Updated: October 13, 2019 12:45:23 pm
Valmiki Jayanti 2019: Valmiki Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of the author and sage Maharishi Valmiki, who is considered the first poet of Sanskrit literature as he drafted the first-ever Sanskrit shloka.
Valmiki Jayanti is celebrated every year on the full moon day during the month of Ashwin. This year Valmiki Jayanti has fallen on October 13. The day is also referred to as Pragat Diwas and is celebrated in many Valmiki temples.
आदिकवि महर्षि वाल्मीकि की जयंती पर देशवासियों को हार्दिक बधाई और शुभकामनाएं। रामायण के रचयिता तथा सामाजिक समरसता और सद्भाव के प्रतीक, उनका जीवन और शिक्षाएँ हमारे लिए प्रेरणा का स्रोत है — राष्ट्रपति कोविन्द
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) October 13, 2019
Valmiki authored the epic Ramayana that contains 24,000 shlokas and 7 cantos. It is believed that when Ram banished Sita after people questioned her ‘purity’, Valmiki rescued her and provided shelter.
My tribute to the author of the epic Ramayana Maharishi Valmiki Ji on his Jayanti. pic.twitter.com/qjdYcWRspu
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) October 13, 2019
The most famous temple dedicated to the sage is situated in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai and is said to be 1,300 years old. The temple is considered to be of high importance as it is said that after writing Ramayana, Valmiki rested at the spot where the temple now stands. On this day, the followers of the Valmiki sect carry out Shobha Yatras or processions and sing devotional songs and bhajan.
वाल्मीकि जयंती की बहुत-बहुत बधाई। महर्षि वाल्मीकि के महान विचार हमारी ऐतिहासिक यात्रा के बीज तत्व हैं, जिस पर हमारी परंपरा और संस्कृति पुष्पित-पल्लवित होती रही है। सामाजिक न्याय के प्रकाश-स्तंभ रहे उनके संदेश हमेशा हम सबको प्रेरित करते रहेंगे।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 13, 2019
As per drikpanchang.com, Valmiki Jayanti Purnima Tithi Begins at 12:36 am on October 13, 2019, and ends at 2:38 am on October 14, 2019.
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