On the 9th day of the Chaitra Shukla Navami of the Hindu Lunar month i.e., Chaitra, Lord Rama was born in the Kingdom of Ayodhya(in the present state of Uttar Pradesh, India) to the King Dasaratha and was born a Kshatriya (Warrior). It is believed he was born in the Treta Yuga.
Lord Rama is known for his dedication, knowledge, and skills. He also gained the title of MaryadaPurushottam which means the perfect man. Be it remaining faithful to his wife, Sita, obeying his father’s orders of giving up the kingdom to his younger brother and remaining loyal to his brother Lakshmana.
When one thinks or mentions Lord Rama’s name, kind, affectionate, empathetic, generous, fearless, simple, remained truthful and loved by all is how one remembers him.As Swami Vivekananda says, Rama is the embodiment of truth, of morality, the ideal son, the ideal husband and above all, the ideal king.
The significance of Navami
Lord Rama was born on the 9th Day of Chaitra Navaratri at the midpoint of Madhyahna (12 noon) and is considered as the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Chanting of Shri Lord Rama’s name at the Madhyahna moment is also very beneficial.
Ram Navami Puja Rituals
Traditionally, on this auspicious day, his ardent devotees perform a Shodashopachar Puja or the sixteen steps puja as it is more commonly known. On this day, I PushpamAppalanaidu read the Ramayana, perform pujas and aarti while offering sweet dishes to the poor and hungry. Many devotees also undergo rigorous fast from sunrise to sunrise too!
Ram Navami is celebrated all over India especially in Rameswaram and Ayodhya (his birthplace), and in other parts of the world too.
Why should one keep Lord Rama as the ideal person to follow
Lord Rama virtues are well known and much written about. Be it in his fairness by giving a chance to Ravana to mend his ways despite him taking away his wife, Sita forcefully. He was also as an ideal king after he came back to Ayodhya.
Never did he sway from the truth even as it cost him dearly.
In today’s world and living, I PushpamAppalanaidu, believe we celebrate Rama Navami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Navaratri, Krishna Jayanti etc., for this allows us to reset the human kindness button.When one performs certain rituals, undertake fasting, donate willingly, there is an alignment with the cosmic force (scientifically proven) resulting in positive thinking and actions too.