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iXiGOers Apr 17 2013

How is Ram Navami celebrated in India?

Debangana Sen Jan 31 2014
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Ram Navami is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Rama, the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This is majorly celebrated by the Vaishnava sect in Hindus. On this day Lord Rama is worshipped, with devotees repeating Lord Rama’s name, singing his praises and promising to lead a righteous life. Ram Navami marks the end of the nine day Navaratri. The festival is usually celebrated in the months of March-April, nine days post no moon day.

Photo of Lord Rama, Lakshman and Sita (by Matheesha)

In some regions, the festival is celebrated for all the nine days marked by recitals of Akhand Paath (holy recitals) of the Ramcharitmanas (a holy book describing the life and deeds of Lord Rama). Along with singing hymns and bhajans, the infant form of Lord Rama is rocked in cradles by devotees. Other rituals include homa, vedic chantings, puja, aarti, etc. Vrat (fasting) is also an important aspect of this festival, where the devotees either fast or follow a restricted diet. The fast is usually broken at day end with feasting after the culmination of the celebrations. Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman are also worshipped along with Lord Rama.

Photo of Ram Navami celebrations (by Os Rupias)

In Ayodhya, the birthplace of Rama, a huge fair is held every year during this time. In Bhadrachalam, Andhra Pradesh, this day is also celebrated as the marriage anniversary of Lord Rama and his wife, Sita. This Kalyanam ceremony is performed by the temple priests. A sweet drink called Panagam, made with jaggery and pepper is usually imbibed on this day. The idol of the lord is also carried on a huge procession, followed by more festivities. This whole celebration in the Bhadrachalam temple is very famous and is a huge crowd magnet.

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