Lord Rama is the seventh avatara (incarnation) of Vishnu. He is the immortal hero of the great religious epic of India, called the Ramayana. Rama occupies a very reverential place in the religious life of India and in the religious history of the world. He is the embodiment of righteousness and is believed to be the incarnation of the solar aspect of Vishnu. Numerous temples are scattered all over India for Rama, Lakshmana & Sita. In all images, Rama is depicted to be having two arms which emphasizes the character of Rama as a human being because God Vishnu preferred to adopt this form to re-establish the golden age of justice & happiness. The expression “Rama Rajya”, even today, means the reign in which peace and prosperity prevail. Valmiki has symbolized Rama as an ideal of perfection. The human personality consists of different facets functioning in different aspects of life. Only in the life of Rama, each facet of human personality is seen projected to absolute perfection. He was a perfect son, an ideal king, a true husband, a real friend, a devoted brother and above all, a noble enemy ! Lord Rama is portrayed as carrying his bows and arrows all the time. This symbolizes his alertness and readiness to fight against unfairness and thus establish justice and peace. Wickedness or injustice will always be existent. By his example, Rama gives mankind the strength and conviction to fight it. Man ought not to be weak and accept passively what is unrighteous. He must rise actively against inconsistency and unrighteous or immoral actions. This is called aggressive goodness. Throughout the Ramayana, there are several actions and anecdotes expressing the divine brilliance of the ideal personality of Lord Rama. Today, being, Sri Ramanavami , let us close with this less common prayer to Rama; S(h)aantham sarvagatham sookshmam param brahma sanaathanam RaajeevalOchanam raamam praNamaami jagathpathim You are the eternal Brahman, calm all-pervading and subtle. To you, I bow down, Oh Rama, Charming and blissful Lord of the Universe. Love, Chithra.