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Guru Ravidas

Topics Covered:

  1. Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.


Guru Ravidas


What to study?

For Prelims and mains: Contributions and significant role in Bhakti movement.


Context: Yielding to the protests against the Supreme Court-directed demolition of a Guru Ravidas temple in south Delhi, the Centre has agreed to allot the same site to the devotees to construct a new temple.


Who is Guru Ravidas?

  1. He was a poet and saint of the Bhakti movement.
  2. Born in Varanasi to the ‘untouchable’ leather tanners caste.
  3. He is believed to be a disciple of the bhakti saint-poet Ramanandaand a contemporary of the bhakti saint-poet Kabir.
  4. One of his famous disciples was the saint, Mirabai.
  5. Ravidas’ devotional songs were included in the Sikh scriptures, Guru Granth Sahib.
  6. The Panch Vani text of the Dadupanthi tradition within Hinduism also includes numerous poems of Ravidas.
  7. Ravidas taught removal of social divisions of caste and gender, and promoted unity in the pursuit of personal spiritual freedoms.
  8. Among Ravidas’s moral and intellectual achievements were the conception of “Begampura”, a city that knows no sorrow; and a society where caste and class have ceased to matter.


Sources: the Hindu.