Guru Ghasidas Jayanti
Guru Ghasidas is the founder of the Satnam sect of Hinduism, which has millions of followers. His teachings are instructions in the values of truth, equality, and peace. He dedicated his entire life to the attainment of peace and the abolition of the caste system in the state of Chhattisgarh, and his legacy is celebrated annually on his birthday as Guru Ghasidas Jayanti.
Origin, History, and Significance of Guru Ghasidas Jayanti:
Guru Ghasidas was born on December 18, 1756, in Girodpuri of Balodabazar District in Chhattisgarh. Since his childhood, he experienced the oppressive caste system and untouchability that were prevalent across the country. Determined to fight the system, he began preaching the values of truth and equality to the people of Chhattisgarh, especially the lower castes. His followers’ community was called the Satnamis, and his teachings, i.e., the ‘Satnam Panth’, were identical to those of Buddhism and Sikhism. He devoted his life to equality, and on his death, his son, Guru Balakdas, continued to preach his beliefs. The Satnami community still continues to this date in the state of Chhattisgarh, with millions of devotees.
Guru Ghasidas was a revered personality who advocated social justice, equality, truth, and peace in a tumultuous society, striving to help the oppressed lower castes. He created a new awakening in the then cruel and repressive Indian society. His followers believed him to be an ‘Avtari Purush’. In his fight against casteism, he traveled across Chhattisgarh’s state, and his legacy is thus celebrated as Ghasidas Jayanti every year. It is believed to arouse the devotees’ inspiration to worship, seek the truth, and do good to society.
When is Guru Ghasidas Jayanti celebrated?
Guru Ghasidas Baba Jayanti is celebrated annually on the 18th of December. It marks the birthday of the founder of the Satnami sect of Hinduism, Guru Ghasidas, which was on 18 December 1756. It is celebrated in Chattisgarh’s state, and you can make your bookings for the date with redBus to be a part of Ghasidas Jayanti 2021.
How is Guru Ghasidas Jayanti celebrated, and Where to go?
Ghasidas Jayanti is a regional festival/holiday observed in Chattisgarh, India, annually on the 18th of December. To celebrate the holiday, numerous cultural events, programs, and functions are organized across the state. In addition to celebrating his legacy as Guru Ghasidas Baba Jayanti, the state government has named a tiger reserve as Guru Ghasidas National Park and also established the Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya to laud his contributions.
Guru Ghasidas Jayanti is celebrated across the entire state of Chattisgarh with great pomp in the following ways:
- Prabhat Pheri - On the day of the Jayanti, the Satnami Sect people take a procession early in the morning, known as the Prabhat Pheri. People dance in devotion and chant the Guru’s couplets. It is a truly enriching experience for one’s soul. Following the Prabhat Pheri, there are functions that are organized and eminent personalities are invited for their inaugurations.
- Giraudpuri Mela - the cult of Ghasidas Baba, the Guru Gaddi, is established in Giraudpuri, Chhattisgarh. In the month of December, to celebrate the holiday, a huge fair is held by his followers. The fair is visited by several lakhs of people every year, and they also visit the Guru Ghasidas Mandir in Giraudpuri for a spiritual experience.
- Social Welfare Meetings - Guru Ghasidas dedicated his life to attaining peace and abolishing unjust practices like untouchability that were practiced against lower castes. His social justice and equality goals have still not been realized in the Indian society. Every year on his birthday, social gatherings are organized to discuss measures that can be taken to promote social welfare.
Guru Ghasidas Jayanti is celebrated in all places across Chhattisgarh’s state by the millions of devotees that follow the Satnami teachings. Some well-known places where the celebration is observed with great pomp and splendor are Raipur, Giraudpuri, Jagdalpur, and Pandavpura. The most accessible location is the city of Raipur, which is the capital of Chhattisgarh. It is well-connected to all parts of the country by an elaborate network of air, road, and rail routes. Traveling by bus is a cheap and convenient option, and it also awards you the opportunity to enjoy Chattisgarh’s scenic beauty.
You can celebrate Ghasidas Jayanti 2021 by booking a ticket to Chhattisgarh with redBus. The most popular routes to Raipur are from Hyderabad, Banaras, Bangalore, New Delhi, etc. and the buses ply numerous times in a day. Reputed bus operators like Vidhan Travels, Dhanunjaya Travels, and Yadav Travel Jabalpur offer quality service to travelers, and there are numerous pick-up and drop-off points for the customer’s convenience. You can book your tickets online on the redBus website or app—redBus offers secure payment options, details about bus routes, duration, seats to ensure your utmost comfort.
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