Friday, April 07, 2006


Sree Rama Navami Is one the festival that comes after Ugadi, As like other Festivals these Festival has a historic story. This Festival is celebrated in Andhra in a grant style during these days people gather together and arrange a marriage mandap which is called pandiri in telugu, we see all the glowing faces of people moving around and doing preparations for the grant wedding of Lord rama and Devi sita, In my place back home ever year a couple sits for the puja and perform this grand wedding. After the wedding they distribute the prasadam which will be panakam which is only made during this festival. As a tradition in every marriage function the girl’s family give this drink to welcome the boy’s family.

Here a small article on Sree Rama Navami:

Sri Rama was Lord Vishnu's seventh avatar (incarnation) on earth. Sri Rama was portrayed as being the ideal man, and his wife Sita, was the ideal woman. Sri Ramanavami is the birth of Sri Rama on this earth. This festival usually occurs between March or April in the Christian calendar. The festival is celebrated on the ninth day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Chaitra. In some parts of India, it is a nine-day festival, coinciding with the Vasanta Navaratri.
Ramnavami occurs in the month of March on the ninth day Chaitra Sukla Navami (the ninth day of the bright half of Chaitra). Celebrations begin with a prayer to the Sun early in the morning. At midday, when Lord Rama is supposed to have been born, a special prayer is performed. In northern India especially, an event that draws popular participation is the Ramnavami procession. The main attraction in this procession is a decorated chariot in which four persons are dressed up as Rama, his brother Laxman, his queen Sita and his disciple Hanuman. The chariot is accompanied by several other persons dressed up in ancient costumes as work by Rama's solders. The procession is a holy affair with the participants shouting praises echoing the happy days of Rama's reign.
Surya - The Sun was recognised as the source of light and heat even in ancient times. Many royal dynasties potrayed symbols of virility like the Sun, Eagle, Lion etc. as their progenitor. Rama's dynasty considered themselves to have descended from the Sun. This could have led to the tagging on, of Rama's birthday to a festival devoted to the sun.
On the face of it Sri-Ramnavmi appears to be just a festival commemorating the reign of a king who was later deified. But even behind present-day traditions there are clues which unmistakably point to the origin of Ramnavmi as lying beyond the Ramayana story.
Sri Ramnavami occurs at the beginning of summer when the sun has started moving nearer to the northern hemisphere. The Sun is considered to be the progenitor of Rama's dynasty which is called the Sun dynasty (Raghukula or Raghuvamsa, Raghu means Sun and Kula or Vamsa mean familial descendant). Rama is also known as Raghunatha, Raghupati, Raghavendra etc. That all these names begin with the prefix Raghu is also suggestive of some link with Sun-worship. The syllable Ra is used in the word to describe the sun and brilliance in many languages. In Sanskrit, Ravi and Ravindra mean Sun. The hour chosen for the observance of the lord's birth is that when the sun is overhead and is at its maximum brilliance. In some Hindu sects, prayers on Ramnavami day start not with an invocation to Rama but to Surya (sun). People keep a fast throughout the day, breaking it only at midnight with fruit. Public gatherings called satsangs are organised to commemorate the birth of Rama. Excerpts from the Ramayana, extolling the glory of Rama and his holy marriage with Sita are recited. People of all castes and creeds participate in these gatherings to listen to the stories and their explanations offered by the learned. The ritual of Ramayana is concluded with prasadam of 'vada pappu' (soaked lentil) and panakam (sherbat made of jaggery dissolved in water to which pepper powder and cardamom powder are added).

SahasraNaama Thatthulyam
Raama Naama Varaanane
Aapadaamapa Harthaaram
Bhuyo Bhuyo Namaamyaham

The birthday of Sri Rama, indeed, signifies an event worth of remembrance by every one, whatever his country or race or religion, who cherishes the time honored sublime values of human culture and civilization.


Vineela said...

happy sreerama navami.
sthotram is very good.Article is very nice and Lord Rama &Seethamma photo too.

Tanuja said...

Hi Vineela,

Same to u,
thank u

Anonymous said...

how to pronounce the line
aapadaamapa harthaaram
would like to know the meaning please, if possible

Krishna said...

Rama said, "If one has no respect for another's religion, he has no respect for his own." The reason this is true is that there is no place you can point where God is not. You can worship God with any form, animate or inanimate, or worship God the formless.

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