Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti:
Valmiki Jayanti is Celebrated on the birthday of the great and a famous poet Valmiki who wrote Ramayana.
Every year Valmiki Jayanti is observed on full moon day or purnima of Ashwin month. This year, In 2018 this is celebrated on 24th October.
This day is also known as Pragat Diwas.
Maharishi Valmiki was a highway dacoit in his early life. He used rob belongings of people.
His Family and Early Life:
He was born as Agni Sharma to a Brahmin named as Pracheta. A women from other community kidnapped him in his childhood. Her whole community used to rob the people’s belongings.Valmiki also learns to rob the people.
Transformation of Robber to Maharishi:
One day he met Narad Muni,a Hindu Messenger and it became a turning point in his life.He started following Lord Rama and started meditatings and chanting a word “Mara” which turns into “Rama” after several years and then his name is turned into Valmiki.
Celebrations on Valmiki Jayanti:
People celebrate Valmiki Jayanti or Pragat Diwas to honor a famous Maharishi Valmiki.They celebrate this jayanti with full of enthusiasm and energy. Various shobha yatras are performed by his followers.Valmiki Ramayana is distributed and read by the people.Foods and clothes are distributed to the poor people.
मा निषाद प्रतिष्ठां त्वमगमः शाश्वतीः समाः।
प्रचेत्सोऽहं दशमः पुत्रो राघवनंन्दन |
न स्मराम्यनृतं वाक्यमिमौ तु तव पुत्रकौ ||
संनिबद्धं हि श्लोकानां चतुर्विंशत्सहस्रकम् |
उपाख्यानशतं चैव भार्गवेण तपस्विना ||
“Misfortune is the best fortune.
Rejection by all is victory.”
“In all this world, I pray thee, who Is virtuous, heroic, true?”
“Be gracious, Master, and allow The worlds to rest from trouble now;”
“Their way, so cool with verdant shade. Then Sítá viewed that best of trees, And”
“Fierce as the world-destroying fire;”