A single of the most beloved gods in the Hindu pantheon is Lord Rama. Indians affectionately get in touch with him Shri Rama, Ram, Ramaji, or Ramachandra. (Ram rhymes with palm in pronunciation). A joyous festival in India is Ram Navami, or the birthday of Lord Rama. Ram Navami 2019 falls on April 13 in North and South America, Africa, and Europe. As it is a lunar vacation, Ram Navami 2019 will be on April 14 in India and the rest of Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Ram Navami falls for the duration of the Vedic lunar month of Chaitra. It occurs for the duration of one particular of the 4 annual celebrations of Navratri, identified as Chaitra Navratri or Vasant Navratri. Navami refers to the 9th phase of the Moon in Vedic astrology or Jyotish. Ram Navami 2019 falls on the 9th day of the waxing Moon in the month of Chaitra. In some regions of India, the festival of Ram Navami lasts nine days.
Avatar of Vishnu
Rama is viewed as to be one particular of the dashavatar (10 incarnations) of Lord Vishnu. Vishnu is the preserver of the universe. He is the 7th avatar. Hence, Shri Rama is identified to possess lots of of the divine qualities of Shri Vishnu.
If you have had the chance to travel all through India, you have undoubtedly observed temples to numerous deities in each big cities and the smallest villages. There are hundreds of Hindu gods, every single of whom embodies particular divine attributes. Rama embodies duty, dharma, generosity, humility, honor, righteousness, and sincerity.
The word Ram translates as “one who delivers joy to others” or “one who remains divinely blissful” or “the one particular in whom the sages rejoice”.
Yet another celebration of Ram Navami in South India is the commemoration of the marriage of Lord Rama and his consort, Sita. Sita is also identified as Janaki, as she is the daughter of King Janaka. Their wedding day is also referred to as Kalyanotsavam.
The story of Lord Rama
Prince Rama was born in the land of Ayodhya as one particular of the sons of King Dasharatha. His mother was Kaushalya. Rama was subsequent in line to inherit the throne.
On the other hand, Dasharatha had 3 wives. His favored was Kaikeyi. Kaikeyi and Dasharatha had a son named Bharata. Just prior to Rama took his rightful location as king, Kaikeyi went to her husband. She applied one particular of the boons which her husband had offered her and had Rama exiled to the forest for 14 years. Subsequent, Bharata was named as the heir apparent to the throne.
Hence, Rama left Ayodhya with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshman. Hanuman, his ever present servant, also accompanied them to the forest. Consequently, King Dasharatha became grief stricken more than the departure of his favored son. He died six days soon after Rama left the kingdom. Even Bharata didn’t ascend the throne, out of respect for his brother. Bharata went in search of Rama and begged him to return and take his rightful location as king. On the other hand. Ram felt he required to honor his father’s command to stay away for 14 years. He left his hut at Chitrakuta and went into the forest. This illustrated how Rama chose dharma (righteous action) more than artha (material wealth).
Ram and Ravana
Shri Ram was born to restore dharma to the globe. He did so by defeating the demon king, Ravana, in Lanka. Ravana had been wreaking havoc by making adharma. This day is celebrated as Dussera. In addition, King Ravana managed to abduct Sita whilst she was in exile. Hanuman was incredibly instrumental in rescuing Sita from Lanka, bringing her back to Rama and assisting to defeat Ravana.
When Lord Rama returned property to Ayodhya, Kaikeyi begged his forgiveness. Rama was speedy to respond that none was needed as she was acting in the finest interest of her son at the time.
The time of Rama’s reign in Aydohya is referred to as Ramarajya, or the epitome of great governance.
Techniques to celebrate Ram Navami 2019:
- Speedy on this day and refrain from consuming grains. It is fine to consume fruits, nuts, root vegetables, and drink non-caffeinated beverages. You can also consume tapioca or sabudana.
- Make an providing of jal (water) to Surya Deva (the Sun) in the morning. The Sun is viewed as as an ancient ancestor to Lord Rama. The syllable “Ra” suggests Sun.
- Study the Ramayan or the story of Lord Rama
- Study the Shrimad Bhagvatam
- Go to a Hindu temple and worship Rama, Lakshman, Sita (Janaki) Devi, and Hanuman
- Chant bhajans in praise of Lord Rama
- Study the Sunderkand or listen to the audio
- Study the Ram Charita Manas
- Participate in a Rama Yajna or puja
- Listen to the Ram Raksha stotram
- Stand up for righteousness in the globe
- Adhere to the path of truth and purity
- Act with humility
Shortly soon after Ram Navami is Hanuman Jayanti. This festival happens on the complete Moon and is the celebration of Hanuman’s birth. Shubh Ram Navami 2019! Shri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Rama! Ram Lakshman Janaki Jai Bolo Hanumanki!