Here’s why we celebrate Ram Navami
Devotees all across the world celebrate the birth of Lord Rama on the auspicious day of Ram Navami.
Celebrated on the occasion of Lord Rama’s birthday, Ram Navami is a Hindu spring festival, observed on the ninth and last day of Chaitra Navratri.
Ram Navami marks the arrival of Lord Vishnu’s seventh avatar, Rama. The day generally falls in the Gregorian months of March or April, every year. Though the festival is specifically important to the Vaishnavite tradition of Hinduism, Rama is worshipped all across the world by a lot of devotees on this day.
While many Vaishnava Hindus visit temples, others worship at home where miniature idols of infant Rama are bathed and clothed, before being placed in a cradle. The ceremony is accompanied by Rama Katha recitals (stories of Rama), or bhajan or kirtan (a religious song). A lot of devotees also observe fast on this auspicious day.
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While the festival originates from the legend of Rama, it also includes reverence for Sita, Lakshmana and Hanumana, owing to their important connection to the Lord’s story.
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One can witness elaborate rituals on Ram Navami in several Indian regions, especially Ayodhya, Sita Samahit Sthal(Uttar Pardesh), Sitamarhi(Bihar), Bhadrachalam (Telangana), Vontimitta (Andhra Pradesh) and Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu). In Ayodhya in particular, devotees take a dip in the sacred river of Sarayu, before visiting the Rama temple. In some places, people conduct chariot processsions or Rathyatras, also known as Shobha yatras of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanumana. Besides, charity events and community meals are also organised by several temples and Vaishnava organisations as part of the celebration.
And it is not just India that observes Ram Navami. Several other international destinations with Hindu population like Durban, Trinidad, Fiji and Nepal, among others, also celebrate the day in all pomp and glory.
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