RAM NAVAMI – THE BIRTH OF LORD RAMA

Ram Navami is one of the most popular Hindu festivals celebrated throughout India, and it is really significant for all Hindu communities who devoutly worship and believe in Lord Shree Ram. It is referred to as the birthday of the Lord, as on this very day (9th day of Chaitra month), Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya, which is in present day Uttar Pradesh state. So, this particular day is really auspicious for all Hindus who worship the birth of the almighty Maryada Purshottam Ram, who is considered to be one of the most import Hindu deities, apart from Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna, Lord Hanuman and Maa Durga. It is celebrated with huge enthusiasm in the entire state of Uttar Pradesh, especially in Ayodhya where lakhs of devotees come from all over India to worship and pray at Ram Janam Stahli or Ram Janmabhoomi which is located right next to the Saryu river. This is exactly the place were Lord Shree Ram was born, thousands of years ago.

 

Grand Shobha Yatras and Religious Processions

On this particular day of the year, religious processions are taken out across the country, mostly in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand where people come out in large numbers. The processions consist of individuals dressed as Ram, Sita and Lakshman on a chariot and moving around the city as a mark of celebration. Men as well as women form a part of this religious procession which is really colorful, vibrant and noisy. This is a Hindu festival of happiness and people flock to local temples and worship their Lord in the most religious manner. Sweets, flowers (garlands) and fruits are offered to the Lord with the temple priest chanting hymns and offering prayers. In the evening the Ram temples across the country are lit in bright lights, and evening aartis are performed in the most religious manner.

 

Indian Festival and Traditional Fashion

Not just Ram Navami, every other Indian festival is a splash of colors, style and fragrance, as men, women and children can be seen in their best of attires. Ram Navami too is no different, as mostly women flock to the temples in traditional Indian sarees, and girls usually in their all-time favorite salwar kameez. The bright colors of the fabric are really attractive to the eyes and during Ram Navami, women mostly prefer wearing orange, yellow and red, as these are considered auspicious colors in the Hindu mythology. So, it can be seen in the sarees, salwar kameez and kurtis that are a riot of colors and fabric material which is really a spectacle of some sort.

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