Ram Navami is a festival celebrated by the Hindus as the birth of Lord Rama. Rama Navami falls on the ninth day of a Hindu lunar year called Chaitra Masa Sukla paksha Navami, which usually falls in March or April Chaitra Sukla Paksha Navami is celebrated as Rama Navami. Rama Navami is the ninth day of the waxing phase of the moon in the month of Chaitram as per Telugu calendar. Rama Navami is celebrated on Tuesday, 8th April, 2014.Lord Rama was born during Madhyana period which is the middle of a Hindu day. Madhyana prevails for six Ghatis which are approximately 2 hours and 24 minutes, it is the most favorable time to perform the Rama Navami puja rituals. The mid time of Madhyana marks the birth of Shri Rama so the temples symbolize this time as the birth moment of Lord Rama. The recital singing and the celebration of Shri Rama reaches its peak at this time.Most of the people assume that 12 PM is the Madhyana moment due to widespread use of the western clock and Gregorian calendar. But this is not exact time for the Madhyana moment, it could have been correct if the sunrise occurred at 6 AM and sunset at 6 PM. But the sunrise and sunset timings are different in different cities around the country. So the time to celebrate the birth of Lord Rama falls between 11 AM to 12 PM for most cities of India.Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Rama so the celebrations of Rama Navami are remarkable at the place. Devotees come to Ayodhya from far-flung places to participate in the birthday celebrations at the Rama temple. Devotees also take holy dip into the river Saryu before celebrations Devotees also fast during Rama Navami. The fast is observed from one sunrise to another sunrise. It is called Rama Navami Vrat and it can be observed in three ways, such as, casual, continual and desirable. Casual can be observed without any cause, continual can be observed throughout life without any desire fulfillment and desirable can be observed for the fulfillment of any desire.Rama Navami is also celebrated as the occasion of marriage of Lord Shri Rama with Sita which was held on the same date. At few places people celebrate Rama Navami as the birth day of Lord Shri Rama. In south India the act of marriage of Lord Shri Rama and Sita is performed in all the temples of Rama. The most famous and auspicious marriage is held at Bhadrachalam temple. Even the government of Andhra Pradesh offers silk clothes to the bridegroom Lord Shri Rama and pearls for the Talambralu ritual. The act of marriage of Lord Rama to Sita is also performed at various towns and cities of India.Lord Rama is an avatar of Lord Vishnu who came down to earth to battle the invincible Ravana in human form. He destroyed the demon Ravan and upheld Dharma. The epic is known as the Ramayana Queen Kausalya gave birth to Rama at noon of the bright ninth day of Chaitra. He was believed to be the embodiment of half degree of Vishnu’s divinity The festival of Ram navami is celebrated with great devotion across the Hindu nation and every region has its own regional significance behind the celebration.Ayodhya is the focus of great celebrations. A huge fair is organized for two days. Ratha yatras or ‘chariot processions’ of Rama and his wife Sita, brother Lakshmana and devotee Hanuman, are taken out from many temples Different drinks and dishes are prepared on this occasion and fruits are also offered to the devotees. Paankam is a drink made from jaggery and pepper and Kosambari is prepared from mixing soaked Moong Dal. Coconut and banana is offered as Naivedyam and distributed among devotees Reciting of Ramayana on Rama Navami is considered auspicious. Continual recitals such as bhajan, begins in advance at many places.
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