What is the Significance of Ram Navami?
Ram Navami (5th April)
People all over India celebrate Ram Navami (birth of Lord Ram) with utmost devotion and pure faith. This blessed day is observed every year on Navami Tithi during Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Chaitra.
What are the Important Timings on Ram Navami?
Ram Navami Puja Muhurta = 11:10 to 13:39
Duration = 2 Hours 29 Mins
Ram Navami Madhyahna Moment = 12:24
Navami Tithi Begins = 11:20 on 4/Apr/2017Navami Tithi Ends = 10:03 on 5/Apr/2017
What is the Significance of Ram Navami?
Imbibe Virtues (Good Values): People fast and pray Lord Ram, on the sacred day of Ram Navami so as to nurture good values (universal love, compassion, sympathy, honesty, loyalty and harmony) in their very nature.
Right Path, the Path of Truth: The devotees selflessly worship Maryada Purshottama Ram, on this holy day of Ram Navami so as to seek His blessings to always remain on the Right Path in Life, the path devoid of negative feelings, thoughts and actions.
Ram Rajya: The believers offer their heart-felt prayers to the Divine Ram, Lord Vishnu’s incarnation (Avtar) on Earth; and pray the Lord to remove all evils from the society, hence establish Ram Rajya (Divine Society).
What are the Rituals practiced on Ram Navami?
Fasting: The devotees observe a day-long fast on Ram Navami. This fast can be observed in two ways-
- Satvik food: The worshippers can consume satvik food (fresh fruits and vegetables along with sendhya namak)
- Nirjala Vrat: The followers can also observe fast on empty stomach without even drinking water.
Ram Charitra Manas: The believers also chant shlokas from Ram Charitra Manas and sing praises of Ayodhya Naresh, Shri Ram.
Ram Navami Puja Vidhi:
- Dhyanam: After placing Lord Ram’s idol, chant the below mantra and meditate for nearly 25mins.
II Om Shri Ramchandraya Namah। Dhyanat Dhyanam Samarpayami II
- Avahanam: To invoke Blessings of Lord Ram, chant the following mantra-
II Shri Sita Sahita Shri Ramchandram Sangam
Saparivaram Sayudham Sashaktikam Avahayami II
- Asanam: Take five types of flowers in palms (anjali) and offer seat to the Divine Ram while chanting the following mantra-
II Om Shri Ramchandraya Namah। Asanam SamarpayamiII
- Padya: After offering seat to Lord Ram, offer Him water to wash His blessed feet amidst chanting of the below mantra-
II Om Shri Ramchandraya Namah। Padayoh Padyam SamarpayamiII
- Arghya: Next, offer water to Lord Ram for Abhisheka while chanting the following mantra-
II Om Shri Ramchandraya Namah। Arghyam Samarpayami I
- Achamaniyam: Chant the below mantra and offer water (to drink) to the revered Ram.
II Om Shri Ramchandraya Namah। Achamaniyam SamarpayamiII
- Madhuparka: Later, offer honey and milk to the Lord while chanting the following mantra-
II Om Shri Ramchandraya Namah । Madhuparkam Samarpayami II
- Panchamrit Snanam: After this, bathe the Lord’s idol with panchamrit (mixture of honey, milk, ghee,yogurt, sugar) while chanting the following mantra-
II Om Shri Ramchandraya Namah । Panchamrita Snanam Samarpayami II
- Vastra: Later, chant the below mentioned mantra and adorn the beloved Lord with colorful clothes.
II Om Shri Ramchandraya Namah। Vastram Samarpayami II
- Pushpani: After this, offer flowers to the good, gracious Lord amidst chanting of following mantra-
II Om Shri Ramchandraya Namah। Pushpani Samarpayami I
- Dhupam & Deepam: Offer dhup and deep to the Almighty-Shri Ram and chant this mantra-
II Om Shri Ramchandraya Namah। Dhupam AghrapayamiII
II Om Shri Ramchandraya Namah। Deepam Darshayami II
- Phalam: Offer fruits to the Divine while chanting the following mantra-
II Om Shri Ramchandraya Namah। Phalam SamarpayamiII
- Nirajan: Perform Lord Ram’s Arti while chanting this mantra-
II Om Shri Ramchandraya Namah। Nirajanam Samarpayami II
- Pradakshina: Lastly, take rounds around Lord Ram’s idol with your thoughts directed towards the pious deity.
On this Ram Navami, let’s seek the holy blessings of Shri Ram and vow to practice all good virtues until it becomes our very nature!
II Wish you a blessed Ram Navami II
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