Sri Rama Navami
When Rama advented the Demigods appeared as Monkeys with invincible powers
Lord Rama, the Absolute Truth Himself, appeared on earth in the Treta yuga in response to prayers of the demigods for His descent to annihilate the powerful demon Ravana. He appeared with His plenary expansions and their expansions. He appeared in the dynasty in which Maharaja Khatwanga, a great Vaishnava, had previously taken birth. His father Dasharatha was the grandson of Maharaja Raghu because of whom Lord Rama’s dynasty is called Raghuvamsha.
Being bereft of children through any of his three wives, Dasharatha was very concerned as to who would take over the reigns of his kingdom after he departed for the forest for penances. He enquired from his guru, sage Vashishtha whether a horse sacrifice would accomplish his wishes. Vashishtha muni agreed and a sacrificial horse was let loose to roam the earth followed by 400 of Dasharatha’s best warriors to bring all the ruling kings of different lands under the subjugation of emperor Dasharatha.
When the horse returned to the bank of the river Sarayu in Ayodhya where the arrangement were made, a great horse sacrifice was performed. Sage Vashishtha rendered the horse unconscious by chanting a powerful mantra and the horse was offered in the sacrificial fire. Sages with divine vision saw the soul of the horse ascend to the heavenly planets .
As the sacrifice progressed, demigods prayed to Lord Brahma invisibly in the arena. Lord Brahma had blessed Ravana with invincibility against demigods due to which Ravana had become a great menace to them. Lord Brahma felt that though Ravana was invincible to demigods, he had neglected humans in asking for the boon of invincibility. One unconquerable by demigods faced no threat from humans. Therefore, Brahma prayed that the all-powerful Lord Vishnu appear as a powerful human to vanquish Ravana. He prayed for Lord Vishnu to mercifully appear as the son of king Dasharatha to kill Ravana. Lord Vishnu assured Lord Brahma that He would appear as the son of kingDasharatha and His divine weapons would appear as His brothers .
When the final ritual of the sacrifice was performed, from the sacrificial fire arose an effulgent being who handed Dashartha a pot of celestial ambrosia asking him to distribute it to his three queens. The king gave half of the ambrosia to Kaushalya. He gave the other half to Kaikeyi, the youngest wife, who was especially dear to him. Both of these wives each gave a part of their share to the king’s third wife, Sumitra.
Having decided to incarnate in Dasharatha’s family, Lord Vishnu commanded the demigods, “Soon I will advent upon earth. You will assist me in destroying the wicked Ravana. Foolishly, that evil one did not ask immunity from humans or animals, considering both to be insignificant before his immense strength. As promised, I will descend as a human. O demigods, without leaving your posts as universal controllers, you – capable of expanding yourselves onto earth – should appear in the world as powerful monkeys.”
The demigods took birth as monkeys who had strength equal to their godly power. They could assume various forms at will, they were gallant, swift as the wind, highly intelligent and practically invincible in battle.
The earth became populated with millions of huge monkeys who, in the way of the demigods, grew up as soon as they were born. As haughty and strong as lions and tigers, they roared loudly and sprang about fearlessly. They were headed by Vali, the expansion of Indra, and Sugriva, the expansion of Surya. Fearful in appearance, they roamed the peaks of mountains and resided in great forests. Moving together they appeared like masses of clouds streaming across the earth’s surface.
After four seasons, Lord Rama was born to Kaushalya. Then Bharata was born to Kaykeyi followed by the twins Lakshmana and Shatughna who were born to Sumitra. Dasharatha was overjoyed and held a great celebration giving immense charity to the Brahmanas.
Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir celebrates the glorious appearance of Lord Ramachandra every year. Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana symbolises the victory of good over evil. Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, takes this opportunity to send out a message of spiritual righteousness among people by holding a grand public festival with Jhulan seva, Sankirtan, Pravachana and Prasadam distribution. This year too Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will celebrate Ramanavami on April 15th, 2016 at Constitution Club at Rafi Marg in New Delhi. The temple will invoke the blessings of Lord Rama for the spiritual upliftment of the people of the world by propitiating Lord Rama with fire sacrifice, congregational sankirtana and prayer.