Lord Rama is known as the seventh incarnation of Vishnu. Ram Navami is a Hindu spring festival that marks the celebration of Lord Rama Birthday. Rama devotees follow thousands of years old customs and traditions till today to celebrate their devotion towards their Lord Rama. It is believed that celebrating Ram Navami on the 9th day of Chaitra month indicates the removal of negativity and the entrance of divine powers on earth.
History of Rama Navami
Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world. Ram Navami is one of the oldest festivals of Hinduism, people from years celebrate this day with great enthusiasm and joy to attain salvation. It is also one of the few festivals where people from the lower cast are allowed to celebrate. It is believed that in the year 5411BC, there was a King of Ayodhya who had three wives but none of them gave him a son to take over his kingdom. Even after several years of marriage, King was not able to be the father of a son.
Then the great sage Vasistha advised him to perform Puthra Kamesti Yagna, the holy ritual carried out to obtain an offspring. With King Dasharatha's consent, the great sage Maharshi Rushya Shrunga performed the ritual in the most detailed manner possible. The king was handed over a bowl of payasam (a preparation of milk and rice) and asked to distribute the food between his wives. The king gave one-half of the payasam to his elder wife Kausalya, and another half to his younger wife Kaikeyi. Both wives give half of their portions to Sumithra. This unequal distribution of the holy food leads to both Kausalya and Kaikeyi gave birth to one son each while twin sons are born to Sumithra.
On that day, not only the King but the whole Ayodhya celebrated the birth of twin sons and thanked God for the miracle. But no one knew that one son out of them is a god himself named Rama. The great Hindu epic Ramayana (written by Sanskrit poet Valmiki) mentioned ram as the seventh incarnation of the supreme God Vishnu, who was said to be born to restore making to its previous glory, kill the evil and protect the innocent.
Rama killed Ravana in his own kingdom of Lanka and brought back his wife Sita. People celebrated Rama's victory over Ravana with full enthusiasm and joy. After Rama became the king of Ayodhya, people celebrated Rama's birthday every year until now out of extreme faith and devotion.