Ram Navami is one of the most auspicious festivals of Hindus that is observed on the Navami tithi of Chaitra month Shukla paksha. It is on this day, Lord Rama was born to king Dashrath and Kaushalya. On this auspicious festival, the devotees offer prayers to the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishu i.e. Lord Ram. This year, Ram Navami is being celebrated on April 21.
Ram Navami History and Story
Shri Rama was born in the Suryavanshi Ikshavaku Dynasty family; born to King Dasharatha and his first Queen Kaushalya in the Treta Yuga. He was known worldwide as Raja Ram by his subjects in the Kingdom. He is also known to be the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Chaitra Navratri is marked to celebrate Goddess Durga and the triumph of good over evil. The ninth-day culminates with Ram Navami and quite significantly, both the festivals denote the victory of good over evil spirits.
Ram Navami Significance and Importance
As mentioned earlier, Ram Navami commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Rama and so, Hindus across the country and in different parts of the world chant stories about Shri Ram. Many recite and sing folklores to celebrate the festival. Worshippers also wash Lord Ram’s idols and decorate them with dresses and make the statue sit in a miniature cradle. Other devotees even organise community meals for the neighbourhood, especially to be distributed among the poor. Other people also observe a vrat (fast) at this festival. People offer sweets to one another to mark this special occasion.