Guru Ravidas

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  • February 16, 2022
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Guru Ravidas

Part of: Prelims 

  • Ravidas, also called Raidas, of the 15th or 16th century, was a mystic, poet, saint of North Indian Bhakti movement
  • He founded the Ravidassia religion and compiled a new holy book, Amritbani Guru Ravidass Ji.
  • He was born in Varanasi into untouchable leather-working Chamar caste.
  • He valued the worship of a formless God.
  • Along with Kabir, he was one of the most noted disciples of Bhagat Ramanand.
  • 41 verses of Bhakt Ravidas are incorporated into Sikh’s religious book, Adi Granth.
  • He was vocal against the varna (caste) system 
  • He imagined an egalitarian society called Begumpura, means “land without sorrow” 
  • His disciples came to be known as Ravidas-panthis and followers came to be known as Ravidassias.
  • He also mentioned ‘Sahaj’, a mystical state where there is a union of the truths of the many and the one.

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