Heartiest wishes on the birth anniversary of Ādi Kavi (first Poet) who is known as the inventor of śloka (first verse or epic metre), which set the base and defined the form of Sanskrit poetry. Happy Valmiki Jayanti!
Narada is known to have reformed Lord Valmiki by teaching Him to worship God. He meditated for many years, so much so that Ant-hills grew around his body. Finally, a divine voice declared his penance successful, bestowing Him with the name ‘Valmiki’: “one born out of ant-hills” (Valmikam in Sanskrit means Ant-hill). Happy Valmiki Jayanti!
MAA NISHAADA PRATISHTHAAM TVAMGAMAH SHAASVATEE SAMAH| YATKROUNCHA MITHUNADEKAMAVADHEEH KAAMA MOHITAM|| ~ Lord Valmiki Translation: O cruel hunter, you will never get respect in this world because you have killed the innocent heron who was engaged in making love. Warm wishes on the composer of the 1st Sloka of Sanskrit! Happy Valmiki Jayanti!