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Guru Ravidas Jayanti: Know history and significance

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February 27 is celebrated as Guru Ravidas Jayanti all across India.

It is the 644th birth anniversary of the Bhakti movement saint, Guru Ravidas. His influence on Indian culture is immense, especially in North India (Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab), but his followers and admirers can be found all across the nation. According to most of the historical scholars, Ravidas was born in 1450 CE during the Delhi Sultanate in Goverdhanpur, near the current Varanasi. He breathed his last in 1520 CE in the same city, according to most scholars.

As the historical records for his exact birth date (according to Gregorian calendar) do not exist, his Jayantior birth anniversary is celebrated on Magh Purnima, the full moon day in the month of Magh.It is an auspicious and important day for the followers of Ravidassia.

It is a religion founded on the principles of Ravidas, a sect in Sikhism. However, in 2011, a group advocated that it is a religion completely different from Sikhism and not just a sub-section of it.His importance in Sikhism is denoted by the fact that 40 of his poems were included in the sacred scripture of the religion — the Adi Granth.

Guru Ravidas Jayanti 2021: Celebrations

The followers read Amritbani Guru Ravidas Ji and perform an aarti in his honour. The grandest celebration happensat Shri Guru Ravidass Janam Asthan Mandir. Some devotees take a dip in the holy river today and those who cantravel visit the Asthan Mandir in Goverdhanpur.

Significance of Guru Ravidas:

Ravidas was one of the earliest known champions of equality. He opposed caste inequality and wanted communal harmony for all.He was a known social reformer and proposed many modifications to the Brahmin-led caste system in India. Promoting personal and spiritual freedom, he wanted all forms of caste and gender divisions to be abolished from society.

As for his literary and spiritual legacy, it is believed that he was the spiritual guide of another prominent Bhakti movement poet — Meera Bai.

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The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the largest-selling sub-4metre compact SUV in India in March 2021. It was followed by the Hyundai Venue, Mahindra Bolero, Tata Nexon and Kia Sonet. Let us have a look at the sales numbers of all these models for the month of March 2021.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza – 11,274 units

Continuing its hold over the sub-4metre compact SUV segment, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza emerged as the best-seller with sales of 11,274 units in March 2021. It is priced between 7.51 lakh and Rs 11.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Hyundai Venue – 10,722 units

Following the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the Hyundai Venue with sales of 10,722 units in March 2021. The Venue is available in the price range of Rs 6.87 lakh to Rs 11.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Mahindra Bolero – 8,905 units

The third best-selling sub-4metre compact SUV in March 2021 was the Mahindra Bolero with sales of 8,905 units. It is offered in the price bracket of Rs 8.17 lakh to Rs 9.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Tata Nexon – 8,683 units

At the fourth position was the Tata Nexon with sales of 8,683 units in March 2021. The Nexon’s price starts at Rs 7.10 lakh and goes up to Rs 12.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Kia Sonet – 8,498 units

The fifth and final position on the list of the top five best-selling compact SUVs in March 2021 was occupied by the Kia Sonet, which registered sales of 8,498 units. Its price ranges from Rs 6.79 lakh to Rs 13.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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