RAMANAMA SANKIRTANAM or chanting the name of Lord Rama is held after the evening arati on all Ekadasi days at all the centres of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. Ramanama Sankirtanam is a traditional hymn portraying of the story of Ramayanam through various names of Lord Ramachandra. This sankirtanam was introduced by Swami Brahmanandaji Maharaj, the ‘Spiritual Son’ of Sri Ramakrishna and the first President of the Ramakrishna Order.
Lord Sri Rama is considered the most ideal human being, (ie. ideal son, ideal brother, ideal husband, and an ideal statesman) who can be of guidance to all human kind. By participating in the Ramanama Sankirtanam, devotees remember all his noble qualities and thus seek to imbibe them in their own lives. Sri Hanuman, who is a constant devotee and companion of Sri Rama is also remembered when Rama is worshiped. Swami Vivekananda wanted the purity, faithfulness, valor, and determination of Mahavira (great hero) Hanuman as an ideal for our youngsters. Hence he wished all should worship Hanuman.