Among the notable devout ladies, Goddess Sita Ji takes the lead. Goddess Sita wedded Lord Rama, and this day commemorates Goddess Sita's birth anniversary, which falls on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Vaishakh. The celebration of Sita Navami, one of the most important holidays in the month of Vaishakh, bestows good luck and wealth.
Meaning of Sita Navami in Mythology
Goddess Sita is said to have been born during the Pushya Nakshatra. Lord Rama was also born on the same date in the month of 'Chaitra,' according to mythology, and Rama Navami is celebrated a month before Sita Navami. On this day, married Hindu ladies venerate Goddess Sita and pray for their husbands' long lives. And seek Mother Sita's blessings for prosperity. Sita Navami is widely celebrated in India.
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Sita Navami’s devotion takes several forms.
A unique style of worship is present at all holy sites during the Sita Navami festival. Lord Ram and Janaki temples all around the country execute special rites and adoration. All of these temples perform Shringar Darshan, Maha Abhishekam, and Aarti rituals. At several locations, Ramayana lessons are also held, followed by bhajan concerts. Processions carrying idols of their deities are brought out on chariots at various temples and holy places, and worshippers chant 'Jai Siya Ram' and sing devotional songs all the time.
Devotees, mainly married ladies, adore Goddess Sita and Lord Rama on Sita Navami. A tiny puja mandap is put up and decked with bright flowers during this puja. This mandap houses the idols of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lakshmana, King Janak, and Mother Sunayana. The Ram Darbar has been embellished. Goddess Sita is revered as the earth's daughter; hence Mother Earth is also honored on this day. Worshiping both Sita and Lord Rama offers happiness and calms to a married existence. During the worship, various offerings like sesame, akshat, barley, and fruits are created and offered as bhog. After the aarti, a special 'bhog' is cooked and distributed as prasad.
The Importance of Sita Navami Vrat
Women fast and worship on the day of Sita Navami. Sita Navami Vrat is the name of the day's fast. During the day, total fasting is practiced, with no food ingested until the rituals of devotion are completed. A person is said to gain values like humility, motherhood, sacrifice, and commitment by fasting on Sita Navami. Married ladies fast mostly for the sake of their husband's long life.