Valmiki Jayanti 2020: Valmiki Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon day of the Ashwin month to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maharishi Valmiki. Usually, Valmiki Jayanti falls in September or October. This year, the birth anniversary of the ancient poet will be celebrated on Saturday (October 31). Valmiki Jayanti is widely celebrated in northern and central India and it is popularly called Pragat Diwas in Rajasthan.
Who is Maharishi Valmiki?
Maharishi Valmiki is the first poet of Sanskrit literature who is popularly known for writing Ramayana. Valmiki Ji offered shelter to Devi Sita when Lord Rama banished her from the Raj Mahal. There she gave birth to two beautiful children Luv and Kush.
The exact date and time of the birth of ace Maharishi are still unknown. But, it is believed he lived around 500 BC. It is said that Maharishi Valmiki Ji had a sharpness and shine like a full moon. Hence, people started celebrating Valmiki Jayanti on the full moon day.
Significance and Celebrations
Valmiki Ji’s Ramayan has a great significance in the life of Hindus. People recite the verses and Shlokas of Ramayana on auspicious occasions. To celebrate Valmiki Jayanti and to pass on the tradition to future generations, people take part in great processions called Shobha Yatras. On this day, people decorate the temples of Valmiki Ji and offer flowers fruits and food.