On the pious occasion of Lord Ram’s birthday, lets read the Ram Navami Katha!
Bala Kanda, a part of the great epic ‘Ramayana’ attributed to the great Sage Valmiki and Tulsidasa, brings out the birth story of Lord Ram, his brothers Lakshma, Bharata and Shatrugana, his loyal wife Sita and his true devotee Hanumana in a very astonishing way. According to the scripts in Ramayana, Lord Ram was born in Treyta Yuga. The legend goes like this – Dashratha, the King of Ayodhya lived with his three wives, Kaushalya, Kaikeyi and Sumitra. During the reign of Dashratha, Ayodhya reached a period of great prosperity. However, Dasaratha faced a big problem – he has no child and therefore no heir to the throne in Ikshvaku Kula. Hence, he performed a fire sacrifice known as Putra-Kameshti Yagya on the suggestion of Rishi Vashishta to get a desired child. A very holy saint, rishi Rishyashring performed the sacrificial offerings. As a consequence, Agni Dev or Yagneshwara appeared in front of Dashratha and provided him with a bowl of divine Kheer/Payasam. He requested Dashrartha to divide the pudding between his wives. Dashratrtha followed the order and gave half of the kheer to his elder wife Kaushyala and another half to younger wife Kaitkeyi. Both queens further gave one half of their portions to Sumitra. On the ninth day (navami) in the month of Chaitra (April-May), Kaushalya gave birth to Rama, Kaikeyi to Bharata and Sumitra to Lakshma and Shatrugna. Since then, this day is celebrated as Rama Navami, with great zeal through out the world.
One of the very important excerpts from the Bala Kanda describing the conditions when the divine Avatar of Lord Vishnu took birth on this earth.
Ram Navami Katha –Bala Kanda from Ramayana
Bala Kanda (Ramayana) Chapter 18, Verse 8, 9, 10 and 11)
“ततो यज्ञे समाप्ते तु ऋतूनाम् षट् समत्ययुः ।
ततः च द्वादशे मासे चैत्रे नावमिके तिथौ ॥१-१८-८॥
नक्क्षत्रे अदिति दैवत्ये स्व उच्छ संस्थेषु पंचसु ।
ग्रहेषु कर्कटे लग्ने वाक्पता इंदुना सह ॥१-१८-९॥
प्रोद्यमाने जगन्नाथम् सर्व लोक नमस्कृतम् ।
कौसल्या अजनयत् रामम् सर्व लक्षण संयुतम् ॥१-१८-१०॥
विष्णोः अर्धम् महाभागम् पुत्रम् ऐक्ष्वाकु नंदनम् ।
लोहिताक्षम् महाबाहुम् रक्त ओष्टम् दुंदुभि स्वनम् ॥१-१८-११॥
Meaning – “On completion of the ritual six seasons have passed by and then in the twelfth month, on the ninth day of Chaitra month [April-May,] when the presiding deity of ruling star of the day is Aditi, where the ruling star of day is Punarvasu (Nakshatra), the asterism is in the ascendant, and when five of the nine planets viz., Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus are at their highest position, when Jupiter with Moon is ascendant in Cancer, and when day is advancing, the Queen Kausalya gave birth to a son with all the divine attributes like lotus-red eyes, lengthy arms, roseate lips, voice like drumbeat, and who took birth to delight the Ikshwaku dynasty, who is adored by all the worlds, and who is the greatly blessed epitome of Vishnu, namely Rama.
On this auspicious occasion, Read Ram Navami Katha and get prasad from Ram Mandir, Ayodhya. Offer Prasad and wish Ram ji on his birthday. Click here . Jai Shri Ram!