Guru Ravidas or Guru Ravidass was born in the fifteenth century at Varanasi (Benares or Banaras or or Kashi) in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. His birthday comes every year at Puran Mashi in the month of Magh. His mother's name was Mata Kalsi and his father's name was Baba Santokh Dass. In his poetry, he describes himself as a leather worker, someone whose contact with dead animals would have marked him as an untouchable in Indian society.
According to Ravidass Puran Guru Ravidas had a son named Vijaydas.
Guru Ravidas travelled quite widely, as his poems indicate a good knowledge of Hindi, Urdu, Persian and many regional languages of India. Guruji's followers are found in many states of India such as Uttar Pardesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
The two oldest sources of his work are the Sikh scripture, the Adigranth, and in the collections of songs compiled by the Dadu Panth.
The 41 hymns of Ravidas included in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji fall under:
Raga - Siri(1), Gauri (5), Asa(6), Gujari(1), Sorath(7), Dhanasari(3),
Jaitsari(1),Suhi(3), Bilaval(2),Gaund(2),Ramkali(1),Maru(2),Kedara(1), Bhairau(1),Basant(1), and Malhar(3). one with slight variations is given in both Rag Sorath and rag Maru.
He spear headed the fight against man made discriminations based on caste, colour and creed. He also taught the message of love neighbours which has got more importance in today's world. He preached the lofty ideas of Socialism, Secularism, Equality and Fraternity. Because of his untouchability, Ravidas has become an important figure for oppressed castes in India today, his followers calling themselves Ravidasis.
Read more details at Wikipedia, www.shrigururavidasji.com, www.bhagwanvalmiki.com
P.S.: Some sources quote that Guru Ravidas & Guru Nanak Dev (the first of the ten Sikh Gurus) met once or several times. As one friend attracts attention, I recommend to verify yourself.
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