Ram Navami is considered to be one of the most auspicious and important festivals celebrated in India. It is celebrated on the Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month according to the Hindu calendar. In 2023, Ram Navami falls on March 30, Thursday.
According to mythological beliefs, on this day, Lord Vishnu was born in the Avatar of Lord Rama in King Dasharatha’s palace. Therefore, Ram Utsav is celebrated with great pomp, joy and show in the country. Devotees celebrate this festival of Ram Navami with their whole family to seek the special grace and blessings of Lord Rama. It is also believed that Goswami Tulsidas started the composition of Ramcharitmanas from this day onwards.
Ram Navami Puja Date, Timings and Muhurat
In the year 2023, the Ram Navami festival will be celebrated on Thursday, March 30, 2023.
- Ram Navami Puja Muhurta: 11:11 a.m to 01:40 p.m
- Duration: 2 hours 29 minutes
- Rama Navami Madhyahna Moment: 12:26 p.m
- Navami Tithi Starts: 09:07 p.m on March 29, 2023
- Navami Tithi Ends: 11:30 p.m on March 30, 2023
Mythology of Lord Rama
According to the beliefs, Lord Rama was born in the Treta Yuga. He was the eldest son of King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. Lord Rama’s mother was Maa Kaushalya. Lord Rama had three younger brothers named Bharata, Lakshmana and Shatrughna. Bharata was the son of King Dasharatha and his second wife Kaikeyi. Lakshmana and Shatrughna were the sons of Maa Sumitra, the third wife of King Dasharatha. Lord Rama was born in Punarvasu Nakshatra in Cancer Ascendant. His gurus were Vashistha, Valmiki and Vishwamitra. Lord Rama was married to Mata Janaki, famously known as Sita Mata, who was the daughter of King Janak. When Lord Rama was about to be crowned, King Dasharatha sent him into exile for 14 years, obeying Kaikeyi’s demands. During the period of exile, the demon king Ravana, kidnapped Mata Janaki by deceit. While looking for Mata Sita in exile, Rama met his famous devotee Hanuman. Because of Lord Hanuman, he got associated with Sugriva, the king of the monkeys. With the help of the monkeys, Lord Rama found Mata Sita and fought with the demon Ravana, to kill him and emerge victorious. He returned to Ayodhya after 14 years on the day of Rama Navami and became the king of Ayodhya.
Also, read about the Significance of Hanuman Jayanti
How to Celebrate Ram Navami?
The birth anniversary of Lord Rama is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. The devotees start the day by worshipping the Surya Dev (Sun God). Then Aarti should be performed in the presence of all the devotees of Lord Rama at 12 o’clock in the day. It is also very beneficial to chant special mantras of Lord Rama throughout the day.
If possible, one should recite the Ram Chalisa or Ramcharitmanas on this day. Many people recite these Ramcharitmanas from the first day of Chaitra Navratri and conclude it on Ram Navami. There is also a law for the devotees who fast to strictly avoid non-vegetarian food and eat only fruits on the day of Ram Navami.
Also, learn about the story of the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna
Special Mantras to Chant on Ram Navami
On the day of Ram Navami, it is considered very auspicious to chant the special mantras of Lord Rama. Any trouble or obstacle in life can be eliminated by chanting the unique mantras of Lord Rama on this day.
Here are some of the mantras to help you.
- || Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai-Jai Ram || (It is also called Tarak Mantra. This is the simplest mantra of Lord Rama. This mantra can be chanted for achieving any goal in life.)
- || Shri Ramaya Namah || ( Chanted for good health and success in any work)
- || Ram Rameti Rameti Rame Rame Manorame ||
- || Sahastra Naam Tattunyam Ram Naam Varane || (This mantra of Lord Rama should be chanted for the attainment of happiness and good fortune.)
About Ram Raksha Stotra
Ram Raksha Stotra is a miraculous stotra or hymn of praise dedicated to Lord Rama. It was composed by sage Buddha Kaushik on the orders of Lord Shiva. This strotra was written in the Sanskrit language. It is mostly used as a prayer of protection by the devotees of Lord Rama. Shri Ram Raksha Stotra should be recited for the accomplishment of all kinds of tasks. By reciting this strotra people are believed to be blessed with longevity, happiness and good fortune. It is believed that by reciting Ram Raksha Stotra, the special blessings of Lord Hanuman can also be obtained.
The message of Lord Ram
The whole life of Lord Rama is a special message to the universe. Despite being a God figure and having special powers, Lord Ram didn’t misuse his powers ever, nor did he do any act that can be termed shameful. He paid utmost respect to his parents and Gurus and always obeyed their words. He was a loving husband to Mata Sita and fought the life-risking battle with Ravana to save Mata Sita. That is why he is often referred to as Maryada Purushottam. Be it as a son, brother, husband, friend, master or king, he always performed his duties to perfection and was immensely loved by his elders and subordinates. Lord Rama’s whole life is a message to the youth of today to follow the virtues and ethics in life and be kind to everyone.
On Ramnavami 2023, we all should take a pledge to imbibe in ourselves the special qualities of Lord Rama. DevDarshan wishes you all a very happy Ram Navami.
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