Today is Rama Navami festive occasion in India. It is the celebration of the birth of Lord Rama who incarnated into this earthly world on this auspicious day for the protection of Good and the punishment of the Evil.
Sri Rama took his birth in the Treta Yuga as a son of King Dasharatha and his first consort Kausalya in the present pilgrim place of Ayodhya, U.P., India.
Sri Rama was married to Sita, daughter of King Janaka after he bent the mighty bow of Lord Shiva. It is believed that Rama married Sita on this auspicious occasion which happens to be his birthday also.
So, Rama Navami celebrates both these occasions of Rama’s birth as well as his marriage with Sita.
People worship Lord Rama and Sita along with their lovely devotee Hanuman on this day and obtain their blessings.
Special pujas are held in temples and the Sita-Rama marriage ceremony is also celebrated on this day each year in all the Rama Temples. Temples will be overcrowded with devotees on this occasion.
Many cultural programs are also held during the day-time and the evening like music concerts, dance programs, short stage-dramas depicting the story of Rama. It is a very pleasant occasion to witness and enjoy.
Love and Gratitude are the two most desirable, fundamental qualities of any human being.
The human being is born to Love. As a child, he is attached closely to his mother and loves her the most. Thereafter, he begins noticing all the other things in the environment and gradually gets attracted by them and falling in love with them. Everything makes him wonder with awe and appreciate it.
While doing so, he would begin to think of the creator of those beauties of nature and begins to realize that he should appreciate the generosity and warmth of that invisible power which is so kind and loving towards humanity for bestowing all that happiness to the mankind. He begins to be thankful and express his gratitude to that Almighty Power.
Even though there is no eternal or continuous happiness in your life, you should notice that, in most cases, you are able to pass through those difficult periods of life with your confidence and faith. This confidence and faith are the tools provided to you by the almighty to guard you always.
So, we need to be grateful to God for being empowering us with these amazing qualities of Love and Gratitude which are essential for our survival on earth.
Upanayanam is a sacred thread ceremony meant for boys after they attain the age of 8. But sometimes, it is lingered and celebrated before the marriage. It is the stage when a child is able to perceive the imparted knowledge and digest it thoroughly.
It is the wearing of a sacred thread that is to be worn till his death. The person gets entitled to receive enlightened spiritual education along with other arts and science knowledge. It is believed that a person becomes eligible to perform sacred rituals only on wearing this thread that is called as “yajnopavita”. The thread is worn to the child by his parents after purifying it through the chanting of mantras and performance of some rituals during the thread wearing ceremony performed with the guidance of the priest in the presence of relatives.
In this post, I added some photographs of our Sunday spiritual/ meditational get-togethers started by our own community/ relatives. I have joined this since some weeks, and we plan to gather each Sunday at each one’s homes in rotation. These photos were taken on 05/07/2015 day time.
It’s a kind of one step towards living better by learning to meditate and indulge in spiritual knowledge.
During these gatherings, we start with worship and prayers to God reciting Vishnu sahasra namam ( a collection of hymns or slokas in Sanskrit language chanting 1008 names of God Vishnu) and some more hymns of God’s glory. Then we recite Hanuman Chalisa a prayer to “Hanuman” in 40 four liners. We believe that recitation of all these give strength and protection from evil forces and eternal bliss during life and afterlife also.
The old man adored with a shawl on his shoulders in the last photo (sixth image) is a great spiritual man aged 90 years who translated many works of saints from Sanskrit to our own language of Telugu.
Some devotional songs in classical music genre were also sung by the little girl in the 5th image.
These moments are being shared by me only for some sharing purpose to let you know about our culture.