Valmiki Jayanti

Valmiki Jayanti

September-October; full moon day of the Hindu month of Asvina
This festival celebrates the birthday of the poet Valmiki, whom Hindus believe to be the author of the epic poem Ramayana . A contemporary of Rama, the hero of the Ramayana, Valmiki himself is represented as taking part in some of the scenes he relates. No one knows for certain when the poem was written; estimates range from 500 to 300 b.c.e., with portions added between 300 b.c.e. and 200 c.e.
On Valmiki's birthday, people make processions and carry his portrait through the main streets of towns and villages. Members of the disadvantaged Indian classes pay particular homage to Valmiki, from whom they claim they are descended.
SOURCES:
DictHindu-1977, p. 246
RelHolCal-2004, p. 176
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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Summary: New Delhi [India], Nov 2 (ANI): The Delhi Police have arrested two people for shooting dance instructor during a procession celebrating Valmiki Jayanti near Mandir Marg here.
" She accepted this garland of Rs 1,000 notes at a function held at her residence in New Delhi on the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti. The poor Valmikis offered her this garland.
"Even Sonia Gandhi was wearing the garland made of thousand rupee notes on the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti, which was gifted by Valmikis (people of lower social strata)," said Siddiqui.