Ram Navami is one of the important festivals of Hindus. It comes under Shukla Paksha which falls on the ninth day of the month. It corresponds to the month of March-April of the Gregorian calendar. Online astrology will help you in knowing the exact date of the upcoming festival. This festival is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Lord Rama who was the son of King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya. He was the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Legends related to festival:
According to Hindu mythology, God takes birth on earth in human form to put an end to atrocities. Lord Vishnu took birth on earth as Dasharatha's son, king of Ayodhya. He had a purpose to be born as a human to kill the evil demon Ravana. The Lankan king, Ravana, was a great worshipper of Lord Shiva. His austerity granted him the invincibility reward from Lord Shiva. When his cruelty increased other lords pleaded Lord Vishnu to do something. Lord Rama was a follower of Dharma. He killed Ravana and proved there’s always a way to spread love and positivity among people. This festival is symbolic of Dharma over Adharma.
Customs and rituals:
Rama Navami is celebrated with full zeal in the North. In the south, it is celebrated with much fanfare. Fasting is done by devotees on this day. Fasting signifies purity of soul and mind and leads one to a perfect life. Talk to an astrologer online and know more about its benefits. One who absorbs fast wakes up early in the morning, takes bath, and worship, and offers water to the Sun. God Sun is believed to be the ancestor of Lord Rama. Temples are beautifully decorated with flowers. Photos of God Rama are placed in the cradle. The humming of Ramcharitamanas, the holy book of Hindus, can be heard throughout the day in temples. It culminates at noon, the time when Lord Rama was born. The pleasing sound of conch fills the atmosphere with delight. It indicates the birth of Lord Rama. The idol is bathed and decorated beautifully with clothes and flowers. Devotees rock the cradle in the form of worship.
In Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama, devotees take bath in the Saryu River. Fasting is also done by them. In the South, this day is celebrated as the day of marriage for Goddess Sita and Lord Rama. It is symbolic of the love bondage of wife and husband. Devotees take a bath in River Rameswaram and do prayer in Ramanathaswamy temple.
In the South, food items are prepared and placed before the Lord in the form of prasad before it is eaten by anyone. Dishes like Vadai Parupu (moong dal salad), Panakam (a drink made from jaggery), and buttermilk called Neer Mor are made. In the North, devotees who are on fast eat only sweets or fruits the whole day without having any proper meal. A meal made from singhara or kuttu prepared which is eaten after the birth of Rama which marks the end of the fast.
Muhrat & Timings
Ram Navami 2021, 21st April
Rama Navami Puja Muhurta - 11:02 to 13:37
Rama Navami Madhyahna Moment - 12:19
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