Rama Navami 2020 - Ram Navami is a festival to celebrate the birth of Lord Rama in Ayodhya. He was the son of King Dasharatha who waited for long for his own child who could be a suitable heir to his dynasty. But have we ever thought why we call him “Lord Rama” despite being a son of a king? Lord Rama was also known as “Maryada Purushottam Ram” and he was the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, but he is worshiped as a god not because he was the incarnation of Vishnu rather because of his simplicity, faith fullness, obedience and most importantly because of his “Dharma Sthapna”.
Rama Navami is celebrated every year on the ninth day of the Shukla paksha as per the Hindu calendar (Gregorian calendar). On this day the almighty came to this earth from the womb of Devi Kaushalya who was the first wife of King Dashratha. This year it falls on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 and will be celebrated with same fervor and enthusiasm as ever before.
How to Celebrate Ram Navami
Ram Navmi is a festival of “beliefs, faith, self-realization of truth, destruction of ego, lust, anger and to imitate the Maryada Purushottam in each and every individual. Any procedure to perform this puja cannot be specified unless and until it comes from within. From so many decades people are performing this as per their own reverences.
Being a highly spiritual day people clean their house and family worshiping area to make it pure and immaculate. Establishing a new idol of Lord Rama and decorating the place with flowers, Rangoli and other things is an alluring ritual done on this day. At last, puja and Homam is performed to offer prayers to the almighty. “Ramayan Path” is also an important sacrament to be observed. Every individual worships in their own way where some observe fast and some may not. This fast can be observed by anyone despite their gender and age, but the process of observing it depends upon one’s own will and desires.
- Fasts can be observed from morning till noon followed by aarti and puja.
- Some prefer to have sweets and fruits for the whole day and fast is broken the next morning after having a bath and doing Aarti.
- Fast is also kept for the whole day followed by proper dinner at night.
- Some people also prefer to avoid onion and garlic in their food as a sacrifice for the day.
The process of doing Puja and Homams in the name of god depends upon the individual's capacity but god’s grace is always with everyone every time.
Spiritual Significance of Ram Navami
Ram Navami celebration is followed by “Chaitra Navaratri” which is celebrated for 9 days and 10th day or “Bijoyadashmi” is named as Ram Navami. This is a victory day of righteousness over unrighteousness, truth over lies and simplicity over proudness. It marks the birth of Lord Rama and demise of the demons king of Lanka “RAVAN” and so this festival is associated with the Hindu epic scripture “Ramayana”. Ramayana is one of the most sacred scriptures of Hindu mythology which details the killing of Ravana in the hands of Lord Rama.
Rama was an epitome of compassion, sympathy, humane, uprightness and rectitude. He is also known as “Maryada Purushottam Ram” which definitely defines his individuality. The significance of Ram Navmi totally reverberates him.
- He gave a lesson to the world to stand by your parents for their stature. - Lord Rama lived in the forest for 14 years to obey his father's words and respect his dignity.
- He taught us to love and respect our mother unconditionally.
- He also symbolizes an ideal brother who stands by his brother and sisters in every situation.
- He established an example of great sacrifice when he left his wife for the sake of his people.
History Of Ram Navami
Several decades back when Dashratha was the king of Ayodhya, a small town in Uttar Pradesh at present. He was having everything but not a son, so he performed “Puthra Kamesti Yagna” advised by the sage rishi Vashistha. This Yagna was so grand that the whole city divulged itself for the sake of their king. Lord Rama was born on the day of Ram Navmi from Devi Kaushalya who was the first wife of King Dasharatha. Without knowing the fact that Lord Rama was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, he grew up with all comforts. Gods and goddesses come to the earth for some reason and Lord Rama was the one. He came to kill Ravana who was the demon king of Lanka. He was a scholar and great disciple of Lord Shiva but due to his egoism, proud and anger, he died in the hands of Rama. From that day itself, people celebrate this day as the day of Rama’s birth “RAMANAVAMI”.
Ram Navami Recipes
On this day many recipes are made including sweets and juices. Making sweet halwa, payasam, sweets are some of the most common food items prepared. These food items are first offered to god and then they are distributed among the people.
On this special occasion if you want to perform Ram Navami puja at your home or community book pandit at Puja N Pujari.