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What is Ram Navami? Ram Navami is a festival celebrating the day of the Divine birth of Shree Ramachandra, an avatar of the Supreme Lord. Ram Navami is observed on the ninth day of the bright fortnight in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March - April).
Story of Lord Ram The demon king Ravan was a great devotee of Lord Shiv. He performed severe penance to become invincible. However, he soon grew very arrogant, and misused his powers against the celestial gods themselves. The celestial gods prayed to the Supreme Lord, who agreed to take birth on the earth, kill Ravan, and protect His devotees.
Story of Lord Ram Meanwhile, King Dashrath of the Surya dynasty had three wives, but no children. He performed the Putreshti Yagna to beget children. God blessed the king and decided to take birth as Dashrath’s son. Soon, the king was blessed with four children – Ram, Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrughna
Wedding of Lord Ram Ram was the eldest of the brothers. He was brave, wise, handsome, and the favorite of the entire kingdom. Lord Ram fulfilled the condition for Seeta’s svayamvar by breaking the bow of Lord Shiv, and got married to Seeta.
Lord Rama in exile The day before His coronation as king, to keep his father’s word, He went into to the forest for fourteen years exile.
Sita Kidnapped When Ravan kidnapped Mother Seeta, Lord Ram went to Lanka and killed Ravan and other demons in battle, to fulfill His mission.
Lord Ram back to Ayodhya After spending 14 years in exile,He retuned back to Ayodhya. Lord Ram ruled the throne of Ayodhya for many years as a perfect king. Ramnavami celebrates the day of His appearance on the earth.
Celebration of Ram Navami The festival is celebrated on a grand scale at the temples of Shree Ram, where a procession is taken out with deities of Shree Ram, Lakshman and Sita, or people dressed up as them. Devotees singing songs in praise of Lord Ramachandra accompany them.
Celebration at the Temple
Celebration in South India At homes, people pray to Shree Ram and make offerings of delicacies loved by Him. In south India, the main offerings are buttermilk, panaka (a concoction of jaggery, water, lime and pepper) and kosumalli (soaked lentils with a bit of lime, salt and coconut).
Celebration in South India In some temple in south India Ram-Sita wedding is in acted.
Celebration in North India In nothern India, the celebrations start days in advance, with people reading the Ramayan over a period of nine days and celebrating Ram Navami on the tenth day. At some places, the entire epic is enacted in plays, called “Ram Leela”. In some temples, a small deity of Shree Ram is placed on a swing and rocked with love and devotion.
A glimpse of Ram Leela
Baby Ram, Laxman, Bharat and Shatrughan on a cradle
Happy Ram Navami
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