Ram Navami in 2016
Ram Navami is a Hindu festival. Ram Navami in 2016 will be celebrated on 15 April. Ram Navmi is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Ram to King Dashrath and her wife, Queen Kaushalya of Ayodhya. Lord Ram was the seventh Avatar or incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Ram Navami falls on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Chaitra as per the Hindu calendar. The festival marks the end of nine day long festival of Navratri. Rama Navmi is a glorious festival that also goes by the term Chaitra Masa Shukla Paksha Navami. It is the last day of the Chaitra Navratri.
Lord Rama was the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu and was born in the noon. The temples are beautifully decorated and the Akhand Path is recited and Mantras are chanted. People also celebrate the festival of Rama Navami at their homes with utmost devotion and purity.
History Behind Rama Navmi
While celebrating Ram Navami in 2016, it is a good idea to know about the history of thsi festival. The Ramayana demonstrate the whole life of Lord Rama, from his birth to all the incidents that took place in his entire life. The story is about the Treta Yug that is followed by Satya Yuga and later by Dwapara Yuga. The King of Ayodhya, Dasaratha had three wives namely, Kausalya, Kaikeyi and Sumitra. The King had no children and this was his greatest worry as who will be the successor of the throne. Rishi Vasishtha suggested the King to perform Putra Kameshti Yagna. Performing this Yagna could fulfill his wish of getting a child as per his desires. Rishi Vasishta also suggested him to invite Maharishi Rishyasringa and ask him to perform the Yagna. King Dashrath went to Maharishi Rishyasringa Ashram and asked him to accompany to Ayodhya. The sage agreed and accompanied him to Ayodhya and performed the Yagna. The Yagna was successfully conducted and as a result, Yagneswara appeared before King Dasaratha. He gave a bowl of Kheer to Dasaratha and asked him to give it to his wives. Dasaratha gave half of the Kheer to Kaushalya, half to Kaikeyi. Kaushalya and Kaikeyi gave some portion of their Kheer to Sumitra as well. After few days, all the three queens conceived. Kausalya gave birth to Rama on the ninth day of Chaitra month at noon. Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharat and Sumitra gave birth to twins, Laxman and Shatrughna.
Rama was the seventh Avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu and he deliberately took birth on Earth, where evil ruled over the good. He protected the people of earth by demolishing evil. Lord Rama also destroyed the evil Ravana.
How is Ram Navami Celebrated?
Like every year, Rama Navami in 2016 is going to be celebrated with great joy. In Hinduism, people celebrate the festival of Ram Navmi with sheer enthusiasm and devotion. Idols of Lord Rama and his consort Sita are brought at home and placed in the small temple built in the house. Followers of Hinduism observe fast or follow a strict diet on this particular day, as stated in the Shastra. Temples are beautifully decorated with flowers and eye catching lights. The readings of the holy Ramayana are conducted in the temples and in the huge Pandals built for the Ramayan Path and Pooja.
On Ram Navmi, Lord Rama is worshipped along with his wife Sita, brother Laxman, and his ardent follower Lord Hanuman. The festival of Ram Navmi is dedicated to commemorate Lord Rama and celebrate his birthday. The celebrations start with the worship of Lord Surya early morning. Lord Ram is believed to be incarnated at noon; therefore that time holds special importance and most of the celebrations are held at midday.
Glory of Rama Navami
The festival of Ram Navami is celebrated with sheer enthusiasm and devotion by the devotees of Lord Rama. Rama Navami is among the important festivals in Hinduism. Hindus are very much devoted to Lord Ram and consider him to be the supreme. The righteousness and virtue of Lord Ram is not hidden to anyone. He is known for his morality and supreme character. People worship Lord Ram in order to receive his blessings and walk on the right path.
Celebrate the Rama Navmi in 2016 with full devotion and faith in Lord Ram and receive his blessings. May you have a bright and prosperous Ram Navami in 2016. Happy Ram Navami 2016!