Sri Rama Navami
“Sri Raama Raama Raameti Rame Raame Monorame.
Sahasranamma Tattulyam Raamanaama Varaanane.”
Sri Rama Navami, the festivities on this day cover the birth of Lord Sri Rama , Wedding of Lord Rama and also the coronation ceremony of Lord Rama. Lord Rama was the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Sri Rama is the son of King Dasharatha and queen Kausalya . The holy day falls in the Shukla Paksha on the Navami Tithi, the ninth day of the month of Chaitra in the Hindu Calender . Lord Sri Rama was born on Punarvasu Nakshatra, Karkataka lagna at noon.
Ramadasu is the great devotee of Sri Rama. Ramadasu was originally named as Kancharla Gopanna .He worked as Tasildar for Bhadrachalam. Ramadasu collected all the revenues, but instead of remitting them to the minister, he constructed the temple for Lord Sri Rama. And he performed the SitaRama Kalyanam on this Sri Rama Navami festival, till now also we are performing the Kalyana Mahotsavam to the deities on Sri Rama Navami .
Once there lived a great king in Ayodhya called Dasaratha, He has three wives Kausalya, Sumitra and kikeyi. But the king has no children, for this reason the king performed putra kameshti yagam with the help of sage Rishyasringa. Queen Kausalya gave birth to Lord Rama, queen sumirtha gave bith to Lakshmana and Shatrughna and queen Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharatha. From the childhood Laxman dedicated himself to Rama.
Sita discovered in a furrow while ploughing in a field by King Janaka ruler of Mithila and his wife Sunayana.Sita devi is also referred to as the daughter of bhudevi (mother of earth).
When King Janka realizes that Sita has come of marriageable age, he arranges her swayamvaram. The Sage Viswamitra attends swayamvaram with Rama and Lakshmana. Many nobel princes from several kingdoms came aspiring for the hand of beautiful Sita Devi. King Janaka declares that he would give his daughter’s hand in marriage to the person who would be able to lift the bow of Shiva and string it. But many princes were overwhelmed by bow and turned away.
Rama then comes forward to lift the bow at Vishwamitra’s command .Lord SreeRama prayed for the grace of Lord Shiva and went, and he easily lifted the bow single –handedly and when he draws the string, it breaks. Sita Devi came and garlanded Rama and accepted him as her husband. Rama gets married to Sita, Lakshmana to Urmila, Bharatha to Mandavi and Shatrughan to Shrutakirti.
Article by: Haritha