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Lord Rama

Every child in India knows about Shri Rama and His exemplary  rule is known as Rama Rajya. The first poet of India, the sage Valmiki, narrates his story in the holy epic Shri Ramayan and there are hundreds of versions in different Indian languages. Most of our bhajana mandirs are Shri Ram Mandirs or Shri Vithoba Mandirs and these two deities do not require three pujas a day or sometimes even one a day. Lord Rama is always worshipped with his younger brother Lakshman on his right hand side, Mother Sita on the left-hand side and the most faithful servant Shri Hanuman at His feet. Shri Rama’s birthday falls on Chaitra Shudda Navami popularly known as Shri Rama Navami.  But rarely it is celebrated in GSB Homes. Quite a few temples celebrate including chariot festivals. In Mumbai Shri Ram Mandir Wadala has a nine day long ‘navama’ programme starting from Gudi padva and ending up with Rama Navami when the devotees chant non-stop Rama Nama all the nine days. On Rama Navami day during the midday an idol of Shri Rama will be kept in  a cradle symbolising Shri Rama’s birth. All the devotees, at that time would be eager to rock the cradle as though Shri Rama, just born, is in the cradle. Really a rare sight to behold! (See Pic)

Sita Swayamvar:

In the armoury of  King Janaka, there was a bow gifted by Lord Shiva called Shiv Dhanus. It was huge and heavy requiring great strength to lift, tie a string and shoot. Ordinary human beings could not move it and normally it was lying on a cart of several wheels, so that it could be moved easily. When Sita was a young girl, one day she was playing with a ball and all of a sudden the  ball went inside the armoury and was lost. She went in searching for it and whatever was on her way she just pushed aside looking  for the ball. At last, she came across the mighty bow and as the ball was not in sight, she lifted the bow like a plaything and kept aside  making her way. Janaka was following her and it was an incredible sight as it required five thousand strong men  to lift and keep aside just  as she had done it. Considering Sita not to be an ordinary mortal, he thought that she should be married only to a person who could lift the bow as easily as she did. And at the Swayamvar Lord Rama did it. He not only lifted the bow but also broke it while trying to tie the string and give a twang.