MP government has decided to introduce lessons based on the life and teachings of Sant Ravidas, also known as Sant Raidas, a Dalit-poet saint from the Bhakti Movement era, in the school curriculum.
The announcement was done by MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while adressing a gathering, ‘Ravidas Mahakumbh‘, at Sagar on 5th March 2017. ‘Ravidas Mahakumbh‘ was the first such event organised on the poet-saint by the MP Government.
Ravidas or Raidas was a Nirgun Bhakta Disciple of Ramananda. Ravidas was born in Varanasi as a member of an untouchable leather-working caste, and his poems and songs often revolve around his low social position.Some 40 of the poems attributed to Ravidas were included in the Adi Granth (“First Volume”), the sacred scripture of Sikhism, and it is generally accepted that Ravidas met Nanak, the first Guru and founder of the Sikh tradition.