Sri Ramanuja Acharya Jayanti or Ramanuja is celebrated as a respect to the South Indian philosopher Ramanuja Acharya. Ramanuja was the person who promoted that worshipping Lord Vishnu is the pre-eminent, feasible and the suitable method of attaining salvation (Moksha).
Ramanuja Acharya Jayanti falls in month of Chaitra and it usually falls on Thiruvathirai Nakshatra
Ramanuja Acharya was said to be the most knowledgeable and learned Acharya who supported the philosophy and ethics of Vaishnavism. The Acharya was born in 1017 CE at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. His birth name was Ilaya Perumal and the revered Acharya continued to spread the light of vision throughout his life.
Celebrations of Ramanuja Jayanti :
Sri Ramanuja Acharya is worshiped throughout the country. On this Jayanti, a traditional holy bath is given to the 'Uthsava Murti' or statue of Sri Ramanuja Acharya.
Special prayers and offerings and recital sessions on teachings of Sri Ramanuja Acharya are held on this occasion
Celebrations are held in the temples and religious premises across the country on Shri Ramanuja Acharya Jayanti
Upanishads recitals are considered propitious on this day as Shri Ramanuja Acharya was deeply involved in foundation of these Upanishads
In Southern India, special arrangements are made by the followers in Tamil Nadu to commemorate the day in a big way. The houses are specially adorned for the day and devotees ensure that they make a round of the temple to seek blessings from Shri Ramanuja Acharya on his jayanti.
Significance of Ramanuja Jayanti :
Ramanuja Acharya taught and explained the principles of Vishistadvaita Vedanta
He was a great supporter of Vaishnavism. He moved around the country to make people aware of the messages of Vaishnavism
Ramanuja Acharya was enlightened by the insight of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi
The nine most well-known works of Ramanuja are known as the Navaratnas
Ramanuja inspired the practice of Bhakti Yoga which focused on the significance and importance of Bhakti (devotion) over meditation
Following are the Rituals that followed on Ramanuja Jayanti :
Devotees offer prayers and observe fasts all day to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu.
Feeding brahamans on this day is considered as an auspicious act