October 13, Sunday is Valmiki Jayanti. The birth anniversary of the famous poet who also authored the Hindu epic Ramayana will be celebrated according to traditions. But modern technology has also a role to play in the celebrations.
Who was Maharishi Valmiki?
Born in a Brahmin family, his original name was Ratnakar. He was like any other child but grew into a sage after meeting the Vedic sage Narada Muni. The Vedic sage gave him a mantra to chant. It was Ram. Ratnakar started changing Ramand continue changing the mantrafor rest of his life.
The mantra transformed Ratnakar into Maharishi Valmiki
Chanting of the mantra made Ratnakar still from inside and outside and he became so still that ants formed hills around him. But Ratnakar remained unmoved from the presence of ants on his body. The mantra also enlightened his mind and soul. After achieving enlightenment, Ratnakar became Maharishi and came to be known as Valmiki.
What was Maharishi Valmiki’s role in the epic Ramayana?
Maharishi Valmiki appears as a monk in in the epic. He comes into picture when the King Rama disowns his wife Sita and sends him to jungle where Maharishi Valmiki welcomes Sita who was pregnant at the time of leaving her home. She gives birth to two sons in the hermitage of Valmiki and the Maharishi names them Luv and Kush.
How do people celebrate Valmiki Jayanti?
Followers of the saint perform pooja at temples. Also, processions showing life of Valmiki are held. Also, people send Valmiki Jayanti Messages, Greetings, Quotes, Photo, Images to their friends and relatives.