Birth Of Lord Rama
Purpose Of Birth: To Establish Righteousness, Destroy The Wicked And
Protect His Devotees.
Fall On: March – April
Salutations to Lord
Rama, an Incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who is measureless, who is
of the nature of pure Consciousness and bliss, who is the consort
of Sita, Master of Sri Hanuman, and the Lord of the three worlds,
who took His birth at His own will in order to establish righteousness,
destroy the wicked and protect his devotees. Ram Navmi or the birthday
of Lord Rama falls on the 9th day of the bright fortnight of the
month of 'Chaitra' (March-April).
Rama was the Lord Hari himself incarnate
on earth for the destruction of Ravana. He was well accomplished,
beautiful and endowed with royal marks. His glory and prowess were
unlimited. He was peerless on earth, free from malice, gentle, and
the protector of all his people. He always addressed them in gentle
words and never used any harsh words even when somebody provoked
him. He held sway over the whole world.
Ideals are remembered and adored for the purpose of adopting them
in your own life. The Ramnavmi celebration or the Vasanta Navaratri
every year is an opportune period for us to saturate ourselves with
the spirit of Lord Rama. One cannot be a real worshipper of Lord
Rama unless one makes an honest attempt to grow in the virtues that
the Lord represents. On the other hand, worship of Lord Rama is
itself the surest means to develop such virtues. One who approaches
Sri Rama with love and devotion becomes large-hearted, pure in spirit
good-natured and dispassionate in thought word and deed. A true
devotee of Lord Rama is his representative, with his power and his
knowledge. Lord Rama was the prince of the Ikshvaku race. He was
virtuous and of manly strength.
The noblest lesson embodied in the
Ramayana is the supreme importance of righteousness in the life
of every human being. Righteousness is the spiritual spark of life.
Cultivation of righteousness is the process of unfolding of the
latent divinity in man. The glorious incarnation of the Supreme
Being in the form of Lord Rama has exemplified the path of righteousness.
Let mankind follow his footsteps and practise the ideals cherished
by him, for it is only thus that there can be everlasting peace,
prosperity and welfare in this world.
Ramnavmi is one of the most important festivals of the Vaishnava
sect of the Hindus. However, even those who adore Lord Shiva celebrate
the occasion. Some observe a strict fast on the day. Temples are
decorated and the image of Lord Rama is richly adorned. The holy
Ramayana is read in the temples. At Ayodhya, the birthplace of Sri
Rama, a big fair is held on this day.
In South India the 'Sri Ram Navmi
Utsavam' is celebrated for nine days with great fervour and devotion.
Those talented in the art of story telling narrate the thrilling
episodes of the Ramayana. The Kirtanists chant the holy Name of
Rama and celebrate the wedding of Rama with Sita on this great day.
It is an extremely colourful ceremony, highly inspiring and instructive,
Lord Rama's birthday is celebrated
with great happiness and is believed to bring peace of mind and
happiness to the people. In Maharashtra, this festival is celebrated
on a grand scale at Shirdi, Nashik and Ramtek. Ramtek is well known
for its annual Ramnavmi festival and it is believed that Rama along
with Sita and Laxman visited this place.