Markandeya Jayanti (Bhakta Markandeya Jayanti / Markandeya Rushi Jayanti) is an auspicious day to worship Markandeya, who is the great devotee of Lord Shiva and a great Sage. In 2017, Markandeya Jayanti date is January 31.
Markandeya Jayanti falls on Shukla Paksha Chaturthi in Magha Month as per Hindu calendar.
Markandeya Rishi was born in the clan of Bhrigu Rishi. He is mentioned in many Puranas as the great devotee of Lord Shiva and Vishnu. There is a Purana with his name ‘Markandeya Purana’. It is a conversation between Markandeya and Jaimini Maharshi.
Markandeya Rushi is also mentioned number of times in Bhagavata Purana and in the Mahabharata. There is a holy place dedicated to Bhakta Markandeya which is called ‘Markandeya Tirtha’ on a trekking route to Yamunotri Temple in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.