Ram Navami is of great religious significance and people celebrate it with immense faith.
The legend behind Ram Navami is when Bhudevi, goddess of earth pleaded Brahma to take charge of the situation where Ravana, the ten-headed demon king was terrorizing people. Brahma soon approached Vishnu who agreed to visit earth as a human who would put an end to the atrocities of Ravana.
It is also believed that the king of Ayodhya, Dashratha had no sons and when he offered prayers and performed a yagya, and when Prajapati, one of the gods presented Dashratha a potion that his three wives drank in order to conceive sons, Rama, Bharata, Lakshmana and Shatrugana were born. Vishnu had stepped on earth as the crown prince of Ayodhya. And since Vishnu was living as a human, his consort Lakshmi incarnated as Sita in order to stand by him through his life on earth.
Ram Navami, the Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Rama is celebrated with much pomp and vigor in several parts of the country. The festival is celebrated on the ninth day of the Chaitra month and also marks the end of Navratri. Several people fast on the first nine days and end their fast on the day of Ram Navami. The fast begins from the first day of the Chaitra month which is celebrated as Ugadi and ends on Ram Navami. People pray to Lord Rama but they also worship Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman on this day. If you happen to go for a murti procession on Ram Navami, you will see idols of all these gods on the yatra.
Temples also serve a special prasad on Ram Navami which is a sweet drink called panak made using jaggery, pepper, dried ginger powder and lemon. Many people also have celebrations at home and some also place the idol in a cradle to mark his birth.
GSB Sabha (Regd.) KCG celebrates Ram Navami at Shree Balaji Mandir on a grand scale with a Panchamrita Abhisheka in the morning, followed by Sarvalankara Pooja. Prasad is distributed to the devotees thereafter. In the afternoon, Shree Satyanarayan Mahapooja is organized followed by Bhajan Seva by Guru Krupa Bhajana Mandali. In the evening, at around 7:30pm, Ratri pooja is organized and a grand Palki Utsav takes place, wherein the idol of Shri Ram is taken out of the garbhagriha, onto a palanquin. The entire procession of the Palki Utsav is followed up with Hymns from the four Vedas and Bhajans. And once the idol is placed back in the garbagriha, the pooja and aarti are duly completed; Prasadam is distributed amongst the participating devotees.
Ram Navami Celebrations at GSB Kurla Mandir commence on 5th April 2017, and request all devotees to participate wholeheartedly in the Utsav and be blessed by the Lord.
(This article is extracted from blogs contributed by Shri Nagesh Bhakta. Shri Nagesh Bhakta writes blogs for GSB Sabha (Regd.) K.C.G., Kurla(W), Mumbai 400070)