Sacred Name of Rama
If there is one ‘nama,’ the name, the mere uttering of which can relieve people of all sins, it can only be the Rama nama, the sacred name of Lord Rama.
Vishnu Sahasranama is a powerful hymn, which gives out the 1000 holy names of the supreme God Vishnu. It is believed that the benefits that can accrue on reciting these 1000 names are enormous. However, this requires devoting time and effort, which, people living a fast life in the present times may not be in a position to do. When Devi Parvati raises this issue with her consort Shiva and the Lord declares categorically that all people need to do is only to chant the one, single name with devotion and faith and that is ‘Rama’; and they will be assured of all the beneficial effects of the entire Sahasranama chanting. This is the efficacy of Rama name, which has been given to the world by none other than Lord Shiva himself.
This is the reason that he, being the chief deity of the sacred town of Kashi, is said to be whispering the holy name of Rama in the ears of all those who breathe their last there, so that they can get absolved of their sins and attain liberation.
Rama, the Great Lord
Rama is regarded as one of the most important incarnations of Lord Vishnu, the supreme God of protection and sustenance. Born as a human being, Rama showed to the world, by his impeccable character, the highest standards of morality. While legends hold that this Avatar was taken in the very ancient Treta Yuga, Rama is considered a historical figure too, who lived in our land somewhere around 5000 BC.
The Sanskrit word ‘Rama’ denotes the one, who charms everyone. This he did during his lifetime by his noble thoughts, kind behavior, and right actions. Rama practiced righteousness to the core and thereby demonstrated to the world the ideal way of living, by being a perfect son, brother, husband, warrior, ideal ruler and above all, a human being.
Born as a prince of Ayodhya, he married Devi Sita, put an end to the oppression of the demons led by Ravana, by destroying them and established Dharma on earth. He ruled the kingdom of Ayodhya for many years, and his just, responsive and compassionate reign is remembered even today, as Rama Rajya, the golden rule.
5 Powerful Prayer Mantras of Rama
Here, let us go through 5 of the powerful hymns dedicated to Lord Rama.
Rama Moola Mantra: Om Shri Ramaya Namah
‘Moola’ is the origin or the root and a Moola mantra is the fundamental hymn dedicated to a deity. This mantra is the supporting root or the base, the benefits of chanting it are said to be immense.
Rama Taraka Mantra: Shri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama
Rama nama, the name itself is held as extraordinarily sacred and is hailed as Taraka mantra, the hymn that can relieve one of the deadly samsara, the cycle of birth and death.
Rama Gayathri Mantra:
Om Dasharathaye Vidmahe
Tanno Rama Prachodayat
Gayatri mantras are powerful hymns, and different Gods have such different mantras. This hymn is dedicated to Rama and is believed to get for the devotees his divine blessings.
Rama Meditation Mantra:
Om Apadamapahartaram Dataram Sarvasampadam
Lokabhiramam Shriramam Bhuyo-Bhuyo Namamyaham
Meditation is a powerful form of devotion and meditating on the Lord with this mantra is an effective means of earning his grace.
Kodanda Rama Mantra: Shri Rama Jaya Rama Kodanda Rama
Rama is a great archer, and Kodanda is his mighty bow. This hymn is in praise of the Lord who wields the powerful weapon, and its chanting will get his blessings for the devotees.