New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen offering prayers at Guru Ravidas Vishram Dham Mandir in Delhi’s Karol Bagh, on the occasion of Guru Ravidas Jayanti. At the temple, he was also seen interacting with devotees present there.
Narendra Modi was also seen participating in the ‘Shabad Kirtan’ in the temple. In his message, he says that Guru Ravidas’s life was an inspiration, in the visitor’s book.
Prime Minister posted his ‘very special moments’ on Twitter. Posting the video he captioned, “Very special moments at the Shri Guru Ravidas Vishram Dham Mandir in Delhi.”
Amid Ravidas Jayanti, the Delhi government has declared a holiday. According to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government order, all government offices, schools, and colleges will remain closed in the national capital.
Guru Ravidas was a Bhakti movement saint during the 15th and 16th centuries and his hymns are included in the Guru Granth Sahib. He is considered the founder of the 21st-century Ravidassia religion.
Ravidas Jayanti is celebrated on Magh Purnima, which is the full moon day of the Magh month as per the Hindu calendar.
The exact date of the birth of Guru Ravidas is not known but it is widely believed that he was born in 1377 C.E in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
Guru Ravidas advocated for equality and dignity for all, irrespective of their caste. He promoted gender parity and opposed the division of society based on gender or caste. Some say he was also the spiritual guide of another prominent Bhakti movement poet – Meera Bai.
The mystic poet enjoys a nationwide following.
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