Ram Navmi is a holy festival of the spring season. It celebrates the birth of Lord Ram, who is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Every year this day comes on the ninth day of Shukla paksha in Chaitra month. So as per the Gregorian calendar, the year 2022 will celebrate Ram Navmi on the 10th of April Sunday.
Lord Ram, the eldest son of King Dasharath and Queen Kausalya, is a symbol of kindness, calmness, and a righteous heart as per Hindu mythology. Hence, he is worshiped as one of the predominant gods, which is why his birthday holds immense importance in devotees’ hearts.
Ayodhya is a place where Lord Vishnu took birth as Lord Ram, and that’s why Ram Navmi is celebrated with utmost enthusiasm and sincerity in this city and surrounding regions. Apart from Ayodhya, Ram Navmi’s celebration can be seen everywhere in India and Nepal, where there is a presence of Lord Ram, his wife Sita, his brother Lakshman and his adherent Hanuman.
Significance Of Ram Navmi:
Ram Navmi signifies the victory of good over evil. Lord Ram defeated demons for earth’s people and lived his human life in a most pious and ideal way. His name is not only mentioned in Hindu scriptures, but he also has a presence in Buddhist and Jain scriptures. He is a center of Hindu religion in many ways, and that’s why not only India but he has an immense significance in entire Southeast Asia.
Rituals and Celebration:
The celebration of Ram Navmi starts in the early morning. People take a bath by offering Jal to morning sun because Lord Surya is also believed to be the ancestor of Lord Ram’s family. People living in Ayodhya take a dip in the Sarayu river and then start the pujas.
Various pujas and Havans can be observed on this day. Devotees organize and participate in Lord Ram’s kathas based on his various life events. People visit Ram’s temple and offer various Prashad. Moreover, charity work and community feasts also happen on this day.
On this auspicious day, people organize a dramatic representation of Lord Ram’s life called Ramleela, a beautiful play prepared by local artists for remembering Lord Ram's glory and life lessons. One more highlight of this festival is ‘Rathyatra,’ a magnificent chariot parade for Lord Ram. This involves devotees dressed as Lord Ram, Devi Sita, Lakshman, and Hanuman, along with a large number of people walking with this parade dancing and chanting Lord Rama’s mantras.
Ram Navmi is a beautiful holy festival that falls in Chaitra Navratri and has many amazing religious activities and rituals to signify Lord Rama’s importance and recall his contributions.
The day is celebrated with prayers devoted to Lord Rama. Sameedh family is proud to offer some of those prayers below -
And how can you celebrate the holy day of Ram Navami without singing praise to his favorite disciple (bhakt) - Hanuman, whom he referred to as brother! Here are some prayers offered to Hanuman: