A Hindu festival, Ram Navami is celebrated in memory of the Hindu Lord, Rama. Rama is believed to be one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, one of the most important Gods of the Hindus. The festival falls on the ninth day of the Chaitra month, which corresponds with the month of March-April. It honors the birth of Rama who is largely remembered for his successful reign and for his great devotion to his people. Ram Navami is widely celebrated in Northern India including the state of Rajasthan. Every region has its own particular reason to celebrate the festival of Ram Navami. The devotees of Lord Shiva also celebrate the festival of Ram Navami at large. In some parts of the country, the celebration of Ram Navami coincides with Vasanta Navaratri, which is a nine day festival dedicated to our Divine Mother; Durga.
The legend of Ram Navami is associated with the epic story; Ramayana. According to the story, Lord Rama was an ideal son, virtuous King, a devoted husband and an adorable brother. He is an embodiment of truth and humanity and stood for the noble cause. The festival of Ram Navami is therefore, celebrated as a special recollection of all his noble ideals.
Ram Navami is celebrated with great devotion all over the country. It is considered auspicious to observe fast on this day in the name of Rama. Some of ardent devotees of Rama even fasts for nine days, from Ugadi to Rama Navami. At first, offerings are made to the sun. Since, Rama is believed to have taken his birth at noon, elaborate pujas are performed and special services and bhajan session are held at that time of the day.
The idol of Lord Rama is lavishly adorned with rich clothes and jewelry. In public gatherings stories from the epic book Ramayana are read out. The devotees, who observe fast, break their fast at midnight by eating the prasads that was previously offered to the Lord. Week long musical programs are also held in honor of the Lord. An integral part of this festival is the procession, which is a huge affair. Chariots adorned with flowers are pulled out. They carry the three human figures who are dressed as Lord Rama, Laxman (his brother) and Sita (his queen). The procession is a grand, lively and colorful affair.
Some of the sacred places associated with Lord Rama are Ayodhya, Ujjain and Rameshwaram. They draw a large number of devotees on the festive occasion of Ram Navami. The festival is also celebrated with great enthusiasm in Pondicherry, Rishikesh and Ayodhya. Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Rama.
Last Updated On: 2011/06/28