SHRI RAMA NAVAMI

by Shatika, April 15, 2016

Ram, the Name is sweeter than the sweetest of objects. It is the haven of peace. It is the very life of pure souls. It is the purifier of all purifying agencies. It quenches the consuming fire of worldly desires. It awakens the knowledge of God. It bathes the aspirant in the, ocean of divine bliss. Glory to Sri Rama and His Name!

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Birth

Ramayana is the great and religious Epic of the Hindu religion, tells the history of King Dasharatha and his son Rama. King Dasharatha had three wives (Kausalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi). He had no children and it was very worrying for the emperor of Ayodhya. One day he was told by the great Rishi named Vasistha to perform the Puthra Kamesti Yagna to fulfill his desire for a child. He was suggested to specially invite the Maharshi Rishyasringa in order to perform the yagna. After performing the yagna, he was given a bowl of the divine Kheer by the Yagneshwara. He was requested to offer that bowl of Kheer to all his wives. Some days after eating that Kheer, all his wives conceived. At the day of Navami (at 9th day) in the Chaitra month at noon Kausalya gave birth to Rama, Kaikeyi to Bharata and Sumitra to twin boys named Lakshmana and Shatrughna.

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Significance

Born to Queen Kausalya, Rama was the 7th avatar of the Lord Vishnu who took birth to come to the Earth to finish Adharma and maintain  Dharma. Lord Rama had protected his devotees from the attack of demons. Ram Navami festival is a festival of great importance for the people of the Hindu religion. Celebrating the festival of Ram Navami on the 9th day of Chaitra month indicates the removal of bad powers and entrance of divine power on the earth. To remove the Asura power on the earth in order to maintain the Dharma, Lord Vishnu had to be born on the earth as a son of the Ayodhya King Dasharatha. Ram Navami is a ritual celebration for the people of Hindu religion which they celebrate enthusiastically for their soul and body purification. Lord Rama came to the earth to perform a special responsibility to destroy the demon Ravana in order to maintain the Dharma.

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Rituals

Fast has to be kept for nine days and on the last day of the Navratri. Ram navami is celebrated, Ramayana is read and puja of Rama and Sita is performed. Their marriage is performed in temples or in houses. Rath yatras are also taken out. They offer Morning Prayers to the Hindu God, Surya Dev after taking a holy bath early in the morning each day. People offer puja to Lakshman, Mata Sita, God Hanuman and Lord Rama.

Vasanthotsavam

The ninth  day also marks the end of the nine-day utsava called Chaitra Navaratri (Maharashtra) or Vasanthothsava (Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Tamil Nadu) (festival of Spring), which starts with Gudi padwa  (Maharashtra). We have very strong religious needs and only discipline and devotion can help us reach there and attain health, wealth and prosperity in life. Shatika wishes its patrons a very happy Ram Navami and prosperity in life.

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