Ram Navami celebrates the birth of Lord Ram, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was born on the ninth day of Chaitra month at 12 o’clock in the noon. This day coincides with the ninth day of Chaitra Navratri (not to be confused with the autumn navratri). Lord Ram appeared in Ayodhya as the son of King Dasharath and Queen Kaushalya in the Raghukul (Solar Dynasty).

Raghukul is a legendary Indian Kshatriya dynasty in the Itihasa-Purana mythology, considered an offshoot of the Suryavansha or the Ikshvaku dynasty lineage of kings tracing its ancestry to the sun deity Surya. Any king who belongs to Raghuvansha, as a result also belongs to Suryavansh.The dynasty is named after Raghu, a legendary king who protected the sacrificial horse of Ashwamedha from Indra.

On hearing the news of the Birth of lord Ram entire city of Ayodhya was jubilant. Such was the beauty and aura of this child that even the celestial beings from heaven descended on earth to have a glimpse of the Lord. Lord surya bhagwan too was not to be left behind. He was so enchanted by the beauty of this child god that he kept on taking darshan for 30 days. It was Lord rams grace that these 30 days passed in a single day so that life on earth was not disturbed.

During this delay of 30 days, Chandra (moon) was getting impatient as he was not getting his turn to take darshan. Moon complained to Lord Ram “My Lord what sin I have done that everyone else enjoyed your arrival except me, you are Karunasindhu and equal to all, then why sun got opportunity to have your darshan and why not me? At this Lord ram consoled moon and said “since you had to wait, I hereby bless you that the world will always remember you whenever they take my name” and hence the suffix of Chandra, in Ram Chandra ( though suryavanshi) became a permanent fixture as an ode to glorify moon.

Not only that lord Ram said “In my this birth since you had to wait for my darshan, I hereby grant you the wish that in my next incarnation, you will be the first to take my Blessings. Lord Krishna, his next avatar was born at 12 o’clock, on a full moon night.

Lord Ram was born as a suryavanshi, and Lord Krishna as a chandravanshi. Isn’t the leela of bhagwan Great?

May Lord Ram always bless you.

Dear friends, please comment “Jai shree Ram”.

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