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“Ram”med Divinity – Ram navami

Posted on September 23, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment

When the Indian god Rama was born, there was a miracle that took place in this world and the miracle saw him winning over the demon king of Lanka Ravan and creating the mythological epic Ramayana. Till today India celebrates the birth of their lord with lot of pomp and glory. Ram navami as it is called is the celebration of the birth of Lord Rama. Born with royal parents like King Dasaratha and Queen Kausalya, Ram in Hindu belief is said to be the seventh incarnation of the Indian God Lord Vishnu. Then Lord Rama got married to Goddess Sita and this was on the Panchami day. Navami which is the ninth day on the month of the Chaitra as per the Hindu calendar is the day Rama was born and is celebrated as Ram navami.

Many Indian states have nine days of Ram navami. This period is known as the “Sri Rama Navrathra.” There are many hymn recitals during this time and the devotees also read the Akhand Paath which comprises of the Ramcharitmanas. There are lot of songs, dances, kirtans and ram leelas held across the country and the devotees go berserk singing praises of their beloved lord. Temples also get their whole sanctum decorated and the smell of flowers and incense fills the air. There are special havans that are organized for devotes to be able to pray in peace and reverence. These traditional prayers are chanted and the offerings made to Lord Rama. Flowers and fruits abound in plenty during the celebrations and the Vedic verses render the entire place totally magical. There are many who have a fast on this day in memory of their beloved lord.

Ram navami

Southern India has a different way of celebrating Ram navami. In the city of Bhadrachalam, the day marks a great day for them. They celebrate it as the day of wedding of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita. There is a wedding ceremony called the Sitarama Kalyanam which symbolizes the marriage of these two gods. With a lot of fanfare, the marriage is actually performed and people are given a royal feast. These marriages are till today celebrated in cities like Mithila and Ayodahya. But here they are celebrated on the Panchami day. It is believed that Valmiki Ramayan says that the celebration should be on Panchami.

Sitarama Kalyanam

There are chariot processions taken out during this festival and Lord Rama is revered, loved and worshipped during this time. States like Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh all celebrate this festival with a lot of pomp and grandeur and give the festival its due color.

There are some itePanakamms that are made during Ramnavami and that includes a Panakam which is a ginger jaggery drink with a dash of pepper.

As Sri Rama navami is in memory of Lord Rama, there is lot of devotion in this fanfare. The Sun God is prayed to in the morning and then Rama is welcomed in the middle of the day as that is when he was born.

Today a lot of ISKCON temples have brought a momentum of celebrating this festival.

Enjoy Ram Navami bring in divinity

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