Valmiki Jayanti celebrates the birth anniversary of the great author and sage, Maharishi Valmiki. As per the traditional Hindu calendar, this date falls on ‘Purnima’ (full moon Day) during the month of Ashwin whereas in the Gregorian calendar it corresponds to the month of September-October. Maharishi Valmiki was the author of the great Hindu epic Ramayana and also revered as the ‘Aadi Kavi’ or the first poet of the Sanskrit Literature. Ramayana, depicting the story of Lord Ram was first written by him in Sanskrit language and consists of 24,000 verses that are divided in 7 ‘Kandas’ (cantos). Valmiki Jayanti is observed in honour of this acclaimed saint. This day is celebrated with dedication in the northern regions of India and is also referred as ‘Pragat Diwas’.

Valmiki Jayanti 2017 was on October 05 Thursday

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Rituals during Valmiki Jayanti:

  • On Valmiki Jayanti people pay their respect towards this renowned saint and poet. Several processions carrying the portrait of Valmiki are taken out in several towns and villages. Hindu devotees worship him devotedly on this day. In many places, prayers are offered to his portrait.
  • Recitations of Ramayana are held in temples of Lord Ram all over India on this day. There are several temples dedicated to Maharishi Valmiki in India. On the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti, these temples are magnificently decorated with flowers. Several incense sticks are lighted that render the atmosphere pure and blissful. Kirtans and bhajan programs are organized in these temples. Many devotees also visit Lord Rama temples on this occasion and recite few verses of Ramayana in reminiscence of Maharishi Valmiki.
  • Also on Valmiki Jayanti distribution of free food to the poor and needy is held at various places. Doing charity is considered to be very rewarding on this day.

Important Timings On Valmiki Jayanti

Sunrise05-Oct-2017 06:23 AM
Sunset05-Oct-2017 18:06 PM
Purnima Tithi Begins 05-Oct-2017 01:47 AM
Purnima Tithi Ends06-Oct-2017 00:10 AM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Valmiki Jayanti:

The day of Valmiki Jayanti holds great religious significance in Hinduism as it celebrates the unparalleled contribution of Maharishi Valmiki. He had authored some incredible works that includes Ramayana, Mahabharata and several Puranas. The celebration of Valmiki Jayanti is a tribute to a great saint who conquered his limitations and through the medium of his teachings encouraged the masses to fight against social justice. He propagated the values of Lord Ram and recognised Him as a man of penance and benevolence.

Valmiki Jayanti festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Wednesday, 8th of October
2015Tuesday, 27th of October
2016Sunday, 16th of October
2017Thursday, 5th of October
2018Wednesday, 24th of October
2019Sunday, 13th of October
2020Saturday, 31st of October
2021Wednesday, 20th of October
2022Sunday, 9th of October
2023Saturday, 28th of October
2024Thursday, 17th of October
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