Origin Of Rama Navami
Ramayana is a great epic which describes the life of Lord Rama, who was the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. There once lived a King named Dasaratha, who rule over the kingdom of Ayodhya. The king had three wives named Kaushalya, Sumithra and Kaikeyi. Despite having many wives, the king for long was childless. The king was quite bothered about the fact that he had no children. Even his subjects were quite saddened by this, since there was no heir to the throne of Ayodhya. At this scenario, thee great sage Vasistha is believed to have suggested King Dasarath to perform the sacred Puthra Kamesti Yagna, through which he could be blessed with a child. The delighted King Dasharath decided to perform the Yagya and thus sought Maharshi Rushya Shrunga’s help for performing the yagya. The Maharshi Rushya is said to have agreed to the king’s request and headed to Ayodhya to solemnize the Puthra Kamesti Yagna. On successfully performing the Yagna, Yagneshwara appeared out of the holy fire, and handed over a bowl of Kheer to Kind Dhasaratha. He also advised the king to feed the Kheer to all the three wives. Dasarath did as instructed. He handed one half of the kheer to his elder wife Kausalya, and another half to his youngest wife Kaikeyi. These two gave one half each of their kheer to Sumithra. After few days, all the three Queens were pregnant with King Dasratha’s child. On the ninth day (Navami), of the Chaithra Masa (month), Kaushlya gave birth to Lord Sri Ram at noon. After a while, Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharatha, and Sumithra birthed the twin boys, Lakshman and Shatrughan. It was a joyous occasion for the entire kingdom of Ayodhya. People were happily celebrating the birth of their Princes. Since then, this day is regarded as an auspicious day and is celebrated by the devotees all over the world.
History Of Ramnavami
Hinduism is one of the oldest religions of the world. Lord Vishnu is said to have taken the Rama Avathar during the krithayuga. From this, it can be inferred that Rama Navami is one of the world’s oldest festival celebrated. References of this festival can also be found in the ancient texts of Kalika purana. It is believed to be one of the few festivals that the people from the lower caste were allowed to celebrate, in those ancient times when caste system was highly prevalent in India. According to Hinduism, Ram Navami is one of the five prominent and holy festivals of the religion. Observing the holy fast on Ram Navami is believed to bring the ultimate salvation to a person.