Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti
Valmiki Jayanti is celebrated across various states in India, especially Rajasthan, as the birth anniversary of the '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 world literature, the Ramayana. It is one of the two significant epics written in old 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 remembrance of this great sage and author, the full moon day during the month of Ashwin is marked as his birth anniversary. It is celebrated all over India as Valmiki Jayanti.
In India, as per the Gregorian calendar, Valmiki Jayanti 2021 falls on 20th October Wednesday. However, the Valmiki Jayanti date varies annually, 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 garlands are carried while singing and chanting prayers till the completion of the event.
Valmiki Jayanti, also called Pragat Diwas, is 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, do you love giving tribute to our ancient culture? Are you someone who wants to remember and get inspired by the most ancient storyteller? Or are you one of those festival hunters fascinated with any and every festival? Whatever 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 the most important temple dedicated to Valmiki. It is believed to be 1300 years old. As per the legend, Valmiki rested in the spot on which the temple was built after completing the Ramayana.
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 significant place dedicated to Valmiki. People believe that this is where the Valmiki ashram was situated when he gave shelter to Sita. This is 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 the Ganga in Bithoor, Uttar Pradesh is considered an important place for the same reasons mentioned for the ashram in Amritsar. The small pool inside the ashram is 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 UPSRTC buses.
The Valmiki Ashram in Kurukshetra, Haryana, is a religious shrine dedicated to sage Valmiki. An ashram is a sacred place for worship and learning the Hindu culture and its spiritual teachings. On the day of Valmiki Jayanti, Hymns and bhajans are sung by devotees, and the Gurus read Ramayana. In addition, 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. You can book an RSRTC bus to travel to any Valmiki Jayanti celebration venues in Haryana and Rajasthan.
1. For people 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 and, from there, book a bus to Amritsar.
3. For people travelling 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 travelling 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
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