INDIA FESTIVAL RAM NAVAMI




 
Ram Navami
 

Place: All over India
Time: March- April
Significance: Birth day of Sri Rama, seventh incarnation of Vishnu
 

   



 
Ramnavami is dedicated to the memory of Lord Rama. It occurs on the ninth day (navami). The festival commemorates the birth of Rama who is remembered for his preperous and righteous reign. Ramrajya (the reign of Rama) has become synonymous with a period of peace and prosperity. Mahatma Gandhi also used this term to describe how according to him, India should be after independence.

Rama Navami falls on the ninth day of the shukla paksha, or bright phase of the moon, in the lunar month of Chaitra (April-May). The first day of Chaitra , or Ugadi, also marks the beginning of the Indian year.

Celebrations begin with a prayer to the Sun early in the morning. At midday, when Lord Rama is supposed to have been born, a special prayer is performed. Temples are decorated, religious discourses (satsangs) are held. Excerpts from the Ramacharitamanas are recited on the occasion. Devotees perform fasting, offer fruits and floral tributes to the Gods, sing devotional songs. Rama Leela (the play depicting the major life events of Rama) are organized in different parts of the country. Processions are carried out with brilliant floats of Rama, his consort Sita, brother Lakshmana and the great devotee and general Hanumana, which are taken out in the streets of different states. The procession is a gusty affair with the participants shouting praises echoing the happy days of Rama's reign. People gather in thousands on the banks of the sacred river Sarayu in the temple town of Ayodhya for a dip. The pilgrims flock the temples of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, where Rama was born and Pondicherry to participate in Ramnavami festivities. People visit sacred places associated with Lord Ram during this holy time. Places like Ayodhya, Ujjain and Rameshwaram, attracts thousands of devotees across the country.
 

Special Recipes For Ram Navami

Shri Ram Aarti

Shri Ram Chalisa

 

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