Ramnavmi Puja

Which god worship on the occasion of Ramnavmi puja?

Lord Rama, his brother Laxmana, his wife Sita and his devotee Lord Hanumanworship on the occasion of Ramnavmi puja.

What are the other names for this puja? (If any)

ChaitraMasaSuklapakshaNavami, Sri Rama Navaratraarethe other names for this puja.

History of the above occasion

The puja begins with the birth of Lord Rama to the emperor Dasharatha of Ayodhya and his wife Kaushalya. He had two more wives Sumitra and Kaikeyi.Lord Rama was born by his ownpower and will and provide protection to all his devotees by vanquishing Adharma. He is called as MaryadaPurushottam and Lord Vishnu incarnate him for killing and ending asuras. So, his birth is considered as important and thus people start celebrating this puja from here.

What is the significance of the above occasion?

Ramnavmi puja is done in the honour of the birth of Lord Rama. He is considered as the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnuand people do worship and observe fast for himin order to get their dreams and wishes fulfilled, for gaining wealth, happiness and prosperity. Thus, this puja has a great significance in our lives.

Others said, this occasion is celebrated in the honour of the marriage ceremony of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita.

What are the things or material required for the worship of this puja?

Idol of Lord Rama, his brother Laxmana, his wife Sita and his devotee Lord Hanuman, Diya, camphor, a bowl full of water,flowers, fruits and other eatablesare the things or material required for the worship of this puja.

What is the vidhi (method) of worship?

Puja of Ramnavmistarts with DhyanamShlok. Keep the idol of Lord Rama, his brother Laxmana, his wife Sita and his devotee Lord Hanuman in front of us and light the diya and camphor.Then offer water by sprinkle it first on their hands, feet and mouth. Next offer flowers, fruits and other eatables. Then pray god. Next with the chanting of slokam drink the thirtham and at the end distribute the Prasad to everyone.

How to celebrate this occasion?

The occasion is celebrated by performing great rituals such as AkhandPaath mainly related to Ramacharitmanas, kirtan, bhajan, aarti. After the aarti, Prasad is distributed and meals for the whole community is also organized. In temples, havans also takes place with chanting of mantras. Fruits and flowers are also offered. People also observe fast on this day. In South India,SitaramaKalyanam takes place with the chanting of Lord Rama name. In temples, priests performed Kalyanam, a wedding ceremonyof Lord Rama and Goddess Sita. Asweet drink made with pepper and jaggeryknown as Panakamis also prepared on this day. Procession of Idols of gods also takes place in evening.In Ayodhya, on this day Rathayatras called as ShobhaYatra of Lord Rama also takes out at several places and large no .of people take dip in the river, named as Sarayu.On this day, Ramayana is read by people at temple and vedic temples are decorated. In Bhadrachalam temple situated at Telangana, Kalyanam is performed.

What are the timings to celebrate this puja or occasion in a year?

This puja is celebrated on the Navamiin the ShuklaPaksha, as per the Hindu calendar, it is done in the month of Chaitraon itsninth day.

In which parts of the country, this puja is considered as more important?

As Lord Rama was related to Ayodhya, so this puja is considered as more important in Ayodhya(Uttar Pradesh),Bhadrachalam (Telangana), SitaSamahitSthal (Sitamarhi) (Bihar) and Rameswaram(Tamil Nadu).

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