Ram Navami a Hindu spring festival, dedicated to Lord Rama, celebrated on the ninth and last day of Chaitra Navratri in the month of March/April. This festivity marks the arrival of spring season and solemnizes as the birth anniversary of the divinity. As per the Hindu Mythology, this sacred 9th day of Navratri is dedicated to one of the Lord Vishnu’s incarnations (avatar) Lord Rama. Ram Navami is the holy festival of great importance for the ardent devotees of Lord Rama.
Lord Ram considered being the most referred figure for pure consciousness and bliss. The very down to earth, sober, gentle, and selfless God ever in Hindu mythology is him. Ram Navami is a day dedicated to Lord Ram and seems to be his birthday. He had incarnated on earth to represent righteousness, eradicate the wicked and protect his devotees. He was the destroyer of the most wicked villain ever, the great scholar Ravana.
As per the Gregorian calendar during Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month, In 2019, it will fall on the day- 13th April (Saturday). Vaishnava Rama Navami falls on 14/Apr/2019
Rama Navami Puja Muhurta = 11:07 to 13:39
Duration = 2 Hours 31 Mins
Rama Navami Madhyahna Moment = 12:23
Vaishnava Rama Navami falls on 14/Apr/2019
Navami Tithi Begins = 11:41 on 13/Apr/2019
Navami Tithi Ends = 09:35 on 14/Apr/2019
Eight Prahar fasting is suggested during Rama Navami. Which means devotes should observe the fast from sunrise to sunrise. Rama Navami Vrat can be observed in three different ways, casual which can be observed without any cause, continual which can be observed throughout life without any desire and desirable which can be observed to fulfill any desire.
1. Take bath and sit on a Puja place with all Pujan Samagri (items needed for Puja)
2. Tulsi leaves or a lotus flower plays an important role for his worship
3. The worship of Lord Ram begins with the sixteen steps known as Shodashopachar Puja.
4. Prepare Kheer & keep fruits as a Prashad
5. After Puja, the youngest female in the house puts Tilak (vermillion on everyone’s forehead).
Sri rama navami is a major Hindu festival and is widely celebrated with great devotion. It is highly popular among Vaishnavites. Its celebration includes:
1. Narration of Ramayan takes place on Rama Navami
2. People recite Ramaraksha Stotra
3. Kirtans are organized
4. Idol of Shree Ram gets ready with beautiful ornaments and embellishments
5. Idol of Lord Ram is swinged in the cradle
Ramayana is the great and religious Epic of the Hindu religion, tells the history of King Dasharatha and his son Rama of the Ayodhya. Once, there was an emperor in the Treta Yuga called King Dasharatha who had three wives (Kausalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi). He had no children and was very sorry for a future emperor of the Ayodhya.
One day he was suggested by the great Rishi named Vasistha to perform the Puthra Kamesti Yagna to fulfill his desire for a child. He was suggested to specially invite the Maharshi Rishyasringa in order to perform yagna. After performing the yagna, he was given a bowl of the divine Kheer by the Yagneshwara. He was requested to offer that bowl of Kheer to his all three wives. Some days after eating that Kheer, all his wives get conceived.
At the day of Navami (at 9th day) in the Chaitra month at noon Kausalya gave birth to Rama, Kaikeyi to Bharata and Sumitra to twin boys named Lakshmana and Shatrughna. Kausalya’s son Rama was the 7th avatar of the Lord Vishnu who took birth to come to the Earth to finish Adharma and maintain the Dharma. Lord Rama had protected his devotees from the attack of rascals.
He had vanquished Adharma from the earth and maintained the Dharma all over the earth by destroying all the Asura including Ravana. People of the Ayodhya were very happy from his new King Rama and started celebrating his birthday every year with big joy and enthusiasm as Ram Navami which is still traditionally and religiously celebrated all over the India by the people of Hindu religion.
It is a belief that if a person worships Lord Rama and Goddess Sita on this propitious last day of Navratri gets relief from past life karmas. Godhead also bring peace, harmony and prosperity in one’s life. The gaiety and the commemoration of Ram Navami with all hearts indicate the removal of bad deeds and entrance of divine power in the universe. Keep a fast for body, mind and soul purification as well as to destroy the destructive evils within.