On April 21, 2021, hundreds and thousands of devotees will celebrate Ram Navami 2021. On this auspicious day of Hindus, we’ve compiled the tithi, muhurat of Ram Navami and 5 interesting facts about Lord Ram.
Ram Navami 2021: When is the tithi and muhurat?
According to the Hindu calendar, the muhurat (auspicious date/time) for Ram Navami is 10:19 AM to 12:52 PM. The Navami tithi will begin at 12.43 AM, April 21 and shall end on 12:35 AM, April 22.
Ram Navami 2021: Significance
Each year, Ram Navami is celebrated when the nine days of the Chaitra Navratri come to an end. The day is considered to be the birthday of Lord Ram, the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu, the celebrated prince of Ayodhya and the slayer of Ravana.
The day is also known as ‘Chaitra masa Shukla paksha navami’, meaning the end of Navratri that is observed in spring.
Moreover, legends and Indian mythos indicate that Ram Navami is also the day when Lord Ram married Sita.
Legends associated with Ram Navami
Among the several stories and legends that are associated with Ram Navami, the underlying origin remains the same. The legend states that King Dasharatha had 3 wives Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi and all 3 of them were unable to give the King an heir to the kingdom of Ayodhya.
Sage Vashisth gave the King an advice that the queens should perform a yagna called Putra Kamesti Yagna. The three queens did so. During the yagna, King Dashrath went to distribute the payasam which was a preparation of rice and milk.
The ritual and the payasam did wonders as on the 9th day of Chaitra, Kaushalya gave birth to Ram while the other two queens gave birth to Lakshman and Bharat.
It’s also believed that on the day of Ram’s birth, Vishnu himself stepped on the Earth and crowned Ram the prince of Ayodhya.
Ram Navami Celebrations
Every year, Ram Navami is celebrated with a lot of fanfare across the north India. This stands true for Ayodhya especially which was Lord Ram’s birthplace.
On Ram Navami, a Rath Yatra (Chariot Procession) is conducted. In the procession hundreds of thousands of people follow a chariot in which 4 people dress as Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman.
Other than Ayodhya, the day is celebrated with equal amount of fanfare at Sitamarhi, Bihar, which is believed to be the birthplace of Sita, Ram’s wife.
5 Interesting Facts about Lord Ram
7th Incarnation of Vishnu
Ram is also considered by his devotees to be the 7th of the overall 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Other incarnations of Lord Vishnu are Matsya (fish), Kuma (tortoise), Varaha (Boar), Narsimha (half-man, half-lion), Vaman (dwarf), Parshuram, Krishna, Buddha and Kalki (the 10th and the reincarnation yet to be incarnated).
Lord Ram’s relation to Surya (Sun)
According to religious beliefs, Lord Ram was a part of the ‘Ikshvaku’ dynasty. What many people don’t know is that it was a dynasty founded by Ikshvaku, the son of Lord Surya. And thus, he’s known as the ‘Suryavanshi’ or someone belonging to the Surya’s family.
The story of Lord Ram’s naming
According to the devotees of Lord Ram, his name came from maharishi Vashistha, the Guru of Raghuvanshi. It was Vashistha who asked Ram’s father Lord Dasharath to conduct a yagna so that he could be welcomed to the world. According to the maharishi, the word ‘Ram” was made up of the Agni Beej (fire seed) and Amrit Beej (Elixir seed).
The Ram Setu between India and Sri Lanka
Whenever we open the map of India, we may see a dotted line between India and its neighboring country Sri Lanka in south. The dotted line is known as Ram Setu, a bridge which was made by the Vanar sena according to the Hindu epic Ramayana. The army of devoted monkeys built a bridge from Rameswaram to Mannar (Sri Lanka). According to Ramayana, the bridge was about 30 km in length and was built within 6 days.
Ending the reign of 11,000 years by taking samadhi
According to beliefs, when his wife Sita abandoned her conscious body by being absorbed in the Earth (bhudevi), Rama saw no purpose in living further and took a samadhi in the Sarayu river. And thus ended his reign of 11,000 years.