21, April, 2021, Wednesday
Rama Navami celebrates on the 9th day of the month of Chaitra (the first month in the Hindu lunar calendar). It celebrates the VasantaNavratri (Chaitra Navratri) Spring Festival’s culmination, which starts in Ugadi.
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Rama Navami embraces in the name of Lord Rama, the son of King Dashrath. He is regarded and is the symbol of righteousness as ‘Maryada Purusottama.’ The festival commemorates Rama’s birth in SukulPaksh on the ninth day after the new moon.
Devotees swarm the temples on the day of Ramnavami and sing devotional bhajans to honour Rama and rock pictures of him in cradles to celebrate his birth. There are recitations of the epic, Tulsi Ramayan, telling the tale of this great King.
Rama Navami is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Rama on the Ninth Day of Chaitra Navratri. In Rama recitals, Ram Navami is documented, particularly in Ramayana, considered one of the Hindu religion’s two great Sanskrit epics. Ram Navami’s story is also called Vratha Katha. It explains how, on the advice of Rishi Vashishth, King Dashratha and his three queens, Kaushalya, Kaikeyi, and Sumitra, carried out the Putra KamestiYagna, when none of the wives of King Dashratha was able to bear him an heir.
The three queens, who were blessed by Yajna, the Lord of Yagna, were given Kheer after the Yagna. Soon after eating the Kheer, the queens conceived, and on the ninth day of the month of Chaitra, Queen Kaushalya gave birth to Rama. The other queens gave birth to Bharat, Lakshman and Shatrughan.
As the legitimate heir of Ayodhya, Lord Rama had to step back because of the promise made by King Dashratha to his third wife, Kaikeyi. However, after returning from 14 years of exile and became a just and respected monarch, he ruled the empire.
The people of India, celebrates this day widely in the respect of Lord Rama, who was the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In his adulthood and many wondrous deeds, Rama defeated Ravana and his army and made people understand his divine status.
The people started celebrating his birthday every year when Rama became the King, as he was a great ruler. It was when the celebration of Ram Navami began to.
Ram Navami marks with pandal programs, bhajan programs, and pujas for Ratha yatra in so many ways. Everywhere programs can be coordinated, either in temples or homes.
The bhajans are all about recalling Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshman, and Hanuman’s virtues during these activities. Ramayana Katha would also lead the temples. This curriculum is about chanting the Ramayana’s details or presenting them.
People also clean their homes, put pictures in preparation for the Puja of Lord Rama, Sita, Hanuman, and Lakshman. During the Puja, incense and flowers are held together with two thaalis containing the Prasad and all the essential things such as water, flowers, rice, roli, and puja bell.
Kalyanotsavam, or Rama and Sita’s little idols’ marriage, is performed in South India on this day. GudiPadwa begins with Vasanthothsava, or Chaitra Navaratri, which is a nine-day festival. This day’s three main things are ‘Kalyanam‘, God Rama and Sita’s marriage ceremony,’ Panakam‘, a sweet-prepared day, and ‘Procession‘, which are colours and water used to play and celebrate.
Shree Rama worshipped with his brothers and wife and pooja is done. Rama’s idols and Sita held in the middle, and people sit around it and pray in groups. In the temples of ISKCON, this festival marks with a lot of enthusiasm. The Swaminarayan (Born in Chhapaiya) birth celebration also marks on Rama Navami.
Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh are the main areas of the Ram Navami festival, and thousands of people draw to these locations. There is a tradition of tying a pot filled with money on top of a tree in a few parts of India, and individuals form teams to take and claim the earthen pot.
As an integral part of them, Indian ceremonies typically have food, and Ram Navami is no exception. Particularly in South India, certain foods get offered to Lord Rama as prasadam. As a part of the festivities, these traditional offerings get prepared with modesty on this particular day. Before consuming yourself, this offering offered to God is called ‘Naivedyam‘.