Ram Navami

Ram Navami Festival

Lord Ram is admired by the world for his decency and principles. He is the perfect model of patience, courage, wisdom. His moral philosophy and values gave the world a strong and convincing message about treating and honouring women with respect and dignity. He also explained that no one, by birth, is small or big. And a person's stature should not be measured by his/her caste, but through the deeds.

Lord Ram's exemplary behavior is what people should try to emulate in their lives. His mental outlook, controlled speech, calmness, respects for parents, elders, young, and immense attachment for justice have made him the perfect son, husband, brother and an excellent ruler. He is the manifestation of humanity, perfection and great insight. For placing such high standard of virtues, his birthday is celebrated as Ram Navami with intense devotion and reverence.

Ram Navami falls in Chaitra Navami Shukla Paksha and is held on the ninth day. This period comes in March. It is believed that Lord Ram took birth on this earth during the ninth day on a bright noon of Chaitra month. He is regarded as the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was born to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya of Ayodhya. Despite being born in a royal family, he served 14 years in exile just to fulfill his stepmother's wish since she wanted her own son Bharat to become the successor of the. His name is synonymous with truth, peace, and prosperity. He lived a simple life like any other king would have lead. He never became a source of sorrow for anyone or spoke a lie in his life. His surety and faith in oneself is so firm and strong that people swear by his name whenever there is any need to prove innocence. Chanting his name relives one from the pain of death.

Significance of Ram Navami

Ram Navami is a one of the major Hindu festivals in India. In some part of India, this day is also commemorated as the wedding anniversary of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita. It is a never a forgettable day for Hindus and no matter which part of the world they are residing, they remember it and pay their respects. The great epic 'Ramayana' is based on the life of Lord Ram that is read and heard with much delights and sentiment even this day.

According to Ramayan, King Dasaratha of Ayodhya was advised by Rishi Vasistha to perform a Putra Kamesti Yagna so that he can become a father and his legacy would be carried further. After seeking his advice, Dasaratha approached Maharishi Rushya Shrunga to perform the rituals for the Yagna, which the sage readily agreed and it was successfully accomplished. When the ceremony was over, a divine figure appeared from the fire and handed a bowl of rice pudding to Dasaratha and asked him to feed it to his three queens. The pudding was equally distributed among all the queens. After consuming the Yagna prasad, on the ninth day, Kaushalya gave birth to Lord Ram. Since then, this auspicious day is celebrated as Ram Navami by the devotees.

Ram Navami Celebration

This sacred Hindu festival is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Ram. In many parts of India, it is a nine-day celebration which concludes with the birth of Ram. The day of all devotees starts with a bath. It is believed that people who bathe in the Saryu river which flows through Ayodhya, the birth place of Ram, is very sacred and their wishes come true. After taking the bath, people throng to temples and offer prayers to the Sun God first. They recite mantras from the holy book of Ramayana and offer flowers and fruits to the deity. Many observe fast and break it the next day. Lots of religious and social activities become the routine of the day. Sermons or Satsangs are held by cultural committees in honour of Sri Ram. Stories from the epic is narrated in temples to devotees.

As the festival is also a time in India for some cleaning and painting work, all Hindu homes prepare themselves to welcome their favourite god. Idol and photo frame of Ram adorn flower garlands. Incense sticks and dhoop are burned and prayers are conducted by all members of the family. Some even call priests to their homes to perform the rituals and feed Brahmins and poor.

Ayodhya, which is also fondly called as Ram Nagari, witnesses a heavy influx of devotees on this day. The whole town is decorated with flowers. Rath Yatra is carried out throughout the town on a decorative chariot with musicians and dancers. Thousands participate in the rally and dance to their heart.

Ram Navami is observed in recognition of Lord Ram's birth and his moral conducts. This Hindu festival is one of the five sacred festivals in India and is religiously admired by millions of Hindus.