Story behind Guru Ravidas: A true saint
India has been the land of saints and braves. There are a number of sects which have originated in India. One of such sect chief is saint Ravidas. Birthday of Guru Ravidas, is celebrated as Ravidas Jayanti, which usually falls on the full moon day in the month of Magh as per the Hindu calendar.
He was born during 1377 C.E. at a place called Mandhuadhe which is located in Varanasi. It is the most important day for the Ravidassia religion. People follow different kinds of rituals on this particular day such as offer arati to the lord which is called as special arati, sing devotional songs on the streets of the temple making bhajanas, and they also take holy dip in the nearby rivers to perform rites, etc.
Even in the bhawans, image of Ravidas is worshipped. A grand celebration is held every year at the janamsthan of Shri guru Ravidas. At many places preaches of Guru Ravidas is also told and people and organizations do a lot of social activities for various noble causes. The devotees help poor and needy people in the memory of their Guru and provide various things as donation.
The devotees of this sect follow preaching of Guru Ravidas, which are formed in ‘Shabds’ more or less similar to verses from bible. Guru Ravidas is well known for saint of the Bhakti movement and he is also called with different names as Raidas, Rohidas, Ruhidas, etc. His preaching, devotional songs and Shabds had created lot of impact on the minds of people and even a lasting impact on the Bhakti movement. He is one of the notable saint of India. The birth place of Guru Ravidas has become a pilgrim spot for all his followers.