Friday, March 16, 2012

Ram Navami Birth and Wedding Day of Lord Rama

Ram navami is on 8 th April 2014

Though Rama Navami is a major festival, it is widely celebrated by worshipers of Shiva too. It is considered auspicious to undertake a fast on the day in the name of Rama. Celebrations start with a prayer to Sun God as Lord Rama’s dynasty has   descended from the sun. All across India,the day of Ram Navami is celeberated as the birthday of the Lord Ram,one of the most familiar and loved deities in the Hindu pantheon. 

 Lord Ram is known as the seventh incarnation of the Dashavatara of Vishnu and was born to the Dashratha and Queen of Ayodhya.The nine day leading up to Ram Navami are days of  devout fast for nine days, from Ugadi to Rama Navami and prayers for devout and the day of the festival itself is marked by pujas and satsangs  (public gatherings) the period is also known as Shri Rama Navaratra.

It is believed that listening to the story of Rama cleanses the soul. Meditating on the noble "Rama" and chanting his name is believed to ease the pains of life and lead one to moksha.  According to legend, Rama was born at noon, he is known for  epitome of perfection and the uttama  purusha. 

Many devotees celeberate Lord Rama’s birthday with an Akhand Paath that is complete reading of  Ramayan, which commences the previous day and is turned to end the next day at noon.

The marriage of Lord Rama and Seeta is celebrated and performed to the idols on Ramanavami day.
 In Ayodhya, the birth place of Sri Rama,during the festival respiendently decorated Rath Yathra of chairot processionare carried through the town.The main attraction of these procession are lavishly decorated chariots carrying four people dressed up as Lord Ram,his wife Sita,brother Laxman and his disciple Hanuman.The chairot is followed by many other people dressed up as king Ram's soldiers.These rath yathra takeplace all over north India and continue foe two days.Accompanied by much funfare and rejoicing.During the processions partcipants sing religious songs and praise the happy days of Ram's reign.

Special significance in the celebrations

Like most of the Hindu festivals, fasting holds special significance in the celebrations of Ram Navami too. It is believed that when a devotee observes fast on Rama Navami, with sincerity and immense devotion, he/she is blessed with health, wealth and prosperity for the year ahead therefore, it has been a tradition since a long time to observe fast on the festival. 

This perception has been supported by the ancient religious texts of Hinduism, according to which, fasting is the only mean of gaining happiness it the material world and achieving salvation at the same time. Moreover, Rama Navami vrat is considered as the five of the most important fasts in the ancient times.

Vrat or Fast on Ram Navami

The followers of Lord Rama would observe a whole-day fast on the festival of Ram Navami. The fast is also called vrat. Although it is not mandatory to observe a waterless fast (nirahar vrat), many people observe a stringent fast, when they would not drink a drop of water until midnight, when they break the fast.

 On the other hand, those who prefer to follow a particular diet for the fast, are recommended to eat certain foodstuffs including potatoes made in any form without haldi (turmeric), garlic, ginger or onion, rock salt is used for the preparation of food for Rama Navami fast. While on a fast, the person can also eat curd, milk. tea. coffee, fruits and root vegetables. 


 kheer is prepared is  placed as offering with other sweets  fruits, a special preparation called panak and Kosambari is traditional offering of the day.

  ( It is believed Lord Rama likes Panak)
3cups of water
1/2tsp ginger powder or fresh grated ginger
1/2cup of grated jaggery
6-7 peppercorns
1lime juice
1tsp cardamom powder

Preparation { Dissolve the grated jaggery by heating water when it cools down add ginger I prefer fresh ginger which gives zing to the drink, coarsely crushed pepper corns and cardamom powder squeeze lemon.

Moong dal Pachadi

1/2cup moong dal.(soaked in warm water for 30minutes)
Green chili crushed ginger 1/4inch
Grated coconut 4tsp
A small piece of raw mango(cut into small cubes)
A small bunch of coriander leaves
Salt to taste

Drain water from moong dal and add all the above ingredients and mix well

  Devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba regard Ram Navami as Sai  
Baba’s birthday.


Om Sairam...

Ayodhya Birth place of Lord  Rama

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