Rama Navami Celebrations at Mahavir Mandir, Patna
Jai Sri Ram
यावत् स्थास्यन्ति गिरयः सरितश्च महीतले।
तावद् रामायणकथा लोकेषु प्रचरिष्यति।।
Yāvat sthāsyanti girayaḥ saritaśca mahītalē
Tāvad rāmāyaṇakathā lōkēṣu pracariṣyati
The above sloka would mean that as long as mountains and rivers remain on the earth, so long the story of Rãmãyana will be prevalent amongst people. [excerpt from the original article written by Acharya Kishore Kunal]
It is obvious that Lord Rama is as eternal as the nature is. The heart beat of every Hindu would resonate the mantra “Jai Siya Ram”. We may call Him Ram, Rama, Sri Rama or Siya Ram. Whatever the name we may take the resultant vibrations and reverberations would place us in utmost peace and sanctity. The word Rama frees us from the worldly longings and leads us to salvation.
Lord Rama was born on Navami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month. Every year this day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Rama.
Every year on the day of Rama Navami, Mahavir Mandir, Patna and its surroundings would get seized by the deluge of devotees who come from across Patna and neighbouring districts. This year the temple precincts and the surroundings were reverberated with the chantings of more than 5 lakh devotees. Jai Siya Ram and Jai Hanuman had been the only chanting, music, and rhythm that was heard from the confluence of devotees. Significantly majority of the devotees comprised of women and youth. Notwithstanding such classification Mahavir Mandir had looked like a sea of devotees and the chantings like the waves and tides that touch the mind and soul of every living being around.
Every devotee held in his hand the most admired and sacred Laddu Prasadam of Mahavir Mandir which is known as “Naivedyam”. The temple has arranged 9 Naivedyam stalls at different points all along the 2 km queue.
Acharya Kishore Kunal, IPS (Vol. Retd.) who is the Secretary of Mahavir Mandir and the conceptualizer of Viraat Ramayan Mandir had personally oversaw the arrangements of Rama Navami. As usual as an ardent devotee of Lord Hanuman and the humble Bhakt of Bhagawan Rama, he had participated in the puja and seva.
As the saying goes “Picture speaks a thousand words” the Rama Navami gallery herein would provide you the glimpses of celebrations.
May Lord Rama Bless Us All.
Jai Sri Ram
Team-Viraat Ramayan Mandir