Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti in India in 2020

Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti in India in 2020
  How long until Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti?
This holiday next takes place in 287 days.
  Dates of Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti in India
2021 Jun 24
BiharThu, Jun 24Regional Holiday
HaryanaThu, Jun 24Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshThu, Jun 24Regional Holiday
PunjabThu, Jun 24Regional Holiday
2020 Jun 5
BiharFri, Jun 5Regional Holiday
HaryanaFri, Jun 5Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Jun 5Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Jun 5Regional Holiday
2019 Jun 17
BiharMon, Jun 17Regional Holiday
HaryanaMon, Jun 17Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshMon, Jun 17Regional Holiday
PunjabMon, Jun 17Regional Holiday
2018 Jun 28
HaryanaThu, Jun 28Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshThu, Jun 28Regional Holiday
PunjabThu, Jun 28Regional Holiday
2017 Jun 9
ChhattisgarhFri, Jun 9Regional Holiday
HaryanaFri, Jun 9Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Jun 9Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Jun 9Regional Holiday
  Summary
Birthday of a 15th century mystic and poet. Celebrated on Jyeshtha Purnima
  Which regions observe Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti in 2020?
Bihar  BiharJun 5Regional Holiday
Haryana  HaryanaJun 5Regional Holiday
Himachal Pradesh  Himachal PradeshJun 5Regional Holiday
Punjab  PunjabJun 5Regional Holiday

When is Sant Kabir Jayanti?

According to the Hindu lunar calendar, Sant Kabir Jayanti is celebrated on the day of Jyeshtha Purnima, the full moon in the Hindu month of Jyeshtha. This means it normally takes place in late May or June.

It is a regional holiday in India, usually in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, though it may be a holiday in other states in certain years. The table on this page shows which states observes the holiday this year.

History of Sant Kabir Jayanti

Jayanti means birth anniversary and Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti marks the birthday of Sant Kabir, an Indian mystic poet and saint who lived in the 15th century. His writings and work influenced Hinduism's Bhakti movement and his verses are also found in the Sikh scriptures of Adi Granth.

The year of Kabir's birth is open to debate, with arguments made for both 1398 and 1518, though whatever the year, it is commonly accepted that he was born and raised in a family of Muslim weavers.

Despite his Islamic background, Kabir became a disciple of the Hindu Bhakti saint Ramananda.

Until other Gurus and Saints of the time, Kabir lived the simple life of a weaver. He got married and had children. During his life he suffered some degree of persecution from both Muslims and Hindus, yet on his death, both religions tried to claim the body.

A popular legend about Kabir relates to his funeral. After his death, his disciples argued over his body, the Muslim disciples wanted to claim the body for burial, while the Hindus wanted to cremate the body. Kabir appeared among the arguing disciples and told them to lift the burial shroud. Lifting the shroud, they found fragrant flowers instead of his body. The flowers were divided between the disciples, so that the Muslims could bury the flowers while the Hindus could commit them to fire.

That legacy of Kabir continues through the Path of Kabir (Kabir panth), a religious community that recognises him as its founder and is one of the Sant Mat sects. The members are known as Kabir panthis.

In 1915, Kabir's poetry was brought to a wider audience when his work was translated into English by the famous Bengali polymath, Rabindranath Tagore.

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