Ram Navmi Hindu Festival - Significant of Rama Navami Festival
Ram Navmiis the festival of Incarnation of Lord Vishnu as human on day of nine (as per Hindu calendar) of the month of Chaitra (Hindu calendar month). Ram Navmi festival falls in Shukla Paksh of the Navmi. Ram is the Hindu loard who born in Ayodhya is capital of the kingdom of the Ram. (Ayodhya is the city of Uttar Pradesh in India)
India is not a country of states, not a Hindustan of Hinduism but a necklace studded with diamonds of festivals. Here festivals are seen not only as religious or auspicious occasions but they are the personification of the true philosophy of life. Here festivals come as a relief from grief, tension, anxiety, boredom and agony of life. They are also the signs of one’s belief in religion.
India is a country of belief and idealism. Here are heroes with chivalry and virtue. Here are so many Gods/Heroes and it is only because of the fact that only one “avatar” or incarnation can or might not represent/show all the powers or “kalas”. For example Rama is the idol of love, power, “maryada”, pathos, chivalry, patience, forgiveness and Krishna is the idol of romance, tricks, love-making, intrigue, a true guide, a preacher, a lover, an almighty and above all a man of “kalas”. Both have different qualities that aspires everybody/anybody to choose his own hero. Even Hinduism has goddesses so that girls and women can walk on their path with their natural qualities. Goddess Saraswati, Laxmi, Ambe, Mahakali, Durga, Parvati, etc. are the real dignities to select from.
Rama, the incarnation of one of the Trideva Vishnu, the supreme protector of “Dharma” is really human and “Maryada Purusottm”. As his name suggests Rama means: ramyate yasya (one who pleases everyone with his holy karmas).
He is sometimes criticized because of his harsh decisions but never criticized for the pure and holy thoughts behind it. He is mostly criticized because of his ‘Sita tyaga’ abandonment of Sita.
Seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu: Lord Shree Ram
Seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu one of the Trideva takes birth on his own will. He took birth in the month of Chaitra on the ninth day beginning from Amavasya, to Kausalya the wife of Dasaratha the king of Ayodhya.
Legend behind his Birth or Incarnation
In the time of Lord Manu Ayodhya was the capital of the country Kosal which is situated on the banks of the river Sarayu. The country was founded by the king Manu, the first man on earth. Later on Dasaratha sat on the throne. He was renowned and famous king. He served his people well and his period was also one of the golden periods of prosperity and wealth, happiness and safety.
But the king had no children. The king was worried having no children to continue his race. He asked help from many saints. The great sage Vasishta recommended him to perform the Puthra Kamesti Yajna. Dasaratha performed it under the supervision of Rishishringa Muni. At the end of the yajna Agnidev presented ‘khir’ ,a sweet made of milk to him. He gave it to his three queens Kausalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi. Because of its positive powers/energy Kausalya gave birth to Rama, Sumitra to Lakshmana and Satrughna and Kaikeyi to Bharata.
Celebration of his Birth
Celebration of any festival lasts long only if there is logic, enjoyment, happiness, truth and above all the holy thoughts of ‘lok kalyana’. His birth represents all the qualities. He freed his subject from demons, anxiety and vices and gave pleasure, prosperity, good governance and peace.
Celebration of his birth is not only a celebration of his birth but also the celebration of his virtues, karmas, his prosperous and righteous reign and his love for his subject.
People celebrate his birth vividly but among them the widely used and famous one is Rathyatra . Especially in north India people make rathas with their own hand and pull it themselves. There are the idols of Rama, his wife Sita, his brother Lakshmana and his true devotee Hanumana on the chariot.
Maryada Purusottam Shri Rama
If we go back to the story of his birth when Ravana asked the boon that he could not be killed by Gods, Yakshas, or demons to Lord Brahma. He excluded men as he was not afraid of them. So according to it one that would kill him should be human or more human than godly powers.
Keeping in mind that the Lord Brahma has bestowed upon him the boon, he behaved as a human. He never showed signs of godly nature. Unlike Lord Krishna he never said he is almighty or behaved like an almighty. He never showed his ‘Virata Darshana’.
As a human he followed and respected all the existing tradition (Maryada). He respected his parents when he went to ‘vanvas’. He respected his citizen when he abandoned his wife. Even he respected Ravana on the battle field .He respected his gurus when he was a king. He respected his young brothers. At every stage he represented the best or the ideal way. His every action has its own importance and deep thinking. He performs all his actions according to dharma or as written in the holy books.
When is Rama Navami: Rama Navami Dates
It is celebration of the birth of Hindu God Rama. As per the Hindu calendar He born on Navami (9th Night) of Sukla Paksha, Chaitra Amavasyant. As per the English calendar, it's very each year. You can find last five years of Rama Navami Date.
April 13, 2013 on Friday
April 1, 2012 on Sunday
April 12, 2011 on Tuesday
March 24, 2010 on Wednesday
April 3, 2009 on Friday
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