Extreme devotion to anything, however sacred it may be, is not conducive for the stimulation of open discussion or for a critical or unbiased analysis of alternate ideologies. This is particularly true of religious dogmas. After the exit of the Buddhists and Jains from the scene, the devotees of the VishNu and Saiva groups indulged in attempts to establish their respective sectarian superiority. With the momentum of the Bhakthi movement slowing down, rivalry between the two groups grew worse.
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Being compiled by the great Seer Valmiki , it possesses the power of granting the wishes of those who read or recite it with faith. There is interesting legend on Ramanama.
The Ramayana has slokas or verses. Lord Shiva, being late could not take anything. When Uma asked him he is reported to have replied that in their hurry the Devatas have forgooten two important letters, Ra and Ma.
Together they form Rama, the Bhjakshara of Lord Rama. Though Ramayana showers benefits if recited, there are specific chapters for specific purposes or problems.
Sundara Kanda,or the Chapter of Beauty ,where Lord Hanuman finds Sita is believed, and, has to grant early marriage and good children. There are various procedures in doing this Paarayana or daily recitation. Women can also do the Parayan. Parents of Children may also do the Parayan for the marriage of their children or for Grandchildren Procedure. To be done preferably in the Mornings. Take bath and perform SandhyaVandan.
Pray Lord Ganesh and do Sankalpa, declare what exactly you Pray for. Read preferably soundless the Sundara Kanda which has 68 Chapters. Different ways of doing the Paarayana. Reading 32 times This consists of reading Chapter 1 to 38 on the first day and the rest the next day. This should be repeated 32 times in 64 days Reading 24 times This consists of reading Chapter on the first day. This should be repeated 24 times in 72 days.
Reading 12 times This consists of reading Chapter on the first day. This should be repeated 12 times in 48 days. Reading 7 times Read 7 chapters a day and complete reading on the fourteenth day and repeat it 7 times and complete the Parayana in 68 days. Reading 4 times Read ten chapters per day for the first 27 days and read the remaining 2 chapters on the 28th day, Reading two times.
Read eight chapters per day and complete reading twice on the seventeenth day. In all these cases on the last day, the last chapter of Yudha Kandam st chapter should be read. On each day before and after the parayana boiled milk with Sugar should be offered as offering Naivedya to the God. On the day of completion it is desirable to give a feast to the Brahmins.
It is essential to offer Naivedya to God before and after the Parayana. If someone is not capable of doing it, he can worship using names of the God.
As Naivedya boiled milk added with Sugar is supposed to be best offering to Lord Rama and Lotus and Thulasi Ocimum flowers are the best to worship the Lord.
If not available any flower can be used. However Karavira Arali should never be used. Offering to God Pomegranate would bring in immense benefits. It would be better to the devotee to Chant Rama Gayathri during the beginning, Avahana and end of the worship.
Sundara Kandam Parayana Procedure
Srimat Valmiki Ramayanam [ Tamil] Translated By Sreenivasa Iyengar