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Rama Navami - Rama's Birthday

Rama Navami

Rama Navami is a Vedic holiday which falls on the ninth day, or navami, of the Vedic Lunar Year (named Chaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami).  Rama Navami is dedicated to the memory of Lord Rama. The festival commemorates the birth of Shri Rama who is remembered for his prosperous and righteous reign.

For the occasion, devotees are supposed to fast, or restrict themselves to a specific diet. Temples are decorated and chanting of the Ramayana takes place.  Along with Shri Rama, people also worship Sita, Rama's wife; Lakshman, Rama's brother; and Hanuman, an ardent devotee of Rama and the leader of Rama's army in battle.

Ramrajya, the reign of Shri Rama, has become synonymous with a period of peace and prosperity.

Rama Navami 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 Rama Navami procession. The main attraction in this procession is a gaily 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 soldiers. The procession is a gusty affair with the participants shouting praises echoing the happy days of Rama's reign.

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Bala Kanda

 Nama Ramayanam - 108 Names of Rama

(which tells the story of the Ramayana in a concise form)

 Bala Kanda

Shudda Brahma Parathpara Rama
Kalathmaka parameshwara Rama
Seshathalpa suha nidhritha Rama
Barhamthyamara prarthitha Rama
Chanda kirana kala mandana Rama
Srimath Dasratha nandana Rama
Kausalya sukha vardhana Rama
Viswamithra priya dhana Rama
Gora Thatakaa  gathaka Rama
Mareehadhi nipathaka Rama
Kaushika muka samrakshaka Rama
Srimad Ahalya uddharaka Rama
Gowthama muni sampoojitha Rama
Sura muni vara samsthutha Rama
Navika davidha mrudhu  paada Rama
Mithila pura jana modhitha Rama
Triambaka karmuka  banchaka Rama
Seetharpitha  vara moulika Rama
Krutha vaivahika  kauthuka Rama
Bhargava darpa vinaasaka Rama
Srimad Ayodhya palaka Rama

My Rama, Essence of all that is Godly, My Rama
My Rama, Essence of the destroyer, My Rama
My Rama, Who sleeps on the snake Sesha, My Rama
My Rama, Who was saluted by Brahma and all Devas, My Rama
My Rama, Who was born in Sun's dynasty, My Rama
My Rama, Who was a source of joy to Dasaratha, My Rama
My Rama, Who made life of Kausalya very happy, My Rama
My Rama, Who was most dear to Viswamitra, My Rama
My Rama, Who killed ogress Thadaka in the deep forest, My Rama
My Rama, Who drove away Maricha, My Rama
My Rama, Who saved the prestige of Koushika, My Rama
My Rama, Who helped Ahalya to regain form, My Rama
My Rama, Who was worshipped by Goutama the sage, My Rama
My Rama, Who was given boons by Gods and Sages, My Rama
My Rama, Who was darling of people of Mithila, My Rama
My Rama, Who broke the bow of Trayambaka, My Rama
My Rama, Who was garlanded by Princess Sita, My Rama
My Rama, Who became happy marrying Sita, My Rama
My Rama, Who destroyed the ego of ParasuRama, My Rama
My Rama, Who looked after the people of Ayodhya, My Rama

Ayodhya Kanda

Aganitha guna dana bhooshitha rama,
Avani kamini kamitha Rama
Raaka chandra samaanana Rama
Pithru vakhya  sthitha kanana Rama
Priya guha nivedhitha pada Rama
Thal kshalitha  nija mrudhu pada Rama
Bharadwaaja supoojitha Rama
Chithra kootadri nikethana Rama
Dasaratha  santhatha chinditha Rama
Kaikeyi thayaarthitha Rama
Virachitha nija pithru  karmaka Rama
Baratharpitha nija paadhka Rama
Danda kanana pavana Rama

My Rama, Who is personification of all good, My Rama
My Rama, Who was darling of all citizens, My Rama
My Rama, Who was like the full moon in a cloudless sky, My Rama
My Rama, Who obeyed the words of his father, My Rama
My Rama, Who was worshipped by his friend Guha, My Rama
My Rama, Who was taken care of by Guha, My Rama
My Rama, Who was worshipped by Sage Bharadwaja, My Rama
My Rama, Who lived in Chitra Koota Mountains, My Rama
My Rama, Who became sad by death of Dasaratha, My Rama
My Rama, Who was requested to return by Bharata, My Rama
My Rama, Who did the obsequies for his father, My Rama
My Rama, Who gave his shoes to Bharata, My Rama
My Rama, Who went to Dhandaka Forests, My Rama

Aranya Kanda

Dusht viraadha  vinaasaka Rama
Sara bhanga sutheeshna architha Rama
Agasthanugruha  vardhitha Rama
Grudradhipa samsevitha Rama
Pancha vati thata susthitha Rama
Soopanikharthi  vidhaayaka Rama
Khara dhooshana  mukha saadhaka Rama
Seetha priya harinaanuga Rama
Mareecharthi  krudhaashuka Rama
Vinashta seethanweshaka Rama
Grudhradhipa Gathi dayaka Rama
Sabari datha phalaasana Rama
Kabandha bahu chedana Rama

