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.
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.