The festival of Rama Navami is celebrated in order to commemorate the birthday of Lord Rama. The birthday ceremony will be celebrated on 28th March 2015. It is being believed that Lord Rama was born in the Shukla Paksha on the Navami Tithi in the Chaitra month. Every year the birthday is being celebrated on the same day. Lord Rama was born in the middle day of Madhyana period. It is being believed that the Madhyana period is the auspicious period as it prevails for the six ghatis which remains for approximately 2 hours and 24 minutes. This period is very auspicious to perform the Ram Navami puja rituals. The mid-point of the Madhyana period is considered when the Lord Rama was born and therefore at this point of time the birthday of Lord Rama is being celebrated in every temple. The temple is being decorated and the puja is being performed at this time. The aarti is also performed at this time.
The 12 P.M. is considered to be the Madhyana period on which the birthday of the Lord is being celebrated. The Ayodhya is the birth place of the Lord Rama and therefore this place is being decorated with the lightings and diyas. The devotees of the Lord Rama come to this place and enjoy the birthday of the Lord. People take the holy dip in the river Saryu and then visit the temple to perform the ritual. During the Rama Navami it is being suggested that the eight Prahar fast should be kept in order to take the maximum benefits from the Lord. The fast should be observed from the sunrise to sunset. The Vrat for the Rama Navami can be celebrated in three ways and they are: casual which means that it can be observed without any reason, continual which means that it can be observed for the whole life without any desires and the last way is desirable which means that it is observed to fulfill the desires of the life.
In the North India region this festival is being celebrated as a nine day festival and it is the last day of the Chaitra or the Vasant Navratri. A person who believes on the Lord Rama starts the rituals on Chaitra 1and ends it on the Ramnavami. Some of the devotee’s fasts for the whole nine days and some of the devotees fast only on the Ram Navami day. On the day of fasts people eat the food that is made up of using potatoes. On this day garlic, onion, turmeric and ginger are avoided. People can also eat the raw vegetables or the fruits. On this day people clean their house properly and then make the idol sit in the puja room. The flowers are being kept in front of god and then the aarti is being performed. The Prasad is also made at home and it is offered to relatives and other people after the aarti is being performed.
Category: Festival 2015
Created: Sunday, January 25 2015
Author: Lokesh Jagirdar