Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesdaypaid tributes to mystic poet-saint of the Bhakti Movement Guru Ravidas on his birth anniversary. The prime minister took to Twitter and said the Guru has left an indelible message of harmony that continues to motivate us. "I bow to the Guru Ravidas on his birth anniversary. The precious and indelible message for harmony, equality and social empowerment given by him will continue to motivate us forever," Modi wrote in Hindi.
परम पूज्य संत रविदास जी को उनकी जयंती पर कोटि-कोटि नमन। सद्भाव, समानता और सामाजिक सशक्तिकरण के लिए उन्होंने जो अनमोल एवं अमिट संदेश दिया, वह हमें सदा प्रेरित करता रहेगा। pic.twitter.com/Y8fF7Y4p3O— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 19, 2019
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Later on Tuesday, Modi will be visiting his parliamentary constituency Varanasi where he will visit the Sant Ravidas temple and lay foundation stone of Ravidas Janmasthali (birthplace) area development project.
President Kovind also paid homage to the Guru and tweeted, "Greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens on Guru Ravidas Jayanti. His teachings and message of equality, unity and social harmony continue to inspire our society."
Greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens on Guru Ravidas Jayanti. His teachings and message of equality, unity and social harmony continue to inspire our society #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) February 19, 2019
He said, Guru Ravidas made people aware of the evils of discrimination and urged overcoming them. The President appealed to the countryman to follow his teachings, and strive to strengthen the virtues of humanity and social equity.
सभी देशवासियों को गुरु रविदास जयंती की शुभकामनाएं। समानता, एकता और सामाजिक सौहार्द की उनकी शिक्षा और सन्देश आज भी हमारे देश को प्रेरणा देते हैं — राष्ट्रपति कोविन्द— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) February 19, 2019
Venerated as a guru in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh the devotional songs by Ravidas in the 14th, 15th and 16th century have made a lasting impact.
Ravidas Jayanti is celebrated on the day marking the saints birth that is believed to be in the year 14th century on Maghi Purnima day.
Guru Ravidas' jayanti is celebrated on Magh Purnima, a full moon day in the Hindu calendar of Magha month. On the day, people who follow the Bhakti cult, take out Nagar Kirtan processions with the saint's portrait while chanting special prayers.
Lakhs of people converge at the Shri Guru Ravidas Janam Asthan Mandir, Seer Goverdhanpur in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi, where celebrations are held on a grand scale.
Belonging to an untouchable caste, Guru Ravidas suffered atrocities but he chose to focus on spiritual pursuits and penned several devotional songs which made a huge impact in the Bhakti Movement during the 14th to 16th century and also gave rise to the Ravidassia religion taht is followed bt several pockets.
Guru Ravidas spoke against the caste divisions and spoke of removing them to promote unity. His hymns are included in the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday announced a public holiday on Tuesday, February 19, marking the ‘Magh Purnima' and ‘Sant Ravidas Jayanti' both of which have fallen on the same day. The order has been issued by Principal Secretary of Higher Education, Jitendra Kumar.