What are Sri Rama Navami interesting facts
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Just before going forward to know about “What are Sri Rama Navami interesting facts”, let us know few basic points about Bhagavan Sri Rama.
Bhagavan Sri Rama was born as the 7th avatar of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu in the Dashavatar category. There is no difference between Bhagavan Sri Vishnu and Bhagavan Sri Rama, but are one and the same.
Bhagavan Sri Rama was born as the eldest son of Dasharatha Maharaja. His mother name was Sri Kausalya Devi.
Dasharatha had three wives, in that Sri Kausalya Devi is the eldest. Second wife name was Sri Sumitra Devi and third wife name was Sri Kaikeyi Devi.
Bhagavan Sri Rama had 3 brothers and their names are Lakshmana (Mother Sri Sumitra Devi), Bharata (Mother Sri Kaikeyi Devi) and Shatrughna (Mother Sri Sumitra Devi).
Now, let us move to our main subject:
What are Sri Rama Navami interesting facts:
1. During the Uttarayana period, in Vasanta Ritu, during Chaitra masam, in the Shukla paksha, on Navami tithi, Bhagavan Sri Rama was born and thus this day is known as Sri Rama Navami.
2. On this day itself Bhagavan Sri Rama was born as the eldest son to King Dasharatha and his prime queen Sri Kausalya Devi at Ayodhya on the banks of sacred river Sarayu.
3. It was in Ayodhya where Bhagavan Sri Rama was born and from where He ruled this world for more than 13,000 years is held in high esteem as one of the seven most sacred places known as Sapta Puri in the Indian Sub-continent.
3a. All these 13,000 years were known as ‘Rama Rajyam’, as during this period swayam (directly) Bhagavan Sri Rama was King and ruled.)
3b. During the ‘Rama Rajyam’, there was no hardships for the people, there was not name of feminine or drought, there was no scarcity of food, water etc., all the subjects of Ayodhya were living in peace and prosperity. Thus, this period was known as ‘Rama Rajyam’.)
3c. The Sapta Puris (Seven Divine places) names are as given below:
i. Ayodhya, ii. Mathura, iii. Kashi, iv. Kanchi, v. Avantika (Ujjain), vi. Puri (Jagannathapuri), and vii. Dwaraka.
4. These seven places are said to be the most auspicious and Dharmic places attached with great divine and spiritual importance that leads one towards the auspicious moksha / divine liberation.
5. As said above, it was 7th avatar among the Dashavatars of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu that took place in the 24th Treta Yuga of the current Vaivasvata Manvantar.
6. Bhagavan Sri Vishnu Himself directly took the form of Bhagavan Sri Rama along with His divine consort Goddess Sri Lakshmi Devi as Sri Sita Devi His wife.
7. While, Lord Sri Aadi Sesha Naga (the divine seat on which Bhagavan Sri Vishnu reclines) was born as Lakshmana,
Bhagavan Sri Rama’s sharpest weapon Sudarshana Chakra (Lord Sri Sudarshana) was as Bharata and Bhagavan Sri Vishnu’s Conch called Panchajanya was born as Shatrughna as the youngest brother.
8. This day is celebrated as the auspicious birth day of Bhagavan Sri Rama not only in India,
but across the world in a grand manner with the nine day festival known as ‘Sri Rama Navaratri’ coming to an end with this day.
9. This most divine day is the the day Bhagavan Sri Rama married Goddess Sri Sita Devi.
10. Famous temple town of Bhadrachalam in Andhra Pradesh called Dakshina Ayodhya will be flooded with devotees to witness the famous ‘Sri Sita Rama Kalyanam’ that is held every year on this day of Sri Rama Navami.
10. It is Bhagavan Sri Rama’s coronation (Pattabhishekam) that took place on the day of Chaitra Shukla Navami.
11. In Bhadrachalam, it is known as ‘Sri Vaikuntha Rama Kshetram’. Here there is a tradition to celebrate Sri Rama Pattabhishekam (Coronation) once in twelve years known as ‘Pushkara Pattabhishekam’.
12. During ‘Pushkara Pattabhishekam’ period, three major events takes place as given below:
a. First is birth of Bhagavan Sri Rama,
b. Second is marriage of Bhagavan Sri Rama and Goddess Sri Sita Deva, and
c. Third is Pattabhishekam (Coronation) of Bhagavan Sri Rama is said to have taken place on this most auspicious day of Chaitra Shukla Navami in different periods.
