Thursday, 8th March 2018
8 March 2018
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Sri Ram Navami

Sri Ram Navami 

This festival is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Ram. It is celebrated throughout the world but mostly in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Telangana. Ramanavami celebrates the birth of Rama or Ramachandra. On the ninth day of the first fortnight of Chaitra the birth of Rama is commemorated. The story of Rama was first written by Vaalmeeki in about the 4th century B.C. Rama is supposed to have lived during the 8th or 7th century B.C. The epic known as the Ramayana. In some parts of India, it is a nine-day festival, coinciding with the Vasanta Navaratri (see also Navaratri).

Birth of lord Ram

The country of Kosal was situated on the banks of the river Sharayu. Ayodhya was the capital founded by the king rishi Manu. During the reign of king Dasarath, Ayodhya reached a period of great prosperity. But Dasarath faced a big problem: he had no children. Therefore he decided to perform a sacrifice known as “ashvamedh”, or horse-sacrifice. Elaborate and difficult rituals had to be observed. A very holy man, rishi Rishyashring, was chosen to conduct the sacrifice with the utmost accuracy. The performance of this sacrifice was a great event in Ayodhya. At the end Rishyashring recited a mantra and made an offering to the fire. Then the gods, gandharvas, siddhas, and rishis present arid began to pray to Brahma.
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At that time Ravan, king of Lanka, was terrorizing the people, and all were longing for liberation from his menace. Ravan had acquired great power because he had obtained from god Brahma the boon that he would never die at the hands of gods, or gandharvas, or yakshas (demigods) or demons. As he was not afraid of men he did not care to include men in the list of his potential slayers. So Brahmadev declared that Ravan would die at the hands of a man. Then the gods went to Vishnu with the request, “Dasarath is a glorious king. Please, take birth in the wombs of his three queens in four different degrees of your divinity.”

When Dasarath’s sacrifice came to an end a shining figure appeared over the sacrificial kund, and offered the king a divine beverage called “payasam” to be given to his queens Kausalya, Kaikayi, and Sumitra. In due time Kausalya gave birth to Rama, Kaikayi to Bharat and Sumitra to Laxman and Shatrugna. Rama was born at noon of the bright ninth day of Chaitra. He was believed to be the embodiment of half degree of Vishnu’s divinity, (ardha ounsh).

How to celebrate Sri Ram Navami

Rama Navami falls on the ninth day of the shukla paksha, or bright phase of the moon, in the lunar month of Chaitra (April-May). The first day of Chaitra , or Ugadi, also marks the beginning of the Indian year.

Rama is one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu, and one of the two most popular, along with Krishna. Consequently, Rama Navami is widely celebrated, though not on the scale of festivals like Diwali or Dussehra.

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On the day of Sri Ram navami people take bath early in the morning and start fasting. Some devotees fast for the nine days as well. Fasting can be complete without taking any food or you can take saltless food like fruits or special preparations without salt.

In the evening the idol of Ram and Sita are decorated and kept in the center and people sit around this idol and pray to god and break their fast

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Offering in the form of flowers and food is made to the god. Usually a dish made of milk rice and vermicelli is offered. Devotees perform special prayers to the Lord and make dishes like Panakam (Jaggery mixed with water) and Kosambri (soaked lentles) also.

People dont pray for wealth in this festival. They pray to lord Ram to make them a perfect person just like lord Ram

Also the Ramayana discourse is given in temples for the nine days as well and it is good to read listen or preach Ramayana on this nine days.

It is believed that listening to the story of Rama cleanses the soul. Meditating on the noble Rama and chanting his name is believed to ease the pains of life and lead one to moksha, or liberation. It is also common practice to chant the name of Rama while rocking babies to sleep.

Some also place the baby idol of lord Ram in a cradle and rock it.

Sri Ram Navami quotes

May the Virtue and wisdom of Lord Rama
You inspired and help you reach your goals
Have a blessed Ram Navami.
**Sri Ram Navami wishes**

Ram Nam sumiran karo, pyare subah aur sham
aur na kuch jeevan mein aayega aapke kam
sambandhi, mitra, bhratagan sare, vaqt dekh kar kar aate
bas yahi ek naam Ram ka hai jo rahe sada sath hamare

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I wish joy harmony and prosperity
on Ram navami
for you and your family
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**Happy Sri Ram Navami**

Sita Maa ka dhairya,
Lakshmana ji ka tej,
Bharat ji ka tyaag,
Hum sabko jeevan ki seekh deta rahey.
Happy Ram Navami.

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Let us pray sacred mantras,
In the praise of eternal savior,
‘Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram’.
Wish you be accompanied with blessings of Lord Ram.

With gleam of diyas and the echo of the chants,
May happiness and contentment fill your life.
Wishing you a Happy Ram Navami.

Ram Navami encourages equality and universal brotherhood.
Happy Ram Navami.

Let’s celebrate our ancient tradition of oneness, brotherhood, bravery and shun violence this Ram Navami.

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