Ram Nawmi

Ram Nawmi

On the ninth day of Chaiti Navratri we celebrate the Ramnavni, a festival to mark the incarnation of Lord Ram on earth, to eradicate evil and to re-establish the Hindu Sanatan Dharma. This festival is celebrated throughout India and all over the world where we have Hindus living either in small group or in great numbers.

Ram is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He came to earth on the ninth day of the bright half of the month of Chaita in Ayodhya, north India. He led a model human life, destroyed the evils and showed us righteousness. The sacred books say that Vishnu, who is desireless, formless, eternal, omnipresent, omnipotent, blissful, the supreme spirit, whose shadow is the world, who incarnates himself in many forms, is the guiding force for all activities.

The Ramnavmi festival offers us an opportunity to imbibe some of the ideals and spirit enshrined in Ram. One who approaches his lotus feet with love, devotion and humility becomes noble, generous, pious peaceful, master of senses and the beloved of the wise. During Ramnavmi, chanting the Holy Scripture, Ramcharitmanas, and holding lectures and discourses on Ram’s life and teachings has become a common feature. People vow to devote themselves more to their spiritual and moral development.

His epic, the Ramayana, is today the most popular Sacred Book of the Hindus. It is read and recited all over the world. It is a universal book teaching people how to lead a noble life. Ramayan gives answers to all the problems of man and of the society at large.

From Wikipedia

Rama Navami or correctly; Sri Rama Navami (SriRāma-navamī) (Devanāgarī: राम नवमी) is a Hindu festival, celebrating the earthly appearance or the birth of Bhagwaan Sri Ramachandra or Rama, to Emperor Dasharatha of Ayodhya and of one of his wives Kausalya. Bhagwaan SriRamacandra is the 7th incarnation of Bhagwaan SriMahaVisnu Vishnu . The day also known as Sri Rama Navami, falls on the Navami, ninth day of the Chaitra month of Vedic lunar year in ‘Shukla paksha’ or waxing moon, thus namedChaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami, and marks the end of nine-day ChaitraNavratri celebrations.

Sri-Ramnavami is dedicated to the memory of Lord Rama. It occurs on the ninth day (navami). The festival commemorates the birth of Rama who is remembered for his preperous and righteous reign. Ramrajya (the reign of Rama) has become synonymous with a period of peace and prosperity.

In Ayodhya, where Rama was born in 5114 BC, thousands of people take a dip in the sacred river Sarayu. Celebrations on this day begin with a prayer to the sun deity early in the morning. At mid-day, when Lord Rama is supposed to have been born, a special prayer is performed.

On the Ram Navami day, the functions begin in the morning with yagna, abhishekam to the idol with milk, honey, curd and sandal paste which is followed by Sita Rama Kalyanam and then Rama Pattabhishekam.

The sun is considered to be the progenitor of Rama’s dynasty. Ram’s reign in Ayodhya is celebrated as Ram Rajya, it was synonymous with a period of peace and prosperity. Mahatma Gandhi also used this term to describe how, India should be after Independence.

Every year, ISKCON Mauritius celebrates Ram Nawmi with Ram Katha, Read more here: http://www.iskconmauritius.com/node/87

Another interesting link on the festival: http://www.hindujagruti.org/hinduism/festivals/ram-navami/