Ram Navmi

Navratri is a Hindu festival celebrated all over India with enthusiasm, joy and excitement. Navratri literally means “nine nights”. This festival is celebrated in different ways in different parts of the country but the basic belief remains the same. Fasting, worshipping, and celebration mark the nine-day festival of navratri and the ninth day is celebrated as ram navmi. People sing, dance and celebrate throughout the night while some people do satsang and community worshipping.

People organise the Ramayana path in these nine days to worship the Lord Rama with bhajan and kirtans following with distribution of sweets. Community meals are also arranged. Temples are decorated and the worshippers perform traditional prayers. Many followers of Lord Rama do the fasting throughout the nine days of navratri and on the last day perform havan and feed nine unmarried girls popularly known as kanjak jamana.

 

Lord Rama is believed to be an Incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who is symbol of pure consciousness and bliss. Ramnavami or the birthday of Lord Rama falls on the 9th day of the navratri and falls generally in the month of march-april. The glory and powers of Lord Rama were unlimited. He was peerless on this earth and he was free from malice. He is said to be “maryada purshotam”.

 

The Ramnavmi celebration or the Vasanta Navaratri every year is an opportune time to celebrate the birth of Lord Rama. He was the best of men with a sterling character. He was an ideal son, an ideal brother, an ideal husband, an ideal friend and an ideal king. The best lesson from the life of Lord Rama that can be learnt is the supreme importance of righteousness in the life of every human being. The Name of Lord Rama is the greatest purifier of the heart and soul. Ramnavmi is one of the most important festivals of the Vaishnava sect of the Hindus who follow the path of Lord Rama, although it is celebrated by all Hindus. Devotees of Lord rama read the whole of the Ramayana, either the Sanskrit version of Sage Valmiki or the Hindi version of Saint Tulsidas, during these nine days. Leaflets, booklets and books relating to Lord Rama are distributed. Special meetings and prayers are held in the evening at which discourses on the life and teachings of the Lord are delivered.