Valmiki Jayanti is observed in remembrance of the birth anniversary of the great sage and author, Maharishi Valmiki. According to the traditional Hindu calendar, Valmiki Jayanti is celebrated on Purnima tithi (full moon Day) in the month of Ashwin whereas in the Gregorian calendar, it falls in the month of September-October. Maharishi Valmiki is the author of the prominent Hindu epic scripture Ramayana and is also respected as the ‘Aadi Kavi’ or the first poet of Sanskrit Literature.
Ramayana, portraying the tale of Lord Ram was first authored by him in Sanskrit language and contains 24,000 verses which are divided into 7 ‘Kandas’ (cantos). Valmiki Jayanti is celebrated in honour of this renowned saint. This auspicious day is observed with a lot of dedication in the northern states of India and is popularly called ‘Pragat Diwas’. Let’s find out more about Valmiki Jayanti in 2023, its significance and its rituals.
Valmiki Jayanti 2023: Date and Muhurat
This year Valmiki Jayanti will be observed on Saturday, October 28, 2023
Purnima Tithi Starts: 04:17 a.m on October 28, 2023
Purnima Tithi Ends: 01:53 a.m on October 29, 2023
Significance of Valmiki Jayanti
Valmiki Jayanti holds extraordinary importance in Hinduism as it commends the unmatched commitment of Maharishi Valmiki. He has created some unimaginable works that incorporate Ramayana, Mahabharata and a few other Puranas. The festival of Valmiki Jayanti is a tribute to an incredible saint who vanquished his limits and through his lessons urged the majority to battle against social injustice. He passed on the values of Lord Rama to the youth and remembered him as a man of strong morale and kindheartedness.
Rituals Observed During Valmiki Jayanti
- On Valmiki Jayanti, individuals offer their respect towards this eminent holy person and poet. There are several processions held in villages and towns where people carry the portrait of Maharishi Valmiki and take a round to the temples.
- Many temples in India conduct the recitation of Ramayana on this day. There are quite a few temples dedicated to Maharishi Valmiki in India and they’re decorated beautifully with flowers on Valmiki Jayanti.
- The atmosphere of the temples seems pure and blissful with several diyas and incense sticks lighted and kirtans and bhajans being organized.
- Many people even visit the temples of Lord Rama to remember Maharishi Valmiki and recite a few verses of Ramayana.
- Lastly, there’s a ritual of free distribution of food to the poor and needy people held by various organizations since it’s considered rewarding to do charity on this day.
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