13. For this reason, this day is given highest importance and significance and sanctity is also given for Sri Rama Navami utsavam / festival.
14. Even though the avatar of Bhagavan Sri Rama occurred more than 2 million years ago,
the impact of it has so deeply penetrated into the roots of Hinduism and Hindus, that even today Bhagavan Sri Rama is considered as a role model and an embodiment of all virtues.
15. Note about the Yugas in Hindu Sanatana Dharma:
a. One Kali Yuga = 4,32,000 years
b. One Dwapara Yuga = 2 * Kali Yuga = 8,64,000 years (Bhagavan Sri Krishna period)
c. One Treta Yuga = 3 * Kali Yuga = 12,96,000 years (Bhagavan Sri Rama period)
d. One Satya Yuga (Kruta Yuga) = 4 * Kali Yuga = 17,28,000 years (Bhagavan Sri Varaha, Narasimha period).
Thus, it should be noted that around 2 million (20 Lakhs) years have passed since the birth of Bhagavan Sri Rama.
Sri Rama Navami significance, rituals, legends
As per the Sri Bhagavatam (Sri Vishnu Purana), Bhagavan Sri Rama is the 7th avatar incarnation of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu in the list of Dasha Avatars.
As written in Sri Bhagavatam (Sri Vishnu Purana), Bhagavan Sri Rama’s Avatar had taken place during the 24th Treta Yuga of the current Vaivasvata Manvantara.
Bhagavan Sri Rama was born in Suryavansh, in the lineage of the great and divine Kings like Ikshvaku, Raghu and Bhagiratha.
Lord Sri Surya Deva (Sun God) is said to be the Bhagavan Sri Vishnu’s amsha (part) of Bhagavan Sri Sri Rama. Bhagavan Sri Rama was a ‘Paripurna Bhagavan’ (complete – 100%) and an Avatar of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu.
[It should be always noted that, there is no difference between Bhagavan Sri Vishnu / Bhagavan Sri Krishna / Bhagavan Sri Rama or any of the avatars of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu. All are one and the same.]
[Also it should be noted that, Lord Sri Surya Deva has an amsha (part) of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu, but it doesn’t means Lord Sri Surya is an avatar of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu.]
[No. Both are different. Even we ordinary humans have an amsha of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu in us. But we can’t be Bhagavan Sri Vishnu or be called as an avatar of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu.]
Bhagavan Sri Rama was the eldest son of King Dasharatha and his first wife Sri Kausalya Devi.
Bhagavan Sri Rama had two step mothers namely Sri Sumitra Dev, and Sri Kaikeyi Devi.
Bhagavan Sri Rama had three brothers namely Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna.
Goddess Sri Sita Devi is an avatar of Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi and she is the divine consort of Bhagavan Sri Rama.
Bhagavan Sri Rama has two sons namely Kusha and Lava. Both Kusha and Lava were bought up in Rishi Valmiki Ashram.
In Valmiki Ramayana it is said that, Bhagavan Sri Rama ruled this earth for 13,000 years and those years were known as Rama Rajyam.
As per Hindu Sanatana Dharma Chandraman Panchanga (Lunar calendar), Bhagavan Sri Rama was born on the ninth (Navami) lunar day of shukla paksha in Chaitra Masam.
Astrologically, Bhagavan Sri Rama was born under the constellation (nakshtra) of Punarvasu, 4th charana in Karkataka Rashi (Cancer Sign) and Karkataka Lagna.
At the time of Bhagavan Sri Rama birth five planets, namely, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn were said to be in exalted position.
What is Sri Rama Navami?
Sri Rama Navami is very important and most divine Hindu festival dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Rama.
This festival is celebrated not only in India, but across the globe irrespective of caste and creed.
This day is normally celebrated as the birthday of Bhagavan Sri Rama coinciding with the ninth day (Navami tithi) of Chaitra Masam Shukla Paksha as per Hindu Chandraman Panchanga (Lunar calendar).
What is to be done on Sri Rama Navami day?
Bhagavan Sri Rama is worshiped on this most auspicious and divine day along with his consort Goddess Sri Sita Devi, and his brother Lakshmana and Lord Hanuman, and His parents, that is, father and King Dasaratha and mother and Queen Sri Kausalya Devi.
Arghya to be given to Bhagavan Sri Sri Rama with the following slokas:
कौसल्य गर्भ संभूत सदा सौमित्रि वत्सल |
जानकि सहितो राम गृहाणार्घ्यं नमोस्तुते ||
कौसल्य आनंदनो वीर रावणासुर मर्दन |
सीत पते नमस्तुभ्यं गृहाणार्घ्यं नमोस्तुते ||
ಕೌಸಲ್ಯ ಗರ್ಭ ಸಂಭೂತ ಸದಾ ಸೌಮಿತ್ರಿ ವತ್ಸಲ |
ಜಾನಕಿ ಸಹಿತೋ ರಾಮ ಗೃಹಾಣಾರ್ಘ್ಯಂ ನಮೋಸ್ತುತೇ ||
ಕೌಸಲ್ಯ ಆನಂದನೋ ವೀರ ರಾವಣಾಸುರ ಮರ್ದನ |
ಸೀತ ಪತೇ ನಮಸ್ತುಭ್ಯಂ ಗೃಹಾಣಾರ್ಘ್ಯಂ ನಮೋಸ್ತುತೇ ||
kausalya garbha sambhūta sadā saumitri vatsala |
jānaki sahitō rāma gr̥hāṇārghyaṁ namōstutē ||
kausalya ānandanō vīra rāvaṇāsura mardana
sīta patē namastubhyaṁ gr̥hāṇārghyaṁ namōstutē ||
Meaning of the above shloka : You are the one who is born from the womb of Sri Kausalya Devi, you are the one who is always loved by Lakshmana (Saumitra / Son of Sri Sumitra Devi).
I do namaste (salutations) to you as you are the consort of Sri Sita Devi, and thus I leave arghyam to you and always do namaste (salutations) to you O Bhagavan Sri Rama.
On Sri Rama Navami day, we have to chant Bhagavan Sri Rama and his different name, also need to recite different shlokas, stotrams which are related to Bhagavan Sri Rama. For example, ‘Rama Raksha Stotram.
In all the Bhagavan Sri Vishnu temples (Bhagavan Sri Rama), bhajans are conducted praising Bhagavan Sri Rama (Bhagavan Sri Vishnu).
Lord Sri Surya Deva (God Sun) is also worshiped on this day, as He is the amsha (part) of Bhagavan Sri Rama Avatar as said above and Bhagavan Sri Rama and thus Bhagavan Sri Rama is called as Suryavanshi.
Unlimited number of people visit Bhagavan Sri Rama temples all over the world especially in the evening and offer prayers, bhajans etc.
In few temple, Sri Sita Rama Kalyanam’ (marriage of Bhagavan Sri Rama and Sri Sita Devi) is performed as this is the day when Bhagavan Sri Rama married Sri Sita Devi.
One of such auspicious and divine place where ‘Sri Sita Rama Kalyanam’ is performed on a grand scale on this day, is at Bhadrachalam in Andhra Pradesh. This place is on the banks of holy river Godavari.
It is also an age old and divine tradition in some parts of the country, to offer a sweet drink which contains water mixed with jaggery,
cardamom, pepper and lemon juice called Panakam (ಪಾಣಕ / पानकं / pāṇakaṁ) and Moong Dal (soaked) called Kosambari as Naivedya to Bhagavan Sri Rama and distribute the same to the devotees at temples.
The the divine festival of Sri Rama Navami is celebrated on a grand scale at places like:
1. Ayodhya – Sri Rama temple – Birth place of Bhagavan Sri Rama,
2. Bhadrachalam – Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy temple in Andhra Pradesh,
3. Puri – Sri Jagannatha at Odisha,
4. Udupi – Sri Krishna at Karnataka,
5. Srirangam – Srirangam at Tamilnadu,
6. Tirupati – Sri Venkateshwara (Sri Srinivasa / Sri Balaji) at Andhra Pradesh,
7. Dwaraka – Sri Dwarkadhisha at Gujarat,
8. Badri – Sri Badrinatha at Uttarakhand, and in many places in and outside India.
Vasanta Navaratri festival ends with Sri Rama Navami.
Places connected to Bhagavan Sri Rama are as given below:
Few of the divine places in India which has direct connection with Bhagavan Sri Rama are:
1. Ayodhya in U.P.,
2. Kashi in U.P.,
3. Gaya in Bihar,
4. Prayaga (Also called Prayag or Prayagraj) in U.P.,
5. Naimisharanya in U.P.,
6. Nashik in Maharashtra,
7. Bhadrachalam in A.P.,
8. Hampi in Karnataka,
9. Srisailam in A.P.,
10. Rameswaram in Tamilnadu, etc.
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