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Sant Ravidas birth anniversary 2019: 10 facts about the mystical poet

He Was One Of The Most Popular Poets Of The Bhakti Movement And His Teachings Can Inspire Us To Lead A Simple And Happy Life.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Srishty Choudhury | Updated on: 19 Feb 2019, 09:57:15 AM
His egalitarian teachings made him a figure of veneration and pride among people of all castes. (File photo)

New Delhi:

It is the great saint and mystical poet Ravidas’ birth anniversary today. According to the Hindu calendar, the saint’s birthday is observed on Magh Purnima – full moon day in the month of Magh. He was one of the most popular poets of the Bhakti movement and his teachings can inspire us to lead a simple and happy life. He was not at all attached to worldly desires and led an extremely simple life. A new religious movement formed around him and a temple was built in his hometown Varanasi around the 19th and 20th centuries. His egalitarian teachings made him a figure of veneration and pride among people of all castes.

Here are 10 facts about Sant Ravidas:

  • Ravidas was a mystic and poet of 15th century medieval India.
  • He was one of the most renowned saints of the North Indian bhakti movement.
  • Ravidas was born in Varanasi.
  • His poems and songs often revolved around the low-social position.
  • While objecting to the notion that caste plays a fundamental role in an individual’s relationship to God, Ravidas contrasted his own lowliness to the exalted place of the divine.
  • God, he said, was finer than he, as silk was to a worm, and more fragrant than he, as sandalwood was to the stinking castor oil plant.
  • In relation to God, all persons, no matter what their castes, are “untouchables,” and “A family that has a true follower of the Lord is neither high caste nor low caste, lordly nor poor.”
  • Such high were Ravidas’s charisma and thoughts that even Brahmans were said to have bowed before him.
  • Some 40 of the poems attributed to Ravidas were included in the Adi Granth, the sacred scripture of Sikhism
  • It is generally accepted that Ravidas met Guru Nanak. 

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First Published : 19 Feb 2019, 09:52:31 AM