Ram Navami also called Ramnavami is a major Hindu festival celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra Navaratri festival. It is observed in honour of Lord Rama, seventh avatar of Vishnu’s birth in the human form. Ram Navami 2017 will fall on 5th of April, Wednesday with many Indian states celebrating Ramnavami on 4th of April as well. The Ram Navami 2017 Puja Shubh Muhurat time will be spread over the course of two days as it falls on the ninth day of the bright half (Shukla Paksha), according to the Hindu calendar. Ram Navami, the birthday celebrations of Lord Rama is a matter of great significance for the devotees who read the history of the famous Hindu festival. A complete schedule of Rama Navami 2017 Date along with Shubh Muhurat timings and Vrat Vidhi according to the Hindu calendar is mentioned below.
Ram Navami is marked with Shri Ram’s birth in the holy land of Ayodhya to recitals of his legendary heroics in the form of mantra and bhajans. Along with Lord Rama’s birthday celebrations, Rathayatras also known as Shobha Yatras of Shri Rama, Goddess Sita, his brother Lakshmana and Hanuman are taken out on the chariot processions. Worshippers who observe fast on Ram Navami follow a proper Vrat and Puja Vidhi.
When is Ram Navami 2017? Festival Date
Ram Navami 2017 festival will be celebrated on April 5, with many states celebrating the festival of Lord Rama’s birth on April 4. Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Vishnu was born on Navami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of the lunar month in the month of Chaitra (March – April) month. The Navami Tithi of Chaitra Navaratri 2017 begins at 11:20 on April, 4 (Tuesday) and ends at 10:03 on April 5 (Wednesday). Vaishnava Rama Navami falls on April 5, 2017.
What is Rama Navami Puja Shubh Muhurat Time?
According to Hindu mythology, the eldest son of King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya, Shri Rama’s birth took place at Ayodhya during Madhyahna period which is middle of a Hindu day. Rama Navami Puja Shubh Muhurat Time is 11:27 to 13:54. The duration of Shubh Muhurat to carry our Ram Navami Puja Vidhi is 2 Hours 27 Mins.
Significance and History of Ram Navami
Ram Navami is one of the most auspicious festivals for the Hindus, and Shri Rama is one of the most worshipped forms of Vishnu in Hinduism, in India and abroad. The epic of Ramayana is widely popular in the Indian Hindu households where the family is well-versed with the history of the seventh avatar of Dashavatara of Vishnu in Treta Yuga, the second out of the four yugas, or ages of humankind, in the religion of Hinduism.
Lord Rama was born in Ayodhya to Dasharatha and Kausalya and his birthday is the reason why we celebrate Ram Navami festival. His birthplace will see Rama Navami celebrations in the its full glory with the devotees taking a mandatory dip in Holy River Sarayu before beginning with the Rama Navami celebrations in Ayodhya.
Ram Navami Vrat Vidhi and fasting rules
The nine days of Chaitra Navaratri leads up to Ram Navami. Many devotees observe a strict fast with eight Prahar fasting is suggested during Rama Navami. The Vrat Vidhi for worshippers is – they should observe the fast from sunrise to sunrise. The Puja Vidhi for Ram Navami is to begin by worshipping Sun God early morning. Ram Navami Puja is quite simple and is done with pure heart. Start the puja with the invocation of Lord Ganesh and by making an offering to the Elephant God. Then, decorate a picture of Shri Rama with flowers, vermilion, sandal paste, turmeric paste and an oil lamp.
The holy Mantras “Om Sri Ramaya Namah” or “Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram” is chanted religiously by the devotees. Worshippers may also conduct a ‘havan’. Devotees read the whole of the Ramayana, either the Sanskrit version of Sage Valmiki or the Hindi version of Saint Tulsidas, during these nine days of Navratri also called Shri Rama Navratri. Worshipping to Lord Rama with a pure heart and no malice, a person will seek blessings in the form of health, wealth, prosperity, happiness, peace of mind and a great character from Lord Rama on the occasion of Ram Navami!