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BHAKTI MOVEMENT SAINT GURU RAVIDAS JAYANTI BEING OBSERVED ACROSS THE COUNTRY

BHAKTI MOVEMENT SAINT GURU RAVIDAS JAYANTI BEING OBSERVED ACROSS THE COUNTRY

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Guru Ravidas Jayanti is being celebrated all across the country.

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About Guru Ravidas

  • He was a 14th century saint and reformer of the Bhakti movement in North India.
  • It is believed that he was born in Varanasi in a cobbler’s family.
  • He gained prominence due to his belief in one God and his unbiased religious poems.
  • He dedicated his whole life to the abolition of the caste system and openly despised the notion of a Brahminical society.
  • His devotional songs made an instant impact on the Bhakti Movement and his poems were included in ‘Guru Granth Sahib’, the religious text of the Sikhs.
  • The Bhakti movement refers to the theistic devotional trend that emerged in medieval Hinduism and later acted as the de facto catalyst to the formation of Sikhism.
  •  It originated in eighth-century south India (now Tamil Nadu and Kerala) and spread northwards.

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