When is Srirama Navami 2018 – March 25th or March 26th? There is a confusion among all of us about Sri Ramanavami Puja celebrations’ date for this year.. This article clarifies some doubts revolving around this issue..
According to almost all Hindi Panchangams, Tamil Panchangams and other prominent almanac systems in India, Sri Ramanavami 2018 date is March 25. And some Temple committees, Panchangakarthas and state government authorities have mentioned Sri Ramanavami date as March 26.
शास्त्रवाक्यानुसार नवमी मध्याह्न-व्यापिनी एवं पुनर्वसु नक्षत्र युक्त ही प्रशस्त मानी जाती है..
“अष्टमी नवमी युक्ता, नवमी च अष्टमीयुतेति || “
वामन पुराण के अनुसार…
“चैत्र शुक्ल तू नवमी पुनर्वसु युता यदि | सैव मध्याह्नयोगेन महापुण्यफल प्रदा ||
And Valmiki Ramayanam mentions below Shloka..
ततश्च द्वादशामासे चैत्रे नवमीके तिथौ
नक्षत्र दिति दैवत्ये स्वोच्च संस्थेषु पञ्चसु
गृहेषु कर्कटे लग्ने वाक्पता विन्दुना सह
प्रोद्यमाने जगन्नाथम सर्वलोका नमस्कृतम
कौसल्या जन यादरामम सर्वलक्षण संयुतम ||
Meaning of this Shloka: Sri Rama was born on Chaitra Shukla Navami tithi, Punarvasu Nakshatram, Karkataka Lagna, Madhyahna Samaya, when five Planets are in exaltation in Mesha Maasa and when Guru (Jupiter) Chandra (Moon) were met each other.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam also mentioned Sri Ramanavami date as March 25.
Sri Ramanavami 2018 date in North India – 25 March 2018, Sunday
Sri Ramanavami 2018 date in Andhra Pradesh – 25 March 2018, Sunday
Sri Ramanavami 2018 date in Telangana (Bhadrachalam Temple) – 26 March 2018, Monday
Smarta Sri Ramanavami – 25 March 2018, Sunday
Vaishnava Sri Ramajayanti – 26 March 2018, Monday
Sometimes when Navami tithi and Punarvasu Nakshatra coincides on the same day. And sometimes due to absence of Punarvasu Nakshatra, Sri Ramanavami is declared based on the adjustments in tithi.
But temples like Bhadrachalam Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy Temple and Telangana governments have declared Sri Ramanavami festival on March 26, 2018. This is somehow not matching with the above Shlokas in the scriptures and even the traditions of the temple.
Bhadrachalam is Paancharatra Aagama Temple. The temple committee has been putting up a new tradition since few years saying Srirama Kalyanam will not be performed on a day when Ashtami and Navami both prevail. According to them it should be celebrated on a day where Navami tithi prevails from sunrise time. But there is no mention of the above clause in Paancharatra Aagama Scriptures.
Also to note that Andhra Pradesh government will celebrate Sri Ramakalyanam at Vontimitta Kondandarama Ramaswamy Temple is held on 30 March 2018.