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Ramanavami is celebrated on the ninth day in the bright half of Chaitra and represents the birth anniversary of Lord Rama. It is a day when we should dwell upon Lord Rama’s virtues, and resolve to be a better person. The occasion is also used to perform SEETHA KALYAN or VIVAH at the temple. Kalyan means auspicious wedding. It is believed that performance of Seetha Kalyan bestows peace and prosperity to all the devotees.

Story relating to the festival:
Lord Rama was the son of Dasaratha and Kauslaya. Dasaratha realised that his son was becoming qualified to rule the kingdom of Ayodhya, and was determined to install him as Yuvaraja. However on the eve of the coronation, his favourite wife Kaikeyi, instigated by her wicked nurse asked Dasaratha to fulfill her two boons that were granted by him. In her first boon she wanted the banishment of Lord Rama for fourteen years into the jungle and the other was the installation of her own son Bharatha as Yuvaraja. Dasaratha was amazed by these demands and tried his best to dissuade her from her decision but she was unwilling to change her mind and unfortunately Dasaratha had to grant her two boons.

Lord Rama being a good son immediately prepared to go and stay in the forest accompanied by his wife Sita. Lord Rama the Avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu, descended on earth for the very destruction of evil. Ravana, who wanted to take revenge on Lord Rama because Lakshmana had accidentally insulted his sister, kidnapped Lord Rama’s wife. After asking around, Lord Rama reached a monkey God, Hanuman who told him that his wife was in Lanka. After being persuaded by Sugreeva, Lord Rama decided to invade Lanka and destroy Ravana and rescue Sita. Lord Rama conquered Lanka, killed Ravana along with his whole hoard of demons, and installed Vibheeshana as king of Lanka. Lord Rama accompanied by Sita and his friend in battle, returned to Ayodhya where he was crowned king.

Swami's message on Ramanavami:
"Rama is the supreme example of how people should conduct themselves in the world, how a country should be governed, how the integrity and morality of human beings should be protected. High-minded actions, ideal qualities and sacred thoughts are basic foundations of character. Rama is the very embodiment of these three attributes. This means that every human being should cultivate sacred thoughts, right actions and good qualities. Rama demonstrated by his words, thoughts and actions how such a life could be lived. Rama acted upon the ancient injunction: 'Speak truth. Practice righteousness.' Eschewing harsh words, Rama pleased everyone by his sweet speech. He countered harsh speech by others with composure, patience, and sweetness and smile. He never pried into the affairs of others, never took notice of their faults, never indulged in ridicule, and never caused any pain to others by the way he spoke to them. It is essential for everyone to follow the example set by Rama and cultivate his many noble qualities and do righteous actions. People should entertain sacred thoughts."
-Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Sanathan Sarathi, Vol V Pages 114 & 115

Swami's message on how to celebrate Lord Rama's Birthday:
"Today people celebrate Rama's birthday as a festival, but do not practise Rama's ideals. Enshrine Rama's ideals in your heart. Without it, there is no meaning in celebrating Rama's birthday. You must follow the example of a noble and ideal person. This is the right meaning of devotion. Remember that the lessons taught to Bharata by Rama are ideal lessons”.

How is the Festival celebrated in India:
Ramanavami occurs in the month of March. Celebrations begin with prayer a to the Sun God in the early morning hours. At midday- the time Lord Rama is believed to have been born - a special prayer is performed. In Northern India especially, Ramanavami is a well-celebrated festival.

The public’s worship starts with morning ablutions, chanting Vedic mantras dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and offering flowers and fruit to the different forms of God. People fast throughout the day, breaking it only at midnight with fruit. In some parts of India, especially Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, public gatherings called satsangs are organized to commemorate the birth of Lord Rama. Excerpts from the Ramacharitamanas, extolling the glory of Lord Rama, are recited. People of all castes and creeds participate in these gatherings to listen to the stories and their explanations offered by the learned.

Jai Sai Ram

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