भगवान राम का जन्म मध्यान्ह काल में व्याप्त नवमी तिथि को पुष्य नक्षत्र में हुआ था। महाभारत वनपर्व के अनुसार पुनर्वसु नक्षत्र में राम का जन्म होना लिखा है।
Rama Navami is a Beautiful Hindu’s festival which celebrate’s the birth of the Hindu God Rama to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya. Rama is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was also the hero of the Ramayana, which is the Sanskrit epic of 24,000 stanzas.Ram Navami is a most popular festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Rama. Rama Navami falls on the ninth day of a Hindu lunar year or Chaitra Masa Sukla paksha Navami, which usually falls in March or April. Lord Rama is an avatar of Lord Vishnu who came down to earth to battle the invincible
Ravana in human form. 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 is known as the Ramayana.
Many observe a strict fast on this day, but otherwise, it is an extremely colorful and enjoy this ceremony, highly inspiring and instructive, too. Temples are decorated and lighting the image of Lord Rama is richly adorned. The holy 'Ramayana' is read in the temples. In Ayodhya, the birthplace of Sri Rama, a big fair is held on this day. In the south of India, the "Sri Ramnavami Utsavam" is celebrated for nine days with great fervor and Music devotion. In temples and at pious gatherings, the learned narrate the thrilling episodes of the 'Ramayana'. The Kirtanists chant the holy name of Rama and celebrate the wedding of Shree Rama with Sita on this day.
At the Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, Ramnavami is celebrated for nine days in the following ways:
- · The sacred Mantras "Om Sri Ramaya Namah" or "Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram" are chanted.
- · Devotees read the whole of the Ramayana, either the Sanskrit version of Sage Valmiki or the Hindi version of Saint Tulsidas during these nine days.
- · Those who cannot recite the entire epic may read this single verse, which contains, in a nutshell, the story of the Ramayana.
From early in the morning till late at night, the devotional music and chants of Rama are played. Numerous organizations celebrate Ramotsava inviting musicians to perform week-long programs. It’s believed that listening to the story of Rama cleanses the soul.
Jay Shree Ram