Sri Ram Navami
Ram Navami is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth anniversary of Lord Rama, one of the most revered deities in Hinduism. It falls on the ninth day of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra, which usually falls in the months of March or April according to the Gregorian calendar.
On this day, devotees of Lord Rama observe fasts and perform puja (worship) ceremonies to seek blessings from the deity. They also recite and sing devotional hymns in praise of Lord Rama, and offer flowers, fruits, and sweets to the idol of the deity.
Ram Navami is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion across India and in many parts of the world where there is a significant Hindu population. It is also an occasion for social gatherings and feasting, where people exchange greetings and sweets.
The specialty of Ram Navami is the celebration of the birth of Lord Rama, who is considered to be one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Lord Rama is believed to embody righteousness, truth, and compassion, and his life story has been depicted in the Hindu epic, Ramayana.
The celebration of Ram Navami usually begins with the recitation of the Ramayana and other devotional hymns in praise of Lord Rama. Devotees also fast and offer prayers to seek the blessings of Lord Rama. Some devotees observe a complete fast, while others consume fruits and milk.
The specialty of Ram Navami
Temples dedicated to Lord Rama are decorated with flowers and lights, and processions are taken out with the idol of Lord Rama, Sita (his wife), Lakshmana (his brother), and Hanuman (his devotee). The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion, and people exchange greetings and sweets with each other.
Another specialty of Ram Navami is the enactment of the Ramayana story through plays and dramas. These performances are known as Ram Leela and are popular in many parts of India. The story is usually performed over a period of ten days, culminating on the day of Ram Navami.