Ram Navami, the last and the 9th day of Chitra Navratri marks the birth of Lord Rama. This year the Ram Navami will be celebrated on April 13, 2019. Lord Rama, who is believed to be an incarnation of Vishnu was born in Ayodhya. It is also believed that he descended from his heavenly adode to make an appearance in Ayodhya as a new born baby. He was born to Queen Kausalya and King Dasharath in the Treta Yuga. He is also the central figure of the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana.

Significance:

The day is celebrated with great pomp and fervour in the country, especially in Ayodha which is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram. It is generally celebrated in the Shukla Paksha on the Navami. It is also known as Chaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami. People carry out Rathayatras, the chariot procession which is also known as Shobha yatras of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman. At Ayodhya, devotees take a dip in the scared river, Sarayu on the holy day. Followers also perform Kalyanotsavam (marriage) with deities of Rama and Sita in their homes.

Some Hindu devotees also place the idol of Rama in a cradle, symbolising the birth of the Lord. Community meals are also held. The day is remembered for Lord Ram’s prosperous and right reign. The main attraction of the day is the Rathyatra which is a decorated chariot in which four persons enact the divine pastimes of Rama.

Ram Navami Muharat Timings:

Rama Navami puja muharat begins at 11:14 am

Rama Navami puja Muharat ends: 1:43 pm

Navami Tithi Begins = 11:41 AM on April 13

Navami Tithi Ends = 09:35 AM on April 14

Rituals:

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.

It is celebrated on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha (or bright phase of the lunar fortnight) in the month of Chaitra(mid-march) of the Hindu or Lunar calendar. This typically occurs in the Gregorian months (the most commonly used calendar worldwide) of March or April every year.