Sri Rama Navami is very significant day for Hindu.Lord Rama was born on Navami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month. Each year this day is celebrated as Sri Rama Navami.He is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.His birth place is Ayodhya.
He was born during Madhyahna period which is middle of Hindu day. Madhyahna which prevails for six Ghatis (approximately 2 hours and 24 minutes) is the most auspicious time to perform Sri Rama Navami Puja rituals.
Lord Rama was the eldest son of Dasharatha, the king of Ayodhya.He belongs to Surya dynasty.Dasharatha don’t have sons. He waana sons to prolong this dynasty.Then Dasharatha performed two Yagya(s), Ashwamedha and Putrakameshti, with the help of sage Rishyasringa. During Yagya, Agni sprang out from the Yagya-Kunda and handed out Dasharatha a pot of the Kheer. Agni advised Dasharatha to distribute it among his queens to get blessed with sons.He had three wives namely, Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi.He gave the Kheer to Kaushalya.
Kaushalya ate half of the Kheer, Sumitra ate a quarter of it and Kaikeyi ate some of it and passed it back to Sumitra who consumed the Kheer a second time. Thus Kaushalya gave birth to Lord Rama, Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharata and Sumitra gave birth to the twin Lakshmana and Shatrughna.
Sri Ram called as purushottam. He was the embodiment of compassion, gentleness, kindness, righteousness and integrity.
Sri Rama Navami celebrates different ways.Some region people celebrate birth of rama.In some regions people celebrate marriage of Lord Rama.
In Ayodha people celebrate the birth of Rama.In the early people take bath and visit sri rama Temples and seeking blessing of Lord Rama.People do Rama bajans and kirthanas on that day.
People also chanting the whole Ramayanam.Some people chanting the Sundharakanda.People aslo do the puja to Lord Hanuma.
Some places people kept fasting and chanting Rama Stotram whole day.They kept fasting in different ways like
- Fasting until noon
- Eating only once during the day
- Fasting until midnight
- Fasting for for nine days beginning on the first day of Chaitra
In Andhra Pradesh, Ram Navami is celebrated for 1
Chanting matram on Sri Rama Navami
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
The Rama stotram in the Vishnu sahastranama, say this sloka 3 times as mentioned in the sahasranama.
Sri Rama Rama Rameti Rame Raame Manorame Sahasra Nama Tat Tulyam Rama Nama Varanane Sri Rama Nama Varanane Iti