Ram Navami 2024: Why It Is A Significant Day For Hindus?

Ram Navami 2024: Why It Is A Significant Day For Hindus?

Overview of Ram Navami Festival

Ram Navami is a popular festival, which is celebrated with immense joy and pleasure. On this day, people offer sincere prayer to Lord Rama in order to win his blessings. Generally, we celebrate this festival in the month of March or April. Lord Rama was born in Ayodhaya, so on this occasion, the entire city of Ayodhaya is decorated, and people take part in the special rituals and celebrations.

This festival is associated with happiness and excitement as devotees organise multiple events to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Rama. Lord Ram is an avatar of Lord Vishnu, and therefore, devotees worship him by offering pujas and sweet dishes. Lord Ram is a well-known Hindu deity who was responsible for the killing of Ravana. As per the Hindu calendar, we witness his birthday on Chaitra month, commonly known as Ram Navami.

Ram Navami 2024 Date and Time

Ram Navami FestivalMuhurat
Ram NavamiWednesday, April 17, 2024
Rama Navami Madhyahna Muhurat 11:08 AM to 01:36 PM
Duration02 Hours 28 Mins
Rama Navami Madhyahna Moment12:41 pm
Navami Tithi Starts At01:23 PM on Apr 16, 2024
Navami Tithi Ends At03:14 PM on Apr 17, 2024

History of Ram Navami

If we believe the Hindu myths, sage Valmiki wonderfully represented in ‘Ramayana’, how Lord Ram took birth. Also, he mentioned about Rama’s brothers Lakshmana, Bharata, Shatrughna and his loving spouse Maa Sita.

Legend says that the King of Ayodhya, Dasratha, was living with his three wives, Kaushalya, Kaikeyi, and Sumitra. On the other hand, Ayodhya experienced a time of extreme abundance during the tenure of Dashratha.

King Dasaratha never had children, and so there was no successor to the crown of Ikshvaku Kula. After receiving advice from Rishi Vashishta, he organised ‘Putra-Kameshti yagna, an ancient process to obtain the desired child. During yagna, Agni Dev and Yagneshwara manifested beside Dashratha and gave him a bowl of kheer. Then they asked Dashrartha to offer kheer to his two wives.

Dashratrtha obeyed the command and offered kheer to Kaushyala and Kaitkeyi. Whereas third wife Sumitra received one-half of each of the queens’ portions. Later, Kaushalya gave birth to Lord Rama, Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharata, and Sumitra gave birth to Lakshmana and Shatrughan on the ninth day of Chaitra month. Since then, this day is celebrated as Ram Navami with great enthusiasm.

Celebrations of Ram Navami

Rama Navami commemorates Lord Rama’s birth anniversary. Lord Rama is an incarnation form of the Hindu God, Lord Vishnu. This festival not only marks the birth of Rama but also indicates the victory over the evil forces. Therefore, several devotees perform puja to worship the Hindu deity on this auspicious day.

Vaishnavas gather at a nearby temple and delicate idol of adolescent Rama under a shower and then put it in a crib. Rama Katha or sacred songs are performed for the entire day. On this felicitous day, many devotees also observe a fast to appease the Lord. On this day, along with Lord Rama, devotees also remember Maa Sita, Lakshmana, and Lord Hanumana because in their prayers.

Some of the devotees also take part in the Shobha yatra of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Hanumana. At the same time, other people or priests organise charitable activities and community meals as part of the festival. Ram Navami is not only famous in India, but it is also celebrated by people around the globe.

Ram Navami 2024 Rituals

On this auspicious day, devotees observe a day-long fast from the early morning till the next day. They worship Lord Rama by listening or imitating the epic Ramayana, conducting Lord Rama’s and Goddess Sita’s symbolic marriage and also performing Vishnu Puja.

Worshippers organise religious programs for the consecutive nine days. Certain admirers practice a strict fast daily, abstaining from food and drink, while others perform relatively mild fasting, where they are allowed to eat water and fruits.

On Ram Navmi, many devotees travel to Ayodhya from different corners of the world. They arrive at Ayodhaya to worship Lord Rama and to witness the beautiful city decorated with lights and flowers.

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Ram Navami Puja Rituals

Lord Vishnus followers gather at a nearby temple to perform a puja. Many other devotees stay awake during the night to perform bhajan and kirtan. Also, people commemorate this day by washing and dressing statues of Lord Ram and placing them in a shrine.

During these days, Ayodhya organises ceremonies to worship Lord Rama and Maa Sita. Many devotees dress up as Lord Ram and his wife Maa Sita. Below is how you can perform rituals at your home.

  • Wake up in the early morning and take a bath.
  • Wear neat and tidy clothes.
  • Place the idol of Lord Ram near the temple of your home.
  • Use of Akshat, Chandan, Dhup, and incense sticks.
  • Offer jaggery or sweets to Lord Rama.
  • Read the epic story of Ramayana.
  • Conclude the puja by performing aarti.
  • Later, distribute prasad to other worshippers

Besides, on Ram Navami, a unique Kanya Pujan is performed, where nine girls are invited to the devotee’s house and are worshipped as Goddess Durga in nine different ways. This is because Ram Navami falls on the last day of Chaitra Navratri.

Some Interesting Facts About Ram Navami

  • Ram Navami is observed on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Chaitra.
  • People believe that whoever worships Lord Rama may receive his blessings in the form of love and success.
  • Lord Rama was known for killing Ravana and saving the life of Maa Sita.
  • On Ram Navami, many devotees take a bath in the Sarayu River and then visit the Ram temple in Ayodhya to worship him.

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Wrapping Up

Ram Navami is one of the major festivals for Hindus. It is celebrated to honour Lord Rama’s heroics and mark the victory of good over evil. Many people visit the Ram temple or organise Puja at home to worship Lord Rama. Even the poor also make offerings or contributions to celebrate the auspicious day. From Children to elders, all offer sincere prayers and enjoy the festivities for the entire day.