Lord Ram (श्री राम)
Lord Rama is known as Maryada Purushottama was the seventh incarnation of
Lord Vishnu विष्णु)
Dashera (Vijaya Dashmi)
Vijaya Dashmi or commonly known as or Dussehra or Dashera is being celebrated
this year on October 13, 2013.. The day Vijaya Dashmi is victory of good over evil and of self over one's mundane
indriyas. On this day, Rama, the god-king and hero of the great Hindu epic, Ramayana, killed the unrighteous
Ravana, the 10-headed demon king of Lanka who had abducted Rama’s wife, Sita.
Therefore people celebrate the Lord's victory by burning Ravan's effigy on this day.
In Navratri, the Lord's Shakti, Parvati, vanquished the demon Mahishasur on the 10th day after a 9-day battle. This is cited in the
Skanda Puran. The sentiment here is that the uncontrolled indriyas are only conquered by the
Lord Ram is an incarnation of Vishnu, that virtual part of the Parmatma, the ultimate Soul or power which sustains Creation.
Hanumanji is the symbol of Devotion and Service to Lord Rama. Worship of Sri Rama is
complete only with the worship of Hanuman.
In Ayodhya, the birth place of Sri
Rama, a big fair is held on this day. In the south of India the "Sri Ramnavami
Utsavam" is celebrated for nine days with great fervor and devotion. Delhi, Varanasi and Mysore are the three most common and popular places
to visit during the time of Dussehra celebrations. It is predominantly a North Indian festival and is also held at Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh and Kota in
Rajasthan. In West Bengal however, Dussehra is celebrated as Vijayadashami which marks the end of the five day long
Durga Puja. But celebration in Mysore is the grandest of all the places.
Shri Ramnavami is the Birthday of Lord Rama (श्री राम). This year Ramnavami, the most important festivals of the Hindus is
being celebrated on April 19, 2013 On this auspicious day, devotees chanting " Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram"
the name of Lord Rama vow to lead a righteous life.
People pray to attain the final beatitude of life through intense devotion towards Rama and invoke him for his blessings and protection.
Lord Rama's date of Birth
There are different opinions regarding the date of birth
of Lord Rama. According to the Western historians Lord Rama was born before Christ. Jones believes that Rama was born in 2029
B.C.Todd believes the date of birth was 1100 BC Shri Tulsidasji described the date of birth of Lord Rama
in Ramcharitmans as
नौमी तिथि मधुमास पुनिता,
सुकुलपक्ष अभिजित हरिपीता|
मध्य दिवस अतिशीत न घामा,
पावन काललोक विश्रामा||
Rishi Valmiki Ramayan says in Valmiki Ramayan as
दशवर्ष सहस्राणि दशवर्ष शतानि च|
रामो राज्ययुपासित्व ब्रह्मलोकं पयास्यति||
( ऋषि वाल्मीकि रामायण 1/1/97 )
Ram Lila depicts a Legendary Story of Lord Rama.
It is enacted for 10 days to mark the 10-day battle fought between Rama and
Ravana. Ram Lila is generally held in the evenings, and year after year, people flock in huge numbers to watch the saga unfold, yet once again.
The importance of Rama Lila is such that it is almost a ritual for the Prime Minister or the President of India to attend
it in every year in Delhi.
The Ramayana became popular in Southeast Asia during the 8th century and
was represented in literature, temple architecture, dance and theatre.
Today, dramatic enactments of the story of Ramayana, known as Ramlila, take place all across India and in many places across the globe.
The Ramayana is the great cultural and religious epics of India about Maryada Pushottam Ram. Lord Rama is known as Maryada
Purushottama was the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Ram has always been popular among the Hindu deities.
Lord Rama is considered to have taken birth on the earth to destroy the evil forces of the age.
For Hindu deities there are two famous versions of Ramayana- Valmikiya Ramayana and Ram Charita Manasa.
The "Valmikiya Ramayana" written in ancient Sanskrit verse by Maharshi Valmiki and the "Ram Charita Manasa" written in a
popular dialect of Hindi by Goswami Tulsidas are regarded as the most original and complete versions of Ramayana. Every
direction of the righteous human life is covered in these great treatises on the character and life of Lord
Shriram. God's manifestation in human form as Lord Ram is a symbol of culmination of human glory. That is why the character of Lord
Ram is considered to be that of " maryaada purushottama " - supreme glory of mankind.
There are other versions of the Ramayana notably Buddhist (Dasaratha Jataka No. 461) and Jain Ramayan in India, and also Indonesian , Philippine
, Thai , Lao , Burmese and Malay versions of the tale. Famous retellings include the Ramayanam of Kamban in
Tamil (ca. 11th–12th century), the Kotha Ramayana of Madhava Kandali in
Assamese (ca. 14th century), Shri Rama Panchali or Krittivasi Ramayan by Krittibas Ojha in
Bengali (ca. 15th Century), and Ramacharitamanas by Tulasidas in Awadhi which is an eastern form of Hindi (c. 16th
Lord Ram worships Lord Shiva (शिव) before a war with Ravana in Lanka. The war against Ravana lasted for ten days.
Ravana was defeated in his own kingdom of Lanka by Rama with the help of Lord Hanuman and the vanarsena
Lord Ram's life
Ramayana describes Lord Ram's life as the best example for teaching
as an ideal conduct at personal, familial and social levels. Lord Ram's divine personality is that of a true hero,
affectionately honored by the masses through the depth of their hearts. His appearance as a prince, a citizen, a son,
a brother, a husband, a friend, a warrior or a king, etc, is indeed ideal. His serene love and generosity for all beings,
his pains for the downtrodden, his piety, naturally make him an ideal hero whose duty-bond life and virtuous
character leaves remarkable impressions on the human mind. The
religious faith of people in the holy Ramayana makes Lord Ram's life as the best example for teaching - what is an ideal
conduct at personal, familial and social levels.
The life of Lord Ram and associated teachings of the
Ramayana explains the importance of the philosophy of religion, impact of devotion on human psychology
and the bhakti yoga and realization of God.
Hanumanji Devotion and Service to Lord Ram.- Video