Ram Navami

Ram Navami is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Rama who is considered the seventh avatar of Lord Krishna.Lord Rama was born in Ayodhya to King Dasharatha and Queen Kaushalya. He was also known to possess all the essential qualities that a man must have. It is for this reason that Lord Rama was also known as “MaryadaPurushottam”: One who is perfect. He was known and idolized to be the perfect son, step-son, husband, brother, and also a perfect king.

On this day, people from different parts of India and the world pay their due respects and offer prayers to not only Lord Rama, but also to Lord Hanuman, Lord Lakshman, and the Goddess Sita. The festival falls on the last day of Chaitra Navratri in the month of March to April. People celebrate this festival in many different ways. While a few visit temples to offer their prayers to Lord Rama, there are others who bring the idol of the God at home. These idols are cleansed, bathed, and clothed with new clothes. Post that, the idol is placed in a cradle when the devotees recite the Ramayana or sing religious songs or Bhajans. In several parts of India, people also conduct Rathyatras and pandals of the God are established. Most of the merriment during the festival of Ram Navami takes place in Ayodhya, Sita Samahit Sthal, Janakpur Dham, Rameswaram, Sitamarhi, amongst other cities. One can witness Shobha yatras going on the streets. These yatras in chariots are often known to carry the idols of Lord Rama, Lord Hanuman, Lord Lakshman, and the Goddess Sita. Not only that, in a few other Indian cities where the festival is celebrated with great pomp and show, people often take a dip in the river Sarayu and then visit the Rama temple. Dip in the sacred river is considered auspicious by many.

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