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Ram Navami The Festival of Righteousness and Truth

LORD RAM


Ram Navami, is a Spring time, Hindu festival which marks the birth of Lord Rama. It is celebrated  on  the,  ninth  day  of  Shukla Paksha in Chaitra month

Lord Rama was born in Ayodhya, in Treta Yuga to King Dasharath and Queen Kaushalya. 

The  birthday of  Lord  Rama is, Celebrated  as  Ram  Navami  festival  in  India. It also marks  the  end  of  the  ninth day of Chaitra Navratri.

Lord, Shree Ram  born,  on  the  auspicious day  of   Ram   Navami   is  the  seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

The life activities, of Shri Ram are explained in  detail  by  the  great,  Sage  Valmiki  in  the  great  Sanskrit  epic  Ramayana. The story   of   Ram  Navami   is, also called the Vratha Katha.

It describes, how King Dasharath and his three Queen's Kaushalya, Kaikeyi and Sumitra performed, the Putra Kameshti Yagna  on  the  advice, of  Maha Rishi Vasishtha. When  neither of King  Dasharatha's wives, was able to bear him an Hier, after the Yagna the three Queen's were given Prasad, which was blessed by Yagna, Lord of Yagna, With the blessings Queen's conceived soon, after they consumed the Prasad and on the ninth day of Chaitra month, Queen Kaushalya gave birth to Lord Ram, Queen Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharat and Queen Sumitra gave birth to the twins Lakshman and Shatrughan.

The Hindu scriptures, have announced the incarnation of Lord , in the universal scriptures that narrate the history and tradition of our Religion.

Lord Brahma in his scriptural, treatise Brahma Samhita, prays to the Lord reciting.

" ramadi-murtishu kala-niyamena

   tishthan 

   nanavataram akarod bhuvaneshu kintu 

   krishnah svayam samabhavat paramah 

   punam yo 

   govindam adi-purushamtam aham 

    bhajami"

LORD VISHNU


Here, Lord Brahma offer prayer to Lord Govinda the Primeval Lord, who personally appeared as Lord Ram for the protection of the devotees. The incarnation is compared to the waves, of a river. The verse states that as the waves, of river or the waves of the ocean, cannot be counted. Similarly it is impossible, to count the the incarnation of the Supreme Lord.

The prayers of Lord Brahma confirm the fact that the Lord appears in his various incarnations like Matsya-the fish, Varaha the boar, Narsimha, the half-man, half-Lion to protect his devotees, out of which the Lord Ram incarnation personifies, justice, ethics and victory over vices.

Spiritual Significance of Ram Navami 

When we say Rama ( ra and ma) 'Ra' means light, 'Ma' means within. The Divine light within us is Rama.

The purpose of  Lord Rama's birth, was to defeat the evil spirit, of demon king Ravana and bring back the Goddess Sita. Hence the Celebration, of Ram Navami glorifies the power of religion.

Ram Navami indicates the significance of the arrival of Divine power on the Earth. It was when Lord Vishnu was born as Lord Rama, the elder son of  Dashratha, the King of Ayodhya.

King Dashratha (dasa and ratha) Lord Rama's father, 'Dasha' means Ten, 'Ratha' means Chariot. Ten Chariots mean five working senses or active senses (Karmendriya) and Knowledge acquiring senses (Gyanendriya). The active senses include the ability to talk, the hands, the legs, the evacuating part, and the genitals. The Knowledge, acquiring senses include eyes, ears, nose, tongue and sense of touch.

Queen  Kaushalya, Rama's  Mother   Kaushalya, it means "Skill". Hence Lord Rama has all the, skill to ride the ten Chariots of active senses and knowledge acquiring senses.

Ayodhya, birth place, and the Capital City of Lord Rama, 'A' is the negative prefix to 'Yodhya', which means war, so a place where there is no war, but prosperity and justice is called Ayodhya.

