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.
Ram Navami falls on a very auspicious time of 9th day of the bright fortnight of the month of Chaitra, that is March and April.
Rama Navami Puja Muhurta = 11:10 to 13:39.
Duration = 2 Hours 29 Mins.
Rama Navami Madhyahna Moment = 12:24.
Navami Tithi Begins = 11:20 on 4/Apr/2017.
Navami Tithi Ends = 10:03 on 5/Apr/2017.
Origin of Ram Navami
The great king Dasaratha of Ayodhya had three wives – Kaushalya, Sumithra and Kaikeyi. He could not obtain any child so Rishi Vashishta suggested to perform putra kamesti Yagna. Hence, after a few months on the ninth day of Navami Kaushalya gave birth to Lord Ram. His coming to the earth made all the devtas and apsaras drop flowers on the baby. He had come for a reason and not for only some years but for generations to come.
Rituals of Ram Navami
Devotees of Lord Rama visit all the way down to Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh) and celebrate pompously in temples. People take bath and dip in the holy water. Many observe fast from sunrise to sunset that is Astha (eight) prahar fasting during Rama Navami.
At some places the festivities last for 9 long days which is known as Shri Ram Navratri. Many parts of the south of the country also observe this day as the wedding of Lord Rama and his consort Goddess Sita. Festivities like chariots of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Hanuman are made to go around the city. In certain cities like Bihar, Telangana and Tamil Nadu there are abodes known as Sita Samahit Sthal where Ram Navami is celebrated with great excitement.