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Ayodhya Ram Mandir What is Ramanand sect?

Ayodhya Ram Temple: Ramlala’s consecration will take place in Ayodhya on 22 January 2024. Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Trust General Secretary Champat Rai is providing all the information related to the temple and consecration from time to time. , However, a recent statement by Champat Rai has attracted a lot of attention where he had mentioned that the Ayodhya Ram temple belongs to the Ramanandi sect.

Before we know about the Ramanandhi sect, let us know what the sect is.

What is sect?

In the Hindu tradition, there are many sects, such as Vaishnava, Shaiva, Shakta, Smarta, Vedic and Chavarka sects, etc. Each of these sects has sub-sects. Vaishnava sect is one which mainly worships Lord Vishnu. This sect is divided into four main sects, of which the Sri sect is the most prominent. It has two branches – Ramanandi and Ramanuja. Followers of the Ramanandi sect worship Lord Rama and Sita. Their basic mantra is ‘Om Ramay Namah’.

It is said to be the only sect that exclusively worships Lord Rama and Sita. However, this does not mean that other sects of Hinduism do not worship Rama and Sita. Other sects have different primary deities. In contrast, the Ramanandi sect emphasizes only the path of devotion and does not include caste distinctions. Followers of this sect apply tilak of Shukla Shri, Bindu Shri, Rakta Shri, Lashkari etc.

Who started the Ramanand sect?

The credit for the beginning of the Ramanandi sect is given to Srimad Jagadguru Ramanandacharya. However, before Srimad Ramanandacharya, this tradition was known as Sri Sampradaya. After the appearance of Srimad Jagadguru Ramanandacharya, he changed its name to Sri Ramanandi Sampradaya in honor of his teacher. This decision was taken because Lord Rama himself appeared as his guru. Srimad Jagadguru Ramanandacharya is also credited with spreading Bhakti in North India. He founded the Vaishnava Bairagi sect, known as the Ramanandi sect.

Birth of sect for eradication of untouchability:

After completing his pilgrimage, Ramananda reached his guru’s ashram. At the time, his fellow disciples expressed hesitation in dining with him, suspecting that Ramananda would not have maintained the practice of abstaining from untouchables during the pilgrimage. In response, Ramananda proposed the establishment of a new tradition that would not include discrimination on the basis of caste or untouchability in religious or spiritual activities. Thus, the Ramanandi sect was born with the aim of eliminating untouchability and promoting equality.

Sects and their Gods:

  • Shaivites- worship Lord Shiva
  • Vaishnav- worships Lord Vishnu
  • Shakta Tradition- Devi Puja (Worship of the Goddess)
  • Nath tradition- Guru Puja (worship of Guru)
  • Smarta-Accepts various forms of God

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