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Rama Navami 2024: Date, Time, Rituals, and Significance

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Rama Navami 2024: Date, Time, Rituals, and Significance

Rama Navami, one of the most revered and enthusiastically celebrated festivals among Hindus, marks the auspicious birth anniversary of Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. Observed annually on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) in the Tamil month of Chithirai, Rama Navami holds immense significance for devotees worldwide.

This year, Rama Navami falls on April 17, 2024 (Wednesday).

Significance of Rama Navami:

Rama Navami commemorates the birth of Lord Rama, an epitome of righteousness, virtue, and moral values. His life story, as narrated in the epic Ramayana, serves as an inspiration to millions, guiding them towards the path of dharma (righteousness).

Observing Rama Navami:

Devotees celebrate Rama Navami with utmost devotion and fervor. Here are some of the key rituals and observances associated with this sacred day:

  • Fasting (Vrata): Many devotees observe a day-long fast on Rama Navami, abstaining from food and water.

  • Rama Nama Chanting: The chanting of "Rama Nama" (the divine name of Lord Rama) is a central practice during Rama Navami. Devotees chant mantras like "Hare Rama Hare Krishna" or simply recite "Rama" repeatedly.

  • Ramayana Recitation: Reading or listening to the Ramayana, the epic narrating Lord Rama's life, holds immense importance on Rama Navami.

  • Sri Rama Jayam: Devotees often write "Sri Rama Jayam" (meaning "Victory to Lord Rama") 108 or 1008 times as a way of expressing their devotion.

  • Idol Abhishekam: In temples and homes, devotees perform abhishekam (sacred bathing ceremony) with milk, water, and other holy substances on idols of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Bharata, and Shatrughna.

  • Temple Visits: Devotees throng Rama temples across the country to offer prayers, seek blessings, and participate in special rituals.

  • Charity (Dharma Karya): Acts of charity, such as annadanam (feeding the poor) and paal danam (distributing milk), are considered highly meritorious on Rama Navami.

Rama Navami 2024 Schedule:

Date: April 17, 2024 (Wednesday)

Navami Tithi Starts: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday) at 01:23 PM

Navami Tithi Ends: April 17, 2024 (Wednesday) at 03:15 PM

Rama Navami Vrata: April 17, 2024 (Wednesday)

May this Rama Navami illuminate your life with joy, prosperity, and spiritual enlightenment!

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