Ram Navami is one of India’s major festivals and is widely celebrated. Some devotees take a bath and dress up Rama’s miniature idols, light a lamp before the idol, and then put those idols in a cradle to mark her birth while Kheer is prepared as an offering to God.
In this day, the devotees pray for peace, prosperity, and success and seek the divine blessings of Rama. Ram Navami also marks the ninth day of Navratri when devotees celebrate Navami by supplying food to those in need.
Hindus also perform the rituals of Kanya Puja on that day, where 9 girls are invited home and paid respect like Hindus to believe they are the manifestation of Devi. A prasad composed of sooji halwa, kala chana, and puri is also prepared and presented to the girls after the puja ritual.
Mythologically, the kingdom of Ayodhya was shaken by the fact that there was no successor to the throne. On an afternoon in Chaitra, Lord Rama was born of King Dasharath and his queen Kaushalya after they were given the sacred pudding to eat by Rishi Vasishtha. Lord Rama is said to have been born to save the people of Ayodhya from evil and to make peace and prosperity prevail over his kingdom.
It is also celebrated as the birthday of Swaminarayan, a saint who is regarded as an avatar of Narayana. He was born in a Chhapaiya village in Uttar Pradesh.
History of Ram Navami
Ram Navami is recorded in recitals of Rama, especially in the Ramayana which is regarded as one of the two great Sanskrit epics of the Hindu religion. Ram Navami’s story is also referred to as the Vratha Katha.
He describes how King Dashratha and her three queens – Kaushalya, Kaikeyi, and Sumitra executed the Kamesti Yagna Putra, on the advice of Rishi Vashishth when neither of King Dashratha’s spouses could bear him an heir. Following the Yagna, the three queens received Kheer, who was blessed by Yajna, Lord of Yagna.
Why Is Ram Navami Celebrated?
Ram Navami is considered one of the five most important Hindu feasts, as it marks the birthday of the Hindu God. Lord Rama, child of King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya at Ayodhya. Lord Rama is considered to be Lord Hindu’s seventh avatar. On this auspicious day, Lord Rama and Lord Vishnu‘s devotees celebrate the day Rama Katha, recitation and recitation of Hindu scripture verses such as Shrimad Bhagavatam and Ramayana.
It is a common belief among devotees that only through the celebration and recitation of prayers on the feast of Ramnavami, the person brings divine power into their lives as well as remove evil influences or the earth’s negative energy. People celebrate Rama Navami in various ways, some devotees enjoy visiting the temples, but some simply pray from home, Bhajans and kirtans are sung, religious offerings such as candies and fruits are given in temples, and even elaborate Pujas are made, in the name of Lord Rama and Lord Vishnu but the intention is the same, to celebrate and show devotion to Lord Rama, to embrace positive energy in their lives.
What is done on Ram Navami?
Ram Navami is celebrated with dedication and happiness.
This is the time to reflect on moral values and many people fast through the hours of the day, that day, and spend time singing bhajans and kirtan, The recitations of Rama Katha, and reading the life of Lord Rama through the Ramayana.
The house is decorated and the idols of the Deity are nicely decorated with flowers, clothes, and jewelry.
Many devotees mark the event by taking miniature statues of the child Rama, washing them and putting them on, then placing them in a cradle.
Some prefer spiritual encounters at home, where after puja, Kheer, a creamy rice pudding is generally done that day and eaten as prasad. The youngest member of the family puts a red tikka on the rest of the family.
Many Vaishnava Hindus celebrate by visiting the temples, which are magnificently lit and decorated during the day.
In Bengaluru, a monthly classical music festival is taking place to celebrate this auspicious occasion.
It is a unique 80-year-old musical show that celebrates musicians, regardless of their religion, of carnival and Hindustani origin, which is played to the assembled public.
Charity events and community dinners are also organized by Vaishnava temples and organizations.
At Ayodhya, many bathe in the holy river Sarayu, then visit the temple of Rama.
Ram Navami Festival begins with a bath in one of the sacred rivers and the Jal offers at dawn to Surya, the Sun God, to get the sacred blessings. Surya would be the progenitor of Lord Rama.
We hope that on this Ram Navami your ways will be illuminated with true devotion and spirituality.
Rama Navami Vrata
On the auspicious day of Lord Ramachandra the following should be observed:
Wake up early every day. It is recommended to get up early in the morning at the Brahma-muhurta. The time of an hour and a half before dawn is called Brahma-muhurta. In the meantime, spiritual activities are recommended since they have a greater effect than in any other part of the day.
Clean yourself and wear fresh clothes. Cleanness is essential to the advancement of the spiritual life. There are two types of cleanliness: external as well as internal. This process cleanses the accumulated dust of past karma from the spirit.
Praise Hare Krishna Mahamantra. The Hare Krishna Mahamantra should be repeated at least 16 times (1 turn = 108 times). These names of the Lord are mentioned in numerous Puranas and Upanishads, and they are described as the name Taraka-Brahma of that age. You may perform as many Hare Krishna Mahamantra tricks as possible today.
Fasting: It is recommended that people fast until sunset on that auspicious day. Anyone who cannot fast completely can drink water or take fruit. You can also take some Panakam.
The great epic Ramayana is the account of Lord Rama’s activities in the world, and the authoritarian Ramayana was written by the great poet Valmiki. It is said that Valmiki, the writer of Ramayana, suffered austerities for sixty thousand years.