The birth of Lord Ram is commemorated annually by the festival of the Ram Navmi. It occurs during the ninth day of the waxing phase of the moon, known as Shukla Paksha, during the month of Chait or Chaitra (March – April). The date of Ram Navmi 2023 is the 30th of March. Moreover, it denotes the conclusion of the Chaitra Navratri festival. Maryada Purushottam is the name given to Lord Rama, who is considered to be the personification of chivalry and morality. Lord Rama is the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
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During Chaitra Shukla Paksha Navmi, which is the ninth day of the waxing phase of the moon in the Chaitra month, Bhagavan Sri Ram appeared in Punarvasu Nakshatra when he was under the influence of Karka Rashi.
Ram Navmi is the ninth and last day of the nine-day Chaitra or Vasant Navratri festival that is celebrated in Northern India. The week is also known as Ramayana week and is celebrated in many different places in India.
On this day, believers of Hinduism observe a fast and do pujas at noon, as it is considered that the birth of Lord Rama took place at this hour.
Ram Navmi at Vishnu Temples
- During this time, special pujas are performed at people’s homes as well as in Lord Ram and Vishnu temples located all over India and the rest of the world.
- At the Tirupati Balaji Temple situated in Andhra Pradesh, this day holds a significant amount of significance. The pujas and ceremonies are performed over the course of two consecutive days.
- On this day, the celebrated festival of Brahmotsavam takes place at the illustrious Bhadrachalam Sri Rama Temple.
- Swaminarayan Jayanti is commemorated on Ram Navami day.
How Should One Observe the Day of Ram Navmi?
- On the day of Ram Navmi, after the home has been meticulously cleaned, an idol or portrait of Lord Ram is placed in the chamber that is used for worship. In addition to a picture of Lord Rama, some people have images of Mata Sita, Lakshman, and Hanuman in their homes.
- The area around the deities is decorated with bananas, Tulsi leaves, and flowers typically used for puja.
- It is considered that the birth of Lord Ram took place around noon, hence the most significant puja is carried out at that time.
- An Arati is performed at midday, followed by the singing of religious bhajans. Tika is applied, and then water is sprayed all over the persons that are present.
- When the puja prasad is distributed at noon, a lot of people break their fast with it.
- A Ram Bhajan or a Vishnu Sahasranama may be included among the devotional songs that are sung. On this day, passages from the Ramayana, in particular the chapter known as Bala Khanda, are read aloud.
- In addition to that, there are individuals who abstain from food for the entirety of the day. There are also communities that practise the nirjala fast, which involves abstaining from water during the fast.
- During Ram Navmi, the people of South India perform an elaborate puja, and a traditional fan called a visari is given away alongside the ‘Prasadam.’ After breaking the fast, the day’s activities include the preparation of foods and beverages that have a cooling effect on the body. They are then consumed.
The Magnificence of Lord Sri Rama
The name of Lord Sri Ram is a wish-yielding tree that is the very abode of the spiritual state in this age of Kaliyug. In other words, the name of Lord Sri Ram is a tree that grants wishes.
Not only in this Kaliyou age, but also in all of the other four ages, at all times (past, present, and future), and in all three domains (namely, heaven, earth, and the subterranean region), beings have been liberated from their suffering by repeatedly reciting the name of Sri Ram.