Ram Navmi

Ram Navmi

Mar 29, 2014

Shree Ram Jayanti / Ram Navmi

Chaitra Sud 9 is celebrated as Ram Navmi.

Our presiding deity (Ishtdev) Lord Shree Swaminarayan performed various pastimes/divine actions (Leelas) on this Earth through His various Incarnations (Avatars). The divine pastimes of these incarnations can be found in various Holy Scriptures.

In the 3rd Vachanamrut of Gadhda Pratham Prakan the Lord says, ‘“Even a person who can constantly see the form of the Lord in his heart, should recall the pastimes performed by Him in His different incarnations in different places.’

This article highlights mentions of this Avatar in the following holy texts.

1.   Shree Vasudeva Mahatmya from Skand Puran, Vishnu Khand

2.   Shreemad Bhagwat – Canto 9 Chapter 10, 11, 12 – Lord Ramchandra’s pastimes

3.   Shree Vishnu-sahasranam from Shanti Parva of Maharahabharat

4.   Shreemad Satsangi Jeevan

5.   Shree Vachanamrut

7.   Premanand Kavya

8.   Nishkulanand Kavya

9.   Shree Thakorji ni Seva riiti

 

In a dialogue with Bhrama, Lord foretells His various incarnations and pastimes.

Ved Vyas – Skand Puran, Vishnu Khand, Vasudeva Mahatmya, Chapter 18, Line 28

 

Suta Purani narrates the pastimes of the Lord:

Lord appeared as Lord Ram - The eighteenth incarnation. In order to perform pastimes for His Devotees and for the demigods, He exhibited superhuman prowess by controlling the Indian Ocean and later killing the atheist King Ravan who was on the other side of the sea in Lanka.

Ved Vyas - Shreemad Bhagwat, Canto 1, Chapter 3, Line 22

 

Grandsire Bhishma (Devvrat) narrates the thousand names of Lord Vishnu to Yudhisthir after the end of the epic war of Mahabharat. The Matsya Avatar is referred to thrice in this divine hymn.

Name No.76/1000

Dhanvee - "Wielder of the bow" - : One who anhilated demons and protected the pious with His bow and arrow.

Name No.536/1000

Mahaasringah –“The Great-Horned” –: The Lord tied the ship to his great horn and sported in the waters of the deluge during His incarnation as a fish.

Name No. 797/1000

Sringee - “The Horned One” - : One who at the time of Pralaya (cosmic dissolution) assumed the form of a fish having a prominent antenna.

Ved Vyas - Mahaharata, Shanti Parva, Shree Vishnu Sahasranama

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