Agrasen Jayanti is a popular festival celebrated by members of the Agrahari and Agrawal sectors of the Hindu community. Celebrated with full gaiety and devotion in the honour of their respected forefather, Maharaja Agrasen, the festival is observed to commemorate his birth anniversary.
The festival is observed on the ‘Ekam’ (1st day) of the Shukla Paksha (the period of the bright fortnight of moon) during the Hindu month of ‘Ashwin’. It also falls on the first day of Navratri, a popular Indian festival. According to the Gregorian calendar, this date falls between September to October. This year, Agrasen Jayanti will be celebrated on 29th September.
Maharaj Agrasen was a famous Suryavanshi king who ruled over Agroha. He is also believed to be the founder of Agrahari and Agrawal communities in India. He was famous for his principles of nationalism, socialism, equality and non-violence.
The king was highly respected and admired by the people in his kingdom, and the community members celebrate the event with immense joy and enthusiasm in his honour. Agrasen Jayanti is celebrated commonly in the northern states of India like Uttar Pradesh and Haryana that has maximum Agrawal, Agrahari and Jain communities.
A contemporary of Lord Krishna, he was born almost about 5185 years ago to King Vallabh of Pratap Nagar. He married Princess Madhavi, the daughter of King Nagraj of the Nagvansh dynasty, and had 18 children.