Sri Rama Navami is the auspicious appearance day of Lord Sri Ramachandra. Sri Ramachandra appeared in the month of Chaitra (March – April), on the ninth day of the growing moon (Chaitra Masa, Shukla Paksha, Navami Tithi) along with his three younger brothers Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna. Interestingly, Rama’s wedding with Sita devi also happened on the same date. and this particular day is celebrated as Sri Rama Navami every year.. Rama means ‘bliss’ and so Lord Rama provides bliss to all those who remember Him and pray to Him.
Lord Rama’s appearance day is celebrated with great awe and reverence.
Devotees of Krishna celebrate the appearance day of His avatar, Lord Rama, by fasting until sunset and increasing their hearing and chanting about the Lord’s pastimes.
You can chant the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra while meditating on the holy name of Rama.
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare
Great saints explain that the name of the Lord is non-different from the Lord, and that by chanting His name we can associate with Him and keep His company. By uttering His name we invoke His presence.
So think of Rama. Read about Rama. Hear about Rama. Chant Rama’s name.
In the evening, devotees perform Rama Taraka Homa by chanting the Sri Rama Ashtottara Shata Nama. After the homa, a special shayana arati is performed. Devotees sing Nama Ramayana – a song which narrates the entire Ramayana.
Sri Ramachandra is the incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead as an ideal king. He appeared in Treta-yuga, many millennia ago. By order of His father, Maharaja Dasaratha, Sri Ramachandra lived in Dandakaranya forest for fourteen years with his wife Sita Devi and his younger brother, Laksmana. After the powerful demon Ravana kidnapped His wife, Lord Ramachandra, with the help of His faithful servant Hanuman and his brother Lakshmana, rescued her and defeated Ravana and his armies. The history of the pastimes of Lord Ramachandra is told by the sage Valmiki in the Ramayana book.
To establish the principles of religion and annihilate the miscreants, the Supreme Personality of Godhead appeared in the Treta-yuga age as Sri Rama, the son of King Dasarath of Ayodhya. His pastimes have been recorded in the Bhagavata Purana and retold in the epic Ramayana, and are remembered to this day in devotee households the world over.
Lord Ramachandra Is a powerful incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead as an ideal king. He appeared in the Treta-yuga, more than two million years ago. Under the order of His father, Maharaja Dasaratha, Lord Ramacandra lived in the Dandakaranya forest for fourteen years, along with His wife, Sita Devi, and His younger brother, Laksmana. After the powerful demon Ravana kidnapped His wife, Lord Ramacandra retrieved her, with the help of His faithful servant Hanuman, and killed Ravana along with Ravana’s armies. The history of Lord Ramacandra’s pastimes is recounted by the sage Valmiki in his Ramayana. (See also Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.22, 2.7.23-25, 5.19.1-8 and Canto Nine, chapters 10 and 11.)
When Bharat saw his brother, Rama, he fell at his feet, his eyes filled with tears, and offered Lord Rama His wooden shoes. He stood up with folded hands, and Lord Rama embraced him with both arms for a long time. The citizens of Ayodhya, seeing their king return after such a long absence, offered Him flower garlands and danced in great jubilation. Bharat carried Lord Ramachandra’s wooden shoes, Sugriva and Vibhishana carried a whisk and a fan, Hanuman held a white umbrella, Satrughna carried a bow and two quivers, Angada carried a sword and Sita devi held a waterpot with holy water. As Lord Rama sat on His airplane of flowers, He appeared like the moon with the stars and planets.
-Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 9, Chapter 10
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