Friday, April 19, 2013

Indian Festival - Ram Navami

Why is it celebrated?
Ramnavami or the birthday of Lord Rama (the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu) - the son of King Dasharath. It was a joyous occasion in Ayodhya all those centuries ago when King Dasharath's heir was finally born. It was like a dream come true for the king as the lack of an heir had troubled him sorely for many years. [Src: ]
It is also the day of the marriage ceremony of Ram and Sita

When is it celebrated?
9th day of the bright fortnight of the month of Chaitra (March-April)
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At some places the festival lasts the whole nine days of the Navratras, thus the period is called 'Sri Rama Navratra

How is it celebrated?
* Those who have adopted Lord Rama as their favorite deity observe a fast, taking only milk and fruit for all the nine days. Some fast only on the Ramnavami day itself.
* Devotees read the whole of the Ramayana, either the Sanskrit version of Sage Valmiki or the Hindi version of Saint Tulsidas, during these nine days.
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