Rama is the eighth major incarnation of Vishnu. Vishnu assumed different forms
on several occasions and came down to earth to protect the good people from the
evil, to reestablish the right order and to punish the wicked. Rama is one of
the most popular Avataar. He exemplifies the ideal of Manava Dharma (duties and
moral code for humans).
SLOKA/PRAYERRaamaaya Raama Bhadhraaya Raamachandraaya
Naathaaya Seethaaya Pathaye Nama
I bow to Raama, Raamabhadhra, Raamachandraa, the one who knows
everything, the Lord of Ragu Vamsa and the husband of Sita.
RAMA AT SSVT
In Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Rama holds His consort Sita on His lap. Lakshmana,
His Brother, is seen vigilant with bow and arrow on his side. This represents
the famous temple at Badrachalam. This is the only place where Rama, to grant
the wish of a famous devotee, appears in Viswaroopa Darshanam, with four hands.
The Sanctum Sanctorum of Rama is built in Rayar style architecture. Thus at SSVT
Vishnu is seen in all the three forms: sitting (Rama), standing (Krishna and
Venkateswara) and reclining (Ananthapadmanabha).
AUSPICIOUS DAYS AND FESTIVALSMondays and Saturdays are auspicious to
Rama. Navami, the ninth day of lunar fortnight, is a special day of worship of
Rama. Sri Rama Navami falling in March-April, is celebrated as the birthday
festival of Rama. Sita kalyanam is celebrated during one of the days of Sri Rama
Navami Festival and also during Navarathri. During the Rama Navami festival,
devotees chant the entire Ramayana. The tenth day of Navarathri , is celebrated
as Vijaya Dasami, the day Rama destroyed Ravana and his demon forces. Deepavali
is celebrated as the day of Rama's return to Ayodhaya and coronation as its
SPECIAL OFFERINGSApart from flowers and fruits, light drink prepared
from jaggery and also butter milk are special offerings to Rama. Reciting the
verses in Sundara Kaanda in Ramaayana is auspicious. Performing Sita Kalyanam is
Dhaasaradhaaya Vidhmahe, Seetha Vallabaaya
Thanno Raama Prachodhayaath.
We worship Rama, the son of Dasaratha. Salutations to Rama the
husband of Sita. May that Rama stimulate our creative faculties.