Ram Naumi

Ram Naumi is celebrated on the 9th day of the Chaitra month of the Hindu calendar. This normally falls around the months of March to April in the western calendar. Chaitra is the first month of the Hindu calendar. Ram Naumi celebration has a special significance as it is the first festival with which Hindus begin their new year.

This draft written by Vijay Narain. Verification requested from Pundits.

What is Ram Naumi

In Sri Ramcharitmanas, Tulsidas Ji relates the story of Sri Ram. King Dashrath and Queen Kaushalya did not have any children for a very long time. When Sri Ram and his three brothers are born after a Yagya by Rishi Shringi, there is immense happiness in the kingdom of Ayodhya.Sri Ram then performs multiple great and delightful deeds to show, not just the Hindus, but the entire human race how to live a happy and prosperous life. He eventually kills the evil demon Ravana who steals Ram’s beloved wife Sita. Sri Ram shows enormous respect to the learned and wise Brahmins. He shows the same love and affection when meeting poor and underprivileged people like Mata Shabri & Nishad Raj.  

Why celebrate Ram Naumi

Ram Naumi is celebrated to rejoice the birth of Sri Ram. It is also the celebration of the grand wedding of Sri Ram and Mata Sita. Sri Ram is from the Sun dynasty (Surya Vanshi) and is associated with light, knowledge and wisdom. Mata Sita is the incarnation of dedication, faith and belief (Bhakti). The ten heads of Ravana are the multiple evils that we harbour in ourselves: lust, anger, greed, ignorance, pride, ego, envy, etc. As we celebrate the birth of Sri Ram in Ayodhya, we should also rejoice the birth of knowledge within ourselves.  The marriage of Sri Ram and Mata Sita is the coming together of the power of wisdom and belief. Without the power of knowledge and dedication the seemingly impossible evils within us cannot be defeated.

What should one do during Ram Naumi

Ram Naumi is celebrated over 8 to 10 days. Some people choose to fast during the day. Some choose to eat simple food like fruits, milk and nuts. People get together with their family and friends, decorate their places of worship, and sing praises of Sri Ram. Learned and wise people of the community will recite the Ramayana and explain the meaning of the scripture to all people. There is usually feast every evening but the great banquet is prepared on the last day. The whole community gets together and everybody chips in with cash and kind. The peak of the celebration is marked by lots of singing dancing and feasting. Thus begins the year for a Hindu.

What are suggested Text and readings

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rama_Navami

http://www.when-is.com/ram-navami-2020.asp

http://www.indiaparenting.com/indian-culture/70_1544/ram-navami-festivals.html