Valmiki was truly a Maharshi, known as Adi Kavi (first poet) or composer of Ramayana.
Saint Valmiki was one of the most popular sage of ancient times. He he is well known for his contributions in ancient literatures. The epic scripture, Ramayana was composed by him.
This is the reason that the original Ramayana is popularly known as Valmiki’s Ramayana by people around the world. Ramayana is based on the life story of Lord Rama and related incidents, that depict various duties and responsibilities of a human towards life.
Valmiki ji is the original creator of the Hindu ‘sloka’ – a poetry form in which most of the great epics such as Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, and other works are composed.
Life Story Of Saint Valmiki
Valmiki’s birth name was Ratnakar, before he became a saint. He used to do to illegal activities to fulfill the basic needs of his family. Once he encountered Narad Muni, passing by the forest. He asked Ratnakar about the reason of his bandit activities, on which he replied that he does all this to feed his family. On this Narad Muni asked him whether his family members will also be ready to take the responsibility of these sins.
Narad Muni told him that when your parents would not be responsible for his sins, why he wants to indulge himself into such bad acts. Listening to this statement of Narad Muni, Ratnakar feels shattered and enlightened. He bowed to him and fell to his feet. He told him that he will adopt the path of virtue and wisdom and leave all bad activities. Narada told him to repeat Lord Rama’s name and that would assist him. But, he was unable to chant Lord Ram’s name, on which Narad Muni asked him to chant, “Mara, Mara”, which ultimately was pronounced as Ram. Thus, he became a saint and started living a righteous life.
Celebration of Saint Valmiki Jayanti
Saint Valmiki Jayanti is celebrated with enthusiasm and fervour around the nation every year. Special pilgrimages are organized on this day. Devotees can be seen reciting Ramayan with affection, and respect. Ramayan depicts the feelings of sacrifice, love, success and penance. Valmiki aimed at enlightening the minds of people through his composition.
On this day, the Valmiki temples are decorated beautifully. Devotees visit the temples and take part in religious and spiritual activities. Enthusiastic young people can be seen dancing and yelling in front of the jhanki carried in devotion of Lord Rama.