New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Valmiki Jayanti, also known as Pragat Diwas, every year is celebrated on the full moon day of the Shukla Paksha in the Ashwin month, as per the Hindu calendar. This year, the nation is celebrating the Valmiki Jayanti on October 31 (today) to mark the birth anniversary of Maharishi Valmiki, who is known as the Adi Kavi (first poet) of the Sanskrit scripture. He is also famous for writing the Ramayana, depicting the story of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita. 

Date and Time

According to the Hindu lunar calendar, Valmiki Jayanti is celebrated on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha in Ashwin month. However, according to the Gregorian calendar, Valmiki Jayanti Purnima tithi begins at 05:45 am on October 30, 2020, and will conclude at 10:20 pm on October 31, 2020.

Significance of this day

It is believed that Maharishi Valmiki, who lived in Treta Yug, learned the story of Lord Rama from Narad Muni and under his guidance he wrote the epic. Ramayana is composed of about 480,002 words which are quarter to Mahabharata. It is believed that Narad Muni wanted to record the story of Lord Rama for future generations and for that he found Valmiki Ji as the most suitable person.

Hostory of Valmiki Jayanti

On this day, people decorate Valmiki Temples and reads Ramayana which contains 24,000 shlokas and 7 cantos. One of the most famous temples of Valmiki Ji is situated in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai which is believed to be 1,300 years old. It is believed that Maharishi Valmiki offered shelter to Devi Sita when she left Ayodhya after villagers questioned her purity. He also taught the Ramayana to the children of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita- Luv and Kush.

Posted By: Srishti Goel