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Celebrating Valmiki Jayanti: A Rich Legacy


Indian Mythology  •  27 Oct, 2023  •  1,855 Views  •  ⭐ 3.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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The celebration of Valmiki Jayanti marks the birth of the illustrious sage Valmiki, credited with penning the timeless Hindu saga Ramayana. As per the Hindu calendar, this festival falls on the full moon day in the Ashwin month, aligning with September-October in the Gregorian calendar. Often referred to as Pragat Diwas, the 2023 observation of Valmiki Jayanti is slated for 28th October (Saturday).

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Unveiling Pragat Diwas

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Known alternative as Pragat Diwas, Valmiki Jayanti commemorates the birth of Valmiki with the term 'Pragat' symbolizing birth. The day is revered as a time to honor the sage and his profound teachings on ethical values and societal equity. While the exact timing of Valmiki’s birth remains veiled in antiquity, it's conjectured he existed around 500 BC.

Unfolding Valmiki Jayanti's Historical and Symbolic Essence

Valmiki Jayanti: Date, Story and Significance
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Legend narrates that Valmiki encountered Lord Rama during his exile period. Post Lord Rama's exile of Sita, Valmiki offered her refuge. In his hermitage, Sita bore the twins Luv and Kush. Under Valmiki's tutelage, they delved into the Ramayana which comprises 24,000 verses (shlokas) across 7 cantos (kandas).

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Another enduring tale recounts Valmiki's past as a bandit named Ratnakar. His nefarious days ended upon meeting Narad Muni, which catalyzed his transformation into a fervent devotee of Lord Rama. Following years of meditation, a celestial voice acknowledged his penance, christening him Valmiki. His exalted status as Adi Kavi arose from his pioneering role in Sanskrit Literature, with his magnum opus, Ramayana, echoing through time amongst Hindu adherents.

Ramayana’s Impact: In his rendition of Ramayana, Valmiki illustrates Lord Rama vanquishing Ravana, celebrated as Dussehra, and Lord Rama’s return from exile, marked by Diwali.

Mahabharata’s Episode: Post the Mahabharata battle, Valmiki, among other sages, advised Yudhisthira on the merits of venerating Shiva for atonement and blessings.

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