Rama Navami: Celebrating the Birth of Lord Rama is on 4th April, 2017 (Tuesday)
Ram Navami is falling on April 4, 2017 Tuesday. It is a Vedic or Hindu festival that celebrates the appearance of Lord Rama on the holy land of Ayodhya. The ancient scriptures of India have always stressed that the Lord descends in His various incarnations in order to attract the devotees and annihilate the evil-minded. The activities performed by the Lord are all worshipped, celebrated and meditated on by His dearest devotees. These activities are called as lila (pastimes). Such pastimes were performed by Lord Vishnu in His Rama incarnation or Avatar. Rama Navami marks the birth of Lord Rama for the Lord appeared on this day in the form of all-auspicious Rama.
Rama Navami Muhurat
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Lord Brahma in his scriptural treatise Brahma Samhita prays to the Lord reciting:
ramadi-murtishu kala-niyamena tishthan nanavataram akarod bhuvaneshu kintu krishnah svayam samabhavat paramaha puman yo govindam adi-purusham tam aham bhajami
“I offer prayers to Lord Govinda, the Primeval Lord, Who personally appeared as al-divine Krishna and the different incarnations in the world such as Rama, Nrisimha, Vamana and others as His subjective portions.” The prayers by Lord Brahma confirm the fact that the Lord appears in His various incarnations. Out of which the Rama incarnation personifies justice, ethics and victory over vices. As a part of the spring Navratri, Rama Navami is marked on the ninth day of the bright half (Shukla Paksha) in the Vedic/Hindu calendar month of Chaitra (March or April).
Legends of Lord Rama:
Although Lord Rama was Himself the divine incarnation, He performed all of His prescribed duties with perfection. Life and activities of Rama is called Ramayana. It is one of the greatest ancient epics that teach justice and morality. His father King Dasharatha who wanted to enthrone Rama was forced by his youngest queen to exile Him and enthrone her son Bharata. As a result, Lord Rama just like an obedient son obliged and lived in exile with His consort Sita and brother Lakshmana. The Lankan King Ravana besotted with the beautiful Sita abducted Herm causing ire in the mind, body, heart and soul of Rama. Assisted by His eternal servitor Hanuman and with the blessing of Lord Shiva, Rama engaged in one of the ghastly wars against the evil army of Ravana. The war witnessed the death of many. Ravana who was considered the mightiest among the evil-minded succumbed unto the feet of Rama and died. Legends of Rama feature His serving as the King, husband, son, brother, master and nemesis (Ravana’s). He played as the most perfected being in these roles.
Spiritual Significance of Ram Navami:
It is believed that listening submissively to the Ramayana narrated by a pure devotee of the Lord cleanses all the misgivings from one’s mind and heart. Meditating on the auspicious form of Lord Rama and chanting His name is believed to ease the mental agonies and make the worshipper feel liberated (detached from the unnecessary attachments). One can learn from the life of Rama the art of performing one’s prescribed duties as an obedient son, respectful brother, ideal husband, humble leader and a merciful soul towards the fallen and oppressed.
How to celebrate Rama Navami:
Generally Rama Navami is celebrated in the social spirit. People engage in reciting Ramayana or reading the scriptures like Ramayana, Shrimad Bhagvatam and the like.
Since the Lord is Absolute Truth, prayers offered in any form are absolute themselves. One can simply listen to the recitals or take part in bhajans, kirtans (devotional songs) at temples or at home.
Listening to the divine qualities mentioned in the scriptures is the best of all devotions. Once also take part in the Abhishek (coronation) ceremony of Lord Rama on this day.
One can wear a Ten Mukhi Rudraksha bead ruled by Lord Krishna, an Eighteen Mukhi Rudraksha bead ruled by Bhumidevi (wife of Vishnu) and a Nineteen Mukhi Rudraksha bead ruled by Lord Narayan. All these beads are connected with Lord Vishnu or Rama Himself.
You can also observe vrata (fast) and engage in services at temples of Rama. This is considered a service equal to that offered by Hanuman for engaging in the temple service with a devotional mood is also serving the lotus feet of Rama. Such a devotee is rare.
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