Ram Navami 2023 is a pious festival, which is celebrating the birth of Lord Rama. It is celebrated as one of the biggest festivals among Hindus in India.
Ram Navami Date and Time 2023
Rama Navami 2023– Thursday 30 March 2023
- Rama Navami Madhyahna Muhurat – 11:18 am to 1:46pm
- Duration – 02 hours 28 minutes
- Rama Navami Madhyahna Moment – 12:32 PM
- Navami Tithi Starts – on March 29, 2023, at 9:07 PM
- Navami Tithi Ends – on March 30, 2023, at 11:30 PM
All about the Ram Navami 2023 festival
The significance of this holiday is immense among the followers of Hinduism. The auspicious day is celebrated with grandeur every year on the last day of the famous Chaitra Navaratri. On this day, Lord Vishnu incarnated in his human form on earth as Lord Rama. He was born in the Suryavanshi Kingdom of Ayodhya on Navami Tithi in Shukla Paksha, which is the full moon phase of the moon during the month of Chaitra, according to the Hindu Panchang. This day is consider extremely pious and hence is celebrate with increased fervour across the country.
Ram Navami 2023 Puja Vidhi
Lord Rama’s birthday is celebrate with great love and gratitude. People looked up to Rama as a fair and just king who taught them to live an ideal life according to the principles of Ramraiya. For this reason to this day, Hindus across the earth pay homage to God on his birthday. Here is a detailed puja vidhi to help you reap the benefits of this auspicious day.
- Assemble the puja samagri and start the puja by invoking Lord Ganesha
- Start the puja of Lord Rama after saluting Vighnaharta
- Begin the puja by observing dhyana or meditation
- Join both hands to seek the blessings of Lord Rama and offer him your most sincere prayers
- Do avahanam to Lord Rama with folded hands and respectfully place his idol or photograph on a wooden platform or chowki. Cover the chowki with a clean yellow cloth before placing the idol on the asana.
- Light a ghee or oil lamp to the right of the chowki
- Offer Gangajal to the feet of the idol
- Follow this by doing arghya
- Offer kalava, janeu, fresh clothes, haldi, kumkum, Chandan, fruits and flowers to the Lord.
- Lord Rama is say to love tulsi and panchamrit. So offer a generous amount to the deity.
- Chant Vishnu Sahasranamam with devotion.
- Light incense sticks and camphor
- Light a tamboolam made of coconut husks, supari, paan, banana and Dakshina.
- Perform aarti using these to end the puja.
Astrological Significance of Ram Navami
In some parts of the country, this festival marks the end of Chaitra Navratri. So it is celebrate for ten days starting from Chaitra Saptami till Bahula Padyami which comes in the months of March or April according to the Gregorian calendar.
Chaitra Navratri ends with celebrations of Lord Rama’s birth and the day coincides with the beginning of Gudi padwa. As it is called in Maharashtra, Vasanthothsava, a spring festival celebrate in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra. Pradesh.
Significances of Rama Navami
In all the traditional scriptures and recitals enumerating the mighty personality of Lord Rama, this festival takes place. special meaning. Even in one of the most revered books of the Hindus, namely the Ramayana. The story of Rama’s birth moves towards the events that led to the victory of good over evil. The incident of Rama’s birth story is know as Vratha Katha among scholars. It was after many charitable and religious deeds performed by King Dashratha and his three queens that Lord Rama was born as the heir to the Suryavanshi kingdom of Ayodhya. He is believe to be an Avatar or incarnation of Vishnu and is the seventh incarnation of the creator among the trinity of gods. For this reason, his birth is valid great importance among believers.
Rituals associated with Ram Navmi
This festival holds great significance for Hindus as it celebrates the righteous nature of Lord Rama and his teachings on justice. Many different rituals are perform on this day across the country and we have listed some of the most important ones:
- Devotees across the country observe a day-long fast that begins in the morning after sunrise and ends the following day.
- Most people observe this strict fast without consuming food or water, while others eat fruit during the day. Throughout the day of Ram Navami 2023, devotees honour Lord Rama by telling his stories or listening to the Ramayana.
- In some places, people pay their respects to Lord Rama by arranging a wedding ceremony between him and Goddess Sita. This ritual is called Sitaram Kalyanam.
- In other parts of the country, a large procession takes to the streets to celebrate this day.
- Bhajans and Kirtans are also sing throughout the day. The ritual of singing bhajans actually starts from the first day of Navratra till the last day of Ram Navmi.
- Lord Rama was born in the holy city of Ayodhya and hence the celebrations of this day are grand in that city. On this day, devotees from far and wide come to the city to take a sacred dip in the sacred waters of Sarayu and later visit the Rama temple to celebrate the birth of Shree Ram. The ghats in Ayodhya are decorating with thousands of diyas, lighting up the city like no other, and fairs or melas fill people with excitement.
Regional Ram Navami celebrations
Celebrations of this day vary from country to country, but people celebrate it with equal vigour and enthusiasm. Here are the celebrations of this day in different parts of India:
- Rath Yatra or Shobha Yatra with people dressed as Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Hanumana and Lord Lakshman takes place in many parts of North India on this day.
- On this sacred day, devotees take a dip in the sea and worship the deities at the Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameshwaram.
- The wedding of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita is organize in many temples of South India and is called the Sitarama Kalyanam ceremony.
- Apart from this, special celebrations are held in the following cities of the country – Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, Sita Samahit Sthal in Bihar and Bhadrachalam in Telangana.
Legends associated with Ram Navami
According to the scriptures, the royal king Dashratha of Ayodhya and his three queens, Kaikeyi, Kaushalya and Sumitra, wanted children. When they could not have any children, Rishi Vshishth, the royal sage, advised them to perform the auspicious Putra Kamesti Yaina to get an heir to the kingdom. After the yajna was successfully complete, the three queens were given Kheer as prasad. All three queens soon became pregnant after a yajna on the ninth day of the auspicious month of Chaitra.
Soon after, Queen Kaushalya, the eldest queen, gave birth to Lord Rama, while Bharat gave birth to Kalkeyi and Sumitra gave birth to Lakshman and Shatrughan. Every individual should emulate the virtues demonstrated by Lord Rama and honestly strive to lead a virtuous life.
The purity of his heart teaches us the true meaning of being divine and encourages us to connect our human existence with his Highest self by following in his footsteps.