Sant Guru Ravidas

The Prime Minister lay the groundwork for a 100 crore temple dedicated to Sant Ravidas in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh.

Guru Ravidas

  • Ravidas was a 15th to 16th century CE Indian mystic poet-saint of the Bhakti movement and the creator of the Ravidassia cult.
  • Venerable as a guru (teacher) in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and, most notably, Punjab and Haryana. He was a poet-saint, social reformer, and spiritual figure all rolled into one.
  • Ravidas’ life details are murky and debated. Scholars believe he was born in the cobbler caste circa 1450 CE.
  • Ravidas’ devotional verses were included in the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scriptures.
  • Ravidas’ poetry are included in the Panch Vani scripture of the Dadupanthi tradition of Hinduism.
  • He preached the abolition of caste and gender divisions and the promotion of oneness in the pursuit of personal spiritual liberties.

The Importance of His Teachings

  • Sant Ravidas’ philosophy and principles, such as social justice, equality, and brotherhood, have been infused into our constitutional values.
  • He envisioned a world built on equality and free of all forms of discrimination.
  • He named it ‘Be-gampura’ (a city near Lahore) since there is no space for sorrow or fear there.
  • Such a perfect city would be free of anxiety, vulnerability, and scarcity. The principle for governing would be the rule of law based on right principles such as equality and the welfare of all.
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