Agrasen Jayanti is a renowned event observed annually by the Agrahari and Agrawal sects of the Hindu community. This day is celebrated with full gaiety and devotion in the honour of their respected forefather, Maharaja Agrasen and commemorates his birth anniversary. Agrasen Jayanti is observed on the ‘Ekam’ (1st day) of the Shukla Paksha (the period of bright fortnight of moon) during the Hindu month of ‘Ashwin’. In the Gregorian calendar, this date falls between the months of September to October. As per the legends, Maharaja Agrasen was known to be the legendary king of Agroha and also the founder of Agrahari and Agrawal communities in India. He was very notable and revered King who was looked upon with great respect by the people of his Kingdom. Agrasen Jayanti is celebrated with immense enthusiasm across India, especially in the northern states like Uttar Pradesh and Haryana that are dominated by Agrawal, Agrahari and Jain communities.

Agrasen Jayanti 2017 was on September 21 Thursday

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Maharaja Agrasen

Maharaja Agrasen

Rituals during Agrasen Jayanti:

  • On the day of Agrasen Jayanti, members of the Agrawal and Agrahari community worship Maharaja Agrasen with dedication. They also offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi to seek their blessings for peace, harmony and prosperity in their personal and professional life. Devotees also visit the temples of their respective ‘Kuldevi’ in the morning to seek Her blessings.
  • Sobha Yatras in honour of Maharaja Agrasen is held at various places. These yatras are taken through prime locations through the cities. The Sobha Yatra procession depicts relics and images of Maharaja Agrasen and his family members.
  • On this day, descendants of Maharaja Agrasen engage themselves in social welfare activities. They organize free food distribution and medical camps to spread the message of brotherhood and equality. In some places cultural programs and functions based on the life history of Maharaja Agrasen are also held. The members of the Vaishya community idolize him and attempt to follow his footsteps.

Important Timings On Agrasen Jayanti

Sunrise21-Sep-2017 06:18 AM
Sunset21-Sep-2017 18:20 PM
Pratipada Tithi Begins 20-Sep-2017 10:59 AM
Pratipada Tithi Ends21-Sep-2017 10:34 AM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Agrasen Jayanti:

Maharaja Agrasen was the originator of the Agrahari and Agrawal community and therefore the day of Agrasen Jayanti is celebrated in remembrance of this great King. The word ‘Agrawal’ in the combination of two words, ‘Agra’ meaning ‘Agrasen’ and ‘wal’ implies ‘balak’ (son). Therefore agrawal itself implies the ‘Son of Agrasen’. The day of Agrasen Jayanti therefore holds great significance for descendants of Maharaja Agrasen. According to the Hindu mythological stories, Maharaja Agrasen was advised by Lord Shiva to observe Tapas for Goddess Lakshmi. Pleased by his dedication, Goddess Lakshmi appeared and told Maharaja Agrasen to start business profession for the opulence of his people. Henceforth members of Agrahari and Agrawal communities follow the tradition of business. This day is even considered very auspicious for initiating a new business venture.

Agrasen Jayanti festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Thursday, 25th of September
2015Tuesday, 13th of October
2016Saturday, 1st of October
2017Thursday, 21st of September
2018Wednesday, 10th of October
2019Sunday, 29th of September
2020Saturday, 17th of October
2021Thursday, 7th of October
2022Monday, 26th of September
2023Sunday, 15th of October
2024Thursday, 3rd of October
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