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Sant Ravidas was an Indian mystic poet, philosopher and religious preacher born sometime around 15th to 16th Century BC. Some of the famous literary works of Sant Ravidas include the Adi Granth of Sikhs and Panchvani belonging to the Hindu warrior ascetic group ‘Dadupanthis’.

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Sant Ravidas was an Indian mystic poet and religious preacher born in India around 15th to 16th century BC, at a village named Seer Govardhanpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh. He was born in an untouchable community and had extraordinary talent as a young boy over issues of religious significance.

Throughout his lifetime, Sant Ravidas inspired religious harmony and taught religious values to the people through his several literary works. Despite coming from an untouchable caste, Sant Ravidas was bowed down to, by upper caste Brahmins for his knowledge and teachings. Sant Ravidas is also known to have met Guru Nanak Dev Ji and wrote 41 poems, to be included in the Guru Granth Sahib.


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Sant Ravidas was an Indian poet who was born in Seer Govardhanpur village near the Hindu pilgrimage city of Kashi. He was born in an untouchable caste and later took to religious preaching. Ravidas also traveled through many pilgrimage cities of the country, teaching people of the values and ethos of Hindu religion through poems.

Sant Ravidas is also a revered figure in Sikhism, as 41 of his poems are included in the Guru Granth Sahib. His work has also inspired a different sect called ‘Ravidasia’ originating from within Sikhism. A temple is build at the village of Seer Govardhanpur, in the memory of Sant Ravidas. Every year, on full moon day in the Hindu month of Maghi (Maghi-Purnima), thousands of devotees from Punjab and other states gather to reverently celebrate Sant Ravidas Jayanti.


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Sant Ravidas was an Indian mystic poet who lived around 15th to 16th century BC. Born in a village named Seer Govardhanpur, near the pilgrimage city of Kashi, he liked the company of ascetics from an early age. Born in an untouchable caste, Sant Ravidas had experienced untouchability from a very young age.

So-called untouchables, were not allowed to enter temples or even visit villages during the day time. To fight with this large scale societal discrimination became the life objective of Sant Ravidas. However, the method that he chose to do that was unique and unconventional in its own way.

He wrote several poems dedicated to God and also formed a sect called (Nirguna, i.e. without any attribute). Sant Ravidas also coined the phrase that “God created man and not man created God” to spread love and harmony among all the sections of the society.

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Sant Ravidas was an Indian poet, philosopher and religious guru associated with the Bhakti movement during 15th to 16th century BC. He was born in a village named Seer Govardhanpur, near the holy city of Varanasi or Kashi. He belonged to an untouchable community that worked with leather. Sant Ravidas spend most of the childhood in the company of Sadhus or ascetics, along the banks of river Ganga.

He was actively associated with the Bhakti movement and also formed the ‘Nirguna’ sampradaya. Sant Ravidas wrote several poems in different regional languages to teach people about the philosophy of life and complete devotion to God.

Young Ravidas was very brilliant in studies. One of the teachers of Ravidas, Pt. Sharda Nanda had recognized his extraordinary talent and opined that one-day Ravidas would become a great social reformer and religious preacher.

His father had a family business of making and repairing shoes and wanted Ravidas to join the same. But Ravidas had different plans altogether. Showing no interest in pursuing family business, he became an ascetic and got involved with the Bhakti Movement.

One of the most famous verses coined by Sant Ravidas was “Man Changa to Katauthi Mein Ganga”. The meaning of the phrase is that it is more important for our souls to be clean than taking bath in Ganges to clean our sins.


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Sant Ravidas was an Indian origin saint of the Bhakti movement, which was a movement to revive Hinduism and complete devotion in God. The exact birth date of Sant Ravidas is not known; though, historians claim that Ravidas lived between 1450 CE and 1520 CE. Sant Ravidas was also a young contemporary of Sant Kabir.

Not many details of the early life of Sant Ravidas are available except the fact that he was born in a village called Seer Govardhanpur, near the holy city of Banaras (Kashi) or Varanasi, in the present-day state of Uttar Pradesh.

His mother’s name was Mata Ghurbinia and his father’s name was Raghuram. He was born in a ‘Chamar’ community, which worked on leather and hence was declared untouchable. Young Ravidas showed no interest in his family’s traditional leatherwork and started spending more time on the banks of River Ganges, in the company of ascetic men.

The ideas of Ravidas and people’s belief in them grew as he traveled extensively to many pilgrimage centers in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and also to those located in the Himalayas. His fame grew so much that even the upper caste Brahmin community were known to bow to him.

Sant Ravidas was also a revered figure in Sikhism and is believed to have met Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The Adi Granth or Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji also has 41 poems of Sant Ravidas. Every year
Sant Ravidas Jayanti is celebrated reverently on ‘Maghi Purnima’ at Seer Govardhanpur.