Published on: February 6, 2023



Why in news? The birth anniversary of saint-poet Guru Ravidas is celebrated on Magh Purnima called as  Guru Ravidas Jayanti on 5th of February .


  • This year is marked as 646th birth anniversary of mystic poet and saint
  • From performing aarti to taking a holy dip at the varanasi ghats of his birthplace, devotees mark Guru Ravidas Jayanti in a grand way.
  • An event is organised every year at Shri Guru Ravidas Janam Asthan Mandir (Guru Ravidas’ birthplace) to remember him

About Ravidas

  • He was an Indian mystic poet-saint of the Bhakti movement during the 15th to 16th century CE.
  • His occupation was leather work(Cobbler )


  • He mainly focused on the nirguna (without attributes, abstract) form of supreme beings.
  • He is also the central figure within the Ravidassia religious movement.


  • Nabhadas’s Bhaktamal, suggest that Ravidas was the disciple of the Brahmin bhakti-poet Ramananda.
  • He is traditionally considered as Kabir’s younger contemporary.


  • Ravidas’s devotional verses were included in the Sikh scriptures known as Guru Granth Sahib.
  • The Panch Vani text of the Dadu Panthi tradition within Hinduism also includes numerous poems of Ravidas.
  • Parchais text of Anantadas , has Ravidas among the sants whose biography and poems were included.