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Rama Navami is a spring Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of Lord Rama, the Hindu god who is worshipped for being the seventh avatar of god Vishnu. Hindus all over the world celebrate the birth of Lord Rama with special prayers, Kathas, and Kalyanams.
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Key Facts & Information
- Rama is the name of the seventh avatar of the god Vishnu, and Navami is the ninth day (tithi) of the fortnight (paksha) based on the Hindu lunar calendar.
- Rama, also known as Ramachandra, is the epitome of perfection that fulfills all his duties towards both family and subjects.
- According to legend, Rama was born in Ayodhya at noon on the ninth day of Chaitra, the first month of the year in the Hindu calendar.
- Rama was born to Dasharatha, the Emperor from Ayodhya, and his wife, Kaushalya.
- His siblings are Lakshmana, Bharata, and Shatrughna.
- He married Sita, the daughter of King Janaka of Videha and Queen Sunaina.
- The entire story of Rama is depicted in the Ramayana, one of the two major ancient Indian Sanskrit epics that form part of the Hindu scripture.
- In this text, Rama starts a journey to rescue the princess Sita from the evil king of Lanka, Ravana, where Sita is exiled. Following a victorious conquest with the aid of an army of monkeys, Sita is restored to Rama, marking the start of a golden age for all mankind.
- Rama Navami celebrates the arrival of the seventh avatar of Vishnu, the god Rama.
- Devotees normally start their celebrations with fasting, which is broken at the end of daylight hours with a lavish feast in honor of Rama. The story of Ramayana is recited with Pujas (a prayer ritual of devotional worship) during the day.
- People also prepare and clean their homes, as well as place pictures of Lord Rama, Lakshman, Sita, and Hanuman on a dais in preparation for the Puja.
- Flowers and incense are kept before the deities. There are two thalis kept available in the puja area.
- Special commemorative celebrations are held in those cities which are referenced in the Ramayana legends about Rama’s life, including Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh), Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu), Bhadrachalam (Telangana), and Sitamarhi (Bihar).
- Some areas organize Rath-yatra (chariot processions), while some observe it as the Kalyanotsavam of Rama and Sita.
- Rama Navami happens on the 9th day of Chaitra, the first month of the year in the Hindu calendar. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins in March or April.
- In 2020, Rama Navami was celebrated on Thursday, April 2nd.
- This day, marking the birthday of Lord Rama, is also celebrated as the wedding anniversary festival of Rama and Sita. Thus, it is also referred to as Kalyanotsavam.
- Rama Navami indicates the significance of the arrival of divine power on the earth. It was when Lord Vishnu was born as Lord Rama, the elder son of Dasharath, the King of Ayodhya.
- The purpose of the Rama’s birth was to defeat the evil spirit of Ravana. Hence, the celebration of Rama Navami glorifies the power of religion. It also reflects the conflict between good and evil.
- The importance of the festival indicates the triumph of good over evil, as well as the establishment of the Dharma to defeat the Adharma.
- A celebration of the Rama Navami festival symbolizes the removal of negativity and the rise of divine power on the earth. To eliminate the Asura from the earth and to keep the Dharma, Lord Vishnu was born as Lord Rama.
- Lord Rama teaches that as a son, you should respectfully and lovingly obey the orders of your father, as well as sacrifice your own comfort for the dignity of your father.
- Lord Rama teaches that as a step-son, even if your stepmother (or mother-in-law) is not good to you, even if she obviously discriminates against you in favor of her own child, do not resent her or fight with her. Respect her and her wishes.
- Lord Rama teaches that as a brother, you should stay loyal to your brother and care for him.
- Lord Rama teaches that as a husband, you are to protect your wife. Fight for her, as well as for her purity. However, there are circumstances when one’s divine path must take priority over the path of being the householder. Do not keep the role of the householder as the greatest role.
- Lord Rama teaches that as a king, you should sacrifice everything for your people. Do not worry about your own comfort, your own convenience, or your own pleasure. Instead, be willing to put the kingdom ahead of your own needs.
Rama Navami Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Rama Navami across 20 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Rama Navami worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Rama Navami which is a spring Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of Lord Rama, the Hindu god who is worshipped for being the seventh avatar of god Vishnu. Hindus all over the world celebrate the birth of Lord Rama with special prayers, Kathas, and Kalyanams.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Rama Navami Facts
- Vocabulary Check
- Sri Rama Navami
- Lord Rama Initial Facts
- Life of Lord Rama
- Major Sanskrit Epics
- Find the Words
- Vishnu with His Avatars
- Celebration Significance
- Lord Rama Lessons
- Lord Rama’s Model
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