Celebrating Sri Rama Navami: Observing the Vrata to Please Lord Sri Rama

Sri Rama Navami is celebrated on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) of the month of Chaitra (March-April) to commemorate the birth of Lord Ramachandra all over Bharat and the world. Devotees of Lord Rama observe Rama Navami Vrata on the auspicious occasion of Sri Rama Navami to deepen their devotion to Lord Rama.

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On the auspicious appearance day of Lord Ramachandra, seek the blessings of Lord Rama by following the recommended activities:

Rise during the Brahma-muhurta

It is recommended that one rise early in the morning during the Brahma-muhurta. The period of one and a half hours before sunrise is called Brahma-muhurta. Spiritual activities are recommended during this time.

One can chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, hear bhajans and kirtans on Lord Rama and read Sri Ramayana by Valmiki.

ISKCON temples worldwide have a morning sadhana programme designed to awaken our love for the Lord. One can attend the programme at a nearby temple or even online. Visit the following link for ISKCON Bangalore’s LIVE darshan and aratis: youtube.com/@iskconbangalore/live

Offer Seva to Lord Ramachandra

We have special sevas for Lord Rama on Sri Rama Navami. One can participate in the Rama Taraka Homa, perform Archana for the Lord, and volunteer to distribute Prasadam at ISKCON Bangalore temple at your convenience. By offering service to the Lord, we develop the intelligence to understand Him and love Him.

Fasting for Rama Navami vrata It is recommended to fast till sunset on this auspicious day to reduce one’s conditioned preoccupation with the body-mind system and increase one’s devotion for Lord Rama. One who cannot observe a complete fast may drink water or take fruits. You can also relish Panakam by offering it to the Lord.

Visit the following link for Sri Rama Navami Recipes iskconbangalore.org/blog/sri-rama-navami-recipes

Visit the following link for instructions on offering Naivedya to the Lord: iskconbangalore.org/blog/sacred-art-of-offering-food-to-lord-krishna

(Note: Procedure remains the same to offer to Lord Ramachandra)

Hear the pastimes of Lord Ramachandra

The great epic Ramayana is the narration of Lord Rama’s activities in the world, and the authoritative Ramayana was written by the great poet Valmiki. It is said that Valmiki, the author of Ramayana, underwent austerities for sixty thousand years and was blessed by his guru Narada Muni and Lord Brahma to write the pastimes of Lord Rama for our benefit. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Shukadeva Gosvami has summarized this in a few verses. To hear about the glories of Lord Rama, visit:

Recite Sri Nama Ramayana – The Glories of Lord Rama

Sri Nama Ramayana is a succinct summary of the 24,000-verse-long Valmiki Ramayana by Sri Lakshmanacharya in the form of a song that can be recited and sung to the accompaniment of musical instruments. The names of Lord Ramachandra are chronologically placed based on the pastimes of Sri Rama.

You can also participate in the grand celebrations at ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna Temple, Rajajinagar and ISKCON Vaikuntha Hill, Vasanthapura, from 6 PM onwards and be blessed by Lord Ramachandra.

Related Links: Sri Rama Navami Sri Rama Ashtottara | Nama Ramayana | Sri Rama Namavi Recipes