Ram Navami 2020
The occasion of Ram Navami is celebrated by the Hindus as the birth anniversary of Lord Ram/Rama. Every year Ram Navami is celebrated on the ninth day of the Chaitra (March-April) month as per the Hindu calendar. The ninth day or the last day of the Chaitra Navaratri coincides with Ram Navami.
Lord Ram is Lord Vishnu’s seventh avatar who was born in Ayodhya to King Dasharatha and Rani (Queen) Kayshalya. Ram Navami is a very important religious festival for Hindus, especially for the Vaishnavas.
Lord Ram is revered by Hindus all over the world and His birthday is celebrated on Ram Navami, not only in India but in other foreign places like Trinidad, Nepal, Fiji, etc.
By worshipping Lord Rama/Ram on Ram Navami devotees seek His blessings of protection, to eliminate all evil energies from life and to usher the new in life.
Celebrations of the manifestation of Lord Vishnu as Lord Ram on Ram Navami is predominantly about reciting the story of Lord Ram(Ram Katha), singing Bhajans(devotional songs) of Lord Ram. For the Vaishnavas, it is a very special day. Some devotees worship small idols of the baby Rama at home, by giving a holy bath to the idol and then dressing up the deity with new clothes and lovingly placing it on a cradle and worshipping with offerings.
Visiting Rama temples with offerings is also common among devotees. As per rituals, devotees observe a fast from the morning till evening. Traditionally the Vaishnavas observe Ram Navami, all the nine days. Reading the Ramayana is considered to be important as it is the story of Lord Ram’s life. The Ramayana is mostly read in communities where people gather to hear the Ramayan path (recital) and is also accompanied by the singing of Kirtans.
It is important to note that though Ram Navami is in honour of Lord Ram/Rama, He is not worshipped in isolation. Sita (Lord Ram’s wife), Lakshman (Lord Ram’s brother who accompanied Him to the exile) and Lord Hanuman, the ardent devotee of the Lord are also worshipped on this festival.
Organizations belonging to the Vaishnavas actively get involved in charity for the needy and organize community feasts/meals. In temples, special discourses on Lord Ram are also organized on Ram Navami.
In Ayodhya grand celebration takes place on Ram Navami and devotees also take a bath or dip in the Sarayu River which is considered sacred, before visiting the temple on this day. Some other places where Ram Navami is celebrated elaborately are Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, Sita Samahit Sthal in Uttar Pardesh, Bhadrachalam in Telangana, Vontimitta in Andhra Pradesh and Sitamarhi in Bihar which is believed to be the birthplace of Sitaji.
Devotees of Lord Ram pray from the heart on Ram Navami and chant the name of Lord Ram throughout the day.