Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti
Valmiki Jayanti is celebrated across various states in India, especially Rajasthan as the birth anniversary or 'pragat diwas' of the sage Valmiki. Every Indian at least once in their lifetime would have read or heard one of the most ancient and epic stories in the world literature, Ramayana. It is one of the two major epics written in ancient India in Sanskrit in the form of a poem by Valmiki Maharshi.
Maharshi Valmiki is revered as Adi Kavi, the first poet, for his epic poem Ramayana. In the remembrance of this great sage and author, the full moon day during the month of Ashwin is marked as his birth anniversary and celebrated all over India as Valmiki Jayanti.
In India, as per the Gregorian calendar, Valmiki Jayanti 2021 falls on 20th October, Wednesday. The Valmiki Jayanti date varies every year, based on the full moon day in the month of Ashwin. Mainly Hindus celebrate this festival.
On the day of Valmiki Jayanti, people participate in processions called Shobha Yatras, in which pictures and frames of Valmiki decorated with flower garland are carried, while singing and chanting prayers till the completion of the event.
Valmiki Jayanti is also called as Pragat Diwas and celebrated in many Valmiki temples. Most of these temples are called ashrams found in North India, which are communities created to take in Valmiki devotees.
So, are you a person who loves giving tribute to our ancient culture? Are you someone who wants to remember and get inspired by the most ancient storyteller? Or you are one of those festival hunters who is just fascinated with any and every festival? Whatever may be your reason, for the coming Valmiki Jayanti 2021, we will provide a list of places where you can experience this unique festival.
The Maharshi Valmiki temple in Thiruvanmiyur is considered to be the most important temple dedicated to Valmiki. It is believed to be 1300 years old. As per the legend, after completing the Ramayana, Valmiki rested in the spot on which the temple is built.
This temple is located 4 km from Mylapore. There are several buses which operate regularly between Chennai and Mylapore.
Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal in Amritsar, Panjab, is a very significant place dedicated to Valmiki. People believe that this is where the Valmiki ashram was situated when he gave shelter to Sita. This is also the place where Lava and Kusha were born, where the first-ever great epic Ramayan was written.
It is situated 11 km west of Amritsar on Amritsar Lopoke Road. Multiple local buses travel via this route.
Valmiki Ashram is built on the banks of Ganga in Bithoor, Uttar Pradesh is considered to be an important place for the same reasons mentioned for the ashram in Amritsar. The small pool inside the ashram famously known as Sita-Kund. This ashram was constructed in the 19th century.
It is situated on Kannauj Road, 27 km from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. It can be accessed by local transportation.
The Valmiki Ashram in Kurukshetra, Haryana, is a religious shrine dedicated to sage Valmiki. The ashram is a sacred place for worship, learning the Hindu culture and its religious teachings. On the day of Valmiki Jayanti, Hymns and bhajans are sung by devotees, and the Gurus read Ramayana. Langar(free meal) is arranged for all devotees.
This place is located about 3 km from the Kurukshetra railway station. It can be easily accessed by taxi and local buses.
Here is some information about the available bus routes that you can use to plan your travel to experience the Valmiki Jayanthi festival.
1. For People traveling from Northern states to Chennai, the best option is to travel to Bangalore, or other places in Karnataka, AP, and Telangana, from there book a bus to Chennai.
2. For people going from Southern states to Amritsar, the convenient option would be to book one of the available routes to Rajasthan, from there book a bus to Amritsar.
3. For people traveling from south India, book a bus to the shortest possible route to Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, from there book a bus to Chitrakoot.
4. For people traveling from South India, choose available bus routes to Rajasthan and Gujarat from there to book a bus to Kurukshetra or other bus routes to Haryana
Whether it's a very famous countrywide festival or small religious festival, whether it's celebrated in a small village or big cities, redBus with its wide array of options and detailed information provides the shortest possible bus routes with desired comforts and very affordable rates. This year, don't forget to mark the Valmiki Jayanti date in your calendar and be sure to take part in the Valmiki Jayanti festival and tour the places which are linked to the story of Ramayana.
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