Rama Navami Festival 2020 Date, Significance & Rituals In India

2 Apr 2020

Ram Navami


Rama Navami 2020 Date

The important Hindu festival Ram Navami will fall on 2nd April 2020. Thus, Ram Navami will fall 4 days before the Mahavir Jayanti, which is the major festival of the Jain community. 

Rama Navami Puja Muhurat

The auspicious time for puja during Rama Navami festival is from 11:29 AM to 01:58 PM. 

Ram Navami - The 9th Day Of The Chaitra Navratri

The festival is observed in the Chaitra month of the Hindu calendar. Besides, it is considered as an important festival of the Vaishnava sect. In some parts of the country, devotees organize bhajans and kirtans, and Prasad is distributed after puja and Aarti in the entire nine-day Navratra period, which is also described as Sri Rama Navratra.

One comes across many temples across India decked with colourful flowers and lighting arrangements. Devotees offer obeisance in the Divine's name and chant mantras throughout the day. Along with the Vedic chanting, they organize special havans and offer fruits and flowers. Followers undergo fasting and feast after the culmination of the day-long celebration. Thousands of devotees throng many temples where the idols and images of Ramlala are kept in cradles. They offer prayers and celebrate His birth with religious fervour and pomp.

A lot many Hindus fast on the occasion of Ram Navami, which is said to confer the blessings of Sri Rama. The fasting process starts in the morning and extends till the next morning. Depending on the convenience and capacity of the individual, different kinds of fasting are advised. The observers may resort to complete fasting without taking water or take water alone.

The Significance of Rama Navami – The Birthday of Lord Rama

The festival celebrates the descent of god Vishnu as Rama avatar, through his birth to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya in Ayodhya. Though Rama Navami is a major festival which celebrates the birth of Lord Rama, it is widely celebrated by the worshipers of Shiva, too.  Through his noble and divine choices, Lord Rama teaches the world to choose dharma over Artha (when he leaves for the forest rather than be coronated as King) and to choose Moksha over Kama (when he chooses his kingdom over his marriage).

Rama Navami Story/History

Dasharatha, the king of Ayodhya had three wives named Kausalya, Sumitra, and Kaikeyi. But none of the three bore him a male child which the king needed to take care of his empire and as a successor to his throne. Even after several years of his marriage, the King was not able to be a father.

Then the great sage Vasistha advised him to perform Puthra Kamesti Yagna, the holy ritual carried out to obtain an offspring. With King Dasharatha's consent, the great sage Maharshi Rushya Shrunga performed the ritual in the most detailed manner possible. The king was handed over a bowl of payasam (a preparation of milk and rice) and asked to distribute the food between his wives. The king gave one-half of the payasam to his elder wife Kausalya, and another half to his younger wife Kaikeyi. Both wives give half of their portions to Sumithra. This unequal distribution of the holy food leads to both Kausalya and Kaikeyi giving birth to one son each while twin sons are born to Sumithra.

The day was one of the ultimate celebrations in Ayodhya where not only the royal family but every resident of the place heaved a sigh of relief and thanked the God for this miracle, little knowing that God himself was present among them in the form of Rama, the newborn son of Kausalya.

Rama Navami - Spiritual Connect

According to the ancient stories, Lord Ram was born to Ayodhya King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya and is believed to be the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu Dashavatara. Born in the afternoon, Lord Ram's birth on earth comes at a time when the demon King Ravana was harassing his devotees and spreading adharma over dharma. Dasharatha's other wife Queen Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharata, and Lakshmana and Shatrughna were born from Queen Sumitra's womb. 

Ram Navami And Processions

The entire righteous reign of Sri Ram, Rama Rajya is described as a period of both peace and prosperity. Disciples take out Ram Navami Ratha Yatra procession that draws huge crowds in north India. Other than Lord Ram in chariot, the other characters include wife Queen Sita, brother Lakshmana, and devotee, Lord Hanuman. Dressed up in the ancient costumes, many people make their presence felt in the procession. Also, read about Hanuman Jayanti - the birth of Lord Hanuman.

Rama Navami  - The Places Of Importance

Among the important places where a number of rituals and prayers are held on large scale includes in Ayodhya, Sita Samahit Sthal in Bihar, Bhadrachalam in Andhra Pradesh and Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. Thousands of people take a dip in the sacred river Sarayu.

Ram Navami will be celebrated on April 13th in the following states: Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand. Besides, the festival will be celebrated on April 14 in the following states: Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Odisha, Telangana, Sikkim. 

With Ganesha's Grace,
The GaneshaSpeaks.com Team

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