Ram Navami is celebrated with great pomp as the birthday of Lord Rama by the Hindus. Known as the man of the highest ideals, he is also called Maryada Purushottam Ram. He sets the best example of an ideal son, brother and husband. The Navami tithi during the Chaitra month is celebrated as Lord Ram’s birthday. During Ram Navami Puja important Hindu texts are read, hymns praising Rama are chanted, and Holy songs are sung in His praise.
Ramayana has instilled in us stories about Lord Ram’s divine nature, his love and sense of duty, and his choice of Dharma and moksha over desire. The birthday of Lord Ram is an important occasion for all Hindus. Lord Vishnu took the form of Lord Rama who descended earth as Ravana’s destroyer. Ram Navami is celebrated to worship this great King who was the epitome of an ideal man – one who is true and perfect every way. Additionally, it is also celebrated to rejoice the triumph of good over evil.
Lord Rama taught the world a lot with his exemplary character. But mostly he taught us to stay on the right path even after going through a testing time. The Puja is undertaken to seek peace, prosperity and happiness. Ram Navami Pooja is known to have various advantages like:
The life story of Lord Ram has been detailed in the great Hindu mythology Ramayana. According to the great epic, Ravan was plaguing the people on earth with his evil ways. There was no way to get rid of him as Lord Brahma had granted him a boon of immortality. Lord Vishnu then decided to take the form of Ram on Earth. Meanwhile, King Dasharatha had three wives, namely Kausalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi; but no sons. Vasistha, a great Rishi advised him to perform a Yagna ritual. After the ritual ended, some days later all the three wives got pregnant. Sumitra conceived Lakshman and Shatrugna, Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharata and Kausalya gave birth to Ram.
Ram, in spite of his tough times, stayed on the right path throughout and vanquished Ravan. On doing so, he eliminated evil from the face of the earth. Ever since, his birthday is celebrated with a lot of pomp.
The Puja is performed on the occasion of Ram Navami to celebrate Lord Ram’s birth anniversary.
The Puja should be performed in the afternoon as that was the time when Lord Ram was born. Devotees fast during this day. The basic Ram Navami Puja samagri includes kumkum, roli, Prasad, incense, etc. Before the Ramnavami Puja, the house needs to be scrubbed clean.
Many hymns and mantras are chanted to please Lord Rama during this occasion. The most popular Ram Navami Puja mantra is the one mentioned below.|| Shree-rama rama rameti rame raaame mano-rame Saha-sranaama tat tulyam raama-naama varaa-nane ||
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