When is Ram Navami 2018? Rama Navami 2018 Date
Ram Navami 2018 is on 25th March 2018.
Lord Rama was born to King Dasharatha and Queen Kaushalya in Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh) on Navami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month. The birthday of Sri Rama is celebrated on this day with much fanfare and geity. Born at Madhyahna period (middle of Hindu day), Sri Ram's correct time of birth comes between 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM for every Indian city. Madhyahna period exists for six Ghatis (around 2 hours and 24 minutes) is the most auspicious time to perform Rama Navami Puja rituals. Madhyahna's mid-point marks the time when Shri Rama was born and devotees can be seen thronging temples and chanting the name of Rama symbolizing the very moment of Lord Rama's birth. Rama Navami is also spelled as Ram Navami.
People mistakenly think 12 p.m. as the correct time of birth for Lord Rama but as sunrise and sunset timings are different for every city, therefore exact time to celebrate birthday of Lord Rama falls between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Rama Navami celebrations in Ayodhya are a sight to watch for.Devotees come from all over India and outside to celebrate the birth of Lord Rama. In Rama's birthday celebrations, they not only keep on chanting the name of Rama but also take a dip into the holy river Sarayu and keep a fast for Rama Navami. Devotees who do not fast completely don't eat onions and garlic. Satunch devotees read the epic popular scripture, Ramayana. Although Hindu's celebrate the birthday all over India and World, big celebrations for Rama's birth are seen in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and at Ramanathaswamy temple in Ramesvaram in Tamil Nadu.
Thousands of devotees visit Ayodhya, where a big fair is held which continues for two days, and rathyatras, carrying the Dieties of Ram, his brother Laxman, His wife Sita, and His greatest devotee Mahavir Hanuman, are taken in the procession.
Ram Navami is celebrated for 10 days in Andhra Pradesh from the Chaitra Saptami to the Bahula Padyami in the month of March/April. Many people don't know but this is the same day when Lord Rama was married to Sita and the same is re-enacted.
What does Rama means?The word “Rama” literally means one who is divinely blissful and who gives joy to others, and one in whom the sages rejoice.
What is Navami?Navami is the ninth day (tithi) of the fortnight (paksha) in the Hindu lunar calendar.
What is Rama Navami?Ram Navami festival marks the birthday celebrations of Lord Rama, who is believed as the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It comes at ninth day of Shukla Paksh (bright half) in the Chaitra month.
What Lord Rama teaches as a Son, Brother, Husband and a King?As a son
Obey your father’s orders respectfully and lovingly. You must not forget to sacrifice your own comfort for your father’s dignity.
As a step-son
Do not fight your mother, step mother or mother-in-law even if She is not kind to you, even when she chooses and favours her own child against you. You must respect her and her wishes.
As a brother
Care for your brother and be loyal to him.
As a husband
Protect your wife and fight for her protection, purity and dignity. Take prefrence of divine path over a householder path. Householder's role is not ultimate.
As a King
Sacrifice everything for your own Countrymen or people. Your own comfort, convenience and pleasure is always the last. Be always willing to put the State, Country or Kingdom ahead.
Lord Rama's Popular Bhajans
Hare Krishna mahamantra
हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे
हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
The Rama Stotra in the Vishnu SahasranamaYou must recite this shloka 3 times as mentioned in the Vishnu sahasranama.
श्री राम राम रामेति रमे रामे मनोरमे ।
सहस्रनाम तत्तुल्यं रामनाम वरानने ॥
Sri Rama Rama Rameti Rame Raame Manorame
Sahasra Nama Tat Tulyam Rama Nama Varanane
Sri Rama Nama Varanane Iti