While over 8 million people go out to vote and decide the future of the country, the one who set ideals for centuries for even leaders, his birthday will be celebrated today. Ram Navami, the birth celebration as per Hindu mythology of god in human form – Ram, will be celebrated on Tuesday.
He is considered to be seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Ram Navami sees elaborate celebrations across the country on this day by Hindus mostly. He is best known for the many ideals he had besides killing the demon kind Ravana and shedding the world of evil.
"Today the world is facing a leadership crisis. There is not one leader who is a visionary and whom people can trust on. In Lord Ramchandra one case see many ideals and learn from. He was the ideal son, husband, leader and everything else an ideal person should be. He is the high benchmark we all can look up to," said Manda Dulal Das, prabhuji at Radha-Gopinath Temple, ISCKON in Chowpatty, who will be organising a class on the importance of Ram.
He added, "Today's leaders are like Ravana and Duryodhana, who rule or lead their subordinates through fear or mutual benefits. That is not the case with Ram, who is in the hearts of people only because he walks on the path of dhrama. This is what we will be teaching people."
While at ISCKON there will be classes and prayers, some other prominent temples where devotees flock will have elaborate pujas in the temples. "Tomorrow early morning there will be an Abhishkeam (bathing ritual) of Lord Ram with milk. After that we will also have the marriage of Sita and Ram. There will be a bhandara (food offered) that is being going on for last eight days that will culminate tomorrow," said S Anand, trustee of Sri Asthika Samaj – Sree Ram Mandir in Matunga.
The Shri Ram Mandir in Wadala that is also visited the most will have a rath yatra. "We even make sure that the temple celebrates Ram Navami in an eco-friednly way. There will be no crackers," said Ulhas Kamath, trustee secretary of Shri Ram Mandir.