Rama Navami celebrates the birthday of Hindu deity Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the son of King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. This year Ram Navami is on April 21. People come to Ayodhya from far and wide. They usually take a holy dip in the river Sarayu river before visiting the Ram temple.
Hindus believe that Rama killed the evil demon King Ravana and freed thousands of humans and his wife, Sita from his despotic rule.
Check out the Ram Navami 2021 date and muhurat:
- Rama Navami is on Wednesday, April 21
- Rama Navami Madhyahna Muhurat: 10:19 AM to 12:52 PM
- Sita Navami is on Friday, May 21
- Rama Navami Madhyahna Moment: 11:35 AM
- Navami Tithi begins at 12:43 AM on April 21
- Navami Tithi ends at 12:35 AM on Apr 22
Ram Navami Significance:
Lord Ram is said to be the 7th avatar of Lord Vishnu. He was born during a period when the vile King Ravana was tormenting his people and spreading Adharma (evil) over Dharma (righteousness). Lord Rama destroyed Ravana in a battle and restored peace on the day of Dussehra. In North India, devotees carry out the Ram Navami Rath Yatra parade that draws a massive crowd. One can see the statues of Lord Ram in Chariot, along with Devi Sita, brother Lakshmana, and Lord Hanuman.
Ram Navami Rituals:
Bhajans and kirtans are organized at devotees’ homes or religious sites that are dedicated to Lord Rama. People usually visit temples to seek blessings on this day. In places like Ayodhya, processions are taken out with miniature statues of Rama placed on a cradle.
During the day, the story of Ramayana is recited, and accompanied by Puja, a prayer ritual of devotional worship. Temples are decorated with flowers and devotees attend with various offerings for the deity. Many people even dress up as Rama, his brother Laxman, Sita, and the Monkey God, Hanuman while chariot processions are carried out.