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12 April 2011

Happy Ram Navami : The Birthday of Lord Rama “Shri Ram Navami” falls on 12 April 2011

                            Lord Rama

Happy Ram Navami : The Birthday of Lord Rama “Shri Ram Navami” falls on 12 April 2011

“Discover life” greets all the Hindus and devotees of Lord Rama a very happy Shri Ram Navami… 

The birthday of Lord Rama is observed on the ninth day of Shuklapaksha*** (fortnight) of Chaitra month of Indian lunar colanders (Vikram Calendar in North). This year it falls on 12 April 2011 that coincides with 9th Shukla of Chaitra month, Vikram year 2068. The Ram nava ratri that starts on the 1st Shukla of Chaitra is culminated on the 9th day when the Ram Nvami is celebrated. 

There is another ‘nava ratri’ observed on the 9th Shukla of Ashvin (October) at the end of which Durga navami is celebrated, a day before 'Dashahara'. 

Lord Rama is also addressed as ‘purushottam’ the super human or the best possible human being.  He had all the moral characteristics that could be imagined in a good human being. He was the most acclaimed and accomplished warrior of his time and the most successful and popular king of his time. That was the reason why good kingdoms were termed as ‘Ram Rajya’ (the rule of Ram)

Lord Rama is believed to be the human incarnation of Lord Vishnu who appeared on this earth for eradicating atrocities and social discrimination committed by the evil forces like King Ravana. He fought with the external evil forces by diplomatic expertise as well as by waging a historic forceful war against King Ravana, after building a well equipped huge army of common people represented by apes from the forests.

                    Lord Rama

Lord Rama was born in the royal family of king Dashrath of Ayodhya as his eldest son and was the heir apparent for the throne of Ayodhya.  But he had to forgo his claim on the throne, abandon the royal life and to set out for living in the deep forests for 14 years due to some internal politics in the royal family.  Nevertheless, Lord Rama displayed exemplary patience, compassion and sacrifice for his royal parents by accepting the 14 year expulsion to the deep forests.

The life history of Lord Rama is read by Indians since time immemorial and taught to the youngsters for emulating the same in their own lives. There are many religious scriptures based on the life of Lord Rama, found across the length and breadth of India. His life history has been written with the title ‘Ramayana’ in almost all the languages spoken and existing in different parts of India.  The first ‘Ramayana’ is believed to have been written in Sanskrit, around 5th to 4th century BC, by the Hindu sage Valmiki

The most popular scripture on Lord Rama- ‘Ram Charit Manas’ was written by the acclaimed Sait Tulasi Das, during the reign of Emperor Akbar. ‘Ram Charit manas’ has been written in a Hindi dialect that is spoken by the rural masses in central and north India and is the most popular religious scripture read and recited by almost half of the Indian population. 

Hindus in north India greet one another with salutations like ‘Ram Ram’, ‘Jai Ram ji ki’ and ‘Jai Shri Ram’
***In Hindu calendars, each month of 30 days is observed between two ‘new moon days’ called amavasya(s). The dates are counted from 1 to 15 for each fortnight called paksha(s). The first fortnight is called ‘shukla paksha’ that starts after the ‘new moon day’ and ends on the full moon day (poornima). The second fortnight is called ‘krishna paksha’ that stretches between the full moon day and the new moon day in the second half of a month. 

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