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Sri Ramanandacharya Jayanti 2023

Sri Ramanandacharya Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Sri Ramanandacharya or Ramananda, a 14th-century Vaishnava devotional poet saint. Sri Ramanandacharya Jayanti 2023 date is January 14. He is the founder of the Ramanandi Sampradaya, one of the largest monastic communities of Hindus. It is widely believed that Shri Ramanandacharya developed his philosophy and devotional themes inspired by the south Indian Vedanta philosopher Ramanuja, however evidence also suggests that Ramananda was influenced by Nathpanthi ascetics of the Yoga school of Hindu philosophy.

He was a pioneering figure of the Bhakti movement as it rapidly grew in North India during the 14th and 15th centuries.

Sri Ramanandacharya was social reformer and he accepted disciples without discriminating anyone by gender or class or caste. His disciples included later Bhakti movement poet-saints such as Kabir, Ravidas, Bhagat Pipa and others.

Ramananda was known for composing his works and discussing spiritual themes in vernacular Hindi, stating that this makes knowledge accessible to the masses.

Like most great saints of Hinduism, little is known with certainty about the life of Sri Ramanandacharya. He wanted his devotees to concentrate more on his teachings and not on his biography.

The teachings of Sri Ramanandacharya were a perfect amalgamation of Advaita Vedanta and Vaishnava Bhakti.

Sri Ramanandacharya asserts that austerity and penances through asceticism are meaningless, if an individual does not realize Hari (Vishnu) as their inner self. He criticizes fasting and rituals, stating that the mechanics are not important, and that these are useless if the individual does not take the opportunity to reflect and introspect on the nature of Brahman (Supreme Being). He states that rote reading of a sacred text is of no benefit, if the person fails to understand what the text is trying to communicate.

Sri Ramanandacharya Jayanti is annually held on Magh Krishna Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Magh month.