Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti 29 September
Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti is a famous event that is observed annually to mark the birth anniversary of a legendary Hindu King Maharaja Agrasen. Celebrated by the Hindu community’s Agrahari and Agrawal samaj in honor of their renowned forefather, Maharaja Agrasen, this day is celebrated with complete gaiety and dedication. Agrasen Jayanti is noted during the ShuklaPaksha’s’ Ekam’ (1st day) (the moon’s bright fortnight period) ‘Ashwin’ month of Hindu calendar. This date falls between the months of September and October in the Gregorian calendar. According to legends, Maharaja Agrasen was considered to be the legendary king of Agroha and the founder of the societies of Agrahari and Agrawal in India. He was very remarkable and revered King who was regarded by his Kingdom’s individuals with great respect and love. Agrasen Jayanti is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout India, particularly in the northern states such as Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, by the communities dominated by the Agrawal’s, Agraharis and Jains.
Significance of Agrasen Jayanti:
The originator of the Agrahari and Agrawal society was Maharaja Agrasen and therefore the day of Agrasen Jayanti is celebrated in memory of this excellent King. The word ‘Agrawal’ is the combination of two words, ‘Agra’ meaning ‘Agrasen’ and ‘wal’ denotes ‘Balak’ (son). Therefore Agrawal itself implies the‘Son of Agrasen’. Therefore, Agrasen Jayanti’s day has excellent importance for Maharaja Agrasen’s offspring. Maharaja Agrasen was instructed by Lord Shiva to follow Tapas for Goddess Lakshmi, according to the Hindu mythological tales. Pleased by his dedication, Goddess Lakshmi appeared and told Maharaja Agrasen to start business profession for the opulence of his people. Now, Agrahari and Agrawal’s communities are following his company’s tradition. Even this day is regarded as very auspicious to launch a fresh business venture.
Rituals during Agrasen Jayanti:
- Members of the Agrawal and Agrahari community worship Maharaja Agrasen with full dedication. They also give prayers to Goddess Lakshmi in their private and professional lives to seek blessings for peace, harmony, and prosperity. Devotees also visit their’ Kuldevi’ shrines in the morning.
- SobhaYatrasareheld in multiple locations in honor of Maharaja Agrasen. These yantras are taken through the towns via prime places. The procession of SobhaYatra portrays relics and pictures of Maharaja Agrasen and the members of his family.
- On this day, Maharaja Agrasen’soffsprings gets engaged in social welfare operations. To spread the message of brotherhood and equality, they organize the free distribution of food and medical camps. There are also cultural programs and features based on Maharaja Agrasen’s life history at some of the locations. The Vaishya community members idolise him and are trying to follow his footsteps.
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