Date: 28th March, 2015
Ram Navami is one of the most consecrated and well-known festivals of Hindus. The holy festivity marks the birth of Lord Rama. He was the seventh incarnation of the Lord Vishnu the birth of Lord Rama is celebrated by his devotees with great gusto and exhilaration. It is commemorated on the ninth day of the Chaitra month and also known as Shri Ram Navrata in places like Bihar, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh.Rama Navami Legends
According to the great epic Ramayana, King Dashrath was the benevolent king of Ayodhy. The great king had three wives Kaikeyi, Sumithra and Kaushlaya. Dashrath was not blessed with a child and this has become a question of anxiety for the King and the people of Ayodhya as well. One day, Rishi Vasistha came to his kingdom and suggested king Dashrath to perform Puthra Kamesti Yagna. By this, he can have a child.
As per the suggestion, the king of Ayodhya performed the yagna at Maharishi Rushya Shrunga’s Ashram. As a result, yagneshwar emerged and handed over a bowl of divine kheer and said him to distribute this kheer amongst all his three consorts. The king distributed the kheer into three parts. After few days, all the three queens of Ajodhya conceived Dashratha’s child and on the ninth day of the Navratri, Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharath, Kausalya gave birth to Lord Rama and Sumitra gave birth to two twins, Shatrughan and Lakshmana. The holy day since then is rejoiced as a pious occasion by the worshippers.Rama Navami Celebrations
The celebrations of Rama Navami begin with the worship Sun God. On this consecrated day, people wake up early in the morning, take bath and pay tribute to Sun God. The devotees of Lord Rama also keep fast on Rama Navami and break this fast in the midnight. People go to temples, chant holy mantras and listen the legendry stories of Lord Rama.
As a part of Rama Navami celebrations, people keep their home clean and festoon them exquisitely. Pujas are conducted at homes and the figurines of Lord Rama, his wife Site and brother Lakshmana are placed at the worship place. The worshippers made offerings to all in the form of fruits, sweets, flowers, and burn incense sticks.
An aarti is performed through thali that contain holy items like roli, rice, turmeric, holy water, and other things. While performing the aarti, holy mantras are chanted by all the members of the family. After the puja, Prasad is distributed amongst people accumulated at the place of worship.
On Rama Navami, the devotees also bestow food and money to the poor ones. In some parts of India, grand processions of Lord Rama are carried out with full gusto and devotees play with water and color to celebrate the birth of Lord Rama.