The Significance of Ram Raksha Stotr

The Ram Raksha Stotr is one of the most powerful stotr meant to bless with health and happiness. This stotr, while reciting is meant to invoke Bhagwan Ram onto all the parts of the body and protect them from any kind of disease, stress and illness.ImageSource

A verse in the stotr mentions the composer as Rishi Budha Kaushika. He says that, it is on the divine inspiration given by Bhagwan Shiv who appeared in his dream and recited all the 38 verses, that he has written the Ram Raksha Stotr. It is written in the Sanskrit language and the name itself depicts protection by Bhagwan Ram.

The name of Bhagwan Ram has a significant meaning. Deriving the Ra sound from Om Namo Narayana and the Ma sound from the Om Namah Shivayah, it is a combination of both the powers of Bhagwan Vishnu and Bhagwan Shiv, and hence it is indeed true that both are inseparable from each other. Hence, the name of Bhagwan Ram is considered to be the most powerful one and its chant 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 Bhagwan Ram and Mata Sita.

Each and every verse of the stotra has a significance bound to it. Like the verse, Apadaamapa Hartaram Dataaram Sarva Sampadam, Lokabhi ramam Sri Ramam Bhuyo Bhuyo Nammamyam is said to release us of all fears, ill health and bad omens and also debts. Hence, this single verse is often taught to children to remove their fears and instil confidence in them. There are many benefits of astrology too embedded in this Stotr.

The chant has a very positive impact on the one who chants and the listener too; because of the manner it is written. It is written in the Anusthubh method of Sanskrit prosody, which involves four lines with eight syllables each, hence the manner of reciting is musical, melodious and thus fills the heart and mind with calmness when recited in the right way.

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.ImageSource

Right from the Sirah (head) to Pada (feet), each verse focusses on all the parts of the body in an orderly manner, thus entrusting protection on all (Shiroh mein Raghavah Paatuhu till the Padau Vibheeshana aasrithaha). The 35th verse is said to be the Siddha Stotr, 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.

It can be recited as a daily prayer. Most importantly, the nine days of Chaitra Navaratri till the birth of Bhagwan of Ram Navami are considered the most auspicious to recite this stotr.