Sri-Ramnavami is dedicated to the memory of Lord Rama. It occurs on the ninth day (navami) of Navratri. The festival commemorates the birth of Rama who is remembered for his righteous reign. Ramrajya (the reign of Rama) has become synonymous with a period of peace and prosperity. Mahatma Gandhi also used this term to describe how according to him, India should be after independence.
Ram Navami Celebrations
Ayodhya is the focus of great celebrations. Devotees throng the temples of Ayodhya and Pondicherry. These are the places that are closely connected to the events of the Ramayana.
The Significance of Ram NavamiSignificantly, the ancient Egyptians termed the sun as Amon Ra or simply as "Ra". In Latin, the syllable Ra is used to connote light. For example, we have Radiance which emission of light, or Radium, which means any substance emitting light or brilliance. The common element is the syllable Ra that in many languages is used to derive words for describing Sun or light.
The Importance of Sun Worship on Ram Navami
The Sun was recognised as the source of light and heat even in ancient times. The importance of the Sun was much more in the higher latitudes from where the Aryans are supposed to have migrated into India. Many royal dynasties portrayed symbols of virility like the Sun, Eagle, and Lion etc. as their progenitor. Rama s dynasty considered them 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.
There is some link between Lord Rama and Sun Worship. 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 Vansa mean familial descendant). Rama is also known as Raghunatha, Raghupati, and Raghavendra etc. That all these names begin with the prefix Raghu is also suggestive of some link with Sun worship. The hour chosen for the observance of the lord s birth is that when the sun is overhead and is at its maximum brilliance.
इस आर्टिकल को हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहां क्लिक करें
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