New Delhi: Rama Navami is observed as the birth anniversary of Lord Rama. It is celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra month, the first month in the Hindu lunar calendar.
According to legend, Lord Rama is considered the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu as he was born to King Dashratha and Queen Kaushalya in Ayodhya in the Tretha Yug. According to the Hindu calendar, this festival falls in the Shukla Paksha (brighter half) of the Chaitra month.
On this day, devotees and followers of Lord Rama recite verses from the holy scriptures like Shrimad Bhagavatam and Ramayana.
Lord Rama was born in the Teta Yug to King Dashratha and Queen Kaushalya in Ayodhya. People believe that worshipping him on this day helps in removing bad powers and influences from the Earth. It also marks the entrance of divine power in a person’s life.
The significance of Ram Navami is that it represents that victory of goodness over evil. It also signifies the establishment of Dharma to beat the Adharma. Devotees begin Ram Navami by offering water to Surya Devta (Lord Sun) to get his blessings. According to mythology, Lord Sun is an ancestor of Lord Rama.
On this very significant day and devotees keep a day-long fast, starts in the morning and extends till the next morning. The festival is also celebrated by performing the ceremonial wedding of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita.