Guwahati: The nine-day long spring festival of Chaitra Navratri 2020 comes to an end with Ram Navami on Wednesday, April 21. Ram Navami is celebrated to commemorate Lord Ram’s birthday, who is also known to be the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu.
On this day, devotees recite verses from holy scriptures like Ramayana, Shrimad Bhagavatam. They visit temples with families and friends were the idols of Lord Ram are bathed and clothed to mark the incarnation on Earth. The ceremony is followed by reciting Ram Katha and singing bhajans. Some devotees observe fast this day.
The festival is a symbol of the victory of good over evil.
Ram Navami day, date and muhurta
Ram Navami is on Wednesday, April 21. The Madhyahna Muhurat for ram Navami is 10:19 AM to 12:52 PM. The Ram Navami Tithi begins at 12:43 AM on April 21 and ends on 12:35 AM on April 22.
Here is how you can celebrate Ram Navami at home
Clean a nice place or the mandir at home. Lord Rama is the main deity worshipped during Rama Navami, so place a photo or an idol of Lord Ram. Along with Lord Rama, Mata Kaushalya, King Dasharatha, Sita and the three younger brothers of Lord Rama – Bharata, Lakshmana and Shatrughna are also worshipped. Hanuman Ji, the biggest devotees of Lord Ram must be worshipped on is auspicious day.
Involve all members of the family in the Ram Navami puja. Traditionally young girls in the family put teeka on the forehead of all in the family. Ganga jal, roli and aipun are sprinkled on the gods, and then rice is showered on the deities or photos of Ram, Lakshman, Sita and Hanuman Ji. After prayers, everyone perform the aarti and bhajans are sung. Finally, prasad is distributed among all family members.
On this Ram Navami, recite Tulsi Ramayan, which tells the story of Lord Ram. In some households Akhanda Ramayana Path or chanting the entire Ramcharitmanas by Tulsidas is done for 24 hours.