Ram Navami is an important Hindu festival that is celebrated on the holy occasion of the birth anniversary of Lord Rama. Lord Rama is the son of King Dasaratha and Queen Kausalya.
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It is observed on the ninth day of the month of Chaitra. Each year a lot of devotees with faith and dedication in their hearts celebrate Ram Navami. So, it is celebrated in the honor of the birthday of Lord Rama.
Moreover, It is recognized as one of the five most sacred festivals in the Hindu religion.
In addition, The date on which it falls varies each year. Chaitra month is the first month in the Hindu lunar calendar.
It will be celebrated on 21st April that is thursday in 2021. Also, for the same, the timing of prayer is from 11:06 to 13:38. It is a very auspicious day.
All of India celebrates Ram Navami. Moreover, it is even celebrated for nine days in some states.
Ram Navami and devotees
On the auspicious day of Ram Navami, devotees keep a day-long fast and sing songs in the name of Lord Rama. Mantras chanting is seen all morning up until noon on the day when Lord Rama was born.
Devotees recite verses from the holy book Ramayana all day and listen to the epic story of Ramayana being told.
In the places where it is celebrated for the first nine days in the month of Chaitra, so, the narration of the holy book Ramayana starts from the first day to attract peoples and devotees.
People also keep fasts for all the nine days of celebration of Ram Navami for the belief that fasting on it leads to salvation.
Significance of Ram Navami
The day of Ram Navami is celebrated and significant as the day when dharma was established over the adharma and indicates the victory of good over evil. It is celebrated in all states of India by Hindus and the devotees of Lord Rama.
Lord Rama is also believed to be the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu, so the festival becomes especially important for the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism. The celebration of Ram Navami starts with an offering of water to the sun as the sun is believed to be the ancestor of Lord Rama.
Ram navami is celebrated differently in different states and is known by different names but the faith and devotion of the deevotees enchanted by the magic of this auspicious day remains the same for all around the world.
States and their celebration
Ram Navami is celebrated by the Hindu diaspora with roots in various states of India. The festival is especially famous in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Jharkhand, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh.
In the state of Uttar Pradesh, it is widely celebrated in Ayodhya which is one of the seven most important Hindu pilgrimage sites. Hence, Ayodhya is completely decorated on the occasion of Ram navami and a fair is organised.
So, thousands of People visit the Ram Navami Mela and the temple on this festival. One of the major attractions of the Melas except the food is that they also include Ram-leela act around the city.
In Tamil Nadu, there is a Janaki temple in sitamarhi where Ram navami is extensively celebrated. Also, Janaki temple, sitamarhi is the birthplace of Sita. Hence, The temple is believed to be 100 years old. Above all, the temple is fairly big structure and has the divinity of Lord Ram, Sita and Hanuman.
RameswaRam which is located in Tamil Nadu is also an important religious site for Hindus all around the world, because of its role in the Ramayana. Thousands of devotees take a holy bath in the sea and pray at the Ramanathaswamy temple.
Ram navami in Maharashtra is popular by the name Chaitra Navaratri and while in South India it is known as Vasanthothsava, and is said by some to be part of the festival of Spring.
Some more states celebrating Ram Navami
At the Sivananda located at Rishikesh near the sacred Ganges, people read the epic Ramayana and can also be found chanting Vedic mantras.
A fire ceremony is also organized and teachings about the Ramayana and Lord Ram are conducted for the people that are interested to learn about this festival.
Ram navami in Andhra Pradesh is celebrated among the deevotees by praying from homes and visiting temples.
People also eat vadapappu which is moong dal soaked in water and Panakam which is Jaggery, powder of black pepper and cardamom mixed in water on this occasion. After that, The main celebration in Andhra Pradesh takes place near the godavari temple at bhadrachalam in the famous Rama temple.
It is also celebrated as the wedding day of Lord Ram and Sita. Wedding ceremony of the celestial couple is also performed in the temples around the city.
In conclusion, Ram navami is celebrated to give reverence to Lord Ram, Sita, Lakshaman and Hanuman. Also, the Hindu god, Surya, is also the part of the workshop on this day.