While running in the daily race of life, we often get little time to offer our daily worship in an elaborate form and go through all the rituals and practises through which we invoke the Almighty and seek his blessings to move ahead in life. However, to overcome this hurdle, our great seers and sages have bought in many of the mantras, stotras and simple prayers through which one gets the fulfilment of praying to the Almighty and also get his positive energy into our lives.
The Ram Raksha Stotr is one among them which is simple yet the most powerful one and gives us a lot of positive energy, health and happiness. This Sanskrit Stotr created in 38 verses by Rishi Budha Kaushika is meant to invoke Shri Ram onto all the parts of the body and protect them from any kind of disease, stress and illness.
The name of Shri Ram is the combination of the two divine sounds deriving the Ra sound from Om Namo Narayana and the Ma sound from the Om Namah Shivayah. Hence, the name of Bhagwan Ram destroys all the fears and dangers one is bound with. The protector of the Stotr is Shri Hanuman and the power of Mata Sita radiates in it and is chanted for attaining the protection of Shri Ram and Mata Sita.
The verse Apadaamapa Hartaram Dataaram Sarva Sampadam, Lokabhi ramam Sri Ramam Bhuyo Bhuyo Nammamyam is very significant and is said to release all fears, ill health, bad omens and also debts. Hence, this single verse is often taught to children to remove their fears and instil confidence in them.
As this Stotr is wriiten in the Anusthubh method of Sanskrit prosody, which involves four lines with eight syllables each, the manner of reciting is musical, melodious and thus fills the heart and mind with calmness and brings in a lot of positive energy into the body.
The beautiful feature of the Stotr is that each verse consists of the qualities of Bhagwan Ram, his relations with his parents, his friends, and his devotees, in fact has the whole sequence of Ramayan in the perfect order. By recitation of this Stotr, it is said that one gets the essence of the whole Ramayan and the Ram Tatv invoked onto the body and thus wards away all evil and negative aspects.
The verse of Shiroh mein Raghavah Paatuhu till the Padau Vibheeshana aasrithaha focusses on all the parts of the body in an orderly manner, thus entrusting protection on all. The 35th verse is said to be the Siddha Stotra, which makes one mentally strong and fearless. The positive impacts are many, when one puts complete faith, belief and surrenders to Bhagwan Ram as their saviour.
The most auspicious days for reciting the Ram Raksha Stotr are the nine days of Chaitra Navaratri till the birth of Shri Ram on Ram Navami. However the prominence of this Stotr is that it can be recited till a daily prayer in a simple way, thus enabling us to spend a little time thinking of the positive energy of Shri Ram and get ready to face the challenges of life each day.