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Ram Navami also known as Sri Ram Navami is a Hindu festival, celebrating the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya of Ayodhya. Ram is the 7th incarnation of the Dashavatara of Vishnu[1][2][3]. The festival falls in the Shukla Paksha on the Navami, the ninth day of the month of Chaitra in the Hindu calendar. Thus it is also known as Chaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami, and marks the end of the nine-day Chaitra-Navratri celebrations.

At some places the festival lasts the whole nine days of the Navratras, thus the period is called 'Sri Rama Navratra'. It is marked by continuous recitals, Akhand Paath, mostly of the Ramacharitamanas, organized several days in advance to culminate on this day, with elaborate bhajan, kirtan and distribution of prasad after the puja and aarti. Images of infant form of Sri Rama are placed on cradles and rocked by devotees. Since Rama is the 7th incarnation of Vishnu having born at noon, temples and family shrines are elaborately decorated and traditional prayers are chanted together by the family in the morning. Also, at temples special havans are organized, along with Vedic chanting of Vedic mantras and offerings of fruits and flowers. Many followers mark this day by Vrata (fasting) through the day followed by feasting in the evening, or at the culmination of celebrations.

The important celebrations on this day take place at Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh), Bhadrachalam (Andhra Pradesh) and Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu), thronged by thousands of devotees. Rathayatras, the chariot processions, also known as Shobha yatras of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman, are taken out at several places including Ayodhya where thousands of people take a dip in the sacred river Sarayu.

Natal chart of Sri Rama:

Valmiki in his Sanskrit text Ramayan describes the natal or birth chart of young Rama, and this day is celebrated as Ramanavami festival throughout India and amongst Indian diaspora:

"On completion of the ritual six seasons have passed by and then in the twelfth month, on the ninth day of Chaitra month [March-April], when the presiding deity of ruling star of the day is Aditi, where the ruling star of day is Punarvasu (Nakshatra), the asterism is in the ascendant, and when five of the nine planets viz., Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus are at their highest position, when Jupiter with Moon is ascendant in Cancer, and when day is advancing, then Queen Kausalya gave birth to a son with all the divine attributes like lotus-red eyes, lengthy arms, roseate lips, voice like drumbeat, and who took birth to delight the Ikshvaku dynasty, who is adored by all the worlds, and who is the greatly blessed epitome of Vishnu, namely Rama."

- Book I : Bala Kanda, Ramayana by Valmiki, Chapter (Sarga) 18, Verse 8, 9, 10 and 11
                                                                                Source: Wikipedia


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                                                                                        Legend:

Four storeys - even the original Ravana may not have been so tall. But this is the Kali   Yuga,   when evil is supposed   to assume an   even more terrifying    form. Ravana has his moments of glory, and that too, on Rama Navami, the birthday of Rama. 

The  effigy of  the ten-headed  Ravana  swaggers  through  the town,  wearing a gaudy crown and exaggerated moustache, with shouting hordes following. But once   Ravana   reaches the open   ground that   is his   final destination,    he is suddenly   deserted by most  of his "followers" -   because the noble   Rama has made his appearance. 

In the end, righteousness does triumph, even in Kali Yuga. Rama engages him in battle, and  finally   pierces him with a   potent arrow. And the huge effigy of Ravana, filled   to bursting   with firecrackers, is set alight, and explodes into a thousand   bits amid   loud cheers   from the crowd and shouts of Jai Shri Ram. This ritual is an important part of the Rama Navami celebrations in most parts of North India. 

Rama Navami falls on the ninth day of the shukla paksha, or bright phase of the moon, in    the lunar month of Chaitra (April-May). The first day of Chaitra , or Ugadi, also marks the beginning of the Indian year. 

Rama is one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu, and one of the two most popular, along with  Krishna. Consequently, Rama Navami is widely celebrated, though not on the scale of festivals like Diwali or Dussehra. 

According    to legend,   Rama   was   born   at   noon.   Rama   is the  epitome of perfection, the uttama purusha, fulfilling all his duties towards both family and subjects. 

Rama was the first of the four sons of King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. When it was   time for Rama  to be made   crown-prince, his stepmother, Kaikeyi, got Dasharatha to send him to the forest for 14 years. His wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana   also   accompanied  him. In   the forest,   Sita  was   kidnapped  by Ravana,   the  demon   king of Lanka.   Rama, together  with  Hanuman and the monkey   army, built a   bridge to Lanka,   killed Ravana, and brought Sita back. 

It is believed that listening to the story of Rama cleanses the soul. Meditating on the noble Rama  and  chanting  his  name is believed to ease the pains of life and lead one to moksha, or liberation. It is also common practice to chant the name of Rama while rocking babies to sleep.


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                                                                    Significance:

Though   Rama Navami   is a major   festival   for    Vaishnavites,   it  is   widely celebrated   by   worshippers     of Shiva, too. It is   considered    auspicious   to undertake a fast on the day in the name of Rama. The more devout fast for nine days, from   Ugadi    to Rama Navami. The   objective  of  the fast is not to ask for special   favours of the   deity   but to seek perfection as a human being.

Devotees   perform elaborate   pujas and chant   the name of   Rama. Temples of Rama have special services and bhajan sessions through the day. 

One   significant   and    popular    element    of    the celebration is the Ramayana parayana, a   discourse on the   Ramayana, by a pundit or a   professional story-teller. It   usually   lasts   nine days, beginning   on Ugadi   and   ending  on Rama Navami.   A  skilled   story-teller   who  can  liven  up  the  event   by   weaving  in contemporary events attracts massive crowds. 

Since Rama is also one of the most sung-about deities in Indian classical music and literature, week-long (and sometimes, month-long) musical programmes are organised. 

Sacred   places associated with Rama, like Ayodhya, Ujjain and Rameshwaram, draw tens of thousands of devotees. In Rameshwaram, thousands take a ritual bath in the sea before worshipping at the Ramanathaswamy temple. 

    Many    places   in North India   host   fairs   in  connection   with  the   festival,
                                 culminating in spectacular fireworks on Rama Navami.



                              


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Edited by poonamgarg - 2014-04-08T01:05:07Z
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Posted: 2014-04-08T03:43:38Z
Very nice thread and delicacies...
Happy Birthday Rama!
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Posted: 2014-04-08T04:26:11Z
Originally posted by Surya_krsnbhakt


Very nice thread and delicacies...
Happy Birthday Rama!
thnkssBig smile
Ram navami sab bhakto ko boht boht mubarak , May God bless youBig smile
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Posted: 2014-04-08T06:19:37Z
Happy Ram Navami everyone!


Here are the "Ram Navami" clips from Anand Sagar's Ramayan & Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan showing Ram's birth and infancy. Enjoy! Big smile

Anand Sagar's Ramayan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3U59pgIZlQ

Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrH7dtuO4Vc
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Posted: 2014-04-08T07:16:45Z
Originally posted by ..RamKiJanaki..


Happy Ram Navami everyone!


Here are the "Ram Navami" clips from Anand Sagar's Ramayan & Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan showing Ram's birth and infancy. Enjoy! Big smile

Anand Sagar's Ramayan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3U59pgIZlQ

Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrH7dtuO4Vc
thankss janaki dear for posting dese clips hereBig smile
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Posted: 2014-04-08T12:20:58Z
HAPPY SHRI RAM NAVMI to all. :-)
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