My Rama, Who killed the Bad Virata, My Rama
My Rama, Who was worshipped by Sage Sarabhanga, My Rama
My Rama, Who was blessed by Sage Agastya, My Rama
My Rama, Who was honoured by King of Eagles, My Rama
My Rama, Who lived near five banyans, My Rama?
My Rama, Who insulted the voracious Surpanaka, My Rama
My Rama, Who killed Khara and Dhushana, My Rama
My Rama, Who chased the deer wanted by Sita, My Rama
My Rama, Who killed Mareecha in deer's form, My Rama
My Rama, Who started searching for the lost Sita, My Rama
My Rama, Who Sent The King of Eagles to Heaven, My Rama
My Rama, Who ate the fruits given by Sabari, My Rama
My Rama, Who cut the hands of Kabanda, My Rama

Kishkinda Kanda

Hanumat sevitha  nija pada Rama
Natha sugrevabeshtadha Rama
Garvitha Bali nishoodhana Rama
Vaanara dhootha  preshaka Rama
Hitha kara  Lakshmana samyutha Rama

My Rama, Who was served by Hanuman, My Rama
My Rama, Who promised to help Sugreeva, My Rama
My Rama, Who killed the proud Bali, My Rama
My Rama, Who sent monkeys all over the world, My Rama
My Rama, Who was consoled by Lakshmana, My Rama

Sundara Kanda

Kapi vara santhatha samsthutha Rama
Thal gathi  vigna dwamsaka Rama
Sitha prana dharaka Rama
Dushta dasanana dhooshitha Rama
Sishta Hanumath bhooshitha Rama
Sitha rodhitha kopana Rama
Krutha choodamani darshitha Rama
Kapi vara  vachanaa aswasitha Rama

My Rama, Who was worshipped by the Great Monkeys, My Rama
My Rama, Who removed all obstacles from their path, My Rama
My Rama, Who is the support of life of Sita, My Rama
My Rama, Who was abused by the bad Ravana, My Rama
My Rama, Who was praised by the great Hanuman, My Rama
My Rama, Who became upset because Sita cried, My Rama
My Rama, Who saw the Chudamani of Sita, My Rama
My Rama, Who was consoled by the great monkey, My Rama

Yudha Kanda

Ravana nidhana prasthitha Rama
Vaanara sainya samavyatha Rama
Soshitha thatini  sarthitha Rama
Vibeeshana abhaya dayaka rama
Sagara sethu nibandhaka Rama
Gata karna sira cheedaka Rama
Rakshasa sanga  vimardhaka Rama
Amahitha Ravana  vaarana Rama
Samhrudha dasa mukha  Ravana Rama
Vidhi bhava mukha sura  samsthutha Rama
Khasthitha dasaratha veekshitha Rama
Sitha darshana modhitha Rama
Abhishiktha Vibishananatha Rama
Pushpaka yaanarohana Rama
Baradwajaabhi  nishevana Rama
Baktha prana preenana Rama
Saketha puri bhooshana Rama
Sakala sweeya samanatha Rma
Rathanalasal peeta sthitha Rama
Pattabishekaalankrutha Rama
Paarthiva kula sammanitha Rama
Vibeeshanarpitha  thal pada Rama
Keesakalanugruha Rama
Sakalajagat paripalaka Rama
Sakalaabheeshta  vara pradha Rama
Rama Rama Jaya Raghava Rama
Rama Rama Jaya Sitha  Rama

My Rama, Who marched towards Ravana's place, My Rama
My Rama, Who was accompanied by the army of monkeys, My Rama
My Rama, Who gave protection to Vibhishana, My Rama
My Rama, Who built the bridge across the sea, My Rama
My Rama, Who killed Kumbhakarna, My Rama
My Rama, Who defeated the army of Asuras, My Rama
My Rama, Who made Ravana helpless, My Rama
My Rama, Who slew Ravana in battle, My Rama
My Rama, Who destroyed the bad asuras, My Rama
My Rama, Who saw Dasaratha from the heavens, My Rama
My Rama, Who became Happy on seeing Sita, My Rama
My Rama, Who made Vibhishana the king of Lanka, My Rama
My Rama, Who traveled back in Pushpaka plane, My Rama
My Rama, Who was honoured by Sage Bharadwaja, My Rama
My Rama, Who saved the life of Bharatha, My Rama
My Rama, Who was ornament to the city of Ayodhya, My Rama
My Rama, Who made everybody happy, My Rama
My Rama, Who sat on the throne of gems, My Rama
My Rama, Who was the greatest of Sun dynasty, My Rama
My Rama, Who got the respect from Vibhishana, My Rama
My Rama, Who was honoured by the dynasty of monkey kings, My Rama
My Rama, Who ruled over the entire world, My Rama
My Rama, Who granted all boons to his devotees, My Rama
Rama, Rama, Victory to you Rama, Rama , Rama
Rama, Rama, Victory to you, Sitha Rama

 

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