The purpose of Rama's birth was to defeat the evil spirit of Ravana. The story of Ram Navami begins, with the king of Lanka the mighty Ravana. As Ravana, was a cruel ruler the population, was mercilessly terrorized and people wish to attain, freedom from the demon king. However no simple man could defeat,the demon King as Ravana had acquired the blessings of Lord Brahma, which meant that, he would never get killed by the Gods, or Yakshas (demigod) therefore Ravana had become, the most powerful demon king in the world.

God's made their way, to the eternal Saviour Lord Vishnu, to save the humankind from the menace of Ravana. Hence the Supreme Lord incarnated, as Lord Ram and he went on to defeat, the demon King Ravana, and bring back the, Goddess Sita and free the people from his Clutches.

Celebration's of Ram Navami 

The  importance  of  the  festival, is to celebrate the triumph, of good over evil, as well as the establishment, of the Dharma to defeat the Adharma.

Fasting on this day signifies, purification of body and mind, and thus seeks perfection as a human being. On the day of Ram Navami devotees get up, early and after bathing offer water to the Sun God, as the Sun God is believed to, be the ancestor of Lord Rama

Temple's, of Lord Rama  are  beautifully decorated and image's of baby Rama are placed in a small Cradle. Special Havan (Homa) are, also organised, Shree Rama CharitaManas, starts a day earlier and culminate at Madhyahana (noon)  on, Ram Navami, which is considered auspicious time of the birth time of Lord Rama. At the time of Madhyahana (noon) a Conch is blown to mark the birth, of the Lord Rama, flowers, and fruits are, offered while chanting the, Vedic Mantras. Prayers are offered, and the Lord Rama's birthday is celebrated with, a huge religious pomp.

Some people, also conduct fasting on this festival, as it is believed to bring the blessings of Shree Rama. The fasting time begins in the morning and end's the next morning of Ram Navami.

In, Ayodhya ( Uttar Pradesh) , which is believed to be the birth place of Lord Rama devotees bathe, in the Sarayu River, which is believed, that purify the body and soul of the devotee. Huge Rathyatra is also taken out with the idols, of Lord Rama, Godess Sita, brother Laxmana and Lord Hanuman from many temple's from all over Ayodhya.

Special  commemorative, celebration's  are  held  in  the cities, which  are  also referenced in the epic Ramayana associated with Lord Rama's life are Ayodhya (Utter Pradesh)  Rameshwaram  (Tamilnadu), Bhadrachalam  (Telengana), and Sitamarhi (Bihar).

As we know, the Life and journey of Lord Rama is an, example for all of us. We can attain, salvation and happiness, if we follow the virtues, exemplified by the Lord in our lives. He is truly, an embodiment of noble qualities. It was because, of these characteristics, Lord Rama was called Maryada Purushottam.

In the end,  Lord Rama, means "Bliss" signifying, the happiness that Lord Rama bestow on all of us, who remembers, and worship him. Also  Lord  Rama  teaches  us to  walk  on  the  path  of   Dharma  and Righteousness and goodness, by showing his own example as an ideal son, an ideal brother, an ideal husband, an ideal friend, and ideal King.

During Lord Rama's rule, the Earth was prosperous, and happy, it was called as "Ram Rajya", which embodies, justice, happiness, harmony and prosperity for all humans.

As we Celebrate, the auspicious day of Ram Navami on the 21 st of April, this year.

I pray Lord Rama to accord, all of us with his Grace so, we can walk on his chosen path.

I wish you all, Happy Ram Navami! 


                                          By    Viinod Baherani







    



 
























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8 Comments

  1. good to read , most important king in Hindu history , keep posting new blogs and give more information , Happy Ram Navami !!

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  2. Thank you Rohan, share with your loved one's. Jai Shree Ram πŸ™.

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  3. Nice blog. Keep up good workπŸ‘

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  4. Superb Blog once again . Very well written . Clear and crisp

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