Nama Ramayana sums up the epic Ramayana written by sage Valmiki. It describes Lord Rama’s divine form, qualities and pastimes.
It consists of 108 padas which are divided into six chapters: Bala-kanda, Ayodhya-kanda, Aranya-kanda, Kiskindha-kanda, Sundara-kanda and Yuddha-kanda.
विदेहमानसरञ्जक राम् ॥१७॥
Videha-Maana-Sa-Ran.jaka Raam ||17||
17: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Who Enhanced the Honour of King Janaka.
त्र्यंबककार्मुकभञ्जक राम् ॥१८॥
Try[i]-Ambaka-Kaarmuka-Bhan.jaka Raam ||18||
18: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Who Broke the Bow of the Three-Eyed Shiva.
सीतार्पितवरमालिक राम् ॥१९॥
Siitaa-[A]rpita-Vara-Maalika Raam ||19||
19: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, To Whom Devi Sita Offered the Garland during the Swayamvara.
कृतवैवाहिककौतुक राम् ॥२०॥
Krta-Vaivaahika-Kautuka Raam ||20||
20: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Who Made Festive arrangements during Marriage.
राम् राम् जय राजा राम् ।
राम् राम् जय सीता राम् ।
Raam Raam Jaya Raajaa Raam |
Raam Raam Jaya Siitaa Raam |
O Rama, Sri Rama, Victory to You King Rama,
O Rama, Sri Rama, Victory to You Sita Rama.
भार्गवदर्पविनाशक राम् ॥२१॥
Bhaargava-Darpa-Vinaashaka Raam ||21||
21: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Who was the Destroyer of the Pride of Sri Parashurama.
श्रीमदयोध्यापालक राम् ॥२२॥
Shriimad-Ayodhyaa-Paalaka Raam ||22||
22: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Who was the Illustrious King of Ayodhya.
One of important pieces of information in this book is the Natal chart of Rama, which is embedded in the Chapter(Sarga) 18, Pada 8 to 11:
“ततो यज्ञे समाप्ते तु ऋतूनाम् षट् समत्ययुः ।
ततः च द्वादशे मासे चैत्रे नावमिके तिथौ ॥१-१८-८॥
नक्क्षत्रे अदिति दैवत्ये स्व उच्छ संस्थेषु पंचसु ।
ग्रहेषु कर्कटे लग्ने वाक्पता इंदुना सह ॥१-१८-९॥
प्रोद्यमाने जगन्नाथम् सर्व लोक नमस्कृतम् ।
कौसल्या अजनयत् रामम् सर्व लक्षण संयुतम् ॥१-१८-१०॥
विष्णोः अर्धम् महाभागम् पुत्रम् ऐक्ष्वाकु नंदनम् ।
लोहिताक्षम् महाबाहुम् रक्त ओष्टम् दुंदुभि स्वनम् ॥१-१८-११॥
On completion of the ritual six seasons have passed by and then in the twelfth month, on the ninth day of Chaitra month [April–May,] when the presiding deity of ruling star of the day is Aditi, where the ruling star of day is Punarvasu (Nakshatra), the asterism is in the ascendant and when five of the nine planets viz., Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus are at their highest position, when Jupiter with Moon is ascendant in Cancer and when day is advancing, then Queen Kausalya gave birth to a son with all the divine attributes like lotus-red eyes, lengthy arms, roseate lips, voice like drumbeat and who took birth to delight the Ikshwaku dynasty, who is adored by all the worlds and who is the greatly blessed epitome of Vishnu, namely Rama.
— Book I : Bala Kanda, Ramayana by Valmiki, Chapter(Sarga) 18, Pada 8, 9, 10 and 11
This day is celebrated as Ramanavami festival throughout India.