top of page

Solar Rays Anoint Lord Rama During Sri Rama Navami Celebrations

In a visually striking and spiritually significant event during the Sri Rama Navami celebrations in Ayodhya, devotees witnessed a miraculous moment as the sun's rays anointed the forehead of the idol of Lord Rama.

This rare occurrence, dubbed as the "Surya Tilakam," saw the natural sunlight perfectly align with the deity at the exact moment of the ritual, creating a divine spectacle.Every year, as part of the Sri Rama Navami festival, which celebrates the birthday of Lord Rama, the temple in Ayodhya is prepared to capture this celestial alignment. This phenomenon is not only a treat to the eyes but also holds deep religious significance, symbolizing the heavenly blessings bestowed upon Lord Rama by Surya, the sun god.

This year's successful rehearsal, conducted in anticipation of the main event, was a moment of joy and spiritual reinforcement for the temple authorities and devotees alike. The preparations involve precise architectural designs that use specialized lenses and mirrors, developed in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bangalore. This setup ensures that the sunlight is directed onto the idol's forehead, turning a simple moment of sunlight into a symbol of divine presence.

The event, lasting between three to six minutes, offers a profound experience for all present, turning the occasion into a visual and spiritual highlight of the festival.