and class.

The day is celebrated by taking out his portrait to the main streets and markets. Special prayers and feasts are arranged in the temple dedicated to Guru Ravidas Ji.

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