Saint Tusidas penned Ramacharitmanas in Awadhi language, a dialect of Hindi. Tulsidas Jayanti or Goswami Tulsidas Jayanti is the birth anniversary of this great saint and poet Tulsidas. It is held on the seventh day after ‘amavasi’ (waxing moon or Shukl Paksh) in the Shravan month (August).

This year in 2010 the date of Goswami Tulsidas Jayanti is August 16.

Tulsidas kept the main story of Valmiki Ramayan intact yet made changes in the beginning and end in Ramcharitmanas. He laid emphasis on bhakti in his version of Ramayana. According to the popular belief it is said that Tulsidas composed Ramayana as per the guidance of Hanuman.

It is accounted that Tulsidas wrote twelve books and the most famous is the Ramcharitmanas. The major literary work and couplets written by him in Hindi are very popular and thus paid a major contribution towards development of the language.

The devotees visit temples of Lord Ram and Hanuman on Goswami Tulsidas Jayanti. The Ramcharit Manas is read with pious feeling on the day. Several seminars and symposiums are arranged on the teachings of Tulsidas are also held on the day in North India on this auspicious day. Apart from this, Brahmins are fed.

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