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Guru Ravidasji's teachings emphasized universal fraternity and equality: President Kovind on Guru Ravidas Jayanti
The 641st birth anniversary of renowned Dalit Bhakti movement saint and poet Guru Ravidas is being celebrated with great devotion and fervour in Varanasi as usual.

A special procession was taken out by the devotees and followers from Ravidas temple in Seer Gowardhanpur village near Varanasi and a langar was organized at the open grounds in the village.

His Jayanti is celebrated on Magh Purnima, the full moon day in the month of Magh which falls on January 31 this year. On the occasion of Guru Ravidas Jayanti, President Ram Nath Kovind remembered him and emphasised on building an inclusive, fair and compassionate society.

Kovind in his released message stated, "Guru Ravidasji was a great saint whose teachings emphasised universal fraternity and equality. His teachings are all the more relevant in the modern world and inspire us to work for the poor and the underprivileged."

He urged,"Let us draw strength from the life of Guru Ravidasji, and build a society that is inclusive, just and compassionate," Kovind said as he greeted fellow-citizens on the eve of birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas."

Guru Ravidas is revered as a great saint and social reformer, remembered for his services to humanity. He preached recitation and chanting of God's name to purify mind and stood for the removal of social inequities in society by giving the message of universal brotherhood and caste-free society.

He had preached devotional singing and naam-chanting to purify mind. He had once said, "Man changa tow kathoti mein Ganga" - which means that if your mind - thoughts and feelings - are pure and pious, then the holy river is within you to take a dip.

He has a good following and is venerated in the regions of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. He had written devotional songs and verses which are sung by his followers as naam-kirtan. He had visualized that the governance of a place must have no pain, no taxes or cares, none owns property there, no wrongdoing, worry, terror, or torture, it is reported.

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