Ram Navami is the celebration of the birth anniversary of Lord Rama, who is believed to be the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu on Earth. Lord Rama's birth was intended to end the rule of the ten-headed demon king Ravana and this day is thus symbolic of the victory of truth over the evil.

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Rama Navami

Rama Navami

When is Ram Navami celebrated?

Ram Navami is celebrated on the ninth day of the Shukla paksha of the Indian month of Chaitra. According to the Gregorian calendar, it falls in the month of March-April every year.

The History behind Ram Navami

  • According to mythology, the kingdom of Ayodhya was distraught about the fact that there was no successor to the throne. During an afternoon of Chaitra, Lord Rama was born to King Dasharath and his queen Kaushalya after they were given the holy pudding to eat by Rishi Vasishtha. It is said that Lord Rama was born to save the people of Ayodhya from evil and to ensure that peace and prosperity prevails over his kingdom.
  • This day is also celebrated as the birth anniversary of Swaminarayan, a saint who is considered an avatar of Narayana. He was born in the village of Chhapaiya in Uttar Pradesh.

Rituals of Ram Navami

  1. Devotees of Lord Rama observe a staunch fast on this day.
  2. The holy text of Ramayana is recited at different temples during the entire day of Ram Navami.
  3. Images of the deity are worshipped with enchanting of hymns and mantras; devotees offer flowers and sweets to the Lord and 'Akhand path' is continued throughout the day.
  4. A big fair is arranged at Ayodhya every year on the occasion of the birth anniversary of their beloved king.
  5. In some states of India, this is a part of a nine day long festival.
  6. Processions of 'shobha yatras' of the idols of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshman along with Hanuman are organized across the streets of Ayodhya.
  7. The sacred chant of 'Om Sri Ram' is recited many times throughout the day.
  8. Havan or a sacred bonfire is arranged on the day of Ram Navami.
  9. Temples and other religious places are decorated with lights and the idols of Lord Rama are adorned with the best of clothes and jewellery.
  10. In many places, this day is also observed as the marriage anniversary of Lord Rama and Mother Sita.
  11. In Southern India, Kalyanotsavam is organized on the day of Ram Navami. On this day, a ceremonial wedding is arranged to mark the marriage of Rama and Sita' following this 'panakam' is served to all devotees. This is a sweet drink which is prepared with jaggery.
  12. Later, the idols are taken out in processions across the city and people play with colours celebrating the festive spirit of the occasion.
  13. Special functions with cultural activities are arranged by organizations to showcase and preach the teachings of Lord Rama.

Important Timings On Rama Navami

Sunrise05-Apr-2017 06:19 AM
Sunset05-Apr-2017 18:40 PM
Navami Tithi Starts04-Apr-2017 11:20 AM
Navami Tithi Ends05-Apr-2017 10:03 AM
Rama Navami Puja Muhurta 11:15 AM - 13:43 PM
Rama Navami Madhyahna Moment05-Apr-2017 12:29 PM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Rama Navami festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Tuesday, 8th of April
2015Saturday, 28th of March
2016Friday, 15th of April
2017Wednesday, 5th of April
2018Sunday, 25th of March
2019Sunday, 14th of April
2020Thursday, 2nd of April
2021Wednesday, 21st of April
2022Sunday, 10th of April
2023Thursday, 30th of March
2024Wednesday, 17th of April
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