Balmiki sect

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Yoga Vasistha
Bhagwan Valmiki
Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal
Pargat Diwas

Valmikism is a religious movement of dalit[1][2] Valmiki community that worships the Lord Valmiki as their ancestor and god.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12] Prabhat Pheris are organised by community on Pargat Diwas, the birth anniversary of Lord Valmiki.[13]


Valmiki Temple

Followers believe that Valmiki's teachings and they consider his works, the Ramayana and the Yoga Vasistha, as their holy scripture.[14][15] The community has their exclusive temples having only portraits and statues of Lord Valmiki.[16][17] Shambuka is considered as victim of caste discrimination by the community members.[18][19]

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  2. ^ "Minister for State Vijay Sampla faces opposition from Dalit organisations in Hoshiarpur". The Indian Express. 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  3. ^ Takhar, Opinderjit Kaur (2016-12-05). Sikh Identity: An Exploration of Groups Among Sikhs. Routledge. ISBN 9781351900102.
  4. ^ "Madhya Pradesh minister calls Valmiki 'daaku', sparks furore". Deccan Chronicle. 2018-01-10. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  5. ^ Winternitz, Moriz (1996). A History of Indian Literature. Motilal Banarsidass. ISBN 9788120802643.
  6. ^ Temple, Captain R. C. (1998). The Legends of the Punjab. Atlantic Publishers & Distributors (P) Limited. ISBN 9788185297729.
  7. ^ "We are not Hindus, we are original natives of this land". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  8. ^ "In Punjab, a dalit movement to embrace Dravidian identity". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  9. ^ "Threat of conversion works, Valmikis get haircut, shave in village after 70 years - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  10. ^ "Valmiki community members announce to give up Hindu religion over TV serial - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  11. ^ "Valmikis protest Valtoha's remark on Dr Ambedkar". Tribuneindia News Service. 2016-07-17. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  12. ^ "Whose does Valmiki belong to?". Forward Press. 2016-01-07. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  13. ^ "Valmiki Dharam Samaj launches welfare plan". Tribune News Service. 2017-10-03. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  14. ^ "The First Poet of Universe". Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  15. ^ Prof.P.P.S.Sastri (1983-01-01). Valmiki Ramyana (Sixth ed.). The Kuppuswami Sastigal Research Institute/Chennai. ISBN 9788185170176.
  16. ^ Singh, Jagpal (1998). "Ambedkarisation and Assertion of Dalit Identity: Socio-Cultural Protest in Meerut District of Western Uttar Pradesh". Economic and Political Weekly. 33 (40): 2611–2618. JSTOR 4407245.
  17. ^ "Ambedkarisation and Assertion of Dalit Identity-Socio-Cultural Protest in Meerut District of Western Uttar Pradesh". Economic and Political Weekly. 33 (40). 2015-06-05.
  18. ^ Leslie, Julia (2017-11-22). Authority and Meaning in Indian Religions: Hinduism and the Case of Valmiki. Routledge. ISBN 9781351772983.
  19. ^ "Jai Bhim, not Ram". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-07-30.

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