The significance of Rama Navami:
Although it is the day when Lord Rama was born, the devotees believe that by offering prayers, health, wealth and prosperity will return to their household. While many devotees observe fast, others celebrate it by offering a variety of delicacies to Lord Rama himself. In the Northern parts of India, people observe Ram Navami as the birthday of Lord Ram. However, in the South, people observe this day as the wedding anniversary of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita. They celebrate the divine bond of the heavenly couple. Whatever be the reason of celebration, Ram Navami is significant for the celebration of the virtues of Lord Ram. The celebration takes place to ensure the destruction of evil and negativities from the world. Fasting on this day helps to cleanse one from all the vices and purifies the soul from within. Hence, the celebration of Ram Navami is to propagate the message that every human being should cultivate the qualities of Lord Ram in himself/herself. One must thrive towards becoming the ideal human being like the Lord Himself. (Rama Navami 2018: Know the Importance, Celebration and Complete Details Here)
Date and Time
Ram Navami 2018 will be celebrated on Sunday, March 25, 2018 and extend into the early morning of Monday, March 26, 2018. The timings for puja or puja muhurat on Ram Navami 2018 are (All times are Indian Standard Time or IST)
– Start Date and Time (Tithi): Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 08:02 am
– Ram Navami Puja Timings (Start Time or Muhurat): Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 11:32 am
– Ram Navami Puja Timings (End Time or Muhurat): Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 1:57 pm (13:57 hrs)
– End Date and Time (Tithi): Monday, March 26, 2018 at 05:54 am
Devotees observe fast and hear Ramayana Katha in the temple. In South India, the festival is celebrated for nine days. Preachers narrate the exciting chapters of Ramayana and also chant their name of Rama along with Sita.
– Ram Navami is celebrated in various ways like chanting Bhajans is one of the vital parts of the ritual.
– Devotees read Akhanda Ramayana Path which also includes chants of the entire Ramcharitmanas.
– Devotees also chant the whole of Sunderkand which generally takes three hours.
People also clean their house and paste pictures of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshman along with Hanuman. Some flowers are put at the foot of the picture along with pan, roli, rice and water.
How To Perform The Ram Navami Puja Vidhi and Mantra Japa?
A prayer or puja vidhi, if performed as per the scriptures during Ram Navami (Rama Navami), is considered very auspicious. The Ram Navami Puja (Rama Navami Puja) includes the sthapana or installation of the Kalash (Kalash Sthapana) as well as the Panchang (Panchang Sthapana). These pujas include the Gauri Ganesh, Punyavachan, Shodash Matrika, Navgraha, and Sarvotabhadra. The recitals also include the Yogini Pujan (64 times), Shetrapal Pujan, Swasti Vachan, and Sankalpa. The puja also includes 108 chants of each planetary mantra, 108 paaths of the Ram Raksha Strota, the Ram-Sita Pujan and recitation of the Sunderkand paath. The puja ends with a yagna, aarti and pushpaanjali.