Ram Navami 2020
When is Ram Navami : Ram Navami is one among the foremost important Hindu festivals of India which falls within the ‘ Shukla Paksha’ on the ninth day of the month of Chaitra like the March/April of the Gregorian calendar . it’s also the Judgment Day of the Vasanta Navratri. The festival celebrates the birth of the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Rama, to King Dasharatha and Queen Kaushalaya. While Navratri is widely known with much fanfare within the North, devotees within the South celebrate Ram Navami with greater fervour.
It is believed that Lord Vishnu was born on the world as a son to the King of Ayodhya, Dasharatha, to finish the atrocities committed by the demons; specially the demon king; Ravana. Ravan had been granted a boon of invincibility against Gods then , Lord Vishnu was sent within the sort of a person’s . Rama killed Ravana so as to take care of Dharma, on earth. He exemplified the ‘perfect’ person and was the epitome of an example of the way to live life in accordance to ‘Dharma’.
Thursday, 2 April
Rama Navami 2020
So, this festival celebrates the victory of Dharma over Adharma.
Fasting on today signifies purification of body and mind and thus, seeks perfection as a person’s being.
On the day of Ram Navami, devotees rise up early and after bathing, offer water to the Sun God because the Sun God is believed to be the ancestor of Lord Rama. Temples of Rama are beautifully decorated and pictures of baby Rama are placed in small ‘jhoolas’ (cradles). Continuous recital of the Holy book of Hindus, Shri Ramacharitamanas, start each day earlier and culminate at noon on Ram Navami, which is taken into account to be the birth time of Lord Rama. At noon, a conch is blown to mark the birth of the Lord. The idol of Rama is lovingly given a shower and wearing finery. Devotees place flowers at the feet of the Lord then , rock the cradle during a sort of worship.
In Ayodhya(Uttar Pradesh), which is believed to be the birth place of Lord Rama, devotees bathe within the Saryu River. this is often alleged to purify the body and soul of the devotee. Many devotees also fast on today .
In the south of India, devotees celebrate this festival because the day Lord Rama and Goddess Sita got married, symbolising the love bondage between husband and wife. In Rameshwaram, devotees take a shower within the sea before performing prayers at the Ramanathaswamy temple.
In the North, those that keep fast, eat only fruits or sweets made with none grain. After the birth of Lord Rama, devotees eat a meal made with ‘Kutuu’ or ‘Singhara’ flour.
In the South, certain food items are prepared on today and offered to the Lord (Naivedyam) before it’s consumed by the others as a ‘prasad’. These include ‘Panakam’(a drink made with jaggery), ‘Neer Mor’(buttermilk), ‘Vadai Parupu’(a light moong dal salad) etc .
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