Ram Navami: An Auspicious Day

The festival commemorating the birth of Lord Rama falls on the ninth day of the month of Chaitra (March – April) in Hindu calendar. As it falls in Chaitra Masa Shukla Paksha Navmi, so it is also known as Chaitra Masa Shukla Paksha Navmi. Lord Rama is believed to be the 7th avatar of Vishnu incarnated on earth to establish righteousness and destroy the wicked. On this particular day people observe fast with only eating once throughout the day. A number of rituals are being performed on this day like there are Akhand Ramayana organized in temples and homes. Bhajans are sung in temples and Sundarkaand is also being recited on the day. In some places it is celebrated as Sri Rama navaratra. Fruits, flowers are being offered to Lord Rama and in various places possession known as Rath or Shobha Yatra is conducted which a which includes 4 persons is enacting as Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lakshmana and Lord Hanuman.Lord Rama

The most crowded celebrations of the day take place at Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh), which is the birth place of lord Rama Sita Samahit Sthal (Bihar), Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh), Bhadrachalam (Telangana) and Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu). In Ayodhya, devotees take a dip in the sacred river Sarayu and then move to seek blessings of Lord Rama. In south Indian states like Telangana, Tamil Nadu, the wedding of Lord Rama and Sita is celebrated with great pomp and show. In most of the Hindu houses Rama Navami is celebrated especially in North India, it is a festival of great significance. Hindus offer sweets, roli, water, flowers to the Deity and throughout the day bhajans and kirtans are sung in every house.

Lord Rama, also known as Maryaada Purushottam Ram sets an example before each one of us as an ideal son, ideal husband, ideal warrior, ideal brother and an ideal king. He teaches the world the goodness of choosing dharma. He was always gentle, gallant and free of malice. His era is known as Ram Rajya means the time of prosperity and peace. Ram Navami is the day in which we should unite our spirit with Lord Rama and take a vow to follow his footsteps for entire life. Not only worshiping him on this day, but we should also learn and follow the virtues of Lord Rama which he followed throughout his life and taught us to do the same.

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