Surdas Jayanti is widely celebrated by the Hindu community across the nation. (Photo credit: totalbhakti.com)
As an ardent follower of Lord Krishna, Surdas is believed to have composed one million melodies, which are compiled in a book called Sur Sagar (Ocean of Melody).
New Delhi: Surdas Jayanti is annually celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Surdas, a renowned saint, poet, and singer from north India. It is said that Sudas was born in 1478 and was a great follower of Lord Krishna. According to the Hindu calendar, his birth day falls on Panchami Tithi (fifth day) of Shukla Paksha in the month of Vaishakha, which falls in the months of April and May. Thus, the day of commemoration of Surdas Jayanti varies from year to year. This year, people will mark his birthday on April 25. Let’s shed some light on the life and journey of a prominent poet on this special occasion.
Date and celebration of Surdas Jayanti
As the celebration of Surdas Jayanti depends on the movements of planets and stars, followers will observe this special occasion starting from the night of April 23 until midnight on April 25.
The auspicious time for celebrating Surdas Jayanti will start at 10:54 pm on April 23 and end at 12:09 am on April 25, Tuesday.
Surdas Jayanti is widely celebrated by the Hindu community across the nation, especially in the northern part of India. The place of his birth is still a subject of study. Some researchers state that Surdas was born into a Saraswat Brahmin family in Runkata district in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Another section of the population believes that the great poet was born in Sihi village in Haryana. Because of his blindness, his family abandoned him at an early age, and he was forced to spend his life on the bank of river Yamuna.
In his search for a better life, Surdas reached out to Shri Vallabhacharya and became his disciple. Vallabhacharya enlightened him with knowledge about the life and journey of Lord Krishna. Getting inspired from the life and journey of Lord Krishna, Sudas became an ardent devotee of the lord and dedicated his rest of life in his devotion.
Compositions of Surdas
As a poet and great follower of Lord Krishna, Surdas penned melodious bhajans and songs dedicated to Lord Krishna. Among his prominent works, Sur Sagar (Ocean of Melody) which is said to have one million melodies, is well recognised by people. In Sur Sagar, Surdas depicts Krishna and Radha as divine lovers. In addition, he also penned Sur Saravali and Sahitya Lahiri, which played a crucial role in spreading the bhakti movement in North India.
Significance of Surdas Jayanti
For his devotion to Lord Krishna and his writings in his honour, Surdas is regarded as a saint. He is also recognised for the challenging life he led as a blind musician, after he was abandoned by his family at an early age due to his disabilities. Additionally, the Mughal emperor Akbar is thought to have been another supporter and admirer of Surdas.
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