Sri Ram Navami is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ram. In 2017, the date of Ram Navami is April 5. In western parts of India (Maharashtra) and Kerala, it is marked on April 4. It falls on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the month of Chait or Chaitra (March – April). It also marks the end of the Chaitra Navratri. Lord Rama is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is known as Maryada Purushottam – an embodiment of chivalry and virtue.
North India, Ram Navami is a nine-day festival and is the final day of Chaitra or Vasant Navaratri. The period is also observed as Ramayana week in many parts of . India
Hindu devotees fast on the day and pujas are performed at noon, as it is believed that Lord Ram was born at this time.
Ram Navami in Vishnu Temples
On the occasion, special pujas are held at home and in all Lord Ram and Vishnu temples in
and around the world. India
The day is of great importance at the Tirupati Balaji Temple in Andhra Pradesh. The pujas and rituals are spread over two days.
The Brahmotsavam at the world famous Bhadrachala Sri Rama Temple is observed on the day.
Swami Narayan Jayanti is observed on Ram Navami day.
How to Observe Ram NavamiOn the Ram Navami day, after thoroughly cleaning the house, idol or picture of Lord Ram is installed in the puja room. Some people also keep portraits of Mata Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman along with Lord Rama.
Bananas, Tulsi leaves and usual puja flowers are placed near the deities.
The important puja is performed at noon as it is believed that Lord Ram was born at noon.
An Arati is offered at noon and devotional bhajans are sung. Tika is applied and water is sprinkled on the people present.
Many people break the fast at noon with the Puja ‘prasad.’
The devotional songs sung include any one Ram Bhajan or Vishnu Sahasranama. Ramayana, especially the chapter Bala Khanda, is recited on the day.
There are also people who fast the entire day. Some communities also opt for nirjal fast - fasting without water.
South India, Ramnavami is people do elaborate puja and traditional fan (Visari) is distributed along with the ‘Prasadam.’ Food and drinks that cool the body are prepared on the day and is consumed after the fast.
The Glory of Bhagavan Sri RamThe name of Bhagavan Sri Ram is a wish-yielding tree, the very home of beatitude in this age of Kali (current era – the dark kali yuga), by remembering which Tulsidas was transformed from an intoxicating drug like the hemp plant into the holy basil.
Not only in this Kali age, but in all the four ages, at all times (past, present and future) and in all three spheres (viz., heaven, earth and the subterranean region) creatures have been rid of grief by repeating the name of Sri Ram.