Ramnavmi: the significance and auspicious time

Shrimi Sinha

Shrimi Sinha

The ninth day of Chaitra Navratri is considered Ramnavmi all over country. It is believed that Hindu God Ram was born on the ninth day of Navratra. Ram is the 7th avatar of Lord Vishnu and took birth as human on Earth.

Ram devotees all over country celebrate this day with great pomp by worshipping Lord in temples and home. They prepare a small idol of infant Ram. The idol is bathed with Gangajal, and then clad. After that the idol is kept on a cradle. Then while swinging the cradle, devotees chant Ramkatha, Bhajan and kirtans. Most devotees do observe fast.

Some of the mantras are:

Rama Mantra
Neelambhuj shyamalkomlang Sita Samaropitvambhagam
Pano Mahasaikacharoochapam
Namame Ramam Raghuvanshnatham

Rama Gayatri Mantra
Om Daserathaya Vidhmahe
Sita Vallabhaya Dheemahe
Thanno Rama Prachodayath.

In Ayodhya especially, devotees take a dip in the sacred river of Sarayu, before visiting the Rama temple. In some places, devotees conduct chariot processions or Rathyatras, also known as Shobha yatras of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanumana. Also, charity events and community meals are also organised by several temples and Vaishnava organisations as part of the auspicious celebration.

The auspicious time to perform puja this ramnavmi is from 11am to 1pm.

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