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Baba Ramdev Jayanti

Baba Ramdev Jayanti
Baba Ramdev Jayanti
The birth anniversary of Baba Ramdev Ji, the popular folk deity of Rajasthan especially among the Meghwal community, is annually celebrated with great zeal and devotion. The major fair is organized at Ramdevra temple in Jodhpur, where the main Samadhi of Babaji is located. The fair is attended in large numbers by people belonging to both the Hindu and the Muslim communities. The Jayanti of Babaji is celebrated on the second day of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapada month of Hindu calendar.

In 2014, Baba Ramdev Jayanti will be celebrated on 4th September.     

About Baba Ramdev Ji
The local people of Rajasthan consider Baba Ramdev ji to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna. It is said that King Ajamal and his wife, Queen Minal Devi, did not have any children. Then one day Ajamal went to Dwarka to offer prayers to Lord Krishna and express his wish of having a child just like him. With the blessing of Lord Krishna, the couple was soon blessed with two sons, the younger of whom was Baba Ramdev ji. Many people believe that Ramdev ji was the 72nd descendent of the renowned Pandav warrior and prince, Arjuna.

Baba Ramdev ji considered all humans to be equal, worked hard to revive Hinduism and was especially known for helping the less fortunate members of society by fulfilling their wishes. The Muslims worshiped him in as Ramshah Pir and believed that he possessed extraordinary powers. It is said that when the fame of Babaji’s power reached Mecca, five learned men from there set out to test his abilities. On meeting Babaji, they were so impressed by him and his powers that they decided to stay with him and to this day their samadhi’s are situated near Babaji’s Samadhi in Jodhpur.

Celebrating Baba Ramdev Jayanti
Baba Ramdev Jayanti is observed as a public holiday in the state of Rajasthan. The people of the Meghwal community, who consider Babaji to be their primary deity, offer wooden toy horses covered with cloth at the several temples of Babaji located across the state.

Numerous fairs are organized in various parts of Rajasthan to commemorate the day, with the fair at Ramdevra in Jodhpur being the biggest and the most famous. Special prayers are also held on this day, especially at the Ramdevra temple. Devotees, who include both Hindus and Muslims, visit the temple and Samadhi of Babaji in large numbers of this day to seek his blessings for a happy and prosperous life.

 

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